September 29, 2014

Bolognese Stuffed Pasta Shells

The year is quickly coming to an end and life is getting busier so quick and easy family meals are a life saver. 

Everyone loves Bolognese and these stuffed pasta shells are sure to be a hit


Bolognese Sauce

1 x Brown Onion
3 x Cloves Garlic
50 grams Extra Virgin Olive Oil
500 grams Premium Beef Mince
800 grams Organic canned tomato 
140 grams Tomato paste

Bechamel Sauce

100mL Light Milk
20 grams Plain Flour
Grating of Parmesan Cheese

To Assemble

Large Pasta Shells
Mozzarella Cheese


1. Saute onion and garlic in the extra virgin olive for 3 minutes - 90 degrees speed 3 reverse
2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil for the pasta shells
3. Add Premium Beef Mince to the bowl and cook for 10 minutes - 100 degrees speed 4 reverse
4. Scrape down the sides and add water, fresh tomato, tomato paste and diced tomatoes to the bowl - 100 degrees speed 4 reverse.

5. Add pasta to the saucepan and cook as per instructions on the packet
5. Take a large baking dish and take a small spoonful of the Bolognese mixture and lightly stuff each pasta shell and add to the baking dish
7. In your thermomix bowl add milk, plain flour and some Parmesan to the Thermomix Bowl and heat to 60 degrees for 4 minutes
8. Pour mixture ontop of your shells and add Mozzarella Cheese to the top
9. Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden

September 22, 2014

Book Review - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl has been on my books to read for a while now and finally earlier this year I brought and read this book in no time at all I was addicted and needed to know what happened. 

With the movies release next month I thought I would share my Book Review now in the lead up to the film tie in. I can not wait to see this movie 

A random day may not end the way you think it may.

Nick gets a phone call at the bar from his noisy alcoholic neighbour who advises Nick that his front door is wide open and his car is parked outside when it should be inside. Nick is used to this behave so says he will be home shortly.

When Nick returns home he finds his door wide open, which is strange cause Amy would never leave the house wide open. The kettle is burning, the iron is left on and it looks like there has been a scuffle in the lounge room. Amy is missing! 

The book entails clues, accusations and betrayal through two perspectives of the story, each written in first person

 Nick Dunne, the husband of Amy Dunne, through the devastating day she goes missing and the days after
and Amy Dunne, the woman missing, through diary entries spanning their entire relationship

Through every part of the story there are twists and turns and the plot thickens. I found myself questioning everyone including Nick as to where Amy was and why would they murder her and still after reading the book I find myself thinking about this novel

Nick will make bad choices whilst in the public eye but could he really kill his wife and on their 5th Anniversary?

Gone Girl will not disappoint it has everything from deception, betrayal, lies, manipulation and everything in between. You will find yourself questioning little key points and the medias twists that can change everyones opinions. 

The way Gillian Flynn wrote it with the current situation written as Nick and the past in the diary entry form as Amy was perfect, as everyone has always said there are two sides of the story and this worked a way I would not have expected and I am still thinking about this books months after I have read it

I also loved the little things in the book that seemed to try to distract you from the proceedings of the case, they were only small details but also made you question whether there was more to it that we may not know yet. 

My favourite quote in the book was when Nick discusses the name for the Bar he opened with his sister. They named the Bar 'The Bar' and the first customer said to the 'I like the name. Like in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Audrey Hepburn's cat was named cat.'  It was early in the book and being a massive Audrey Hepburn fan it stayed with me the whole book and whenever they mentioned 'The Bar' I would find myself going back to the Audrey Hepburn reference

I can not wait to see this movie and I highly recommend this book to read as it is like no other suspense and thriller book that I have read before

Will you be seeing Gone Girl at the movies?

September 19, 2014

Fresh Food Friday - Simple Potato Salad

It is slowly getting warmer in Australia which means more salad based meals. Today for Fresh Food Friday I am sharing my favourite Simple Potato Salad

I get asked to make this for family events and it is so simple yet so popular

Simple Potato Salad


1kg small baby delight potatoes
3 sticks of Chives
2 heaped Tablespoons of Whole Egg Mayonnaise


1. Wash and cut your potatoes into quarters
2. Add to a pot of cold water - roughly 1.5 Litres and place on high heat for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are slightly soft
3. Drain potatoes and leave to cool for half an hour
4. Finely slice the chives and mix with mayonnaise in a separate bowl
5. Add potatoes to your serving bowl and slightly fold through mayonnaise (be careful not the break potatoes)
6. Leave in the refrigerator until ready to serve

Serves 4-6

September 17, 2014

Cadbury Marvellous Creations - Carnival Edition

Exciting new flavours about to hit the Chocolate Isle. The Carnival Edition Cadbury Marvellous Creations will soon be available in the stores and the Chief Chocolate Master has returned to review and taste test 2 of the new 6 flavours available

Carnival Edition - Cola Popping Candy Fizzy Crunch

Poppy Candy takes you back to your childhood and what lolly do you remember from your childhood, Cola Bottles. It brings back so many memories of your favourite carnival snacks

My chief Chocolate Master gives the Cola Popping Candy Fizzy Crunch 5 out of 5 Laughing Clowns at the Cadbury Carnival


Carnival Edition - Caramel Shakes

Dairy Milk Chocolate and a crunchy caramel pieces in a caramel flavoured crispy candy shell

A new twist on the classic caramel flavour, you can not stop at one

My chief Chocolate Master gives the Caramel Shakes 4 out of 5 Laughing Clowns at the Cadbury Carnival

The Carnival Edition does not start there other flavours include 

Orange Lolly Orange Chew Fizzy Crunch Chocolate
Toffee Apple Chew Toffee Apple Chip Crunchie Bits
Jelly Zingers
Toffee Nutters

The Carnival Edition Marvellous Creations are available at your local supermarket now!

Please note we received a block of each flavour to taste and review.

Book Review - Baguette Murder by Harper Lin

Baguette Murder is the third installment in the Harper Lin Patisserie Mystery 

Clemence has returned from a spa weekend away with one of her friends, Rose. When Rose and Clemence return to Rose's apartment they find her slumped dead at the dining room table. The only clue for when the murder happened is a slightly stale Baguette from Clemence's family bakery. 

Clemence will again lead her own investigation in the murder, but will love get in the way of the case?

I really enjoyed the third instalment of the Patisserie Mystery, it went a little more personal into the life of Clemence not purely just the murder that took place. 

As with the last two books in the series this book has some gorgeous French Bread and Baguette recipes for you to bring some Baguette Murder into your life

Can not wait to see what Book 4 will bring......maybe the case of the Madeline 

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