Honey panna cotta with roasted quince and honeycomb

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I like to deceive people.  But don’t think badly of me.  I’m not talking about deception in the serious way, like crying game style but in the I like to cook things that look impressive and difficult but are really dead easy kinda way.  Panna cotta is one of those desserts.  I love it, you can infuse it with a million different flavours and best of all you can make it ahead of time, pop it in the fridge and bibbidi bobbed boo you have a super impressive dessert that will wow the pants off your guests.

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roast beetroot soup with a persian feta and walnut crouton

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I used to really not like yoga at all.  I tried it a couple of times years ago but just couldn’t understand what the fuss was all about – for me to feel like I’ve exercised, it needed to be high impact and make me sweat like a drug mule standing in a customs line at the airport.

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Maltese rabbit stew – just like papa makes it.

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Today I have super special post for you.  You know that my blog is called merci mama because my mama was the most incredible cook and in our house when I was growing up, every night she would cook us the most amazing meals that usually consisted of an entrée and a main of multiple dishes cooked to absolute perfection. Probably explains why I was a chubby kid.  But once in a blue moon my dad would declare that he would be taking over the kitchen and cooking a feast for the entire family.  You see, my dad can only cook one dish; Maltese rabbit stew. He cooks it incredibly well (and it seriously is the best rabbit I’ve eaten) but he should because it seriously is the only thing I have ever seen him cook in my 32 years.

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MOF MOF Pumpkin Soup

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My dad recently introduced us to the Two Greedy Italians series.  The Two Greedy Italians consist of Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio, two prominent Italian chefs from the UK.  Each episode in this series is spent in a different town in Italy, eating and cooking the local delicacies as well as mixing with the local people all while they continually bait each other like teenage boys and reminisce of what Italy was like when they were children.  It really is food porn for Italian food lovers.

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Deliciously creamy mushroom risotto

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When it’s cold and dreary outside there are some dishes that make you feel like you’re sitting by a crackling fire enveloped in a big soft blanket or if you’re lucky to have one, a doona/duvet/comforter suit.  Say wha?  People, someone has taken the snuggie to the next level and invented the doona suit.  Probably the most unsexy outfit I have ever seen in my life but who cares when you can walk around feeling like you’re still in the comfort and warmth of your bed!

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