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Author Archives: nicky

Leftover Banana Cake

  Bananas always look so irresistible to me at the markets. They’re cheap and tasty, and I always buy too many. When they start to get too ripe to use, I pop them in little snap lock bags in the freezer. And when there’s too many in the freezer, I make this cake. Quick, simple, tasty … Continue reading »

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South Carolina Inspired Pulled Turkey

Ingredients 500g turkey breast 3/4 cup cider vinegar 5 tbsp mustard powder 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp fennel seeds 1 tbsp caraway seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 chipotle in adobo sauce 2 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tbsp brown sauce 2 tbsp Frank’s hot sauce 1/2 lemon, juiced 5 drops … Continue reading »

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Blood Orange Cake

This is an *epic* cake. It’s so damn tasty, and it’s gluten free so it will satisfy all your friends. Even those afraid of the South Park Gluten Free Ebola penis issue. (Lachlan, I’m looking at you!) You don’t need to use blood oranges, that’s just what I had on hand when first working on … Continue reading »

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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake & Cumquat Jelly

This weekend I attended a wedding in a gorgeous little country town, Yungaburra. The wedding was at the groom’s parent’s house, which is a quintessential country Queenslander with views of green rolling hills. It’s also our regional food bowl, and I was pretty excited when I found a heavily-laden cumquat tree in fully fruited glory. I … Continue reading »

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Lasagne non Autentico

Lasagna is a massive ordeal in our home. It’s definitely a gift for slow food fans with each piece of the lasagne puzzle researched and perfected over the years. There’s a little experimentation with every new edition, and long chats of how we might improve it for next time. Typically experimentation involves trying to keep … Continue reading »

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Sweet Potato Pie

I’ve always wanted to go to the USA for their 4th of July celebrations. All countries have a magical air about them on their national day, and the USA isn’t the only country I’d love to visit during their special celebrations. At home we often cook a country’s cuisine on their national day, so Independance … Continue reading »

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Spectacular Rainbow Cake

This week one of my friends is heading into surgery for a double mastectomy, and she’s really fond of rainbows. So fond, in fact, she has a Pinterest board dedicated to them. A few friends decided we’d throw her a rainbow party to cheer her up prior to the surgery. She had expressed interest in having … Continue reading »

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Birthday Cake

It’s not uncommon that I would bake my own birthday cake. While it seems sad, it really is a great time to experiment with new technique because if it goes wrong you’re not stuffing up someone else’s birthday! Here’s what I came up with for the year 33. Ingredients 1 mango 1 really ripe large banana 250g … Continue reading »

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Wild Ginger Shortbread

Ginger is an ingredient I absolutely love; the warmth, the kick and the floral notes it adds to dishes makes it a favourite of mine. So this week when I spotted a new stem ginger product at Jonsson’s Farm Market made in Cairns I was really excited to give it a test run. I have … Continue reading »

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Nan’s (modified) Christmas Pudding

It’s with considerable honour I feel as the baton of responsibility for the family Christmas pudding is passed onto me. The family trusts, or perhaps even enjoys my food. They’ve motivated me through disasters, and of course, shared the triumphs too. Luckily, when I tried my Nan’s pudding recipe for the first time, it turned … Continue reading »

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