Friday, January 29, 2010

M.I.L.K. - Friendship, Family, Love and Laughter


"Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live". Inspired by the 1950s landmark photographic exhibition 'The Family of Man', M.I.L.K. began as an epic global search to develop a collection of extraordinary and geographically diverse images portraying humanity's 'Moments of Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship' (M.I.L.K.). 

This search took the form of a global photographic competition in 1999. Ten years after the original M.I.L.K. competition comes a brand new collection - FRIENDSHIP, FAMILY, LOVE & LAUGHTER. 

One hundred and fifty extraordinary images from around the world, chosen by Elliott Erwitt, continue to celebrate our moments of intimacy, laughter and kinship. The images here are effusive, poignant and far-reaching, yet, ultimately, incredibly intimate.

Their extraordinary power comes, ironically, from their very ordinariness. They speak a common language punctuated by casual gesture, exquisite tenderness and natural insouciance. 

The 150 winning images featured in the book were chosen from over 30,000 entries submitted to the Fresh MILK Competition. Photographers from 110 countries participated in the competition. A truly global project.

Crunch Time Cookbook

We found this great book at Angus & Robertson

Take charge of what you eat! Lose weight! Feel fantastic! Michelle Bridges, expert trainer from The Biggest Loser and author of the best-selling Crunch Time, knows that confidence in the kitchen is the key to weight management.

In the Crunch Time Cookbook she arms you with 100 simple, delicious recipes to help you lose the kilos and keep them off. But this is no ordinary cookbook. There's also: a 12-week menu plan; practical info on counting calories and basic nutrition; advice on breaking bad habits; and, exercise tips.

Michelle shows you how easy, quick and cheap it can be to prepare your own meals, and all her recipes are family friendly. Tuck into tasty low-cal versions of old favourites such as burgers, fish and chips, pizza, and sizzling roast beef. Or try her spicy stir-fries, hearty soups and stunning salads.

High in nutrition, low in calories, these gorgeous recipes will help you take back control!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vanilla Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting

This recipe is very popular among the staff at The Bride’s Diary. It’s a simple cupcake recipe with fuss-free instructions, and your beautiful little creations will remain moist and tasty for up to 3 days.

Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 190g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups castor Sugar
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup full cream milk

Preheat oven to 170c. Line two 12 hole cupcake trays with cupcake papers.

Cream the butter for 2 minutes. Add the sugar a third at a time. After the last addition, beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating until mixture is again light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add a third of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add half of the milk and beat until combined. Add the remaining flour and milk and beat until just combined, do not over beat as this will toughen the mixture.

Spoon mixture into the cupcake papers filling each to about three-quarters full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the trays and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Butter Cream Frosting
  • 190g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1kg icing sugar
  • ½ cup full cream milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cream the butter for 2 minutes. Add the wet ingredients and half of the icing sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the remaining icing sugar and beat for at least 4 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy again. If you wish to colour the butter cream add a drop at a time until you reach the required colour.

Spoon the butter cream into a piping bag fitted with a 15mm star tip nozzle and pipe swirls onto your cupcakes.

Recipe for Romance...

With only a few weeks to go until the most romantic day of the year is celebrated on February 14, Queensland’s iconic coffee house MerloCoffee has unveiled the ultimate recipe for romance, an indulgence that is sure to get lovers licking their lips – ladies and gentlemen, the recipe for the Merlo Dark Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream Balls.

Merlo Dark Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream Balls
1 ltr Merlo Espresso Ice Cream
400 gms 70% dark chocolate
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Place a baking tray lined with baking paper in the freezer for 10 minutes. Scoop teaspoons of ice-cream into balls, place on tray and return to the freezer until ice-cream is firm. Meanwhile, place chocolate and oil in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until chocolate melts. Use a fork to dip ice-cream balls into chocolate and return to tray. Freeze for a further 30 minutes or until firm. Enjoy with your lover on Valentine’s Day (and hereafter whenever the occasion warrants!). 

merlocoffee can be found throughout Australia and internationally at the best and most innovative restaurant, bars and coffee houses.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Breville Easy Living

Available from the Breville webiste, this is your very own lifestyle e-mag created monthly. Full of delicious recipes, fantastic new products, helpful information and amazing offers exclusive to Breville members. Breville easyliving is all about how to eat better, cook better and feel better.


Valentine's Day Special Offer!

This February spoil someone special at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa for half the price....

If doing something unique and memorable for a loved one this Valentines Day is at the top of your list, then now is the perfect time to take action with Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa’s February special.

Surprise your loved one this Valentines Day or anytime during February by booking a luxurious getaway at Broome’s premier destination for half the price.....

Imagine breath taking sunsets, indulgent food, lavish accommodation and soothing facilities all at one destination like no other. Nestled right next to the famous white sands of Cable Beach, the resort is a fusion of Asian serenity and colonial indulgence set against the backdrop of the majestic Kimberley outback.  
Rooms are set amongst magnificent gardens and two lagoon style pools – one for families and the other reserved solely for adults.  
Guests can slip into ‘Broome Time’ by relaxing at the resort’s luxurious Chahoya Spa or meditate in the Buddha Sanctuary. There is also a choice of dining options designed to indulge the taste-buds.   
There is no better place to watch the sun sink over Cable Beach than at the Sunset Bar, while other vistas include a large collection of paintings by well known artists such as Sidney Nolan.  

For more information visit or call the reservations team on 1800 199 099. 

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. No minimum stay required.  Return Broome airport transfers included. Valid for stays until 31 March 2010 on new bookings only from 21 December 2009. 

Cute and Crafty Valentine's Day Idea!

Looking for a practical, personal and cute Valentine's Day gift? The Craft Dept. at Martha Stewart have come up with the perfect solution - a hand-crafted catch-all to keep your bench spaces and dressing table clean and, well, cute!

For full instructions on how to make these gorgeous gifts visit the Martha Stewart Craft Blog.

The Australian's Travel & Tourism Awards

The Travel & Tourism Awards are The Australian’s annual best-in-show, the time when they recognise those Australian tourism providers and operators who have consistently attained a standard of excellence during the past year. Voting will be in 17 categories with lists of nominated contenders compiled by the award-winning editor of Travel & Indulgence, Susan Kurosawa, and a selection panel of experts.

Best luxury accommodation (100 rooms and over)

Blue Sydney, A Taj Hotel: Billed as a perfect business hotel, Blue Sydney is equally accommodating of holidaymakers and foodies, sited at the heart of one of the city's best eating precincts and making the most of its charming wharf heritage with loft rooms and the industrial-chic Water Bar.

Emporium Hotel, Brisbane: In Brisbane's swanky Fortitude Valley, the Emporium is a design hotel with a practical heart. A la mode studio suites feature state-of-the-art technology and indulgent bathrooms as well as marble kitchenettes and even laundries. The high-voltage Cocktail Bar morphs from high tea to tapas with

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto: Built when Melbourne was the world's richest city, The Rialto, on Collins Street, retains its extravagant 19th-century facade but the interiors have been completely transformed to offer a thoroughly modern urban bolthole.

The Observatory Hotel, Sydney: This property in English country house style boasts luxury rooms with marble bathrooms; many come with balconies, domed ceilings and four-poster beds. Its underground swimming pool has a domed ceiling that's lit to resemble a southern hemisphere sky.

Park Hyatt Sydney: Few hotels in the world claim a location as wonderful as this: absolute waterfront in Sydney's historic Rocks precinct where intimate Opera House views are enjoyed by lucky travellers installed in the Park Hyatt's urbane and deeply comfortable guestrooms.

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney: Lying at the heart of Sydney social life for almost five decades, the gracious Wentworth has retained its downtown cachet thanks to a total overhaul and grand relaunch by Sofitel in 2004, augmented more recently by a $10 million mini-makeover.

The Westin Melbourne: This elegant hotel with a notable contemporary art collection overlooks City Square and perfectly captures the cultural vibrancy of downtown while offering a stylish oasis where the beds are trademarked as Heavenly.

Other categories include Best luxury accommodation (under 100 rooms), Best resort accommodation (100 rooms and over), Best resort accommodation (under 100 rooms), Best lodge accommodation, Best value accommodation. To view all the finalists visit The Australian.

To vote in The Australian's Travel & Tourism Awards, pick up a copy ofThe Weekend Australian.


Living rooms made for living… Beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms… You'll find it all at IKEA.

IKEA has a wide selection of value-for-money, functional products plus tips on how to make them work together in your home. Looking for inspiration for your home? You can use IKEA's free planning tools to help you plan almost every room in your home, or visit the IKEA website to create a shopping list before you visit your nearest store.


Breville Professional 800 Collection Toaster

Part of the Professional 800 Collection from Breville, this professional grade, die cast 2 slice toaster features intelligent one touch automatic lowering, innovative automatic 'Lift and Look'™ and 'A Bit More'™ buttons, as well as a toasting progress LED indicator.

Other features include:

  • Intelligent motor
  • Unique Lift & Look™ button
  • Innovative A Bit More™ button
  • Progress indicator
  • Quality brushed diecast body
  • Extra wide self centering slots
  • Back lit stainless steel buttons
  • Toast ready sound alert
  • Cord Storage
  • 2 year warranty