YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT ! With Christmas Day already a memory, even the thought of getting organised for next year seems madness, but believe me you CAN start right now. Use these smart, simple tips and get a head start. The POST CHRISTMAS SALES are on, and you can save heaps. So get going !! 1. CREATE A CHRISTMAS WRAPPING STATION AND STOCK IT NOW… You might think that this is a little crazy, but if you decide on next year’s Christmas colours right NOW you can get great buys on wrapping p...read more
Cool summer thirst-quenchers, perfect for summer entertaining. Watermelon Breeze Ingredients 400g peeled, seedless watermelon, chopped ¼ cup good quality lime cordial 1 cup ruby grapefruit juice mint leaves Sparkling pink grapefruit drink or Tonic Water Place the watermelon in blender, blitz until smooth. You should have about 2/12 cups. Add the lime cordial and grapefruit juice. Strain into a storage container. To serve Half fill each glass with the watermelon mix, add ice cubes and a sprig mi...read more
An all-time Christmas favourite that can be whizzed up in the food processor. Shortbread makes a perfect gift; package in a serving bowl with cellophane, in a glass storage jar, or a beautiful box. Tie with gorgeous ribbon and a small decoration. 300g plain flour 60g ground rice 125g caster sugar 250, butter, chilled, diced into small cubes Mix the dry ingredients together in the processor and give a quick pulse. Add the butter cubes, and using the pulse button, wizz until the dough just starts ...read more
I’ve just made a batch of Eggnog for Christmas Eve and it’s now chilling in the fridge for the next 24 hours. To me, in Australia, it is far too hot at this time of the year to make an eggnog that is not served really icy cold. For the last couple of years I have used Serge Dansereau’s recipe from his book Summer Food . What I particularly like about this version is that the eggs are cooked ( traditionally they are not) which makes it a richer mixture that will keep in the fri...read more
While leafing through some of my Mum’s recipes recently, I came across this old favourite, the recipe, on a scrap of paper, torn from a magazine. I remember it fondly from many a birthday party, when I was a child. Imagine my surprise when I went looking for the Chocolate Ripple biscuits this week, and find Arnott’s have copies of the original recipe right there in the Biscuit Aisle. I decided to give this classic Australian dessert a new look for Christmas, and I have to say I am qu...read more
Having run a successful catering business in Sydney for more than 20 years, providing the highest standard of food and service for private and corporate clients, I have more than a few tricks-of-the-trade to impart to help make your entertaining easier. Sharing good food with family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures – entertaining should be easy and fun for everyone, including the cook.