Category Archive: Recipes

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Kare Udon Recipe

We discovered the awesomeness of Kare udon on holiday in Japan. A friend recommended we try kare udon while we were in Kyoto, but it wasn’t until we got to Harajuku we were finally had a chance. It was served in very large bowls and we were offered paper bibs, which in hindsight are a great idea regardless of how competent with chopsticks and a spoon you are…
Kare udon is so amazingly delicious I very quickly researched and worked out how to make a great version at home. The best part is that it is super quick and super easy to make.

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Leopard print fondant cake

One of our family friends is obsessed with leopard print so for her 21st only a leopard print cake would do. This cake is my standard chocolate and ganache covered fondant which was then hand painted in leopard print. The cake topper is a bottle opener my fiance found at a gift store. The cake …

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Our engagement cake

My fiance and I wanted some thing a bit different and more personal to us for our engagement cake. We looked at a number of different ideas  and worked together to come up with the design. The cake is my standard layered rich chocolate cake with ganache and home made fondant. We modelled the cake toppers …

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Baby Shower Fondant Cake

My sister in law wanted a unique and interesting baby shower cake. I asked her to look for a few pictures of cakes she liked then send them to me. My fiance and I worked on our own design based on some of the ideas she sent through. The cake is rich chocolate layered with …

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Quilted Fondant Princess cake for 25th Birthday

Our friend wanted a cake for her 25th Birthday. The brief was pretty simple, her favourite thing is “bling” and she is a super girly girl. My fiance helped design the cake and choose the accessories. The cake is four layers of rich chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate ganache. The whole cake was then covered in ganache and fondant. The accessory on the front of the cake is a hair clip from a girly accessories shop, the recipient of the cake loved it and wears it regularly. We finished the cake with edible glitter and pink cashous.

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Chilli Jam – Simple, savoury and delicious.

Chilli Jam Recipe

Excellent simple savoury chilli jam recipe; perfect with cheese and wine. Not hot at all; just bursting with flavour.

A work friend used to make and sell this jam and would not part with the recipe. It has taken a few months to find a recipe that tastes the same with the same consistency. I was surprised how simple this recipe is, how very few ingredients it has and how incredible it tastes. This has become a family favourite, it works great with as part of a cheese platter/chips and dips platter at a BBQ. It also often wins out over chocolate for an evening snack while watching movies or the TV.


  • 1kg white sugar.
  • 600ml apple cider vinegar.
  • 1x 50g packet of jamsetta or equivalent pectin product (enough pectin for 600g of fruit).
  • 300g red capsicum, cored and deseeded (red peppers).
  • 300g red chillies – deseeded, all white coloured pith scraped/cut off and the rinsed thoroughly. (all heat is removed if all seeds and white parts are scraped out and the chillies are washed thoroughly, add some seeds back to increase heat if desired.

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Chicken Liver Pate Recipe

Chicken Liver Pate with Cognac, Thyme and Pancetta.

Pate is one of life’s great luxury food items, but it is ridiculously cheap and easy to make.

This is my own recipe for pate, is has been cobbled together from a few years of trial and error and a love of good pate. The recipe is quite forgiving and allows for quite a lot of substitution and variance. While very very easy to make, you will need a good food processor as it takes a lot of processing to get a smooth pate.

Finding good quality fresh and well cleaned chicken livers can sometimes be a challenge, but most good butchers will have them. Our local butcher sells them frozen by the half kilo tub  for $5 which is actually quite expensive for chicken livers but they are much better quality than you can find in a supermarket.

Chicken livers should be a rich pinkish red colour with little or no white connective tissue on them.


500g Chicken livers
1 small onion very finely diced
120g of salted butter
A small amount of very finely shaved pancetta (about a tablespoon if compressed, see photo.
2 tablespoons of Cognac, or Port
Approximately 1/3 of a cup of fresh un-thickened cream.
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice
1 teaspoon of thyme, fresh or dry is fine, use slightly less if dried)
1/2 teaspoon of sage
1 heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon of cracked black  pepper
1/8 teaspoon of salt more if needed

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A Goulash Recipe With A Twist

Traditional Goulash – With a modern twist

This is a twist on Hungarian goulash. It is easy to prepare, delicious and it will easily feed six people. This meal can be prepared in the morning before work and added to a crock pot (slow cooker) to be ready when you get home from work, you just need to make the rice.


600g gravy beef (trim off excess fat)

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

2 cups of Stones Green Ginger Wine

1 Large tin of diced peeled tomatoes (800g)

1 red capsicum and 1 green capsicum

1 very large red onion (or two medium ones)

1 tablespoon of Paprika (look for Hungarian)

2 beef stock cubes

A few good grinds of black pepper

Optional – 1 teaspoon of smoky paprika

Optional – 1 teaspoon of minced ginger

Optional – handful of button mushrooms sliced

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Fajitas De Pollo, with Tortilla Recipe

Fajitas De Pollo
I am quite proud of this delicious Chicken Fajita recipe. I encountered this dish at a very good Mexican restaurant in East Victoria Park and then cobbled together a recipe for it that is as good, if not better, than the reataurant’s version. It is even better with home made tortillas, the recipe for these is included below.

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