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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!

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

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  

Summer in Italy

Summer in Italy

  We’re back. Actually we’ve been back for just over a month however we have been on the go ever since the plane landed. But I will save that story for another blog post, another day.   We’ve also had a few technical glitches with our website which I think have been debugged now, but if you do come across any issues, please let us know.   To recap what happened since our last blog post, Mario and I spent 5 weeks in Sicily, visiting with family, researching new products and recipes, tasting lots of good food, lazing by the beach and laughing with friends. We were inspired, relaxed, having fun and happy. It truly was a fabulous 5 weeks.   I’ll save all of our exciting news for next time, however thought I would leave you with a picture summary of our summer in Italy.       Food, coffee and wine.  These are a few of my favourite things!  And there was lots of it being consumed in the few weeks away.  All in the name of research of course!       Just a little grappa. Cannoli.  I miss you already.  What would my life be without ricotta cannoli?   Just a couple of interesting characters we met out and about.                                     We weaved through alley ways, looked down at mosaics and up at beautiful balconies.             Markets.  What better way to immerse yourself in a local culture?                         Look …

happy birthday

  Happy birthday mum …. here’s the recipe to your cranberry pistacchio semifreddo xo   mum wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the semifreddo       2 4 6 8 dig in, don’t wait!

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 …