cooking melbourne

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Elizabeth chocolate zucchini cake

Forgotten Zucchini Cake

There are many recipes on the internet for zucchini cake as these vegetables tend to get out of hand in the garden and sometimes a real bruiser emerges that is either destined for the compost heap or a relative who lives in an apartment. Presented last week with one the size of a small baseball…

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Mango Chia Pudding

Mango chia pudding is a great combination of luscious fruit and a super food, both grown locally in Northern Australia. Chia originated in Mexico and its status as a super food, while sometimes exaggerated, is certainly impressive. Chia has high levels of fibre (34%), calcium (5 x milk calcium), omega-3 fatty acids (18%) as well…

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plum puddling cake

Chocolate Plum Spice Cake

I decided to get a bit inventive by using mixed spice and plum compote when doing a scale-up test of the chocolate sponge for my black forest cake. As a result I created a chocolate plum spice cake that was very nice indeed. If you have a  cake recipe that you love and consistently rely…

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create your own chocolate bars

Design Your Own Chocolate Bars

Small personalised gifts are delightful, both at the receiving and giving end. In giving you have the added pleasure of creating the gift, as I recently experienced with making my own chocolate bars. Chocolate bars are an easy inroad into chocolate making, as they do not require the multiple and fiddly steps of creating pralines…

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green tea roll cake

Matcha Roll Cake

The Japanese generally don’t have sweets, particularly after dinner like we do in the West, but what is very popular are desserts made using matcha or powdered green tea. Green tea icecream is widely enjoyed by locals and tourists alike at specialist icecream parlours near parks and temples as well as the cheaper, take-home versions…

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