Friday, July 30, 2010

Taste Winter Cooking App for iPhone




Australia’s #1 recipe site, taste.com.au, brings you the highly anticipated Winter Cooking app, with the “best of” winter recipes.


The app features over 70 amazing winter recipes from Australia’s most loved and celebrated food magazines straight into your palm, plus all the tools you’ll ever need in the kitchen including exclusive how-to videos, shopping lists and handy kitchen conversion tools.


Features include:

* 70 + winter recipes from soups & stews, to crumbles & puddings plus much more
* 11 exclusive how-to videos to help you with all your winter kitchen basics
* ‘Inspire me’ recipe randomiser – just shake your iPhone & let us suggest what’s for dinner
* Built-in shopping list function
* Integrated kitchen timer
* Oven temperature converter
* Measurement & conversion tool
* Serving calculator

Cooking has never been easier with the taste.com.au Winter Cooking app!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Jump on the Train to Paris with Typo



Jump on the train to Paris with Typo! We simply love Typo's French-themed stationery - surround yourself with these delightful pieces and you'll find yourself instantly transported to the love capital of the world!

Oui Oui! Manilla Folders

Nautical Stripe 15inch Laptop Cover

Sparrow Nest

City Card Holder Eiffel Tower 

Visit Typo

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze




Watermelon, apple jelly, red chile flakes, and hot saucemake a spicy-sweet glaze for grilling guru Elizabeth Karmel's signature grilled chicken, created for Better Homes & Gardens.

Ingredients

• 1 recipe Watermelon Glaze, recipe below
• 1 whole chicken or 3-1/2 lbs. meaty chicken pieces
• 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
• Snipped fresh herbs (optional)

Directions

1. Prepare Watermelon Glaze: Cut half of a small watermelon from the rind in chunks (about 4 cups of fruit). Cut remaining half of watermelon into wedges for serving; refrigerate until ready to serve. Place in a food mill or juicer and collect the juice. Or place watermelon chunks in blender. Cover; blend until nearly smooth. Pour mixture into a fine mesh sieve over a bowl; discard solid bits. Reserve 1 cup of the juice and drink or freeze the rest.
In small saucepan melt 1, 12-oz. jar apple jelly over low heat, stirring often so it doesn't burn. Stir in 1 cup watermelon juice, the juice and zest of one small lime. Add 2 tsp. red chile flakes, 1 tsp. jalapeño hot sauce, and a pinch of salt. Mix and taste. Adjust seasoning as desired; remove from heat.
Use warm, or let cool and transfer to a clean jar. Glaze will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

2. Remove chicken from packaging and pat dry with paper towels. To butterfly, using poultry or kitchen shears cut along each side of backbone to remove it (see "butterflying chicken," below). Turn chicken breast-side up. Open the two sides of the chicken as if you were opening a book, and lay it flat. Break breastbone by firmly applying pressure and pressing down. Tuck wing tips under upper wings.

3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling (see below). Brush chicken with olive oil. Season chicken on both sides with salt and black pepper. Place skin-side down, on center of grill over indirect medium heat.

4. Grill 25 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush a little of the remaining 2/3 cup glaze on skin. Grill 25 to 30 minutes more, or until juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees F, brushing with glaze 2 more times.

5. Remove chicken from grill; brush with the reserved 1/3 cup glaze and let rest 10 minutes. Cut chicken into pieces. Serve with fresh watermelon wedges and sprinkle with herbs. Makes 6 servings.

Butterflying Chicken: Butterflying makes it easy to cook a whole chicken on the grill. Kitchen or poultry shears are the best tool for the job. Make a cut about 1-1/2 inches apart on both sides of the backbone, cutting all the way down, and remove backbone.

Indirect Grilling: This method positions the fire to one side or both ends of grill. Food sits over the unlit part, and the grill is covered so the food cooks from all sides. This is best for thicker cuts that need longer cooking like roasts and ribs.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Tao of Now at White Rabbit Teahouse




Featured recently on ABC's The Collectors, the White Rabbit Gallery is already one of Sydney’s must-sees: a window into one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.

Its second exhibition, The Tao of Now, presents an entirely new selection of works by more than 40 artists. Their themes are as up-to-the-minute as land theft, political power and the lust for luxury goods, and their materials include interactive touch screens, silicone, industrial fans and stainless-steel crochet. Yet their works are also steeped in the oldest parts of Chinese culture: Taoism, Buddhism, Confu- cianism, martial arts and ancient legends.

• Wang Yuyang’s full-sized minivan—battered, dust-covered ... and breathing

• The domestic interiors of Dong Yuan, made up entirely of trompe l’oeil paintings

• Qin Fengling’s Scaffold, a huge wood-on-canvas structure swarming with figures made of paint squeezed straight from the tube

• Zhang Chun Hong’s 11-metre-long, near-photographic drawing of a plait of hair

The White Rabbit Collection is a not-for-profit organisation established by the Neilson Foundation to collect and exhibit contemporary Chinese art made since 2000. Its Gallery, Australia’s largest private art museum, extends over four levels of a converted warehouse. Only a fraction of the Collection is on show at any given time. The Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Handmade Lamps by Darcy Clarke



These Handmade Lamps by Darcy Clarke are simply stunning. Created entirely from cane using a traditional woven style, these uncomplicated pendant lamps make a quiet statement in any space without stealing limelight.


Darcy Clarke is a self-taught furniture maker and lighting designer with a background in Fine Art and Architecture. Originally hailing from the farm-lands of Kempsey in northern NSW he has travelled the world, practised as a visual artist, worked in a contemporary art museum, built a wooden boat in Vancouver and helped a friend build a house from scratch.


Visit www.darcyclarke.com

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Brilliance by Jasper Conran




Leading British designer Jasper Conran brings a new interpretation of contemporary elegance to his already acclaimed ranges for Waterford Crystal with his new Brilliance crystal stemware and giftware collections.

Combining exquisite shapes coupled with jewel-like sparkle in precision cut crystal, Jasper Conran’s new Brilliance collection represents the perfect entertaining companion for stylish at-home dinners and is a must-have addition to any bridal gift list.


Brilliance was inspired by Jasper Conran’s love of the Dahlia flower. This incredible flower has been interpreted into crystal with an abundance of graceful double cuts that create a dazzling sparkle, making the range truly live up to its name.

Modern and everlasting, the distinctive new Brilliance crystal range captures the very essence of Jasper Conran’s uncompromising design signature, bearing his trademarks of refined elegance, perfect proportions and modern luxury.

The Jasper Conran at Waterford Crystal Brilliance collection is available now from selected department stores and from leading homeware retailers. For stockist information, please call 1300 852 022 or visit www.waterfordcrystal.com.au

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Max Brenner Celebrates 10 Years of Chocolate in Australia




He is the man responsible for starting the chocolate cafe phenomenon in Australia... he’s provided the Australian public with more than a whopping 1000 tonnes of cocoa goodness...now, Max Brenner, the undisputed King of Chocolate is celebrating 10 years in the nation he has made the chocolate capital of the world!




Since opening the first ever Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in Sydney in July 2000, more than 12 million people have visited his 19 Australian stores, collectively consuming enough hot chocolates to fill at least 2 Olympic sized swimming pools! But when Max Brenner – or The Bald Man, as he is affectionately known – first mapped out his career plans he never would have guessed he would be celebrating ten years in the chocolate industry.



Beginning with nothing but a small mixer and basic kitchen tools in an alleyway store back in 1995, Max worked towards developing his new dream into a reality – the creation of a global chocolate culture. Now operating over 25 stores worldwide with four new store openings planned in Australia just this year and a mega-store in Las Vegas to open on the 5th of August, the Max Brenner culture is one that truly resonates with people of all nationalities.

Max Brenner Chocolate Bars feature a scrumptious menu and a wide range of delicious desserts, including Max’s famous Banana Praline Crepes ( $14.50) and 21 different hot chocolates. This year, the Bald Man is introducing Dark Arabian Nights Hot Chocolate ( $5.85, exotic blend of sweet sesame & dark chocolate with a subtle fragrance of rose petals) & Milk Pina Colada Hot Chocolate ( $5.85, tropical blend of lychee & milk chocolate with a floating coconut-pineapple marshmallow pillow) as his limited edition hot chocolates to be savoured over the winter.

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to celebrate by indulging yourself in chocolate, Max Brenner’s 10th anniversary is the perfect occasion! Whether you want to indulge yourself in Max Brenner’s BODY collection, attempt your hand at following his recipes, or spend a decadent afternoon at a Max Brenner Chocolate Bar with a friend, Max has the chocolate experience covered!

Check out www.maxbrenner.com.au

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bill Burrows at Salon Rouge Gallery



Nothing brings a home to life like art! It can create a whole new dimension in a room, adding atmosphere and depth. Art is a very personal choice and so you should always choose artworks that "speak" to you... Salon Rouge's latest exhibition features artist Bill Burrows, whose work uses an evocative use of colour  combined with a haunting simplicity.

‘My paintings spring from my inner vision. I explore the tension between the layers of paint, and the magic when an idea is brought to life on canvas.’ - Bill Burrows.


Bill Burrows grew up on the working class streets in Melbourne’s Industrial West in the 50s and 60s, a landscape that has all but disappeared with gentrification and development. Bill paints glimpses of his remembered childhood. The sea, boats and navigation, horses, boys and dogs, are regular subjects as he explores figurative and narrative themes of love, fear, loss, grief, anxiety and insecurity. His work is characterised by luscious rich surfaces, often textured and a confident drawing/painting style.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Perfect Pancake!




We have recently discovered the Pancake Pen from Wheel & Barrow ... It's a fantastic kitchen accessory to help create pancakes - from perfectly formed circles to fun shapes! To start you on your panckae odyssey, why not try this Coconut Pancakes Recipe, a healthy, flourless alternative.




Ingredients:
• 5 Eggs
• 1/2 Cup Almond meal
• 1/3 Cup Coconut flakes (dessicated coconut)
• 2 Tbspoons Coconut cream
• 1 Tbspoon Coconut oil (for frying)
• 1 Tbspoon Honey or maple syrup to serve

Method:

• Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add egg yolks, almond meal & coconut cream to the egg whites.

• Pour mixture into “Pancake Pen” then squeeze batter into pan & fry in coconut oil. Carefully turn the pancakes on each side until golden brown. Serve with a dollop of coconut cream, fresh cream or maple syrup & sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Note: Use Coconut oil as a healthy alternative. Unlike other frying oils coconut oil doesn't change its molecular properties when heated, this means fewer harmful fats. It also tastes great with this recipe.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mini Marigold Cupcakes



For a fresh spin on classic vanilla cupcakes, stir snipped Signet marigold leaves and petals into a white cake mix -- the flowers add a lively citrus flavor. The easy to follow how-to below is from
Better Homes & Gardens.
Ingredients:

• 1 pkg. 1-layer white cake mix
• 1/3 cup Signet marigold petals
• 1/3 to 1/2 cup Snipped Signet marigold leaves
• 1 recipe Butter Cream Frosting (below)
• Signet marigold leaves and blossoms

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1-3/4-inch muffin cup pan with paper bake cups; set aside.

2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Stir in Signet marigold petals and leaves. Fill each cup two-thirds full with batter (scant tablespoon per cup). Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.


3. Remove cupcakes to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost with Butter Cream Frosting. Top with Signet marigold leaves and blossoms. Makes about 32 cupcakes.

Butter Cream Frosting: 

In medium mixing bowl beat 1/3 cup softened butter until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in 2 cups powdered sugar, adding additional milk as necessary to reach spreading consistency. If desired, tint with yellow food coloring. Makes 1-1/3 cups frosting.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flower of the Month Teas by Royal Albert




We love the Flower of the Month teas by Royal Albert - the sweet July set featuring Forget-Me-Nots caught our eye this month.

The Flower of the Month bone china boxed teacup & saucer from Royal Albert features a lovely, feminine floral pattern with gold banding and is beautifully gift boxed.

We think the Flower of the Month tea set would make a beautiful wedding or bridal shower gift - a beautiful way for the bridal couple to be reminded of their special day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Convert Family Videos to DVD



As VHS becomes increasingly obsolete, it can be a major concern that the old family videos will be lost forever as the video degrades or VHS players break and become irreplaceable. There is now some great software available that can transfer your old analog family videos for playback on the devices you watch today! Roxio Easy VHS to DVD makes it simple to convert and preserve VHS movies and camcorder tapes for playback on DVD,or portable devices like your iPod® and iPhone™. You can also easily add transitions, Hollywood-style menus, and chapters.

Use Roxio Easy VHS to DVD to:

• Transfer video of holiday fun from VHS tapes or analog devices to DVD in just a few clicks

• Edit your movies in iMovie to add titles, transitions and other effects (Mac version)

• Choose from professionally designed menu styles to enhance your DVDs

• Post video to YouTube™ or your favorite social networking sites

Available for Mac and PC

Visit Roxio

Monday, July 5, 2010

Butterfly Art...


Dunk Island Butterfly

We have recently discovered Nest Emporium - a gorgeous store in Thirroul, an hours drive south of Sydney. The store is filled with the sweetest selection of homewares, gifts and knick-knacks, so you can imagine how pleased we were to hear that they have an online store, with a flat rate of delivery!

We love the range of butterfly art they have available at the moment. A word from the wise - if you see something you love, snap it up! This store is a favourite with locals, so chances are you wont find the same products next visit!



Blue Metallic Butterfly

This incredible specimen is the Queen of butterflies - a Morpho Menalaus large metallic blue butterfly in black frame. Size : 18.5 x 18.5cm



Green Butterfly


Real preserved Papilio palinurus in black frame. Size: 12.5 x 12.5cm

Yellow Butterfly

Papilio lycrophon in black frame. Size: 12.5x12.5cm

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Wall Sticker Company Collaborates with Australian Illustrator Jane Reiseger




We love Australian success stories! It's great to see the creative spirit is alive and well in Australia, and even better to see that the community is supporting homegrown business so that they can achieve their full potential! The Wall Sticker Company is one of our favourite Australian businesses and continues to set the benchmark for wall stickers as a cutting edge solution to home interiors.



This month, The Wall Sticker Company has collaborated with their 4th Australian designer, Illustrator Jane Reiseger, to create a “signature range” of wall stickers. The range of 13 wall sticker designs are as large as her hand-painted murals, but can fill a whole wall in an instant.


Jane’s simple, child-like designs, and her value-driven approach to business, were very appealing to Fi and Jen. And likewise, Jane was excited to do her own range with The Wall Sticker Company with their locally made, carbon-offset product. “I admire the quality of their products and the fact that they are an environmentally conscious company. I have been hand-painting murals for about 5 years so it’s a perfect extension to what I'm already doing. It gives me a great opportunity to show my work in a more graphic way and links in well with my illustration work too."


Jane is well known for her murals in children’s rooms, as seen in Vogue Living, Inside Out and Real Living, and her impressive portfolio of projects with Rogerseller, Hallmark, Nest, Country Road, Tiny People, Little Lu Lu and Hoochie Coochie. And then there’s her and her partner’s nursery range called “bee and tree”. See her work at www.janereiseger.com

Jane’s full range of wall stickers can be seen at The Wall Sticker Company

The Wall Sticker Company are a Finalist for a Telstra Business Social Responsibility Award, announced today (Friday 2nd July) in Melbourne. We'll keep our fingers crossed!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcome to Winterland!


Embrace the Winter chill this July and experience all the magic of a glittering European winter in the heart of Sydney’s inner west. Come to CarriageWorks for the first ever Winterland festival!


The beautiful CarriageWorks foyer will transform for a winter festival boasting an dazzling indoor ice rink, live music and hot new bands, a design, arts and craft market, fabulous food stalls serving alpine cuisine, dancing, karaoke and activities for everyone to get involved in.



Ice Skating is the centrepiece of Winterland. Entry onto the ice-rink is inexpensive, and you can pre-book your skating session. Evening skating and live music is perfect night out with friends or colleagues, or the perfect date.

Thursday nights are a showcase of emerging and established bands and Friday nights are all about fending off the cold with a little disco fever! A Disco on Ice, complete with giant disco ball, and music from Future Classic DJs. Saturday afternoons are filled with family friendly entertainment, including a traditional dancing Gypsy band, and a hands on Crafternoon. Saturday Nights showcase a range of Sydney’s best bands and live acts., presented in conjunction with Feral Media, Music For Trees, and Oxfam Australia.


During School Holidays, the indoor ice rink is a cool, all-weather activity to keep the kids happy. Rug up and get on the rink – awesome fun for kids and adults of all ages.

Admission into Winterland is free.