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Cheese Cake

Dough ½ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 small egg ¾ cup plain flour 50g butter Filling ½ kg Tempo full fat slicing cottage cheese ½ kg Tempo quark 2 heaped tbsp Self Raising Flour 4 large or 5 small eggs 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 75g melted butter Make the...

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Date Cake

It has been far too long between posts.  Now that I am well settled in my new home and have retired permanently from my teaching, I have decided to post a recipe a month on this site as well as anything else I find topical. The month of Ramadan started a few days ago...

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Argan Oil

Much has been written about Southern Morocco's unique product - argan oil - which has become much sought after world wide for culinary and, more widely, cosmetic purposes....

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Moroccan Mint Tea

In a couple of weeks, I'll be heading off to Morocco again to lead another of my culinary tours. One of the highlights of the time spend travelling around the Kingdom of Morocco is the drinking of tea infused with different kinds of mint and other aromatic herbs - a...

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Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela

In January this year, I was lucky enough to experience the annual pilgrimage to Lalibela in Northern Ethiopia for the Orthodox Christmas celebration. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church dates from the 4th century and Lalibela, formerly known as Roha, was built as the new...

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Gefilte Fish

I am now back in Melbourne after an amazing two months in Jordan and Israel followed by a photographic trip to Lalibela in Ethiopia to witness the Orthodox Christmas pilgrimage.Apologies to those of you who follow my blog and have been waiting for a post. It has been...

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Daphne

It's a cold rainy Monday morning in Melbourne and I'm sitting at my desk preparing my recipes for cooking class tomorrow. Over the weekend, my lovely niece gave me quite a few sprigs of daphne from the bush by her front door and I am drinking in the exquisite scent of...

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Harira Bidaouia

Just a short two weeks till the start of Ramadan!  Melbourne is not a bad place to be in August for those who are fasting this year... chilly short days...and for those who do not observe Ramadan... the perfect weather to cook and enjoy this delicious soup. A few...

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