Showing posts with label Autumn and Winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Autumn and Winter. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Simple Dinners 13 / Pumpkin and Turmeric Soup

Pumpkin & Turmeric Soup | spicyicecream

I wrote about soup way back in 2008 and called it an Intrinsically Good Thing, which I still think is so true. Different cultures around the world have been making and eating soup for millennia. Some of our favourite dishes these days are what the peasants would cook to make do - using every part of the animal (like the bones for stock) and the seasonal vegetables available. Soup is a great way to make limited ingredients stretch further. Most importantly, it’s a comfort and a remedy for the things that ail you. From the bright fresh flavours in a Vietnamese pho to a hearty bowl of Italian minestrone, soup is a Good Thing.

Pumpkin & Turmeric Soup | spicyicecream

I was struck down by a bad cold a few weeks ago when the autumn weather started to turn chilly, and my lovely housemate K made me a chicken soup that was heavy on the turmeric and ginger. Both are super spices - turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and ginger is fantastic for your immune system. Since then I’ve been thinking that adding them to a pumpkin soup would not only be good for you, but also delicious. Pumpkin is in season - cheap and delicious right now, so the timing was perfect. 

I think roasting the pumpkin first is an essential step, which gives it an enormous depth of flavour and brings out the natural sweetness. I used homemade chicken stock. It’s really easy to make - would you be interested in a step by step recipe? If you don’t have time for homemade, use a good quality store bought one. I also added some other spices that are best friends with turmeric and pumpkin like ground cumin and some fennel seeds and sumac to garnish. This soup is a delicious and simple dinner packed with so many great ingredients for keeping healthy through the long winter.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

The weather here in Sydney has been crazy. We've had record amounts of rain, a freak weekend hail storm that had the inner west building snowmen, and winds that got downright scary up here on Heartbreak Hill. Luckily save a broken window and a few umbrellas, we had no damage, but thousands of people did. The amazing volunteers at the SES deserve so much credit and appreciation for all of their hard work helping those affected. I wish I could give them all a hug and some pudding.

Chocolate self saucing pudding, one of the ultimate comfort foods. It's the perfect thing to make you feel toasty and warm on autumn nights. It's a little bit magical too - how the boiling liquid that goes on top somehow becomes the rich sauce under a layer of cake-like pudding.

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Whenever I make it now, I can't help but think of my Nan and all the times I helped her make it when I was a kid. It was a favourite then, but now I like it even more. Nan didn't use whisky in hers! You already know how much I like chocolate and passionfruit together. If you're not yet convinced of this magical flavour combination, believe me it works, and it is definitely something you've got to try out for yourself.

I've used the flavour combination before in brownies, birthday cake and s'mores - and now I've made a wonderful no-churn ice cream to go with these warm and saucy puddings. With winter seemingly starting early this year, you've got a good few months to try out this delicious recipe. I hope you do!

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simple Dinners 10 / Beef and Shiraz Pie

beef and shiraz pie

Winter and comfort food intrinsically go together. It can remind you of a different time and warm you up from the inside out, what could be better? For me personally, the best comfort food is anything meaty and cooked slowly for hours - or containing pasta and cheese, obviously! Recently I spent a wonderful relaxing Sunday just chopping, simmering and baking. It was so nice to take the time in the kitchen and slow down, with the rain falling outside.

This recipe is actually very close to my heart, as it takes me waaaay back to my very first blog post. Which is actually somewhat appropriate, as Spicyicecream celebrated its 7th birthday recently! I made a few slight changes to the recipe to simplify it, and thought about how much I've learned about cooking and baking since I started this blog.

beef and shiraz pie

At the beginning, I wanted to try as many new ingredients and techniques as I could, but now I get the most joy from cooking the kind of things that I really love the most and putting fun new twists on the classics. I have discovered so many favourite dishes from sharing them here first, and then making them over and over in the time since. And I've learned everything I know about photography and styling from practicing and practicing for the photos here. But geez, looking back on some of my early photos really makes me cringe!

I never in a million years thought that blogging would take off as it has, let alone that I'd still be doing it after so long, given my short attention span! It really has been a tasty little journey, and I hope it continues. I know I haven't been posting as much this year, but I truly can't imagine life without taking photos of every cake I make.

I like this recipe, because once the prep is done, you can almost leave it alone (save for a little stir here and there) for an hour while the meat simmers away. This time I made one large pot pie rather than several small ones just used store-bought puff pastry for the top to save time. Next time I would add some mushrooms, but if you like you could add other veggies too. Enjoy on a cold night with a big glass of Shiraz!

beef and shiraz pie

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Caramelised Banana and Rum Cake

caramelised banana cake

After a very busy July, I've been thinking a lot about the whole work/life balance thing. Ask anyone you know how they've been and 'busy' or even 'crazy busy' seems to be the default answer, a badge of honour for the ambitious. I know it's true for me!

We pack our schedules with work or self-imposed obligations, check our emails before we even get out of bed in the morning, and feel guilty, bored or useless in any moments of idleness. To me, finally being 'busy' came as a relief that my business was growing and my services were beginning to be in demand.

I took every opportunity that came my way, worked around the clock and didn't take a day off in months. I pushed aside the things I really loved to do - from reading to blogging - as less important. And then I wondered why I felt burned out and uninspired...

caramelised banana cake

The more I tried to endlessly multi-task, the more scattered and forgetful I became, and then I saw a quote that really resonated with me - "The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still".

Of course! Why do your best ideas always come when you're in the shower, walking somewhere, mixing cake batter or about to fall asleep, just as you let go of your thoughts? Down time shouldn't be a indulgence, it's an absolute necessity to recharge creativity and inspiration!

caramelised banana cake

I've gotta say, it was so nice to get back into the kitchen and bake something amazing after a month of throwing dinners together haphazardly or eating unhealthy take out when I was too busy to cook.

A few overripe bananas in the fruit bowl were the inspiration for this cake. I decided to caramelise them with brown sugar in the oven before adding them to the cake to really concentrate the flavour, and then added a big splash of spiced rum to the mixture for good measure. When the cake was cooked, I piled it high with more caramelised banana slices and oozy boozy salted caramel sauce. It looked and smelled incredible!

caramelised banana cake

The cake itself is a winner, but the caramelised bananas and spiced rum gave it an extra dimension of flavour. It was super easy to make in the food processor with minimal washing up, and I loved it served warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, a perfect comforting dessert on a chilly winter night!

caramelised banana cake

Friday, April 11, 2014

Plum, Blueberry and Thyme Galette

plum, blueberry & thyme galette

Happy Friday! I'm thankful for a great week filled with work, but also some laughs, good food and exciting opportunities. There is the slightest chill in the air and with daylight savings ending, it's starting to feel like autumn is truly setting in. Truth be told, autumn might just be my favourite season in Sydney. Since I generally make these lists of the things I'm loving about once every season, I thought the timing was right for the Autumn edition. Here we go...

fairy floss cloudsepic french toast at Three Williams • getting ready to launch my new business Lulu & Bee - stay tuned! • beach picnics with champagne at sunset • pickles • facing my fear of dinosaurs • polkadot tights • exciting opportunities • oh, Daisy! • missing Malaysia, especially Penang • cooking dinner with my housemate • strawberry and gin punchKaren & Shaun's beautiful weddingand the invitation suite I designed for them • homemade pulled pork sandwiches • finishing my web development course • fabulous new maxi dresses • working with my sister • shooting cocktails at The Rook and The Winery • purple glitter manicure • rewatching Buffy • cuddles • late night flower arrangingBeth's 21st party • a slight chill in the autumn air

plum, blueberry & thyme galette

This galette straddles the line between summer and autumn, which makes it just perfect for this time of the year. It is the kind of dessert that looks impressive even though it was a breeze to make, shows off seasonal produce and has a stunning combination of flavours.

The thyme may seem like a slightly unusual addition, but I can assure you it is what makes this dessert special. It ties the sweet plums and tart berries together beautifully. With a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (or even ginger ice cream, which I have been making on and off for the past few years) on top, I can't imagine a more perfect dessert for right now. Make it this weekend!

plum, blueberry & thyme galette

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Chocolate & Stout Puddings with Ice Cream

chocolate stout pudding

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with winter. I love coats, scarves, boots, scotch, red wine and winter comfort food, but I seriously dislike rain, wind and cold - all of which we have unfortunately had in abundance! It's been a while since I made one of these lists, so I thought it was time to get my grateful on and share a few things that have been making me happy lately...

epic birthday festivities • a pledge for this year - do fun shit! • lots and lots red wine • my favourite new apple toy •  planning my america trip (new york, san francisco, los angeles and honolulu - only 2 weeks away!) • the xx • this view • slumber parties with the girls • chantelle grady's amazing photography • sunny winter days • polka dots and red lipstick (again) • scotch on cold nights • dreaming about visiting morocco (thanks to kay) • epic homemade lasagne • searching for a turquoise couch • writing a 30 before 30 list • warm winter desserts!

chocolate stout pudding

A few people (you know who you are) were sceptical about this combination when I mentioned it, but I never had a doubt that it would turn out beautifully. It just feels perfect for this time of year. Self saucing puddings are a favourite of mine if you haven't noticed. They're so easy to make, and of course I couldn't resist boozing it up. I used Coopers Extra Stout, which has chocolate and coffee aromas, making it a perfect match.

I reduced the stout to a syrup to really concentrate the flavour, and although it was noticeable, it was quite subtle in both the pudding and the ice cream. Feel free to adjust the ratio of boiling water to stout syrup in the recipe below if you're a big fan!

chocolate stout pudding

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Pepitas

pumpkin pie

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang

My mum has a huge recipe archive. But unfortunately it has got to be one of the least organised collections in history. I remember poring over it as a kid, in the days before food blogs, Pinterest boards and dedicated recipe websites, going through hundreds of scraps of paper, magazine cutouts, handwritten notes and carefully saved labels from cans and boxes - in no particular order. Quite painful if you were looking for one particular thing!

How things have changed! We are now completely spoiled when it comes to sourcing quality (and most importantly reliable) recipes online. Over the years, some of my favourite recipes have come from chefs, like this Chocolate Tart from Matt Moran, which is why I have been using for the last few months. The online arm of Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food, it features recipes suited to all skill levels from some of Australia’s top chefs like Frank Camorra and Neil Perry, plus news, restaurant reviews, drink guides, helpful recipe collections and also great photography.

Choosing a recipe to review was fun. I wanted something sweet that I could share with some friends for my birthday weekend, but that wasn’t a cake! Coupled with the fact that I just booked flights to New York for mid-July (!!) this American-inspired Pumpkin Pie from Jeremy and Jane Strode seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

pumpkin pie

I used Careme Vanilla Bean Shortcrust pastry, because with my busy weekend of birthday festivities I didn’t have time to make pastry from scratch as I normally would. But unfortunately I found that it shrunk in the oven and didn’t blind bake properly. Next time I would use this recipe that I know works wonderfully!

As for the pie filling, I stayed very close to the recipe as it was written, only adding a little extra pumpkin puree (my 1.4kg piece of pumpkin made about 350g of puree), plus a little bit of cinnamon and vanilla. The filling was quite rich and eggy, and could maybe have stayed in the oven for a just a few minutes longer. I loved the idea of using caramelised pepitas for a crunchy topping, and it turned out wonderfully. I think it would be delicious served with a cinnamon or even caramel ice cream.

To find a drink match, I read this article about Fortified Wines and chose a Patina Wines Old Tawny Liqueur from Orange in NSW. A stunning match, with rich raisin and toffee flavours that complemented the spices in the pie and the caramelised pepitas on top. Delicious!

pumpkin pie

I also have five prizes to give away to five lucky readers. Winners will have the choice of these three different guidebooks from The Age and Sydney Morning Herald:

  • Good Food Under $30 (Sydney edition) 
  • Good Food Under $30 (Melbourne edition) 
  • Good Wine Guide 2013

Just leave a comment below answering the question, ‘Which recipe would you love to try from’ and nominate which guide book you’d love to win!

Entries close Monday 8th July at 5pm. For full terms & conditions please click here. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Simple Dinners 03 / Lamb Stuffed Eggplant

lamb stuffed eggplant with pomegranate

Quick little post from me today. I just wanted to pop in and share this recipe that is one of my new favourites for an easy and delicious dinner, because after I posted this photo on Instagram a few weeks ago, I've had quite a few people asking for it!

Anyone who knows me, knows I loooove eggplant in any form, so when I spotted this recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi's beautiful new book Jerusalem, I knew I'd have to try it. I've now made it three times in the last three weeks, and am now totally fascinated by Middle Eastern cooking.

The lamb mince mixture comes together pretty quickly in a frypan, you can relax with a glass of wine while it bakes, and it makes for great leftovers the next day too - the kind that make your workmates jealous.

I adapted the original recipe slightly by upping the amount of spices and substituting a few ingredients for those which I had available. I also topped the cooked eggplant with a huge dollop of tzatziki (or Greek yoghurt would be great too) and some pomegranate arils for a bit of extra colour and crunch, which I think works so well.

And to keep it interesting, here are a few ways to mix it up!

  • Try stuffing other vegetable with the mixture - capsicum, zucchini, pumpkin or even figs (!!) would be delicious!
  • Add some chopped pistachios to the lamb mixture, and sprinkle on top
  • Add some chopped fresh or dried figs into the lamb mixture at the same time as the pine nuts
  • Use a different kind of mince - I think beef, or even chicken would be delicious as well

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ricotta Hotcakes with Mulled Wine Stewed Rhubarb

ricotta hotcakes with mulled wine stewed rhubarb

I didn't mean for so long to go past without a new post, but there's been quite a lot happening around here and it's taken a little while to get back into the swing of things. I'm house-sitting for a friend and living by myself for the very first time, which I love... most days, anyway...

Over the weekend, I had ricotta hotcakes on the brain. Even though I'm now within walking distance to Bills, I decided to stay in my pyjamas, avoid the inevitable Sunday morning crowds and try making them for myself instead. But I'm still getting used to cooking for one, and needless to say I ended up with quite a lot of leftover pancakes, some of which were offered to a friend, and the rest I ate for dinner last night (Hi Mum!). The ricotta, combined with the whipped egg whites gives these pancakes an noticeable extra fluffiness and great texture.

mulled wine stewed rhubarb

I also bought a huge, beautiful bunch of rhubarb from the Kings Cross organic markets and decided to stew that up with some red wine and lots of spices, now that the weather has taken a definite turn towards winter. I love mulled wine and thought the flavour combination would work very well. I was right.

This would also be delicious with granola or porridge, or with ice cream, rice pudding or panna cotta for dessert. Or, if you reduced the amount of liquid, it would even make a great base for a crumble or pie - yum! Best of all, it can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to a week. If you want to get really indulgent, some extra just-sweetened ricotta on top of a big stack of hotcakes would be lovely, or try this amazing sounding homemade cinnamon butter from Raspberri Cupcakes. Woah.

ricotta hotcakes with mulled wine stewed rhubarb

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chocolate Passionfruit Banoffee Pie

chocolate passionfruit banoffee pie

Change is in the air. Last week was our first taste of autumn with my favourite kind of crisp mornings, sunny warm days and slightly cooler evenings. I've always thought that Sydney does the change of seasons really well. In the past I've always had great bursts of inspiration around spring, but I must have been too busy to notice last year because it's all happening right now. Better delayed than never! I get the feeling that 25 is going to be an interesting year.

But let's talk about this pie for a second. There's a chocolate pastry crust, a salted toffee caramel with just a hint of passionfruit, slices of banana that have been cooked in brown sugar, and on top some whipped cream and a mountain of chocolate shavings. It's Banoffee with a twist, and looks like the sort of decadent concoction that Miss Candy herself would think up. And boy, is it good!

Of course Easter is this coming weekend and this is a perfect choice for dessert. The pie crust and caramel can be made in advance, so putting it together on the day is a breeze. When making your caramel, watch the colour closely as it uses passionfruit juice rather than water and it's a little harder to tell when it's ready.

I hope you all have a lovely long weekend! If you're looking for any other Easter inspired recipes both savoury or sweet, head right over here.

chocolate passionfruit banoffee pie

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fig & Salted Caramel Meringue Smash

fig & salted caramel meringue smash

The last time I made one of these lists a few months back, I was having an absolutely terrible week and the act of thinking about and writing down the good stuff in life totally helped my mood. This time around I am realising how important it is notice the little things and to be thankful. It's so easy to take this stuff for granted, but the little details are what make life special. It's one of my goals this year to appreciate them more! So here are a few things that I'm loving lately...

• weeknight adventures • yacht club dj's mixtapes • maxi skirts • editing videos • timber chopping boards made by my dad • handwritten lists • playing with the vine app • my new favourite cauliflower salad • polka dot shoes • polka dots in general • vietnamese pho • red lipstick • tea-infused hot chocolate • going for walks • epic salads from room 10 • cardigans • writing in my 365 journal • surprising Stevie with phone calls • the best figs I've ever had!

fig & salted caramel meringue smash

Eton Mess seems to be the dessert of the summer, popping up on restaurant menus all over Sydney, and I'm definitely not complaining! My favourite is the one at Sweethearts with fresh summer berries, but I think this tasty dessert should not just be reserved for summer fruit! I decided to make a more autumnal version with figs stewed with brown sugar, vanilla and dark rum until jam-like, complete with lashings of salted caramel sauce, mascarpone whipped cream and crumbled meringues. Yes, I promise that it tastes as good as it sounds!

I've used store bought mini meringues to save on time, but if you really wanted (or if figs aren't in season where you are) you could use a good quality fig jam instead of stewing fresh figs. I will say that they were the best part though! The caramelly sweetness from the brown sugar was delicious, and you already knew that rum goes perfectly with figs!

fig & salted caramel meringue smash

This dessert can be as dressed up or casual as you like. With words like 'mess' and 'smash' being thrown around, it's not meant to look perfect!! Pile everything onto a large platter if serving this dessert at a casual weekend BBQ, or if you're feeling fancy, layer it up in sundae glasses or jars like I have. Preferably one with clear glass so you can see all of those awesome swirled layers!

fig & salted caramel meringue smash

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sticky Ginger Spice Cake


The single best thing about winter is all of the awesome comfort food you get to indulge in guilt free, at least until the start of spring! If you've been reading for a while, you may remember how much I love sticky date pudding. I've made it so many times i think it deserves to have its own category in my recipe index! Its something I make at least once every winter, topped with ice cream and cascading with warm butterscotch sauce.

But this year I'm taking a different route with this delicious ginger cake. I have been wanting to make it ever since I saw it on Jamie Oliver magazine a year or two ago. I finally found the required stem ginger in syrup in the David Jones Food Hall one day while browsing for something completely different and snapped it up.

The cake is super easy to make either in the food processor or a stand mixer. Of course I added a few extra spices to the mix because its my spicy blog birthday week, but feel free to stick to ginger if you prefer. Jamie suggests dousing the cake in rum once it's baked I added some to the batter instead.

The cake turned out a little differently to how I thought - a little less sticky and syrupy and more like a pudding, which is why ice cream and butterscotch sauce were my go-to accompaniments, but its also lovely as an afternoon tea cake completely unadorned, or topped with jam. And with a discovery as tasty as this, my old favourite sticky date might be on the back burner for a while...


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chai Spiced Rolls with Cinnamon Glaze

chai spiced rolls
Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever figure this whole grown up work/life balance thing out. The last few months have been crazy with work, freelance and managing three blogs (PS, you should all go check out the other two) but also so rewarding with a promotion to Senior Designer (!) and getting to work on some great projects with my clients. I think it's easier to become a workaholic when you love what you do, but the constant deadlines, lack of sleep and having to be creatively switched on all the time is a little draining.

Yet still, somehow, baking is like a never-fail mood enhancer. I woke up bright and early on Sunday and started making dough. While kneading, I didn't think about all the other crap I had to do, and while making the filling with the warm scent of the spices filled the air, I resisted the urge to check my email again. Stressed is just desserts spelled backwards, right?

  chai spiced rolls
The second recipe in my very spicy birthday week is a twist on one of my all-time favourites from my archives, originally published in Bon Appetit by Molly from Orangette, whose blog I've been reading for as long as I've had my own. I've made it a few times over the years and decided that it would be delicious with chai flavours in addition to the cinnamon. And oh boy, it was!

This time I made a very simple cinnamon glaze to accompany the rolls, but the cream cheese version from the original would be absolutely delicious here as well. Make sure you have heaps of friends around for brunch when you make these, because the recipe makes about 18 rolls and they taste best the day they're made. Serve with lots of warm chai, of course.

chai spiced rolls

Monday, July 16, 2012

Spiced Mulled Cider

spiced mulled cider
It's a very special week here on Spicy Icecream and I've got a lot in store for you, lovely readers!

Oh my, time has flown since I decided to start this blog, but here we are... five years later. Five whole years! I seriously can't believe it. I can hardly remember what I did on the weekends before I started spending them baking and photograhing. I’ve made some wonderful friends, shared so many wonderful meals, and so to celebrate, this week I’ll be posting five spiced up recipes over five days.

Warm spice recipes in the dead of winter is the perfect combination and I've had a lot of fun putting this series together. Even though it feels like I have barely any time in the kitchen these days, I still love the whole process of blogging – from coming up the recipe ideas (and often brainstorming them with other fab food bloggers) to making, photographing, writing about them, and then finally sharing them with you guys.

First up we have a seriously fabulous winter drink that I only discovered very recently at The Winery, but I couldn’t get enough! Mulled Cider is a great drink during cooler months, to warm you up from the inside out. Best yet, you can play around with the spices depending on your preference and even do a booze-free version with apple juice for the kids. I like cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves and a teensy bit of vanilla in mine, but perhaps some peppercorns, nutmeg or even some bay leaves would be nice too!

And as an added bonus, it will also make your whole house smell seriously amazing, like Christmas. I think it would also be delicious with pear cider too. I’ll be back tomorrow with another spicy recipe. Stay tuned!

spiced mulled cider

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mini Lemon Sugar Bundt Cakes

mini lemon sugar bundt cakes
I wasn't sure how to start this post, because really, these mini bundt cakes were not at all what I had planned to bake last weekend. I had visions of a wintery cake, maybe some brioche and if I got time, a batch of fun sprinkle-covered marshmallows, but I spied some cute mini bundt tins while shopping for something else entirely and thought about the Meyer lemons I had at home from my tree, Sparky. And then it all fell into place.

mini lemon sugar bundt cakes
One of the most important lessons I've been learning lately is to just go with it and see where I end up. I've fallen into quite a few serendipitous opportunities, which never would have happened if I kept trying to force things to happen. So maybe there's something to this whole "come what may" mindset...

Anyway, back to the cake! I based the recipe off Sweetapolita's vanilla bean bundt, which was so lovely the last time I made it. I stayed fairly close to the recipe except of course for adding lemon juice and zest, and reducing the sugar a little since I would be covering the outside with a zesty lemon sugar coating, inspired by Donna Hay's spiced version. Also, I halved the quantity which was the perfect amount for 4 smaller bundt tins. The lemon flavour came through beautifully and we all loved these sunny little cakes.

mini lemon sugar bundt cakes

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mac and Cheese, plus 13 ways with Gruyere

gruyere and fontina mac and cheese gruyere-title.jpg
It's no secret that I loooove cheese. I could spend an hour in front of the epic wall of cheese at Harris Farm. You may have noticed that I don't often do savoury recipes here, but be sure that when I do they are really something special. I hope you enjoy this round up of cheesy recipes from some of my favourite food blogs!

13 ways with gruyere

1. This thing of beauty was inspired by a wonderfully comforting Cheese Toastie we had at a dinner together at Gazebo Wine Garden. Steph from Raspberri Cupcakes take on it included sweet roasted garlic and oozy gruyere. Yes please!!

2. There is red hot competition for the title of Sydney's best burger and Rockpool's with bacon, gruyere and Zuni pickles rates pretty highly! I didn't manage to try it on my recent visit to Rockpool Bar & Grill in Perth (which you'll hear more about soon, promise) but I'll definitely be heading to the Sydney restaurant soon. Just look at that burger!

13 ways with gruyere
Picture Credits: Citrus and CandyTartelette

3. I can tell you firsthand how amazing the Gnocchi a la Parisienne is at Tastevin restaurant in Darlinghurst. Karen from Citrus and Candy made a beautiful version of it. The most interesting thing about this dish is that the 'gnocchi' is actually choux pastry, not made from potato. Note to self, try this at home... And make another reservation at Tastevin soon!

4. One of the ultimate comfort foods is French Onion Soup, especially as its getting colder by the day here in Sydney. Helene's version is stunning, especially when topped with steaming hot, deliciously melty gruyere toasts.

13 ways with gruyere
Picture Credits: Cannelle et Vanille & Donna Hay

5. I love the idea of these unique Apple, Gruyere and Sage Muffins from Cannelle et Vanille to accompany a bowl of  hot pumpkin soup. I imagine these would also be quite adaptable - substituting pear for apple, or perhaps adding in some bacon and changing up the herbs. Yum!

6. If Stuffed Zucchini Flowers are on a restaurant menu, it's fairly likely that they'll end up in front of me - especially if they're filled with cheese! I've never tried making them at home, but this recipe from Donna Hay looks particularly lovely.

13 ways with gruyere
Picture Credits: Spicy Icecream & Gourmet Traveller

7. This is a bit of a blast from the past, dug up out of the archives, but i had to share these Gougéres from the Tartine cookbook again because they were delicious. The perfect bite-size appetizer washed down with a glass of wine, you'll find it impossible to stop at just one. I also really liked the combination of gruyere and thyme.

8. I remember the very first time I tried a Gruyere Souffle at Ripples in Pyrmont, it was amazing! Being the twice-baked kind, it's a little easier for a home cook and every bit as delicious. I'm keeping this recipe from Gourmet Traveller on file for my next dinner party.

13 ways with gruyere
Picture Credits: Eat Little Bird & Williams-Sonoma

9. Savoury waffles is an interesting concept - usually I douse mine in ice cream and maple syrup! Eat Little Bird brings us Waffles with Gruyere and Thyme, which started as a way to use up leftovers in the fridge but I think it sounds like a delicious lunch. Note to self - buy a waffle maker!

10. Okay, so I've never actually eaten a Popover but by the sound of them, I think they'd be delicious - especially with Gruyere! The recipe from Williams-Sonoma suggests serving them with steak, which sounds like a beautiful modern take on the classic Yorkshire pudding.

13 ways with gruyere
Picture Credits: Real Simple & My Recipes

11. Bacon. Gruyere. Meatloaf. Yes please! This recipe from Real Simple dresses up the humble meatloaf into a delicious gourmet dinner. This would be lovely with a simple green salad.

12. I recently expressed my new found love of bread and butter pudding, and this Pear and Gruyere Strata layered with cinnamon bread from My Recipes looks delicious! I think it would be lovely for brunch or dessert, with a big scoop of ice cream.

gruyere and fontina mac and cheese
13. Mac and Cheese is a guilty pleasure of mine. I mean the nasty microwave stuff - so bad it's good right? But absolutely nothing beats homemade, even some fancy restaurant versions I've recently tried! In my opinion Mac and Cheese is best when baked with a scattering of breadcrumbs so the top gets nice and crisp.

I like experimenting with different cheeses and I think this version with Gruyere, Fontina and a smidge of Reggiano is a winner, but feel free to experiment with your favourite cheese varieties - the original recipe used an intriguing chilli-flavoured cheddar.


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