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Cooking with Chinita: A Vanilla Dream Recipe

In my previous post, I presented the story of Julie Thai, a chef and food blogger. Below is her favourite simple dessert recipe from her previous catering business. Vanilla Dream: Vanilla Rhubarb Panna cotta and Poached Pear Vanilla Panna Cotta Serves 4 300ml cream 75ml milk 55g sugar ¼  tsp vanilla essence 1.5 gelatin leaves (bloomed = soaked gelatin leaves in cold water to softened) Combine milk, sugar and vanilla in a pot and heat until just before boiling point. Add the bloomed gelatin leaves and stir to combine. Pour mixture into a bowl and place the bowl over another […]

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A chef’s journey: an interview with Julie Thai

Enjoying food is a universal joy. Below is the story of Julie Thai, a chef and food blogger. Julie is a 32 year old Chinese-Vietnamese born Australian. She has lived all her life in Australia and is the first generation of her family to be born here. I asked Julie about how and when she started working as a chef, and why she is so passionate about food. “Sharing food, cooking food for other people, it brings enjoyment, the satisfaction and the appreciation that you receive is very rewarding. It’s a simple thing that you enjoy in life… that you […]

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