Monthly Archives: May 2012


Pasta Pie


The Loch Ness Monster often laments over the fact that he can never find a pasta pie in Melbourne.

He last had one 6 years ago in Seaspray and has not stopped talking about it since.

So while he was working on his Sunday project work, I got busy in the kitchen with some leftover pasta.

Served with a caramelised onion relish, LNM was a happy man indeed with this tasty pasta pie.

Adding a pastry base would make this dish absolutely pop, and nobody could resist this served with a side salad.

So next time you have leftover pasta in the fridge, get creative and turn it into a whole new dish.


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Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Foody


Easy caramel tarts


With some friends coming over to visit the other night I needed to bake something sweet to share.

I was however feeling lazy and was not in the mood to visit the supermaket.

Grabbing 2 sheets of puff pastry, I blind baked 24 shells in a mini-muffin tray using a teaspoon of rice in each shell.

While it was mildly tedious to remove the rice afterwards, it was completely worth it in the long run.

Each shell was then filled with a teaspoon of Nestlé Top ‘n’ Fill, and refrigerated overnight.

The good news was that the pastry stayed crisp and was an instant crowd pleaser.

The recipe could be tweaked in any number of ways, adding a slice of banana on top of the caramel and some whipped cream – instant mini banoffe pies!

Making caramel from scratch (salted caramel anyone?!!) and topping with ganache would leave everyone in a sugary delight.

One of these days I will learn to make pastry from scratch, but until then I will continue to let puff pastry do all the hard work for me.

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Foody, wordy


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