Thursday, August 28, 2014

Problogger!

If you happen to be visiting this here blog because I have passed you my business card in an attempt to look professional while slurring through cocktails or stuffing my face with food during morning tea then I say "HELLO" and "WELCOME"

You can find me at 
Twitter @digellabakes
Instagram @digella
Email digella@gmail.com or danielle@bakedrelief.org

You can also visit the site I am rebuilding over at www.bakedrelief.org which is all about helping people during natural disasters and at the moment our farmers suffering during the drought. #lovetothewest 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pro Blogger Event Gold Coast 2014

This is what I have done to prepare for Problogger aka #pbevent


Guess I better start getting organised. Life seems pretty simple when you're not taking a toddler with you. 

But I have a feeling I'm going to be packing more for two days than I did for two weeks in Italy with a toddler! (Which was one mid size check in and one carryon) 

Oh I lie, I have done some mathematics planning.
Problogger Packing:
- one toddler 
+ a case of French champagne
= a whole heap of fun in my hotel room! 

I did also read this blog post and LOVE it! So I guess I'm ready to roll. 

You will enjoy this http://www.tinysavages.com/leave-pass-gifs/ 

Ahoy! 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Thousands turn out for Brisbane’s first Night Noodle Markets








 

Over 100,000 noodle lovers have turned out so far for the first week of the Brisbane Times Good Food Month presented by Citi’s inaugural Night Noodle Markets at South Bank Cultural Forecourt.

Numbers have exceeded event organisers’ and vendors’ expectations of 5,000 attendants per night, with Brisbane crowds embracing the winter weather to enjoy dishes from the two dozen stalls, live art and entertainment, themed bars and the lantern light garden. 

Good Food Month Festival Manager Natascha Mirosch said it’s been great to see locals and visitors to the City getting out, exploring and enjoying the Night Noodle Markets.

“The first Saturday has been our busiest night yet, with over 28,000 people walking through the gates.

“With three nights to go the markets are buzzing, it’s great to see. It’s just like an authentic Asian street market,” Ms Mirosch said.

The markets feature two dozen Asian-inspired restaurants operating from hawker-style stalls, offering Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese cuisines.

Dalton Hospitality Events Manager Arwen McGregor said feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with festival-goers excited about the food and the atmosphere.

“We’ve partnered with local favourite Sichuan Bang Bang for the Night Noodle Markets and have sold an incredible 1,800 pork pancakes over the weekend with diners consuming over 250 kilograms of pork so far,” Mr McGregor said.

Expectations were high for Good Food Month’s landmark event in Brisbane, with the Night Noodle Markets being a festival highlight in Sydney for 16 years and attendance surpassing estimates in Melbourne last year.

Director of New Shanghai Queensland, David Zou said the markets have injected feeling and colour to the Cultural Forecourt South Bank. 

“We’ve received some great feedback from people, all saying how fantastic the markets are and that it’s by far the best food markets Brisbane has seen at South Bank.

“Since opening we’ve sold over 8,000 pan fried pork buns and over 1000 serves of shallot pancakes, plus we’re serving another three dishes that have been selling well,” Mr Zou said.

Entry to the Night Noodle Markets is free each evening until Sunday 27 July at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.

Night Noodle Markets are part of Brisbane’s inaugural Good Food Month running for the month of July. For information on other Good Food Month events view the program atgoodfoodmonth.com.au.

 

Good Food Month Night Noodle Markets – Event Details:

Where:                 Cultural Forecourt, South Bank

Run Date:            Thursday 17 July to Sunday 27 July 2014

Thurs, Fri:            5.00pm-11.00pm

Sat:                        4.00pm-10.00pm

Sun:                       4.00pm-9.00pm

 

#goodfoodmonth

#noodlemarkets

Monday, June 9, 2014

Royal Event 2014


I forgot that I hadn't posted the event update on the blog, only on Facebook! 

Meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Brisbane was fantastic and an emmense honour. 

Many protocols. And no photos of the royals allowed at the event. Shame. 

Quick interview with Sharyn Ghidella

Waiting for the arrival.

Eating cucumber sanwhiches of course! 

Met James Morrison OAM who is a very lovely man.

Met some wonderful women doing great things in Brisbane.

While my little girl waited in the crowds to see the royals too. With this Courier Mail from 1982.

Icecreams

Then we did groceries. Keeping it real. 







Florance the Vintage Caravan

I've lusted after a vintage caravan for a long time.

Long enough that they have become trendy and the prices now hefty.

It was time to take the leap. Find something I liked within a reasonable budget. You can spend $50k on a caravan you know!

So spending MUCH less than that I jumped in and bought a 1983 Viscount Grand Tourer.

Immediately set out to find her a name. 

It was decided Florance the Van. #florancethevan 

Florance because I wanted something Italian. Florence. 

But I suspected there would be some French influence too. France.

And also hopefully some romance of beach and country. Romance.

Clever I thought. 

So we have had a couple of test runs on the family farm in Lockyer Valley and so far so good. 

I'm trying to decide on colours and curtains and trimmings. I have a Pinterest board going of ideas. http://www.pinterest.com/digella/weekends-on-wheels/

Loads of tea and scones and fires and wine (lots of wine) so far. 



Some kitchen bits on loan from mum. Gay Ware 1950s

When I first saw her! 





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baked Relief #lovetothewest ~ Drop off Locations APRIL 2014

Posted Wednesday 16 April 2014.

Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake ANZAC biscuits, item which travel well and have a long shelf life. Pack these into new Chinese containers, tie around a bow and include a personal note to a farming family doing it tough during the drought. 

PRESS RELEASE HERE

The following for drop offs between Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April.

~MORE DROP OFFS REGIONAL QLD TO COME~

BRISBANE

Albany Creek
12 Fairhaven Place
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
NB: Please phone Janine first 3264 3015

Annerley
The Chop Shop
310 Ipswich Road
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

Ashgrove
30 Trout Street (enter via Betheden Tce and up stairs to back deck)
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
(Please phone Julianne before drop off  0427 535 601 )

Bardon
20 Vimy Street
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 12 noon - 6pm
(Hannah)

Bardon
64 Lugg Street
Thursday 7am - 5pm
Saturday 7am - 12 noon
NB: Please phone Helen before dropping in on 0439 318 402

Boondall
6 Walford Close
Thursday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 3:30pm
NB: If there is no-one around on the drop-off days, we will leave our esky with a  note on our front verandah for people to put goodies in!

Bundamba
9 Law Street
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm

Enoggera (Baked Relief HQ)
167 Pickering Street
Sunday 9am - 1pm

Everton Park
632 Southpine Road (Park in White St and follow the signs)
Friday 7:30am - 4pm
Saturday 7:30am - 12:30pm
(Greta)

Ferny Grove
20 Kirikee Street
Thursday 9am - 2pm
Friday 8:30am - 12noon
Saturday 11am - 5pm
(Amy)

Ferny Hills
100 Yingally Drive
Thursday 11:30am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
(Julianne)

Forest Lake
16 Hampstead St
Natasha
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm
NB: Quick phone call to Natasha before drop off 0412 142 053

Greenbank
12-14 Frogmouth Court
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 2pm - 6pm
Saturday 2pm - 6pm
(Louise)

Paddington
31 Collingwood Street
Thursday 8am - 12 noon
Friday 12 noon - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
(Jo)
 
Petrie
6 Bordeau Crescent
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm
(Emily)
NB: Leave in Esky if no answer at the door

Sinnamon Park
5 Condamine Drive
Sinnamon Park
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

Shailer Park
6 Doretta Street
Friday 8am - 3pm
Saturday 8am - 12:30pm
(Lindsey)

Sunnybank Hills
25/20 Hellawell Road (cnr Gowan)
Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
(Zoe)

Thornlands
3 Sauterne Street
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
(Jerry)

Woolloongabba
16 Peterson Street
Saturday 9am - 5pm
(Penny)

GOLD COAST

Hollywell
28 Salvia Street
Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm
(Kelli)

Worongary
50 Charles Kurz Drive
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
(Mariana)

SUNSHINE COAST

Maroochydore
Sleepy's The Mattress Experts
11/55 Maroochy Blvd
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday CLOSED
Saturday 10am - 3pm

TOOWOOMBA & LOCKYER VALLEY

Laidley
17 Summer Street
Friday 8am  - 7pm
Saturday 8am  - 7pm
Sunday 6am-8am
NB: Drop Hilaire a text before dropping off 0400 292 017

Toowoomba
8 Panorama Crescent
Prince Henry Heights (past Fairholme College)
Saturday 9am - 12 noon & 4pm - 6pm
Mandie
NB: You can leave at the door if not home

 Example of how to present your love to farmers

Example of how to present your love to farmers

Example of how to present your love to farmers

Call to Arms - Anzacs for Anzac Day

Call to Arms - Anzacs for Anzac Day

“Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”

~Sir William Deane

Thousands of Anzac biscuits and fruit cakes have made their way around drought affected Queensland and into the mailboxes of farming families. These anonymous gifts of baked love made by ordinary Queenslanders during February and March sent the message to farmers that we are thinking of you, and we care. 

With nearly 90% of the state now drought-declared, it is time again to show our farmers the spirit of mateship and let them know we care. “This is a call to arms, a call to bake, a call to launch your own branch of Baked Relief, to once again rally and support our farmers,” Baked Relief founder Danielle Crismani explained.

We have seen over the past few months what a profound impact the simple act of home baking can have. Each item, wrapped with paper or ribbons, carried a hand written note, and with it best wishes from the city to the bush. “This isn’t about feeding tummies, this is about feeding hearts,” Danielle says.

As Anzac day approaches we reflect that drought may not be war but for farmers in 90% of the state of Queensland now drought declared, it is a battle of survival. It is a relentless struggle and we want to show them we care.
 
Now Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake Anzac biscuits for Anzac Day and include a personal note to a farming family. 

For Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Anzacs and fruit cakes can be dropped off to selected locations on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April 2014.  These will be distributed to the farming community via the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN).

In other regions around Queensland Baked Relief is looking to recruit volunteers to manage Baked Relief branches that respond to local needs.
 
For more information on how you can get involved, visit Baked Relief on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakedrelief  or www.bakedrelief.org  and join the conversation on twitter via #lovetothewest #bakedrelief.

Media Contacts:

Baked Relief                             
Danielle Crismani                      
QRRRWN
Georgie Somerset
0428 390 984    
 

Background
Baked Relief is a direct giving network founded by Danielle Crismani after severe flooding devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. Initially providing baked goods to State Emergency Services volunteers who were sandbagging around Brisbane the direct giving network continues to grow and help families affected by natural disasters mainly in Queensland and at times interstate and internationally.

QRRRWN (Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network: you say it Q-wren) is a not-for-profit organisation with a twenty year track record of providing personal and professional development opportunities to connect women right across the state.  QRRRWN connects women to opportunities to learn, to share their knowledge and experience, to mentor and support each other and to connect more effectively and powerfully with industry, with business and with government.

Image courtesy of Qld Country Life
Article HERE

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Royal Invitation


So something very special happened.

I am invited to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a reception when they visit Brisbane. 

Very excited, blessed and humbled.

Now what to wear!?

From the archives: the time I met the Queen. http://digella.blogspot.com.au/search?q=Queen&m=1 

Friday, March 14, 2014

BAKED RELIEF

To find out all about Baked Relief go to our facebook page HERE

Website www.bakedrelief.org is currently being updated and under construction! Exciting times.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Italy comes to Brisbane via Alchemy

Those who know me well know I love to eat and cook Italian food. After spending some time in Italy what I discovered is the produce and taste in Italy is amazing, but a great Italian food experience is even better in Australia where we choose the best of each region at most of our Italian restaurants. So really we get the best selection! That brings me to this great event!

Image via Timeout.com.au


ALCHEMY BRINGS ITALY TO THE TABLE
Brisbane riverside restaurant Alchemy will join forces with local importer from Paradox Wines, Jean-Jaques Peyre to guide food lovers on an Italian journey from the Alps to Rome and down to the Islands in the south, for the first Taste of Italy at Alchemy, Tuesday 1 April 2014.
 
Alchemy Head Chef, Brad Jolly said guests will be taken on a path of discovery as they enjoy family style Italian dining accompanied by different wine varieties from regions across Italy.
 
“The concept of pairing food and wine gives our guests the opportunity to find a new favourite variety, style or region of wine as well as learning pairing techniques from one of the best in the business.”
 
Jolly has ensured the menu captures classic Italian ingredients, combining rich flavours, with the main course consisting of rabbit ragu with pappardelle, gnocchi with Jerusalem artichoke and breasola, osso bucco and polenta grilled Atlantic salmon and porchetta and roasted rosemary potatoes.
 
For dessert Jolly chose Italian favourites tiramisu, Italian doughnuts, chocolates, coffee grappa and limoncello to finish the evening.
 
“We are recreating a lively Italian dinner where the family comes together and enjoys conversation and a meal with an array of fresh produce and rich flavours, always accompanied by the perfect glass of wine.
 
“We’ve developed a traditional Italian menu with high quality produce, while considering the different regions of Italy, dishes and wines from those areas, and we’ve found the right balance,” Jolly said.
 
Owner of Paradox Wines, Jean-Jaques Peyre is excited to share his knowledge and passion, built from over 30 years of experience in the wine and hospitality industry.
 
“As a lover of wine, I enjoy nothing more than passing my knowledge and tips on to others, and Alchemy is the perfect setting for an Italian affair,” Peyre said.
 
EVENT DETAILS
WHAT                   A Taste of Italy at Alchemy
WHEN                  Tuesday 1 April 2014 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks, 7.00pm start
WHERE                 Alchemy Bar & Restaurant - Mezzanine Level, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane
COST                     Tickets to the event are $130 per head for shared family style dining
BOOKINGS          Bookings essential, 45 seats available. To book call 07 3229 3175

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Baked Relief #lovetothewest ~ Drop off Locations MARCH 2014

Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake either a fruit cake or ANZAC biscuits (items which travel well and have a long shelf life) and include a personal note to a farming family.

If you would like to be a drop off location, or if you sent us a message about being a drop off location please contact us on our Facebook page HERE there has been so much interest in the project and many people emailing and messaging, sometimes its hard to keep up! Thank you for your help :)
The following for drop offs between Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March

Alderley
23a Trackson Street
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
NB: Leave on seat beside front door

Annerley
The Chop Shop
310 Ipswich Road
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

Balmoral
92 Fifth Avenue
Sat 9am - 3pm
NB: NEED to phone ahead to Raelene 3899 3202 or 0428 766 328 before drop off

Enoggera (BAKED RELIEF HQ)
Danielle 0419 655 784
Food Strategy
167 Pickering Street
Sunday 9am - 12 noon (to allow for all sorting and packing)

Forest Lake
16 Hampstead St
Natasha
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
NB: Quick phone call to Natasha before drop off  0412 142 053

Keperra
The Chop Shop
Great Western Shopping Centre
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-4pm

Kippa-Ring
28 Pegasus Street
Kristy
Saturday 9am - 6pm

Maroochydore
Sleepy's Maroochydore
Belinda   5452 7255
11/55 Maroochy Waters Dr,
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Sunnybank Hills
Zoe
25/20 Hellawell Rd (cnr Gowan Rd)
Saturday 8.30am - 6pm

Toowoomba
Unit 3, 168 Mary st
East Toowoomba
Greta
Thursday 8am-3:30pm
Friday 8am-3:30pm

Wynnum
The Chop Shop
4/2121 Wynnum Rd
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-4pm



Friday, February 7, 2014

Drop off Locations for Baked Relief "Love to the West" Project


If you would like to be a drop off location, or if you sent us a message about being a drop off location please contact us on our facebook page HERE there has been so much interest in the project and many people emailing and messaging, sometimes its hard to keep up! Thank you for your help :)


The following for drop offs between Thursday 13th February through to Sunday 16th February


Annerley
The Chop Shop
310 Ipswich Road
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm

Aspley
57 Devona Street
Jennie
Friday & Saturday 8am - 6pm

Balmoral
92 Fifth Avenue
Sat 9am - 6pm
NB: NEED to phone ahead to Raelene 3899 3202 or 0428 766 328 before drop off

Banksia Beach
Banksia Beach State School Canteen,
Sunderland Dr
Anne
Friday 8.30am - 1.30pm

Bongaree
24 Barklya Cres
Anne
Sunday 2pm - 5pm

Casino
(Teresa Creek)
Fiona
Friday & Sat 9am - 6pm
NB: Phone Fiona ahead for address 02 6664 7229

Everton Park
632 South Pine Road
Greta
Saturday 7am - 6pm
NB: Park on White street and follow the signs

Goodna
107 woogaroo street
Sandy
Friday 9am-4pm
Sat 2pm-6pm

Kedron
40 Cremorne Road
Jeff
Sat 9am - 6pm

Kippa-Ring
28 Pegasus Street
Kristy
Saturday 9am - 6pm

Longreach
108 Galah Street
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8am-6pm

Morayfield
Caboolture Rugby Union Club
187 Peterson Rd   
Friday 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Peachester
1 High Street
Corinne
Friday & Saturday 9am - 6pm

Runaway Bay
3/400 pine ridge road
Bek
Friday & Saturday 9am - 6pm

Seventeen Mile Rocks (Sally at Baked Relief HQ)
61 Argyle Street Seventeen Mile Rocks
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 9am-6pm

Toowoomba
168 Mary Street
Greta
Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 8am-3:30pm

Underwood
7 Kettniss Street
Sat 9am - 6pm

Warwick
Sue Hamlet
See Facebook Group HERE

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Baked Relief ~ Love to the West Project



Sending Baked Relief love to our farmers this Valentine’s Day

The third anniversary of the 2011 Queensland floods was marked in a subdued mood, amidst stories of the heartache caused by the current drought conditions.

With nearly 65% of the state now drought-declared, our farmers are slipping further and further into debt providing supplementary feed for their stock.

Properties that have been farmed across several generations are falling into financial collapse. For some farmers, the stress of rising bills and stock deaths have taken them to breaking point and suicide rates are on the rise.
 
During the floods, ordinary Queenslanders gathered in their kitchens to provide Baked Relief – donations of home made goods that said “we are thinking of you, we care.”

We think it’s time to show our farmers once again that they are not alone.

This Valentine’s Day, Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake either a fruit cake or ANZAC biscuits (items which travel well and have a long shelf life) and include a personal note to a farming family.

These can be dropped off to selected locations on Friday 14 February and Saturday 15 2014 and will be distributed amongst the farming community via the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Womens Network and Aussie Helpers.

"This is no substitute for financial help or desperately needed rain. It won’t pay the bills, grow the hay or feed the cows. But it might nourish a farmer just for a minute, because they are important and they are hurting."


For more information on how you can get involved, visit Baked Relief on Facebook and join the conversation on twitter via #lovetothewest #bakedrelief


Media Contacts

Baked Relief
Danielle Crismani
digella@gmail.com

Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Womens Network. (QRRRWN)
Georgie Somerset
0428 390 984


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Italy... Yes I'm here!

A picture says a thousand words....

Good morning arrival Via Del Corso! 

NOW! Right now. Which is midnight Brisbane time. 

View from apartment in Lecce 

My bar for the week!
Rest and read 

Much of this! 

Gotta get yourselves this book! 

EARLIER this week...... 

Can you believe this is an iPhone photo! 


Apartment courtyard in Rome 


If there is one thing you MUST do in Rome it's get up at 5am and hit the Trevi fountain. Why? Because if you see the photo above... Beautiful. Otherwise you are faced with crowds like this.... 

It was All Saints Day when I arrived so I did what a good catholic girl should and I went to church. Which was just next door. I had four churches to choose from within 100 meters. 



So while I fill myself with cheese, small goods and bread I will post more of my adventures in Italia! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mr & Mrs G's Sunday

An all time favorite for many reasons is Il Centro on Eagle Street. Every celebration is cemented here over their signature sandcrab lasagne and great wine.

Mr and Mrs G's is up there for me for Sunday afternoon cocktails and smooth jazz with a multi million dollar view.

A picture tells one thousand words.



A Rhubarb Shrub and a Lovey Dovey