Australia Day 2013 Inspired Recipe Ideas...
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Slow Roasted Lamb and Rosemary Aussie Pies ~ RECIPE HERE

Macadamia, Apricot, Apple and Sage Sausage Rolls

RECIPE HERE


(Note, these are SO good!!!
I couldn't stop gobbling them all weekend!)

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BBQ Prawns with Mango, Lime, Soy and Mint Dressing.
RECIPE HERE

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

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Julia Taylor's Lemon Madeleines
RECIPE HERE

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Julia Taylor's Strawberry & Riesling Upside-down Sponge

RECIPE HERE

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Mocha Chocolate and Cherry Lamingtons

RECIPE HERE

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Honeycomb, Chocolate and Almond Pavlova

RECIPE HERE

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Peppered Kangaroo, Chargrilled Black Plum
and Hazelnut Salad

RECIPE HERE

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ALL IMAGES © KATIE QUINN

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