Christmas 2013


Christmas 2013


Gift ideas this Christmas


In the midst of all your shopping, cooking and feasting, wherever you are in the world, please spare a thought for those less fortunate and do your bit so they can also enjoy some Christmas cheer.


Why not start by donating to those suffering the effects of the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines?

Donate via Oxfam, The Red Cross and most banks.


Best chicken curry recipe

Chinese New Year when I was a child always meant chicken curry, cooked only by my Dad.

Dad had some friends who lived in a Malay kampung (village) and who reared chickens.

Every Chinese New Year’s Eve, his friends would visit our house with a couple of live chickens and for their trouble Dad rewarded them with a fat ang pow (red envelope of money for good luck).

Join Ida at the CAE (Melbourne), Thursday 14 November

Take a wok on the wild side with Ida as she shows you how to care for and fully utilise your Wok, while showcasing some fabulous dishes and various cooking techniques, including stir fry, steaming and boiling. Ida creates stir fried beef and snow peas, deep fried prawn fritters with wasabi sauce, chicken curry (using wok to boil), steamed fish Chinese style and vegetarian fried rice with tempeh.

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Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

For the first time since its inauguration the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013 winners were announced tonight in Melbourne.

On August 12, 2013, at an awards celebration held at Hilton on the Park, food industry professionals and food lovers joined in to recognise and celebrate young talent and the future of the industry.

Established in 2005, the awards attract the highest profile members of the food industry each year.

Movie Review: Cloudburst

Movie review: Cloudburst

Cloudburst is a wonderful movie, starring Academy award winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker and directed by Thom Fitzgerald.

The movie is a touching romantic comedy that deals with some of life's biggest issues.

Stella and Dot are lovers who have been together for 31 years and looked after each other through life's ups and downs.

Now in their seventies and forced to make a brave decision when Dot's granddaughter Molly intervenes in their lives, the pair hit the road and become outlaws on the run.

Christmas in July: a Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

Christmas in July

A Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

It was a great start to the week when the media, foodies and bloggers were invited by Tefal Australia to learn how to cook from its ambassador, award-winning French chef Guillaume Brahimi of Bistro Guillaume at Crown.

Not to mention enjoying a sumptuous early lunch with le chef in the bistro's private dining room, no less!

The event was the launch of Tefal's Heritage roasting tray, the newest piece added to its remium collection.

Book Review: 50 Shades of Chocolate by Claire Preen

Book review: 50 Shades of Chocolate by Claire Preen

AUTHOR and chocolatier Claire Preen promises 63 of the sexiest chocolate recipes ever in her book 50 Shades of Chocolate.

Besides being luscious, rich and totally delicious, chocolate is well known as one of the most potent aphrodisiacs.

Tasting exquisite chocolates in Europe with her father when she was a child ignited Claire's passion for chocolate.

She trained with a top chocolatier in Belgium and brought her wonderful creations to Australia.


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