Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friends for dinner...

We had lovely friends for dinner, and what do you serve in winter to compliment a lovely 7 hour fermenting beef casserole, but a yummy sticky date pudding. I followed this recipe, from but did it in muffin tins, and added chocolate buttons to the middle of the puddings. To die for. So easy to make and so yummy.

Sticky date pudding

Sticky date pudding
Photography by Luke Burgess
With winter just a few days away, a sticky date pudding seems like a timely idea!

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 250g pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups White Wings Self-Raising Flour, sifted
  • Caramel sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60g butter


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base of a 7cm deep, 22cm (base) cake pan.
  2. Place dates and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Pour over boiling water. Allow to stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a large metal spoon, fold through date mixture and flour until well combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared cake pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn onto a plate.
  5. Make sauce Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until sauce comes to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  6. Pierce pudding all over with a skewer. Pour 1/2 cup of warm sauce over warm pudding. Stand for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges. Serve with remaining sauce.

I also purchased these flowers, I have never seem them before, they are like cabbages, and they are a flower from the cabbage family. Not sure what they are called. Very interesting.

Monday, June 20, 2011

What am I going to take to the Trivia night?

Saturday night was the school Trivia night and I was lost for what to take in relation to food. I was surrounded by gourmet cooks, sitting on the table and everything I went to make,  was already catered for. 
I called on my gorgeous nephew's mum Freya who gave me a great idea, in the late hours of Saturday afternoon. She saved the day. 

Mini caesar salads for each person on the table. 
Shredded Cos Lettuce
Bacon - fried off
Bagel garlic crisps - crushed
Parmesan cheese
'Paul Newmans' Casear dressing

It was easy and complimented the other food provided by the other gorgeous girls on the table. I got the red noodle boxes from our local $2 shop with mini forks and mini napkins. Such a easy and great idea when you need something easy to eat, and easy to make. Thanks Freya x
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