Monthly Archives: January 2015

SATURDAY COOKING: BERRY AND BUTTERMILK CAKE

I’m getting back into cooking and I found this BERRY AND BUTTERMILK CAKE recipe in “Apples for jam” by Tessa Kiros. And it was handy I had fresh blueberries in my fridge ( a very limited and expensive season here in Perth). Very simple to make, not much sugar in it and quick to bake.
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315g plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
90g caster sugar
freshly ground nutmeg
2 eggs
250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
60g butter, melted
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
150g fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons Demerara sugar

makes 12-15 squares

Method:

    1. Preheat oven to 200°C. grease and flour a 30×20cm tin with sides at least 5cm high.
    2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the sugar and a few grinds of nutmeg. Put the eggs in a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. Add the buttermilk, butter and lemon zest and beat together well. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix gently with a wooden spoon just until everything is combined. If you beat too hard the cake will be tough.
    3. Spoon the mixture into the tin, spreading it thinly to reach all four sides. Scatter the blueberries over the top and sprinkle these with Demerara sugar
    4. Put in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into squares. This keeps well in a biscuit tin for up to a week.
    5. Eat!

Tessa Kiros says that strawberries also work but suggests that frozen berries are ” a bit too mushy and will collapse”. I think that as long as they are defrosted and strained, it should be ok.
The cake’s texture is a bit “spongy”. Next time, I will add berries in the mix as well as on top of the cake. I used ground nutmeg because I don’t have any fresh. Be careful with the amount you put in, nutmeg has a strong flavour.
I didn’t have a rectangular tin, so I used a 20cm round cake tin. I baked the cake for about 40 minutes, until there was a bit of colour from the sugar on top.

Australia Day news

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Happy Australia Day to all! Celebrate with poy n sauce!
I’ve had a holidays, so my blogging has got a bit slack. But things are back on track with the regular posts like Monday Lifelines, Saturday Cooking and Dag Deals of the week (Valentine’s day is on the way and Easter is just around the corner… Who hasn’t seen hot cross buns yet?). I will also put a lot of photos up about my recent holidays in New Zealand in the next few weeks. It was a wonderful country to discover and it was easy to take lots of pictures! I’m working on a super healthy list of foods that you will love (for all the wrong reasons…). And I’m sure I can come up with more daggy topics for 2015.
I will also work on the recipe index so you can click on the recipe and that will take you directly to the relevant page. And maybe I will write something about me…
Have a noice day!
Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!

Breakfasts in New Zealand

Matheson Café, Lake Matheson. Fox Glacier.
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Potato and mustard rosti, streaky bacon, tomato, poached egg, smoked paprika Hollandaise.

Relishes Café. Wanaka.
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Scrambled eggs, pork and fennel sausage, bacon, tomato, toast and onion marmalade.

Muddy Creek Café. Omakau.
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Venison pie.

Otago Farmers Market. Dunedin.
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Rainier cherries, apricots, chocolate and custard brioche and a steak, mushroom and red wine pie.

Alibi. Dunedin.
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Bacon buttie: streaky bacon on a buttered bap with BBQ sauce and aioli with hand-cut chips.

Capers. Dunedin.
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Eggs Benedict with fresh salmon and hash brown.

Monday Lifelines: how to talk kiwi part 2

Here is the second part of how to speak kiwi.

Duffy cult – not easy
Amejan – visualise
Day old chuck – very young poultry
Bug hut – popular recording
Bun button – been bitten by insect
Beard – place to sleep
Chully bun – esky
Sucks peck – half a dozen beers
Ear New Zulland – New Zealand airline company
Beers – large savage animals found in US forests
Veerjun – mythical New Zealand maiden
One doze – well known computer program
Brudge – structure spanning a stream
Sex – one less than sivven
Tin – one more than nine
Iggs Ecktly – precisely
Earplane – large flying machine
Beggage chucken – place to leave your suitcase at the earport
Sivven Sucks Sivven – larhe Boeing aircraft
Sivven Four Sivven – large Boeing aircraft
Cuds – children
Pits – domestic animals
Cuttin – baby cat
Munce – usually served on toast

Monday Lifelines: how to speak kiwi part 1

A trip to New Zealand is the perfect opportunity to brush up my Kiwi accent. Here it goes.

How to speak New Zealander.
For bist efict, rid these aloud!!

Milburn – capital of Victoria
Peck – to fill a suitcase
Pissed aside – chemical which kills insects
Pigs – for hanging out washing with
Pump – to act as agent for prostitutes
Pug – large animal with a curly tail
Nin tin dough – computer game
Munner stroney – soup
Min – male of the species
Mess kara – eye makeup
McKennock – person who fixes cars
Mere – mayor
Leather – foam produced from soap
Lift – departed
Kiri Pecker – famous Australian businessman
Kittle crusps – potato chips
Ken’s – Cairns
Jumbo – pet name for someone called Jim
Jungle Bills – Christmas carols
Inner me – enemy
Guess – vapour
Fush – marine creature
Fitter cheney – type of pasta
Ever cardeau – avocado
Fear hear – blonde
Ear – mix of nitrogen and oxygen
Ear roebucks – exercise at the gym