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MasterChef – Mick Style

30 Jul

This post is dedicated to a dear friend of mine, Mick Were.

Mick is a great guy, very domesticated, often does a lot of the housework, much to his wife Tanya’s delight (Tanya of Curtis Stone’s Potato, Leek and Fennel Soup fame).

Although this one night Mick was quite the opposite of domesticated, and had us all in stiches as he uploaded the following series of photos to Facebook.

Enjoy : )

MasterChef Mick style.

Step 1: Remember wife is out tonight...hmm what to cook. Procrastinate for a while. Eat a few lollies each time you pass the kitchen to keep sugar levels up.

Step 2: Open up fridge and hope for something good. Pay special attention to tupperware in bottom levels..usually something good there.

Step 3: The cooking process. I like to use the "HIGH" setting for about 2 minutes. Maybe a piece of paper towel across the top to stop things getting messy in there.

Step 4: Left over Crust Pizza from last night - Mediterranean Lamb and Peri Peri Chicken. Mini Meat Pies from a previous party. Dinner sorted! Go back to lounge and devour. Try to beat cooking time.

Step 5: Find chocolate brownies. Dont worry about that "plating up" crap. Just eat straight from tupperware. Cop that MasterChef!!


Donna’s Pavlova

23 Jun

My mother-in-law is crazy.

I would go so far as to say that she is insane.

Crazy loud, crazy busy, insanely loving, and insanely generous.

I was watching MasterChef one night, and it was the episode where they had to make Donna Hay’s pavlova. As I often do, I thought out loud via my Facebook status, and typed something along the lines of “MasterChef is makes me want a mix-master!”

The next week at Sabbath lunch, my sister-in-law Linzi said to me “What colour mixer do you want?”  

Helene was at it again. Crazy and insanely generous.  

So, disguised as a present for Mother’s Day, Helene bought Linzi and I a Kenwood Mixer each – yep, a present for her daughters, on Mother’s Day – go figure!  


The combination of a  very new, very shiny, very cool mixer and nightly MasterChef viewing, has inspired me to make several (many) pavlovas from scratch.  

They really ARE the easiest of easy desserts. And they are cheap too.  

I use the Donna Hay recipe off the official MasterChef website.  

Donna Hay’s Pavlova

  • 150ml egg white (approximately 4 eggs)
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour (corn starch), sifted
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

NB: I usually double the recipe. When Linzi makes hers, she follows Donna’s exact amounts. Both our pavs are marvellous!  

  • Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F).
  • Place the egg white in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, whisking well, until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Add the corn flour and vinegar and whisk until just combined. Shape the mixture into an 18cm round on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
  • Reduce oven to 120°C (250°F) and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the pavlova to cool completely in the oven.
  • Decorate with your desired toppings.


Linzi's magnificent pavlova! Definately the prettiest thus far!


My very first pavlova - not the prettiest, but my favourite!



What not to do - Do not let your husband lick the perfect stiff peaks!


Linzi's beautiful pavlova waiting to be dressed

 My top tips for a successful pavlova
  • Use room temperature eggs
  • Make sure you get your eggwhites to STIFF PEAKS before adding any sugar, otherwise you just end up with royal icing
  • GRADUALLY add the sugar, don’t rush this part
  • Allow to cool SLOWLY
  • Top with the most decadent of toppings!