Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Delicious - Rolled Pavlova Recipe

Rosewater, pistachio and raspberry Rolled Pavlova 

Hello dear friends
here at last is Jennie's Pavlova recipe I promised!

Rosewater, Pistachio & Raspberry rolled Pavlova
(A quintessential New Zealand dessert)

  • Sunflower or vegetable oil for greasing
  • 4 egg whites
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp rosewater. plus an extra 2 tsp
  • cup chopped raw pistachios
  • 300ml cream
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

  1. Preheat oven to 150˚C. Grease the base of a 36cm x 26cm Swiss roll tin. Line with tin foil, brushing lightly with the oil. 
  2. Place the egg whites into a spotlessly clean bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the sugar a couple of dessertspoons at a time, until the meringue is stiff and glossy.
  3. In a separate small bowl mix together the cornflour, vinegar and rosewater to form a runny paste and lightly whisk into the beaten meringue mixture. 
  4. Spread the meringue mixture into the prepared tin, making sure it is spread evenly into the corners. Sprinkle the top with the pistachios. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes until firm but still soft in the centre. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
  5. When completely cold, whip cream and extra rosewater to a thick but not too stiff consistency. Turn meringue out onto a large fresh sheet of tinfoil. Gently peel away the original tinfoil from the meringue. Spread meringue with whipped cream, avoiding the edges and scatter evenly with the raspberries. With the help of the tin foil roll up the meringue. Wrap rolled meringue in the tin foil and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  6. To serve, cut into thick slices and serve with extra raspberries on the side.     
Bon appétit mon amis!

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to my dear friends across the seas...

Rosa General Gallieni - France 1899

Wishing all my
American and Candian friends
a very
"Happy Thanksgiving"
enjoy your celebrations!!!

Take care of one another


Sunday, 18 November 2012

The Oyster Inn

The huge cruise ship Celebrity Millenium was in 
Auckland harbour yesterday.
I took this photo as I waited for the ferry to 
Waiheke Island.

It was my friend Jennie's birthday last week and as her nephew
has just opened a new restaurant at Oneroa village on
Waiheke Island, she chose it for the venue to celebrate.
Eight of us caught the ferry, a leisurely trip
of about 40 minutes to the island.

The restaurant has had a complete re-fit 
and been re-named
In my opinion it is now
of world class standard.

The main dining area has a wonderful ambiance
of up-market island beach style.
 Inside it looks rather like a sail loft
with a high ceiling and lovely old roof beams.

tête-à-tête for two maybe?

I ordered Pork Belly with a
Waldorf Slaw - delicious.
I'm sure you can see the crispy crackling
it was so yummy!

Creme caramel was on the dessert menu
it's my favourite and while I know
I should have just ordered coffee,
I didn't
 and yes I savoured every mouthful!!!
(I forgot to take a photo)

A welcoming bowl of fresh flowers

There's quite a nautical feel too with
the chart on the wall and old jars
resembling glass fishing buoys.

The Pearl Room is available for private functions.
If you visit my friend Carolyn's blog
Draffin Bears
you can see inside the room
where she attended a friends birthday dinner
just the night before I was there!!

We had a fabulous long lunch
spread out over several hours
with lots of lively chatter and a few glasses
of Waiheke Chardonnay!

I must tell you there are two of Jennie's
recipes on the menu!
One is a yummy New Zealand dessert called
Rolled Pavlova.
Pavlova is one of our national dishes
and I'll post the recipe for you all

Her second recipe is for
Sponge Kisses
which they have on a blackboard.
This one came from her mother's cook book.
I'll post it too as I can see
it's a little hard to read.
I hope you've enjoyed my little
sojourn on the island!

I'm linking to
Mary at Mosaic Monday  and
Claudia at A Favorite Thing Saturday

to my new followers and thank you
you to everyone for popping in and
leaving such lovely  comments.

Take care and be kind to one another

Sunday, 4 November 2012

A walk in the French Countryside

I had many lovely walks
in the beautiful countryside
while I was in France
with my family.

Each village, large and small
has a memorial
honouring  their soldiers
who died fighting for France.

The picturesque village
where my family live
is surrounded by cropping farms,
mainly wheat but also
many fields of
sunflowers too.

One farm I passed
had a flock of very  unfriendly ducks -
les canards...
They squawked furiously
until I was well out of sight,
especially when I had Roxy
the little Jack Russell with me!!!

Everywhere there were red poppies
 which always remind me of that
very moving poem
"In Flanders Fields"
written by the Canadian
physician Lieutenant Colonel
John McCrae.

Linking to 
Claudia at A favorite thing Saturday

Thank you dear friends for
visiting my blog and especially for
leaving me such lovely comments.

Take care and
be kind to one another
Shane ♥


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