46. France – Cherry Berry Clafoutis

It’s summer time in France which means stone fruit and berries are everywhere in abundance. And it’s so much cheaper than at home 🙂 We went a bit overboard snapping up the fruity goodness at our local market, so I decided to make a clafoutis with cherries (cerises), raspberries (framboise) and blueberries (myrtilles). Clafoutis is a…

42. New Zealand – Hokey pokey ice cream

After a few glorious, well overdue days of sunshine over the weekend, it truly feels like summer is around the corner. With the arrival of daylight saving (summer time) we had our first family barbeque picnic dinner on the lawn. There are few things that are quintessentially more New Zealand than hokey pokey ice-cream, so…

40. England – Lemon Meringue Pie

  Auckland is awash with lemons at the moment, in fact lemon overload is one of the very few things that I like about winter. It pains me to drive past a tree that is covered in lemons but with even more on the ground. Give them away people if you aren’t going to use…

38. Mexico – Chocolate, cinnamon and chilli cake

Well after an almost 2 year hiatus, Around the World in 80 plates is back! Life got super busy and while this blog was always on my list of ‘things to do’, it inevitably got pushed down the priority list which was a real shame as I love doing it! But I’ve recently made some…

29. New Zealand – Pavlova

So there’s much debate as to where the pavlova comes from – was it invented in New Zealand or Australia. Well being a Kiwi, of course I’m going to say New Zealand. Apparently it was named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The meringue dessert was created in her honour after her tour Down Under….

27. Italy – Torta di Ricotta E Uvetta (Ricotta and Sultana Tart)

Here is the second part of the Italian night meal – Ricotta and Sultana Tart. Torta di Ricotta e Uvetta (Ricotta and Sultana Tart) Serves 8 50g sultanas 5 tablespoons Marsala 185g flour 120g unsalted butter 80g caster sugar 2 egg yolks grated rind of 1 lemon 350g ricotta cheese 25g breadcrumbs 1. Put the…

20. France – Creme Brûlée

Ah I love this time of year – well certainly not for the winter weather, but it’s Tour de France time and of course Bastille Day. It was the perfect occasion to break out my lovely French linen, cook creme brûlée and to celebrate all things French. I hosted a dinner party which started with…

12. Austria – Apfel Strudel (Apple Strudel)

June 17 is rather randomly National Apple Strudel Day. The oldest known Apfelstrudel recipe comes from Austria and was hand written in 1696! I tried a few Apfelstrudels in Austria, and they were almost always served with lashings of whipped cream 🙂 This recipe is a quick and easy one for this delicious dessert. Apfelstrudel…

5. England – Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding is another English institution. It’s a steamed sponge cake, with dates or prunes, and covered in a toffee sauce. The dish was developed by an English hotelier in the Lake District in the 1960’s. Nigella Lawson has a fantastic easy version of Sticky Toffee Pud. Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding Serves 6-8 For…

3. France – Tarte Fine aux Pommes (French Apple Tart)

You are going to see quite a bit of French cuisine popping up on this blog because: a) I love French food b) France is my favourite country in the world, and I have spent a wee bit of time there hanging out at markets, cooking and mostly eating! To kick things off, here is…

2. Thailand – Khao Niew Mamuang (Mango with Sticky Rice)

The second dish of my cooking adventure is also a dish that I learned to make at Phuket Thai Cookery School, this time a dessert. Khao Niew Mamuang or Mango with Sticky Rice is the Thai equivalent of rice pudding, with a sweet, creamy and slightly salty flavour. I’m a rice pudding lover from way…