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…

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…

15. New Zealand – Individual ‘Mid-Winter Christmas’ Puddings

Mid-winter Christmas is (I think) a uniquely New Zealand/Australian tradition. As it is the middle of summer for us at Christmas time, more and more people are choosing to keep it simple by having a BBQ, salads, seafood and strawberries, rather than the heaviness and hassle of a full traditional Christmas dinner in 25 degree…

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…

8. Portugal – Pastel de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart)

The second part of my Portuguese feast was to create delicious Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Custard Tarts. It’s thought these gorgeous tarts were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks in Lisbon. They were looking for a way to use up the excess egg yolks that came as a result of all the…

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…