Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Zwetschgenkuchen - German plum cake

If you thought that Black Forest and beesting cakes were the only cakes Germany had to offer, you were wrong. You forgot the magnificent Zwetschgenkuchen, a juicy cake made from plump Zwetschge (plums) on a yeast base. As plums are only available at a certain time of year, this is the cake that you wait a whole year to enjoy. In my case, I waited a whole two years for this cake and it was worth the wait. Zwetschgenkuchen is typically baked in Germany towards the end of Summer. When you have a piece in your hand, the days are becoming shorter and you know that you will soon need to bring your coat and thick socks out of the cupboard. These facts could make you somewhat sad. However, after a bite of this cake, your mood will lift and your day will be bright again.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Black Star Pastry, Newtown

Newtown at 09:30 on a Friday....very quiet.... I was expecting something...instead I walked along King Street in one direction, peeked into shop windows, reached the end of the street and turned back, noting many signs on shop doors informing me they open at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30..... The goal of my Newtown visit was to try the ricotta cheesecake at Gigi...until I read in my 'Urban Walkabout' guide that it opens at 18:00. So..... (you need to say this 'so' in the way you say it when you have nothing to do/when you realise you have absolutely nothing in common with someone and wish to end whatever sort of relationship you have with them)

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Ultimate Apple Cake Mission - January: Apple and passionfruit cake

On the hunt for my ultimate apple cake once again. January's apple cake is an apple and passion fruit cake. Having never used passion fruit in a cake before, I thought it would be exciting to test it out. The problem is, I cannot decide if I like passion fruit! At first I like it, then I begin to doubt my taste buds and decide I do not like it. Then I take another taste, to confirm that I do not like it, only to find out that I like it. When mother nature was handing out taste buds, I was either hiding under a rock or still playing hide and seek whilst all the other children had gone home and were laughing at me.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Duesseldorf chicken

Are you as shocked as I am? I put some effort into a savoury dish! You have probably realised that I do not find making savoury as fun and enjoyable as baking a cake or preparing another sweet dish; there is no licking raw egg mixture from the bowl involved! That is my favourite part;) If you eat well during the week and do enough exercise, you can lick the bowl once a week and will still be able to fit into your party dress/suit. In the wee hours of this morning I went for a crazy fast power walk in order to fit into above mentioned party dress if the occasion arises. I have noticed something; it seems that morons drive around the streets in the wee hours of the morning.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Bargain bin delights - Lemon and lime cheesecakes

It turns out that Alan enjoys rummaging through the supermarket bargain bins just as much as I do! Bargain binning is one way to place oneself on the road to home ownership, amongst collecting furniture from hard rubbish days and making your own yogurt. At Woolworths we found some discounted cheesecakes in the bargain bin freezer section and decided to do a CHEESECAKE PLAY OFF. After all, the cheesecakes were only $1.20 each and $2.40 in total is a small price to pay for fun!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Adelaide Food Bloggers' Cafe Crawl

On Saturday afternoon my little Adelaide food bloggers meet up was held. The lovely Merkel and his wife Myrtle, from Hot Chocolate: Dark Desires and I stopped by Au Matin Calme and Ride and Fall Temperance Lounge/Galaxy Lartay for some treats. It was a pleasant afternoon and great to meet some others who share my blogging hobby and fondness of hot chocolates.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Chocolate sago pudding

Ugh, my original chocolate sago post has disappeared! It just went....somewhere in the internet and I cannot find him! Thanks, Blogger, you've taken a little innocent blog post and you've transported him to some place on the internet, full of weirdos and memes! My little blog post does not know how to fend for himself! So, to make a Monday morning even worse, I shall try to type him up again....good luck Kim, you have ten minutes. Can I give up now? Yes, I think so. See you when I get back from work. Wait, if I get back from work... When you take the bus, you never know if you will get home.

Friday, 13 January 2012

MSM - My Sweet Memory, Sydney

My visit to My Sweet Memory on Bathurst Street, Sydney, just across from the Town Hall brings back sweet chocolately memories. I remember them and then it reminds me of what else happened on that particular day, which causes me to laugh. You see, I was approached by a man on the corner of Market and George Streets and of course, I had to immediately brand him as some sort of abductor!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Mieze's plum cake

I was never one of the 'cool kids' at school. I liked books and went to the library each lunch time to read them while other children played games with their friends (I did not have any as I was the class nerd and other children hated me for having a brain that functioned). So, what do I do when I am in Sydney? I visit the library of course! A man at a Thai take away stall at the Paddington market said I am a 'super star', so I guess visiting libraries whilst on holidays is what 'super stars' do:) Super stars such as myself also find joy and happiness by repeating the name 'Margheriti' over and over and over...

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Phở Pasteur, Paramatta

After a few hours of post Christmas shopping at Westfield Paramatta, business shirts and 8% metal skirt in hand, Alan and I walked over to Church Street with the goal of finding some lunch. A lunch to provide us with enough energy for further shopping. Thanks to Alan I know my way around a yum cha restaurant and am no longer scared of 'fung jow' (chicken feet). I am now a step closer to knowing my way around a phở (Vietnamese noodle soup) restaurant...and if necessary I can also order the phở in Vietnamese...with a bad Australian accent incorporated of course.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Primal pumpkin pie

Sometimes you try and you fail. At least the intention to succeed was there in the beginning. Yes, I attempted another healthy dessert, this time it was Mark's primal pumpkin pie. I have been consuming more fat lately (tomatoes fried in butter, cheese, fatty meat fried in butter, more eggs than usual mmmm) and wow, the urge to eat sugary food is floating away! I was worried about my mental health as all this fat has caused me to become reluctant to bake! Am I sick?! A primal dessert was a good option; no evil flour, not overly sweet and baking was still involved. Remember the paleo muffins I made a while back...my pumpkin pie belongs in the same 'FAIL PILE'.