A giveaway to warm the heart of your cockles

A giveaway to warm the heart of your cockles

How cold is this winter? Super cold. Here in the Sunshine State it is all gorgeous sunny days that are actually a bit arctic. People are walking around in 3 jumpers because no one actually owns an overcoat in a subtropical climate. It is strange and lovely to smell everyones wood fires going, I’m sure those fireplaces have only ever seen decorative candles before. I do not have a wood burning fire place, or even a heater, so it has been a bit of a rude shock to me. OK, I have a fireplace in the garden, but that won’t…

Authentic Cajun Creole Food at Movie World: an Interview with Chef Adam Smith!

Authentic Cajun Creole Food at Movie World: an Interview with Chef Adam Smith!

If you caught my recent post about the new menu developed for Carnivale at Movie World, you might have realised that Cajun Creole food is kinda my thing. I seem to have some inbuilt understanding of it, which is very strange for a girl from the northern beaches of Sydney, and a girl with Irish ancestry at that – it’s about as far away from New Orleans as you can get. I can only put it down to a past life experience, how else could you explain me ‘inventing’ Smothered Chicken as a 17 year old? You can’t! Lets just…

Carnivale!

Carnivale!

For Wordless Wednesday I thought I would share a taste of Movie World’s Carnivale, a nightly themed street show inspired by the best of New Orlean’s Mardi Gras and Rio’s Carnivale. With live jazz, performers, a parade, and an amazing menu, you are guaranteed a fantastic night! Hot Sauce is available at every stand, as it should be. Proper Jambalaya. I know it’s proper because I lived in New Orleans in a former life.  Smokey ribs, Orleans Dog, Jambalaya and Stuffed Jalapenos. The food on offer is surprisingly authentic. Seafood Chowder, the star of the show! (Don’t tell Bugs)   Gumbo,…

Gnocchi ala Romana with Bacon wrapped Pork Loin

Gnocchi ala Romana with Bacon wrapped Pork Loin

Two recipes today! These 2 easy dishes where the heroes in a recent Italian inspired table, and they where so impressive I didn’t want to separate them. (Although I’m sure they’d play happily with other dishes) Gnocchi Ala Romana (egg free) This traditional gnocchi ala Romana was so, so good. I was worried that without the egg it would turn into a crumbly mass but after I played around with the measurements it worked really well, and has become an instant family favourite. Ingredients 3 cups of milk (I used whole milk) 100g of butter 1 cup of fine semolina…

The Naked Magicians

The Naked Magicians

Yes, men who are NAKED and doing MAGIC TRICKS! I’m not a prude (OK, maybe just a little bit) but I was a bit nervous about attending this particular media preview. It was a Monday morning after all. Would I at least have time for a coffee beforehand?  The Naked Magicians are Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, both respected Magicians in their own right, with an impressive history of stage, television and corporate performances between them. The concept for The Naked Magicians was born presumably after a few drinks, when the question was asked ‘What if Magic Mike was actually…

Thoughts on Kitchen Design

Thoughts on Kitchen Design

It’s no secret I am lusting after a new kitchen. The kitchen we have is horrible – dysfunctional AND super ugly. It is a tiny galley style kitchen, with exactly 90cm between each bench. If there is more than one person in there, it becomes claustrophobic. The storage is not very well thought out and there is not enough room for our stuff, so it ends up piled on top of cupboards and takes up valuable space on the benches. We don’t have a stuff problem, we have a storage problem! I wasn’t joking when I said the kitchen is…

Movie Review: Maleficent

Movie Review: Maleficent

via As a little girl, I was fascinated by Maleficent, the evil fairy that curses Sleeping Beauty. I wasn’t at all into being a princess, or wearing pink, nor did I have any dreams of marrying my Prince Charming; it all seemed a bit saccharine and felt completely false to me and my world. My day dreams where full of powerful (and beautiful) magical beings that took no shit from anyone and made no excuses. Maleficent was my ideal. Fast forward a few decades and Angelina Jolie is one of my favourite actors, for the same reasons – she takes…

Treat Mum this Mothers Day with Tickets to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Treat Mum this Mothers Day with Tickets to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

How will you be showing your mum some appreciation this Mothers Day? Breakfast in bed, chocolates, some slippers? How would you like 4 tickets to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Happy Mothers Day Concert instead? Good, I have 4 tickets to giveaway! via As part of the popular Music on Sundays Program, the Happy Mothers Day Concert is being staged on Sunday 11 May at 11.30am in the Concert Hall at QPAC.  Concert highlights include Dvořák’s nostalgic Songs My Mother Taught Me and Brisbane husband-and-wife legends Pamela Page and Max Olding performing Czerny’s Piano Concerto for Four Hands. Hosted by one…

Home Secret Giveaway!

Home Secret Giveaway!

Are you familiar with Trade Secret? The outlet that has an ever evolving stock of big brand fashion at small prices? Well, we are all in luck because they have applied this principle to home wares. Yes, home wares! DECOR! My favourite thing in all the world to buy!!  Let me introduce you to HOME SECRET. Home Secret have recently opened their flagship store in Kawana, on the Sunshine Coast QLD, with plans underway for stores in other locations. On opening day alone, they had over 25,000 people hunting for home ware treasure! I went a few days later when…

The Ultimate Vegas Show Giveaway!

The Ultimate Vegas Show Giveaway!

Before we go any further you need to know that The Ultimate Vegas Show is on at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast. Sorry to get you all excited for Vegas. But!! If you are hankering for Las Vegas or even a grown up night out, then this will definitely float your boat; and face it – during the school holidays we can ALL do with a grown up night out. The Ultimate Vegas Show mixes magic, illusions, and juggling from a Las Vegas performance artist together with a flock of very finely feathered show girls and boys…