In Pursuit Of The Perfect Tart Tatin


Hi cooking eating friends…I bet you thought I’d eaten a chicken bone and choked and died a grizzly death, it’s been so long since I last posted.  It’s been a really busy 3 months. We’ve moved house and I’m still unpacking.

Folks, I’ve never had success with tarte tatin; it’s not for lack of trying. I’m not one to let something get the best of me so I decided that I needed a tarte tatin dedicated pan…Off I went shopping to get myself a proper pan. Well…truth be told I got online and ordered myself a proper pan.

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A New Kitchen Toy – The Kitchenaid Pasta Press

pasta press


Photo courtesy of Kitchenaid

This past week I purchased a Kitchenaid KPEXTA Pasta Press. They retail for $399 but come hell or high water I was not going to pay that price…so I went searching for a cheaper supplier…and I found one on eBay and heavens to Mergatroid the supplier was in Melbourne! I ended up paying $279 which included shipping; still a pretty penny to pay for a kitchen gadget but a heck of a lot less than $399.

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My Life In 10 Dishes: A Food Biography – #2 Pies with Lard Pastry

cooked pie with missing slice

Friends, can you believe it’s been almost a year since I posted on the food part of the website? I have been cooking, but just not documenting the cooking. I’ve needed some time off; food blogging, or any creative type blogging, takes a lot of effort and time. For my big come-back I’ve decided to add the second post in the  ‘Biography in Food’, series that I began quite some time ago. It was inspired by a Sydney Morning Herald online article called, “Write your own food biography; My life in 10 dishes.” If you need a reminder here’s the link.  So the second dish that warrants being part of my food biography is Lard Pastry.   Continue reading »

Minestrone – A Yummy AND Healthy Soup


Friends, it’s been a while since I have blogged about food; other things have been keeping me busy.  A recent diagnosis in our family has made me pick up my spatula again and cook low GI. I thought maybe I should blog some of the newer recipes that I have included in my kitchen repertoire. I have incorporated more vegetables and fish into our diet and pretty much removed pasta, pastry and sugar.  I am trying to remove as much processed foods as I can; which hasn’t been too difficult since I’m not a lover of processed foods anyway.  By far, the removal of main course pasta dinners from our menu has had the biggest impact – but we’ve taken it in stride.  A HUGE winner in some of our new recipes is the old classic soup; Minestrone.

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Orange Tree Design – The Love Of My Life

Orange Tree tea cup & saucer stack

Readers, if you’ve been reading this blog and my sewing blog you’ll be aware that I love to collect sewing related vintage things and kitchenalia. I love old china and use it when we entertain friends outdoors; none of it matches – it’s just a higgle-dey-piggle-dey  group of pretty old wares. There is one collection that I’m very serious about; it’s my Crown Ducal, Orange Tree design china.

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Individual Chicken & Vegetable Pies

The evolution of a recipe is a wonderous thing.  Ideas are taken from one recipe and imported into another ending up with a completely different outcome.  Way back when I made  Jamie Oliver\’s kick arse chicken and leek pie I pretty much followed the recipe to a tee.  The next time, the filling evolved into something different and I used Maggie Beer’s Sour Cream Pastry.  The evolved filling become reminiscent of the pies my mother cooked when I was growing up.  This time, the filling stayed the same, as did the pastry but the instead of a family pie, the dish evolved into individual pies; something I haven’t ever done before.  So please join me on my ongoing pie journey…you won’t be disappointed!

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It’s been a while – The challenges of life; love and loss.

Yes, dear readers it’s been a while since i’ve posted.  The past year has been full of many challenges for the SuziWong family which have kept me away tending to our family.  Life is a challenge for everyone and it’s no different for us.  Some of the challenges have been met head on and others are on-going, but fear not, life while at times difficult, is still filled with joy.  This first post in nearly a year is about one of hardest challenges we’ve faced as a family; there have been a few, but this is one I felt I could share.  About this time 14 years ago, this lovable bundle of yellow fur came to our family.  His breeder named him fatso, which MrSW66 morphed into fat-arse.  Generally, this bundle of joy was called Casper….and yes he was a really was a bundle of joy.

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My Life in 10 dishes: A Food Biography – #1 Butterfly Cakes

At the end of July, The Sydney Morning Herald online published an article called “Write your own food biography: My life in 10 dishes”.  You can read the entire article here.  In short it was about writing your biography in food.  It didn’t have to be good food, just food that evoked memories from childhood to present; food that symbolised significant events in your life.  Being rather obsessed with food and culture, this article really hooked me in.  I’m going to write my biography in 10 dishes but instead of just writing a list and the memory or event that each dish evokes I’m going to blog each dish.  It’s REALLY easy to pick the first dish; Butterfly Cakes.  These cakes define most of my childhood birthday parties.  My mum, GroovyGranny, made these cakes from her school recipe book which was released by an English  flour company called Be-Ro .  I don’t even need to close my eyes to remember the taste of the buttercream and the gritty texture that it had in my mouth.  In those days fresh cream wasn’t the norm in cakes; certainly not the cakes in our family LOL

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