Sunday, February 27, 2011

For Those Who Like Variety

More Butter Biscuit Recipes

As promised, I am sharing my experiments with different flavours from this versatile biscuit recipe. Those who haven't as yet seen my version of the Earl Grey Tea Biscuit Recipe can find it here.

Basic Mix
1 cup plain flour
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup of icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100 gm unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water


To the basic mix, add 4 tablespoons of cocoa and 4 tablespoons of dessicated coconut, swap the water out for coconut milk, double the quantity of vanilla extract, cut the cookies out and sprinkle a little additional coconut on top.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Japanese Knives and Sakai (The City of Knives!)

Of all the kitchen tools we have at our disposal, perhaps the most essential would be the humble knife. It is one of the most primal and simple tool that humans have devised. Ever since we crawled out of caves to fashioned an edge from stone, the knife has never left our sides. For the chef or foodie, the knife is the sexiest, most elegant piece of equipment in the kitchen. The perfect embodiment of form and function. It is the tool that we foodies/chefs are most protective of and most attached to. In the age of useless and overcomplicated kitchen gadgets, the knife remains one of the cornerstones of food preparation.

A Taste of ... Everything!

It was the eve of Australia Day and a text message came through:

"Mission accomplished. The package is en route."
"How does it look?" I responded.
"Stinky." came the reply "In a good way."

It was the culmination of a week's worth of planning prompted by a glimpse of possibilities....