Friday, July 3, 2015

Cheesy Passionfruit Slice



I recently bought some beautiful passionfruit from the market and did some research into how I could best use them.  I found this terrific recipe on the Coles website for Cheesy Passionfruit Slice.

This slice is kind of a refrigerator cheesecake, as it is made with a mixture of cream cheese and condensed milk.  It is very simple to make, and really highlights the slightly tart flavour of the passionfruit.

I thought this slice was sensational, and I would make it again.  It would be perfect for a summer barbecue (never mind that it is very cold here right now - I can dream).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

EwE - Spinach, Herb and Goat Cheese Frittata

 
 
For Eating with Ellie this week, Peggy chose Spinach, Herb and Goat Cheese Frittata.  Ellie has published the recipe online here.
 
I made a serve for one.  I think the goats cheese made this dish - it would have been a bit ordinary without it.  I also added a dash of tabasco on top to give it an extra kick.
 
This is the kind of thing I make for breakfast all the time, so I was on board with this.  To see what the others thought of this dish, visit the LYL section of the EwE website.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Felicity Cloake's Perfect Blondies for Deborah Harry's 70th Birthday


Today is Deborah Harry's 70th birthday, so in honour of the occasion, I decided to make blondies.  There are many different recipes for blondies around, but fortuitously, Felicity Cloake of The Guardian last week published her recipe for the perfect blondies.  It seemed like it was meant to be, so I chose Felicity's recipe for my blondies.
 
These blondies are delicious - chewy, dense, textural and delicious.  They contain browned butter, toasted pecans and white chocolate chunks.  They are way too tempting - luckily I have removed them from the house by taking them to work.
 
If you are a fan of blondies or Blondie, try Felicity Cloake's recipe and give yourself something delicious for afternoon tea to accompany with a cup of steaming coffee or tea.

WWDH - Stewed Apple and Coconut Cobbler



For Wednesday with Donna Hay this week, I chose Stewed Apple and Coconut Cobbler from the very beautiful book, Seasons.  You can also find the recipe online here.

I mini-fied the recipe to make it just for one and baked it in a ramekin.  And the verdict?  Delicious - the perfect treat for a cold winter's night. 

I would definitely make this again.  To see whether the others feel the same, visit the LYL section of the WWDH website.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Raspberry and Almond Upside-Down Cake



I often find Facebook intrusive, with it throwing up ads, "suggesting" friends and pages, and showing me old posts in case I want to repost them.  If I wanted help, I'd ask!   However, every now and again, one of their suggestions is worthwhile, and so it was with "suggesting" that I like Donna Hay's Facebook site.

Recently in my news feed, a recipe popped up from the Donna Hay Facebook page suggesting that I make their raspberry and almond upside-down cake for the weekend.  Why not, I thought - it looks delicious!!!

Ad so it was:

 
I used less raspberries - just a normal 300g bag from the supermarket, rather than 1kg.  Sure, I had less raspberries on top of my cake than Donna's version, but given the price of raspberries, this was fine by me! 

I served my cake with a dollop of Greek yoghurt:


Super delish!!!  Definitely a "make again" recipe.

Monday, June 29, 2015

New York, New York Day 7 - Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and National September 11 Memorial and Museum


Our third and final day of our New York Pass was flagged for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.  It was a particularly apt time to be visiting the museum, as it was Fleet Week, and the city was awash with marines, sailors and coastguards.  I loved all the uniforms - the young men (the vast majority were men) looked so handsome and neatly pressed.  Even the Rockefeller Centre joined in, hence the flags in the Plaza at the top of this post.

Tim and I started the day with breakfast at one of our favourite discoveries - Café Metro, in the bottom of an office building near our hotel.  Café Metro sells oatmeal with two toppings in a large size for around $4 (including tax).  They also have a wide array of cooked breakfasts, pastries and beverages.  Here is Tim striding purposefully towards Café Metro:  


On this morning, I decided to go the cooked breakfast - bacon, scrambled eggs and home style potatoes (~$9):


It was a very satisfying way to start the day.

Back at the hotel, I discovered a vending machine that sold Cracker Jack:


Cracker Jack was immortalised in Breakfast at Tiffanys, so being in New York, I had to try some.  The prize was definitely a let-down - a baseball sticker:


However, the cracker jack itself was quite nice - a bit like Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs.

After the cracker jack adventure, we headed off for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, passing the New York Times building on the way:

 
The Intrepid is a former aircraft carrier that houses the museum.  The line to get into the museum was very long and the day was very hot, so we were glad that our New York Pass got us into a priority line, so that our wait was much shorter.
 
At the Intrepid, as part of Fleet Week, there were lots of uniformed servicemen and women to add to the atmosphere:
 


It reminded me of Top Gun, which incidentally was going to be screened at the Intrepid at 7pm that evening:


We bought a ticket to the Space Shuttle Pavillion as an add-on so that Tim could see the space shuttle, Enterprise:


It was named Enterprise when fans of Star Trek lobbied for their favourite TV series to be honoured:


The Enterprise was a prototype only and never went into space.  However, the museum has a history of all the space shuttles and their missions.

For Fleet Week, there were lots of school groups performing.  Here are members of an elaborately dressed school band:



On the deck of the Intrepid, there are lots of former military aircraft to view.  However, you get a fantastic view of all of them from the upper deck of the Intrepid, which the public can climb up to and talk with people who served on the Intrepid:



Inside the lower decks of the Intrepid are a series of museum exhibits.  This one is a space capsule like the one in the opening shots of I Dream of Jeannie - Major Nelson, are you in there?


The  Intrepid's decommissioning bell is behind glass in the museum:



Fittingly, we ate lunch nearby at the Galaxy Diner:
 

It is pretty much what it says on the tin - an old-fashioned diner with stickers of the universe on the ceiling:


We ordered the lunch special - soup and a sandwich for ~$12.  This was a spicy vegetable soup, with the crackers endearingly on the side (we love the practice of serving crackers with soup in the US):


I accompanied this with an egg salad sandwich, complete with slaw on the side:


It was old-fashioned food with old-fashioned service - not fancy, but solid and dependable.  We liked it.

After lunch, we visited the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.  As you can imagine, this is a thought-provoking, sombre place.  What really struck me was the ordinariness of many of the artifacts - possessions of ordinary people going about their business on what they thought would be an ordinary day - but it wasn't.

Where the two towers of the World Trade Centre were, they have installed bottomless pools of water with the names of the people who perished there around the sides:


For dinner that evening, we went to Roast Kitchen on the edge of Times Square:


This is a bowl place, like Supercharger but with the option of having meat in your bowl.  Here is my yummy pork bowl with pearl barley (~$12):


I also chose a local diet cola to accompany my meal: 


You can eat in or take away.  The hardest part was working out what to do, because the staff weren't going to help us and we had no other customers to copy from.

On the way home, we stopped off at Duane Reed, where Tim bought this cool can of Budweiser:


We also stopped off at Magnolia Bakery - Tim got a chocolate cupcake and I got a vanilla vanilla cupcake:


Yum!
 
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Toasted Muesli



I like having a variety of different things for breakfast to mix things up and keep it interesting.  I am a fan of porridge on cold mornings, but sometimes, I want something with a little more pep.  For that reason, I was keenly interested in a recipe for toasted muesli that I saw on The Mindful Foodie.  It featured oats, but with a whole lot of other ingredients to make things a little more interesting.  Even better, I had all of those ingredients in the house.

I duly made the toasted muesli, and I really enjoy it with warm milk on cold mornings.  It is also good to eat as a snack straight out of the jar.

I just use skim milk on my muesli, as I am not a fan of almond milk.  You can put whatever fruits you like with the muesli, and I think a splodge of Greek yoghurt on top would also be great.

What is your favourite breakfast food?