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Thursday
Jul312014

Special Summer Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients

for the shortcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (frozen)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg white (lightly beaten)

for the filling

  • approx. 10 oz strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 3 drops balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • ½ cup heavy cream (or creme fraiche)
Thursday
Jul312014

New Orleans Coleslaw Perfect for Summer

I can't remember why this is called New Orleans coleslaw now (I've been making it, or a version of it, for so long), but I think it has something to do with all the wonderful pecan trees I saw when I was there.

Ingredients

  • 1 white cabbage (about 1kg / 2lbs before trimming)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (preferably organic)
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  •  cup pecan nuts (fairly finely chopped)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
Wednesday
Jul232014

Easy Orange Ice Cream a Great Treat

Ingredients

  • 1 eating orange and 2 limes (or 3 Seville Oranges, if available) 
  • 1 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 wafers (to serve)
Tuesday
Jun102014

Mini Meatloaf Good Hot or Cold

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  •  cup steak sauce (such as a1 sauce)
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes (or ½ teaspoon table salt)
Thursday
May292014

Maple Birthday Cake a Pleasant Surprise Gift

Ingredients

for the cake

  • 12 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups maple syrup
  • 3 ⅓ cups self-raising flour
  •  cup hot water

for the icing

  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  •  cup superfine sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon maple extract (optional)
  • 1 cup pecan nuts
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