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did someone say christmas?

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.     For no. 2 we’re thinking of the host with the most.  Or you.   Stelline baking mix pack.  Just add egg whites to this pack and you’ve got a couple of batches of stelline biscotti.  This makes the perfect gift or dessert to take to your party host.   Coming in at no. 3   An Ellis Benson tea towel medley.  These beautiful, bright, packaged delights are great as a gift on their own, as a stocking filler or added to a hamper with a bunch of other kitchen goodies.     Almost there.  For no. 4 we’re going with mixed nuts.  Into DIY gifts?  Then your choice of our mixed nuts, raw or flavoured and packaged in …

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 …

giving a little back

giving a little back

  There are a few requirements that you must have to work for Kitchen Angel. These include a bottomless stomach, a penchant for good coffee, a silly sense of humour and an appreciation for the Italian culture. Most of these skills can be learnt, but one thing that seems to ring true with the entire team is a sense of community and empathy and kindness towards others.   When Mario first started this business, he was not only passionate about his products but also the need to be able to share his talents and successes with others. Some say chefs are inherently generous as they are always looking to please people with their food. Mario is definitely one of these chefs. His generosity is something that the rest of the team have embraced and is perhaps what has inspired many of us to jump on board the Kitchen Angel train. It’s not easy leaving the security of a well paying job or the comfort of a reputable employer. It’s even harder when you leave that behind to join a new small business venture, whose journey, while planned, is still uncharted. But there is definitely something to be said for people, like Mario, who are passionate about what they do and are committed to sharing their skills, experience and talent with others. It’s these types of people that are truly inspiring and are not always easy to come by in life.   A philosophy that I have personally learnt from Mario is his belief that life is for living, for laughing, for eating, for loving and to give back to. It’s important to help your friends …

cloudy dreams

cloudy dreams

  On a not so cloudy day, we collaborated with the very talented Trudy Florence.  Trudy is a woman of many talents – painter, photographer and blogger to name a few, and the creative mind behind the website Cloudy Dreams where she uploads her own hand painted cards that can be downloaded for free.  She also shares her thoughts and life through one of my favourite blogs, the self-titled trudyflorence.com, and to top it off, she manages to do it all while living out her dream – travelling, working and creating art around Europe.  Ah bless, a very deserving person living out a wonderful dream!       Trudy has been generous enough to create some hand painted gift cards designed especially for Kitchen Angel.  We love these designs and think they make the perfect finish to any baking mixes, supplies, gift packs or baked creations.  So next time you bake something for that someone special, don’t forget to show them how much you care.   click here to download your free gift tags   As for me, I can’t wait to make my next batch of biscotti for my hottie!!   Love, your Angel,     Cat  

to market, to market to buy a fat pig

to market, to market to buy a fat pig

  … well maybe not a fat pig, but certainly lots of other goodies.  I love a good market and Brisbane certainly doesn’t disappoint.  No matter where you live or what your shopping list contains, there’s certain to be a market somewhere, sometime, each month in Brisbane, just for you.   As for this weekend, I’ve got a couple of markets on my radar.  Firstly I’ll be heading to the Northey Street Organic market on Sunday morning to grab some autumn fresh fruit and veg for home.  Apples, grapes, melon, beets, green beans and  eggplant.  That little rainbow will take pride of place on my kitchen counter.  Hopefully my favourite coffee cart and chocolate stand will be there so I can take a few moments out for myself to sit and savour two of my favourite things while the hive of activity continues around me.  Aaahh, it really is those little moments of time that I truly love. That first sip of a morning coffee.  A bittersweet morsel of chocolate as it melts on your tongue.  And don’t get me started on lavender dark chocolate, OMG that seriously has to be the best thing since slice bread.   Sorry … did I just get sidetracked by coffee and chocolate there?   Mmmm, not surprised, it happens often.  Where was I?   Oh yeah, back to my market day.  So after I’ve unpacked my fruit and veg I’m going to pop in to see my boss and colleagues at the Boutique Markets in the city.  The Boutique Markets is a great place to get your fix of quality, local made fashion, accessories, homewares and food.  I have …