Vanilla Panna Cotta with Blueberry and Gin Soup

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Blueberry and Gin Soup Serves 7 450 ml whipping cream 275 ml full cream milk 50 ml castor sugar 1 vanilla bean 2 ½  leaves of gelatine Method Heat milk, cream, sugar and vanilla bean in a heavy based pot until, the sugar has dissolved and ingredients are hot but not boiling. Immerse gelatin leaves in luke warm water one at a time and leave to soften. Once they are soft and pliable squeeze in your hands to release all the water. Add the gelatin leaves to the milk and cream mixture and whisk well. ...

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Mussaman Curry of Beef  

Mussaman Curry of Beef   Serves 4 Ingredients                                                                                     2 royal blue ...

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Traditional Asian Master Stock Chicken

Traditional Asian Master Stock ChickenServes 6 Master StockMakes 2 litres (8 cups) 8 cloves garlic, peeled                                           1 stick cassia bar 15 white peppercorns                                                         3-star anise 2 tbsps. vegetable oil                                                             1 cup light soy sauce1⁄2 cup Chinese cooking ...

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Salami di Cioccolato

Salami di Cioccolato   Serves 8 – 10 people Ingredients 150 gm of granita biscuits                                  150 gm of dark chocolate 100 gm of milk chocolate                                    100 gm caster sugar 2 eggs ...

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Summer Holidays in Portugal

We have recently returned from a fabulous two-week holiday exploring everything Portugal has to offer, and are itching to share our fabulous memories! From experiencing the great hospitality and generosity of the Portuguese people, to eating the freshest seafood simply grilled on the open coals - we feel that we have truly been able to embrace Portuguese culture, life, and food.   Seeing the various villages of untouched beauty and tasting specialty dishes from all regions made us feel like we were stepping back in time, and Portugal's stunning ...

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JAZZ BY THE BAY IS BACK!

  Jazz By The Bay - hundreds of different events over 3 days - from 5pm Friday 1st June until 8pm Monday 4th June. Go to jazzbythebay.com.au for the full programme and get in to the swing!!! Head to the Bay for The Cool Sounds of Jazz We would argue that the South West is the place to be on any weekend - what could be more ideal. Nevertheless, once every year it exceeds even its own expectations and becomes the only place to be for jazz lovers everywhere, as the now famous annual Jazz by the Bay event swings round. It all begins on Friday 1st June ...

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Spoil Yourself with Classic Concierge Services

Plan ahead to enjoy this gorgeous arrival platter, using Classic Concierge, a local business that we are happy to recommend. They use local ingredients including Yallingup Cheese Company, Yallingup Wood-Fired Bread, Gaby's Muesli, Margaret River Free Range Eggs. Previous guests have been extremely happy with the quality and quantity of the produce, and the  exceptional service. Refer to their website - www.classicconcierge.com.au  

Birdwatching Margaret River: A guide for nature lovers

Pelican at Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp
Blue wrens, honeyeaters and black cockatoos - here's where to find them Watching and listening to birds in their natural habitat is a relaxing way to re-connect with nature. For visitors, birdwatching in Margaret River may not rank as highly as spotting a kangaroo  but one thing's for sure, there's plenty of opportunity to view Australia's feathered fauna here. Spotting the birds of the South West is a fun way to get out and about in the great outdoors. On a bird walk not only will you encounter the avifauna (galahs, wrens, cockatoos) you'll experience the beauti...

Chocolate, Peanut and Honey Truffles

Delectable treats for your loved one(s)! Valentine's Day is just round the corner, and the best gift is one made with love. A dinner, a box of home made truffles, or (for all the mums with little kids) - a sleep in would be amazing! These truffles are wonderfully simple to make. The kids always help me with the scooping and rolling - I'm sure they devour half the mixture as they work! We wish you, and your loved ones, a fantastic Valentines Day!   Ingredients 60 g butter 380g milk chocolate 110g honey 100ml cream 100g salted peanuts, ...

Some Yummy Recipes To Try

We have just finished this year's tours. We have met some wonderful people, and hope that they enjoyed their time with us as much as enjoyed showing them our Bella Tuscany. During our time off, we have been able to explore different regions of Italy, including the rolling hills of Marche. The Olive all' Ascolana in the following blog are from this region. And the Crostini with a Peperonata Salsa is to die for! Follow these up with the Slow Braised Pork Ribs and Finnocchi Gratinata.  Buonissimo!! Crostini with a Peperonata Salsa Serves 6 as a canapé  In...