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  1. Are you flirting with me? The apocryphal story goes: a Persian woman was madly in love with a prince. To have him fall in love with her, she baked him a cake, filled with sweet cardamom, pistachios and rose petals. The cake was said to have magical love powers. Etc, and so on and so forth.
  2. Persian Love Cake, with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom caramel mud cake, black pepper syrup, freeze-dried raspberries, toasted pistachios, rosewater and orgeat mascarpone buttercream, crushed pomegranate meringue, dried rose petals, and gold-leafed figs.
  3. Dorie Greenspan’s slow-roasted pineapple, caramelised until it’s almost translucent and candied in rum, apricot jam, habanero peach jelly, fresh orange juice, star anise, all spice berries and soft Vietnamese cinnamon.
  4. Probably the most rustic-looking thing I’ve ever made, but I’m sure they taste OK; fig, Armagnac and pistachio frangipane tartlets. And a rhubarb version, for the fig-haters. Or a fig version, for the rhubarb-haters.
  5. Well, the unexamined life is not worth living!
  6. I specifically searched out a brand with no shrimp paste - Maesri. Ingredients: Fresh Chilli, Garlic, Fingerroot, Shallot, Lemongrass, Salt, Sweet Basil, Kaffir Lime, Sugar, Spices, Galangal.
  7. I am mega stressed lately, so I do things like get out of bed and bake at 3am to try to chillax - this is a three layer devil’s food chocolate cake, glazed in ginger syrup, filled with dark chocolate ganache into which I’d steeped 8 Kaffir lime leaves and 4 Thai birdseye chillies, coated the cake in Italian meringue buttercream spiked with a tablespoonful of Thai green curry paste (gasp!), and garnished with pistachios candied with white pepper and smoked salt, and Thai rose petals. Strange flavour cake; strangely compelling.
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    On holiday in an oyster-growing region, so....the biggest oyster I’ve ever had - twice the size of my hand - the red is Tabasco. And then three dozen Sydney Rock oysters. YES, BY MYSELF.
  9. Thats' the Sydney Harbour Bridge; if I turned the camera a little to the right, you'd have a splendid view of the Sydney Opera House.
  10. Things I've made lately; Strawberry mascarpone meringue trifle; which involved four layers of chewy coconut meringue, six punnets of fresh strawberries, an entire bag of freeze-dried strawberries, 1.5kg of mascarpone, 15 eggs, an entire jar of vanilla bean paste, a whole lotta sugar, and a trifle dish. Office morning teas; I rule em. Vanilla eclairs, also for office people: Concrete cake, which is just layers of vanilla butter cake and French raspberry buttercream. I gifted it to my friend, look how happy she is!
  11. I've been trying to enrol there and can't get anyone to respond at all - please let me know if you succeed!
  12. I'm so dedicated to office baking, I keep my own marble cake stand here!
  13. How’s that for a Monday morning office cake; layers of pistachio dacquoise/meringue, white chocolate mousse, yuzu curd, and thick, fudgy pistachio ganache. Decorated with pistachio and smoked salt praline, cornflowers, and gold leaf. And because last week a whole bunch of office punters complained that they missed out on cake...I made two of them.