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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Design Letters

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Sep 172016
 

Design Letters

Remember that awesome black and white playrug we discovered recently? It’s no secret Scandinavia is full of amazing creative talent so let us introduce you to another stylish Danish monochrome treasure you are sure to adore:

Design Letters range

Created by Mette Thomsen and inspired by Arne Jacobsen’s famous typography hand the trendy Design Letters collection brings bold and beautiful to the family table.

Design Letters CutleryThe eye-catching dinnerware range consists of everything you need to make mealtime modern and marvellous and totally impress your dinner guests. From plates and bowls to cups and funky cutlery and much more, Design Letters has got all courses covered. Australian online store Leo & Bella sells all the pieces individually, allowing you to build your unique Alphabet collection one product at a time.

Alphabet CupEven the youngest family members can enjoy a designer sip and serve: Simply transform your child’s favourite melamine Alphabet Cup (RRP $20) into a trainer sippy cup by popping on the sweet pastel coloured sippy drink lid (pink or mint, sold separately). For extra peace of mind the lids are free from nasty BPA and they are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Alphabet Cups are available in all the letters of the alphabet and would make a gorgeous baby shower or baptism gift for a special little one…

To find out more about Leo & Bella, to browse the Design Letters range and to order online visit www.leoandbella.com.au.

Mar 122015
 

Annabel Karmel

As a mum of four young children I know all about busy mealtimes and fussy eaters. Some days it can be really tricky to come up with a tasty meal that the kids will love and that’s easy to prepare. If you could use some yummy toddler-proof meal ideas I’ve got the perfect cookbook for you:

Annabel Karmel

Toddler mealtimes can be a battleground. And for busy parents, time for preparing food is in short supply.

The UK’s number-one expert on feeding children, Annabel Karmel, is on hand to help. Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes (RRP $24.99) by Annabel Karmel contains 130 recipes that can be rustled up in minutes. With an eye on nutritional content and appeal for children, as well as speediness for hassled mums and dads, she solves mealtimes in an instant.

With plenty of tips and tricks to encourage your child to eat, from savoury to sweet, for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, Annabel’s Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes will make for mellow mealtimes.

To help you get started with your new Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes cookbook you can download the FREE meal planner online, just print and pop it on your fridge and you’ll never have to wonder what to cook.

To find out more about Annabel Karmel and the browse the range visit www.annabelkarmel.com.

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Jan 012015
 

Panasonic

Today we are welcoming the new year in style with a few lovely friends so I whipped up some yummy snacks for the hungry tribe using the Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combi Microwave Oven (RRP $1209), a luxurious, high quality microwave oven with a stunning industrial look. The clever design allows you to steam, grill, bake, defrost and microwave your favourite foods in one spacious unit packed with clever features.

Panasonic NN-CS894S

Panasonic is on a mission to make your life easier, your kitchen more stylish, your cooking faster, your food healthier and your energy consumption lower, it’s a win all around.

Panasonic Monkey Bread

To help you reduce energy, and therefore your household bills too, this Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combi Microwave Oven uses intelligent ECONAVI technology. As you may remember I mentioned this innovative technology before when we talked about the Panasonic fridge and washing machine range, it’s all about efficient use to suit your personal needs and habits. The ECONAVI function of the NN-CS894S makes sure you are not wasting energy on heating an entire grill surface when you are only warming small portions so only the necessary space is heated.

Panasonic Iced Monkey Bread

To make this scrumptious cinnamon pull-apart treat with vanilla drizzle I used a simple homemade pizza dough, it was so easy to make and the cinnamon nibbles are the perfect size for little hands. It takes just 20-25 minutes to cook, smells divine and is very more-ish, definitely a family favourite for us and budget friendly too.

Panasonic Pizza

Like most mums I want to provide my family with healthy, nutritious food so I love that Panasonic shares these values and has incorporated them in this microwave oven design. The powerful steam function works really well and keeps important nutrients in the food while the Inverter technology ensures food is cooked more evenly without destroying food cells like conventional microwaves do.

NN-CS894SNot only does the Panasonic NN-CS894S have a huge 32 litre capacity, it also offers 2-level convection cooking. By cooking on two levels simultaneously you can cook more food in the same amount of time which saves you precious time and energy, very handy when you have many mouths to feed like in our big family. Because of the flat bed technology, pull-down door and the fact that the touchscreen is built into the door you are able to use the entire width of the unit as cooking space, this means more space for bigger dishes and no restrictive turntable.

To nicely grill these chicken kebabs I used the special Panasonic Grill Tray (included) which heats food from two sides for faster cooking and removes the need for turning food halfway through the process. The upper heaters located in the roof of the microwave cook from the top while the microwave-heated grill tray cooks from the bottom, these babies were cooked and ready in about 30 minutes. The best part is that you don’t even need any oil, so much healthier than using the fry pan!

Panasonic Chicken Kebabs

I absolutely love the classy stainless steel design and the smart operation touch screen, especially the super quick and quiet ‘Swipe & Touch’ control is so easy and smooth. To set the time you just swipe and tap as opposed to endlessly pressing a button. The digital display tells you exactly what setting you are choosing, weight if applicable, the correct tray and height level, how much time you have left, if you need to turn or stir the food, fill the water tank etc, it’s like having a built-in manual to refer to.

Panasonic 'Swipe & Touch'

For more information about Panasonic, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.panasonic.com.au.

Sep 262014
 

Panasonic

As we celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary today I think back to our very first home together, how little we had yet how proud and happy we were. We shopped with great care, spending our hard earnt money on a fridge, a washing machine and a microwave oven for our rental home that was old and empty but filled with love. For months we ate at a fold-out camping table, wobbly and rusty but we didn’t care or notice because we had eacother.

Eight years, three houses and four babies later our love is stronger than ever but sadly the same can not be said about some of our appliances. While our relationship is solid as a rock our fridge and microwave have become unreliable and started to rattle, stutter and shake so I knew the end was in the sight. In our household we use our microwave oven a lot; the microwave takes care of defrosting food, warming leftovers, preparing baby meals and heating milk and the oven cooks my lasagna, roasts the potatoes, bakes yummy birthday cakes and so much more, it was time for a replacement (the microwave I mean, not the hubby!).

Panasonic Double Steam Microwave Oven

Developed by the experts at Panasonic the brand new NN-DS592B Steam Combi Microwave Oven (RRP $769, 1000W) is a multifunctional design that allows you to microwave, defrost, bake, grill, roast, steam and cook healthy, delicious meals for your family and all of that in one very clever kitchen appliance.

Panasonic NN-DS592BFrom the outside the glossy black unit looks modern, sleek and compact, a world of difference from my bulky old white microwave oven. But don’t be fooled by its size, the Panasonic NN-DS592B actually offers a generous 27 litre capacity. Thanks to the flatbed design you can use rectangular trays and capitalise the entire space, in fact the cooking area is equivalent to a 44 litre traditional microwave with a round turn table! It’s so nice to have a neater, smaller unit without having to give in on capacity, after all as a family of six we need all the space we can get.

Call it lazy but I usually leave instruction manuals to my husband, he (surprisingly) enjoys the read and gives me a quick demo afterwards which works well for both of us. Luckily for me the Panasonic Microwave Oven is designed to be quick and easy, it comes with 22 auto menus for all your family favourites like roast chicken, jacket potato, fresh pizza, steamed fish and more. Add to that an easy-to-read, back lit LCD display, just 9 clearly marked buttons to press and 1 knob to turn and you can see why I even I could manage this new addition to our kitchen.

Roast Beef

The most important feature of the Panasonic Steam Combi Microwave Oven is the steam function which will help you cook healthier meals and maintain more flavour, moisture and important nutrients in your food. At Panasonic they understand that all people, meals and foods are different so they allow you to pick the perfect combination to suit your personal taste and dish: grill and steam, microwave and steam, grill and microwave, convection and steam, it’s up to you! The water reservoir/drawer is conveniently located at the front and is easy to fill.

Jacket Potato

So far we have used our microwave for an array of ordinary uses like heating milk for coffee and hot chocolates, reheating left overs and warming baby food and it works a treat. All it takes is a turn of the dial to select the heating time, easy as pie. I particularly love the sensor reheat function, you simply set the ideal heat for your dish (very handy for baby food/milk) and the microwave works out how long to warm it for, how clever! We also really like the way the steam defrost combination delivers food that is defrosted all throughout, no icey lumps on the inside. The special Inverter technology ensures continuous heating so that food is cooked more evenly than in an ordinary microwave.

Cinnamon Scrolls

We have been busy testing out the auto menus including a Sunday afternoon roast beef and jacket potatoes for a quick kid friendly meal, it’s always good to have some hassle free dinners on hand for busy days and these are just one click away. Using the auto menu for roast beef a 1kg roast takes around 35 minutes, it’s only a short wait and if you like your meat a little rarer you can be done even quicker. If you have hungry kids to feed the auto menu jacket potatoes are a guaranteed hit, so easy to make and they are delicious! This week I decided to make a batch of cinnamon rolls to test the super handy fermenting setting to help the dough rise (a life saver if you have no warm spots or sunny window sills) and it worked brilliantly, the end result was just scrumptious and the kids gave it the thumbs up too.

NN-DS592B PanasonicOne of the biggest plusses of the Panasonic NN-DS592B is how easy it is to clean. The interior of the microwave features a convenient wipe-clean, non-stick lining all around the sides and bottom, just grab a damp cloth and wipe it out. Thanks to the steam function the inside stays more humid and spills don’t dry as quickly (no need for harsh scrubbing), there is even an auto-clean function. Less time spent on cleaning gives me more time to do the things I enjoy, double win!

The Panasonic NN-DS592B Steam Combi Microwave Oven comes complete with glass tray, metal tray, wire rack and the innovative double grill tray which allows food to be cooked from both sides.

For more information about Panasonic, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.panasonic.com.au.

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Jan 312013
 

Vegie Smugglers

As the kids go back to school for many mums it means back to work and back to juggling school and sports pick ups and drop offs, the household and of course cooking. Isn’t it amazing how ravenously hungry kids are after a busy day at school? Vegie Smugglers offers a helping hand in creating healthy, tasty meals with lots of ‘hidden’ goodness that get the thumbs up from the whole family.

Vegie Smugglers Cookbook 1 and 2

Vegie Smugglers Cookbook 1 and 2

The new Vegie Smugglers 2 Cookbook ($29.95) contains 60 refreshing dinner recipes on 160 full colour pages. Just like the first Vegie Smugglers cookbook it is full of easy, tasty recipes that will help you feed your children a healthy dose of vegetables without them knowing. If your children are always fussing about eating their greens this is the book for you!

Pumpkin, Corn and Lentil Soup (Click for full recipe)

Pumpkin, Corn and Lentil Soup (Click for full recipe)

A real big bonus of the Vegie Smugglers recipes is that most meals are suitable for all family members from young to old (sometimes with a slight change). Add to that the handy tips for freezing, storage and preparation and you can see why this is a must-have book for every family kitchen.

To find out more about Vegie Smugglers, to take a peek at some of the recipes and to order online visit www.vegiesmugglers.com.au.

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Coming Home by Cathy Armstrong

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Jul 212012
 

Although I have been living in Australia for nearly 6 years now I still call Holland home, for more than 6 months I have been counting down until going home and now I am finally ‘home’. Obviously I have been looking forward to a lot of things but I am especially excited about the food, this ‘coming home food’ holds such wonderful memories for me. My children eat Dutch food quite often and recently I started cooking them some ‘coming home food’ from Australia too, inspired by the book Coming Home.

In Coming Home you’ll find over 80 fantastic recipes by Cathy Armstrong, based on her own memories and people who have been or have become important to her over the years. She shares these wonderful memories and special people in the book which makes it a lovely read and adds a real personal touch to the meals. As well as the recipes the books contains some great little country craft projects for things like a Tea Towel Picnic Pillow and a Petticoat Junction Apron.

As a real sweet tooth I had to try the Strawberry, Coconut & Vanilla Muffins and the Sour Cherry Crumble Cake (delicious!!), other favourites were the Chicken & Torn Bread Salad, Cauliflower and Parmesan Fritters and Egg & Bacon Pie but really everything I tried was brilliant and scrumptious ‘comfort food’ that I will be making again and again.

I hope that in time my children will have their own list of ‘coming home foods’ that hold special memories of their childhood and time spent with family. I think it will be a amazing, unique mix of different cultures, a bit of me and a bit of Cathy maybe? For a taste of Cathy’s cooking style check out the free recipes for yummy Caramel Pie and Corn Cakes with Celery Salt on the Penguin Australian website.

You can find Coming Home by Cathy Armstrong(RRP $39.95, published by Penguin) in bookstores across Australia as well as at online book retailers.