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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 …

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 …

have you tried our baking mixes?

have you tried our baking mixes?

  It’s been a good few months since I launched my Kitchen Angel product range to market and thought this was the opportune time to take stock of what my team and I have achieved.  We’ve had a couple of successful stands at the Boutique Markets and Fine Food Queensland show and have also been fortunate enough to sell our products to some great cafes, restaurants and food stores.  It has been a pleasure to see how others have taken to using the baking mixes and made them their very own.  My staff have also become quite skilful in the kitchen and tried lots of different flavour combinations.  While the natural flavours of the baking mixes do really hold their own, I have also enjoyed some different combinations – pistachio and fig, chilli infused, hazelnut, cranberry and white chocolate.  My number one favourite so far though has been the almond and lemon frangipane tart (thanks to my wife for her inspiration with this one).   Have you tried our baking mixes yet?   I really want to know what our customers and followers think about our products, so I am personally inviting you to drop me a line through email or facebook to tell me what you how you have used our products  or what flavour combinations you would like to try?   Ciao,   Mario   PS – Cat is insisting I add some images to this blog, so here are some photos from the Boutique Markets last Sunday.         PPS – Thanks to Jules who sent us an email lately to give us feedback on the Bacio d’Alassio baking mix she …

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 …