Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Australia Day 2013 Inspired Recipe Ideas…


Macadamia, Apricot, Apple and Sage Sausage Rolls ~ Recipe here. (Note, these are SO good!!! I couldn’t stop gobbling them all weekend!).



Slow Roasted Lamb and Rosemary Aussie Pies ~ Recipe here.

BBQ Prawns with Mango, Lime, Soy and Mint Dressing ~ Recipe here.

Breakfast Eggs with Flaked Ocean Trout, Crispy Potatoes and White Cabbage ~ Recipe here.

Mango, Nectarine and Passionfruit Semifreddo, with fresh berries and Pomegranate Seeds ~ Recipe here.

Julia Taylor’s Lemon Madeleines ~ Recipe here.

Julia Taylor’s Strawberry & Riesling Upside-down Sponge ~ Recipe here.

Mocha Chocolate and Cherry Lamingtons ~ Recipe here.


Honeycomb, Chocolate and Almond Pavlova ~ Recipe here.

Peppered Kangaroo, Chargrilled Black Plum and Hazelnut Salad ~ Recipe here.


All images © Katie Quinn Davies 2012

So this weekend just gone we celebrated Australia Day 2013, meaning we all got a day off too yesterday at the holiday fell on a Saturday ~ Woohoo! In fairness I didn’t get much time off as I was photographing and writing up all the recipes for the above all weekend, but I didn’t mind, it was rotten weather over most of the long weekend with buckets of rain falling from the skies in Sydney so staying at home, cooking and photographing suited me just fine. The rain also gave us a slight reprieve from the searing temps here and awful humidity ~ us pastry white Irish folk literally melt in the latter esp. minus air con! *bleurgh*

I really wanted to get these recipes up before Australia day but alas due to a rather hectic work schedule last week and the week before, it was not meant to be. That being said though, all these recipes are ones which you can make at any time and all ingredients are readily available in both the southern and northern hemisphere at this time of the year.

I have been meaning to rectify my now infamous ‘Katie’s 47˚C pavlova-gate fiasco’ from a few weeks ago and due to writing some pav. recipes recently for an Aussie mag, I thought it would be a good idea to give another one a bash for this round of blog recipes. This isn’t the actual same recipe from the one which imploded so dramatically (still wishing I took a pic) rather this one contains a very Aussie candy/sweet item – honeycomb, and it is mixed with chocolate and almond ~ you could almost call it a ‘Toblerone Pavlova’ but with the addition of cherries which are now coming to the end of their season here in Aus, so I thought it would be to get them while I still can and before the go to a gazillion dollars per kilo.

This post also see the introduction of some recipes from last year’s Australian Masterchef runner up; Julia Taylor. Julia was famed on the show for her passionate pastry chef interest and skills in this realm of cooking. An immensely creative, perfectionist and determined cook, she’s currently completing an internship at famed Aussie patisserie mastermind and pastry God; Adriano Zumbo. I look forward to featuring more of Julia recipes on WKA in the months which lie ahead, she’s going to be a big name I think in years to come in Australia, people with such drive, eye for detail and perfectionist streak rarely fail.

On Friday I’ll be announcing the winner of ~ what is possibly the most popular book giveaway of all my book giveaways on WKA; Claire Lloyd’s My Greek Island Home (link here) so you’ve got 3 more days to get your answers in and I’ll pick a winner on Friday eve my time. The book arrived from Penguin last week, so is sitting here ready to go out in the post.

My next post is a huge one featuring all things pasta. If there’s any particular pasta dish you’d like to see included please let me know by commenting below.

Until then, and a few quick recipes for weekday dinners in-between, I hope you enjoy the above recipes and pics :)

Cheers Katie x

28 Responses to “Australia Day 2013 Inspired Recipe Ideas…”

  1. January 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Wowza Katie! What a brilliant selection of Aussie recipes. Love those lamingtons (my all time fave) and I must admit that even though I’ve just finished dinner my tummy is suddenly rumbling for that lamb, oh my!

    Looking forward to seeing the pasta dishes, I’m always looking for new recipes to add to my repertoire, being such a carb lover. Oh, my fiance got me your cookbook for christmas, I think I spent 3days slowly pouring over the pages of deliciousness… gorgeous!

  2. January 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    As usual, images that make my mouth water and my eyes pop. Thank you for continually inspiring the inner chef and host in me.

    For all things pasta – I would love to see one of my favorite pasta dishes ‘Spaghetti alle Vongole’

    A WKA fan :-)

  3. January 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Absolutely beautiful :-)

  4. Paula Brown
    January 30, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I made a What Katie Ate board on my Pinterest. You deserve your own board cause you are special. Love your website, your blog, your recipes and your photography. You rock!

  5. January 30, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Brilliant, The recipes are amazing, the pictures are so mouth watering and overall your blog is simply great :)
    I really enjoyed myself!!
    nostalgicsumreen.blogspot.com

  6. January 30, 2013 at 2:23 am

    What a fab collection of Aussie recipes. Lovely. I’ve pinned several and am still ogling the pavlova triumph! Thanks for sharing the recipes and the beautiful photos. Great celebratory food :)

  7. January 30, 2013 at 6:14 am

    OOOOH !! Katie, your photographs are so, so beautiful and of course all the recipes sound delicious…can’t wait to get one of those little sausage rolls in my mouth ! Now, you mentioned pasta. I love spaghetti carbonara…I know it’s a simple dish with not a lot of ingredients and I’ve made it many times myself ( my way). I’ve seen, in recipe books and tasted in restaurants, many different versions….can you give me one that is really tasty, not too dry but definitely not drowning in cream ! I’d love to see your take on this traditional favourite.

  8. Madeleine
    January 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

    What a mother of a post! These turned out amazing Katie, especially that pavlova shot! (but all of them really). Love the dark look.

  9. January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    As always your work with meringues and pavs blows me away! What a unique combo, and these photos are mouthwatering.

  10. January 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

    If your recipes weren’t inspiring enough, your photography is more than a feast for the eyes.
    My husband gifted me your book for Christmas and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love it.

  11. January 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Wonderful Katie… I had a touch of homesickness when I saw the sausage rolls..:) I will share this in My Daily Click next week… Thank you for the inspiration… xv

    • Katie
      January 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Vicki!

  12. January 31, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Excellent photography! I tell you what the food looks so inviting it’s making my mouth water. Well done Katie on this post and great photography.

  13. January 31, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Such an inspiring set of shots – a joy to look at. I hope in a small way your talent rubs off me just by reading your posts! With love from a fledging stylist! xKx

  14. January 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

    You’re posts are always so so SO perfect! I know I say the same every time but it’s truly amazing, Katie!

    • Katie
      January 31, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Thank you so much Christelle! I emailed you back, you book should be arriving soon (finally!) x

  15. Sylwia
    January 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Pasta al nero di seppia! Spaghetti alla chitarra… I’d love to see my memory from Abruzzo… :)
    Wonderful recipes and so beautiful photographs.. Thank you!

  16. January 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I love your photos and recipes, Fantastic!

  17. February 2, 2013 at 4:05 am

    … only you can make an empty plate look so pretty :) ! I can’t get enough of flipping through your new book, even when I already cooked something, because I really like your warmly writing!

  18. Delane
    February 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Omg! this blog is making me so hungry! I am eager to try them!!

  19. February 5, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Great photos, I pinned the plums, if you don’t mind…
    Ciao
    Alessandra

  20. Nish
    February 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Your photography is divine! That Pavlova…..amazing!

  21. February 6, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Wow these look so delicious! The photography is amazing! I really want to try those Aussie pies. YUM!!

  22. February 12, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Dear lord, this is simply gorgeous photography. Not to mention the food…

  23. February 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Everything looks absolutely delicious!

  24. February 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Food is an inspiration. Thank you..amazing photos

  25. Kamila
    March 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Absolutely love the dark plum foto — I don’t know how you did it, but you made a foto feel like a 17th century Dutch still life! Very lovely. :-)

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