[Note: Miss Sweet is currently stuffing her face with croissants in Paris and Mr Sticky is taunting locals with "Chowder! Say it right, Frenchie!", so here's a post that we prepared earlier. the sticky and sweet will be back in the kitchen at the end of June.]
This edition of Miss Sweet Loves is combining the delicious months of May and June.
1. Australian Macadamias Food Challenge
I was invited by Australian Macadamias to battle it out with other food bloggers, under the watchful eyes of Macadamia Ambassadors Eamon Sullivan and Colin Fassnidge. Now I’m not one to fight, but I do love a good cooking challenge!
(Left picture: Colin Fassnidge, Lynne from Australian Macadamia Society and Eamon Sullivan. Right picture: Colin getting a bit of gentle teasing from Eamon, who’s dish will win our little taste test?)
In a very Masterchef versus My Kitchen Rules scenario, the two celebrity chefs each created a macadamia inspired dish and it was our mission to recreate both in under 30 minutes. Did I mention they would be standing next to us giving helpful advice? Talk about pressure! I managed to elegantly flick muesli and hot butter all over Eamon… cool move, Sophie.
(On the left: My interpretation of Colin Fassnidge’s Macadamia and Artichoke Soup. On the right: My version of Eamon Sullivan’s Macadamia Granola).
Macadamias are Australia’s only native nut and they have such a creamy, butter taste and soft crunch texture that they are really versatile – snacks, cereal, ice cream, soups, pesto – you name it, you could probably put a macadamia in it! What I loved about Colin’s recipe was that he used the macadamias as a thickening agent as well as a garnish. So versatile!
The taste test: Colin and Eamon sampling my version of their recipes…. they didn’t spit anything out or make a face… so we can take that as a good sign!
It was really inspiring (and slightly terrifying!) to be cooking with new ingredients in front of these great chefs. I am definitely going to try using macadamias in new ways. I’m addicted to this Peanut Butter Granola recipe and thinking a yummy swap would be to change the peanut butter for macadamia butter.
Want to start experimenting with macadamias in the kitchen too? Check out Australian Macadamia’s Pinterest boards for lots of yummy recipes, including some of mine.
Do you believe in fate? I was out to lunch with some work friends and the topic of ‘The best Rocky Road in Sydney’ came up. Pretty standard topic of conversation, really. It was agreed that Perfection Chocolates and Sweets has the best Rocky Road in Sydney, if not Australia. Just 30mins later I had received a comment on Instagram from Johnny the owner of Perfection Chocolates asking if I tried their chocolates. Umm.. Do you think Johnny might be a mind-reader? I was delighted that he offered to send a box of samples for me to try, including the infamous Rocky Road.
Perfection Chocolates and Sweets has been a family owned business since 1939, so they’ve really got their sweet treats down pat! I really love that they are using family recipes, handed down over the years keeping traditions alive and mixing with some modern touches and taste buds.
Their Rocky Road is pretty magical. Some other favourites that I sampled (and I sampled so many it was hard to choose) was the Peanut Brittle, Dark Peanut Slab, Giant Milk Chocolate Heart Freckle, and the Honeycomb Clusters.
Want to try some yourself?
You can buy online or visit in store: 700 New South Head Road Rose Bay NSW
3. Behind the Scenes at The Morning Show
I spent a crazy (but fun) morning working behind the scenes at The Morning Show, helping prepare for a food segment. At the ‘Day Job’ they had a last minute cry for help for the need for a food stylist and I was all too happy to lend my hands to the cause. It was a lot of fun seeing the ‘magic of TV’ happen … even if that included my blender dying a very horrible death on stage. Never work with blenders, children or animals!
The good people at Passionfruit Australia were kind enough to gift me with a gorgeous box of this season’s finest passionfruit.
They were HUGE and had some of the brightest orange flesh I had ever seen. I made Passionfruit Cupcakes for our Office Morning Tea. It’s passionfruit season at the moment so if you spy them at your local greengrocer of farmer’s market make sure you pop them in your trolley.
5. What’s that smell? Glasshouse Candles
I’ve just started becoming a “candle person”. Over the last two months it’s become part of my nightly ritual when I get home from work – light a candle, turn on some tunes, then straight into my PJs and a little sit on the couch before making dinner. I don’t know what it is, but without the candle in that routine I just can’t get the relaxation started.
I’m currently obsessed with the Glasshouse Candles range, in particular – Montego Bay - a coconut and lime infused candle.
Do you have a favourite candle that I should check out?