Gypsy and the Botanist

Month: July, 2014

When the gin has finished…

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When the gin is finished, the Hendrick’s bottle keeps on giving; the bottle serving as a vessel for dainty blooms (lavender from my balcony garden). (And fear not, an unopened backup bottle was on hand).

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Strawberry and rose friands

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I haven’t cooked with rose in a while, but it’s where my edible flower in food love started. With juicy, bright red strawberries in season at the moment, I couldn’t resist. Up against the sweetness of strawberries, rose dances subtly in the background, marrying perfectly.  The resulting strawberry and rose syrupy goodness is carried wonderfully by the rich and moist almond batter.

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Rhubarb, chilli, ginger and chamomile friands

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My rhubarb obsession continues, fuelled by Sydney’s winter cold snap this weekend. This combination was inspired by one of Lili Vanilli’s tart fillings. The chilli and ginger give the rhubarb a lovely warmth, and the subtle earthiness of chamomile fits in ever so delicately, with the sour tartness of the rhubarb.

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Apple, rosemary and thyme almond tea cakes

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This creation was based upon a recipe from one of my baking heroes, Lily Vanilli. Using rosemary in a sweet dish always catches people off guard. But there’s an earthiness and freshness to it that epitomises winter. I decided to add rosemary’s other half into this creation, thyme. Its woodiness and spice up against the fresh, sour green apples, works so well. Being an olive oil cake, this recipe is deliciously moist and rich, and to add to this I used almond meal to carry that richness. The result are some tasty little wintery treats.

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Chocolate stout brownies

I was looking for some wine, and the Batch Brewing Co’s beers caught my eye…. A local craft brewery in my neighbouring suburb. And I couldn’t resist making a batch of chocolate stout brownies for the fundraiser tomorrow.

The creaminess and bitterness of both the chocolate and the beer go so well together. The rich gives the chocolate an extra warmth and richness, which is perfect for this chilly weather.

https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/team/home/18543

http://www.batchbrewingco.com.au

 

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Chocolate orange brownies

I was asked to bake something for a friend’s fundraiser. My friend Emily had suggested something chocolatey, and realised it had been a while since I baked brownies, so here I am. I made two types.

Straying away from the traditional, this is a favourite pairing of mine: dark chocolate and orange. Dark chocolate was mixed through with orange rind, chunky wedges, and a good dash of juice.

https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/team/home/18543

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