Been feeling guilty about that daily chocolate fix? Shaming yourself for that afternoon craving? Stop it, I say! February is National Chocolate Month, a time to come out loud and proud and treat yourself to luscious, creamy, chocolatey goodness -- every day, if you must. Where to start? Well, if you let the folks who … Continue reading Drink Local: Chocolate Indulgence
This is a story of how best-laid plans and good intentions kinda went off the rails. ICYMI, January 26 was Australia Day. Kind of a big deal -- national holiday and all that -- Australia Day is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson, aka Sydney Harbor. Lacking a better … Continue reading Lesson Learned: Making Lamingtons
I hope you rested up after National Doughnut Day yesterday, because today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Come to think of it, you better pace yourself because June is packed full of sweet food holidays. Oh, and in case you missed it, National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day was on June 2, but don't … Continue reading I Scream, You Scream: Rich Chocolate Sherbet and Rocky Road Redux
Ready to make the filling for Orange-Scented Anzac Biscuits with Dark-Chocolate Truffle Filling? If you're just jumping in here, you might want to pop on over to read Part One of this story to get caught up. Part One gives you a short history of ANZAC day and Anzac biscuits, along with my orange-scented version of … Continue reading Part Deux: Orange-Scented Anzac Biscuits with Dark-Chocolate Truffle Filling
Australian food -- not the new, ModOz cuisine of today's successful Australian restaurants, but the traditional Australian food that was made by my grandmothers and great-grandmothers -- is funny stuff. More often than not, recipes were the result of creative problem solving, a need to economize, and usually had a bit of folklore attached. Take … Continue reading Inspired: Making ANZAC Biscuits (Part One)
I was feeling a bit nostalgic for Easter treats this week and decided to pull something from the Gâteau et Ganache archives: passion fruit daisy marshmallows. For years I made a spring trio of fruit marshmallows -- strawberry, passion fruit, and lemon -- cut into daisy shapes and finished with a button of dark chocolate … Continue reading Marshmallows and Chocolate, Oh My!
A decade ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find macarons in the Bay Area, let alone in the 650. If you mentioned macarons to most people, they'd think you meant a macaroon -- the coconut cookie popular at Passover -- or that you were trying to be fancy when what you should have said was "French … Continue reading Have You Had Your Macaron Today?