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Easter Egg Cake

14 Apr
April 14, 2014

I do like to keep things simple, and that includes entertaining at Easter.  Of course simple doesn’t mean dull or boring.  I wanted to create a dessert that would bring a smile to adults and children alike at the end of Easter Sunday lunch. 

A dessert, which resulted in a hazelnut sponge cake, filled with glorious chocolate cream, surrounded by chocolate tiles and adorned with more chocolate, Easter eggs.  For those entertaining the troops, there are a few do ahead elements, which will make your life easier on the day your guests arrive.

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Chocolate Chip Balls

16 Mar
March 16, 2014

‘A thought popped into my head.  Why aren’t we just frying the bees in coconut oil and be done with it?  Sprinkle with some toasted popped quinoa, a dash of  maple syrup infused with chili?  That way we would be receiving a full dose of bee gut into our digestive systems.’

What on earth inspired that thought to enter my head?  It was a discussion on the benefits of eating bee pollen compared to normal run-of-the-mill pollen, that bee pollen involved the digestive juices of bees, which was actually the benefit.  Of course when I got home I had to find out what bee pollen actually was.

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Heston’s Hot Cross Buns

14 Mar
March 14, 2014

I was wondering how long it would take the Heston for Coles range to appear for Easter festivities.  After a couple of very successful years of Australians going bananas for puddings and mince tarts, we can now purchase Heston’s buns for Easter.

If you have been reading Belly Rumbles for a while, you will know how irate I get when I see hot cross buns and Easter eggs appearing on the major two supermarkets’ shelves days after Christmas.  I refuse to purchase them.  I am a stickler for hot cross buns on Good Friday and chocolate Easter eggs only the week of Easter.  It use to be only from Easter Sunday, but I have mellowed in my old age.  Otherwise I feel their significance on their respective days is completely lost.  Please note that I have no issues with those that chow down on hot cross buns and Easter eggs leading up to Easter.  If it makes you happy, go for it, life is too short.

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Who Won Recipe to Riches Australia Season 1?

13 Nov
November 13, 2013

Recipe to Riches Australia has now come to an end.  I will admit I have had fun road testing the winning recipe each week.  Though part of me is quite happy to regain a semi normal Wednesday.

No more running out to Woolworths first thing in the morning.  No more tasting, cooking or re-heating the weekly winner.  No more under the pump reviews being written.  No more being picked on regarding mistakes in my writing, due to the haste of getting it published.  No more hastily taken and edited photos.  No more internal stress in trying to get it all up for you to read ASAP.

I can breath again!

If the series runs again next year, will I do it all again?  You bet I will!

Last night’s final gave us a little insight of what went on behind the scenes of the show.  Getting recipes to market was a major undertaking.  Some of the products outperformed the leading brands in their category, a little bit of retail madness. Read more →

Judgement Dinner, Recipe to Riches

10 Nov
November 10, 2013

Last Wednesday evening a dinner party was arranged like no other.  A group of food bloggers and foodie friends gathered together to predict who we felt should win season one of Recipe to Riches Australia.

Over the past 11 weeks I had purchased an extra few packets of each weeks’ winning product.  The idea was to put all the products through their paces one more time.  One last complete road test to decide who’s product should be the Recipe to Riches Season 1 winner.  Who would win $100,000 and find their product on Woolworths shelves for good?

As you can see from the above photo it was a fun night.  There was even opera sung as pizzas were being whipped up in the kitchen. Read more →

Butcher’s Secret Hearty Stew, Recipe to Riches

30 Oct
October 30, 2013

Apologies for how late my review of this week’s Recipe to Riches product is today.  Has been a bit of a stress filled day at Belly Rumbles’ HQ.  More about our overflowing sewerage and my cloud accounting woes in a future post.  Let’s just cut to the chase as it is nearly Thursday as I type this.

Episode 10 of Recipe to Riches this week.  That means only one more winning recipe to come before the all over winner is announced in episode 12.  This week it was all about classic dishes.

I will be honest,  I wanted Andrew & Judy’s Grand L’Orange Roast Duck to win.  I know a lot of people enjoy duck but aren’t comfortable cooking it at home.  They have tried and failed, and not bothered to try again.  Or the thought of cooking duck is just too daunting.  I also do enjoy the odd duck breast.  This ready to heat product I thought was a winner.

Alas, I knew the duck wasn’t going to win.  My theory was that the finished dish would have been priced way too high to make it a viable contender.  This was sort of confirmed by judges comments.  Luv-a-Duck do an okay pre-made range of duck dishes, but the range isn’t cheap.  With those figures in my head, I knew the duck wasn’t going to make it.

I didn’t want Justine’s Lamb Shank Risotto to win.  Purely as I don’t eat lamb, nothing against Justine, she seemed very lovely.

My second preference for winner, Susie, made it through with her slow cooked oxtail stew. Read more →

Rude Boy Rib Sauce, Recipe to Riches

23 Oct
October 23, 2013

Episode 9 of Recipe to Riches Australia already.  The series is coming to an end, and I just worked out I am going to have to find something else to  pick on each week.  Kidding, it’s been great fun and I have loved the feedback and comments from everyone.  Even people that aren’t watching the show are weighing in on the discussions.

This week was all about Man Food.  I made sure the two resident Man Food experts watched this episode with me.  It is quite interesting what they pick up that I don’t.  Took Mac less than five seconds of watching the batch up this week to point out to me that nobody in the kitchen were wearing hair nets.  Interesting observation, as the food is being prepared in a commercial manner.

I was also informed by Josh, as I am not a man, I should wait till he got home from college to write my review.  And all three of us had a heated discussion on the differences between rissoles and meatballs.

The two recipes that received golden tickets but didn’t end up winning were Themis and his bolognaise minced meat pie and Christina and her meatballs.

Themis didn’t make it through batch up.  I was quite relieved by this as I had visions of another gristle episode if he was the winner.   Bobby’s rib sauce ended up beating Christina’s meatballs in the end.  We were a little confused whether the ribs were to be included or not with the sauce.  I suspected not and I was quite happy with this as it meant I got to choose my meat.  I really am such a fussy girl. Read more →

Rosie’s Kitchen Almond Meringue Biscuits, Recipe to Riches

16 Oct
October 16, 2013

This week’s episode, number eight, is about Food for Thought.  The healthier alternatives on our supermarket shelves, gluten free, sugar free etc.

Firstly the two golden ticket winners that didn’t get their recipes on the shelves this week.

Elizabeth’s sugar free slice came about due to her daughter Poppy suffering from Kawasaki Disease.    The whole family went sugar free.  Nice looking slice, apparently really tasty.  Sadly in the end the chocolate raspberry sugar free slice, though sugar free, was way too sweet as there was an overabundance of natural sugars in it.  Elizabeth was sent packing after batch up.

Rebecca had a super food for baby, using quinoa, prepared fresh and snapped frozen in cute little shapes.  Cute baby cubes, frozen in plastic shaped ice cube trays.   There were a few hiccups in the preparation of these cubes in the batch up kitchen.  We had a little drama of the baby food potentially not reaching health safety standards.  In the end drama is resolved via a few phone calls and Rebecca makes it through to the final round.

Unfortunately, like the Highlander, in the end there can be only one.  In this case it is Rosie who is the episode victor with her gluten free almond biscuits.  I am sort of glad the baby food didn’t win.  It meant I didn’t have to steal/borrow/hire a baby to taste test for me, the alternative was to eat it myself.  Adult taste buds, therefore wouldn’t have been an accurate road test, I am pretty sure I would of hated it. Read more →

Golden Greek Pizza Base Kit, Recipe to Riches

09 Oct
October 9, 2013

This week, episode 7, saw Daz, Nobby & Caroline go looking for recipes for the DIY category of the series.  They were after a “cracking easy to make recipe kit”.

I am keeping mum on my opinions of the winning product until after the ingredient list run down.  I have a lot of opinions, actually I went through a whole gamut of them regarding the winning product this week.

Before we talk about the other two golden ticket winners, I want to talk about the recipe that I feel ‘got away’.

I can hear you all asking, ‘Who and what got away, Sara?’  I saw a glimpse last night of a product I felt could of been a winner.  Kathleen’s magic cookie jars.

What attracted me to this product was two things. The packaging, yes I know that would of changed during the course of the show.  The other, all you needed to do was add water to achieve home baked cookies.  For me, that meant I wouldn’t get home, or more importantly already have that product in my cupboard, and discover a lack of eggs, butter or milk in the fridge that I may need.  All I needed to make cookies was the tap on my kitchen sink.  Bingo, instant cookies.  I thought the concept was brilliant.  Kathleen, I am stealing your idea for Christmas presents this year!

Now on to our golden ticket winners, beside Chris who made the winner pizza kit.  This week we had  Amanda and Elise.  Read more →

Road Test: Chocorn, Recipe to Riches

02 Oct
October 2, 2013

I seriously thought that last nights’ episode of Recipe to Riches was going to give me an aneurysm.  We had macarons, raspberry slice and chocolate coated popcorn.  All products that are already on the market, yet again!

What I really want to see is something truly different make it through to the final three for batch up.  I am starting to crave Daniel’s prawn ice cream that didn’t make it through last week, just due to uniqueness.

Last night was Episode 6, and it was about Sweets.  Who were our lucky golden ticket recipients and what did they have to offer?

Patsy the sweet grandmother from Tasmania with her raspberry slice.  Patsy is here due to her grandson Lochie’s  nudging.  It looks a lovely raspberry slice, but very similar in look to coconut slice you can buy at most cake shops and supermarkets.  I am sure she would take out 1st prize in any CWA bakeoff.

Self taught macaron maker, Karen from Canberra, with her chocolate ganache filled Violet French Macarons.  I am slightly over the macaron hype, they are everywhere, including your freezer section in Woolworths.  When I saw Karen’s macarons I actually blurted out loudly “Pleeeeease No!”.  What makes these macarons unique compared to all others out there, she uses edible perfume/essence.  Apparently this have never been done before.  Let me call Adriano!  I need to warn him, I am sure he is shaking in his boots.

I think it is Karen’s back story that was of more interest to producers of the show, rather than her recipe.  She sadly had a head injury three years ago which robbed her of her sense of smell and taste.  I can’t imagine going through life without those two senses, especially as food is a major part of mine.  Her daughter is her taste tester.

Then there was the episode winner, Garth.  Chocolate covered popcorn inspired by trips to the movies where popcorn was dipped into his choc top.  Personally I like Smiths chips and Smarties together :) Read more →