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Tofu August 7, 2016

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On Monday 4th July, Franca and Laura served us up a delicious dinner based around Tofu as the hero ingredient. Franca hosted and served up the savoury dishes, while Laura provided us with the sweet ones.

Entre

Tofu Theme - Franca entree

To begin, Franca made us a delicious soup with silken tofu.

Mains

Tofu Theme - Franca mains (1 of 2) Tofu Theme - Franca mains (2 of 2)

Franca then served us two savoury dishes for main course: bean-curd wraps and an eggplant and firm tofu stirfry.

Dessert

Tofu Theme - Laura dessert (1 of 2) Tofu Theme - Laura dessert (2 of 2)

Laura concluded the meal with two sweet dishes: chocolate and tofu cheesecake with maple and coconut (dairy-free) icecream, and tofu, choc-chip and pecan cookies.

White Chocolate and Cranberry Bread-and-Butter-Pudding August 7, 2016

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Winter Celebration ThemeThis was a component of the dessert in the Winter Celebration dinner, and is based on this bread and butter pudding recipe.

I used mandarins instead of satsumas.

Vanilla and Clove Icecream (Winter Celebration) August 7, 2016

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Winter Celebration ThemeThis was a component of the dessert in the Winter Celebration dinner, and is based on this vanilla icecream recipe.

I added 6 cloves to the custard as it was cooking and steeped them overnight, straining them out when I put the custard into the ice-cream churner.

 

Winter Celebration August 7, 2016

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On Monday 6th June, Kerri and Pam served us delicious, warm food that was appropriately a Winter Celebration. For this dinner, Kerri hosted.

Entré

Winter Celebration Theme

To begin, Pam served us a roasted fennel, red onion and orange salad.

Main

Winter Celebration Theme

The hearty main dish was Pam’s Andalusian stew.

Dessert

Winter Celebration Theme Winter Celebration Theme

To conclude the meal, Kerri served two desserts: a walnut cake with vanilla and clove ice cream, and a white chocolate and cranberry bread-and-butter-pudding with cranberry and mandarin suzette.

Chicken Enchilada Bundt Bread (Tins and Moulds) May 21, 2016

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Tins and Moulds - Jacinta's Mains (1 of 2)This dish was served as the main course at the Tins and Moulds dinner.

Chicken Enchilada Bundt Bread

The bundt bread was based on a recipe on the Old El Paso website.

I tripled the filling as I wanted to make three (two meat and one vegetarian).
For the vegetarian bundt bread I roasted some red and yellow mini capsicums and added those to the filling. I used two Jiffy cornbread packets that I had from a recent trip to the US.
For the two chicken enchilada breads I made my own cornbread as I needed it to be gluten free. I used this recipe here as a bit of a guide but weighed the two packets of Jiffy cornbread mix to get a feel for how much cornmeal and flour I would need. I used polenta (you can grind up polenta to make cornmeal if you really want to) and gluten-free plain flour.

I used 4 cups polenta and 1 cup gluten free plain flour. I also made my own buttermilk (1 tsp white vinegar to 1 cup milk and leave to to stand for 10-15 mins) and used about 2 and 3/4 cups of it and 2 eggs. I used about 150gms of melted butter. I didn’t use the bacon drippings (that was just needed to grease the pan) or the sugar. I did use about 1/2 tsp salt. I’m also not sure about the quantities in this recipe for baking soda (bi-carb soda). I considered this to be way too much and only used 1 scant tsp for the double mixture. Most other recipes call for baking powder so I’m not sure if this was a typo.

I then made the bundt breads as per the recipe. I used a mix of Kraft Mexican blend cheese and shredded Colby.

Tips

  • Grease the tins really well.
  • Use less than half the cornbread mix first because the tin is smaller at the bottom and you end up with a thick layer if you use half and then don’t have enough for the next layer (I had to make another quick batch of cornbread – 3/4 cup polenta 1/4 cup g/f plain flour, 1 egg, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/8tsp baking soda).
  • Keep the filling narrow and push down the cornbread so that the two layers of cornbread meet otherwise you can see the layer of filling and it separates when you tip it out of the tin.

FYI – this recipe served 6 easily (and not 4 as stated).

Mexican Salsa

I also made this salsa to serve with the bread.

Because I wasn’t following the recipe closely I sauteed my onion for 5-10 mins. I used tinned tomatoes and blitzed them with a hand-held blender before I added to the pan. I also just finely chopped the coriander because I had forgotten to add to the tinned tomatoes. I didn’t add cumin but did use the juice of a lime. I also used about six slices of jalapenos from a jar instead of the 2-3 hot peppers and it definitely wasn’t very spicy so I would add a few more next time.

Avocado and Cucumber Mousse (Tins and Moulds) May 21, 2016

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Tins and Moulds - Jacinta's EntreeFor entree at the Tins and Moulds dinner, I made a avocado and cucumber mousse, based on a recipe at this blog.

I doubled the recipe but only because I wasn’t sure how much mousse this recipe made and I needed it to fit in the fish shaped mould (not shown).  I didn’t use the salsa recipe but instead just finely chopped red and yellow mini roma tomatoes, spring onion and added a bit of pepper and a glug of olive oil.  I also served with celery sticks and corn chips.

Tins and Moulds May 21, 2016

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On Monday 9th May, Jacinta hosted a dinner that was a celebration of tins and moulds. Jacinta cooked the savoury dishes and Andrew made dessert.

Entré

Tins and Moulds - Jacinta's Entree

To begin the evening, Jacinta made us an avocado and cucumber mousse.

Mains

Tins and Moulds - Jacinta's Mains (1 of 2)

Jacinta followed up with a chicken enchilada bundt bread with mexican salsa.

Dessert

Tins and Moulds - Andrew's Dessert

For dessert, Andrew plated up slices of date and walnut nut loaf with discs of home-made cultured butter, Melbourne-breakfast flavoured tea jellies, and dollops of date syrup.

Pomegranate May 21, 2016

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On Monday 11th April, our dinner was themed around Pomegranate! Laura hosted and cooked the dishes with Kerri.

Drinks

Pomegranate Theme - Kerri's Drink

Kerri provided refreshments in the form of a pomegranate margarita cocktail.

Entré

Pomegranate Theme - Laura's Entre

The first dish was Laura’s pomegranate-infused spaghetti with garlic sage butter.

Mains

Pomegranate Theme - Laura's Main (1 of 2) Pomegranate Theme - Laura's Main (2 of 2)

For mains, Laura served up a spinach and pomegranate salad and a pork roast with pomegranate and walnut filling.

Dessert

Pomegranate Theme - Kerri's Dessert

The scrumptious end to the meal was Kerri’s pomegranate cheesecake.

Rolled March 15, 2016

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On Monday 7th March, Pam hosted the dinner with the theme of Rolled food, and made many many dishes along with Franca.

Mains

Rolled Theme - Franca's Main (2 of 4) Rolled Theme - Franca's Main (1 of 4) Rolled Theme - Pam's Main (1 of 3) Rolled Theme - Pam's Main (2 of 3) Rolled Theme - Franca's Main (3 of 4) Rolled Theme - Pam's Main (3 of 3)

The many tasty morsels included BBQ pork rice noodle rolls (Franca), stuffed bean curd sheet rolls (Pam), vegetable Manchurian (Pam), cheese-stuffed chicken rolled in prosciutto (Franca), and korokke (Pam).

Dessert

Rolled Theme - Franca's Main (4 of 4) Rolled Theme - Pam's Dessert (1 of 2)

To finish, Franca served peanut-stuffed glutinous rice dumplings in ginger broth, and Pam served chocolate roulade.

Mole Chicken (Foods of Love) March 14, 2016

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This dish was served at the Foods of Love dinner, and is based on a couple of recipes.

Love Theme - Jacinta's Main (4 of 4)Mole Sauce

I used this Pati Jinich recipe.

I omitted the almonds (because of an allergy) and anise seeds (because I couldn’t find them in any of the four shops I went to). I used peanut butter instead of peanuts. I also used a range of fresh and dried chillies and tinned chipotles in adobe sauce. Because I was worried about it being too hot (cooking the sauce was making my eyes water) I removed the chillies before blending and it ended up being quite mild. I made the sauce the day before and it was very, very earthy and quite bitter. I googled ‘how to fix a bitter mole’ and basically determined that mole’s need a lot of sugar and salt to taste good so i kept adding agave syrup and salt until it tasted ok. Approx 1/3-1/2 cup agave syrup and 1-2tsps salt.

Love Theme - Jacinta's Main (1 of 4)Chicken Mole

I then cooked the sauce and chicken according to this David Lebovitz recipe.

I used about 1.5kg of thigh fillets instead of a whole chicken and only used about half of the mole from the first recipe.

I served it with fresh limes, basmati rice and roasted vegetables. I roasted sweet potato, red onion, zucchini and corn with some oil and dried oregano.