First of all, welcome to the brand new Tasty Conversations website!
While it may have all seemed quiet on the Tasty front of late, we beg to differ. Audra and the team have been busy behind the scenes, promoting the show and working on future recipes, products, and concepts.
Dividing her time between Singapore and Sydney, a big focus for Audra this past 6 months has been her exciting new cook book. The recipes are nothing short of delicious, and with photography to match, we predict a flurry of excitement when it’s released in September this year. Grabbing the opportunity for a few more snaps for the book last weekend, Audra bumped into fellow ex-Masterchef contestant (and fellow food writer) #GrantJones at Orange Grove Markets.
On the media front, Audra and Ben recently stopped by to have a chat and some laughs with Natascha Moy at Eastside Radio. One thing’s for sure – there now aren’t many people across Australia who haven’t heard about or witnessed Audra whipping up her delightful Frangipane Tart. So, if you haven’t already attempted it, click Recipes, watch the episode and and send us a pic with the final result!
Like us, we know that many of you like to follow recipes on your tablet or smartphone as you cook, so we also created a YouTube channel for this very reason. You can catch up on any of the fifteen episodes on this website, via Carnival Productions or here.
So – have a look around the website, share with us your thoughts and happy cooking!
Bumping into Grant Jones at Orange Grove Markets
Audra tempts us with one of her all-time favourite baked treats, perfect with a cup of tea and delicious seasonal figs.
This is a delicious tart and one that everyone should learn to make. Use good quality vanilla extract and the yummiest fruit for the best results. There are a number of fruits that work really well with a frangipane, pear, figs, dark sweet plums just to name a few. The wonderful thing about this tart is you can bake it with the fruit or add the fruit after baking. In addition, add chocolate to the frangipane mix to create another dessert altogether. It is by far, “truly”, my favourite tart!
Audra could eat Laksa all day, every day – such is the effect having Laksa for childhood breakfasts had. Here, Audra packs a ton of flavour into one of her favourite dishes.
Give me a bowl of laksa anytime and I’m happy. One of the greatest dishes ever created in Asia and presumably one that will continue to melt the hearts of many like me! I was one of the lucky ones, to have eaten so many different versions of laksa from a really young age, might I also add, for breakfast mostly! I love my laksa rich and spicy! Master the technique of separating the oil from the coconut milk and you’re there! All I can say is, thank you thank you thank you for the clever people who came up with this dish!
One of the most popular dishes in Singapore, this recipe of Audra’s is a must for anyone who loves their curries rich and full of flavour.
Ask me what my favourite curry is and this would have to be it! I love Nonya cuisine. The use of aromats create such complex and delicious flavours like no other cuisine. Thank goodness for those intermarriages in the early 17th century between the Malays and Chinese bringing the best of both cuisines together.
Audra deems this her “healthy indulgence”, a beautiful apple cake with a walnut praline to die for.
Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves…..are a fabulous combination. Top this with a walnut praline and you will be guaranteed to be transported to a very happy place! This is a version of my mom’s apple cake and it’s truly my type of cake. Unfortunately, I could probably bake this and devour the entire cake before anyone even notices. This cake is made with oil instead of butter so stays incredibly moist. It’s the sort of cake that is perfect for winter when apples are in season and the oil keeps the cake soft and moist. There is nothing better than a spiced apple cake with a strong cup of Orange Pekoe tea to satisfy any craving!
Perfect as a celebratory dish for Chinese New Year or any family occasion where everyone can get involved, Audra shows us the fun and colour that goes into creating Lo Hei.