Food News

These stories vary from bizarre to extremely personal; delicious little morsels from around the globe that I think you might be interested in.

Here I also chat about developments with the blog, new sponsorships and partnerships with brands and flashy events I attend – such as the unforgettable Masterclass with Tetsuya Wakuda!

Prawn and Turkey Salad {use up leftovers!}

Posted on December 26, 2012

Happy Boxing Day!

I hope the big meal went well for you yesterday and you didn’t overeat too much!

Today I’m linking to one from the archives – a Prawn and Turkey Salad that uses up all the leftovers and transforms them into something light and delicious. Click through for the recipe. (more…)

5 Rules I Live My Life By #appletisersparkle

Posted on November 30, 2012

Have you noticed the game I have been playing on Instagram this week?

I’ve been posting a photo each day that represents a Rule I Live My Life By. I’ve joined in with 14 other bloggers to promote the new Appletiser “Get Your Sparkle On” campaign, and we’ve all been posting photos and life mantras on Instagram. (See them all here via my Facebook page, just click on the #appletisersparkle hashtag)

Don’t worry if you missed my photos – they’re all here today in this blog post! Some of them have been so funny and quirky, but mine are a bit more serious – so without further ado, let’s get into them.

#1. Push through your comfort zone on a daily basis.

This is something I like doing, but I know many people don’t. Pushing yourself just that little bit every day makes you such a stronger person, whether its exercise, meeting new people, eating something new or wearing a different coloured lipstick. It all adds up. (more…)

Gazpacho recipe featured in Sample Magazine

Posted on November 28, 2012

Tomatoes; the taste of Summer

If you’ve ever tasted a home-grown tomato then it’s fair to say that the supermarket ones will never be good enough for you again. I’d like to go as far as to say that you will only ever purchase tomatoes from farmers markets for the rest of your life.

At least that’s true for me. (more…)

In My Kitchen: November 2012

Posted on November 27, 2012

There are lots of lovely things in my kitchen this month!

It was little Miss P’s birthday a few weeks ago. She turned 2. I didn’t make her a cake as I was waiting for my Mum to visit next week so that we could have a little party with both sets of grandparents.

My MIL Angela let me borrow her copy of the Women’s Weekly Cake Cookbook (1998) as it has a bunny cake in it. Poppy has a toy bunny that she absolutely adores, so I’m going to make her a cake that looks like it. Stay tuned, I’ll snap it up and post it here shortly.

Angela also gave me a tea towel with American presidents on it to use as a prop for a Thanksgiving post. But I didn’t get around to it. Keep your eyes peeled for it next year. (more…)

Blog Ethics & Working with PRs

Posted on November 10, 2012

{Photo courtesy of the lovely Nic @ Dining With A Stud via Instagram. That’s me in the centre at the front.}

Last weekend I attended a food blogging conference called Eat Drink Blog held in Adelaide. It was the third annual conference and spoke on a panel with Ed and George. Our allotted half an hour flew by quickly and, as is almost always the case with conferences, we ran out of time.

The discussion was about Ethics and Working with PRs. Today I’d like to summarise what was discussed as well as share a few notes from topics that we didn’t get around to.

Ethics in Blogging

1. Full disclosure is necessary as a courtesy to your readers. How you decide to do it is totally up to you, and it will differ from blog to blog. It doesn’t matter if you start with the words ‘Sponsored Post’ or end with a less formal paragraph that describes freebies or payment, as long as you put it somewhere. Also, be consistent with the way you disclose so that your readers are aware and can choose to read or click away.

2. Featuring sponsored posts on your blog is OK as long as you don’t ‘gush’ about the product/event/service/whatever just because you got it for free or attended as a guest. That’s not an interesting story for anyone to read. (more…)

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