30 Minute Meal – Pear and Berry Crumble

30 Minute Meal – Pear and Berry Crumble

When we were doing our cooking classes last year, we did a few 30 minute specials and this delicious Pear and Berry Crumble is one of them. We’re all for healthy eating but sometimes… it’s ok to have a little splurge Ingredients: 4 pears, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices 130g (3/4 cup) frozen blueberries (or your choice of berry) 50g moist shredded coconut 35g rolled oats 35g wholemeal flour 20g caster sugar 35g margarine or butter 1 tbs finely grated orange rind (you can squeeze the orange juice into the berry mix 50g raw sugar vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream to serve Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Mix pear, berries, caster sugar and orange juice in a large bowl. To make crumble, place flour, oats into another large bowl. Use your fingertips and rub the butter into the flour until the mix resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, the moist coconut and orange rind. Stir until well combined. Spoon the pear mixture into a 2.5L capacity oven-proof dish. Sprinkle the crumble mix over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until crumble is golden and the pear is tender. Dish it up and serve with custard or ice cream. Enjoy!    ...
Wedding Planning Tips!

Wedding Planning Tips!

Usually there are quite a few couples that get engaged over Christmas/New Years, and if you’re one of them – congratulations! It’s a fun and exciting time! But it’s also sometimes overwhelming. With a little organization, it can be a lot less stressful! If you’re anything like me, you may rush into venue looking and dress browsing before a budget is even done. Just a little tip – that’s a mistake. Here’s an example of what may go through your mind if you do that: My dress will cost HOW MUCH? That price DOESN’T include catering? We could put down a deposit on a house instead of having a wedding! However, if you do a budget first, it’ll be a lot less of a shock when you go searching for dresses and venues. You’ll also know your limits.  So write it all down. Everything from the venue, to the favors, to bridal party gifts. Set limits. That’s important! You’ll be able to enjoy it a bit after this, I promise! The initial shock of how much weddings really cost will wear off. Your fiancé may develop a sigh that he does whenever “wedding stuff” comes up… that’s normal It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with your wedding (especially at the beginning), so just write a list, take it slow and follow your own heart with what you imagine your day to be like. Once you’ve done your budget, take a breather. Buy wedding mags, look on pinterest (it’s a downward spiral, but still fun), go to wedding expo’s (check out One Fine Day, definitely worth a visit), try and figure out what you want....
Sarah + Rachel – Wedding Catering

Sarah + Rachel – Wedding Catering

Who doesn’t LOVE weddings? They’re all excitement, adrenaline with that usual little bit of stress thrown in when Uncle Jack wants to do his own speech. We especially love catering for engagements and weddings. It’s such a momentous occasion, a big turning point in a life and one that should be celebrated, remembered and shared (unless you’re eloping, and that’s totally cool too. You gotta eat though right?). The sound of a fun event is what really gets us excited – people chatting, clinking glasses, laughing and crying the happy tears. Without getting too deep and meaningful, it’s what life is about, right? Here is a wedding we were lucky enough to cater for recently. Such a lovely couple and we wish them a life full of laughter, silliness and good food! (Images above by Kirsten...
Spring Sangria Recipe

Spring Sangria Recipe

Spring is well and truly here! Have you seen the forecast for the long weekend? Around 30 degrees each day! Beach anyone? Or maybe a nice bbq with friends over? Our recipe will be sure to hit the spot of white and red wine drinkers alike. Usually red wine is a bit of a winter drink, but this recipe is so light and refreshing that I think it’s definitely a spring/summer cocktail.   Ingredients 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced into small pieces 1 orange, peeled and diced ½ lime cut into wedges small handful of strawberries., cut in half 375ml red wine (half a bottle) 30ml Cointreau 30ml Brandy 4 tsp white sugar ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 2 cups of ice 375ml lemonade / soda water (1 can)   Method Combine fruit, sugar, alcohol and cinnamon in a large jug. Place in fridge and allow flavours to develop for at least 2 hours (best doing it the day before). Before serving, add ice and top with lemonade.   Enjoy!    ...
Fennel, Radicchio & Pear Salad

Fennel, Radicchio & Pear Salad

Hello Spring! I can’t believe it’s September already! How is it only 16 weeks until Christmas? Time to start thinking about what to cook, who’s coming and what they’ll be bringing to a Christmas feast. Luckily I have a recipe to share today that no one will be able to complain about – it’s a nice light salad. It’s super quick and easy, and it’s also really healthy. In my opinion, it’d go nicely with a scrumptious roast pork dish. Ingredients (salad) 2 heads of radicchio ½ bulb fennel, thinly sliced 1 Corella pear 100g Persian feta 1 eshallot, thinly sliced 1 tbs toasted pine nuts Handful of rocket   Ingredients (dressing) 20ml balsamic vinegar 80ml olive oil 1 clove garlic 1 tsp mustard (grain or Dijon) salt and pepper   Method: Thinly slice fennel and pears and soak in water with lemon juice till needed. This prevents it from oxidising. Cut radicchio in quarters, remove core and shred finely. Allow fennel and pears to drain all water off before serving. Excess water will dilute flavour of the dressing. Combine salad ingredients in serving bowl. To make dressing, place all ingredients in an airtight container and shake hard. Dress salad immediately before serving....