Lemon Meringue Tarts

November 8, 2008

lemon-m-tartIt’s Kate’s birthday on Monday so I made these for her and the girls to take on a picnic on Friday evening. I thought they’d be less hassle and mess than a whole pie.

The pastry is Mum’s recipe but I found a new lemon filling recipe here and it’s awesome! I added lemon rind to mine for an extra bit of zest. I blind baked the pastry cases in muffin tins then removed them to be filled and topped before baking all together. Fortunately I made some extras for the boys for the pre-roast lunch yesterday. Feedback was that the pastry to filling ratio was a bit high (thinner next time) but otherwise delicious.

I still had some lemon filling and meringue left over which I threw into a pie case made from frozen pastry – it’s tasty but no where near as good as homemade pastry.



July 18, 2008

We’ve enjoyed a few family meals lately. Just us then with the Andos and then with the Tooses. The piccy is our first family meal in our new kitchen – French toast with fruit and maple syrup – yum! We had spag bog with Andos at our place and then curry at Nic & Claire’s and a meal at The Three Weeds with the Toose clan. Good times!


July 18, 2008

We cooked for the young adults on the Norwest Anglican church weekend away. They heard talks on Christian ethics the big idea of which that though a lot of the issues are tricky we must show God’s love especially to those who are thinking through or living with decisions. We had fun!

Looking Forward

June 21, 2008

This last uni assignment is dead set horrible and it’s making me sick with anxiety – not a nice feeling. I used the word insurmountable to describe it earlier and it still fits nicely. We do however have things to look forward to:

Sophia’s baptism – in less than 10 hours.

Cooking on the Norwest Anglican young adults weekend away – next weekend. Check out the preliminary menu below.

Visits to the new apple store and Cordial.

Catching up with friends including Steve and Sam

School holidays for Kate – I think she’s planning on painting the kitchen in an attempt to move away from the groovy 1970’s / ‘Papa Giuseppe’s Pizzeria’ vibe we’ve got going?

I’m looking forward to handing this assignment in…

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Toose Hoose Italian style

May 24, 2008

Garlic Bread

Chicken Breast wrapped in Prosciutto and pan fried (Chicken Saltimbocca)
Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil
Steamed Broccolini


Scott and I were wondering what other desserts or recipies use coffee or more specifically espresso in their ingredients. I thought of some chocolate cake recipies and even a chocolate mousse that have coffee in them. I used 2 double shot long blacks in the Tiramisu – Yum!

Daylight Spending

April 5, 2008

Almost as funny as an April fools joke (maybe that’s why they changed it to April) is forgetting to change the clocks. We were an hour early for creche this morning! Those of you who know us well would be familiar with our penchant for sleep. I even joked with Kate as we drove to North Rocks this morning about how poorly we would fare if we were to have a baby.

So with an hour to spend we returned home to change the time on 12 appliances (only two of which were actual clocks!), tidied the lounge room a little, I synchronized my watch with the talking clock (phone 1194), Kate played on facebook, I checked the pantry for the ingredients for scones that I’m planning on making for church supper tonight and posted this. Priceless.

Chocolate Cake…

February 22, 2008

… makes everything better. Work has been particularly stressful and draining at work this week so I made this chocolate cake for the staff. It helped a little, I think, but didn’t stop me from being off sick today : ( . It was sweet, dark and rich – yum!

Hope the Greek and Hebrew exams go well today – let me know if you need some chocolate cake?