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Showing posts from April, 2017

Down at Farm House

Oozing rustic charm, Kedron’s new Farm House brings the country back to the burbs with feel good food and quirky theming.

Long time Brisbane hospitality star Amanda Scott (Gertie's, Continental Café and Café Conti), has spread her wings yet again giving birth to this new concept in a shed formerly occupied by much-loved Farmer Joe’s.

Building on her Milk Bar Café Ashgrove empire, Amanda has sourced an amazing array of  ‘country’ objects adding atmosphere to what was once a pretty basic shed.  Now there’s log stools, a table made from a tree stump and slate platters shaped like cows and pigs to serve food.

The country theme continues with the food and ingredients sourced from local farms with free range eggs from the Scenic Rim, halloumi from South Maclean, mushrooms from Mount Cotton, and fresh herbs are grown on site.

Amanda explains that her country roots have a strong family connection and she wants to look after our fabulous farmers.

The local approach also applies to the sta…

How to eat chocolate at Easter and still be healthy

Rivalled only by Valentines Day, Easter is the best excuse to eat more chocolate with the sound of that bunny hopping down the path with a big basket of choccie eggs music to the ears of chocolate lovers everywhere.

It's also a little scary for the calorie conscious, diet watchers amongst us (me included), as it's so easy to indulge in this treat.

However it's not all bad news. Chocolate  has wonderful beneficial properties from a nutrition standpoint.  Powerful antioxidants can be found in chocolate – specifically, polyphenols. These abundant and essential nutrients can help reduce our ‘bad’ cholesterol, known as LDL, whilst increasing the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.

Eating dark chocolate has also been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure. And don’t forget the psychological effects. Eating chocolate releases calm, soothing, feel-good hormones.

Keep this in mind next time you peel back the foil on an Easter treat: it takes about 35 minutes of running or an hour of sw…

Make a moist Honey Chocolate Cake for Easter

Here's a recipe for a moist chocolate cake that that's perfect for Easter.

You are still getting your chocolate fix, in a less intense way, and the cake sugar level has been reduced with the addition of honey.

The cake takes about 20 minutes to make and less time to eat depending on who is around.

Honey Chocolate Cake

125g butter, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup honey
1½ cups self-raising flour
½ cup cocoa
½ cup milk


2½ cups pure icing sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon softened butter
1 tablespoon honey
1½ tablespoons boiling water
to decorate
chocolate curls (see tip)
small chocolate Easter eggs


Preheat oven to 170C. Grease and line a 22cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Place butter and sugar into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add honey and beat until combined. 
Sift flour and cocoa together. Add to creamed mixture…