Wednesday 15 August 2012

SPRING – Big news for the food dept! We are featured in delicious magazine! YAY!

We are so thrilled! It seems fitting that our editorial debut into print comes in the September issue of delicious magazine which is also their relaunch edition. Spring has sprung early for the food dept, so grab a copy of delicious, where you will find our wicked dessert feature, "Bright sparks", we are soooo loving the heading. There is even a little profile piece on little ole us.... terribly chuffed. Thank you team delicious!

To celebrate, we have a few extra recipes from the shoot to whet your palate AND
our first competition to get you all excited, read below

For more Spring dessert recipes check your local newsagents for the September issue for the delicious. magazine.

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Lemon curd
These little jars of golden lemon curd make beautiful thank you gifts or look for decorative jars and sell them at your next local fete.

½ cup (110g) sugar
• finely grated zest and juice of 2 large lemons
• 3 large free range eggs lightly beaten
• 100g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1. Place sugar, zest and juice in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually add eggs, stirring to combine.
Return the pan to low heat and add the butter, a piece at a time, whisking constantly for 8–10 minutes until thickened.
2. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, cover surface with baking paper and chill lemon curd until ready to serve or pour into sterilized jars. Use as required.

Coconut and passionfruit cupcakes with meringue frosting 
We think these little cupcakes would fit right in at Sydney's uber cool pool bar the "Ivybar" where they have lots of yellow and white stripes everywhere. The meringue frosting might be reminiscent of Marge Simpson's hair, but they are truly a statement cupcake. Whether you are about to jump into the Ivy pool or kick back and watch "the simpsons" you are in definately in for a treat!
Makes approximately 32 mini cupcakes (approx. 4–5cm).

• 1½ cups self-raising flour
• ½ cup desiccated coconut
• ¾ cup coconut milk
¼ cup passionfruit pulp (approximately 3–4 large passionfruit)
• 175g butter
• ¾ cup caster sugar
• 2 free range eggs
• 1 qty Meringue frosting

 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F). Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature. Whisk together the flour and coconut in bowl, set aside. Combine the coconut milk and passionfruit pulp in a small jug and set aside. 
2. Cream butter for 1–2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the caster sugar a third at a time and beat for 1–2 minutes after each addition. 
3. Add the eggs 1 at a time and beat for 1 minute after the addition of each egg. 
4. Add 1/3 of the flour and coconut and beat on low until just combined.  Add half of the coconut milk and passionfruit mixture and beat until combined. Repeat this again and then finish with the final third of the flour and coconut. Do not over beat the mixture or it will become tough. 
5. Line mini muffin pans with papers and ¾ fill the cup cake papers. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when tested. Allow cool on a cake cooler. 
6. Using a piping bag and plain nozzle, pipe on the Meringue frosting into a large ball on each cupcake, top with another smaller ball of meringue frosting.  Using a blowtorch lightly caramelize the meringue frosting. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1–2 days.

Meringue frosting

• 3 large free range egg whites

¾ cup sugar
• pinch of salt
1/3 cup water

1. Combine the egg whites, sugar, salt and water in a heat proof bowl and lightly whisk over simmering water until the sugar has dissolved. 

2. Transfer to a large mixer bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form and the mixture is cold to touch and glossy. Do not over beat. Use immediately.

Caramel Salted Popcorn 
This makes a great movie snack for kids or adults. Make some paper cones and fill them for your next party or put a jar-full on your next lolly bar.
Makes 2 large trays

• Spray oil
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• ½ cup popcorn kernels
• 3 cups sugar
• 1 cup water
• 60g butter
• 2 tablespoons salt flakes

1. Spray and inside of a large saucepan and 2 rubber spatulas with oil, set the spatulas aside. This will allow you to work easily and quickly with the caramel later. Heat the vegetable oil in the greased saucepan and heat over a medium to high heat. Add a couple of corn kernels, place the lid on the pot and swirl over the heat until the kernels pop. When they pop, remove from the pot and add the remaining corn kernels, cover and give the pan a swirl. Once the kernels begin to pop swirl the pan around over the heat until the popping stops, remove from the heat, remove the lid and set aside. 
2. In a large saucepan combine the sugar, water butter and salt. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not allow the mixture to boil at this stage. Brush down the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush to make sure there are no sugar crystals. Once all of the sugar has dissolved, bring to the boil and boil without disturbing until the caramel is golden brown.  
3. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and toss well with the oiled spatulas. Pour onto 2 large lined trays and press out with the oiled spatulas, allow to set at room temperature.  Once hard and cold break into bit size pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

food dept fact: Add ½ cup roasted peanuts (or your favourite roasted nut) in with the popcorn before you toss through the caramel.

thank you...
To our lovely food assistant Linda Uzunovski, who laughed along with us on the day of this shoot. Your help is always appreciated.



  1. Congratulations indeed! Your styling is always so gorgeous!

  2. Congrats!! You guys should have your own magazine!!

  3. Wow congrats guys the new issue of Delicious looks fab and so do your desserts and styling!

  4. Woo Hoo! Congrats! I will keep my eye out for the issue. These recipe are giving me intense yearnings for Springtime and spring cooking!

  5. Congratulations on the feature in delicious. magazine. I hopped straight onto the computer to look up, and link up, to your blog. I can't wait to receive my emails alerting me about all the new happenings at the food dept.

  6. Congratulations on the feature in delicious. magazine. As soon as I finished reading the article I logged onto the computer to sign up for the mailing list. I look forward to receiving my next update from the food dept. Good luck, and bon appetit!

  7. look at the size of that meringue! in awe & loving it!

  8. Hello Food Dept! Just discovered you courtesy of Delicious Mag and now a regular stopper.
    How do you feel about our online store linking to your recipes (am thinking of your recent shichimi peanuts ... which have blown my mind).

  9. Thank-you Food Dept Folk for these sweet, summery and unashamedly fun recipes. This post is refreshing in more ways than one. We've just shared it on our Facebook Page.
    And yes, bravo, for being featured in the new-look delicious. Well deserved!

  10. BIG congrats to you guys!! That is WICKED great news. My favorite magazine!