The Centenary

Somehow amidst the business and rush that we modern society people know as life, I failed to appreciate that my previous post was my big one-hundredth. What should have been a major triumph and milestone got lost in my current lifestyle of settling into a new job in an entirely different industry to what I am familiar, a new living arrangement and the planning for my upcoming wedding.

As a result and without much fanfare, I share with you a recent in-home afternoon tea where we had the always pleasant company of Ms Sourdough and Weirdo as guests. They were not long back from a trip overseas to both the United States and New Zealand and had a bounty of photos to share with us – mostly of which were of food! We had a wonderfully relaxed afternoon of sharing food and conversation, and where Ms Sourdough had brought over beautiful friands made from a recipe in the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook.

The following ‘recipes’ are more a suggestion rather than instruction as you can obviously feature whatever finger food you wish. Even better is when you have a baking friend, like I do in Ms Sourdough, who is more than happy to bring along some goodies to help out. This is what I enjoy about life – the moments where there is friendship and love and calm, low-effort pottering about the kitchen. And the resultant food that you share together, of course, is a most welcome by-product!

Mini Sausage Rolls (makes 9)

·         2 sheets of ready-rolled puff pastry, thawed
·         6 medium store-bought sausages (whatever variety you like), casings removed
·         1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tsp water
·         2 tsp nigella/poppy/sesame seeds (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 9 evenly-sized squares.
  2. On each square, place approximately 2/3 of a sausage worth’s filling and roll up to enclose. Seal with a little eggwash if necessary.
  3. Place sausage rolls seam-side down on a greased or lined tray and brush tops with eggwash. Sprinkle over seeds, if using, and bake for roughly 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on tray for 5 minutes before serving. 

Finger Sandwiches (makes 12)

·         8 slices of white sandwich loaf, crusts removed (TIP: I blitz the crusts and keep them frozen for when I need breadcrumbs)
·         …and whatever fillings you desire! (I had egg salad with chives and ham, cheese and tomato.)

Butter the bread if you like. Sandwich in the fillings. Season if required and slice each sandwich into thirds to produce neat fingers.

Thin Cabanossi & Haloumi Frittata

·         1 cabanossi stick, sliced on an angle
·         handful of button mushrooms, sliced
·         4 eggs, lightly beaten
·         1cm thick slice of haloumi, sliced into matchsticks

  1. Preheat grill to 200°C. Heat a non-stick, ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. Throw in cabanossi and cook until crisp.
  2. Add mushrooms to the pan and cook until slightly wilted. Pour beaten egg over the top, reduce heat to medium and cook until egg begins to set at the edges.
  3. Sprinkle haloumi evenly over the top and carefully transfer pan to the grill to finish cooking. Remove pan from grill and let sit a few minutes before slicing into wedges to serve. 
happy cooking!


  1. Congrats on the centenary! I've had cake stand like yours in the cupboard for ages, you've reminded and inspired me to have an afternoon tea to use it!

  2. Congratulations on your 100th (or now 101st) post! That was quick! I've still got AGES to go....

  3. congrats on your 100th post! sounds like you've got a lot happening at the moment. well, amongst it all, let me just say that you've got a fantastic blog, keep it up!

  4. Congrats on reaching the 100th milestone! Yay! And I think there's nothing better than afternoon tea!

  5. Congrats on your 100th post, well done! Keep up the awesome work :)

    Great afternoon tea. I gots to get me one of those stands, methinks..

  6. Congrats on your 100th post! Looking forward to 100's more! :)

  7. Congratulations on your 100th post!

  8. Hey JT, thank you =) That cake stand is a present from a girlfriend coz she knew I was searching high and low for one - everywhere when you don't want/need one and nowhere to be found when you do!

    Hey Von, thanks! Heheh, yes, 101 now =p

    Hey Panda, thank you so much =) Always reassuring to know that people like to read what's here!

    Hey Betty, thank you! Afternoon tea is excellent, as is brunch...but too close to call to say which one is better =p

    Hey Conor, thank you! These stands are so versatile and a much better investment than a cupcake stand, in my opinion.

    Hey Rilsta, great to meet you recently! Thank you and I do hope the next 100 will be easy to achieve.

    Hey missklicious, thank you! And many thanks for your continued reading and comments =)


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