I recently received a gorgeous package of Australian made Dulce de Leche that excited me so much, I pulled out a recipe I created over 7 years ago after a tango trip to Buenos Aires. This Layered Alfajor Cake was inspired by the addictive Argentinian Alfajores biscuits – shortbreads sandwiched together with sweet, sticky dulce de leche. I originally designed it as a birthday cake for my Argentinian friend but most recently made it for my Mum’s 84th birthday. I think it would look amazing on the Easter or Christmas table too if you feel like baking. Dulce de Leche, translates as ‘sweet of milk’…and is basically a milk jam that is slow cooked to a caramel. You can make it yourself, but it does take some careful watching to simmer and stir for 30-40 minutes… or…you can reach for a jar of store-bought DdL (my abbreviation) and spread to
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Sharing my recipe collection to fellow foodies has always been a pure pleasure and it is even more of a buzz when I hear those magic words…’I made your recipe!’.

So here I invite you to browse through and get inspired by my recipes that I have tried and tested over many years. Some have professional photographs, others just have happy snaps and the rest are simply the recipe itself, from my kitchen to yours.

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This my revisited version of the 1980s classic Apricot Nectar Cheesecake from the Australian Women's Weekly, with the addition of Anzac biscuits and toasted almonds to bring it into the new century. The recipe makes either a long rectangular tart or a more classic round one.

Inspired by my trip to Buenos Aires, this cake evolved from the addictive Argentinian biscuits, Alfajores that are sandwiched together with sweet, sticky dulce de leche spread.

A hearty grain salad with a sprinkling of feta that is perfect with chargrilled lamb or chicken.

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I recently received a gorgeous package of Australian made Dulce de Leche that excited me so much, I pulled out a recipe I created over 7 years ago after a tango trip to Buenos Aires. This Layered Alfajor Cake was inspired by the addictive Argentinian Alfajores biscuits – shortbreads sandwiched together with sweet, sticky dulce […]

Gathering people together to share beautiful food is one of my favourite things to do. I think that is why I was put on this earth. That’s why, my very first series of Foodcentric Cooking Classes was dubbed Foodcentric Gathering. What a thrill it was to run these events in my home for the very […]

More than a cooking class, Foodcentric Gathering is a complete food experience. Join food stylist, writer and presenter, Naomi Crisante, for an exclusive cooking class in her own home. Naomi will present a selected menu of eight of her seasonal recipes that are designed to inspire and will teach you all the tricks of the […]

If you wanna turn heads, then creating a magnificent cheese tower centrepiece for your special event, is the thing to do. Not only are they impressive, but they are surprisingly easy to assemble and once you have displayed and ‘cut the cake’ you can dismantle it onto a cheeseboard to serve as a cheese course. […]

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There is great power in being able to cook. I’m not talking about dominance or strength, but rather the ability to shape what and how you eat, and then who you eat it with. When you have at least a few basic cooking skills under your belt, those three meals a day become less of […]

WHERE TO EAT IN OAKLEIGH If you wanna feel like you are in Greece in the middle of Melbourne, just head over to Oakleigh’s Greek Eat Streets, around Eaton Mall…Endaxi? On this Sunny Sunday, we were hunting for the best gyros and found it at Orexi Souvlaki Bar. The best place for a taste of […]