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When you celebrate, there is sure to be cake. ― Florence Ditlow, in The Bakery Girls

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Everything will be alright in the end so if it is not alright it is not the end.

― Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

 


National Day of ...

 

Bangladesh 26 March (Independence Day, declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971)

On the Bangladeshi table...

Trivia: The southwestern edge of Bangladesh has the world’s largest mangrove forest.

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See all National Days for MARCH.

 


Food related events....

MARCH 2015, food-related events.

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Food related events on this date in history!

 


 

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See where we have been...

24 percent of the world's countries!



 

Darwin may be Australia's smallest capital city but ....

...there is a lot happening

 


Sensational Singapore...

...as the sign says 'You should be here'!

 


 

Bali - island of a thousand temples....

...and so much more!

 


 

Auckland on New Zealand's North Island has plenty to offer.

See what you could enjoy there...

 


 

Discover Ireland's sensational Atlantic coastline.

Now you can walk along it!

 


 

Pack your Big Yellow Suitcase ...

... find out where you can take it!

 


 

Bangkok is a bustling fascinating city with friendly people.

Read more...

 


 

Wonderful Agra - romantic ...and more.

Find it here.....

 


 

Or maybe you can spend some time in Greece?

Here's how....

 

 

 

 

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How to blow up your inflatable mattress without a pump!

Now you can.....

 

 

 


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Cauliflowers are not everyone's favourite food, but they are nutritious and delicious if served the right way.

More about cauliflower...

 


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Did you know an average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.

Find out other strange food facts.....

 

 

If you thought long-tail boats were only found in Asia - just look where they have got to now!

See where.....


 

 

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If Thai cookery has always been too difficult...

This is the book for you....

 


 

Learn the tricks of barbecuing from an expert with an endless supply of ideas and tips.

Get fired up about it....

 


Is Copenhagen big enough to conceal many secrets?

The authors of this book thought so....

 

 


You probably know of Rick Stein from his TV and cookbook fame, as well as his restaurants...

..but now you can get to know him from his memoir

 


Put the Taste of Australia into your meals with Lyndey Milan's latest book.

Read more....

 


 

Fresh from the West - chef Sophie Zalokar's delicious recipes using local south-west Western Australian produce.

 

Read more....


 

Visit Spain - from your own home!

Learn how to cook the food with an expert!

 


Lovers of Venetian food will be thrilled with this insiders' guide to the city and its food.

Read more.....

 


Whether you are a wine expert or just want to be, this book is for you.

Find more here...

 


 

If you can't get to Scandinavia - you can at least bake its cakes and breads.

Here's how....

 


If you are a reader of food blogs, this behind the scenes peep at the real story, will captivate.

Read more.....

 


 

Yes, the City of Light has still more secrets to disclose!

Discover them here....

 


 

Thai Royal Cuisine is now within your reach with these authentic recipes, edited by a descendant of Prince Chakrabongse.

....enjoy preparing them yourself.

 


Love cycling? Live in Melbourne or visit often?

You need this book!

 


Is there a budding chef in your family? This eBook will help them master more dishes.

Here it is.....


America-bound travellers, take note! 

The fully revised edition is now  available....

 


If you'd like a food-loving guide to show you around Paris, Jane is the person to do this.

Read her book....

 


Want to eat the world? Here 39 cuisines have been explored and explained.

Find out more....

 


Love cooking, like trivia?

This book is for you!

 


 

Ever wondered what makes Melbourne so special?

This book will show you....

 


The Big Apple has some huge and hidden surprises.

Discover more...


Now you can bake like Phillippa!

Get ready for the compliments!


Got friends coming for a party - this is the book for you!

Find some new recipes....


One of the stars of MasterChef share his take on healthy food.

Good and good for you!


Are you ready for a fashionable shopping spree in Paris?

You need this book!


If you have small children and live in Sydney or Melbourne, these cute but very helpful guides are for you!

Read more...


The world's greatest maritime explorer - and real person.

An engaging read...


Would you like to cook like an Italian nonna?

Silvia can show you how....


Sneak a peek at the tried, true, and prize-winning recipes of CWA Judge, Merle Parrish.

...learn to cook like she does

 


Burma is a mystery to many people. Its food is even more obscure.

Read this and be delighted...


Craving a burger? Live in Victoria - or visiting?

This book is a must to read...


Finally Sydney has its own Gault & Millau restaurant guide...

....but do you know how to pronounce it?


The biggest and most beautiful book of Italian food.

Read about it here....

Coffee seems to be the fluid which fuels most of us in this beautiful book

Learn about who grows it, roasts it and makes it.

 


If you think you may be the only person 'that everything happens to' when travelling - read this!

 

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and laugh out loud....


Give this book and you give even more. 

 

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find out how.......


 

 

 

 

A world of chocolate

Top chocolate trends

With Easter on the horizon, most of us are thinking of chocolate at present. So, no prizes for guessing that this week it's all about chocolate!

What have been some of the top chocolate trends in recent years? Interestingly Crowdsourced Chocolate has been hot. It goes by many names: mash-up, personalization, customization, but it comes down to a mix and match (sometimes MISmatch) of ingredients. Social media has had its fingers in the mixing bowl too. Read more .....

This trend combines all the worries of the world and solves them with chocolate. Locally sourced. Green. Pure. Healthy. Artisan. Premium. DIY. When you make your own craft chocolates, you can, well, craft anything you want out of anything you want. 

Nutella has been around for ages, but apart from Nutella pizza and as a spread on slices of bread, people pretty much left it there. Not any more!

Chocolate speaks all languages as you'll see later, on this page (as we find the world's top chocolate cities and destinations) and it pops up in everything from mains to dessert (of course!) and  snacks in many countries.  Try to imagine what the pre-Columbus world without chocolate was like!

Read more on The Food Channel.....

 


 

A chocolate outfit!

Do not attempt to wash this dress! Travel-writer Tim Richards talks about his chocolate-coated travels on his blog and also discloses where he saw this unusual 'garment'.

 


 

A different sort of orange drink

Chocolate is a must for kids at Easter - but adults are permitted to indulge in something slightly more grown up. Demijohn’s liquid alcoholic chocolate comes in a suitably egg-shaped bottle. Quite simply, it is the perfect adult liquid Easter egg - Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur.

Combining a subtle blend of dark chocolate, real Devonshire cream, apple brandy and the zest of an orange, this rich, creamy liqueur from liquid deli Demijohn will blow your mind on Easter Day. Made by a retired stockbroker in Devon it contains all that is wonderful about Easter – and in a drink! Best served straight from the fridge with a little ice, it can also be an indulgent sauce for ice cream or other puddings.

Demijohn’s Angus Ferguson says: "Our Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur certainly hits the spot and revives any adult who may have had their fill of hyperactive children who’ve gorged on Easter eggs.”

Demijohn’s Chocolate Orange Easter egg is called A Chocolate Orange with a Difference and is available to purchase online. Find out more.....

 


 

Supersized Ferraro Rocher!

Thank you to Sugar Hero for sharing this amazing creation! Find out how to make this......

Cake layers in the middle, coated in nutty chocolate. Wow!

Read more.....

 


 

Chocolate in Victoria

If you are visiting Melbourne, Mámor Chocolates & High Tea Szalón in inner-city Collingwood has launched new Melbourne Chocolate History Tours, taking visitors back into Melbourne’s cocoa-rich past on a two hour walk through the secret chocolate laneways of Fitzroy and Collingwood. The tour traces the humble beginnings of Macpherson Robertson ‘the Chocolate King of Victoria’ through to his huge chocolate factories, which went on to produce favourites like Cherry Ripe, Old Gold and the much loved Freddo Frog, as well as other famous chocolatiers along the way.  The tour concludes with a spectacularly indulgent Chocolate Tasting and High Tea at the Mámor Szalón. Tours run on the first Sunday of every month and cost $55.  For something different, Mámor also hosts ‘Last Friday’ beer and chocolate pairing experiences and events

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...there are also a lot of chocolate-y goings on in rural VictoriaA visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is a great day out for the whole family. Located just a one hour drive from Melbourne’s city centre, here visitors can see chocolatiers at work and enjoy free tastings. There are over 250 varieties on offer, made using local Yarra Valley fruit and nuts, some grown on site. There is a cafe, shop and plenty of space for the kids to play in the orchard. Open seven days, 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen.

 

In Victoria's High Country near the NSW border, former brick stables were lovingly refurbished in 2013 to provide a home for Bright Chocolate situated alongside the Ovens River, three-and-a-half hours from Melbourne. Single origin bars are the specialty, made using premium cacao beans from Madagascar, Ecuador, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic. Open every day, with a special behind-the-scenes tour on Fridays at 2pm. Bookings for the tour are essential. 8/3 Riverside Avenue, Bright.

 

Red Chocolate, located in Sale, Gippsland, two-and-a-half hours from Melbourne, sells indulgent chocolates and patisserie items made in small batches, using traditional techniques. Intimate classes are held on the first Friday of each month giving visitors the opportunity to try their hand at the art of chocolate-making. Classes cost $150 and are limited to four participants. Bookings are essential. Shop 3, 64 Cunninghame Street, Sale. 

 

Read more about other sweet spots in Victoria......

 


 

Australia's own home-grouwn chocolate

Did you know that until recently, all chocolate sold in Australia was made from cocoa grown overseas? Daintree Estates is the first commercial manufacturer in history to make chocolate using cocoa grown right here in Australia.  Daintree Estates is also one of a small handful of Plantation to Plate cocoa producers, meaning they have total control over every stage of processing, and it shows in the final taste of the chocolate.

At Sweet Farm Tours, you'll not only hear and see the story directly from one of the first commercial cocoa growers in Australia, but you'll get to taste this amazing Australian-grown chocolate for yourself. You're in for a (sweet) treat!

Australia’s first public cocoa farm tour has opened its gates to welcome visitors to learn about and sample the delicious treat. Sweet Farm Tours, located north of Port Douglas, now offers cocoa and sugarcane tours giving visitors the opportunity to see the crops growing, find out when and how they are harvested and how sugar and cocoa are grown and processed.  

Your journey includes:

  • Personalised farmer-guided tour through a working cocoa and sugarcane farm.
  • Visitor Centre entry showcasing the Australian cocoa and sugarcane processing from Estate to Plate.
  • Movie viewing from a unique outdoor theatre area overlooking the beautiful Whyanbeel Valley river located on the edge of the Daintree Rainforest.
  • Complimentary Australian-origin chocolate tastings.

 

More details about Daintree Estates......

 


 

Celebrate chocolate this week!

If you happen to be in the UK in the next few days you can take part in the Festival of Chocolate. What could be sweeter? 

You can now find it at the Business Design Centre in London where the festival runs for three delicious days from March 27-29. Sample and buy from the country’s top artisan chocolatiers. 

A world of multi-sensory and chocolatey thrills awaits within the comfort of the new indoor venues.

The Taste Zone with Seventy%:  Thrill your taste buds on a journey of discovery guided by world renowned chocolate expert Martin Christy.

The Chocolate Café:  Kick back and relax with your friends while you sip the creamiest hot chocolate.

The Direct Cacao Zone: Learn all about directly sourced chocolates.

The Health Trail: Try delicious Free-from and Raw chocolate and discover its many surprising health benefits.

The Chocolate Market: Discover Britain’s top artisan chocolate companies all conveniently showcased under one roof.

 

The Cocoa Spa:  Soothe your senses with luxurious cocoa butter beauty treatments.

More details......

 


Christmas Livingstone has 10 rules for happiness. Nurturing the senses every day, doing what you love, and sharing joy with others are some of the rules, but the most important for her is number 10 - 'Absolutely no romantic relationships'.

Her life is good. In her enchantingly seductive shop, The Chocolate Apothecary, she tempers chocolate and creates handmade pieces; her friends and family surround her; and her secret life of wish-granting brings joy to herself and others. She doesn't need a handsome botanist ace who knows everything about cacao to walk into her life. One who has the nicest grandmother, intent on interfering, who's adopted a gorgeous rescue dog, and who needs her help to write a book on her passion, chocolate. She really doesn't need any of that at all.

Or does she?

Set across Tasmania, Paris and Provence, this is a glorious novel of a creative woman about to find out how far in life a list of rules will take her, with an enticing tangle of freshly picked herbs, pots of flowers, and delicious chocolate scenting the background.

This brand-new paperback, from Josephone Moon and published by Allen & Unwin will have you reaching for chocolates before too long.

 


 

Designer chocolates as delicious as they look

Decadently indulgent, these chocolates are from an artisan chocolatier in Sydney, Winnow Chocolates, which uses only the world’s finest ingredients with organic, fair-trade couverture chocolate providing the perfect base for locally-sourced fruits, nuts and spices. Winnow's flavours are inspired by travel throughout Africa, Europe and Asia, all of which combine to create a unique sensory experience. All Winnow’s packaging is designed in house and produced in Australia.

Sustainability is an important aspect of the production and the owners try to support local growers and producers where possible. The traditional technique of hand-tempering on marble is celebrated at Winnow and ensures that each chocolate is made with love, and waste is kept to a minimum. 

Winnow Chocolates are gluten-free, organic and without artificial additives and preservatives. All are dairy-free and vegan. The company offers custom-made chocolates for weddings, events, and corporate gifts as well as bespoke flavour combinations and chocolate designs.

 

Interesting fact: The name Winnow is derived from an essential part of the chocolate-making process during which a winnowing machine is used to remove the outer husk from the cocoa beans. The winnowing machine cracks the roasted cocoa beans into pieces of cocoa meat and husk, blowing and discarding the outer husk, and leaving what are known as cocoa nibs. The nibs are then ready to continue on their journey to becoming couverture chocolate.

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....and if you like donuts, salted caramel and Nutella, see here. (Nothing to do with Winnow, but is from the same blog in the last link!)

 


 

Adriano Zumbo's name has become synonymous in Sydney (and many other parts of the world) for the epitome of skill in pastries and all things sweet and delicious.

For his third cookbook, oublished by Murdoch Books, top Sydney pastry chef Adriano Zumbo recreates some of the classic desserts we all grew up drooling over. As well as offering up his favourite recipes for these confections, he applies his Willy Wonka-esque genius to whipping each classic into a completely new and contemporary incarnation that plays on the original recipe.

As always, the colours are bright, the flavours unexpected, and the experience of recreating the fruits of his fertile imagination a complete delight. Each chapter focuses on a particular type of patisserie and the recipes in that chapter explore and experiment with different tastes, flavours, textures and colours. There are step- by-step instructions for the basic recipe for each patisserie type, then the recipes that follow are dazzling variations on that theme.

Perhaps not for the beginner cooks in the family, as some desserts have seven or eight separate process which combine to create a sublime, albeit time-consuming result. It is a book that, with Brett Stevens' wonderful photographs, is as beautiful as the dishes themselves.

More information....

 


 

Eco-friendly and absolutely delicious

A letter from the founders, Edouard and Mathieu:

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Dear loyal customers, Alter Eco is based on the premise that food is fundamental to life – and whole, healthy, delicious food can make life better for people all over the world. By working directly with the small-scale farmers who grow our quinoa, rice, sugar and cacao, helping them institute Fair Trade and Organic practices and assisting them in improving both quality of food and quality of life, we’re creating a system that benefits everyone involved. Our values extend to the flora, fauna and fields – we work with our co-op partners to preserve heirloom grains, replenish and reforest the land. And as a GHG Protocol 3 Carbon Zero business, we offset more carbon than we emit."

This is a company that takes its job seriously. But not so seriously that it can't make some truly wonderful and fun chocolates. Using what they describe as the 'dark delicacies of Peru and Ecuador' they explain how the cacao beans have been plucked from organic trees in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Coast before making the journey to the base of the Andes Mountains, where they are transformed into some of the world’s finest cocoa products. The final destination is Switzerland, where expert chocolatiers craft these unique and habit-forming bars and truffles.

HINT: Do try the dark salted brown butter version!

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The world's top 10 chocolate cities

#8 America will never disappoint you if you wish to have chocolates. While in San Francisco, explore its Bay area that is mostly thronged by chocolate lovers. Why? Because it is the home of an old American chocolate producer and best chocolate shops in New York. Above all, the must visit place here is the Ghirardelli Square with a rich chocolate history.

#7 The Mesoamerican city of Oaxaca is surely a must to visit for all those who are crazy about chocolates. Here, incredibly, chocolate forms a vital part of the local culture and tradition. Just being on its streets you will be welcomed with some form of chocolate – pastry or candy. More surprisingly, even in this time of technology, the people of Oaxaca produce chocolates traditionally by implementing ancient handmade recipes. Do not miss a visit to the street 20 de Noviembre – the home of the largest producers like MoyordomoLa Soledad, and Guelaguetza.

Read about the others here.....

 


 

The world's top ten chocolate destinations

#10 Cologne, Germany The chocolate capital of Germany, Cologne is the home of the Stollwerck chocolate company, which in its prime was the second largest supplier of chocolate to the United States. For the 150th anniversary of the company a museum exhibit was created to celebrate their history. Since then, the exhibit has grown into an entire museum. The Imhoff Stollwerck museum also known locally as the chocolate museum celebrates the history of chocolate around the world, and has interactive exhibits, samples and a giant chocolate fountain.

Best Chocolate Shops in Cologne:

While the chocolate museum does produce chocolate, it does so purely for demonstration purposes, the product of which can be sampled at the café or bought at the chocolate shop. The Stollwerck chocolate available in stores comes from eight different production plants located in Germany., Belgium, and Switzerland (look for the Sarotti, Sprengel, Gubor, Alpia, or Stollwerck brands). Other chocolate shops are La Maison du Chocolate, Tortchen Tortchen, Weibler Confectionery, Demnitz Chocolaterie, Mama Chocolate and Leonidas Chocolates.

 

#9 Tain L’Hermtage A small French town in the heart of wine country, and only a short drive from Lyon, Tain L’Hermitage is the home of the world-renowned chocolate producer, Valrhona. A great stop is the Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolat, a school that teaches professional chefs, chocolatiers and caterers. They even host a three-day course that teaches amateurs how to make decadent desserts.  (Their website also includes recipes, including the cake - pictured above.)

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DON'T MISS THESE:

2015

AUSTRALIAN FOOD EVENTS

 

Eat Drink Perth, Western Australia,  March 20-April 24, 2015

Flavours of the Highlands, Southern Highlands, NSW, April 4-6

Orange F.O.O.D Week, Orange, NSW, April 10-19, 2015

Barossa Vintage Festival, South Australia, 15-19 April, 2015

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, Noosa, Queensland, May 14-17, 2015

Foodservice Australia, Melbourne, May 31-June 2

Cake Bake & Sweets Show, 12-14 June 2015, Sydney

Fine Food Australia, Sydney, September 20-23

Cake Bake & Sweets Show, 23-25 October 2015, Melbourne

 


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Lyndey Milan and Ian 'Herbie' Hemphill take viewers on an eight-episode Moveable Feast of Australia, beginning on 7TWO on Feb 7.

Don't miss out.... 

 


 

RECIPE TIME

 

A Chinese snack, so versatile, tasty  and easy....

See for yourself! Or visit Mr Bing Gourmet Wrapz in Sydney...

 


Is it a meal, is it a snack? This Georgian favourite can be anything you want.

See what you think....

 


 

 MUST TASTE THIS

You need a snack - BUT everything is too sweet, too rich in fat??

Try these guilt-free options...

 


 

Maille mustard has been a leader worldwide since 1747. Now it is in Australia!

Find out more...

 

 

SBS's Feast magazine FINAL ISSUE out now, full of stunning recipes.

Learn more...


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330 of Sydney's BEST cafes in this HUGELY POPULAR iPhone and iPad app!

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True North - set the compass to find where comfort food central is!

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MARCH food-related events worldwide.

 


 

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE!

WIN - a road trip on the Legendary Pacific Coast of NSW.

Be quick!

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A year of fabulous food festivals is ahead in 2015 for Britain!

Find out when and where....

 


 

Festivals throughout Australia too in 2015.

Check these out...

 


 

Festivals in Korea, 2015

Here they are....

 


 

2015 Malaysia's Year of Festivals....

Find out when and where...

 


What's happening in Rome this month....

Check it out here...

 


 

Ever dreamed of having your own place in France.

This may make it easier....

 


 

SPOIL YOURSELF -    TOTAL LUXURY

Tour the world in a luxury private jet .....

But wait, there's more.....

 


 

Where better to take a French cookery course.....


...than in Paris?


 

Taste Miami with someone who knows.

See how to do it...

 


 

Shopping in Paris is great fun - but you might need some help...

...and not just with carrying your purchases!

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food and wine tour in one of France's most beautiful regions.

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Now you can travel and pick up some artistic skills - and enjoy Italian cuisine.

...find out where

 


Here is the answer for food and wine lovers travelling around Australia.

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SYDNEY'S LIVING HISTORY

Find out about the (sometimes colourful) past of  Australia's first city:

slhlogoiPhone and iPad App packed with information and pics.

....discover what has made Sydney the great city it is.

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