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Bake with Anna Olson

Flourless Black Forest Roulade

This flourless dessert has also the textbook flavours of a Black Forest Torte: chocolate cake, whipped cream and kirsch soaked cherries. Makes 1 10-inch dessert Serves 12 to 16 Ingredients Flourless Jelly Roll: 6 large eggs, separated and at room temperature ¾ cup sugar ½ cup Dutch process cocoa powder 1/8 tsp salt icing sugar, […]


Pomegranate and Cranberry Salad

CHEF’S TIP: To roast almonds, place them on a baking tray. Toss with a drop of olive oil and some coarse salt. Roast in a preheated 140°C oven for about 10-15 minutes or until golden. Cool before placing in the salad. Serves 6 Ingredients 2 x 150g (5 oz) mixed packs of lettuce 125g (4 […]

Design a Garden

A Modern Garden

A modern take on garden design, though a garden like this may seem like a complete break with centuries of landscape design when you look closely, you’ll find that the same basic elements are still there. Plant List Canna ‘Black Night’ Cordyline australis ‘Renegade’ Millet Ipomoea batatas Leptospermum scop ‘Cherry Brandy’ Protasparagus densiflorus Strelitzia juncea […]

Cook Yourself Thin

Pork bun cha recipe

Gizzi: “Vietnamese food is full of vitamins and low in fat. Plus it is spicy and really quick and easy to make!” Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 5 minutes Ingredients 1 stalk lemongrass, peeled of its woody leaves, then very finely chopped 3 limes leaves, thinly sliced 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely […]

Chef At Home

Asian Green Bean Salad with Three Sesame Dressing

Yield:  4 servings Ingredients 2 lbs or 1 bunch of Asian long beans, root ends trimmed Olive oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/4 cup tahini paste 2 limes, juiced and zested A dash or two of your favourite hot sauce 1 teaspoon of soya sauce 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Method Put beans […]


Lemon Tart

This recipe was given to me by a friend, Kathleen Forrest, and I adore it because it’s really light and creamy, and not quite as heavy and intense as many other lemon tarts, yet it is still wonderfully fresh and zesty. Serves 4-6 Ingredients Pastry 175g (7ozs) flour 100g (4ozs) butter (from the fridge) 25g […]


Red Velvet Cupcakes

Makes 12 Ingredients 125g butter, softened 250ml castor sugar 2 eggs 300ml flour 60ml cocoa powder 2ml bicarbonate of soda pinch salt 125ml  buttermilk 15ml  red food colouring Cream Cheese Icing: 80g butter, softened 125g thick cream cheese, softened 5ml vanilla extract 500ml icing sugar, sifted Method Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl […]

Donna Hay Fast Fresh Simple

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 x 2kg whole butternut pumpkin 1 onion Olive oil, for drizzling Sea salt 3½ cups (875ml) chicken stock 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream 1 tablespoon honey Sour cream, to serve   Method Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F). Cut the pumpkin in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Place the […]