Apr 212017

Exisle Publishing

With all the yummy Easter chocolate gobbled up and the lazy long weekend over and done with I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and cook delicious food from scratch. With everyone home on school holidays the kids and I have been trying out different dishes from around the globe and this week it’s all about Croatia with this lovely little cookbook from Exisle Publishing:

Inspired by her father’s homeland of Korčula, Croatia award-winning author Barbara Unković has bundled some of her favourite rustic recipes and special memories in The Adriatic Kitchen (RRP $14.99).

Using a refreshing mix of seasonal ingredients, combined with pantry staples, and guided by easy step-by-step instructions Barbara helps her readers whip up traditional Croatian delights in their own kitchen. The book covers more than 70 delicious recipes, lovingly divided by the season they are generally made in so you can enjoy a taste of Croatia all year around.

From delicious dinners like Dalmatian Shepherd’s Lamb with Potatoes and Broad Beans, End of Summer Cazlone and Roast Chicken with Pomegranate and Spinach to sweet treats like Bowknots, Double Chocolate Fig Truffles and Lemon and Lavender Shortbread and so much more, you will find The Adriatic Kitchen serves up something to please everyone.

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Adriatic Kitchen’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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Indulging Italian style at Gelatissimo

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Mar 082015


Like many families we always really look forward to a bonus day off, so yesterday we kicked off our long weekend in style with a lovely visit to Gelatissimo on the Parade, Norwood SA. Going out with four small kids can be a daunting task some days but the word ‘icecream’ magically made them behave like little angels.

Gelatissimo Norwood

Gelatissimo award winning gelato is made fresh in stores daily and when you see all those scrumptious flavours piled up high you know immediately you can’t stop at just one scoop. If you happen to see me around town today you may notice my pants are a little tighter after all that yummy gelato but believe me, it was totally worth it.

Sushi Gelato

Gelatissimo’s new Eat-In Desserts Menu is made up of 8 delicious dessert dishes (priced between $7-$12 each) that look like they come straight from the Masterchef Kitchen. Cookies, waffles, biscuit crumbs, strawberries, chocolate sauce, mousse, meringue, brownie and of course lots of gelato, there is a dish to suit everyone’s taste (and if you have a big family like us you can basically try them all!).

Pavlova Symphony

Most of the Eat-In Desserts can be served with your choice of gelato, which was especially nice for the kids. Yes their flavour combinations were slightly unconventional sometimes but it’s ‘their dessert, their choice’ and they finished everything up to the last drop. The Gelatissimo employee who served us was really patient while the children made their choice and she let them taste the flavours first if they weren’t sure, which I thought was lovely.

All About Chocolate

Hubby went with the All About Chocolate ($12), no surprise there, and according to him it was amazing, particularly the bourbon truffle. I may have stolen a little bite too and I can highly recommend it.

Popping Belgian Waffle Stack

As I grew up just 20 minutes from the Belgian border I couldn’t help but choose the Popping Belgian Waffle Stack ($10): Three freshly toasted waffles sandwiched together with (my pick) coconut gelato and biscottino gelato. This was a surprisingly large serve even with miss 2 eating half of the waffles!

Milk and Cookies

The three older kids each chose a different dish and they were all winners in a different way. Master 6 went with Milk and Cookies ($10) of which the biggest hit was the chocolate milk in a cute glass bottle while miss 4 enjoyed a plate of mixed delights called Pavlova Symphony ($10). She loved the tiny meringues and the fresh strawberries and there was plenty to share with little Sybbie.

Noughts and Crosses

In saying that, they were all a little jealous of miss 6 who was lucky enough to have chosen Noughts and Crosses ($8). This gorgeous dessert is the perfect kids treat as it consists of a plate decorated with chocolate and ten little cups with gelato so kids can play a game of noughts and crosses while they eat (and buy the parents some more time to finish their own dessert). What a great idea! We chose all fruity sorbet gelato flavours and they were absolutely divine, especially the passionfruit.

To find out more about Gelatissimo, to browse the menu and to locate a Gelatissimo store near you visit www.gelatissimo.com.au.

Mar 172012

As you may have read I left the old me behind in 2011 and have been working very hard on creating a better, healthier version of myself in 2012. But even if you are on diet you do deserve a treat every now and then and there is nothing easier (and more delicious) than turning your plain coffee into a special Saturday night delight with one of the Alchemy Coffee Syrups.

Australian family businesses Alchemy is all about creating a taste sensation, offering an exciting range of coffee syrups, cordials, chai and Frappulicious flavours that will make your taste buds tingle. For 15 years the Alchemy team of mix masters has been developing unique flavour combinations that are everything but ordinary and their flavoured beverages can be found in many households as well as cafes, restaurants and bars across Australia.

If you thought cordials are something only kids drink you should really try the Alchemy Classic Cordials, there is nothing childish about these flavours. Alchemy has taken all time favourites like lime, melon, orange and pineapple and added a little dash of not-so-everyday ingredients like rose water, coconut and chilli resulting in 6 great syrups that will get the tick of approval from any adult (and kids too!).

Unlike with most other cordials you don’t have to worry about the vibrant colours of the yummy Alchemy Classic Cordials, they are made with all natural ingredients and contain no artificial colours, flavours, artificial preservatives, emulsifiers, gluten or genetically modified organisms so they are safe for young and old. Plus a delicious serve of chilled (bubbly) water or ice mixed with your favourite Alchemy Cordial contains less than half the sugar content of soft drinks, making it a much healthier choice!

Back to those Alchemy Coffee Syrups with names that will make your mouth water. The current Coffee Syrups range consists of 9 great flavours and with choices like Butterscotch, Caramel, Irish Cream, Mint and more there has to be a perfect option for every sweet tooth. Don’t let the name fool you though, these syrups do not just add an extra dimension to your coffee, you can also use them to take your hot milk, dessert or baked goods to new heights. With a selection of Alchemy Coffee Syrups in your pantry you always have something special to offer your guests or to just spoil yourself with.

To find out more about Alchemy, to browse the large range of flavours and to order your favourites online visit www.alchemycordial.com.au.

For your chance to win an Alchemy Coffee Syrups prize pack valued at $100 visit www.alchemycordial.com.au and answer the following question: Which one of the Alchemy Coffee Syrups would you love to try?

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Competition ends April 17, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.