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It’s your old pal Kit (Christof) Fennessy here. I've been writing this blog with your help for ten years, and there's over a hundred and fifty recipes, restaurant reviews of Australia and around the world, and general gourmet articles in these pages for you to fritter away your idle hours on.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Poached Pears Royale

By way of not forgetting you, dear reader, here’s my latest and a first for me; Poached Pears Royale. Serve with ice cream and a quick chocolate sauce. 😘

Click below for the recipe!

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Fred Bread: Learning to Make Sourdough

There’s stacks on the internet on how to make sourdough; this article references some of the better resources, gives my tips and cheats on doing it without all the equipment, and hints at the history of the rivalry between me and my sister Ange in the kitchen.  The whole thing started when I sent her a cartoon from the New Yorker, where a woman with a sourdough loaf is in front of the Wicked Witch’s mirror from Snow White, which tells her:
“Your sourdough smells great, it is true.  But there is a better baker here than you.”
My sister’s riposte?  Giving me my own starter, like a Slovakian wedding curse; i.e. giving the bride a crystal ornament she’ll have to keep on display and dust for the rest of her life.
So, let’s get dusting!

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Ice Cream Cake

 My wife, in the throes of a diet,  asked me in an unrelated question:

"What are we going to do for our 20th Wedding Anniversary?"

My reply?
"Eat ice cream cake."

Well, I'd had it with the calorie counting.

I said it flippantly, but it fired up everyone's imagination, and I was called upon to make one come the fateful day.

A first timer, I had to find out how one actually manufactures such a thing, having anxiety dreams the night before.  It was simple, but there are hazards.  So what did we learn?  Read on...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

South Wharf quicky lunch: Melbourne Cellar Door


A quick lunch while at the Melbourne Convention Centre, anyone?

How about the $12.50 prawn chili pasta, $6 (150ml) of wine... hard to beat (at Melbourne prices)!

Just thought you’d like to know...

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