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Iced cakes and Sugar Craft | Talent from the Royal Easter Show 2011

One of my favourite things to do each year is to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show and drool over the amazing cakes, jams and home-made produce on show. My particular favourite is the iced cakes and the sugar craft. It never ceases to amaze me how creative and talented people are! Here are the one’s I really enjoyed this year.   I can’t wait to see next year’s offerings. images: Linda ~ Pleasures of the Plate

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What the Easter Bunny delivered to me… | Rovelli Italian Easter Egg

Lucky, lucky me! This cute little easter bunny left a scrumptious italian easter egg beside my bed on Easter Sunday morning. I LOVE chocolate so I was thrilled. I certainly must have been a good girl. A 400g coffee flavoured chocolate egg to devour with my morning coffee. Glossy, smooth and delectable. Wrapped in the prettiest gold metallic wrapping paper embellished with oh-so-feminine flowers. The perfect Easter delivery. Thankyou Mr Easter Bunny! See you again same time next year.   Easter bunny image: istock Rovelli Italian egg images: Linda ~ Pleasures of the Plate

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Easter Blessings on Easter Sunday

  It is Easter Sunday. From my family to yours I wish you a safe, happy, restful and relaxing day with family and friends. No matter your religious beliefs or nationality, let’s all live together in peace and harmony. Best wishes and have a happy day! Oh, and as a P.S. I stumbled upon the best French Patisserie (wholesale but sells to the public) tucked away amongst some shops in a tiny side street. And yes, it is open today. Can you guess where I will be visiting this morning to buy some deliciousness for my extended family gathering at … Continue Reading

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Easter Feature Article on Le Domaine Blog

  You can read my feature article here: http://www.ledomaine.com.au/blog/2011/04/celebrate-easter-with-this-pretty-pastel-table-centrepiece/ Enjoy! Have a safe and happy Easter break everyone. ~Linda~

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Happy Australia Day!

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We, as Australians, are so lucky to live in such a harsh but beautiful country.  From the crystal clear beaches, to the vivid white snow fields, rows of lush green grapes growing in our wine regions to thick, dense banana fields, the outback, Uluru, the Nullabore, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House to mention but a few examples of the diversity of our great country. The harshness creates diamonds, or so they say, and that is what Australians are made of! Tuff stuff! With our recent floods, our devastating bushfires plus our ability to overcome such nasties as brown snakes and … Continue Reading

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Merry Christmas ~ 2010

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To all my  wonderful readers, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. May your days be filled with much love, joyous smiles and lots of laughter. I have truly enjoyed blogging, getting to know you and sharing my experiences with you. I’m looking forward to a whole new blog to share with you in the coming year. From my heart to yours, much love and warmth. Linda ~ Pleasures of the Plate Image: Linda ~ Pleasures of the Plate

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Halloween Happenings in my neck of the woods.

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There has been much conjecture amongst friends, colleagues and the weekend newspapers over the last few days as to whether we, as Australians, should celebrate Halloween. I thought I would give you my take on it. I feel that children these days spend so little time being kids because they are too busy trying to become the next Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, Einstein or Barak Obama. I have found that children love to dress up and Halloween is the perfect occasion to do just this. I do have a few rules though and these are those:- 1. If you, as a household, wish to … Continue Reading

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Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010 – On with the show – all manner of food PART II

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As a continuation of the first part of this story, I am now moving into my favourite part of the Royal Easter Show – the baking and cooking competitions. Traditionally, the making of home-baked cakes, slices, cupcakes, scones, fruit cakes, preserves and iced cakes has been the source of fierce competition for any baking-minded individual. I love to browse the different categories, especially the magnificently iced cakes. Please enjoy the selection of photos that follow showcasing the fantastic talent. When I was a child of about 9 or 10 years of age, I used to attend cake decorating classes with my mother. I did … Continue Reading

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On with the Show – all manner of food at the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010 PART 1

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The instant I step inside the gate my mind rewinds, like an old film reel, until my six year old self is standing there absorbing all the sights, sounds and smells that are the Sydney Royal Easter Show. A bellowing voice beckons me to place coloured balls into the turning clown’s mouth whilst the twinkling lights of the merry-go-round catch my eye. Children toting hairy stuffed toys and enjoying the sticky sweetness of enormous, multi-coloured lollipops exude pleasure. The pungent smell of farm animals mixed with the heady aroma of hot fried chips makes for an interesting mix. All in all, I feel giddy – … Continue Reading

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Sweetest edible chicks – ever!

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It just would not be Easter without me doing some sort of baking for the lil’uns to devour. I just could not resist these gorgeous little creatures. Be aware though, they are a little messy and fiddly to make but well worth the effort for their cute looks and scrumptuous taste. This recipe was sourced from recipe + Magazine April 2010.      Easter Chicks 125 grams of butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs, at room temperature Butter cream (recipe follows) 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut Yellow liquid … Continue Reading

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