Chocolate Moments (Brisbane)

Chocolate Moments (Brisbane)

Well we all have those don’t we? I received a lovely surprise for Easter recently; some gorgeous, handmade chocolates from Chocolate Moments, our only Belgian chocolatier in Brisbane.  Featuring flavoured truffles, fudge and the best salted caramel chocolate I’ve ever eaten, this chocolate paradise, owned by Gerrard Gosens, boasts 2 stores in our city as well[read more…]

Jamaican style chicken skewers with lime chilli black bean rice

Jamaican style chicken skewers with lime chilli black bean rice

Along with the lovely cinnamon sugar and vanilla cinnamon shakes I received a couple of weeks ago, Jonathan also sent me the Red Ape Organic Rasta Shake which is a delicious Jamaican spice mix perfect for chicken and rice dishes.  This spice mix includes garlic, onion, thyme, ginger, allspice, red chili pepper, black pepper, salt,[read more…]

Cinnamon French toast with strawberry sauce

Cinnamon French toast with strawberry sauce

So recently I tried the lovely vanilla cinnamon shake as part of some Red Ape cinnamon samples sent to me by Jonathan from TBD Imports.  Today’s recipe uses their classic Red Ape cinnamon sugar shake and it’s just as warmly sweet and spicy as you’d expect and was perfect for French toast on the weekend. I like my French[read more…]

Chai spiced cherry coconut granola and Red Ape organic cinnamon review

Chai spiced cherry coconut granola and Red Ape organic cinnamon review

Jonathan from TBD Imports very kindly sent me some more goodies to review recently, the new Red Ape organic cinnamon shake range; Rasta Shake, a sweet and spicy Jamaican style mix for meat or rice dishes Vanilla Cinnamon Shake, a spice mix for hot drinks, desserts and baking The classic Cinnamon Sugar shake, perfect for cinnamon[read more…]

Harry’s Ice Cream Co product review

Harry’s Ice Cream Co product review

   Well I have to say this was the blog highlight of my (almost) summer; being asked by Alice from Keep Left to taste test ice cream, no way!  It’s a tough gig but someone has to do it. Harry’s Ice Cream Co are a small company based in Brunswick, Melbourne who make creamy, luscious[read more…]

Hudsons Coffee new Barista’s Choice Blend

Hudsons Coffee new Barista’s Choice Blend

Sarah from Keep Left contacted me recently to ask if I wanted to review Hudsons Coffee new Barista’s Choice Blend and sent me some to try (along with some other treats!).  It’s still cold here but I thought I’d try a super easy and lush affogato using this gorgeously fragrant blend.  Either hot out of the[read more…]

TBD Imports Product Review – Vanilla Salt; recipes for salted caramel ice cream cookies and caramel crunchy peanut butter fudge sauce

TBD Imports Product Review – Vanilla Salt; recipes for salted caramel ice cream cookies and caramel crunchy peanut butter fudge sauce

Jonathan from TBD Imports very kindly sent me a new product to try recently – vanilla salt.  I’ve been noticing different salts around lately and they intrigue me so Ant and I were really happy to try this.  TBD’s Singing Dog vanilla salt is a mixture of Murray River pink salt from Australia and organic ground vanilla from Indonesia.[read more…]

Bakers Delight ciabatta loaf – Panzanella (tomato bread salad)

Bakers Delight ciabatta loaf – Panzanella (tomato bread salad)

Erin from Keep Left very kindly contacted me recently to ask if I might like to participate in Bakers Delight’s current campaign to develop a lunch recipe using my choice of their lovely, freshly made bread.  My immediate thought was the ciabatta because I love it, however I also really wanted to make something healthy and fresh, using some late summer produce, so[read more…]

Australian made – Cobs Fine Foods Popcorn product review

Australian made – Cobs Fine Foods Popcorn product review

I thought I’d talk about one of my favourite snack foods, Cobs popcorn today as; it’s a delicious and healthy snack Cobs are 100% Australian made and owned Cobs offer organic, flavoured and natural varieties The original salty sweet flavour is an irresistible combination of crunchy, fluffy, salty and sweet and is the flavour I’ve purchased regularly over the past couple[read more…]

Product Review (3) – Tassal smoked salmon (reduced salt) and a recipe for Boxing Day brunch smoked salmon, herb and caramelised red onion frittata

Product Review (3) – Tassal smoked salmon (reduced salt) and a recipe for Boxing Day brunch smoked salmon, herb and caramelised red onion frittata

Ok.  Just imagine Christmas is over and you need a little relief from the indulgent, fattening days of eating and drinking like it’s the end of the world or something.  Today’s recipe is an easy, healthy little brunch which has all deliciousness of what you’d expect from a lazy Sunday morning meal, but guilt free[read more…]

Product Review (2) – Tassal smoked salmon and a recipe for Christmas breakfast feta, avocado, tomato and smoked salmon on sourdough

Product Review (2) – Tassal smoked salmon and a recipe for Christmas breakfast feta, avocado, tomato and smoked salmon on sourdough

Earlier this week, I posted the first of 3 reviews for Tassal salmon.  Today’s recipe uses Tassal’s lovely, rich, thinly sliced smoked salmon inspired by a breakfast trend I spotted recently, the F.A.T. (aka feta, avocado and tomato), the latest breakfast offering in cafes, which is so cool right now, it’s ridiculous. I kid.  It’s a really delicious breakfast and[read more…]

Art of Tea review (USA) and a recipe for apple spice tea cakes

Art of Tea review (USA) and a recipe for apple spice tea cakes

  Well it’s teatime.  So put your feet up and have a cuppa with me. I was really happy to be contacted recently by Art of Tea, a tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles, California, to trial and review some of their gorgeous, award winning loose leaf teas.  As much as I love having a decent[read more…]

Product review – ceramic water purifier @ Biome (and 20% off sale)

Product review – ceramic water purifier @ Biome (and 20% off sale)

Due to our drinking water being, ahem, less than desirable regarding certain additives, impurities and such, I’ve been on the lookout for a water filter for some time.  I drink a lot of water as I believe it’s important to health and wellbeing but I’m not terribly keen knowing I’m also taking in some additional[read more…]

TBD Imports product review and two tested recipes; vanilla bean creme brulee and cinnamon sugar cookies

TBD Imports product review and two tested recipes; vanilla bean creme brulee and cinnamon sugar cookies

TBD Imports is an online company located in my home town of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, which sources organic and fair trade cinnamon and vanilla products (I also spotted flavoured nut butters, I’m really looking forward to trying those). Recently, Jonathan from TBD very kindly asked me to review Singing Dog Organic Pure Vanilla Extract, Singing Dog Organic Gourmet[read more…]