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Christmas January 5, 2019

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To celebrate Christmas, we had the final Recipe Club dinner for the year on Monday 17th December. Kerri and Laura made the dishes, with Laura hosting.

Drinks

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Kerri made two amazing cocktails that started and finished the meal – the “ornamentini” made within Christmas tree baubles, and chocolate peppermint martinis.

Entree

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Laura began the meal proper with a cream-cheese Christmas tree.

Mains

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The main course was maple mustard roasted turkey with harvest rice, orange carrots with yoghurt parsley dressing, smashed crispy roast potatoes with turmeric and coconut, and southern-style sweet potato salad.

Dessert

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Kerri made a gingerbread and cherry galette for dessert (together with the chocolate peppermint martinis).

 

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Brown Sugar January 5, 2019

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On Monday 12th November, we enjoyed a dinner themed around Brown Sugar. Franca and Jacinta created the dishes, with Jacinta hosting.

Drink

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To whet our appetites, we started with a brown sugar caipirinha.

Entree

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To start the meal, we began with bacon and onion jam, with cheeses.

Mains

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The main course was brown sugar and garlic butter pork, brown sugar bourbon sweet potato, apple slaw, and brown sugar cornbread.

Dessert

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To finish the meal, we had coconut and lime cheesecake with brown sugared pineapple.

Yellow January 5, 2019

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On Monday 15th October, Kerri and Laura created a Yellow dinner, with Laura hosting.

Drink

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We enjoyed a bourbon lemonade fruit punch.

Mains

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The mains were a yellow curry and a Thai chicken salad.

Dessert

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To finish the meal with yellow desserts, we had lemongrass parfait with pineapple salsa, and lemon brownies.

Fire January 5, 2019

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On Monday 3rd September, the theme of the dinner was Fire. Pam hosted, also providing savoury dishes, with Andrew providing drinks and dessert.

Drink

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Andrew made flaming Bailey’s Comet cocktails with cinnamon sparks, and flaming sugarcubes in lime floating in ginger beer (not shown).

Entree

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To begin the dinner, Pam served blow-torched asparagus with pistachio puree, and blow-torched sous-vide steak salad.

Mains

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For main course, Pam made a delicious sukiyaki.

Dessert

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Andrew made a dessert consisting of milk and white Belgian chocolate fondue with hazelnuts, glace ginger, toasted marshmallows and fruit, and with desiccated coconut and peanut butter powder.

Geometric Shapes January 5, 2019

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On Monday 6th August, Laura and Franca provided not just amazing-tasting food, but amazing-looking food, with a theme of Geometric Shapes. Laura hosted, and both Laura and Franca made sweet and savoury dishes.

Entree

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To begin the meal, Laura made vegetable samosas (in a tetrahedron shape).

Mains

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For main course, Laura served chicken involtini with smoked mozarella (in cylinders), and Franca made us arancini “balls” (in a conical shape).

Dessert

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To finish the meal, Laura gave us gluten-free lamingtons (in cubes), and Franca gave us the most spectacular dessert we’ve ever had – a chocolate sphere filled with raspberry ice-cream and raspberries, topped with peanut butter caramel sauce.

Layers January 5, 2019

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On Monday 16th July, as the winter weather had set in, we held a dinner on the theme of Layers. Kerri served dessert, and Andrew cooked the savoury dishes and hosted the dinner.

Mains

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Andrew served up Thomas Keller’s Confit Byaldi, a gluten-free Feteer Meshaltet (egyptian), and Rakott Krumpli (hungarian).

Dessert

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For dessert, Kerri made an Archeology Trifle.

Confit June 9, 2018

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On Monday 4th June, Pam hosted a recipe club on the theme of confit. Together with Jacinta, they showed off different types of confit style cooking.

Entre

To begin, Jacinta served us a slow-cooked tomato with feta and pesto.

Main

 

Pam followed with savoury dishes: a confit pork-belly, radish and apple salad, a white bean salad with confit garlic, and confit vegetables including fennel, carrot and beetroot.

Dessert

 

We finished with Jacinta’s lemon tart and orange config, and Pam’s confit apple and anzac biscuit with hazelnut icecream.

Nightshades June 9, 2018

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On Monday 7th May, Franca hosted the Nightshades dinner and served up dishes together with Laura.

Entre

Franca began the meal with roast chilli and bacon crumb.

Mains

   

Main course included an incredible moussaka and some other dishes I unfortunately can’t remember.

Dessert

 

Laura finished the meal with two desserts: a chilli chocolate mousse and a creme cheese cupcake.

Commonwealth Games June 9, 2018

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For Monday 9th April, the Commonwealth Games was in progress up on the Gold Coast, so it seemed like a suitable theme to celebrate Australia and the other countries of the Commonwealth. Jacinta hosted, and cooked the savoury dishes, with Andrew providing the sweet ones.

Drink

Jacinta got us in the green and gold mood with a pineapple mojito.

Entré

We began the meal with a not-so-traditional green and gold damper.

Main

  

Jacinta continued the theme with a vegemite meat pie served with green and gold vegetables, specifically peas with pancetta and bocconcini, and roast carrots, pumpkin and parsnip.

Dessert

 

To finish, Andrew served a matcha roll cake with blueberries (the colours green, white, and blue for the Sierra Leone flag) and a Maltese almond and chocolate pie made with Maltese rusks (with white and red being the colours of the Maltese flag).

West African June 9, 2018

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On Monday 5th March, Pam hosted a dinner themed on West African food, cooking together with Kerri.

Drink

The meal was complemented with a striking drink called Zobo (hibiscus tea) from Nigeria.

Main

   

The savoury dishes were roasted peppers oxtail stew (Nigeria), mafe (West Africa), jollof rice with chicken (Ghana), with fried plantains.

Dessert

 

To conclude, we had some sweet Sierra Leone morsels: kanya / peanut bites and akaras / banana fritters.