Monday, May 28, 2012

Must-have Homeware

Make sure your home is as stylish as you are with these great homewares from Net-a-Porter

Missoni Home - Large Neda down and feather-filled sateen cushion

Cire Trudon - Nazareth clove, cinnamon and orange scented candle

Missoni Home - Lenny striped wool-blend throw

Missoni Home - Torta four-wick wax candle

Assouline - Books scented candle 

Swash - Côte d'Azur large printed cushion 

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Nut Free Peanut Butter Alternative!

A first of its kind in Australia, Eskal FreeNut Butter is a nutritious spread made from specially selected ground roasted sunflower seeds. Peanut free, dairy free and gluten free, Eskal FreeNut Butter can function as a direct peanut butter replacement and is the ideal alternative for people with allergies, those looking for a healthy peanut butter alternative or those who just love the taste! 

For the long standing crunchy versus smooth debate, Eskal FreeNut Butter is available in two irresistible varieties. Both the Crunchy and Smooth options are similar in texture to real peanut butter and are sure to tantalise the whole family’s taste buds. Better still, Eskal FreeNut Butter is high in protein, packed with nutrients and is a healthier option than regular peanut butter, containing only 1.3g of saturated fat per 20g serve. 

Eskal FreeNut Butter is available in selected Coles and Woolworths stores RRP $5.69 for a 450g jar. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lentil Soup With Goat's Cheese Toast

Hearty and delicious, this soup is made even better with a slow cooker and the sharp flavour of goats cheese toast.   

Ingredients (serves 4)
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, trimmed, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 swede, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
115g (1/2 cup) red lentils
2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes
500ml (2 cups) vegetable stock
3 tsp ground cumin
1 baguette, thinly sliced diagonally
100g goat's cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives   

1. Place onion, celery, carrot, swede, garlic, lentils, tomato, stock and cumin in a 5L (20-cup) capacity slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or until vegetables are tender and soup is thick.
2. Preheat grill on high. Place bread on a baking tray. Grill for 2 minutes each side or until golden. Combine goat's cheese and chives in a small bowl. Spread cheese over toast.
3. Divide soup among serving bowls and serve with goat's cheese toast.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Tetley's Decaf Green Tea

With Australians becoming increasingly aware of their health and how to improve it, green tea is becoming a popular drink of choice. Research suggests approximately 25% of Australians drink green tea on a weekly basis, typically as a ‘healthy choice’ due to its rich antioxidant content. 

Tetley’s decaffeinated green tea range is the only decaffeinated green tea available in Australian supermarkets. Recent research has shown that almost 30% of all Australians believe there is no caffeine in green tea, while another 35% have no idea how much it contains. 

Tetley’s decaffeinated range  is ideal for tea drinkers wanting to limit their caffeine intake, while still retaining all the health benefits of green tea. Tetley has released two new varieties of its naturally decaffeinated green tea range: mint and pomegranate, to join the original pure green flavour, offering greater variety to consumers looking for a flavourful tea without the caffeine kick. 

Caffeine is a quick acting, potent stimulant, which triggers an effect similar to the stress response in the body. While caffeine may be a popular choice on a Monday morning, it’s not always right for the moment (like before bedtime) or the person. 

The new range of Tetley’s original, mint and pomegranate decaffeinated green tea flavours is available in Woolworths and independent retailers in 10 teabag packs for RRP $1.75. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Gift That Keeps on Giving…

Life Changing Experiences Foundation has made it simple for us to buy Mum the perfect present this Mother's Day. Instead of spending money on a lipstick or perfume buy her a gift that makes a difference and gives back to the community with a gift from Life Changing Experiences Foundation website. All proceeds from the sales of Life Changing Experiences Foundation products go back into the foundation, to help at risk teenage girls improve their difficult lives.

Cooked With Love – Recipes My Mother Taught Me, is a cookbook celebrating mother’s culinary skills. Bringing together 100 very special contributors to share their mother’s secret recipes and the wonderful stories and memories behind them, this cookbook is the ideal gift this Mother’s Day.

Several of the country’s top female celebrities have submitted recipes handed down to them by their mothers for the book including: Kathryn Eisman, Bessie Bardot, Jacinta Tynan, Cindy Pan, Amanda Cole, Bianca Dye, Melinda Hutchings. Mum is sure to love this gorgeous cookbook!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kenwood kMix Boutique Stand Mixer

The Kenwood kMix Boutique range is here to mix things up. This collection takes the formidable quality and design which Kenwood is famous for and combines it with a bright and bold, slick aesthetic which will transform your kitchen with colour and make the perfect Mother's Day gift!

Featuring a durable die-cast alumium structure, a glossy finish, clever features and powerful construction, your mum will fall in love at first sight with this vibrant colourful mixer.
• Made from quality cast aluminium with polished red detail – durable and tough.
• Powerful 500w motor and unique planetary mixing action for thorough mixing.
• Rotary control dial with ‘fold’ function gives controlled power and mixing.
• 5L capacity bowl with large inbuilt handle.
• Interlocked head for safety.
• Includes K-beater, whisk and dough hook for various mixing applications, splash guard attachment with inbuilt pouring spout for adding ingredients directly when mixing.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The New Roast Chicken


Make this heartwarming and flavoursome roast chicken tonight and it's sure to be a family favourite.

Ingredients (serves 4)
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 tbs chopped thyme leaves
4 skinless chicken breast fillets
12 slices flat pancetta
4 slices sourdough bread
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley
40g unsalted butter
1 tbs plain flour
1 cup (250ml) white wine
2 cups (500ml) chicken consomme (available in tetra packs from supermarkets)
2 tbs dry sherry or white wine
Steamed green beans, to serve   

1. Combine 2 tbs olive oil in a bowl with 1 crushed garlic clove and thyme leaves. Season the chicken breasts and coat in garlic oil. Wrap each chicken breast with 3 slices of pancetta, slightly overlapping. Enclose chicken in plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 190°C. Break bread into rough pieces and toss in 1 tbs oil. Place on a baking tray in a single layer and cook for 10 minutes or until golden and crisp. Cool slightly then place in the bowl of a food processor with lemon zest, parsley and remaining 2 garlic cloves. Pulse until coarse crumbs and season.
3. Heat remaining 1 tbs oil in an ovenproof frypan over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from plastic wrap and cook, turning, for 2-3 minutes until browned all over, then cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven, add butter to pan and baste chicken with melted butter. Remove chicken from pan and cover with foil while you make the gravy.
4. Return frypan to medium heat and cook flour, stirring, for 1 minute until lightly browned. Add wine and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add consomme. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes until the gravy is thickened. Add sherry to taste. Slice chicken and serve with gravy and green beans scattered with breadcrumbs.  

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mother's Day Gifts From Kate Spade New York

Not sure what to give mum this Mother's Day let the giftware collection from Kate Spade New York come to your rescue! Beautifully giftboxed, these very personal gifts will be treasured by mum for years to come…

Grace Avenue Toasting Flute Pair $119.00

Japanese Floral Vase 23.5cm $179.00

Grace Avenue Vanity Box 20cm x 9cm $149.00

Grace Avenue Frame 13cm x 18cm $99.00

Silver Street Compact Mirror 9cm $49.95

Dandy Lane Rose Bowl 18cm $249.00

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