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A High Tea Buffet with Champagne


I have never done a cooking class, but I have always wanted to. I lack the confidence to put myself out there, so to speak. Starting this blog was a huge step for me and after winning the first round of the recent Gourmet Garden Cook Off, I feel so much more adventurous!

While out with Joe recently, I noticed that the Pepper Tree Kitchen Cooking School had some interesting classes coming up. After a quick call to Brittany, we booked in to one. To quote the brochure:

Join Sarah De Nardi in creating bite size delights such as candied lemon and yoghurt tea cakes, baby vegetable tarts, chocolate and hazelnut meringues with raspberry cream, Tramezzi (Venetian Tea Sandwiches) and Blinis with horseraddish and hot smoked trout then enjoy a glass of champagne.

I am quite excited. I’m not good at baked items – that is more Brittany’s thing. I’ve never made a meringue before and have no idea with a Blinis is. While my first attempt at smoking fish was *ok*, Id love to know the correct method and timing. Baby vegetable tarts? I am totally keen!

All I can think of is roll on 11th October! I’m raring to go! 🙂



Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Competition Results

For some reason, my post that was meant for today has not appeared. Luckily for me, I was able to get internet access today for the first time in four days.

As you know, I cooked on Friday for the Gourmet Garden Cook Off. After several problems such as the organisers losing our equipment and having prepared the entire dish with a butter knife, the cooking of my dish pretty much went to plan. I put up a lovely dish and the judges commented on how well it was cooked several times.

On a spit decision, my competitor, Carolyn from Desire Empire was named the victor.

The judges took a lot of time to deliberate on the dishes, and asked me several times what was in my dish. When they announced the winner, they said that unfortunately it came down to how much of the sponsors product was used, and my competitor used more product than me.

I have learned a lot through the experience and will be much better prepared if I ever enter a competition again.

I will be home tomorrow and then blogging can return to its normal pace. Thank you once again for your support and patience over the last week.


Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Gourmet Garden Blog Off

As you guys know, I’ve been competing in the Gourmet Garden Blog Off. The competition is now over for round one, and judging has taken place. I have just received this in the email:

Dear Rhianna,

Thank-you for participating in the Blog Off round of our promotion and for your delicious recipe ideas! We are astounded by the amazing response to the promotion and all the fantastic blogs (you can see these at

The competition was tight however we have reviewed all the posts today and voted based on both blog and recipe creativity and we are delighted to invite you to progress to the “Cook Off” round of the promotion. Congratulations!!

I am SO excited, dear readers! I am through to the second round where I will be competing at the Good Food and Wine Show in either Sydney or Brisbane (details are not yet confirmed). I am not sure yet what I will be cooking but lets hope I have a choice. I have 45 minutes in which to create a masterpiece. Sourdough calzones do take their time to make (hours), but really are a huge crowd pleaser. You can’t go wrong with muffins and those zucchini cheese ones are pretty nice. Sauces and other condiments do make sensational additives to an otherwise ordinary meal. The brinjal was a pretty awesome pickle too, but is it good enough to be judged on?

What do you think? Id love some feedback from you guys! Help me decide what I should make 😉


Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Eggy Cabbage

When I was a young girl, Nana and Nanu (Maltese for Grandfather) would often have eggy cabbage for lunch. Sometimes they would have it with toast, other times as is. Every now and then, I still make it when I have cabbage in need of use. I cant tell you if it is a traditional Maltese dish or not. Perhaps some of my Maltese readers will know. If you do, please leave me a comment!

[  SERVES: 1  |  TIME: 20 MIN  |  COST: <$4 |  My RATING:  3/5 ]


1 handful of shredded cabbage.
2 free ranged eggs per serve
2 tablespoons vinegar
few shavings of peccorino cheese
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Shred the cabbage as thinly as possible. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil before adding the vinegar, a pinch of salt and the cabbage. Allow to boil until tender. Drain well.
  2. In a bowl, beat eggs with generous amounts of  (salt to taste) and pepper.
  3. Heat a frying pan with a little oil. Pour your egg mixture into the pan before adding your drained cabbage. Gently mix through once to ensure its incorporated before spreading out and allowing it to set with the aid of a lid. Top with a few shavings of a hard cheese such as Romano or peccorino.
  4. Serve and eat immediately!


  • The thinner and more consistent your cabbage, the better the end result.
  • Don’t over boil your cabbage. It should not lose colour, should remain crisp but be tender and tasty.
  • Diabetic Note: There isn’t much in the way of carbohydrates in this dish, so be aware of this short coming, diabetics! You will definitely need to have some fruit or bread with this dish to lift the exchange points for insulin dependant diabetics.
  • Ethical Note: I only ever use free ranged eggs. The taste is better, and the chickens that produce them live far better lives. An extra dollar or two is a small price to pay for such an ethical decision. (I actually intend on writing an article about egg ethics soon, so stay tuned!)


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