Fruit

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    Apricot & Oats Balls

    I made Apricot Sauce’ on the other day and there was some leftover in the fridge. I decided to make these delightful & gluten-free ‘Apricot & Oats Balls’. Simply mix same amount of Apricot Sauce and Instant Oats (or ground Rolled Oats) and heat in the microwave. I added Desiccated Coconut and chopped Dry Apricots …

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    Apricot Sauce

    This delicious ‘Apricot Sauce’ can be made so easily using Dried Apricots. If you add more Sugar and less Water, it would be an instant Apricot Jam. This sauce goes so well with cheesecake, ice-cream, pancakes, or etc. I no longer buy Apricot Sauce or Apricot Jam. Ingredients 100g Dry Apricots1/4 cup Caster Sugar1/4 cup …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Eton Mess

    Eton Mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped cream. I have heard about it and read about it, and it inspired me to make a dessert ‘Mango & Passionfruit Mess’, which is absolutely easy to make and delicious. Then I finally made ‘Eton Mess’. I understand …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Mango & Passionfruit Mess

    I have heard about ‘Eton Mess’, that is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped cream. I have never eaten it, but it probably tastes like our famous ‘Pavlova’. ‘Eton Mess’ inspired me to make this dessert, which is seriously delicious. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 to 2 …

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    Cherry & Custard Tart

    This is a humble ‘Fruit & Custard Tart’ with no pie crust. You can make with any fruit in season. This time I used Cherries but Peaches, Nectarines and Ripe Pears are also very good. Alter the amount of Sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Makes 6 to 8 Servings Ingredients Cherries *enough …

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    Creme Caramel à La Mode

    This dessert is called ‘Purin à La Mode’ in Japan. ‘Purin’ is a Japanese name for Creme Caramel. According to Wikipedia, this dessert was invented by a hotel in Yokohama to entertain wives of American GHQ officers after World War Ⅱ. I never knew that, but this dessert was always popular at family restaurants and …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Mango Jelly Dessert

    Australia is a lucky country regarding the fresh food. We have amazing variety of fresh Fruit and Vegetables available all year round. Now it’s Christmas time and delicious Mangos are in season. Try this simple jelly dessert when fresh mangos are available. The jelly sets softly, so individual serves would be the best. Makes 4 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Apricot Crumble Cake

    This delicious cake can be made with any seasonal fruit. This time I used Apricots. You may wish to use plums, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, etc. If you don’t have any seasonal fruit, canned fruit is totally fine. Enjoy with softly whipped cream or yoghurt. Cake Tin 20cm Square Cake Tin Crumble Butter 50g Brown …

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    Strawberry Sauce

    Do you like strawberry sauce topping for ice-cream, cheesecake or pancakes? I bet you do! Do you know what is in the shop-bought strawberry sauce? The most common ingredients are Water, Sugar, Strawberries, Thickener, Colour, Strawberry Flavour, Food Acid, Vegetable Gum and Preservative. Do you know what you need to make it at home? You …

  • Fruit Vegetables

    Fennel & Pear Salad

    The subtle sweetness of firm pear is so perfect for many salads. I have two favourite pear salads, ‘Rocket & Pear Salad’ with French dressing and this ‘Fennel & Pear Salad’ with lemony dressing. The dressing is lemony but not very sour. The reason why it is so lemony is because of the grated lemon …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Strawberry ‘Tiramisu’

    September 2018 in Australia, there was a report that a sawing needle had been found in a strawberry in Queensland. After the incident, more and more needles have been found in strawberries all over Australia, and some farmers were forced to dump their harvest as they couldn’t sell them. Strawberries totally disappeared from supermarkets for …

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    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 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    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 …

  • 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 …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    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 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    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 …

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