'More?!' asked my neighbour the fireman, smiling and eyes wide at the sight of me standing on his doorstep with a large punnet of freshly-picked, home grown strawberries. 'I'm afraid so,' I replied. 'Do you think you can manage to eat them?' We won't have any problems with that,' he laughed. 'I'll get the strawberry fairy onto them.'
Being a self-appointed 'Ambassador for Good Things', I've made it my business to investigate ice creameries on all of my adventures -- no matter where in the world I might be travelling. Of course, you do understand that it's all in the name of research, dear readers. For I know that you are out there in your neck of the woods, perched on the edge of your chair waiting to hear back from me with news on my delicious findings!
Yotam Ottolenghi waxed lyrical about the milk puddings of the Middle East in an episode of his television series, Jerusalem on a Plate. During a scene where YO bought a cup of malabi from a street vendor then devoured it, Peter looked my way and said ‘That sounds so good, you must make it for us!’
The combination of chocolate and hazelnut is another of those insanely good things that melt my heart and make me go weak at the knees – particularly when combined with meringue and filled with cream in the form of a âteau.
Some of my most treasured recipes were hand written many years ago by family or friends. Some are so faded and the paper so tattered that the writing is barely legible, and yet there is no way that I could bring myself to throwing them out.
Mascarpone made an appearance in my kitchen in the late 1970s, when I first tried my hand at making that wonderful layered Italian dessert, Tiramisu. Now, almost forty years later, I wish I had a penny for all the times I have purchased a tub of the rich and creamy curd 'cheese'. If only I had tried making it home back then!
Creamy, dreamy and totally divine are among the descriptions that spring forth when friends and family sample this raspberry vanilla creation of mine. It's one of the most popular desserts on my repertoire.
Pears take centre stage on my fruit bowl during autumn and winter. I love eating them fresh from the hand, and adore their delicate flavour and elegant appearance in fruit-based desserts.
At the risk of sounding like one of those naughty ladies on the 'Grumpy Old Women' television shows, I would like to share my opinion that not only do 'they not make 'em like they used to'... but fruit and vegetables just don't taste as delicious as they once did either!
It was an idea for a lime green cheesecake that landed me a newspaper column in 1993. My home town's rugby league team, The Canberra Raiders a.k.a. 'The Green Machine', were looking to be strong contenders in the semi finals that year and I had been chatting with the editor of our local newspaper about fun ways of generating community support for the players. He loved the concept, and the rest is history.
Cooking and writing have been a lifelong passion.
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- Liz Posmyk
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NB: I use Australian standard measuring cups and spoons in my recipes.