About Kate Delbridge
Kate works in local government as an occupational therapist but her heart is in the kitchen. When she’s not looking through cookbooks Kate gardens, reads, sees films, listens to music and catches up with mates. She loves cooking mainly because it gives her an excuse to eat.

Recipe Scene: Mixed Berry Pavlova Wreath

March 14, 2018 Kate Delbridge

Wreath-shaped pavs seem to be all the go at the moment. They are of course just a regular pavlova mix shaped differently. If you don’t have any raspberry essence you can just make a regular vanilla pavlova. Top with whatever fruit is in season. As a tip, make sure you measure your largest serving plate before making the wreath, you don’t want to be in the awkward position of not having a plate big enough to put the pavlova onto. I also mark out the shape I want on the back of the baking paper first – for me making an even circle shape is harder than it seems! […]

Recipe Scene: Sticky Caramel Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

February 21, 2018 Kate Delbridge

Rice paper rolls don’t really need a recipe – veggies, noodles, meat, whatever, wrapped in rice paper. However this chicken recipe is great, and adds extra depth to rice paper rolls. The veggies I’ve listed are of course just a suggestion, use whatever you have to hand. I tend not to put noodles into my rolls, but if you like you can cook up a pot of thread noodles and add them to the mix. Regarding herbs, any combination of Vietnamese mint, coriander or regular mint works really well. If you’re pressed for time and can’t make the sticky caramel mix you can just poach or pan fry the chicken thighs, or just use a BBQ chook. […]

Recipe Scene: Corn Bread

February 14, 2018 Kate Delbridge

Strictly speaking, I don’t know that this actually is corn bread in the true sense of the word. It doesn’t contain cornmeal, it’s really just a standard loaf of bread with a tin of corn added. But it’s none the worse for that, it has a delicious flavour, is beautifully soft and is equally good fresh or toasted and spread generously with butter. I sometimes add some finely chopped jalapenos and some cayenne pepper to add a little kick to it. It’s also good with a few handfuls of cheese added. Perhaps just don’t serve it to anyone form America. […]

Recipe Scene: Chocolaty Nutella Bread and Butter Pudding

February 7, 2018 Kate Delbridge

Bread and butter pudding has to be up there in terms of comfort food desserts for lots of people – smooth, silky custard and squidgy bread with crispy, crunchy tops. Sometimes I love just a plain pudding, but it’s also nice to up the ante with this chocolaty version. If you want to make it super chocolatey you can add some melted chocolate to the custard mix, or throw a handful of choc bits into the pudding. And the leftovers taste fabulous for breakfast. […]

Recipe Scene: Raspberry Ripple Slice

January 31, 2018 Kate Delbridge

This slice has 3 stages but it’s well worth giving a go because it’s delicious. You can change it around pretty easily by omitting the cocoa and having a plain base and switching the essence and food coloring around – lemon essence and yellow colouring for a chocolate lemon slice, orange essence and orange coloring to make jaffa etc. The top doesn’t have to have the swirls of chocolate, but I think it adds to it. […]

Recipe Scene: Marbled Caramel Slice

January 24, 2018 Kate Delbridge

Allow to cool completely, then top with chocolate. Melt the chocolate in two separate bowls. Add the oil to the milk chocolate and stir until very well combined. Pour evenly over the caramel, then drizzle with the white chocolate. Use a skewer or the tip of a knife to create marbled patterns through the chocolate. Allow to set completely and slice into squares. […]

Recipe Scene: Coffee Scrolls

January 17, 2018 Kate Delbridge

I think most people love a coffee scroll. I know I have strong childhood memories of getting one as a special treat from the school canteen – they always seemed huge back then. In this tradition I like to continue to to make my scrolls pretty generous, but you can make them smaller if you like. However that probably just means that people will have two. […]

Recipe Scene: Vanilla Pear Cake

January 10, 2018 Kate Delbridge

This is a really quick and easy cake to make, and is a great way to use up pears. I often end up with one or two pears that are too squishy to eat, but it seems a shame to throw them away. By stirring them through a vanilla cake batter, you get a delicious pear flavour to the cake, plus you can feel virtuous for not having thrown the pears in the compost. […]

Recipe Scene: Light Carrot Cake

December 13, 2017 Kate Delbridge

There are eleventy billion carrot cake recipes, and I feel that I have tried out a significant proportion of them. The thing I love about this one is that it’s very simple, and really quick to throw together. Although I love cream cheese icing, this lemon glaze does, and the name implies, result in a lighter, less rich cake. Given the cake itself is quite simple I usually cook it in a fluted bundt tin to make it look a bit more fancy. […]

Recipe Scene: Macadamia Blood Orange Slice

December 6, 2017 Kate Delbridge

This really nice slice is a sort of cakey brownie – it has a bit too much flour in it to be an actual, sqidgy brownie, but is just as easy to throw together. You can use any kind of nut that you like, but I think macadamias work really well. I like to adorn the top with drizzles of melted chocolate, but if you’re in a hurry it is just fine with a dusting of icing sugar. […]

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