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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.

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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.

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.

Foods of Love March 13, 2016

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As the evening after Valentine’s Day, our dinner on Monday 15th February took the theme of the “Foods of Love”. Or, more specifically, ingredients considered aphrodisiacs, e.g. due to their looks or taste. Jacinta hosted, and provided the savoury dishes along with Laura’s sweet ones.

Entré

Love Theme - Jacinta's Entre

To begin the meal, Jacinta served us roasted figs with goats cheese.

Mains

Love Theme - Jacinta's Main (1 of 4) Love Theme - Jacinta's Main (4 of 4) Love Theme - Jacinta's Main (2 of 4) Love Theme - Jacinta's Main (3 of 4)

The main course was chicken mole with roast vegetables and basmati rice.

Dessert

Love Theme - Laura's Dessert (1 of 2) Love Theme - Laura's Dessert (2 of 2)

Laura’s dessert was slices of Persian love cake with apple roses and macadamia icecream.

Champagne December 23, 2015

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On Monday 2nd November (the night before the Melbourne Cup), Laura hosted the Champagne dinner. Laura did the savoury courses and Jacinta made the sweet ones.

Entré

Champagne Theme - Laura's Entree (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Laura's Entree (2 of 2)

To begin the meal, Laura served us champagne chicken liver pate, and Nigella’s champagne risotto.

Main

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

Laura’s main course was chicken with champagne and mushroom sauce and a delicious champagne and strawberry salad.

Dessert

Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (2 of 2)

To conclude the meal, Jacinta made champagne cupcakes with strawberry frosting and a dessert platter of frozen champagne mousse with mini meringues and truffles.

Carrot October 3, 2015

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On Monday 3rd August, Pam hosted the recipe club, but it was Laura and Jacinta that were the cooks for the evening, with the theme being: carrot!

Entré

Carrot Theme -

Laura begun the dinner with a surprising and refreshing orange, carrot and mint soup.

Mains

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Laura then followed with several more carrot dishes: savoury carrot souffle, caramelised purple carrot risotto, and warm carrot with red capsicum and haloumi salad.

Dessert

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Jacinta proved her creativity by finishing the dinner with some sweet carrot treats: carrot halwa, and orange and purple carrot panna cotta with candied carrots.

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.

Entré

 

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.

Dessert

 

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.

Barbecue April 11, 2015

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On Monday 5th January, we launched another year of recipe club with a dinner inspired by the barbecue. Laura hosted, and cooked together with Andrew.

Entré and Drinks

BBQ Theme - Andrew's Entree BBQ Theme - Laura's Punch

While the main course was cooking, Andrew provided a dish of smoked polish sausage and Laura served a refreshing punch.

Mains

BBQ Theme - Andrew's Main BBQ Theme - Laura's Main (1 of 3) BBQ Theme - Laura's Main (3 of 3) BBQ Theme - Laura's Main (2 of 3)

For main course, Andrew made two types of home-made sausages: pork, apple and caramelised onion, and pork with sage and red wine. Laura served a Greek lamb salad, haloumi and capsicum parcels and Changs cabbage salad.

Dessert

BBQ Theme - Laura's DessertTo conclude, Laura made a delicious dessert of sticky rice in banana leaves.

Languishing Cookbook November 29, 2014

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On Monday 6th October, Andrew hosted the dinner on the theme of the languishing cookbook, together with Laura. The idea was that dishes should come from a cookbook that has been languishing, unused on the shelf.

Mains

 

Languishing Cookbook Theme - Andrew's Main (1 of 3) Languishing Cookbook Theme - Andrew's Main (2 of 3) Languishing Cookbook Theme - Andrew's Main (3 of 3)

Andrew discovered some Indian recipes from Poh Ling Yeow’s book “Poh’s Kitchen”. His main course included pistacchio chicken korma with tomato
rice and papadums, with a side of tandoori broccoli.

Dessert

 

Languishing Cookbook Theme - Laura's Dessert (1 of 2) Languishing Cookbook Theme - Laura's Dessert (2 of 2)

Laura’s desserts came from The Great Australian Bake-Off cookbook. She made Jonathan’s Chocolate Wheel Biscuits and Jonathan’s Strawberry Creme Brulee Tart.

Superfoods August 9, 2014

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On Monday 14th July, we had Superfoods. Jacinta hosted and, along with Laura, provided us with dishes that included ingredients known to be superfoods, whatever that really means. In any case, they were very tasty!

Entre

Superfood Theme - Laura Entree

To whet our appetites, Laura started us on some kale and parmesan chips.

Mains

Superfood Theme - Jacinta Main (1 of 3) Superfood Theme - Jacinta Main (2 of 3) Superfood Theme - Jacinta Main (3 of 3)

Jacinta gave us a main course including quinoa, kale and beetroot salad, sweet potato latkes, and skillet popped lentils.

Dessert

Superfood Theme - Laura Dessert (1 of 2) Superfood Theme - Laura Dessert (2 of 2)

To finish, Laura made quinoa puddings and chocolate chia seed biscuits.