Some of you might know about the desperate attempt I made last year for the
Strawberry Watermelon Cake (see previous post at Black Star Pastry).
Yesterday I had the
privilege of tasting this cake at a party. I got super excited as I’ve been
wanting to try this for almost a year now. I was so tempted to just skip the
mains but I patiently waited for dessert time and made sure I left space for
the cake :P
In the meantime, I went to take a close look
at the cake (could not resist, for obvious reasons) and I was amazed at how magical it looked. It was constructed
beautifully starting with a layer of almond dacquoise followed by cream, then a slice of
watermelon with cream,almond dacquoise and cream
again. Finally, it was topped with strawberries, pistachios and dried rose
It was a quite a
delicious cake but unfortunately, it did not meet the expectations I had. I
liked certain elements, such as the lightness of the cream layers, fresh
watermelon and the nutty base. The topping h…
Last Friday was our last day back at uni, it was kinda sad but more exciting at the same time! We had made plans to celebrate afterwards at Newtown.
I've seen so many people raving about the Strawberry Watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry so that's we decided to settle for dessert.
We finished uni at 4, got a little speech from our lovely coordinator, took a year group photo and set off on the walk to Newtown. It was kind of early for dinner so we decided to have dessert first. We got to Black Star Pastry at 5:01 and were devastated to see it had already closed! We were late by a minute (they close at 5). Despite our efforts of knocking on the door, the staff inside did not open up to apologize. But while looking at the door we realised there was another pop-up store at Town Hall. We had to decide whether we would chase it or leave it, and we chose to do the former, for obvious reasons! We desperately wanted that cake!
We went to Town Hall and took a while to find a place be…
recipe is directly taken from http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/brazilian-passionfruit-cake-bolo-de-maracuja (I have not made any changes except for recipe modifications listed below) Ingredients Cake
4 eggs, separated 330 g (1½ cups) caster sugar 100 gunsalted butter, softened 300 g(2 cups) plain flour 2 tspbaking powder 250 ml passionfruit pulp (about 12
passionfruit) Passionfruit syrup 60
ml passionfruit pulp (about 3 passionfruit) 220
g (1 cup) caster sugar Method 1)Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 20 cm round ring cake
pan. 2)Using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks, sugar and
butter for 6 minutes or until mixture is pale and fluffy. Transfer the mixture
to a large bowl and clean the bowl of the electric mixer. 3)Sift flour and baking powder in a large bowl, then
working in batches, fold through yolk mixture, alternating with passionfruit
pulp. Place egg whites in the cleaned bowl of the electric mixer and whisk to
soft peaks. Gently fold egg whites through passionfruit mixture in 2 batch…
Mum left some moong dal in the fridge, I've never cooked with it before so I wanted a recipe to use it. This was probably one of the easiest curry I have ever cooked! So simple yet so delicious :)
Recipe adapted from: http://www.steamingpot.com/pumpkin-moong-dal/
I modified the recipe as I did not have some of the mentioned ingredients.
1 TB EVOO
1 cup of boiled moong dal (1/2 cup raw)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp of garlic and ginger paste Turmeric powder (sprinkled) Curry powder (sprinkled)
250g pumpkin, finely chopped, skin on
1 red capsicum, small cubes
1 tomato, small cubes Cumin powder (sprinkled) Few green or red chillies
1) Boil moong dal (refer to instructions above- easier if done beforehand)
I already had my boiled moong dal so I started from step 2
2) Add EVOO oil
3) Add onions, garlic/ ginger paste and turmeric powder once oil is hot
4) Stir for a few seconds
5) Add pumpkin, boiled lentils and chillies once onions are cooked
I've been thinking about going here for a while now but somehow never end up going because Macquarie is far and out of my way. I've seen so many Instagram posts displaying their ever so fine looking drinks which always gets me drooling!
I took my time to pick a drink, trying to choose between Nutella, peanut butter and Oreo. I decided to go with Nutella as a safe choice because Nutella is one of those things you can't go wrong with.
The veggie AF dish looked great but I was slightly disappointed after I tasted. The dish had multiple ingredients- falafel, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, rocket, Spanish onion, cashews, quinoa, poached egg, garnished with mint, lemon and olive oil.
The combination of quinoa, cashew, rocket and falafel wasn't as satisfying as I was expecting it'd be. It wasn't bad, but at the same time, it did not stand out to me. I found the falafel flavours a little dull; it wasn't as authentic as the Lebanese ones.