Epicurious Garden at Southbank
Sep09

Epicurious Garden at Southbank

Brisbane recently kicked off Spring with the launch of a new culinary experience at Southbank, the Epicurious Garden. The seedlings are all small right now, but we’re looking forward to seeing the growth through spring and into Summer. Unlike the herb garden further along the river, it doesn’t appear as though this is for public use although it was a little unclear. There’s some pics of the new garden below, and...

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Freezing Mango

Mango is one of those delicious fruits that clearly tastes best in season, and is rarely available outside its limited summer months. During summer I try to buy a few trays of mango from the markets and set aside a couple of hours to extract pulp into air tight containers ready for freezing.  It’s a messy exercise, but it’s worth it when I have mango in March! One of my favourite treats is a mango and vanilla soy milk smoothie –...

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How To Modify A Recipe

In our cooking classes we are often asked by our guests how we can modify recipes with confidence. The truth is, we rarely work to a recipe and when we do it is never followed exactly. Certain ingredients will always work together in the same way and some recipes should be kept relatively untouched but others can be adjusted to create unique, original recipes that you or your family will love. If you are a little nervous about the...

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Pie Crusts

Biscuit Crumb Pie Shell, Coconut Pie Shell and Sweet Short Crust. These are 3 basic pie crust recipes that will help you with your dessert baking. Perfect these and you can create an unlimited amount of variations. Biscuit Crumb Pie Shell This standard biscuit base can be used for cheesecakes, caramel slice or a range of other sweets INGREDIENTS 2 cups sweet biscuit crumbs 4 oz butter 1 tsp cinnamon METHOD melt butter, stir in crumbs...

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7 Gluten Free Flour Tips

This little piece should help you get your head around the array of confusing information about flour, grains, seeds, nuts and legumes. What are gluten free flours? Here’s a list of the ones that we know of or use regularly, but a form of flour can be made from a variety of dried ingredients so let us know if you’ve created something new! Almond Meal – made from ground almonds Buckwheat Flour – made from a pink...

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How to select fresh fish
Feb01

How to select fresh fish

I love whole fish for a few reasons… 1) I can use the entire thing by making fish stock from the carcass 2) I can see what the fish looks like to assess its freshness and quality 3) I know that I am definitely buying the type of fish that I am paying for I am often asked by friends how to tell if a fish is fresh but rarely are they brave enough to trust their judgement. Cooking a whole fish is its own reward so I’ve put together...

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What foods contain gluten?
Oct26

What foods contain gluten?

If you have just been diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you might be thinking it’s the end of the world. I remember stamping my feet and pouting my lip when I was advised to remove gluten and dairy from my diet. I wanted to refuse, but the only reason I insisted on trying it for a month was to prove to the naturopath that this wasn’t the cause of my health issues. Didn’t I eat my words (and less gluten) after just...

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