Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cornflake Cookies

Cornflake cookies

Occasionally I get a craving for a childhood favourite, Cornflake Cookies.  There is something about the plain cookie base, the sweet raisins and the crunchy cornflake outer that totally does it for me!  I made these cookies yesterday and they really haven't spent much time in their airtight container... they are too delicious!

I like mine a little thick, meaning they are a bit more cake like in the middle; soft and airy, a contrast to the crunchy outside.

This recipe makes about 12 cookies.

You will need:
125g softened butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup of raisins
2 to 3 cups of cornflakes

How to!

  1. preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius
  2. cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat
  3. Add flour and salt and mix to combine
  4. stir in raisins to combine
  5. using a tablespoon, add balls of cookie mixture to the cornflakes and roll to coat.  I press down slightly to flatten and ensure cornflakes are pressed in.
  6. bake for 15 to 20 minutes, cookies will spread slightly.
  7. cool on wire rack and store in airtight container.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Russ & Daughters Cafe NYC...

Russ & Daughters

Even after waiting about an hour and a half for a table, we managed to indulge in a bunch of Russ and Daughter treats on a cold New York City afternoon.  The cafe (a new addition to the store in the lower east side) opened recently and we were pretty excited to try ALL that they had to offer.

Russ & Daughters

To start off with, we had some Bloody Mary's made with their own infused vodkas.  Mine was smoke infused and definitely had a killer savoury smoke addition.

Russ & Daughters

To start off with, we shared a serve of latkes with creme fraiche and salmon roe.  This is a marriage made in heaven, one of those dishes that you could eat every single day.  The potato latkes had spring onions inside for some extra flavour.

Russ & Daughters

I had the Pastrami Russ, a pastrami cured salmon (amazing!!) with sauerkraut and cheese on a pretzel roll.  Served with pickles and the house made waffle crisps.  I can't explain the perfection of this dish. And those waffle crisps, well, I could eat them every day.  I loved that this wasn't a huge serving, just enough of all the elements to make it satisfying without being overwhelming.

Russ & Daughters

Mark had the 'Classic Board', Russ & Daughters perfection smoked salmon with sides of creme fraiche, red onion, capers, tomatoes, dill and your choice of bread.  We went with toasted pumpernickel.  You can see in the background a shot of vodka and a glass of their house made celery soda.

Russ & Daughters

There is nothing better than good quality vodka, cured fish and good bread... look at my happy face!!!

Russ & Daughters

To finish off, this Halvah ice cream with salted caramel was amazing!!!  I've always eaten halvah with vanilla ice cream at home.  There is something about the taste and texture combination that is something simple, yet special.  Russ and Daughters take this to a whole other level in this dessert.  I also love that it is served in a metal bowl, meaning that the ice cream stays cold and slows the melting time.  I ate this pretty quickly though, I don't think melting was going to be an issue!

Russ & Daughters

And the classic egg cream... the drink that has neither egg or cream but is all taste.  Mark had been dying to try this classic and it didn't disappoint.  The addition of metal straws made us feel like we had stepped back in time.  This is what Russ and Daughters do, classic dishes, served simply and served well.  I mean, that is why they celebrated 100 years in 2014.  A true New York City institution that I don't think is going anywhere soon.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. Seattle

Oh yeah... Pancake and bacon cupcake... Drool...
Pancakes 'n' Bacon cupcake

While in Seattle we got our sugar fix at a gorgeous micro bakery Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. located in Belltown, Seattle.  The staff and owners there were fabulous, friendly and gave us some samples to try as well!  (thanks guys!)

The Pancakes and Bacon cupcake is out of this world!  The frosting is super light and not overly sweet, it is an Italian style buttercream, which was more like a meringue.  Sooooo delicious!

And one of the best Red Velvet cupcakes I've had in the USA (and I've eaten quite a few!! Love this bakery!
Red Velvet Cupcake
My go-to cupcake is always a red velvet.  It is my way of telling how good the cupcakes are.  Kind of like when you go to a pizza store and get a margarita pizza... the plainer the better!  Anyway, this red velvet was amazing.  Moist and the cream cheese frosting was perfection!  If you are in the area, definitely check out Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.  The only thing is it is very hard to leave with just one treat!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Coffee Nerds...

Getting our coffee fix #stumptown

Whenever we visit the USA, getting decent coffee is always a pretty big priority.  With all the walking that we do, we certainly need a good coffee hit!  While in San Francisco, we were glad to pick up these Stumptown cold brew serves at Whole Foods.  The coffee was sweet, without sugar and definitely not bitter.  A delicious way to get a coffee fix while walking those hills of San Francisco!

Stump town travel kit

I'm also a bit in love with this travel kit that Stumptown makes.  If anyone feels like buying it for me for Christmas, it would be most appreciated!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Foods as big as my head...

I do love a good self-portrait with oversized or weird looking vegetables from our garden.  It's like I use the scale of my head to show everyone how big something is! Not that you really know how big my head is...

So I thought I would share some of my selfie gems...

Self portrait with fennel... This is some seriously large fennel from our veggie box!!

Selfie with a very large fennel....

Hello curly pepper!! Grown by @elgatogrande

with a curly long pepper...

The giant gherkin!!!

With what I thought was the largest gherkin ever!!!!

This beer is bigger than my head!

and it isn't just vegetables!  How about a beer that is as big as my head?


Oh and of course, this mustard that is huge!!!

I truly can be quite the dork....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Macaron, Macaron, Macaron... in Hong Kong!!

Macaron madness!!

For some reason, I've been on a bit of a macaron addiction of lately.  There is a little French bakery near my work that fulfils my sweet needs during my lunch breaks.  I love some of the more unusual flavours that people are doing in macarons.  I had a black sesame flavoured one the other week that very much rocked my world!!!

Drooling over macarons!

The one thing that I have noticed in Hong Kong is their love for all things French... there is even a major French festival here!  Naturally with their love of frenchy stuff, there are plenty of stores filled with the beautiful coloured goodness of macarons.

Macaron store!

While window shopping in Hong Kong, I was enticed by the Laduree window.  It's sugary goodness, the pastel colours - they were totally calling me.  An entire counter full of beautifully coloured macarons awaited!!!

Macaron madness

We decided upon a box of 8... which was about $25AUD... not exactly cheap but we did have fantastic service and some free chocolate testing as well!  Also, the packaging and branding is absolutely beautiful... you are definitely buying into the brand.

Macaron madness

We selected...
  • Orange blossom
  • rose petal
  • salted caramel
  • pink pepper
  • liquorice
  • raspberry
  • the Marie Antoinette
  • chocolate, coconut and marshmallow
Totally decadent, totally delicious and totally worth it!!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Raspberry and Coconut Slice

Raspberry coconut slice

One of my favourite slices and sweet treats was Raspberry and Coconut slice.  I loved how the raspberry jam became like toffee along the baked edges and the crunchy coconut on top.  This is a slice that isn't particularly pretty but man it tastes good!!!

2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of caster sugar
125 g cold butter cubed
3 eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3/4 cup raspberry jam (I used a raspberry and pomegranate one)
2 cups of shredded coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Grease and line lamington pan (24 x 29 cm).
  2. Process flour, 1/2 cup sugar and butter in food processor.  It should look like bread crumbs.  Add 1 egg and the vanilla and process to form a dough.
  3. Press dough into the base of the pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and spread the jam over the warm base.
  5. Whisk 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of sugar together.  It should become lighter and sugar should dissolve a bit.  Stir in coconut.  Spread this mixture over the jam.
  6. Bake for a further 25 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool in the pan before cutting and serving.
Raspberry and coconut slice

Enjoy the crunchy and sweet goodness!

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