SAY CHEESE: MY NETHERLANDS ADVENTURE

They say sweet dreams are made of cheese, so you can understand why I had to pinch myself a few times when Frico asked me if I'd like to join them in the Netherlands to experience a whole land of cheesey adventures. It's not everyday that you have the opportunity to travel to the other side of the world to discover beautiful places and beautiful people, all in the name of one of my favourite ingredients. Even though I would consider myself someone who knows a thing or two about food, there's no denying I had so much to learn when it came down to the medieval artisan process that the Dutch do so very well.

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PURCHASE MY 'PETALS ON A PLATE' PRINT AND SUPPORT CAKE ANGELS

Feeling some serious love for one of my favourite cake creations, I painted an illustration to honour it. With help from The Wanderlust Collective, it was turned into a digital piece that I can now share with everyone, everywhere. Click here for a looksieWanting to support a good cause and with a shared love of sweets, I’ve collaborated with Cake Angels, donating 20% from every print sold. This amazing organisation donates beautiful, custom designed celebration cakes to children with serious health conditions to help create treasured memories of their special day.  The entire charity is run by volunteers, connecting cake makers with unwell kids and their families all over Australia! Pretty incredible huh?! 

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3 QUICK TIPS FOR CAPTURING BEAUTIFUL FOOD

I'm definitely not an expert, but you're probably already aware that I love capturing my own culinary creations. Trust me when I say I don't do this to show off. I do it because I want to inspire people and share my love of beautiful food and produce with people in all it's honesty (it also makes me very, very happy on the inside). I recently created, styled and photographed 3 desserts in my own home for Rachel’s Gourmet Yoghurt, the pressure was on as I wasn’t doing it for myself, but for another brand. Each dish had to be unique in it’s own way and look as decadent as the flavour of the product I was cooking with. These images were pretty popular and after being asked a fair few times about my Instagram photos -  I thought I'd dedicate this month's blog post to DIY food photography by giving you 3 quick tips for taking a photo that's less meatloaf and more magnifique.

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LET'S TALK EDIBLE FLOWERS

I find it a little strange that in the culinary world we live in, the term edible flowers is used to describe a very long list of blooms that are very different in look, smell, taste, texture and size. It's like saying, garnish with "herbs" when we know that throwing a large handful of sage on your sashimi platter, adding lavender to your Mum's Sunday roast or sprinkling dill onto your chocolate tart isn't going to do your cooking any flavour-favours. Topping a plate of food with coloured petals has somehow become a way of making it look instragram-worthy, but there's definitely more than meets the eye with this trending garnish. Based on my love of nature and of course plating up, I'm going to walk you through the flowers I have growing, some suggestions and some do's and don'ts. Let's start with my herb garden.

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MUD CAKE, WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?

In case you weren't aware, it's Valentine's Day. As a a past student and ambassador for Endeavour College of Natural Health, I was over the moon when asked to develop a romantic, whole-food based recipe for Valentine's Day – a day always affiliated with chocolate, roses and declaring your love for someone. I started brainstorming ideas and it really got me thinking. The result? I booked a date with a mud cake!

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Honey: It must be love

Hi, my name's Georgia and I have an addiction to honey. On cleaning out my pantry, I discovered 5 different jars, all opened and all purchased recently. It's fair to say I do cook with it a lot and it's definitely on my radar when I'm travelling or on the hunt for produce, but 5 jars?! During my moment of clarity I realised all the reasons why I love this golden gift of nature so much. And so, I started typing.

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Riding solo: My first degustation menu

As much as I loved being pushed to my culinary limits throughout MasterChef, there’s nothing better than creating food for people in a relaxed environment, relieved of pressure and that giant clock. I thought I would share my first real solo-cook with you since leaving the MC kitchen. Free from cameras, microphones and Heston, there I was, free to cook whatever I wanted for 14 lovely people in one of their homes. Challenge accepted. 

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