Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 29

Grilled Fig & Goat Cheese Salad

Found some lovely plump fresh figs yesterday and what better way to savour these delicious fruit than to turn them into a seasonal salad along with some soft goat cheese. A very versatile starter, that can be put together in a matter of minutes. I kid you not.

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Aug 25

Chicken Fingers & Mozzerella Sticks.

I call this the Kids’ Meal coz this sorta thing would go down really well with every child. The thing is I cook this for my boyfriend and he loves it. This recipe is easy, it’s fun and best of all it is economical and a whole lot better than buying the frozen stuff. This version is probably a lot healthier too since you know it’s got nothing in it but fresh (real) chicken meat and cheese.

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Aug 23

Key Lime Pie

Light and citrusey notes seem to be the order of the season, here is a classic summer hit : Key Lime Pie. Zingy lime filling topped with luscious cream, all beautifully craddled in a biscuit crust. Who wouldn’t be a fan?

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Aug 20

Gỏi Cuốn (Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls)

It is stupidly hot this month and I cannot be bothered cooking. I want cold salads and ice cold teas … lots of them. Back in Australia I could simply walk down to the local shopping mall or to an Asian cafe and have me a couple Gỏi Cuốn on the go, but sadly in Amsterdam they aren’t as common. So I simply made some myself, from memory (I had to think really hard).

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Aug 16

Thai Glass Noodle Salad

Hot days call for light and fresh eating, and what better choice than one with a south east asian flavour. Cold noodles drenched in a sweet, salty and spicy sauce, tossed with a variety of fresh aromatic herbs and topped off with slivers of cold beef strips.

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Aug 13

Cherry Clafoutis : An Alain & Michel Roux Jr. Speciality

A beautiful French dessert made from such simple seasonal ingredients. Traditionally from the Limousin region of France, this dessert is usually made from black cherries and a rich batter. Everything is poured into a well buttered dish and baked. To serve it should be lukewarm, sprinkled with sugar for added crunch. A scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

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Aug 11

Lemon & Raspberry Charlotte

        Ahhh … charlotte. I don’t often see this dessert around in cake shops; but then again its probably coz I am shopping in the wrong kind of cake shop. I know they sell them in French and Italian cake shops.   Charlottes are typically served cold with a fruit based preserve …

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Aug 07

My Mediterranean Affair

So my sister comes for a 2 week visit, all the way from Shanghai, and the initial plan was to rent a car to take her round the Netherlands visiting all the wonderful sights and sounds. I even made her a Google Map complete with markers no less! But one night over an Italian dinner spread it was decided we were scrapping the Netherlands grand tour (excuse me??) and heading down to the Med coast instead. So we hopped into our rental the very next morning and headed south.

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