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The Cooking Chook turns 2!

She’s back….. Those who have been following me for a while may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet of late. Not for any particular reason apart from life just….happening. I noticed in my calendar that The Cooking Chook was having an anniversary this week, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get back on the baking-cooking-eating-blogging bandwagon. But what could I make to mark this special occasion? I turned to one of my favourite foodie blogs, The Paddington Foodie. Read more…

Sometimes you gotta make a tart

Sometimes I will see a recipe for a dessert so spectacularly wonderful that I just have to make it despite knowing that the process will be a continual uphill battle. This particular dessert that I am sharing with you today is a really good example. It’s in the middle of summer in Adelaide, and we are experiencing typical heatwave conditions where temperatures are up around the mid-40’s (close to 110˚F), so it’s reasonably hot. In weather conditions like this, there are certain things one should not make. Shortcrust pastry is one of those things. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Rocky Road

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!!!!! Where has this year gone? It felt like only yesterday that I was doing Christmas, now I’m doing it all over again! This year I thought I’d try something a bit different. Inspired by the fact that I am an unemployed Uni bum, I thought I’d check out some Christmassy treats that I can make. My plan is to make several treats that I can put into a gift box, and give that to people for Christmas. First cab of the rank is Rocky Road. I love Rocky Road, so this recipe was kind of part Christmas gift idea, part satisfy my own hankering (you have to taste test any foodie gift you give, right?). Read more…

City to Bay chocolate soufflé

So, I didn’t quite make my weekly blog post deadline this week. The last week has been particularly hectic so I didn’t have myself organised for the weekend – terribly slack of me. Anyway, over the weekend, my darling friend Mel of the totally awesome book blog Bookabye Baby and I completed the 12km City to Bay Fun Run. Just to clarify, we didn’t run 12kms, we walked it. Neither of us are natural runners, so we decided to walk it instead…..along with more than 9,000 other Adelaideans. Read more…

When in doubt, bake!

This week has been a bit of a roller coaster week for me. The start of it was going really well. I was having a wonderful time working in a research lab in the Haematology and Genetic Pathology department of a local hospital for my professional placement topic at Uni. It’s my first taste of doing proper scientific research and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. I was enjoying my time so much that I was starting to wonder whether medicine was the right career path for me. Read more…

When at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

I’m a real glutton for punishment. I love to push and challenge myself, but with that attitude comes a tendency to fail when doing things for the first time….a lot. I’m not very good at accepting failure, so I try, and try, and try again until I succeed. This is certainly the attitude to have when attempting croissants. I am obsessed with French baked goods. Now that I am reasonably confident with making macarons, I decided that I needed to up the ante and attempt something a little more difficult. Read more…

The Mint Slice macaron experiment

Work stashI love my chocolate biccies (Aussie slang for biscuits). I’ve been known to have a stash of around 4-5 packets of chocolate biccies at home, and when I was working, they would be in my work drawer (locked of course) for my lunch dessert. The stash would usually consist of Tim Tams, in a multitude of flavours, and Mint Slice. So, when I had some leftover egg whites from making the petite croquembouche for Bastille Day, I thought it would be a good opportunity to do some experimenting with macarons and I used the Mint Slice as my inspiration. Read more…

To give thanks with chocolate

Mini FrangelicoI just finished my mid-year exams a few days ago. Five exams in eight days – phew! This was a testing point for me, to see if I really had the capability to go back to Uni to study the sciences at a high level, after more than a decade away from the books. I feel OK. I felt reasonably confident that I did well in my exams and in the subjects overall. Hopefully, when results come out in two weeks, I won’t be disappointed. For my last exam, I recruited my partner to help me study; a challenge in itself, because he’s an Accountant, not a fellow Scientist. I gave him all of my lectures notes, and asked him to ask me questions to test whether or not I was retaining anything. We spent a couple of hours doing this before I decided, enough was enough. If I didn’t know the content by now, it was too late anyway. Read more…

Say ‘I love you’ with a Banoffee Pie

It was my partner’s birthday a couple of days ago and I wanted to make him something special. He has a bit of a sweet tooth and is mad about bananas, so it’s not surprising that one of his favourite desserts is Banoffee Pie. But I didn’t just want to make him the ‘run-of-the-mill’ type Banoffee Pie (even though he would’ve been more than happy with that), I wanted to make something extra special; something that said ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘I love you’.  Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Belgian chocolate truffle making

How does a chocolate lover test the strength of their will? Take a chocolate making class! My cousin messaged me a couple of weeks ago asking me if I wanted to take a Belgian chocolate truffle making class with her at the Adelaide School of Chocolate because there was a 2 for 1 deal going for the month of June (it’s normally $99 per person). I’ve never really worked with chocolate before, apart from making the odd ganache for a cake, so I thought this would be a good a time as ever to have a crack. Read more…

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