Sunday, July 27, 2014

Karen Lee's Kitchen Salted Caramel Sauce | Shopping

Sometimes when you have come down with the Winter's flu (like I have) you may crave for something salty and sweet at the same time. Have you tried Karen Lee's Kitchen Salted Caramel Sauce? A good balance of sweet and salty in this smooth, thick and delicious sauce. It's great with fresh bananas and pear. That's what I had it with. I haven't tried it yet but I wonder if you can make hot salted caramel milkshake with it too? If anyone has tried that, please let me know how it turns out.

It's handmade using the finest ingredients: sugar, cream, condensed milk, glucose syrup, butter, vanilla, Murray River pink salt.

For further information contact:
0419 288 566

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Dough Collective Handcrafted Bread | Sydney

Have you come across bread that is so soft that you just want to roll around and sleep on it? I now have. And it’s no ordinary supermarket bread but handcrafted bread. I was on my way to meet some friends for dinner on a Friday evening and I could not help but stop at the smell fresh artisan bread and the sight of soft dough. When I was a kid, I remembered jumping into a pool of coloured balls at theme parks and I didn’t see the fun in that as they were so jumping into bread rolls like this I could do. Why didn't they think of that?

The Dough Collective is located at 614 George Street, Sydney, directly opposite Events Cinemas, and you can try samples of each bread dough they handcraft. I had to ensure I did not indulge on too many samples or else I would have spoiled my dinner.

I bought the ‘Sailors Special’ for the following day’s breakfast. This bread roll contains: tuna, garlic sauce, shallots, walnuts, onions, black pepper and cream cheese. Each content is subtle so not overpowering but aromatic, emanating a nice herbal like flavour. There are about 60 different types of artisan rolls you can get.

The Dough Collective passion is to make the perfect bread and they succeed in this. The softness, taste and smell of each handcrafted bread roll will leave you craving for more. It takes time, 9 days exactly for them to make the perfect dough for you. Sweet or savoury, the choice is yours.

Shop G5, 614 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9264 6608


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Making Jamaican Tea Chocolate | Recipe

On a chilly Sydney afternoon, I made a cup of hot chocolate for warm comfort in my favourite mug. I didn't make just any hot chocolate this afternoon, but 'Jamaican Chocolate Tea'. In Jamaica, their version of hot chocolate, called chocolate tea, is made from all natural raw chocolate. Grated to a powder and combined with cinnamon, hot milk, the full flavour of the cocoa makes this drink pure, earthy and delicious. It's so different from the off the shelf super market hot chocolate powder mix which I find way too sweet.


As a first step, I grinded the Jamaican cocoa into powder form using a grater that I use to grind carrots (the cocoa is rock hard so you can't just boil it with milk hoping it melts).

Step 2:

Boil the milk (but don't burn it!)

Step 3

Add 3 teaspoons of the cocoa powder into your large mug, 3/4 boiled hot milk and fill the rest of the mug with hot water. I added a teaspoon of coconut sugar (coconut sugar is meant to be better for you than white sugar) as a sweetener.

Voile! There you'll have a delicious hot chocolate West Indies style. I got the raw Jamaican cocoa from my cousins in Canada when they were visiting Australia earlier in the year. I took the first photo below on a beach on the Caribbean Island of Antigua & Barbuda, not far from Jamaica. I haven't seen raw Jamaican cocoa in any stores in Australia so this was a real treat today. If anyone knows of any store that sells cocoa in this raw form, would be happy to hear about it!