Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The great Aussie Beef Burger, Brownies and more…

This cake above is not one of my own recipes, rather it’s from Giada Di Laurentis, who is a chef I’ve really quite grown to enjoy watching cook (apart from when she totally over pronounces Italian words like “Parmigiano Reggiano” …. (no offence intended Giada ;) The recipe for the cake – which is incredibly moist and very, very yummy is here at the Food Network site. It’s great to be able to use Amaretti cookies in the cake as they are my favourite kind. Whenever I am in Italy (which is not often enough!), I normally put on half a stone munching on copious amounts of these beautiful paper-wrapped Amaretti Di Saronno by Lazzaroni. They’re not that easy to get my paws on in Australia, but I did recently find the ones above at a great local Italian grocery shop I go to a lot for all my veggies and Italian meats and cheeses etc… I topped my cake not with cocoa as per the recipe, but rather with really fine chocolate shavings which I buy pre-prepared from Belle Fleur Chocolatiers located just up the road in Rozelle.

All Images © Katie Quinn Davies

Hi all :)

All recipes now up above. Apologies for the delay of a few days to get them all on the blog. I am planning going forward to have the recipes up at the same time as the photos but last week’s work mayhem meant this wasn’t possible for me timing-wise. Thanks for all your patience on waiting for this week’s recipes. In the new year, I’ll be doing postings similar in size to the above on a weekly basis. Now my focus is on the big Christmas blog posting which will be going up in a couple of weeks. I am dedicating the next week or two to getting as much content as I can to create a jam-packed photo-focus Christmas bumper edition. The Christmas feature will include a series of shots from global bloggers and photographers I have become friends with since the inception of What Katie Ate – people who have inspired me with their talent and support. There will also be recipes from myself, recipes from readers, a special little article on ‘Baby’s first Christmas food ideas’, local organic food producers and their incredible foodie products, Aussie chocolatiers, Christmas dinner table decorative ideas and a few other bits thrown in for good measure.

I am off to Melbourne this weekend to photograph an amazing artisan chocolatier – Monsieur Truffe and following weekend to the Hunter Valley in NSW to see what Christmas goodies are available in the Aussie wine dept. All images and stories from which I’ll include on the Xmas posting.

108 Responses to “The great Aussie Beef Burger, Brownies and more…”

  1. November 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Can’t wait for your scrumptious ketchup recipe.. no wait.. I meant your mouthwatering chocolate cake… I meant your brownies, right..?
    You are so talented!! I just love love love your photos, great atmosphere.. love them!!

  2. November 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Can’t wait for your scrumptious ketchup recipe.. no wait.. I meant your mouthwatering chocolate cake… I meant your brownies, right..?
    You are so talented!! I just love love love your photos, great atmosphere.. love them!!

  3. November 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Spectacular! Congratulations!

  4. November 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hi Sandra, thanks so much, I really wanted to get all the story and recipes up today at the same time as the pics but I just couldn’t get it all up today :( I have a shoot here in the house tomorrow for a foodie mag and need to go and prep for it. I’ll get all the recipes and little story up asap tomorrow :) xx

  5. November 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Thanks Linda ;)

  6. November 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

    oh wow. looks awesome. i want to eat it ALL!

  7. November 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Oh my gooood, I am drooling!!
    Loving your food, you images – everything!

    Hugs from Norway :)

  8. November 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Big hugs back rightatcha Signe from Sydney ;)

  9. November 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I really missed your photos, recipes and posts in these past days…was so happy to see new photos and looking forward to get more tomorrow :-)

  10. November 17, 2010 at 11:37 am

    delightfull, what a beautiful images, feeling rather peckish now… mmmmm i want it all! x

  11. November 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    My stomach and tastebuds are fighting over who gets to propose to you.

  12. Anonymous
    November 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Such amazing photos <3 I really admire your talent. A job well done! ;)

  13. November 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Such amazing photos <3 I really admire your talent. A job well done! ;)

  14. November 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I am so hungry right now! That beef burger just looks amazing!

  15. November 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Wow! Amazing photos, looks really tasty. :P

  16. November 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I do miss that great aussie burger!
    i just adore your images!
    Have a great week … cant wait for the recipes!
    :) )

  17. November 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I can’t wait for all these recipes! Looks to good to me!

  18. November 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    As always, amazing photography…I would love to eat what you ate!


  19. November 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Glad to see you back … and waiting patiently for what will likely be some epic recipes!



  20. November 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    that burger just made my mouth water! im going to go and roast my market tomatoes now!
    love your work

  21. November 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Katie: I look forward to every post. You style, your recipes, your words: they fill me up with joy. I LOVE it all. Missed reading you lately: welcome back :)

  22. November 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    these photos are beyond stunning. I can’t stop looking at them. you are such an inspiration!

  23. November 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    yeah!! Your back. Everything looks amazing as usual. Now I know how much I miss your blog when your gone. Can’t wait for the recipes.Those apricots look to die for. Missed ya :) B

  24. November 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    OMG! This is a food porn lovers dream!!!!

  25. November 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’m in love with your photos, your food and this blog!!

  26. Monica
    November 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Oh, I can hardly wait to read all those recipes, too. The pics look so delicious!! Greetings from Switzerland!

  27. November 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    For some reason, all your little kitchen tools are jumping out at me. I want that sifter in my life. And the cheese grater. And maybe that gorgeous plate your potato pie is in. Oh, I wouldn’t mind getting my chops round that burger too, but honestly – it looks gigantic! Is it humanly possible to fit it in your mouth?!

  28. November 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Katie, i was just going to mail you if all was well since there hadn’t been an update here for a while and then this comes along and just blows my socks off!!!! I can see how busy you have been! :) ) OMG!! stunning just doesn’t cover it!! sublime!

  29. November 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    You’re the most incredible person on earth!

  30. November 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Oh I really was waiting for these Katie…stunning soon?

  31. November 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Ołłłł… I’d like to eat everythink now! I love your photos, food, blog.. I can’t wait the recipes!
    Expecially… everythink.
    Sometime I’ve prepared my own kethup and it was amazing but not with roasted tomato ;)

    Greetings from poland ;)

  32. November 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    ummm…making that chocolate brownie! Everything looks amazing as per usual.

  33. November 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Gorgeous!…every sight, every bite.


  34. November 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    your food + photos are always so amazing-looking!

    thanks for sharing. :-)

  35. November 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Wow! Just simply marvelous! I can’t wait for you to share the recipes. I am totally copying it:-)

  36. November 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I don’t even know where to start…..which thing to drool over first!! YUM! Can’t wait for the recipes!

  37. November 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Wonderful. Cannot wait for the recipes! :)

  38. November 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Beautiful work as always. I definitely want to try your ketchup recipe! And the potato pie…wow!

  39. November 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    OMG, everything’s so gorgeous.
    This is the most beautiful foodblog EVER! I definitely want to eat it all…

  40. November 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Just lovely!

  41. November 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Gorgeous Gorgeous!! all amazing!! katie, your styling is amazing!! Can’t wait for the recipes!!

  42. November 18, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Your photography truly blows me away! I am so inspired to take photos and cook lovely things after popping by your blog!

  43. November 18, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Flat out stunning. I want to make (and eat) all of it! Can’t wait for the recipes! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  44. November 18, 2010 at 4:55 am

    This is stunning! You have such an amazing eye! Don’t worry to make us wait… everytime it’s just better and better! And by the way, did you eat this gigantic burger alone? ;)

  45. November 18, 2010 at 6:22 am


    The Rustic Lamb and Potato pie is already melting in my mouth. You make food preparation into an art.

    So proud of you.

    Love Clare.

  46. November 18, 2010 at 8:39 am

    HI Katie! Great to see you back in the blogosphere. I swear – I think I was having withdrawal symptoms! Can’t wait to hear all about what has been keeping you busy!

    All the best with the magazine shoot!

  47. November 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    oh Katie you are such an evil temptress! I am now famished & drooling – utterly fabulous work as always. I am so making the beetroot relish; love how the Aussie’s put beetroot with their burgers

  48. November 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Amazing! Good work.

  49. November 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Can’t wait to see the recipe for baked apricots in limoncello! perfect holiday brunch item!

  50. November 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Katie, Thank you for making everything better. Beetroot Relish is a fantastic idea and I am already dreaming of it with gorganzola. Or on a lamb burger. Incredible.

  51. November 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Katie, Thank you for making everything better. Beetroot Relish is a fantastic idea and I am already dreaming of it with gorganzola. Or on a lamb burger. Incredible.

  52. November 19, 2010 at 1:50 am

    YUM – Katie you are just amazing and a true inspiration! I wish I had more time to play with my photography style!

    Can’t wait for the ketchup recipe and the brownies – I love a good brownie recipe!

  53. November 19, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Beautiful pictures. All so tempting and tasty :)
    Heidi xo

  54. November 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Thanks everyone for the incredible comments! I am totally blown away at all your fabulous words :)

    I am typing the recipes out at this very moment (I got completely held up last night after the daytime shoot cleaning up the pics and such) but they’ll be up shortly – maybe not all at once, but I’ll get there eventually!! :)

  55. November 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Amazing post. Delicious.
    Very curious for the recipe of balsamic beetroot relish.

  56. November 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

    now I know what to do with my tomatoes!! really yummy nom, nom ,nom. I’m hungry:(

  57. November 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

    i will be trying all of these in the next month. i swear. i want to make a veggie burger version!

  58. November 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I love every single photo. How wonderful they are! The apricot season is over here, but I will give a try the Giada recipe. Have a nice weekend, Katie :)

  59. November 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Everything looks so mouth-watering amazing! Can’t wait to get cooking. =D I’m visiting from Phoenix, Arizona, by way of the Dear Friend blog who recommended you.

  60. November 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Ah this all looks so good! I really have to learn how to cook properly soon! I would love to be able to make things like this!

  61. November 21, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Hi Katie, I loved seeing your name in the newspaper today (Subday Herald Sun magazine), I’m so excited for you!!

    I’m loving the sound of the beetroot relish xxx

  62. November 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    All of these recipes look delicious – I’m definitely going to make that pasta tomorrow night. I made the Pumpkin Ravioli and they were amazing. My husband is already asking me to make them again. Thank you for all of your recipes – they have changed the way I cook. xo

  63. November 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I love your photos and your style! Kisses, Martina

  64. November 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    this post just about nearly killed me with desire….

  65. November 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Beautiful and delicious as usual!

    I was just gifted a gorgeous Di Saronno tin full of almond cookies. The tin is a lovely red and orange graphic delight – perfect for holiday flowers.

    Cannot wait for the Christmas post…


  66. November 24, 2010 at 11:23 am

    everything looks just so great – your blog is adorable, enjoy melb and hunter valley!

  67. November 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    those brownies look AMAZING.

    (p.s. what fonts do you use, i love the calligraphy one)

  68. November 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    those brownies look AMAZING.

    (p.s. what fonts do you use, i love the calligraphy one)

  69. November 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    WOW! I am so impressed with your styling and food photography. -Actually I am drooling uncontrollably. Wish you were closer to Chicago. I’d totally love a chance to visit you in your studio!


  70. November 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    WOW. Katie, you are the most talented and inspiring food blogger I have ever had the pleasure of stumbling upon. I cannot get over your stunning photography and elegant design, not to mention how delicious your recipes look! I bow to you, fellow foodie friend – can’t wait to see what’s next.

    All the best, Sarah B.

  71. November 26, 2010 at 3:10 am

    I love looking at your blog – it makes me so inspired to cook and to make things pretty in general.

    I’m currently redoing my personal recipe book and was wondering if you could tell me what fonts you use in your posts?

    Thanks, madi

  72. November 26, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Oh my,,,,well worth the wait Katie, it all looks absolutely amazing,,,the only problem is which to try first.

  73. November 27, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I just found your blog via KOOLANDKREATIF – and I love it! The photography and the recipes – so inspiring.

  74. November 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

    woah! new favourite blog! so many yum recipes and beautiful photos and i love your enamelware!

  75. November 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    OMG! I feel so hungry now!!!
    fabulous post!!!

  76. December 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    That burger looks so good, especially with the beetroot relish (and this is coming from someone who normally doesn’t like beetroot in her burgers). Can’t wait for the Christmas bumper issue! :)

  77. December 3, 2010 at 4:14 am

    your blog is gorgeous! i just discovered it via OH ELLE, but can’t wait to visit to see your next post.

  78. December 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Just one word: BRAVISSIMA

  79. December 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    holy crap i am so in love with your photos. you are sooo good!!

  80. December 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    holy crap i am so in love with your photos. you are sooo good!!

  81. December 8, 2010 at 4:14 am

    always when I’m hungry and waiting to go home, i check your blog. these pictures of food are like drugs! :D

  82. December 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    gorgeous! love it all. where can i find a plate like the one you used for amaretti chocolate cake? it’s perfect.

  83. December 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    such amazing photos

  84. December 10, 2010 at 1:47 am

    so, so, so lovely, katie! xo.

  85. December 11, 2010 at 1:56 am

    You make food look better than I could ever imagine!

  86. December 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I don’t even know where to begin! This is such an inspiration … I wish I had a hard copy right now as I delve into the Christmas parties, recipes, events etc. You are brilliant and your styling takes my breath away!

  87. December 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Happy Holidays from Belle Plaine, Minnesota, USA!

  88. Pam Felter
    December 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Happy Holidays from Olathe, Kansas!

  89. December 18, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Amazing photos! Happy holidays from Fairfax, Virginia, US!

  90. December 18, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Hi Katie.. um, you’re amazing.
    I don’t really know what an issuu really is or how to make them, but that looks like it must have taken for EVER.

    Not to mention your photography is so good, and just my style. I’m also a photographer! I’m still in school though.

    Can’t wait to browse all your stuff.

  91. December 19, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    WOW! what a masterpiece!! Loving your pictures, your recipes! it’s my first time here but will def keep coming back…Would love to see this turn into a book!
    xo from Milan

  92. December 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    What a beautiful and festive post!! So many great recipes to try! :)

    Happy Holidays,
    Brittany (San Diego, CA)

  93. December 21, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Wow. I’ve been following your blog for the better part of 4 months and I have loved every post. It looks like I’m probably one of the first guys to comment on here, but that is literally the best looking burger I’ve ever seen. thank you so much for your adventurous creativity in food and stellar photography.

    I would like to enter the williams sonoma contest for my mom! Merry Christmas from Allen, Texas!


  94. December 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Wow! Beautiful photos, great inspiration. Thank you.

  95. December 22, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I’ve been longing for a dutch oven.

    (Chicago, IL)

  96. December 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog through another blog (can’t remember which one) and WOW. Excellent photos! I’m looking forward to trying a couple of your recipes out.

    Happy Holidays from Washington, DC!


  97. December 28, 2010 at 3:10 am

    You are inspiring beyond belief. Thank you for enriching my life. Happy Holidays!!
    Deeba @

  98. January 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Your site is amazing! One of the best that I’ve ever seen. I can’t get enough of these photos!

  99. January 5, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Lovely photos shared by keen eyes for real foodography. Just simply perfec! Hope to see some more this year! Bleassed new year!

  100. January 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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  101. January 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for the burger recipe Katie – I made these for my flatmate and boyfriend last night and they practically fell on their knees! Apparently they were, and I quote “the best burgers I have ever had, you have to make these on a weekly basis.” High praise! Sadly I couldn’t BBQ them as it’s currently pouring down in Scotland, but thanks for making me a mid week dinner hero!


  102. February 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    The brownie recipe is missing the egg instructions. Just sayin’

  103. March 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Your photos are so nice! I am really appreciating it. Really good! Thanks a lot!

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  106. July 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    It’s indeed summer again! I was looking for a great recipe burger and found your blog. We have been having burger like twice a week. So would be nice if we could try a different style. Well, visiting your blog also gave me an idea of home-made ketchup! Great researching. ;)

  107. July 16, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I was looking for a hazelnut fudge brownies and found this page. I believe almost every dessert as an opportunity for ice cream. And brownies are no exception. Lovely pics!

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