Seed Mixture (ALPS Blend)

Seed Mixture from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Way back in 2012, there was a health and wellbeing initiative called the 1 Million Kilo Challenge where Australians were encouraged to sign up and receive meal and exercise plans to collectively shed, you guessed it, one million kilograms.

I signed up to a team with some friends and family with one recipe sticking with me for the years since.  It isn’t a crazy, full on recipe, something rather simple with so many uses.  In the meal plan they called it the ALPS Blend, but the hubby and I simply call it Seed Mixture and eat it everyday.

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Spiral Vegetable Tart

Spiral Vegetable Tart from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
About a year ago I pinned one of the most awesome looking vegetable tarts I have ever seen to my Pinterest board Vegetarian and Vegan Delights .  Rather than the veggies being laid flat in the tart base, the slices were arranged in a spiral perpendicular to the base and the result looked amazing.

My version was not quite as amazing looking as the original Vegetable Arty Tart from Vicky’s blog Statsy , but it certainly was very tasty and I can’t wait to try this again with some other vegetable and filling combinations.

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The Sweet Life #2 – Cake Bake and Sweets Show 2014

Cake, Bake and Sweets Show 2014 as seen by Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Yesterday I had a very exciting day attending the Cake Bake and Sweets Show in Sydney with my mother and mother-in-law.  It is the first year that the show has been held and needless to say, I think it is going to be much bigger next year.  We have already decided that we are going again.

It ended up just being a day trip for us which did make it a long day driving 2 ½ hours each way to get there, but it was really worth it.  Sooooo many people attended, we thought we got there at a decent time before the doors opened but the queue was already snaking around the front of the building but once the doors opened, it moved pretty quickly and we could make our way around the amazing displays, cakes and stalls.

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Mint Cheesecake

Mint Cheesecake from Cath's Cookery Creations! | www.cathscookerycreations.comOnce again it was the hubby’s friend J’s birthday, you may remember him from the Purple Corset Cake, which meant something mint flavoured was on the menu. Although I was considering trying something new this year, in the end I stuck with an oldie but a goodie being a mint cheesecake chock full of Peppermint Crisp and crème de menthe liqueur on top of a nice, thick, Oreo base.

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Cinnamon Sweet Bread – Daring Bakers Challenge

Cinnamon Sweet Bread from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
I don’t know if I could live in a world without bread.  Whether it be the smell of freshly baked bread or admiring the endless shapes and flavours it can assume, bread really is one of my favourite foods.  And I must confess, some days you still really can’t beat butter and vegemite on a piece of fresh white bread, which in winter I usually enhance by putting it in the microwave for 20 seconds to get all warm.  Mmmmmm….

But back to this months Daring Bakers Challenge which was to take bread and shape it into something a little fancy.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you will see on my bread board I have a few fancy shaped breads which are on my “to do” list.  For this challenge, I stuck with one of the provided recipes which was for a cinnamon sweet bread as you know how much I love cinnamon.

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MasterChef “Eve” Cake

Masterchef "Eve" Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
During last year’s season of MasterChef Australia they had a week dedicated to all things love.  Awww…

Kirsten Tibballs from Savour School in Melbourne featured in a couple of episodes and in episode number 44 Kirsten made a dessert by the name of Eve which looked absolutely amazing and I knew I had to make it.

After the episode aired, the Savour School (which is on my wish list of places to do a class) were selling Eve packs with the essential ingredients.  Of course I jumped at the chance and ordered a pack which was posted quick smart.  However, I was not as quick with making it as the episode aired in early August, and I didn’t make this until February.  But it was certainly worth the wait.

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Éclairs from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
After making my first ever batch of crème pâtissière, I obviously needed something to use it for.  My first thought was to make my own version of the toffee choux pastries from our local patisserie which is a favourite of the hubby and I, but I decided I didn’t want to play around with hot sugar on this particular occasion so that idea was scrapped.  I did want to stick with making choux pastry as I haven’t made it for quite some time so I settled on making éclairs instead.

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Crème Pâtissière (Pastry Cream)

Crème Pâtissière (Pastry Cream) from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
I was watching an episode of the of the Great British Bake Off recently and one of the challenges was to make a Fraisier Cake chock full of crème pâtissière, or pastry cream as it can be known as.  Not long before I saw this episode, I came across a recipe for crème pâtissière on The Little French Bakery so all signs were pointing to me making some.

Crème pâtissière is obviously French and features in a number of pastries such as profiteroles, Napoleons, éclairs and tarts and although it is usually vanilla in flavour, you can mix it up with addition of liquors, infusing the milk whilst it is heating with ingredients such as cinnamon, dried (culinary) lavender or coffee beans.  If you are interested in a chocolate version, you can add some chocolate near the end of the cooking whisking until it is all melted.

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Snickerdoodles from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
I was in a biscuit making mood recently and although I initially thought of something chocolate, I recalled a cinnamon flavoured biscuit with a funny name and was pretty sure I saw a recipe on one of my favourite blogs.

So I headed over to Sally’s website, Sally’s Baking Addiction, and did a search for Snickerdoodles and a number of recipes appeared.  The one I ended up choosing was the soft and thick snickerdoodles, because let’s face it, they look amazing (as does everything on Sally’s blog)!

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