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vegan anzac biscuits

vegan anzac biscuits

~ a recipe by The Health Chef – Teresa Cutter. This vegan Anzac biscuit recipe will give you a healthy option when you are looking for an afternoon sweet snack.   Ingredients   1 and 1/4 cup blanched almonds, skin off  (see notes) 1 cup flaked almonds 1 cup coconut flakes 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup macadamia nut oil 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda 1 tablespoon water   Method   1.  Preheat oven to 120C.   2.  Place blanched almonds into a food processor or blender and pulse several times until a medium to fine textured meal forms.  Sieve meal into mixing bowl and place larger bits back into food processor to pulse and then sieve again.  Don’t overgrind as the meal will turn into almond butter! 3.  Add the flaked almonds and coconut to the almond meal.   4.  Combine honey and oil in a small saucepan and heat gently.   5.  Mix the bicarbonate soda and water in a glass, and then pour into the honey mixtures.  Keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the honey begins to froth and changes colour.   6.  Add the honey mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until well combined.  Add a little water if needed to combine the mixture.   7.  Use a 1 tablespoon or melon baller to scoop the mixture into small cookies.  This recipe will yield about 18 – 22 cookies (if you can avoid eating the mixture as you go along!).   8.  Bake the cookies on a low pre-heated oven at 120C for about 30 minutes, or until golden.   Notes   The blanched almonds in this recipe are required …

Last minute chocolate spiders

Last minute chocolate spiders

Picture this. It’s 4pm on a Saturday afternoon and you’ve just got a phone call. Your friends are having an impromptu BBQ at 6pm and because you always bring the sweets they’ve asked you to bring something for dessert. The problem is you are currently watching Real Housewives of Beverley Hills and really don’t want to hang out in the kitchen for the next two hours. Solution? Super simple chocolate spiders! Ingredients 1 packet of original fried noodles (from the Asian aisle in your supermarket) 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter or Gianduja 200grams Belgian dark chocolate 1. Microwave dark chocolate and peanut butter or Gianduja in a microwave safe bowl for about 60 seconds on high. If not melted, then microwave again in 5 second intervals. 2. Mix well until it is a smooth paste. 3. Add noodles and coat them well. 4. Spoon the mixture onto a grease-proof paper, or into individual paper patty pans. 5. Place in refrigerator until set. This recipe will make about 15-20 chocolate spiders, the perfect amount for a BBQ with friends!

a gorgeous excuse to catch up with the girls

a gorgeous excuse to catch up with the girls

We’re so excited to be at the High Tea Party being held at the Sofitel, Brisbane this weekend.  We hear the Saturday has been a sell out and as at the time of publishing this post, there are still a couple of tickets left for the Sunday sessions.  Come on girls, what other excuse do you need to get your girlfriends together for a bit of food, frivolity and fancy things?!   For those of you coming along, make sure you pop in and say hi to myself and Trudy at the Kitchen Angel stand.  We’ll be there with our famous biscotti, baking mixes and other goodies.  We will also be showcasing our newest product at the event (that’s right, it will be available first and foremost to all the High Tea Party goers before it is released anywhere else) so make sure you come in to try it before everyone else gets on the bandwagon.  And for those intending to do a bit of shopping this weekend, every purchase of $50 more at the Kitchen Angel stand will include a free gift.  Everybody loves a gift with purchase, right?!   So just in case you’re hoping to get some last minute tickets to this fabulous event, here’s the link.   Love, your Angel,     Laura

la vie en lavande

la vie en lavande

  Is there anything more Provençale than a cup of tea, the aroma of lavender wafting through the kitchen and perhaps a little Edith Piaf background music?  Possibly not, but that’s about as French as I get.  Unless you count my trusty pink Le Pliage bag and an expired passport which proudly boasts a French customs stamp when I visited circa 1996.  And whilst I have been dreaming of a week or two wandering through Parisian markets, galleries and eating at a local boulangerie and sipping wine at a bistro for almost two years now, it is my freshly baked lavender and almond biscotti and earl grey tea which allows me to continue to dream la vie en rose.   Follow my recipe here.      

food styling & photography workshops in brisbane, 9-10 march 2013

food styling & photography workshops in brisbane, 9-10 march 2013

  I have been waiting so long to tell you about this piece of news …   The news that we have a wonderful wordsmith/photographer/stylist hosting a food styling and photography workshop in our Locale store!   Food styling and photography has been a quiet little passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  It was something that I put aside for a long time, when I was knocked back from art college with a “we don’t have enough places this time however we think you have potential and encourage you to keep building up your portfolio and apply again next year.”  That was followed by a casual job that quickly became a 20+ year corporate career and my passion for photography fell to the wayside.  Life got busy, I never got around to buying myself a camera and I became focussed on work.  However I never stopped devouring cookbooks, foodie magazines and the likes.  Not for the recipes, not for the cooking inspiration but purely for the photographs.  So I guess it was a passion of mine that never disappeared.  Then long story short, I left my career to focus on Kitchen Angel, which then developed into a coffee-shop-come-baking-store and I started to dip my toe into the styling/photography world.  And you know what?  I’ve never had so much fun.  I’m falling in love with light, shadows, composition, colours & props.  And every photo I take gets just that little bit better.          Then during our italian summer last year, I discovered a wonderful blogger, Sally May Mills, who also happened to be documenting her travels through Sicily through …