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Kitchen Bootcamp: Custards

This month’s Kitchen Bootcamp was Custards, Creams and Mousses and I knew right away that I wanted to tackle the Culinary Institute of America’s crème caramel.  This was a dessert that I really enjoyed when my mum would make it for dinner parties when I was little, but I have never managed to make a […]

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Murdoch Books 365 Challange: Cherry clafoutis

This is my second of four posts in the Murdoch Books 365 Challenge, where cooks across the world are working their way through Stéphane Reynaud’s whimsical culinary almanac – “365 Good Reasons to Sit Down to Eat.” This dish was June 7th: Cherry clafoutis which I picked partly because I have never made a clafoutis […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Cola and jam spareribs

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – Cola and Jam Spareribs (p 280) – was one I approached with some trepidation.  Firstly, the only ribs I *really* like are Dorie’s beef short ribs – pork spareribs are not my favourite – plus, Coke and apricot jam? Supposing that Dorie knows much more what she […]

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Les Petits Chefs go (mad) Mexican!

Les Petits Chefs were in for a treat this week: Chef José Haddad of both Frida Restaurant and Mad Mexican offered to come and show the boys 2 authentic Mexican dips: a fresh salsa and a guacamole.  I knew of Mad Mexican a little while ago – having spied their fresh salsa in my local […]

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Cupcakes for Haiti

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a year or so might remember that on the last day of school last June, I spent the day cooking Haitian food with my Grade 6 class, to end their unit about Haitian culture and cuisine. Whilst it seemed a little chaotic on the day, […]

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