Sybbie’s Party Picks

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Feb 092017

It feels like yesterday when I was cuddling my tiny baby girl, now she is about to turn four… Miss Sybbie is counting the sleeps until her birthday next week and I can’t wait to spoil our little princess on her special day. As many of you will know food has alway been a struggle for Sybil and while we have come a long way she is still a picky eater. Time to put together a party menu with some of her favourite treats:

In the early years one of the very few things Sybil would eat was cucumber and it is still one of her faves. She also loves cheese (how can you not when you are half Dutch?) so I think these gorgeous Edible Tulips made with cucumber, cheese and sausage will be a real winner, they will even fit in with the kindy’s ‘healthy eating’ policy! Bonus: The tulips are a cute wink to her Dutch heritage too.

Another Dutch snack Sybbie can never get enough of is Dutch meatballs, of course with a little Dutch flag proudly stuck in each of them. Thankfully we always bring a big supply of the magic Dutch ‘meatball spices’ back with us from our holidays so we can recreate this famous party nibble at home. It never fails to impress Aussie guests, you simply can’t buy a meatball like that here!

A birthday isn’t complete without a sweet delight and I can’t wait to whip up a delicious batch of Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Normally I bake one big carrot cake but this time the birthday girl has asked for cupcakes, hopefully they work out! Miss Sybbie has handpicked the prettiest purple striped baking cups and a big number 4 to go on the top of the cupcake tower.

If you are short on time and inspiration, have a lack of helping hands or are simply not that talented in the kitchen you’ll be pleased to know that there is help available. There are plenty of amazing people out there who love cooking up a storm and who can’t wait to take your next party from average to amazing with the most scrumptious canapés and finger food. Have a chat to some of your local caterers to see what your options are.

A good catering company listens to your wishes and needs and works with your budget, so that come party time you can savour the delights and enjoy the smiles of your guests without the stress (and the kitchen mess). Take for example Flavours, finger food catering Sydney: from sweet to savoury, from cold to warm and everything in between, they deliver the most impressive party treats perfectly suited to your private or corporate event.

What are your family’s favourite party foods? Let me know, I am always looking for new ideas to wow my guests with.

A New Year’s Eve with Betty

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Dec 312011

Even though for many people the new year bringing a new (or rediscovered) passion for healthy eating the last evening of this year will no doubt be full of maybe not so healthy but delicious food and they are so right, you might as well enjoy it and indulge. Maybe you have been invited by friends to share the start of 2012 together whilst enjoying a typical Australian BBQ and yummy snacks brought by all the guests. If you are stuck for ideas on what to bring, and like me you are not much of a talented cook, you can still surprise everyone with a gorgeous plate of Whoopies.

Whoopies are a super hip trend that has blown over from the U.S., combining features of an all time favourite like sponge cake, the highly fashionable (but hard to make) macaron with a creamy filling to die for. If the idea of baking scares you you’ll be pleased to know that it takes just 4 every day ingredients and a packet of Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies for you to create your own little edible artworks. I can assure that if I can do it (see picture) you can too!

When you do your shopping today (don’t forget the two Public Holidays!) make sure you add one or two Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies to your trolley, you’ll find them in the baking aisle. Each pack serves 10-12 guests but you can make the whoopies any size you like: big indulgent, mouth filling whoopies or perfect snack sized mini whoopies. Preparing, baking and resting will take only 30 minutes.

There are currently two different styles of Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies available but the options don’t end there, you’ll find that there are many scrumptious variations possible using the Vanilla Sprinkle and Choc Vanilla Whoopie Pies as a base. Change the colour of the cakes, add spices, play around with the filling by adding fruit or jam, you can go as crazy as you like! To get you started you can find lots of great recipes on

Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies (RRP $5.19) are available from Coles and Woolworths supermarkets Australia wide.

For more information about Betty Crocker, to take a closer look at the Whoopie Pies and to discover new recipes visit