Taste Tests

The best perk of being a food blogger is getting to eat lots of scrumptious things (usually for free) and then writing about them.

My personal favourite though, is receiving fresh produce or condiments to experiment with in my cooking adventures.

Banana pancakes w/ golden manuka honey ice cream + almonds

Posted on January 31, 2010

Banana pancakes

(sing) I scream, you scream because I got free ice cream!

Hooray for free ice cream! The HUGE 9L tub, yes you read that right – 9 litres, was too much for this girl and her hubby to eat! Lucky I’ve got two sisters, a brother and a Mum and Dad who looooove ice cream. I’m sharing it with them.

Do you know how big 9L looks? Think about when you go to the ice cream shop and they scoop out your portion from a big rectangle tub. It’s that big.

I got this free because New Zealand Natural Ice Cream have a new flavour called Golden Manuka Honey. If you want to try some for free, head to their stores to grab a free scoop when you purchase any ice cream.

I’m a big fan of Manuka honey for it’s amazing health benefits and healing capabilities. If you spread a little on an open wound it protects bacteria getting in and can also help with digestion and inflammation when eaten regularly.

This new ice cream is flavoured with manuka honey and has a swirl of golden kiwifruit through it. It’s very sweet, so I think it needs to be eaten in small portions – perfect as a topping for pancakes! (more…)

A very merry Polka Dot Cookie Christmas at Morning Copy

Posted on December 20, 2009

Morning Copy cookies

Morning Copy Cookies

Custom made cookies for my company’s clients

I’m very excited to share these with you! They were made by the very talented Libby from Polka Dot Cookies in Newtown, Sydney for my web design and email marketing company, Morning Copy.

They were hand delivered to our Sydney-based clients who absolutely loved them! Unfortunately, our international clients could not receive them as the delicate shortbread wouldn’t travel well, but the lucky Sydney-siders definitely appreciated being treated. (more…)

Sooshi: sushi-style ice cream snack

Posted on October 17, 2009

Sooshi

Super cute, don’t you think?

I get sent a lot of press releases about various food products but not all of them stand out. This one for Sooshi did.

I really enjoy good ice cream made with fresh ingredients. I fell in love with Italian gelato in Florence and the gorgeous ‘chewy’ ice cream in Istanbul.

These adorable little New Zealand Natural ‘sushi rolls’ are made with real fruit ice cream. The outside ‘nori’ sheet is apple flavoured, the ‘rice’ is vanilla or fruity ice cream and the ‘fillings’ are a shot of sweet fruit puree of raspberry, apricot, lemon or blackcurrant.

The best bit? You can ask for a squirt of ‘soy sauce’ which will be chocolate syrup! (more…)

Black Eggs from ‘Big Hell’ Owakudani

Posted on July 13, 2009

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[Black and chalky from cooking in a sulfurous hot spring]

On a day trip to Mt Fuji we were taken to the gorgeous volcanic Hakone mountains via cable car (sky gondala). We went to see the famous Owakudani Valley (literally, The Hell Valley); an ancient crater with sulfurous hot springs in which eggs are cooked. You can see steam rising from crevasses in the ground, hence why they call it ‘Big Hell’.

These eggs are believed to add 3 years to your life per egg eaten. We ate two each, even though the smell of the sulfur was extremely strong, and killed our appetite. We couldn’t really we pass up the opportunity to add 6 years to our lives! (more…)

Fresh Fruit Friday

Posted on June 27, 2009

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[Fruit salad from Sun Fruits, Tokyo – Like my hand model? Sorry, he’s taken.]

Afternoon tea never felt so fresh!

After a few hours of checking out the Roppongi district in Tokyo we found ourselves inside the super posh Tokyo Midtown complex. Feeling a little worn out we decided to have a healthier afternoon tea snack (ie. not Mister Donut!).

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a bright white store with colourful items. On closer inspection they weren’t just any old items they were the most perfectly formed and carefully padded pieces of fruit I’d ever seen! Expensive too. The store was called Sun Fruits. I think they’re a chain.

I didn’t really fancy forking out the equivalent of AUS$20 for one tiny mango the size of a lime, although it did look very beautiful, so I ‘settled’ for this amazing fruit salad instead. Each melon ball was perfectly formed and all the citrus had every teeny bit of pith removed. Heavenly. (more…)

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