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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stitching on the Bay

Sylvia and I thoroughly enjoyed our Stitching on the Bay day yesterday!   It was really warm here - over 33 degrees C!!!   We all had a lovely day though and the ladies all seemed to enjoy their stitching despite the heat!   As always, Maree and Lynne excelled in the kitchen and here are some of us enjoying our delightful lunch under the shade of the trees!   L to R - Lynne (chef), Maree (chef), Jenny, Fiona (me), Shirley, Sylvia (stitching partner) and Margaret - we are all enjoying a fabulous Asian Chicken Salad - I would show you, but I forgot to take a photo of that one!!

Asta, Antonia (German exchange student), Lyn, Cheryl and Vere all enjoying their lunch in the shade!
Afternoon tea was a magnificent Pavlova Roll.   For those of you who are not familiar with the Australian tradition of "pavlova" - it is a treat which you really must try once in your lifetime!  Maree has kindly shared her recipe with me to share with you!
Pavlova Roll
1 Pavlova egg (from the supermarket) (or you can make a pavlova from recipe if you wish)
125 gram flaked almonds
cinnamon sugar
300ml cream
Your choice of filling
Make pavlova as per directions.  Line a lamington tin with baking paper.  Spread the mixture evenly over the tray.  Cover with flaked almonds and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 180 degrees Centigrade until golden.  Allow to cool.   To fill - Place over over the top and flip over carefully.  Remove the baking paper.  Whip cream and spread generously over the pavlova.  Add filling of your choice - berries, strawberries, banana, passionfruit.  Using foil, roll the pavlova on the short side to form a roll.  Top the centre with spare cream and fruit of your choice!    DELICIOUS!!
And we also enjoyed some superb lemon curd patty cakes!  Very tangy and absolutely delicious!   Lynne has shared her recipe also !!
1 cup pure cream
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 and one half cups of self raising flour
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
Lemon Curd
1/2 cup lemon juice
100 grams butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
3 egg yolks

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.  Place 12 patty cake liners in a 12 hole 1/2 cup capacity muffin tin.   Place cream, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.  Gradually add flour and zest and continue whisking until mixture is thick and smooth.  Divide the mixture between prepared liners and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cakes spring back to touch.  Cool in muffin pan.   For the lemon curd, heat lemon juice and butter in a small saucepan and simmer until the butter has melted.  Add sugar, egg and egg yolks and cook, whisking continuously until the mixture becomes thick and glossy.  Pour into a shallow oven tray to cool. 
To serve, cut a small hole in the top of each cupcake and fill with 1 to 2 teaspoons of lemon curd and 1 to 2 teaspoons of cream.    Absolutely scrumptious!!!    Thanks ladies for sharing these wonderful recipes with us all!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Fiona

    I'm beginning to wonder whether you organise these days for the stitching or the food???? :)

    Glad you had a good time.

    Regards, Sue.


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