Mushroom & Goat’s Cheese Tart (and a little emotional blackmail…)

I love me some fungus. Yessir, I do. Portabella, Enoki, Field, Swiss Brown/Cremini, Wood Ear, Oyster, Porcini, Shimeji, King Brown, and even the king of umami – Shiitake (even though the idiotic 5yo child in me giggles and says ‘shit-takes’ in my head). Basically, what I’m saying here is that if it grows on a […]

Sharp and sweet – bite sized lemon cream tartelettes

I love my lemons. Think about it – they’re so incredibly versatile that it’s almost a little bit suspicious. Need to add a fresh ‘zing’ to your fish, potatoes or salad? Just squeeze over some fresh lemon juice. Wanna stop your cut apple from going icky and brown? Rub the surface with a little fresh […]

Tarte Tatin w/ sour cream shortcrust pastry

People often avoid various foods for any number of reasons. For example, my kid sister sat at the dinner table tonight, very carefully corralling the rather chunkily cut mushrooms to the side of her dish in anticipation of relocating them to another dish where they might be more happily welcomed. Personally, I used to loathe […]

Sausage, Capsicum & Sweet Potato Frittata

*cough* Hi there. Umm, I don’t know if you remember me. You see, it’s been awhile. After a major drama ended up crushing my spirit, I decided to take a break from the blog…which turned out to be longer than expected. To be honest, I didn’t know if I’d come back. But here I am…so […]

For the love of a fresh fruit flan!

I poked the remaining pastry and hummed to myself. I had half a batch of sweet shortcrust pastry left after making a lemon tart, and was wondering what on earth I’d use it for. I knew that at the very least I needed to bake it up so that I’d be forced to use it […]

Lovin’ my inner nut

Being a nut myself, I’ve always had a fondness for nuts – of the edible and non-edible (i.e. human) variety, so whenever I see a recipe that celebrates the rich, meaty goodness that nuts are all about, I have a tendency to go weak at the knees. When I saw these on Helen’s blog, that […]

Starry chocolate skies

Despite my many claims in this blog that I am not a chocoholic, I have to admit that I have a love of it. Of course, unlike serious chocolate fiends, I don’t dream of swimming in lakes of chocolate, nor do I pitch a fit when its unavailable, but more and more I find that […]

If you’re crazy and you know it, bake a tart

Hi, my name is Ellie and I’m an oven-addict. I know you’re laughing, but you shouldn’t. You see, it’s a legitimate problem. I have a pastry-obsession and I need to bake at least once a week to feel sane. I love sifting flour, I adore beating eggs and working with butter sends shivers down my […]

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