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The Joys of Dining at Home

No Elldrew are not writing about the joys of eating at home on a regular basis…actually on that subject, do you all find that you never sit at the dining table unless you have guests around? We do…it’s sofa eating most nights for us, but when it comes to dinner parties (and that is the topic of this blog), when you’re the host, it’s not really just about the meal is it?

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Salted Caramel Crunch Brownies (the cheat’s way)

Summer holidays are over, which means the diet’s also over and Elldrew can get back to Sunday afternoon baking (although our new policy is to share the goods with our colleagues and thereby minimise the impact on our personal waistlines!). This week’s treat was Donna Hay’s decadent Caramel Crunch Brownies but with an added Elldrew twist to make them a more grown-up affair, and we took a sneaky shortcut to speed up the process. Read on for the recipe, and our tips (including a nifty trick for rescuing a split ganache).

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An English High Tea, Fit for a Princess

Here at Planet Elldrew we never need much of an excuse to throw a party, so Mama Elldrew’s spring birthday was in fact the perfect excuse.

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With a rather cold and grey winter behind us and spring having sprung in a typically English “sprung a leak” rainy kind of a way, we wanted to make a tea party that was bright, cheery and also reflected Elldrew’s style and taste (centred around the birthday girl of course!).

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Lemon Chicken Sandwiches

sandwich heavenWe LOVE these sandwiches so much that they need a shout-out. Another fantastic recipe from Aussie food stylist, author and magazine editor Donna Hay (we just renewed our magazine subscription). These little beauties guarantee no leftovers at any party, in fact take the recipe with you as you will be asked to share, we guarantee it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 slices white bread
  • Butter for spreading
  • 2 cups (320g) chopped cooked chicken
  • ¾ cup (225g) whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp shredded mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra mayonnaise and finely chopped chives

Place the chicken, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, mint, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine. Spread one side of each bread slice with butter. Divide chicken mixture between half the bread slices and top with remaining bread. Cut sandwiches into small triangles and brush one side with the extra mayonnaise. Press the mayonnaise into the chives to serve. Makes 24.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Loaf

breakfast_loaf_cutSunday mornings are a pretty lazy time for Planet Elldrew, it’s the one day of the week that we like to move slowly. Really slowly. We also like to have a really nice breakfast and enjoy the luxury of having no time pressure and being able to linger in the kitchen preparing something more exciting than a slice of toast or a cereal bar. So we’re always overjoyed to come across a recipe that just says “make me, and make me for a Sunday breakfast, and sod the fat content because you’re going to make me, and then you’re going to do something physical to counter the fat”.

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Jubilee Jollies

Britain had the dress rehearsal with The Royal Wedding in 2011 so Planet Elldrew are especially looking forward to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations next weekend. Not just because we get to have 4 days out of the office, but it will be another chance to catch-up with friends and celebrate all things British.

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