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Quince August 12, 2017

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For Monday 1st May, the theme was Quince. Franca hosted the dinner, and cooked the dishes together with Jacinta.

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The meal began with quince toast topped with prosciutto and cheese-stuffed quince-glazed prunes.

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The main course was Persian lamb shanks with a polenta and pomegranate salad.

Dessert

 

To conclude the dinner, we had cheese crackers with quince paste and a quince cake.

Pandan August 12, 2017

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For Monday 13th February, the theme was Pandan. Franca hosted the dinner, and cooked the dishes together with Jacinta.

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All Time Favourites October 23, 2016

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For Monday 3rd October, Laura and Franca took a different approach to the dinner, asking the rest of the recipe club what were their “all time favourite” entrees, mains, desserts and party drinks. Each dish was inspired by the favourite of a different person.

Full details to be provided later.

Drink

All Time Favourites Theme - Party Drink

Entré

All Time Favourites Theme - Entre

 

Main

All Time Favourites Theme - Mains (3 of 3) All Time Favourites Theme - Mains (1 of 3) All Time Favourites Theme - Mains (2 of 3)

 

Dessert

All Time Favourites Theme - Dessert

 

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.

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.

Christmas December 24, 2015

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On Monday 14th December, we had our traditional Christmas-themed get together. Unlike previous years, where we solely made Christmas sweets and nibblies, this was a full Christmas dinner. Franca hosted, and cooked together with Pam.

Entré and Drinks

Christmas Theme - Pam's Drink (1 of 2) Christmas Theme - Pam's Drink (2 of 2) Christmas Theme - Franca's Entree

To help get us into the Christmas spirit(s), Pam served some appropriate drinks: a festive punch and Christmas pudding vodka. A little while after, we then begun the meal proper with Franca’s watermelon and fetta salad (note how the melon is in the shape of stars).

Mains

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

The main course was a joint affair. Pam made a delicious roast pork belly, and Franca made us garlic bread, roast lamb and a mulled wine gravy.

Dessert

Christmas Theme - Franca's Dessert Christmas Theme - Pam's Dessert

To conclude, Franca served up a pumpkin-spice cheese cake, and Pam presented us with a passionfruit, lychee and coconut yule log.

Caramel October 3, 2015

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Shocking to all of us was the discovery that over the years of Recipe Club, we never had a caramel theme. So, on Monday 7th September, Andrew hosted a caramel dinner, cooking the savoury dishes with Franca cooking the sweet dishes.

Entré

Caramel Theme - Andrew Entree

To begin the evening, Andrew served a red wine caramel sauce drizzled on goat’s cheese and walnuts on crackers.

Mains

Caramel Theme - Andrew Main (3 of 3) Caramel Theme - Andrew Main (2 of 3) Caramel Theme - Andrew Main (1 of 3)

The main course from Andrew was Neil Perry’s pork hocks with chilli caramel saucecaramel chicken, and salted caramel carrots and parsnips.

Dessert

Caramel Theme - Franca Dessert (1 of 2) Caramel Theme - Franca Dessert (2 of 2)

Franca ended the meal with sophistication, with coconut creme caramel and a salted caramel dipping sauce.

Brinner June 8, 2015

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On Monday 4th May, Franca hosted a dinner that was also breakfast – it was “brinner”. Laura joined her in providing the dishes for the evening.

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Brinner Theme - Franca's Entree

To start, Franca served us a delicious congee.

Mains

 

Brinner Theme - Franca's Main (1 of 2) Brinner Theme - Franca's Main (2 of 2)

Franca followed up with spanish baked eggs with chorizo, and a selection of fried delicacies: mushroom, bacon and potato rosti.

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Brinner Theme - Franca's Dessert Brinner Theme - Laura's Dessert (1 of 2) Brinner Theme - Laura's Dessert (2 of 2)

For dessert, Laura served us a multitude of dishes. There was a yoghurt panna cotta with rasberry-rhubarb coulis, a caramel-espresso lassi, and a cinnamon “coffee” cake.

Basil April 11, 2015

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The theme for Monday 2nd February was Basil – but nothing to do with Fawlty Towers. Pam hosted and cooked the savoury courses, while Franca provided the sweet courses.

Entré and Drinks

Basil Theme - Franca's Drink Basil Theme - Pam's Entree

Franca served up drinks with basil seeds, and Pam started off the food with a Thai zucchini and corn soup (with Thai basil).

Mains

Basil Theme - Pam's Main (2 of 2) Basil Theme - Pam's Main (1 of 2)

For main course, Pam cooked lamb with basil mouselline, with roast vegetables topped with Provencal granola.

Dessert

Basil Theme - Franca's Dessert (1 of 2) Basil Theme - Franca's Dessert (2 of 2)

To finish the meal, Franca made us individual basil-flavoured pavlovas and a basil sorbet.

Jelly November 29, 2014

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On Monday 17th November, Pam and Franca – who also hosted – served us an amazing dinner of Jellied Food.

Entré

 Jelly Theme - Franca's Entre Jelly Theme - Pam's Entre

The dinner began with Franca’s chicken liver pate under a port jelly and Pam’s roast lamb on lamb jelly.

Mains

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

For mains, Franca served a pork pot pie (with jelly filling) and buttered carrots and mushy peas.

Dessert

Jelly Theme - Pam's Dessert Jelly Theme - Franca's Dessert

The final course included Pam’s fruit jellies and a muscat Jelly with berries and cream from Franca.