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Cocktail Friday – The National Hotel’s Saigon Red

by | Cocktail Friday, Made


Ms Chinoiserie

Saigon Red Cocktail

For this week’s Cocktail Friday, I’ve well and truly been transported to the tropics!!! Created by Dan Weal at The National Hotel, the Saigon Red’s combination of lemongrass and mint with the tang of lime and vodka only gets better with the hint of ginger! Serve it as a pre-dinner drink and the pop of colour is sure to impress too!


1/4 red Dragonfruit (small  – medium sized) fresh fruit
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon chopped lemongrass
1 sprig of Vietnamese mint
20ml lime juice
30ml Vodka
15 ml Ginger piquer
10ml simple sugar syrup


Muddle ginger, mint and lemongrass in a shaker. Add chopped dragon fruit, lime juice, vodka, ginger liquer and sugar syrup and shake hard.

Double strain into a pilsner or sling glass. Fill with ice and top with soda. Garnish with mint and wedge of dragon fruit.

Providence Gully Double Choc Pomegranate Delights

by | Made, Recipes


Providence Gully
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At Providence Gully we have a wonderful Pomegranate orchard and I have combined my favourite double chocolate biscuits with chunks of Pomegranate Turkish Delight in this recipe for you. I love using produce from the garden, and of course eggs from my happy hens; the kitchen aroma whilst these biscuits were cooking was just yummy!


150g dark chocolate, chopped

180g butter, cubed

90g cocoa

280g brown sugar

185g plain flour

3 eggs, lightly beaten

200g Pomegranate Turkish Delight, chopped (can use store bought or make your own)


Melt chocolate and butter together in a small saucepan. Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate and butter mix, eggs and Turkish Delight and mix until combined.  Drop tablespoon sized dollops of mixture onto lined baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees. Cool on wire rack and enjoy!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: These biscuits are really a wonderful “delight”: Ms Polka Dot made a double batch and they didn’t last long!!!!

About Providence Gully:  We are located in the heart of the Historic Goldfields Region of Central Victoria, only 15 minutes from Castlemaine and Daylesford. Established in 1858, we have reinvigorated the settler’s cottage, rustic barn and surrounding orchards with a careful eye to bring warmth and charm to this country property. Our beautiful olive grove, apple and pomegranate orchards and many other idyllic bush settings are perfect for wedding ceremonies and stunning photographs.

Tuesday Type – Bookeyed Martin

by | Made, Tuesday Type


Polka Dot Bride


Bookeyed Martin™

What a delightful font Bookeyed Martin is with its ‘pen and ink drawn’ quality. Whimsical and quirky it would be as perfect on blackboard signage as on invitations for a garden or backyard wedding. Combined with garlands of flowers or leaves, its whimsical nature is even more enhanced.

Bookeyed Martin™ 1

Bookeyed Martin is available from My Fonts.

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