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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…

The ANZAC biscuit with a twist

April doesn’t just mean an extra long weekend for Easter in Australia, it also means that on April 25 every year, we have a national day of remembrance. This day of remembrance is called ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day, and originally marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. These days, the commemoration of our service people has widen to all of those who have served in all military operations that Australia has been involved in. Read more…

Going a bit bananas in Adelaide

Mad March is the time of year where everything happens in Adelaide. With events such as the Adelaide Festival, Fringe Festival, Clipsal 500, the Adelaide Cup, WOMADelaide and other music festivals, such as Future Music Festival, in town throughout March, there’s lots of things happening around Adelaide. You could say Adelaide is going a bit bananas at the moment, which leads me to the recipe I’m sharing today. After some sessions at Adelaide Writers’ Week, which is part of the Adelaide Festival, I was really craving for something sweet to have after dinner. Read more…

The best recipes are the ones written on little pieces of paper

Not all of the recipes I try are from the internet or foodie magazines. Some recipes are given to me, written on pieces of paper that have been handed down from a previous generation. You know that these kind of recipes are good because they have stood the test of time. Who would want to pass down a recipe that was awful? A couple of weeks ago, one of my work colleagues brought in home-made baklava to celebrate her birthday, and she was kind enough to share some with me. It tasted absolutely wonderful! I had to get my hands on the recipe. 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…

Sponge drops keep falling on my head

“But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be going red”…… No, this post is not about the Burt Bacharach song but I have had sponge drops on my mind for the last couple of days. It all started at a social gathering I attended a while ago, where a good friend’s Mum (who is a wonderful baker), had brought along some of her delicious baked goods to share. There was one particular baked goodie that was a special one. It had two bits of sponge cake shaped like a small biscuit with lemon curd and cream sandwiched in between the sponge. It was absolutely devine! Read more…

How goes a Mango?

Apart from summer berries, one of the fruits that I love eating this time of year in Australia is the mango. My parents, being South-East Asian, ate a lot of mangoes throughout my childhood, so I grew up sharing their love of this sweet, fleshy fruit. Normally, we would eat mangoes after dinner as an after dinner dessert. My parents weren’t really big on cakes or anything like that after dinner; instead, we would have a plate of fruit and an Asian tea of some sort. Boy, have things changed since I left home! Read more…

Happy New Year Pav

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!! I hope you all had a wonderful time in the last 24 hours, welcoming in the new year. For me, 2013 was eventful in a good and bad way. I took a bold leap of faith regarding my career and happiness, and decided to quit work to return to full-time study, in the hope of pursuing a career in Medicine. I’m currently not quite there yet, but I feel like I’m heading in the right direction. On the bad side of things, I lost 3 very dear people from my life in the space of 6 weeks a few months ago. It’s been a very bittersweet holiday period, as it reminds me that these people aren’t around anymore but the up side has been that my partner’s sister had a baby shortly after the most recent loss, so it’s exciting that the new addition to the family was able to celebrate their first Christmas. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Paris-Brest

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!! I hope that you all are having a wonderful day so far and Santa Claus has brought you some awesome pressies! I thought I’d sneak in a quick post to show you what I’ve made for Christmas lunch dessert this year. I picked this particular recipe for two reasons: 1) the name indicates that it’s a French dessert, and I love all things Frenchy, and 2) the Paris-Brest looks a lot like a wreath so it ties in well with the Christmassy theme. 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…

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