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yuletide bake off

  Just when we thought we couldn’t possible eat any more on Christmas day, the dessert challenge was laid down  ….     T and J, face to face, ready to unveil their bake off masterpieces.         Very impressive desserts indeed!  But what they didn’t factor in was that nonna D, with decades of experience in the kitchen had made a little something of her own.  This little something has been a feature at Locale, much to the delight of our patrons, from time to time.     Whilst the French mastery of J’s vanilla and pearl sugar croquembouche and the modern take on T’s classics, aptly named the tiramitrifle (or was it trifle-mi-su?) were worthy of academy award accolades, it was the humble and unassuming strawberry pavlova roulade that stunned the crowds.  Cheers and praise were handed out to all and from the bottom of my heart, I thank all involved

one new year’s resolution I will keep

  I’m not one to make new year’s resolutions.  Mainly because I know deep down that I won’t follow through with them.  Like for example the time that I said that I would vow to get up a half our earlier each day to either go for a walk or do yoga.  Well the next morning I slept in because the night before was a late night.  And the morning after that I put my neck out so couldn’t possibly do any yoga.  And the morning after that it rained.  So that was it, resolution over.   And then another year I vowed to go off sweets for the month of January.  Well that was kind of a dumb resolution because I have a lot of birthdays to celebrate in January, including my own!   But I don’t think I’m alone on this?   Because I also have a friend, let’s call her Nancy, who announced

did someone say christmas?

  Did someone say it’s less than 3 weeks to go?   Did someone put their decorations up in November, once Halloween was over?   Ok, so there’s no denying it.  That time of year is practically upon us now and if you haven’t already NOW is the time to start getting organised.  Or at the very least, make a cup of tea, sit down with pen and paper and start to plan for the festive season.  Well if Santa is writing his list and checking it twice, then so should you for goodness sake!   So to keep it short and sweet for you seeing as you could probably use this time for other purposes, here’s our top 5 gifts for the foodie at heart this year:   Our no. 1 pick is for those who want to look as good as their food – the cute new Kitchen Angel apron, designed and made in Australia.

if you were to give up one thing this christmas, what would it be?

  How many of you said your gifts or hot meal in the 37o heat or 1,000 calorie dessert?   We’re giving up a little time and proceeds on Sunday, 9th December at our stand at the Restaurant Marca Christmas Market in the aid of giving those less fortunate a meal to remember this festive season.   With just an hour or two of your day to pick up some last minute gifts or stock up for your own Christmas parties, you can contribute to the benefit and make a dent in your shopping list, while enjoying a FREE coffee and cornetto caldo*.  That’s like having your cake and eating it too!   So rather than give up a gift or dessert this Christmas, why not visit us at the Restaurant Marca Christmas Market and give back instead?   Hope to see you there!   * Bookings essential to receive your free treat

me, my camera & I

  Recently I did a food styling and photography workshop – run by the very talented Dario Milano at Taste Trekkers.  I was both super excited and a little nervous attending this workshop.  It was something that I had been dreaming of doing for years so was over the moon to finally get to a workshop, but at the same time I was a little anxious about being out of my depth amongst expert photographers with professional cameras, tripods and tricky little handheld flashes.  Well it turns out that while there were many talented people there it wasn’t as overwhelming as I had anticipated.  My camera and I became best buddies, I discovered the 3 basic ingredients to using a manual camera (ISO + speed shutter + aperture), I was introduced to another shade of grey (the grey card) and I had fun playing with the props and scrumptious food that were made available to