Chouquettes

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Chouquettes were another discovery of mine when we lived in Paris.  While we were living there I was studying french at the Alliance Francaise and opposite the metro stop that I would get off to get to the Alliance was a boulangerie (bakery) filled with all kinds of deliciousness.  Each time after class on my way home, I would pop in to the boulangerie and sneak in a little snacky snack before lunch which initially was generally a pain aux raisins (one of my faves – recipe here).  But every time I would get to the counter to make my pain aux raisins order there would be platter sitting on the counter with a giant pyramid of these little choux pastry puffs sprinkled with sugar whispering ‘pick me! pick me!’.  So one fateful day I decided to forego my usual fave and try these little sugar puffs that were begging me to eat them.  A love affair began…

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Holy guacamole!

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Hola chico’s and chica’s this week we’re going Mexican.  I know, I know… there’s no shortage of mexican restaurants in Melbourne now for everyone to enjoy but now that winter has well and truly settled in who wants to wait in a queue for a taco.  Now you can settle yourself in front of the fire or whatever heating method your house employs and tuck into some delicious mehican that’s a cut above your old el paso.

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Zucchini and basil crustless mini quiches

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Hands up for those of you on a low-carb diet?  I know there’s a stack of you out there; Atkins, Dukan, anyone?  Well…strictly speaking this recipe is not diet food and probably wouldn’t be given the tick of approval by Dr Dukan but maybe Mr Atkins would be ok with a few of these baby quiches.  It does include cream but when everything else at a party is carb-laden (which obviously makes for killer drinking food) it’s nice to have something that isn’t wrapped in some form of pastry.

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Lamb, harissa and almond sausage rolls

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The last few days I’ve been feeling a little uninspired.  The words are just not flowing like they normally do – my first case of ‘blogger’s block’.  I’m fairly sure it’s just because I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t had an opportunity to even think about what I might write about today.  However, this doesn’t mean I don’t have a mouth-watering recipe for you to try.  Over the weekend, I catered my first event – YAY.  My best friend Immy’s gorgeous parent’s 40th wedding anniversary – amazing right?  I just hope that when the Dr and I hit our 40th wedding anniversary our kids (that are currently just a twinkle in the Dr’s eye) will be just as thoughtful to throw us a party to celebrate such a milestone occasion.

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