Entries tagged butter

February 1st, 2014

Sausages and potatoes on a campfire

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One of the best possible things to eat while camping. The smokey meat and the crunch of the potato skin (with its soft, almost mashed interior) is wonderful. Cold butter and tomato sauce are essential. The sausages were a bit fancy for camping: pork and fennel ones from K&B in Healesville, we bought them on […]

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June 22nd, 2013

Chicken liver pâté

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I’ve never made pâté before: something about it just seemed impossibly complicated in my mind. But it really isn’t hard at all. I used Nigel Slater’s recipe, it has a short ingredients list and is really quick, just a little messy (and kinda gross looking, especially those livers). The result is great though: very creamy, […]

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January 29th, 2013

Mutabak

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A sweet cheese pastry dessert. From the lovely cookbook ‘Jerusalem‘. We substituted sour cream for goats cheese (because the goats cheese we bought was too salty).

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September 2nd, 2012

Overly elaborate chicken pie

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The most complicated pie I’ve ever made. I knew I wanted a chicken pie, and I kind-of made this up as I went along. It was fun to make, and tasted great. First up: the pastry. I made some quick puff pastry using roughly combined flour, water and butter — rolled and folded 4 times […]

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July 31st, 2012

Onion soup

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I seem to be turning this into some kind of “soup diary”. Maybe because its winter. Today: Onion soup! Lots of onions (I think I used about 8): brown slowly in a pot with butter and olive oil. Really slowly: it should take around 45 minutes, give or take. Stir a lot, scraping the sweet caramelised […]

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July 2nd, 2012

Twice cooked crispy chicken and potatoes

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  This is an example of the kind of thing you can make with the poached chicken from my stock recipe. I took some par-boiled potatoes (boiled until just soft to the point of a knife) and fried them off with some garlic, salt and parsley in the chicken-fat that I’d rendered from the poached […]

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January 29th, 2012

Chocolate ganache tart with cream cheese pastry and raspberries

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This was a new recipe for me, but using techniques that I’d tried before. I made it for a dinner party at a friend’s place. The pastry is actually an adaptation of a cookie dough recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It is a cream cheese dough, with extra richness from egg and orange zest. It is […]

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July 5th, 2011

Sticky date pudding

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It’s been a particularly cold winter in Melbourne this year, so I thought we deserved a pudding. Mum used  to make this when we were kids, I’ve never made it myself before. It’s really just a wet cake mix with dates, and a toffee sauce poured over. I used a David Herbert recipe, but there are […]

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June 25th, 2011

Beef and mushroom casserole (with extra gravy)

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I felt like making a beef casserole this weekend. I can’t count the number of times and variations on this theme that I’ve cooked in my life, but (if I do say so myself) this one is particularly good. Tip #1 for great casserole: chuck steak. Don’t buy that “super lean diced beef” from the […]

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June 25th, 2011

Quick pear tart with flaky pastry

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Because it’s Saturday, we needed something for afternoon tea, and I had a sheet of flaky pastry left over in the freezer. I layered thinly sliced pears on the frozen pastry, sprinkled over about two teaspoons of sugar, dotted with butter, and baked in an 180º oven for about 30 minutes. Success! The pastry was […]

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