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Kitchen Gadget Envy

Kitchen Gadget Envy – you know it don’t you? That feeling when you see a gadget that makes that annoying job just so much easier. ‘Why don’t I have one of those?’ you ask yourself. Suddenly it seems unthinkable to live without one. That envious feeling swept over me as I watched my mother squeezing…

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Mushrooms at the End of the Tunnel

When Australia rode on a sheep’s back, the wool town of Goulburn needed a rail link so it could ship wool to the ports in Sydney. The railway was originally a single track, which passed under Mt Gibraltar near the town of Mittagong. When the line was widened, the old tunnel was closed off. With…

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“Hot” Chocolate Cake

Being named after a saint has at least one advantage – you get an extra birthday each year. Like a birthday, your Saint’s Day or Name Day is an excuse to have a feast. The tradition of celebrating your Saint’s Day was originally a Catholic one, and it has spread through Europe. But even if…

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Stewed Quince

Armidale, a town in northern NSW, gets a little chilly in autumn, but that gives it the perfect climate for growing quinces. I was staying in Armidale recently when a very excited young physicist came rushing into my cabin bearing two fruit. She didn’t know what they were, but she’d found a tree full of…

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Prune Roulade with Chocolate and Ricotta

Moving house is enough to make you wish you were a minimalist. Or at least that your partner was one. “Why does he collect historic computers?” you ask yourself, “and what use are all his uni notes about…?” But when he asks about your archive of baking magazines, you suddenly find the minimalistic lifestyle isn’t…

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Cornbread Muffins

When I was a child we used to go over to the neighbours’ house for a cuppa. They were houseproud people, and had a wooden deck out the back covered by a decorative grape vine. There they would serve tea in a pot, and often a loaf-cake. The interesting thing about the loaf-cake is that…

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Pfefferkuchen

German Christmas baking smells enticingly of spices and orange, and plays an important role throughout the celebration. Some cookbooks separate their recipes by the period of baking: November, Advent, Christmas or New Year. The batches the recipes make are often enormous, but there’s no hurry to eat them all since the biscuits and cookies baked…