Fruit

  • Fruit Sweets

    Hot Fruit Salad

    This is one of our family’s favourite Winter desserts. I learned it from my husband’s mother many years ago. It’s absolutely quick and easy, and if you have a frying pan, you can make it. I always stock canned peaches in my pantry, so that I can make this dessert anytime. Everyone gets excited once …

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    Persimmon and Yoghurt

    It’s Autumn in Melbourne now. Persimmons are sold at the green grocers. Persimmons are called ‘Kaki’ in Japanese and they are NOT particularly special fruit where I used to live because Persimmon trees are absolutely everywhere! But in Melbourne, I have never seen a Persimmon tree and they are quite expensive fruit. Persimmon fruit are …

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    Super Easy Apple Crumble

    Everyone’s favourite dessert ‘Apple Crumble’ can’t be easier than this. All novice cooks should try this recipe and gain your confidence. I always use Granny Smith apples for this dessert. Granny Smith apple is originated in Australia and it is one of the most popular cooking apples. It gets soft quite quickly and you don’t …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit Nuts

    Fig & Walnuts Biscotti

    I grew up in subsidised public housing which was a very tiny house with a small back garden, where there was a fig tree. I enjoyed the fresh fig fruit from the tree and my mother used to make fig jam and preserves. This is why fig is always special fruit to me. And I …

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    Cranberries & Pistachio Biscotti

    I like rustic biscotti baked in the traditional way without any butter, oil or milk. It is so easy to make and we can create our own variations by adding nuts, fruit and flavours of our choice. However, I haven’t found any simple and easy recipes that don’t require weighing. I don’t like weighing ingredients. …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Agar Orange Jelly

    I recently discovered a product called Queen’s ‘Jel-it-in Vegetarian Gelling Powder’ at a Woolworths store. It’s an Agar-base gelling powder and it is easy to use. Sometimes I prefer to use Agar or Kanten rather than Gelatine. For this orange juice jelly, definitely Agar is the best option. And Queen’s ‘Jel-it-in’ dissolves very well. I …

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    Wine Kanten Jelly

    Kanten is similar to Agar Agar but its texture is different. The advantage of using Kanten (or Agar) as gelling agent is that it can set liquid with the fruit such as fresh Pineapple, Kiwi Fruit or Mango. Those fruits break down the protein found in gelatine and prevent the jelly from setting. This doesn’t …

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    Frozen Yoghurt Banana

    On hot summer days, Bananas tend to turn black-spotted very quickly. Those ripe sweet Bananas are perfect for Banana Cake or my Granola (Oven-baked Muesli), but I don’t want to bake on hot days. This is a perfect way to enjoy those black-spotted Bananas in hot summer. Ingredients Ripe Banana(s) Unsweetened Greek Yoghurt Method Slice …

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    Pear & Custard Tart

    When I find some pears in the fruit basket getting very soft, I always make them into ‘Pear Upside-down Cake‘. But I recently discovered this custard tart is another good dessert to use up the softened pears. This is almost identical to my ‘Banana & Custard Tart‘. Pears can be replaced by peaches, cherries, apples …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Creamy Milk Kanten Jelly with Fruit

    Kanten is a gelling agent which is very low in calories and it won’t melt when warm. It is made from seaweeds and similar to Agar Agar. Kanten is very useful if you want to make a jelly using Pineapple and Kiwi Fruit or Mango, as these fruits break down the protein found in gelatine, …

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    Pavlova

    ‘Pavlova’ is a meringue dessert with crispy crust and soft inside, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. I heard that the dessert was created in honour of the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova’s tour to Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the iconic foods in Australia. The recipe is simple and it …

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    Wonton Skin Apple Rolls

    What do you make with left-over Wonton Skins? I often simply add them to soup. But I wanted to make something with them. Wonton Skins look like small version of Filo Pastry. So I just wrap some apple with sugar & cinnamon with them and fried. The result was simply ‘YUMMY!’ I would buy Wonton …

  • Fruit Vegetables

    Fennel & Orange Salad

    I never knew any vegetables that smells and tastes like Fennel. When I tried it for the first time, it reminded me the smell of insect repellent and I did not think I could eat it. But it is now one of my favourite vegetables and I have been on this fennel craze for a …

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    Creamy Stewed Apples

    It’s winter in Melbourne. On the cold nights, warm desserts make everyone happy. This warm and creamy stewed apple dessert was my children’s favourite winter dessert. I sometimes use tinned pear or peach, that are already soft and don’t need to be stewed. Rum is totally optional for children but I add it, generous amount, …

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    Sachi’s Lemon Cake with Blueberries

    This is my daughter Sachi’s recipe. To be precise, this is the recipe that she learned from Auntie Joan for her school project many years ago. Originally the recipe required 1 cup of Caster Sugar and I reduced it to 3/4 cup. I often bake the cake with some berries, or serve the cake with …

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    Rhubarb & Strawberry Cobbler

    Many many years ago, it was before our eldest son was born, my husband and I were planning a dinner party but we had no idea for dessert. One night we watched a TV show called ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ and a lady showed us how to cook ‘Rhubarb & Strawberry Cobbler’, which I decided …

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    Cinnamon Crumble Cupcakes

    I simply placed the leftover cinnamon crumble mixture on top of some cupcakes and baked them. It worked perfectly. Then next time, I added some apple pieces and sultanas to the cupcake mixture. Here it is! My new recipe of Cinnamon Crumble Cupcakes is here to share with you. Makes 12 Large Cupcakes Ingredients Butter …

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    Orange Cranberry Muffins

    When I bought a bag of orange-flavoured dried cranberries by mistake, this recipe was made. These muffins have excellent orange fragrance. The key ingredient is the Macadamia. The crunchy texture of Macadamia can’t be replaced by anything else, but you can use other nuts that you like. Makes 12 Muffins Ingredients SR Flour 2 cups …

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    Rum & Raisins

    I always have a jar of rum-steeped Raisins/Sultanas in my pantry. It’s good to have, because they do magic on simple ice-cream or chocolate or anything. I highly recommend you to keep this in your pantry, too. See my ‘Rum & Raisin Granita’ recipe and ‘Rum & Sultana Cake’ recipe. Ingredients Raisins OR Sultanas Rum …

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    Banana & Custard Tart

    I used to make this dessert for my kids quite often. It was one of their favourites, but they were in doubt at first because they had never tasted cooked bananas before. This tart tastes best when it is cold, I think. So I recommend to cool it completely. I cooked it for the first …

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