Mushroom Farfalle + Win a Trip to New York Courtesy of Lindeman’s

This post is sponsored by Lindeman’s.

I made two trips to America in the same year back in the 90s, but neither trip saw a visit to New York. So when I think of New York inspired food I think of pizza courtesy of Carrie Bradshaw on one of her nights out with Miranda. Or pasta, I imagine there to be an abundance of fabulous authentic pasta on offer made with Italian history that dates way back. I picture quaint little family owned restaurants with old wooden tables adorned with tablecloths and the smell of freshly fried garlic filling the air. This is of course just my assumption and imagination, I really have no idea other than what I have read or seen in movies.

Food made famous by New York in my mind includes hot dogs (everyone knows there are hotdog stands in NY), Buffalo Wings (thank you Jessica Simpson – can you see where I draw my food knowledge from here?), New York style cheesecake, and of course the humble bagel. I imagine if I did ever visit New York I’d be wanting to try the lot. I was excited by the discovery of Oreo biscuits in a 7-Eleven in Michigan (we didn’t have them in Australia back then) so you can believe that the sight of a hotdog stand would cause all sorts of frenzy. Don’t even get me started on marshmallow s’mores.

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March 14, 2014 - 10:25 am

Riccina - I love New York style Mexican food. I definitely recommned Dos Caminos to the lucky winner.

March 15, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Mother Down Under - A little New York tip for you…if you ever get to Magnolia bakery, bypass the cupcakes in favour of the banana pudding. Out of this world good and definitely an American speciality!

March 30, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Peggy Saas - Ooh I will keep that in mind should I ever visit New York Riccina.

March 30, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Peggy Saas - Banana pudding is the business! Actually that reminds me, I haven’t had it in ages. I would probably get sidetracked by cupcakes, so thanks for the tip!

Chocolate Coconut Slice // So Easy the Kids Can Make it!

I was on the lookout for a delicious slice using oats after my recent flapjack revelation courtesy of Lunchlady, but somehow I wound up on a chocolate/coconut tangent. I love that everything I needed for this slice was right there in my pantry. It was meant to be.

Unfortunately I am not one of those folks who exercises regularly to balance out all the food I want to eat above my ‘need’ per day, so when something like this pops out the oven, I promptly slice it up and pop it over the fence to my neighbour. We are blessed that our neighbours are seriously generous. They not only walk our dog, offer to lend me their lawnmower and sometimes house sit when we go away, they also love the sweet stuff and are willing to take any baked goods off my hands. Chocolate is my one true vice and I find it hard to resist so I secretly wanted to keep this for myself, but it can’t be. I probably could take up exercise some day and then I wouldn’t be faced with this dilemma to share or not to share. But then maybe not. It’s the least I can do for the dog walks and cuddles over the fence (yes our dog gets those too).

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March 9, 2014 - 10:36 am

scrimpchimp - I am loving your choice of recipes. Will make this with my girls who love anything with chocolate in it.

March 11, 2014 - 4:04 am

The Life of Clare - This slice looks so deliciously easy, just like you said.

March 21, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Poppy Treacle - These look yummy!! Will defiantly be giving these a go, if you love coconut you should give out coconut meringues a go.. There lovely and so easy to make x x

March 27, 2014 - 11:34 am

Michelle - This has always been a favourite recipe of mine to make, it reminds me of being a kid again! So chocolately and delicious!!

March 30, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Cindy. This one is super easy yet delightful. Definitely going to be a firm favourite round these parts. Enjoy!

March 30, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Peggy Saas - It’s funny Clare, sometimes I wonder if the super easy recipe will wind up boring. But this one definitely is far from that. Simple yes, but so delicious.

March 30, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Peggy Saas - Ooooh coconut meringues sound delightful! Will definitely check that out Megan. Thank you!

March 30, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Peggy Saas - Yes Michelle, I was a huge fan of the chocolate brownie as a kid, so this comes a close second. They sure do feel like home.

The Perfect Last-Day-of-Summer Cake // Lemon Sour Cream Sponge with Yogurt Glaze + Fresh Blueberries

Have you ever been so focussed on something that it’s all you can think about? The mind is a wondrous thing, taking us from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. I used to be a serial worrywart, even as a kid I remember spending hours one afternoon scaring myself over the fact our suburb, which was situated some 30km from the sea, may just get wiped out by a tidal wave. I’d ask people questions to try to soothe my mind but if you know anything about the highly inquisitive mind you’d know too much information does the complete opposite. Although over the years I am now less inclined to worry about things such as tidal waves, I can easily find myself fixating on something to the point it consumes me.

This week, it has been my first ever photography showcase.

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March 3, 2014 - 9:04 pm

Carla - I have been making this sour cream cake from the women’s weekly cookbook for so long. It’s one of my favourites, so easy and so moist. I’ve never tried blueberries on top. Looks a lot more enticing x

March 4, 2014 - 8:54 am

angelica | table twenty eight - Ah, the time-proven Woman’s Weekly… Often passed up for more trendy, modern, stylishly photographed cook books – but still with some of the best recipes around. Mum’s made so many classics from the Cakes & Biscuits book!

March 30, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Peggy Saas - You can go past the Women’s Weekly cookbooks hey Carla. The recipes never fail. This is definitely one of my favourites too. Blueberries with lemon is always a lovely combination.

March 30, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Peggy Saas - I agree Angelica, I am a huge fan even though they aren’t of the trendy modern variety. The recipes are just good old, simple classics. The Cakes & Biscuits book is also one of my faves, love the slices one too.

Asian Slaw // The Lazy Man’s Lunch

I used to have a million excuses for not preparing healthy meals. Too tired. Not enough time. Don’t have the right ingredients. Too tired. Just plain lazy really. These days I am a lot more conscious about what I eat. Although I still mostly eat what I like in some kind of unstructured moderation (sugar, chocolate, cake, ice cream etc etc), my diets tips more onto the healthy side and I actually want to eat healthier meals more often than not.

One thing I prepare a lot of and have become much more experimental with over the years are salads. In the warmer months I crave them, I pretty much want to eat them every day for at least one meal. I decided to try an Asian slaw purely for the fact that we love coleslaw, and I don’t have a decent repertoire of cabbage dishes. This recipe literally took me five minutes to prepare, so my old ‘don’t have time/too tired’ excuses were fairly lame given it would take longer and require more effort to make anything even slightly unhealthy in comparison.

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March 1, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Your One and Only Loving Mother - I love cabbage as you know, both cooked and raw. Made this salad yesterday and it is absolutely beautiful. I find that it tasts better the day after for some reason. I used my mandolin to shred the which made it much finer.

March 8, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Peggy Saas - I agree, it did taste nicer the next day. I love me some leftovers for lunch. Glad you tried it. :)

March 25, 2014 - 6:08 am

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Roasted Fig & Mascarpone Tarts

I have a foodie confession. Until recently I hadn’t eaten fresh figs. I know, I know. 

But more surprisingly, I tried roasted figs caramelised in delicious brown sugar for the first time. Holy smoke guys, why hasn’t anyone told me about this before!

How I got onto the fig phenomenon is, I decided one bright sunny day that I would submit an application to showcase my photos at a local exhibition. Like anything else that requires my creative spirit’s involvement, I looked for a minute, digested the fact it would be freaking scary, and jumped in anyway. Next day I woke up and the reality hit. Oh shit. So my head has been throwing around food photo ideas non-stop since. 

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February 20, 2014 - 8:20 pm

scrimpchimp - Stunning & awe-inspiring photos. I love figs, handy fig recipe to have and try.

February 21, 2014 - 12:24 am

Deb - Such sparkling tarts! Fresh figs are are so enchanting and you have captured their all their voluptuous goodness!

February 27, 2014 - 7:18 am

angelica | table twenty eight - Peggy, they look absolutely delicious!
I can almost taste the jammy sweetness, creaminess and vibrant lemon zest… YUM!

February 28, 2014 - 9:57 am

Peggy Saas - Thank you. It’s a very easy fig recipe that tastes delightful!

February 28, 2014 - 9:58 am

Peggy Saas - Thank you Deb. They photograph beautifully, I think they’re one of those foods that actually look better in photos.

February 28, 2014 - 9:59 am

Peggy Saas - Thanks Angelica. Those flavours you mentioned are exactly what came to mind as I took a bite – jammy fig sweetness and creaminess with a hint of lemon.