Everyone loves tiramisu. And here's a stunning variation, limoncello and white chocolate. Of course the secret, as with any tiramisu, is to make it the day before. Juice & zest of 3 lemons 3/4 cup limoncello 3/4 cup water 1 cup caster sugar Mix these together in a shallow dish, dissolving sugar. You can vary the … Continue reading What’s not to love?
I hesitate to say any recipe's fool-proof, but this is the nearest I've come to one. And, what's more, it's delicious.1 tbsp instant coffee100 gms dark (or cooking) chocolate1/2 cup water1 cup sugar100 gms butterPut in pot, & heat until chocolate's melted and sugar's dissolved. Allow to cool and add 2 tbsp whisky or sherry.Meanwhile … Continue reading Mississippi mud cake (for Max)
Walking to the Sunday market, a circle of Falun Gong followers were seated on the grass in Aro Park doing their meditative exercises as plangent music played from a portable sound system. Beside them, in the Aro Valley community hall, the wonderful uplifting singing of an African evangelical church group rose to the heavens. A … Continue reading Why Wellington is cool
When we moved into this house, one of the delights was discovering the garden as the seasons unfolded. We were puzzled, that first summer, by tall leafy plants that L thought were sunflowers & I thought were possibly a type of salvia. Turns out we were both wrong. They're Jerusalem artichokes. And they're edible. But … Continue reading Never again
Doctors and what-have-you do tell us not to eat too much before bedtime, and experience has taught me to avoid coffee and (too much) chocolate at night, but now I'm adding something else to the list ... rum raisins & prunes over ice cream! I made and bottled this 2 or 3weeks ago, after seeing … Continue reading Insomnia and ice cream
Heading off to meet a friend for lunch, I walked through Aro Park where, I discovered, they were having some sort of second-hand/local produce fair. Local produce in the inner city? Well, yes. Laila was selling her home made lemon curd & giving away sourdough starters + a recipe. I admire such generosity of spirit, & … Continue reading A bouquet for Nikau
Packing up a holiday house after a few days’ stay, especially at this time of the year when you know no-one else is likely to be in residence for some time, there’s always the question of what to do with the left-over food. After all, no-one can plan so well that there are no leftovers. … Continue reading Baked custard