my Moussaka, Berry Brulee & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce + Hazelnut Praline, Chocolate Cherry Pods

my Moussaka, Berry Brulee & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce + Hazelnut Praline, Chocolate Cherry Pods
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Ice cream recipe I used came from this site.

All images © Katie Quinn Davies

Thankfully we've managed to get some respite for the searing heat today... I was going nuts in the humidity and high temps. I can handle a day or three in a row, but five just starts to send me potty, especially when working outside all day, which I was all week.. After a fairly hectic week, I took a trip yesterday to the local farmers' markets in the morning after brekkie where I found a fab array of aubergines. Big ones, little ones, baby ones et al, so I thought it only fitting I buy a bunch and I give my hubby's world famous Moussaka a whirl. Actually when I say I gave it a whirl, I should say he did, he cooked it from scratch this afternoon and we enjoyed it for dins along with a bottle of Aussie red - a perfect dinner to accompany the cooler breeze which thankfully billowed its way through Sydney this afternoon with fervour.. a huge welcome relief.

I too was delighted on Friday eve to be given a pile of leftover berries and cherries from the cookbook shoot I'm currently working on. In fairness there's really only one dessert everyone wants in heat like 42˚C, which is: ice cream, and after making a huge batch last week of vanilla bean in my new Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment bowl (a recent fantastic Xmas pressie), I turned the cherries into a sauce, served with the ice cream and scattered with a super easy hazelnut praline, the combination of the three was a total winner. The remaining berries I decided to turn into a 'cheat's brulee', again very quick and easy to make and a great recipe for a fuss-free dinner party.

All recipes will be uploaded ASAP in coming 2-3 days.

On an extra great note, the holiday to the USA has been decided upon and confirmed, thank you so much to all who emailed me and left comments on the blog here in regards to ideas and recommendations on where to go, see and eat. I have spent a decent amount of time in the States to date (aka NY, LA, Chicago, Vegas, San Fran, towns en-route from LA to San Fran. etc.) and (other than NYC and L.A.), I was hoping this time to see places I haven't before. The itinerary is to spend a week or so in NYC, then drive to Massachusetts (including the little town The Witches of Eastwick was filmed in = way too excited = LOVE this movie!) and Rhode Island, out to Martha's Vineyard for a night or two, up to Maine and Boston then hop on a flight to Albuquerque where we'll grab a hire car and start a 3 or 4 day drive to to the west coast, this is where I hope to get some great old diner shots and vintage signage pics, before hitting Santa Barbara and kicking back for a week in Venice where we'll hire a house and potter about various parts of So Cal. Finally we'll fly out of LA back to Sydney. I had to scrap some original areas as we simply just didn't have the time to do everything we'd ideally want, if we did we'd end up exhausting ourselves and generally running around like headless chickens trying to do too much. Either way I now cannot wait to go - am super excited, I totally need a nice break after a seriously hectic past 9 months and always feel incredibly at home in the US. I really look forward to getting some amazing shots and meeting some great people along the way.

:) Kx

P.S. Thanks to the ever wonderful and unbelievably talented David Morgan for leaving some of his gorgeous props here over the weekend so I could steal a few for use in some of the above pics. xx