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things we’re loving right now

things we're loving right now

1. Eating seasonally. We always love to talk food but when the seasons change it gives us a new topic to discuss, what is local and in season? Fennel is one vegie that’s currently got me captivated thanks to my Mum and luckily Autumn is the perfect time for it! 2. Ankle boots. They seem to be everywhere as winter approaches but I still haven’t found the perfect pair. This pair from Gorman is pretty close though!   3. Learning new Italian words such as farfallone which means a big butterfly or colloquially used to refer to someone who flirts a lot! 4. Thick, delicious Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey. My boyfriend is even getting up in time for breakfast before work when he knows he can have this slathered on rye bread with butter. Plus the tin is super cute on my kitchen bench. What are you loving right now? Love, your angel, Trudy

Stelline

Stelline

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and these Stelline are the perfect snowflake addition to your dessert table! – submitted by Kitchen Angel   Ingredients   1 packet Bacio d’Alassio baking mix 1 packet Pearl Sugar 4 extra-large or jumbo egg whites   Method   1.  Preheat your oven to 175oC.  Line a tray with baking paper. 2.  Empty the contents of the baking mix into a bowl.  Add in the egg whites and mix well, making sure all lumps are out of the mix.  The moisture should be smooth and moist. 3.  Place the mix into a piping bag with a medium size star shaped nozzle (around 9mm is perfect).   Pipe stars onto the baking tray.  For whatever size star you choose, remember to keep the size all roughly the same on the tray to ensure even cooking. 4.  Sprinkle the biscuits with the pearl sugar. 5.  Bake at 190oC for 15 minutes, or until firm to touch.     Note:   These biscuits have a beautiful brownie flavour and make the perfect and easy dessert for any occasion, all year round.  As these biscuits are so pretty, we’ve turned the basic ingredients into a Stelline Gift Pack which you can purchase as a gift for anyone who needs a sprinkle of love in their life.    

things we’re loving right now

things we're loving right now

    • lemons.  The colour, the smell, the taste.  They’re the sunshine in the fruit family.  We’re loving lemons so much that they’re pretty much everywhere you turn in our HQ … piled up in a fruit bowl and vase as table decorations, lemon shortbread and italian biscuits, as the colour of my gorgeous new scarf given to me by my lovely cousin upon return from her european holiday.      Lemons are also a prominent feature on the menu at Mario’s restaurant – linguini with a creamy lemon and pea sauce, farefalle pasta with crab meat, lemon and herb infusion, barramundi fillet with a herb and citrus zest crumble and also as last night’s special dessert – warm lemon custard.  Yum.       I’m even contemplating buying a pair of lemon coloured jeans … is that a little obsessive?   • my daggy old tracksuit, circa 1994.  That combined with my comfy new wool lined boots.  No photo provided due to risk of causing blindness.   • italian honey.  It might sound snobby, luxurious and/or unpatriotic but I dare you to blind test your way through several different honeys and tell me what you think.  Unfortunately the bees here don’t seem to have discovered the same flowers that they have in liguria and sicily.       What are you loving right now?    

what not to do when you’re sick

what not to do when you're sick

  I was off sick last week.  Too infectious to work yet well enough to not be lying on the couch for 4 days straight.  There’s only so many movies, reality shows and cooking programs a girl can watch in a day! So needless to say, after catching up on all of my favourite blogs, tv shows and movies, finishing off my library book and having run out of drawers to reorganise, I was bored. 50 shades of bored. Bored with a capital B. O. R. E. D.     I rang in to work and got the voice mail, only to find out later they’d been in the kitchen trying out some new recipes of Mario’s.  That would be right!  Of all the days I’m not in the office, they decide to taste test their way through the new menu at Mario’s restaurant.  Hrmph.   Seeing green with envy, frustrated by boredom and spurred on by just enough energy to pull out a baking tray, wooden spoon and mixing bowl I decided that I needed to do something about it.  After all, surely I needed a little pick me up to go with my afternoon lemon and honey tea to help nurse me back to health?!   So there I was, all excited that I had the energy to do some cooking and that I had everything I needed right at home, with no need to go to the grocery store, to make a batch of … muesli bars.   muesli bars in the making?     I’d seen plenty of recipes in the past for muesli bars so I figured I’d ditch the …

Easy Peasy Muesli Mix

Easy Peasy Muesli Mix

– submitted by Cat Ingredients   5 cups chopped mixed dried fruit and nuts* 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup dessicated coconut 2 crushed oat or vita brits 175 g butter, melted 4 tablespoons maple syrup     Method   1. Preheat oven to about 160C 2.  Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until well combined.     3.  Spoon mixture into a paper-lined baking tray and press gently with hands to flatten the mixture slightly.  It helps if you wet your hands with water first to avoid the mixture sticking.  Bake until golden, approximately 30 minutes.   * Use whatever dried fruits and nuts take your fancy for this muesli mix.  For my version I used dried pear and apricots, cranberries, sultanas, hazelnuts, pistachios, blanched almonds and macadamia nuts.