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fancy some morning tea?

fancy some morning tea?

  We’re pleased to announce that we have reached yet another key milestone on the Kitchen Angel journey this week.  In fact we were successful in achieving it sooner than expected!    Drum roll please ….   We’ve secured a flagship store in Brisbane where the Kitchen Angel product range will be sold direct, where we will hold baking demonstrations and of course, have the obligatory coffee bar.    We’re so excited and can’t wait to share all of the details with you.  But until then, we thought we’d throw in a little teaser.  Rather than tell you where it is, we thought we’d run a competition to see if you can guess where our store will be.  Here are your clues:   1.  It’s approximately 3 km from the Brisbane CBD 2.  We’re in a commercial precinct 3.  Steinway, Boston & Essex – we love the sound of them   The first person to guess the exact location (street number, name and suburb) will win a free morning tea for 2 people at our new store.  Simply add your answer as a comment to this blog post.    This competition is open to Brisbane residents only (unless you are willing to donate your prize to a family, friend or colleague who lives in Brisbane) and does not include the cost of travel.   You can enter this competition once daily.  This competition ends at midnight AEST on Wednesday, 6th June.  The winner will be announced on Facebook and will be contacted via email.   So while Mario is elbow deep in the design and construct phase, he’s got the rest of us scouring  food providores, magazines and …

things we’re loving right now

things we're loving right now

  •  Amisfield Pinot Noir  … it goes down a real treat.  The other night I had it with stuffed quail, prosciutto and green beans.     •  Yoga.  It really does make you feel like everything will be okay. • Smash on Fox 8 … there is a reason to stay in on a Saturday night!! • Brisbane in winter.  We may not have ski slopes, but there is definitely something to be said for beautiful sunshine in the cooler months! • Chilli infused pistachio biscuits     pasta al pistacchio infused with chilli   Namaste.    

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 …

on the road

on the road

    On our road trip to the Fraser Coast to visit the Nana’s Pantry stores, we were fortunate to stop over at the Villa Cavour B&B at Hervey Bay.  This B&B is sure to deliver on everything you need in accommodation; host Mara being on hand to look after your every need and her husband Rocco, a highly qualified chef, at the ready to prepare your meals and hold cooking classes with you should your heart desire.   For those that know Mario, they know he is passionate about food and he will jump at any opportunity to whip up something special for others to enjoy.  On one of his nights at Villa Cavour, Mario was invited into the kitchen to prepare dessert while Rocco cooked dinner for the other B&B guests.  Excited by the prospect to share another passionate chef’s kitchen, Mario baked a couple of batches of Kitchen Angel deliciousness and as the photos show, it definitely was a real Italian feast for all.  A bottomless stomach is definitely a pre-requisite when you work for Kitchen Angel!