These are both events I attend as well as ones that I host (such as my baby shower).

Hopefully they are of interest to you!

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Duck Trail

Posted on June 17, 2011

Could there be a better combination for a warming winter meal than duck and a glass of pinot noir? I think not!

If you live in Sydney (or can get there) you are in for a treat during July. Seven different restaurants will be featuring a duck dish with a glass of Cloudy Bay 2009 Pinot Noir from the 1st to the 31st.

Last week I had the extreme pleasure of trying three of dishes… during one lunch session! Indulgent, I know. Don’t worry, I had a vegetarian dinner that night. (more…)

Breville Dual Boiler Home Espresso Machine

Posted on May 24, 2011

You might have noticed I have been attending a lot of launches recently! I’ve been very lucky because Poppy now goes to sleep at around 6.30pm so I can slip out while her Dad minds her.

Last week I was invited to the launch of the new Breville Dual Boiler Home Espresso Machine held at Mecca Espresso in Ultimo.

Hubby and I enjoy going out for a coffee as there are many good cafes in Marrickville, but it would be nice to have a good quality machine at home. Saying that, I don’t really have the bench space!

As I’m a tired old Mum, I quickly by-passed the wine table when I arrived and headed straight to the barista. It was a coffee event after all.

He used the Breville machine to make my coffee (pictured above) and it turned out beautifully. Cafe-quality, don’t you think? The crema was a great consistency and the taste was good too. (more…)

New Samsung French door fridge (for cheese lovers)

Posted on May 22, 2011

My love of cheese is no secret around here. So, a fridge for cheese lovers? That’s right up my alley!

Last week I attended the launch of the new Samsung Four Door French Door Refrigerator. The event was held at the (amazing) GPO cheese room where guests were treated to wine and cheese matching – oh, and a preview of the new fridge, of course. We also got a wine storage guide to know how to preserve wine.

Even though this fridge is far too wide to fit in my kitchen, that doesn’t stop me lusting after it. Samsung are hoping that sexy fridges like this one are going to be the new household ‘envy’ item. I’m sure it will be the case with competitive food bloggers.

Move over flat screen TVs, in 2011, it’s all about having a gorgeous (massive) fridge and being hostess with the most-ess. Sorry sports-nuts, you’re going to have to watch ice freeze or cheese chill, rather than your favourite star win the game in larger-than-life high definition.

Let’s embrace it. It’s a change for the better, in my humble opinion.


Spring themed baby shower cupcakes

Posted on October 12, 2010

Last weekend I had my baby shower. It was held extremely late as I’m already 9 months pregnant, but it went off without a hitch (ie. I didn’t go into labour during the festivities!) and I got loads of fantastic gifts.

It was a spring theme because hubby and I have a flower name in mind for our little girl. No, it’s not daisy or rose.

My wonderful friend Lorraine – I’m sure you’ve read her blog Not Quite Nigella – made me these gorgeous mango and poppy seed flavoured cupcakes for the party. I just adore the little bees and lady birds, they’re so cute!

All the guests remarked on how lovely the cupcakes looked and were very upset that Lorraine wasn’t there to chat to about them. Alas, she’s a full time food and travel blogger these days and was jet-setting off on a media trip.

If you’d like to try making these cupcakes yourself then grab the cupcake recipe here on her blog.

Chat soon, Christie x

Shiitake Okonomiyaki: Please vote for me!

Posted on September 15, 2010

UPDATE: I won this competition! Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me, I really appreciate it.

I created this yummy recipe for the Australian Mushroom Growers Association for a fun little competition called the Mushroom Masters Tournament.

The competition pits food bloggers from America, Canada and Australia against each other to see who can come up with the best recipe using a particular mushroom. It’s being held on the popular food-porn site Tastespotting.

I got picked for the shiitake mushroom battle and made this delicious Shiitake Mushroom Okonimiyaki w/ Shiitake Salt.

Please, my fabulous readers, help me (and Australia!) to win the shiitake battle. CLICK HERE to VOTE for me now. Simply scroll to the bottom of the post, select the circle next to my name and click vote.

It’s that easy! It will take you 2 seconds and help me out enormously.

To see more pictures and get the recipe, click the button below. (more…)

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