cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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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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my hazelnut raspberry torte

High Country Hazelnuts

Fresh hazelnuts are lovely in both sweet and savoury foods. Buying locally-grown, in season, nuts is the best way to enjoy them and we are lucky that Victoria has its own little bit of Northern Italy right in the King Valley and surrounds, where hazelnuts, chestnuts and walnuts are grown, along with wine grapes and…

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