Sunday, December 18, 2011

Food Magazine Covers

There used to be an Australian food magazine in the 70s/80s that did some of the most avant garde, amazing, artful covers of any food magazine around. It sadly is no longer (why why why) but ever since I came across a collection of the title from a Melbourne exhibition, I have had a mild obsession with clever magazine covers involving food. These ones without a doubt have me following that tangent of "shit why why why didn't I think of that; why why why am I not as clever as tom, dick and harry." I was reminded of the collection after seeing that amazing Nigella cover from a few weeks ago where she is literally dripping in salted caramel. Meh that woman is aa-mma-zing.
BTW - if you get a chance seek out Fricote - a french food magazine (with English translation) - it is spectacular.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A recipe for Red Velvet Cake

The final instalment of our first round of video efforts using recipes from Kitchen Coquette. Here is a video for red velvet cake  - perfect for an afternoon with your gran. I hope you like it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

An afternoon in the garden

Afternoon In The Garden Wedding Inspiration

by Polka Dot Bride

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Food, for me, is one of the best parts of a wedding and today’s inspiration shoot is a little different- the collaborative team of Karen Buckle Photography, Green & Bloom and Le Petite Meitte The Little Crumb created the scene of stunning garden party. Focusing on the food, the team created a homely style wedding with a delicious, appropriate menu- giving you beautiful inspiration for your own garden celebration (personally I think this would also work for a beautiful summer dinner party!)
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Roberta explains “With Spring in the air at the time of the shoot I wanted to create a relaxing, homely, pretty environment, where family and friends could gather over a long afternoon of fabulous wholesome food, and refreshing cool drinks.”
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“The inspiration for this shoot started with an eclectic collection of vintage chairs, plates, and silver and crystal vessels along with fresh moss and herbs.”
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“I wanted to create an inspiration shoot which included a homely feel through the use of flowers, props, and rustic cooking, to build a unique space which could be re-created for a garden party with the girls, intimate outdoor wedding or spring dinner with the family. ”
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“Guests would be served on vintage plates with silver cutlery, reminding you of your grandmothers Sunday best, with colourful fresh florals mixed with herbs and fruit adorning the centre of the tables reminiscent of Grampie’s garden.”
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The delicious menu created by Katrina of The Little Crumb
“Slow cooked wagyu and Guinness pies
Honey and rosemary roasted heirloom carrots
Potato, caper and olive salad
Raspberry and hibiscus tarts with dried plum meringue
Cookies n Cream Rocky Road
Assortment of french cheeses and sun-dried persimmons”
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“An old wooden table clothed with a vintage crocheted table cloth, and differing wooden chairs set the perfect backdrop for the rustic wholesome menu on offer prepared and designed by the talented Katrina Meynink.”
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“Karen Buckle did an amazing job at capturing the beauty of the table setting, using her love of colour and lighting. ”
Photographer: Karen Buckle Photography / Flowers & Styling: Green & Bloom / Catering and Desserts: Le Peitite Miette The Little Crumb

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

And the winners are...

Well the 12 days have come to an end (sigh). Thanks to everyone who entered, the answers have ranged from hilarious to disturbing and everything in between. I'm not sure I will ever recover from some of the uses for beer that I read about but it was entertaining all the same. The winners are listed below. Please send your name, postal address and email to 

We need to hear from the winners by Friday. If not, another winner will be selected at random. Thanks again!

Day 1: Mont
Day 2: Catherine Hocking
Day 3: Teddyree
Day 4: Elimy
Day 5: Kellie Bright
Day 6: Kate Ryan
Day 7: Ash Mack
Day 8: Jenny Kongsai
Day 9: Dianna Haught
Day 10: Michael Chin
Day 12: Jenny Watson

Monday, December 12, 2011

Last day of giveaways!

Day 12: Last day on the giveaway gravy train. And another mixed bag of goodness - Kitchen Coquette, food, another surprise cookbook and other delightful bits n bobs in time for Christmas. Trust me it's worth it. To win,tell us three people you'd invite for dinner (dead or alive) and why.Comment here or on the Kitchen Coquette facebook page to win. Good luck!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 11: More luxe threads

Only two more days of giveaways.... we  sure have had fun playing santa. Today's giveaway is again thanks to our friends at  A very handy $100 voucher to spend at their online store - a New Years eve dress perhaps? To win, tell us your failsafe option for what to wear when going out to dinner.  

Salad pickers this probably isn't for you but for other professional eaters such as myself you probably know all too well the challenges of what to wear; what will allow adequate expansion as you make your way through entree, main, dessert... Tell us what you wear - what looks good and what nurses the food baby at the same time? Good luck!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day X Giveaway

Day 10. Its a surprise! Enter if  you don't mind a lucky dip. Know this though - there will be books, Venezuelan chocolate, and other equally worthy contenders of your time. But to win - let us know the best stocking filler gifts and the prizes could be yours. Good luck!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 9 Mixed Bag

We are on the giveaway home stretch but the prizes are no less impressive. Today's giveaway will put some order in the house. Bookplates, pins, notebooks, zines, a copy f Kitchen Coquette, stationery...the list goes on. A delightful mix of goodies. To win..... tell us what area of the house needs the most organising and why. Good luck!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm thirsty are you?

Day 8: And our Debortoli friends must have sensed the thirst with todays giveaway - another mixed dozen of their brilliant wines. But to win the challenge today is to name their next wine. We won't be too restrictive, you name the grape and then name the bottle. Need some inspiration? - Check out their website to see the names of their full range. Comment here or on Kitchen Coquette  facebook page to win. Good luck. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 7: Christmas Day Threads

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Yeesh, the giving just keeps, well giving. Day 7 is not about the food as much as it is about what to wear when you are eating it. If you are undecided on what to wear come 2-five December then jump onto, pick your favourite frock,let us know the details here and be in the running to win a voucher for $100.00

Good luck. And remember leave a wee-little bit of room for the food baby.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 6: Did someone say more books?

Heston Blumenthal at Home

Kitchen Coquette
Medium Raw
Halfway through the giveaway fest and day 6 is back to the books thanks to the lovely team at Allen & Unwin. Think Bourdain's latest foodie read Medium Raw,Heston's cookbook (its for home cooks, no really), a copy of Kitchen Coquette and a delightful zine called Spoonful. Hit the kitchen/beach/cafe/random locale armed with some reads or fill some stockings for Xmas gifts. To win tell us your favourite place to read and why.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 5: 2 Cases Pale Ale (woot woot)

Ahhh Christmas. What could be more festive than some beery bubbles washing over the voice box. We are a little partial to beer; beer for thirst, beer for food, beer for putting up with relatives - so useful. So much so that we want to know your best use for beer. Tell us something we don't know and be in the running to win 2 cases of Williams Pale Ale organic beery goodness for your Christmas Day feast thanks to our friends at Debortoli.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 4 Giveaway: Cookbooks, Cookbooks, Cookbooks

Day 4 Giveaway: Improve your shelf-esteem with some uber delightful cookbooks to boost your collection. Kitchen Coquette(of course), Heston at Home, Buon Ricardo, and some other seriously delightful titles. To win: Tell us your Christmas Day Menu (not the ham and turkey) the sides, the non-traditional twists your family adds to the day. Comment here and good luck. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 3: Luscious Tees

It will take every bit of my strength to post these on to the winners. Some absolutely beautiful silk jersey tees thanks to Sosume These tees are brilliant - silk sourced from a high end Japanese mill and the perfect perfect choice for hiding/supporting/loving your Christmas day food baby me thinks.

Oh and you get that socially correct glow that comes with wearing something by an Australian company that has a HUGE social conscience supporting some very worthy social and environmental causes.

Visit Sosume and let us know your favourite tee to be in the draw to win some threads along with your copy of Kitchen Coquette.
And if you've missed it, check out the 12 Days of Christmas Kitchen Coquette mag for more information on the giveaways! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2: Books, Books, Books

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Hi everyone, sorry for the technical glitch - post was momentarily lost in the ether. Day 2 is Books, books books. Books for your coffee table, books for your cookbook collection and reads for the bath, the beach, your favourite chair and more. BUT before you hit comment - one wee task. What is your favourite thing about a book? Is it the smell of books, the weight in your hands, the cover design, the font, the paper, seeing a cracked spine from overuse? Let us know to win. Good luck!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 1 Giveaway. Win a case of Debortoli Wine

And let the giveaways begin. Want to win a case of Debortoli mixed wines? Tell us your favourite drop from this Yarra Valley great and maybe even what you like to eat with it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Kitchen Coquette Magazine + 12 Day Giveaway

And at long last here it is folks. The Kitchen Coquette 12 Days of Christmas Magazine.(Cue round of applause) Any technical glitches in opening and reading this please let me know. Starting from tomorrow there are some great prizes to be won. Before you hit the comment button - there are a few wee tasks to be completed to go into the running. But they'll be worth it - think wine, reading books and some stylish threads. Oh yes good times to be had by all.

The competition starts tomorrow December 1 and will finish December 12. All winners will be selected at random or by the sponsors and all winnings posted December 13 so they reach you safe n sound by Christmas.

I hope you enjoy it. Xoxo

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What the F*&k Should we Cook for Dinner?

A new video showcasing a recipe from Kitchen Coquette and from what I hear one of the more popular chapters. What the f&*k should we cook for dinner.

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's the Kitchen Coquette 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

I realise I have been a little quiet on the recipe front of late but hopefully have a few things to make up for it. We are launching an online magazine in the next 48 hours with Christmas recipes for you as well as some fantastic giveaways - beach reads, cookbooks, some designer threads and wine from our lovely friends at Debortoli in the Yarra Valley.

For now, a sneak peak...fruit mince doughnuts.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I need a speech therapist.

I had vowed not to listen to one radio interview in case it jinxed further interviews - nothing worse than hearing yourself - you automatically respond with "surely I don't sound like that". I of course didn't take my own advice and cannot believe I sound like this. This is one of the interviews I did with the ABC - interviewed by the lovely Richard Aedy. So can anyone recommend a good speech therapist?  

Friday, November 25, 2011

Chocolate and salted caramel brownies from Kitchen Coquette

I know you are probably going to tell me to pipe down with my “first world” problems, but I really, truly do believe that a decent wedge of decadent, gooey and bad-for-me-in-every-way brownie makes the world a better place.

You see brownie, cut into slabs the size of a world atlas, has the capacity to raise the spirits. Intense and squidgy, it can keep you weirdly sated for hours, thanks to its take no prisoners calorific content. And made with the proper amount of chocolate, it’s a stayer; wrap it in foil, pop it in your bag/desk drawer/under your pillow and this is without a doubt the friend with benefits. It sticks around, in its prime, for days.

I don’t generally hold my head high with many of my recipes. Truth be told I get very nervous, waiting each day for someone to email, twitter or facebook me to tell me I am a fraud; that my recipe is no good, their delicate confidence in the kitchen wrecked thoughtlessly by my inadequate construction. But I do, hand on heart, claim this brownie is worthy of your time. Is it better than others? Probably not, but it is definitely as good as any other recipe you’ll find out there. It has the requisite delicate crust and a centre that doesn’t know if it wants to be cake or the texture of mud after the last day of Splendour in the Grass. The flavour is intense. Even more so thanks to a hit of salted caramel. And it will make you a better human being. If only for a moment thanks to the sugar high, and definitely for a few days afterwards, as you share its goodness with family and friends.

chocolate salted caramel brownies

175 g (6 oz) dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa solids), chopped
185 g (6 1/2 oz) unsalted butter, cubed (hate to sound like a Francophile but French butter is best)
440 g (15 1/2 oz/2 cups) caster (superfine) sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
150 g (5 1/2 oz/1 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
Caramel glaze:
125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) thickened cream
440 g (15 1/2 oz/2 cups) caster (superfine) sugar
125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) water
60 g (2 1/4 oz) unsalted butter, cubed
2 tsp sea salt flakes
2 tsp powdered gelatine combined with 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) cold water (sprinkle over the water to make it easier to blend)
Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F/Gas 3). Grease a 22 x 30 cm (8 1/2 x 12 inch) baking tin.
For the brownies, melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Add the sugar and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the eggs and vanilla, then stir in the chocolate mixture. Add the flour and stir gently until well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes until crisp on top and allow to cool in the tin.
Prepare the caramel glaze by warming the cream in a small saucepan over low heat until hot, not boiling. In a separate saucepan, combine the sugar and water, place over medium–high heat and cook, without stirring, until the sugar reaches a dark amber colour. Carefully add the cream and butter and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and mix in the gelatine liquid.
Pour the caramel glaze over the brownies and cool until the caramel just sets. Sprinkle over the sea salt flakes and slice into bars or dive straight in with a spoon.