A chocolate heaven cake and a giveaway to the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show

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It’s nearly time for the Good food and wine show in Melbourne again.  I have gone almost every year. I love to get new ideas and inspirations from well renowned chefs and new produce I am introduced to.

This year Melbournians will get the chance to see popular UK chef Ainsley Harriott.  He has been appointed the face of this year’s Good food and wine show in Melbourne.  He will be present all 4 days during the show 5-8 June .  Ainsley will share tips and handy ticks during his live cooking demonstrations.

I have followed his career for many years and have collected a lot of his cook books.  I have also managed to cook many recipes from his books.

In celebration of  his appearance in this year’s show I have decided to share one of my favourite recipe of his.  The chocolate heaven cake.  This cake is to die for.  It really is heavenly.  Hubby says it’s light, fluffy and rich all at the same time.

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Recipe:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 150g softened unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  •  1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 200ml sour cream , at room temperature

Frosting

  • 350g dark chocolate
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225ml milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 180degC (160degC fanforced)
  2. Prepare 3x 20cm round baking tins
  3. In a heatproof bowl, break the chocolate into pieces and melt over a pan of barely simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir until smooth and cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Gradually add the eggs, mixing well after each addition.  Add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate and mix until smooth.
  5. Sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and cocoa.  Fold into the creamed mixture in alternate batches with the sour cream.  Mix well between each addition.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly between the 3 tins and bake for about 25 minutes, until the cakes are springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the middle of one of them comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once the cakes are completely cold, make the frosting.  In a large bowl, melt the butter with the chocolate chunks set over a pan of barely simmering water.  Melt until smooth, stirring occasionally.  In another bowl, whisk together the icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk until completely smooth.  Add the melted chocolate and butter and mix until combined.  Set aside for about 30 minutes to thicken slightly.
  8. Place one of the cakes on a serving plate and spread with a little frosting.  Cover with another cake and more frosting.  Top with the remaining cake and lightly press all the cake layers together.  Use a palette knife to spread the remaining frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.

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Would you like to attend the Good Food and Wine show in Melbourne?  I have a double pass to the show to giveaway to one of my readers.

It is simple to enter.  Just leave a comment below and share this post on Facebook and twitter.  This competition is only for readers who are able to attend the show in Melbourne.  The competition does not include flights or accommodation.

Competition ends midnight 24th may 2015.  I will contact the winner via email.

For more information on the Good food and wine show click here

Good Luck,

Cherrie

Cake Bake and Sweets Show Melbourne Giveaway!

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Let Melbourne eat cake!

The inaugural Melbourne Cake Bake and Sweets Show will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 3rd to 5th October 2014.

If you have a passion for baking, like myself, or just eating sweets, like Hubby, then you’ll want to head to the event which is devoted to all things baking and the art of baking.  Guests will get the chance to see a line up of some of the best international and home grown baking stars.  Guests like US celebrity chef and TV star Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, and one of Australia’s favourite patissiers, Adriano Zumbo, will have live demonstrations.  You can learn all the tricks of the trade.

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At the show you can shop till you drop, taste till you’re full and watch demonstrations or take part in workshops to become an expert.  For tickets and more information visit their website http://www.cakebakeandsweets.com/melbourne/

I’m happy to announce that I have 4 double passes to give away to this fantastic event and it’s easy to enter.  I will choose the winners randomly and contact successful readers via email so please make sure you provide a valid address.

To enter just follow these 2 easy steps:

  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this post stating why you would love to attend the show.
  • Share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

Please note:

  • The competition is open to all readers who can attend the Melbourne event between 3-5 October 2014 (flights and accommodation will not be provided)
  • Competition ends midnight Friday 26th September 2014

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND I HAVE CHOSEN THE WINNERS.

The winners have been contacted by Email.

The winners are:

Effie B

Rabby

Hilda

MissMiss

Congratulations to all the winners!

I’m excited! Cherrie #HobokenStyleBaby

Lots of Pizza eating during the Melbourne Pizza Festival 2013

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Melbourne Pizza Festival is on right now.  For more information, read about it here.

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I was fortunate enough to have been invited to attend a couple of events.  I was also honoured to have met the Pizza Festival Director, Matteo Rubbettino.  Matteo created this festival because he wanted Australians to experience the variations of pizzas from different regions and to showcase the pizza makers that create their pizzas with passion and skill.

I attended my first event at Feldman’s in Fitzroy where Chef Andrea Caroli, works his magic on creating delectable pizzas.  Along with Jason Pitt looking after us, my pizza experience at Feldman’s was a memorable one.

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Hubby and I enjoyed 2 pizza’s  at Feldman’s.  One was the Bocconcini,  gorgonzola, semi dried figs, prosciutto.  This pizza is one of their more popular ones.  The sweetness of the figs counteracts the saltiness of the prosciutto and gorgonzola.  It was fantastic.

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Also tried the Tomato, fior di latte, italian sausage, mushroom, smoked scarmoza.  I’ve never had fior di latte (mozzarella made from cow) or scarmoza cheese before, so I had to try this one.  It, too was tasty.  I’m glad we made the right choices.

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Our second Pizza festival event was at Za-Za’s in Richmond.  Za-Za’s is a trattoria in true casalinga style: warm and welcoming, expressive and passionate, with plentiful food and excellent coffee.  The service is friendly and personal.  Morena Miceli likes to make sure her customers are well fed and happy when they leave.  This time hubby and I decided to take the kiddies along as they too, love pizza and we knew they would enjoy the true taste of pizza served at Za-Za’s.  And, of course, they did.

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We tried The Bufalina Pizza, which  has Italian tomato salsa, local buffalo mozzarella by Giorgio Linguanti of That’s Amore Cheese, basil & E.V.O Oil  It was light and fresh.  There was plenty of sauce and cheese.

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We also tried the Pucinella Pizza, which was amazing.  It is half Margherita & half Calzone filled with leg ham &  Fior di Latte.  The ham in the calzone was amazing and full of flavour.

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I’m glad we attended events of the Pizza Festival.  It gave us the opportunity to try authentic pizzas at amazing restaurants.

If you want to attend events, you still have time.  The festival will come to a close this Sunday 30th June 2013 where a closing event will be held.  You can purchase tickets to attend.  It’s $25 for all-you-can-eat pizza.  Now that’s a deal!  Check out their website here to find out how to get your hands on these tickets.

I attended the 2 events courtesy of Kathryn from Keepleft PR and Matteo of Pizza Festival.

Buon Appetito,

Cherrie

Melbourne Pizza Festival 2013

I love Melbourne. It’s a foodie heaven. There’s always something going on in this city of mine.

The event I want to let you all know that is happening this very moment is The Melbourne Pizza Festival!!

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The festival is all about celebrating authentic Italian pizza, its history and cultural significance, plus of course bringing people together to enjoy the most delicious pizza in town.

Festival organiser, Matteo Rubbettino is a food journalist who splits his time between Melbourne and his Italian homeland. He explains “I created the Pizza Festival to help showcase the skill and passion behind artisan pizza-making, and as a way of educating Australians about the regional pizza variations so fondly eaten around my country. Every place you go has a particular product, like a fingerprint, which is a result of preferences in process, ingredients, tools and craft.”

The festival is currently on until the end of the month. The idea behind the Pizza Event, is to try as many different authentic Italian style pizzas as you can.  For this reason, a selection of Australia’s best pizzerias will be taking part during the festival.  Each event is $2o which will get you a pizza and a beer/wine/soft drink or for $50 you can try 3 different pizzerias.

For more information and to book your seat in various events during the pizza Festival visit their site http://pizzafestival.com.au/melbourne/

I’ll be attending various events so stay tuned for my review

Buon Appetito,

Cherrie

New Moro Seleccion Hojiblanca Olive Oil launch at Bohemian Bar and Restaurant.

Australia's number one brand of olive oil, Moro, has launched a new specialty mono varietal extra virgin olive oil, Moro Seleccion Hojiblanca (Ogh-hee-blanca).
Company Director, David Valmorbida says the new Seleccion Hojiblanca has been developed to provide an extra virgin olive oil with a very specific taste, made using only a single variety of olive, the Hojiblanca. It is perfect for dipping, drizzling and finishing dishes such as seafood and vegetables, but it is also ideal for sauteing and baking both sweet and savoury dishes.
I attended the launch of the new olive oil at the Bohemiam bar and restaurant. As we arrived, David, himself lead us through the tastings of 3 different olive oils. We were taught how to properly taste olive oil in order to appreciate the different tastes and textures of the olive oil.

How to taste Olive oil.

Step 1: With the glass covered by the lid or your hand, cup and rotate the glass in your other hand to warm it up. Swirl the oil on the sides of the glass to increase the surface area for the oil to release the volatile scents.

Step 2: Before tasting the oil, uncover the glass and smell the olive oil. This will give you your first indications of the quality and type of oil.

Step 3: Put a small amount of oil in your mouth and let it warm up for a moment or two so the taste spreads throughout the mouth.

Step 4: Begin inhaling or sipping air in quick gasps. This helps to oxygenise the oil and intensify the aromas.

Step 5: After completing the tasting, allow a minute or two for the full flavour of the olive oil to rest and develop in your mouth.

We were also treated to a range of dishes that featured Seleccion Hojiblanca Olive Oil.
Olive oil spheres

Grilled octopus, potato and paprika

Vegetarian paella

Seafood paella

Set bacalao mousse, red pepper, egg yolk and cod skin

Confit pork ribs, artichoke, cabbage and coriander

Homemade ricotta, beetroot, dehydrated black olive

Olive oil ice cream, chocolate and almond sponge

The New Seleccion Hojiblanca Olive Oil will be available in a 500ml bottle and a four litre tin at major supermarkets and selected independent supermarkets and delcatessens from late August 2012.

I attended the product launch at Bohemian bar and restaurant courtesy of Dig Marketing Group and Moro.

Bon Appetite,

Cherrie

 

A Foodie Affair with Marion

I was invited to a Foodie Affair to remember.  Along with other food bloggers we were treated to a night of canapés, product samples and a cooking demo from a former Masterchef contestant, Marion Grasby.

There were many  product samples that were on offer like Maille mustards, The cheesecake shop, Cobram Estate, Annabel Trends and Allergy Riders.

I have to say, I really enjoyed the profiteroles by the cheesecake shop.  They were filled with either a strawberry, chocolate or (my favourite) caramel creams.  I didn’t realise they offer more than cakes.  I do now!

There was a pressure cooker cooking demo by Fissler.  Shellie and I were commenting on how we are scared of these things because of stories of explosions in the kitchen.  We were assured that it wouldn’t happen with the modern pressure cookers as there are 3 separate fail safe features that prevent that. Thank Goodness!

We were also shown a few delicious recipes using the bamix stick blender and Magimix food processor.

The cooking demo by Marion was fun and delicious.  She demonstrated how easy it was to use her product range, Marion’s kitchen.  She even commented that it was “Daddy proof”. That’s exactly what I need at home so when I come home from a busy day at work, Hubby has dinner cooked and the table set.  I was also lucky enough to get Marion’s autograph on my Marion’s cookbook!

For your chance to win one of two Fissler 5 piece Sardinia set, simply go to and “like” Eat. Drink. Enjoy. Facebook  page.  It’s that easy.

Food Bloggers in attendance 🙂

I attended the “A foodie Affair” event courtesy of 360 Focus PR.

Bon Appetite,

Cherrie

Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show 2011

This year marked the eleventh year of the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show.  It gets bigger and stronger every year, with more and more exhibitors showcasing their products. This year a few bloggers were invited on the Friday evening to see Gary and George from Masterchef do a live cooking demonstration.     We were also treated to a nice visit and chat session with Poh Ling Yeow from Mastercherf season 1.    She told us what her up and coming projects were and answered some of our questions.  We were all so excited to see Poh.  She is so lively and genuine in real life.  After the session we all jumped at the chance to have our photos taken with her.

We were also ushered to the Ingham Turkey Bar.   They had samplers of mini turkey burgers all day.  I had a Mediterranean turkey burger and it was very tasty.  A great substitute for a chicken burger.

I enjoyed the show so much that evening that I went back on Sunday with Hubby, Deanna and my Mother-in-law.

There were lots of samples to see and eat and we made our way through some of the stalls.  

There were lots of cooking demonstrations going on at different kitchens.  Apart from George and Gary, I saw Miguel Maestre and Jill Dupleix.

Jill DupleixWe had a good time at the show this year.  Looking forward to next year’s event.

Bon Appetite,

Cherrie