do you freak out when you think about how you are going to cater for the family this Christmas? And maybe you want to make something that will wow them and win the title of 'Best Christmas Ever'.
if the answer is YES, then I am running a workshop just for you! Just in time, so you can get ready for the silly season.
come along to my 'lets get prepped for Christmas' cooking class/workshop to learn how I cook and host my way through the silly season without any hassles and stress. We will also get the Christmas cake made for you to take home and make some other treats, like these Christmas baubles shown for you to try and then make later.
Sunday 24 November 2019
11 - 4 pm
at partiesforfriends HQ, Haynes WA
$99.95 excluding GST
lunch and afternoon is provided (cooked my be from scratch, of course).
you will also take home my 'how to cook through Christmas without going mad?' guide, helpful templates and recipes.
I could even arrange an in house babysitter!
bring along a friend and you will receive a copy of my fyieverybodycooks party favs cookbook (valued at $29.95) for free!
I would love to see you there.
hmm what am I going to do about Mother's Day? How about getting a pamper hamper delivered with amazing yummies that you and your Mum can enjoy whilst spending time together.
choose from a high tea or picnic hamper.
each pamper hamper comes with gorgeous flowers, beautiful tea from beauteablends, hand-made chocolate truffles and a selection of home-made yummies for 6 people.
the high tea pamper hamper includes:
- loose leaf tea by beauteablends;
- hand-made chocolate truffles;
- teacup biscuits;
- sandwiches (poached chicken, tuna and salad);
- apricot balls;
- choc banana bliss balls;
- scones with berry jam and cream;
- sausage rolls;
- spinach & ricotta rolls; and
- luscious lemonade.
all for $150 (excluding GST) with delivery in the Perth metro area.
the picnic hamper includes:
- loose leaf tea by beauteablends;
- hand-made chocolate truffles;
- trio of dips with breadsticks;
- poached chicken salad;
- colourful chopped salad;
- pork & prune terrine;
- baked savoury cheesecake;
- individual prawn cocktails;
- strawberry shortcakes; and
- luscious lemonade.
all for $180 (excluding GST) with delivery in the Perth metro area.
get your order in today and I will contact you regarding a delivery time.
check out our awesome logo for fyieverybodycooks. It was designed by my very talented friend Gary Armstrong of Caffeine Creative, http://www.caffeinecreative.com.au. The font, which is the same as partiesforfriends, is actually his handwriting. Fabulous isn't it!!
everyone should know how to cook something for themselves.
I believe EVERYBODY should know how to cook something. It doesn't have to be gourmet just something that makes them feel a sense of achievement and independence that they have created a meal by themselves. But sometimes there may be some form of impediment to learning how to cook such as they've never learnt, not taught by anyone or a disability. I have found that there is nothing out there that shows someone how to cook in all different forms that has the ability to enable everybody to cook. Cookbooks, apps and an accompanying website will soon be released but in the meantime a Facebook @Fyieverybodycooks and an Instagram page @fyieverybodycooks are there ready for you to follow and keep up with whats happening.
and of course, the YouTube cooking show, fyieverybodycooks starring my son Daniel. We have a few little videos uploaded already and from the introduction you can tell that he is going to be the star of the show!
subscribe, follow and be a part of the fyieverybodycooks community and together we will teach everybody to cook!
planning and hosting a party can be daunting! In many cases, it is easier to not host it or your are so stressed out you do not enjoy the party.
I have the guide for you to take out the hassles out of planning, prepping, cooking and hosting your next party.
download your copy today!
the guide has a party planner form for you to print off and fill in to give that fabulous party you are planning some structure.
please let me know how you get on with using it to help you with your next party.
so you are thinking, why not get spoilt along with Mum and have partiesforfriends come to my home and prepare a 5 course meal for all of us to enjoy?
it makes perfect sense, right!
pick one of the four menu plans on offer or contact me to customise your dinner party. Just note that if you do choose to customise the menu there may be an additional cost per person, depending on what 'fancy' ingredients you would like to have on the night!
if there is any special dietary requirements, e.g. gluten free or nut allergy, these can be easily accommodated and seemlessly integrated into the dinner party menu . It has always been my partyosophy that,
everyone should be able to enjoy and love the same
menu, there just needs to be some ingredients
tweaking to make this happen.
now what? Purchase a spoil everyone including Mum dinner party and fill in the details as to the date, numbers, and the menu plan you have chosen. The $40 excl. GST is the initial deposit to hold a dinner party for Mum. Once received, I will send you a Mothers Day card with the gift information, in email/and or printed form, for you to give to your Mum on Mothers Day.
then all we need is for you to confirm the date of the dinner party. Of course, everyones stars need to align to get that date nailed down. We are flexible, the dinner party can be booked for anytime during the year when everyone is available just keep us in the loop as to potential dates so that there are no clashes for that day at our end!
closer to the date of your dinner party, usually the week before, Debbie will contact you to finalise the details and arrange for you to pay 50% of the total cost to cover expenses. The remainder is payable on the night of the dinner party. This will be detailed in the invoice that will be issued to you once we have a confirmed date.
remember that the party has to be in the Perth metro area unless you are happy to pay to fly/drive/teleport me over to you!
oh no, Mothers Day (Sun 13 May ) is slowly creeping up on us. If you are in need of a good idea as to how to spoil Mum, then look no further, partiesforfriends is here to help!
I have put together two gift ideas that will wow, impress without the stress as well as show Mum how much you love and appreciate her.
click here to find out how you can spoil your Mum this Mothers Day. Both gift ideas will be available to purchase in the online shop VERY SOON. If you cannot wait or would like to book in a date before them, please do not hesitate to contact me.
the beautiful flowers are lovingly put together by Cottage Garden Flowers & Gifts, www.cottagegarden.net.au, and the fabulous photo was taken by Chris De Blank, chrisdeblankphotography.com.au.
cooking soufflés are tricky and fiddly, its true!
but it should not be something you don't try to cook yourself.
in most soufflé recipes, you make the 'custard' or flavouring separate to whisking the egg whites. This is good news at it means all of the elements can be prepared early and even the separated egg whites can just sit in the mixer or a bowl waiting to be whisked at the last minute before popping them in the oven.
basically soufflés are done in particular steps. You must follow the steps exactly how it is written in the recipe and once you have completed each step, you can breathe a bit easier until the next one!
but, if you are still hesitant about cooking soufflés, then I suggest the first type of soufflé you should cook is twice-baked. My favourite is a twice-baked cheese soufflé with a Gruyere cheese sauce and hazelnut salad. The recipe is by Manu Fiedel and it is brilliant! Here is a link to the recipe if you would like to give it a go yourself.
I cook this for dinner parties all of the time because it can be prepared in advance right up until the final bake and its a show stopper!! it was one of the recipes I would demonstrate in my cooking classes for both adults and kids because it is easy to follow, impresses the guests and delicious.
it also has a little fail-safe as it is twice-baked. You do no need to worry about it rising up and flopping as soon as it gets to the table. The end dish will always look beautiful and taste delicious so no one has thought about how high it has risen or whether it looks 'perfect! They just eat it all up and rave about it.
give the twice-bake soufflé a go and let me know in the comments section how it went. If you would like any further information or, if you live in Perth, and would like to arrange a cooking class with some friends around cooking soufflés, then contact me at de[email protected].
happy cooking and just remember if you are worried about it flopping, just get all of the guests into the kitchen just as you are getting it out of the oven so they can go 'ooooooowwee' and remember how high it was before it cools down!!!!!
I made some delicious caramel mud cupcakes for a baby shower over the weekend. Instead of using all brown sugar, I substituted half with dark muscovado sugar and it really took the caramel flavour to a new level. The cupcakes were iced with white chocolate buttercream with pink toffee strands and sugar flowers to decorate the little beauties.
the recipe I used was in Cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies: the Australian women's weekly by Pamela Clark, 2008, ACP Magazines Ltd, page 22 and I tweaked it by adding the dark muscovado sugar and only using self-raising flour to keep the cake light.
makes 12 - 15 cupcakes
125g unsalted butter, chopped coarsely
100g white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup dark muscovado sugar
1/4 cup golden syrup
2/3 cup milk
1 1/3 cups self raising flour
preheat the oven to 150 degrees celsius for a fan forced oven.
combine the butter, chocolate, sugar, syrup and milk in a small saucepan, stir over low heat, until melted and smooth. Take off the heat and allow it to cool for 15 minutes.
put the flour into a large bowl and slowly whisk in the melted mixture and then the egg.
spoon into the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and test after 20 minutes by pressing on the cupcake, if it bounces back then its cooked but if you finger sinks in you may want to leave it to cook just a little longer.
once cooked, transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and allow to cool.
white chocolate buttercream
70g unsalted butter at room temperature
250g icing sugar
50g white chocolate, coarsely chopped
beat the unsalted butter and add a quarter of the icing sugar, beat in well, then add the next quarter and keep beating until all of the icing sugar is used. if it looks to grainy, add a teaspoon of milk to loosen it up.
melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and allow to cool slightly. Add a spoonful of white chocolate into the buttercream, then beat it in, then keep adding spoonfuls of chocolate until it is all gone.
now you are ready to ice and decorate the cupcakes. Just wait until the cupcakes are completely cool before icing them! Please give this recipe a go and let me know how you get on. Especially with my buttercream recipe as I just 'chuck' in the ingredients!!!
hi, I'm Debbie, a food lover, cook and culinary creative!