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I have to say, I have been loving having the extra time lately to cook at home and not feel rushed. Everything is taking twice as long but I am appreciating the simple pleasures of combining ingredients and watching them come together into something absolutely delightful. This time has reminded me why I love cooking so much.

If you can find a supplier of native Australian ingredients, they make a great addition to any pantry. Most only require a pinch or a sprinkle to taste the unique difference in flavour these ingredients make. It is well worth experimenting with Lemon Myrtle, Saltbush, Native Pepper, Native Thyme, Wattleseed and many other herbs, spices and fruits.

This recipe is a great one to try at home yourselves. It is best enjoyed an hour after coming out of the oven with a slightly crunchy top and a rich chocolatey inside. The Riberries in this recipe add a beautiful tartness with clove, spice and berry flavours to compliment the sweetness of the chocolate. If you can’t find Riberries, frozen raspberries are a good substitute.

Serve with ice cream, fresh cream, fruit or just by itself.

Flourless Chocolate & Riberry Cake

Makes a 10-12 inch cake
Bake at 160°C for 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 400g chocolate
  • 300g butter
  • 200g yolks
  • 300g egg whites
  • 300g almond meal
  • 330g caster sugar
  • 100g Riberries (frozen)

Method:
1. Melt chocolate and butter together and mix well
2. Place half the sugar, almond meal and yolks into a large bowl
3. Whisk egg whites with remaining sugar on high speed until soft peaks form
4. Mix melted chocolate and butter into the dry ingredients and yolks
5. Finally fold through the egg whites and mix well
6. Stir through Riberries
7. Grease a nine-inch cake tin and fill to about two-thirds full

Cake is baked when a skewer comes out clean and cake starts to crack on top.

Ms Floral Says: This looks absolutely delicious and the perfect comfort food treat to whip up and devour at home!

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WATTLESEED ESPRESSO MARTINI

by | Cocktail Friday, Made

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Claire Bucklow of Refresh Hospitality
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Looks like a regular espresso martini right? Wrong! Rather than a vanilla sugar syrup we have upped the ante and replaced it with a wattleseed sugar infusion!

Wattleseed is a fantastic addition to this classic as it has a nutty, roasted coffee aroma already but also adds touches of sweet spice, raisins and chocolate.

Wattleseed was traditionally used by Aboriginal Australians and used to make a type of bush bread. We love to incorporate Australian influences into our food and beverage where we can! Wattleseed is not only fantastic to add a nutty biscuit flavour to cocktails but can simply be sprinkled in your daily food for that next level of flavour.

Image: Marie Luise 

Ingredients

  • 15ml Vodka
  • 30 ml Kahlua
  • 30ml Wattleseed sugar infusion
  • 30ml Espresso

Wattleseed Sugar Infusion Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp Wattleseed

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake! Shake! Shake!
  3. Strain the contents into a martini glass or cocktail coupe with a hawthorn strainer.
  4. Garnish with three coffee beans

Ms Floral Says: Oh yum! This sounds delicious. I love that you’ve incorporated bush food into this classic cocktail. A must-try for all Espresso Martini fans!

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Supporting local is a surefire way to invest into your community! There are many ways to do this for your wedding, and I’m so excited to share a few ideas this month. Today’s DIY tutorial uses plants (tubestock) from my local council nursery. Have a quick look online to see where your closest one is, and what they offer. Buying local and native plants is perfect for a rustic guest favour, and is an initiative that will, in a small way, revitalise your local environment with flora and the wildlife it attracts. Bonus – the price is also excellent!

We’ve shown you here here how to wrap native plants beautifully to give as favours, however, today we are going to use these plants and a gorgeous clear container to make a planter for table decoration and signage. You can use a mix of easy to grow local plants, or grab a tree sapling as a special gift.

What You Will Need:

  • Clear perspex container (this one is from Bunnings)
  • Approximately 10 tube stock per planter from your local council nursery
  • Good quality soil
  • White pen

Step 1. Clean and dry your perspex container thoroughly. Grab your white pen (we’ve used a nursery grade pen which is oil based and will dry immovably), and write out the name of the variety of plant you have chosen. When you grab your plants from the local nursery, you’ll be able to pick up little tags that provide all the information you need on their origin, and how to take care of them. If the thought of freehand writing gives you anxiety, you can order vinyl cutouts from many companies online, which simply adhere to the surface.

Step 2. Once you’ve written the name of the plant variety onto the clear, perspex container, let it dry. Grab some premium compost and fill up the tub. The contrast of the white writing against the black soil will make it pop! Gently ease out each plant, and tease the roots a little. Group the plants closely together to form a compact mass of leaves.

Step 3. Nestle each plant in, covering the roots well. Trim away any scraggy bits of leaves, and using a very fine watering can or a spray bottle, give the soil a brief water. As the container doesn’t have any drainage, the plants will need barely any water. If you can see the water pooling at the bottom, do your best to tip it out. If you make these planters a few weeks in advance, keep an eye on watering needs to keep the plants fresh as a daisy!

Tip: If you’d like to give a sentimental gift to some extra special people in your life, a tree sapling is a beautiful idea that will last decades, if not more. You can pick up many varieties of local eucalyptus, or even flowering shrubs like Waratahs that when popped into a vessel, make a lovely gift.

Ms Floral Says: Such a fabulous way to inject some local love into your wedding decor! Thank you, Ms Honeycomb!

About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!

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