Beef Skewers with Wasabi Mayo

Who doesn’t love potatoes? They are the golden vegetable for deliciousness and versatility. Roasted, fried, hashed, baked – it’s uses are endless and in my opinion deserves the title for best vegetable in existence. This recipe with a twist is brought to you by M.J Mow Gourmet potatoes situated at Prahran Markets. The stall specialises in selling all types of potatoes that would make any potato lover a tad excited. To help you make the most of their amazing produce, here’s a Beef Skewers recipe with a unique Wasabi Mayonnaise to provide a kick to your traditional mayo! If you are particularly adventurous, you can also buy fresh wasabi from the store.

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Mr Hive – Dessert Degustation

Dessert lovers unite for the greatest debutante of all – the dessert degustation. A culinary concept normally associated with sampling small portions of a chef’s signature dishes, has been re-translated to celebrate everything sweet. Mr Hive’s degustation is not for the faint hearted. Seriously… it is not for the faint hearted. I was left convulsing in sugar induced excitement followed by a deep food coma. First world problems ay? Nonetheless, it was 100% worth it.

The degustation consisted of 4 courses of dessert. The sugar dial was gradually increased as we moved from the freshness of a basil sorbet, to the decadence and richness of the signature chocolate bar. That was all fine and good, until we were presented with a bottle of viscous chocolate milk, corked with a white chocolate passionfruit truffle that signified the end to a truly rich evening and a craving for salt.

We tasted the following dishes in descending order:

White Chocolate Mousse / Basil Sorbet 

An oasis of tropical flavours set upon a base of smooth chocolate mousse accented with mango cubes, roasted coconut, tempered white chocolate and an interesting basil sorbet. The combination yielded flavours that were bold and tantalisingly fresh. This dessert acted as a palate cleanser and was the favourite of the night.

Citrus Eton Mess

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Honey, Bees & Food supply

Humans have been consuming honey since the dawn of time from ancient civilisations to present times. The golden liquid is appreciated for its delectable sweetness and is produced by honey bees using nectar collected from flowers. I visited Hart’s Honey at the Dandenong Markets to learn about nature’s gift.

Joe Hart has been producing honey in Victoria for years. He and his grand-daughter were adorable and lovely, giggling as I was taking pictures of his beloved stall. The beehives are located across regions of Victoria allowing him to fine tune the taste of his honey. If you have been purchasing generic honey from the supermarket, you will be astounded at the taste difference. Similar to wine, where characteristics are influenced by the varietal of grape. The characteristics and flavour of honey can be influenced by the type of flowers from which the bees have collected nectar. Continue reading

Print Mania

‘Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes you want to know more about them. ‘ This statement by the iconic Alexander McQueen captures what is beautiful today. Unique and bold are the characteristics we associate with strong opinionated women, so why not dress that way too. What I love about prints, is that it represents wearable art. I enjoy the extremes of the design spectrum – embracing minimalism and also the vibrancy and boldness of prints. Both make wearers stand out in a crowd of generic designs. If women dressed for men, it would be bodycon skirts and cleavage galore. Prints celebrate that not all of us are demure but seek to standout without seeking a certain type of attention.

The best print designers are rather inaccessible for the general public. Mary Katrantzou is difficult to emulate. Tacit knowledge allows the brand to design pieces where digital technology and editing software are pivotal in designing the final print. The final design is then printed direct onto the garment. The printers required to manufacture these garments cost in excess of 100K depending on the precision of the printing, make and the model. This allows designers to print highly detailed prints that give the garments a completely different look compared to screen printing techniques employed by cheaper manufacturers. Technology is however definitely improving.

Here are several picks from Spring/Summer 2013, 2014 that showcase this trend, along with more affordable alternatives:

1. DESIGNER

Geode Embroidered Sweatshirt – 3. 1 Phillip Lim – $750

AFFORDABLE


Long Sleeve Sweatshirt – Zara - $25.99

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Cacao Dessert Lab

Marie Antoinette’s famous quote – ‘ Let them Eat Cake’ is a statement that i I will happily and willingly oblige. Cacao Lab is one such place to satisfy one’s gluttonous urges. The new Driver Ln location – now with a range of dainty eclairs, macarons, miniature cakes is the perfect setting to gorge, such to the satisfaction of any French aristocrat.

The decor showcases a large photograph of Cacao’s vibrantly decorated range of eclairs, including classics, as well as kooky designs such as Audrey Hepburn in her famous Givenchy LBD. The dominant feature is the large glass cabinet housing the delicious creations, no doubt causing a slight ovary explosion for the dessert aficionados amongst us. Don’t worry fellas, you won’t be judged for entering this sugar wonderland. We all know you love brunch and dessert equally as we do *wink.

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Snow White

Unless you have a feeling for that secret knowledge that modest things can be more beautiful than anything expensive, you will never have style.’ This statement rings true for Spring/Summer 2014. The neutral ambiance and purity of white has perpetuated from 2013 and remains popular amidst warmer weather collections.You can’t blame people for loving white.  It’s a neutral palette that turns any wearer into a white goddess and adds immediate class. I adore all things white. White and rose gold is a match made in heaven. For the technology lovers, Samsung have released the Note 3 in rose gold. Salivation indeed.

The only exception when white led to aggravated feelings, was when the Abbott daughters were styled head to toe in it during the 2013 election. I’m sorry political campaigners, but for the perceptive voters amongst us, it was quite obvious that the shimmering angelic whites were meant to offset the evil overtones of Mr Demonic Dumb Dumb Abbott. Nice try though.

Here are several picks from Spring/Summer 2013, 2014 that showcase this trend, along with more affordable alternatives:

1. DESIGNER

White Cropped Top - Low Classic (Exclusive to Korea) + Derek Lam

$155 + $500+

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Do detox diets really work ?

Originally posted on hungrycookie:

I was inspired to write this post due to the increasing number of people participating in these so called ‘detox’ diets, ignorant to the fact that they are scientifically un-validated and potentially harmful.

My significant other recently told me that were considering paying $300 to participate in one of these diets and I was astonished at both the price and the idea. In fact, I am quite annoyed that health stores and fitness freaks are popularising an idea that makes no scientific sense. Here are the facts:

What are detox diets?

Detox diets are a strict diet regimen consisting of a period of fasting, followed by a diet of raw vegetables, fruit, fruit juices and water. Some may incorporate the use of herbs and supplements for colonic irrigation or the ‘emptying and cleansing’ of intestines. The supposed benefits are weight loss, ‘detoxification’, clearer skin and generally feeling more energetic. The diets…

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