Saturday, 24 December 2011

Top 10 turkey tips - Eat Xmas

Cooking the Christmas turkey has to be one of the most stressful experiences of the year.

There's high expectations from plenty of family members, who usually don't hold back when it comes to comments, and boiling hot Xmas weather combined with a tricky job that only gets practised once a year.

Eat Xmas - Food tips for Christmas Day

Your favourite foodies share their top tips for a stress free Christmas Day. 

Simon Johnson
Keep it simple, let the ingredients speak for themselves. Christmas is a time to celebrate family, good friends and great food. An antipasto platter can be prepared ahead to keep guests nibbling while you do a few last minute things in the kitchen. Keep lunch simple – great seafood is perfect for a hot Australian summer or a cold leg ham with a selection of condiments and a salad of greens. 

Maggie Beer
Enjoy a glass or two of icy cold Sparkling Ruby Cabernet whilst preparing lunch – always good to get celebrations underway. Try to plan your menu well ahead of time and create platters to share. Involve family and guests in preparing the meal as this time of year is all about bringing loved ones together and nothing is more important than family, friends and food. Maggie Beer Absolute Essentials – the perfect addition to your kitchen or a great present this Christmas. 

Pete Evans
My Christmas Day ritual is to get up early and go surfing, usually with my brother Dave. Chrissy Day is one of the most uncrowded times in the surf as everyone is at home opening their presents. Because of the early morning escape and the fact that I am always blessed with the cooking honours for the day (slave in other words) I like to make it all as simple and indulgent as possible. Complete the difficult tasks the day before so you can enjoy Christmas day and not be a captive in the kitchen. 

Find Simon Johnson Gift Packs, My Kitchen – Casual Home Cooking By Pete Evans or Maggie Beer Absolute Essentials at

Love the stuff in the photo above - here's the details...

David Jones HOME ‘Happy Christmas’ footed cake plate 28 cm $49.95, dip bowl with speader $19.95, heart shaped bowl $19.95, two division dish 24cm x 15cm $24.95, hardback placemats set of four $29.95, coasters set of four $12.95.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Spring, Brisbane CBD

There's a sparkle about Spring, Brisbane's newest CBD  restaurant, takeaway, cooking school, retail concept and wine store.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Eat Xmas - Top picnic spots and tips

The Christmas holidays are a great time to get out and about and to enjoy a picnic with family and friends.

Here's some of my favourite picnic spots around Brisbane. Where are yours?

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Harajuku Gyoza, Fortitude Valley

Who would have thought Brisbanites would be queueing around the block for dumplings?

But they are, even on a Tuesday night in the Valley's busy Brunswick Street where there is no shortage of options.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Last minute foodie Xmas gifts

Okay - you've stuffed up and suddenly realised it's nearly Christmas and you don't have a present for that very important foodie person in your life!

Here are some sanity savers-

Monday, 19 December 2011

Best view in Brisbane

It's the best view in Brisbane.

The one that you take visitors to see straight off the plane to give them a sense of Brisbane and it's surrounds.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Your top Christmas macaron flavour?

It's judging time for the Marche du Macaron competition

I've picked my five top flavours from the many inventive entries. Wow! You really thought of some great flavours.

I'm running a competition to help me pick the winner on my Facebook page 
Please visit and leave your vote - ask your friends to do the same.

Here are my five top flavours

  • Red velvet w spiced brandy butter centre
  • Dark Choc Xmas pud w brandy creme centre
  • Gingerbread
  • Candy cane - green outer w r+w creme centre
  • Stollen - almond, rum, vanilla + spice

Voting is open on the flavours on Facebook until 5pm EST Tuesday December 20.

Where more than one person has suggested a flavour, the winner will be the first one to have emailed the flavour to me during the competition.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas greetings!

Tis the season to be jolly, put on a silly costume and dance like no one is watching... so here it is!

Hope this gives you a Christmas laugh,


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Visa onboard service for Bali - YES!

I'm a die hard Bali fan. Yes I know it's noisy and dirty and full of people who harass you in the street but I still love it.

Maison de Provence, Cooroy

You'll love this little French cafe in Cooroy, my friend Gail said. People drive there from Noosa just to eat their croissants.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Oyster Festival on North Stradbroke Island

A dozen freshly shucked oysters for $11.  Yes that's what I found at the North Stradbroke Island Oyster Festival on Saturday.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Brisbane's CBD food revival

Brisbane’s CBD has burst back into the spotlight with a selection of diverse and eclectic eateries demanding attention and re-establishing its reputation as a dining hot spot.

Read all about it in my Brisbane Where magazine article in the November edition.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Win 40 macarons delivered to your door!

There's exciting news for macaron lovers.

You no longer have a leave home to find your favourite macarons - you can have them delivered to your door.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Ruby Cafe, Paddington

It's only been open a week but Ruby Cafe on Given Terrace has already found a following.

You'll find it on the bottom half of the terrace, almost directly opposite Montrachet.  Look for red awnings and tables with chairs on the foot path.  The site used to be home to a hairdresser.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Ultimate Foodies Xmas present - dinner with the best chefs in the world

Need to buy a present for your favourite foodie and money is no object? How about two seats at the Qantas Best Dinner in the World with the Best Chefs of the World  at next year's Noosa International Food & Wine Festival?

There's a stupendous line-up of global and Australian culinary stars for the second annual Qantas “Best Dinner in the World” event with seven illustrious chefs all drawn from the prestigious S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant List. Each will each prepare one course of the degustation dinner, to be held at berardo’s restaurant & bar on Sunday 20 May.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Eat Xmas - How to cook a Christmas feast - free workshops

If you are a little daunted by the idea of cooking the Christmas feast or have the reputation as 'the one who burnt the turkey', take yourself along to Airport Village on December 10 and 11.

Monday, 5 December 2011

The Dayboro Deli Country Kitchen, Dayboro

Happenstance had us searching for a breakfast joint in Dayboro on our Sunday morning bike ride and we found The Dayboro Deli on its grand opening weekend.

This place oozes charm, a combo of semi-country setting with a bit of city sophistication, a welcome offering to Dayboro's main street.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Win a beaut bowl full of Lindor Balls

Imagine walking into a room and placing a beautiful white bowl filled with decadent Lindor Balls on the table.

I know what would happen in my house - bedlam as everyone rushed to be the first to dip in!
Lindt have very kindly given me two bowls full of their wonderful Lindor Balls, with a couple of the gorgeous Lindt Teddies thrown in, to give away this week.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Eat Xmas - Dine out Xmas Day

Are you spending Christmas in the kitchen or will you be sitting down and letting someone else do the work?

Here's some dining out options for Brisbane and beyond -

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Off the eaten track in the Sunshine Coast

Fast, fresh and simple recipes using mouth-watering local spanner crab, delicious raspberries, sweet pineapples and soothing olive leaf tea - expect all this and more in the second season of Off the Eaten Track, starts on at 7pm, Saturday December 3 on Channel 7.

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