Video Blog: No Stir Risotto

By Victoria Hansen |January 2nd, 2018|

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This recipe is foolproof and I have had so many comments from people who have made it. I once made it in a cook off with an Italian chef and I won. My secret is not stirring, and then adding preserved lemons. Give it a try and if you too have […]

History of the Mince Pie

By Victoria Hansen |December 20th, 2015|

I find the history of food fascinating, take for example mince pies. On hearing the name, one might imagine it meant mince meat, but of course we mean fruit mince. But the history of these pies will enlighten you to how they got their name and why. Here's it is in […]

The History of Christmas

By Victoria Hansen |December 13th, 2015|

A child discovering the delights of Christmas for the first time is presented with a wonderful array of good things: trees with sparkling lights, carol singing, rich food such as iced cakes and biscuits, presents tucked into bulging stockings and days of excitement and parties. The modern holiday is in fact a cornucopia of […]

Christmas Meal – Hints & Tips

By Victoria Hansen |June 2nd, 2015|

So Christmas is just days away and for those not accustomed to catering the big lunch or dinner, I thought I'd give you a few tips to make the day go easier and slightly less stressful.

If you're doing a traditional style meal, that is roast […]

Christmas in July

By Victoria Hansen |May 24th, 2015|

If you, like me, have had the good fortune to experience a northern hemisphere Christmas, you too might be as addicted to Christmas in July as I am. Most Australians also love a traditional Christmas dinner, however the typical midsummer heat here on Christmas Day, means that many families are forced […]

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    Why Do We Cream Butter and Sugar When Making Cakes and Cookies?

Why Do We Cream Butter and Sugar When Making Cakes and Cookies?

By Victoria Hansen |May 17th, 2015|

Creaming is the first baking step in many recipes, and little do we know that it is one of the most important baking steps in the entire recipe. For best results, it should really take 8-10 minutes to complete, but many recipes indicate less time.
Creaming incorporates the maximum amount of air bubbles […]

Making the Perfect Cup of Tea

By Victoria Hansen |May 10th, 2015|

I always knew there was something to making the perfect cup of tea, but imagined it had more to do with the tea itself rather than a technique. Apparently it's a mixture of both and, something else, the temperature of the water. Different teas, it seems, brew better if the water […]

Spiced Nuts and Nibbles

By Victoria Hansen |May 3rd, 2015|

On an episode of BiteSize Cooking™ TV I did spicy nuts for nibbles. And like I do with all recipes, I try to find the common thread in the methods and then simplify the recipes so that all you need to learn is the fundamental ingredients and method and you can apply it to […]

A Little Bit of Heaven in Your Mouth!

By Victoria Hansen |April 19th, 2015|

At Christmas time particularly, but at other times of the year as well, I make batches of some of my favourite recipes, those that will keep for a long time, to give away as gifts.

Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar is one of those recipes, and just recenty […]

Winter Warmers and Batch Cook Recipes

By Victoria Hansen |April 12th, 2015|

I love this time of year, the leaves on the trees are just magnificent, even if they're falling rapidly, and the colours of Autumn inspire me to cook hearty recipes that I can make in bulk (batches) and freeze for when I don't have time, or the inclination to cook them fresh (yes I'm […]