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PARTY POPS – The Latest Craze

Melbourne Mum, Ness Newell, has started a new craze that is taking off at parties and fetes.  Party Pops are delicious Marshmallow Pops dipped in coloured sugar or white, milk or dark chocolate with your choice of topping. Check out the fantastic range at Facebook/Party Pops. Alternatively the Mallow Pops can be wrapped 2-3 per cellophane bag so you can use them as party favours. Help support a new business venture and give Ness a ‘like’.  She looks forward to hopefully creating some delicious Party Pops for your next special occasion.


We LOVE Anolon Advanced Bronze cookware

Not only do Anolon provide the best gourmet cookware but now they have introduced their sexy stylish new bronze range and we love it!

It’s oven safe, metal utensil safe and non-stick inside and out for easy clean up.  All that with tempered glass lids allow you to check on what’s cooking without loosing heat or moisture.  They think of everything.
Go on, flirt with Anolon
Anolon Bronze Set

Cake, Bake & Sweets Show – Melbourne
Cake Bake & Sweets Show is the festival of deliciousness… the ultimate destination for all things yum!  Whether you love to make, taste or shop for cakes, breads, pastries, chocolates or other delectable treats, you’ll be in heaven at this one-of-a-kind event!
See over 25 celebrity chefs live in action including Buddy ‘Cake Boss’ Valastro and Adriano Zumbo (Master Patissier).
There’s something for everyone. It’s an entertaining, inspiring and tasty day out with friends and family.  Stay tuned for the 2015 dates!!

Baku Beach Bag Baku BeachbagOkay, so the tummies are full and Christmas Day is done and dusted.  Now it’s time to pack up and head for the beach! We love this seagrass bag from Baku – it also comes in a black version with fun black and white tassles. Either version clearly states that it is time to put away that boring briefcase and let the holidays begin!$59.95

Tobie Puttock’s iBook Series goes Live! Tobie's iBook Series

For your pleasure – Ten Classic Pasta Recipes, Ten Easy Vegetarian Recipes and Ten Old-School Dessert Recipes – presented step-by-step by Tobie, sharing all of his tips and tricks in the kitchen with you. Digital is the way we are all heading and what a fabulous way to see Tobie’s take on some great Italian classics – think Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage, Spaghetti Vongole, Triple Chocolate Sponge or maybe Apple Tarte Tatin. Tobie will teach you how to make simple and tasty vegetarian food as well, great if you’re looking to cut down on meat or simply wanting to cook for a vegetarian friend. Tobie’s VideoCook series is available for $2.99 from Penguin iBooks. A hot off the press offer – Desserts are free until 10 December!

Available from the iTunes Store, click here to check it out


Kitte Accoutrement Jewellery


For those of you who have non-foodie friends to buy for this Christmas (must be a few misguided souls out there somewhere), consider Kitte Cockerell’s stunning handmade jewellery designs.  We love the boldness of her pieces and how they can be worn every day as well as enhance that special look we all aspire to.    Kitte began selling her jewellery at market stalls in the late 90’s and quickly grew to become one of the most respected jewellery designers in the fashion industry supplying stores and boutiques around Australia.  You might even find a little something for yourself – there is free delivery for orders over $100. Happy Shopping.


Where does our food come from?Target 100

Last weekend at Taste of Melbourne, a stimulating panel discussion on food provenance took place with our very own Rebecca Sullivan and Darren Robertson along with Tasmanian farmer Matt Dunbabin. Following on from this, it became very clear that many Australians seek a better understanding of where their food comes from.

As a Target 100 ambassador he is inviting all of you to become more curious and ask questions about how your food is farmed. Send in your questions around sheep and cattle farming and he’ll have it answered. Better yet, join him on a trip to Bangor, a beautiful farm in Tasmania to have it answered first hand. Target 100 is giving three people the opportunity to visit Bangor Farm in Tasmania alongside Darren Robertson and Rebecca Sullivan to have their questions answered by Matt Dunbabin, spend a day touring a cattle and sheep farm, and have a great meal prepared for them by Darren.

To enter:

“In 25 words or less, what sustainability question would you like to ask an Australian cattle and sheep farmer?”

Gourmet Safaris 

Gourmet Safari

Explore the delicious tastes of Italy in Melbourne’s Carlton or the Turkish spice emporiums of Auburn, or the Vietnamese grocers and local BBQ roasting houses in Cabramatta. The award winning Maeve O’Meara from SBS is the founder and owner of these fabulous safaris, which she began  15 years ago simply because her friends were asking her to take them around to help make these unique food culture discoveries. The 2014 program is now out – what a fantastic gift.

Maeve says “We have kept creating new tours every year, as well as keeping some of the classics, and my guides and I continue to make fabulous discoveries in different cities around the world. We just keep adding more and more interesting safaris!”  There are new classes within Australia but also now extend regional Australia with trips to Kangaroo Island and country Victoria, and even overseas to Vietnam, Sardinia and Corsica, and the Greek Islands.

Visit for full details of the newly released program for 2014, and also tours for the remainder of 2013.

New Organic Italian Cheeses made in Victoria Organic Cheese

Italian cheesemaker Fabio Portella has partnered with the Organic Dairy Farmers Co-op to create a range of traditionally made Italian organic cheeses – parmesan, bocconcini and ricotta.  They are all made from organic milk sourced from farms across Victoria and the flavour this brings to the products is truly evident. Think beautiful fresh salads, light spring pasta dishes, or just a chunk of parmesan with some crusty bread, oil and balsamic vinegar. Check the website for food outlets nearest to you.


By Two Sisters By Two Sisters

We think having fresh, tasty Vietnamese food that is ready-to-eat in your own fridge is a pretty good idea.  This Melbourne-based duo are doing exactly that – we’ve tried it and we love it.  Following the recipes of their mother and grandmother, the meals are pre-packed in lidded bowls with all condiments included (bowls very handy size to keep for school lunches, frozen soups etc).  They’re healthy, low fat, high protein, no preservatives and pack punchy flavours.  There’s a wide selection available and delivery is in neat brown paper packaging.  Fabulous for busy working lunches and any time you need something fast and healthy at your fingertips.  Check it out.

Family Cooking with Justin Justin North Family Cooking

You may be stuck in a cooking rut, or want to encourage a new generation of food lovers, Justin North’s new book Family Cooking introduces delicious and simple recipes ranging from quick, after work meals to more sophisticated entertaining. Justin believes tempting kids into the kitchen early can spark a life-long interest in good food.

Using locally produced and accessible ingredients, Justin has every meal covered; spicy winter crunchy cereal, mushroom and ale pies and molten chocolate puddings to name a few. The kids can help make Georgia’s creamy mac ‘n cheese, and Justin’s rich bolognese sauce. But the busy chef knows that not everyone has the time to make complicated dishes, which is why a handful of recipes only require a pot.   These are the same reliable and delicious dishes Justin cooks for his own family and friends, so you know every one of them is a winner. Photographer Anson Smart skilfully captures the warmth and ease of family life and every mouth-watering bite.

Published by Lantern RRP $49.99

Almond Bar Almond Bar

Some cuisines have something of the exotic about them – Syrian would have to be one of those.  Sharon Salloum, co-owner and chef of Almond Bar restaurant in Sydney was brought up in a traditional Syrian household surrounded by friends and family, and good food. Sharon proudly brings all that she has learned to this beautiful collection of both classic and contemporary recipes, all family friendly and easy to interpret.  Her notes and stories are heartfelt and informative, and recipes for every occasion, including the making up of your own spices. This recipe book will enhance any passionate cook’s collection.

Available from all good book stores RRP $39.99 or purchase directly

Red Obsession Red Obsession

Here’s an Australian made documentary with some cred – Russell Crowe lends his voice as the narrator to this eye-opener of how China is leading the pack as an investor in Bordeaux’s finest wines.  In addition to now owning about 40 wine properties in that region, China is home to the fastest-growing wine industry in the world.  There are frank interviews with some usually very media-shy major French players as well as billionaire collectors.  It was made 2 years ago, but well worth a look at how this part of the industry has defied any GST downward turns.  If nothing else, it’s a window to those magnificent Bordeaux wine properties.

Check your local movie guides or


Bertolli Olive Oil and Alfredo Caldo-Freddo Make a Great Team

Bertolli Olive Oil is breaking through the common misconception that just one olive oil can be used for all cooking, whether hot or cold. In fact, if you’re barbequing or roasting, Bertolli’s Classico Olive Oil is the best choice for you. If you’re baking or frying on the other hand, the best option is to use Bertolli’s Extra Light. Finally, when including Bertolli’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your cooking, be sure to use it when creating pasta sauces, dressings or dips. Bertolli Olive Oil have also given us a little treat by having their very own sexy Italian chef, Alfredo Caldo-Freddo help explain the best choice of Olive Oil. Watch Alfredo here:

For more tips and recipes please follow Bertolli Olive Oil on:

Bertolli Olive Oil


Big Kitchen Events Big Kitchen Events (

At the same time, after 14 great years, Fenix has just been sold to Leonda on the Yarra, a perfect fit, and Gary will focus on the new business and continue to operate Maribyrnong Boathouse. Big Kitchen will focus on three main areas – corporate catering, creating bespoke events in unique locations, and a Private Chef service, all with a style, that Gary and the partners know their customers will demand.

For any queries regarding Big Kitchen Events please do not hesitate to contact Brett May on, for all  queries regarding Fenix please contact Paul Romanella, General Manager on, and for all media inquiries regarding Gary Mehigan, please contact

Feed the Soul with Dominique Rizzo’s Pure Food Wine Cooking Tours Pure Food Cooking Tours

People embark on travel for an array of reasons, but for many it is the experience surrounding new food and wine in foreign cultures which lures them away time and time again. Now, Australians can experience this first hand in Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, Puglia, Greece and Germany with the launch of Dominique Rizzo’s Pure Food and Wine Cooking Tours.
Dominique holds a long-standing love affair with food, her Sicilian heritage moulded her passion for food culture from an early age, and today, she is an food expert driven by her passion for creating quality food experiences both within Australia and abroad.
Focused on offering more than a simple food based cooking tour, the Pure Food and Wine Cooking Tours are all inclusive with accommodation, local English-speaking guided tours, cultural visits, hands on cooking classes, market tastings, gourmet traditional lunches and dinner banquets included in the price.  “I believe that it is the people that make the country and the experiences that make your trip soul satisfyingly unforgettable and by using local businesses at every opportunity we are ensuring that the Pure Food and Wine Cooking Tours deliver a truly authentic experience”  Visit for more info and a great launch deal!

Give your Mum a Helping Hand Mothers Day

Rebecca Sullivan helps us out with some clever and easy household / laundry cleaning hints.  Why not surprise your mum and try these out – make your mum proud.

  • For crusty bottoms on your pots and pans – add a couple of tablespoons of bicarb soda to them, add a little water and soak for an hour or so then scrub as normal.
  • Rust stains on your clothes from buttons or zips – simply drench in lemon juice and leave it for 15 minutes then wash as normal.
  • Dried mildew – dab with lemon or damp salt generously and leave in the sun for 12+ hours
  • Perspiration on the underarms of your clothes – dab or soak with lemon or white vinegar, rinse and wash as normal

Miguel Maestre’s Spanish Cooking 

Spanish Cooking

Many people associate Spanish food with paella and sangria and nothing else, but the reality couldn’t be more different!
Find out by grabbing yourself a copy of Miguel’s Spanish Cooking in its’ new soft cover with gorgeous new photos.  Miguel uses authentic Spanish recipes and techniques with local ingredients to create immaculate flavours. His book is a collection of his favourite recipes from all over Spain and focuses on fresh produce making it simple and delicious with basics that are easy to master. Many of the recipes in this book are family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. It’s stylish, simple food with no tricks, just truly traditional Spanish cooking.
As globalisation and fast food puts traditional ways in danger, Miguel believes it is his task as a chef to keep these national, regional and family traditions alive. 

Greetings from Paris where the snow has finally melted. Ute in Paris

For anyone heading to our beautiful city of light, you can immerse yourself in a unique Parisian adventure. Experience the best of hidden Paris and discover chocolatiers, artisan bakers, cheeses, markets, eat in some of the hottest Parisian bistros, and picnic on the banks of the Seine.
Gardens, parks, magnificent architecture, hidden passages and laneways, come and walk with me and discover it all.
And here ready for spring time I present to you the fresh look of.

Rebecca Sullivan’s “Like Grandma Used To Make” Like Grandma Used To Make

Rebecca Sullivan’s beloved great grandmother Lilly was an award-winning cake baker, famous for her Victoria sponge. When Lilly passed away Rebecca realized the wealth of knowledge that had gone with her, and made it her mission to collect and preserve as many recipes and stories as she could, from all the grannies, nonnas and yiayias willing to  share their wisdom with her. Rebecca’s beautiful new book is a collection of those stories from all over the world, from many of the grannies she’s met along the way. We love that Rebecca impresses upon us all to value and treasure these precious skills and traditions for the future.
Like Grandma Used to Make” published by Pan Macmillan Australia RRP $34.99 out early April 2013.

Eliunt Extra Virgin Olive Oils

We love Australian owned Extra Virgin Olive Oil gourmet range by Eliunt. A name inspired by the “Eliunts” who were Olive Oil farmers in ancient Italy.
Eliunt Extra Virgin Olive Oils are the perfect garnish to any dish. The unique mix of flavours from 10 regions around the world will enhance all your dishes, whether it’s a canapé, main or even a dessert.
Each Olive Oil embodies a unique flavour and aroma so vastly different to their neighbouring countries. The entire Eliunt collection incorporates Sonoma (USA), Olivar (Spain), Anfora (Italy), Athena (Greece), Mount Ida (Turkey), Ahiram (Lebanon), Holy Oil (Jordan), Oasis (Tunisia), Tradico (Portugal) and Vitality (Australia).
Eliunt is the perfect gift for the foodie who has it all. So next time you need a present for a friend or want to thank someone for a lovely meal.
Eliunt packs come in a variety of options including;

The Compendium RRP $74.95
Intercontinental Gift Pack RRP $24.95 for three pack and RRP $34.95 for five pack Mediterranean Gift Pack RRP$24.95 for three pack and RRP $34.95 for five pack 

Eliunt is sold online at and also through their own kiosks at Westfield Bondi Junction and Westfield Hornsby from December 2012.