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Foodie destinations to head to this winter

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Okay, it’s safe to say it – winter is here. At least for the state of Victoria that is! As the air becomes fresh, and the ground becomes frosty, we often rug up, hibernate inside and rarely leave the house. After a while, it gets to be a little boring, and you just need to get out and move around again! So no matter where you are, jump in the car and head to some of these locations for a day-out-in-foodie-heaven that will be worth braving the cold for.

Well there’s a reason Melbourne is called the world’s most livable city! The reason why so many people migrate to Victoria every year is because it has an abundance of food, from various cuisines, all at your fingertips, and this extends to the outer boroughs as well.

A great place to visit for a divine foodie experience is Bendigo, in Central Victoria. With so many choices you will have a fantastic experience wherever you go (there’s approximately 200 places to eat in town!). From classic-yet-divine pub food, to Asian-inspired share-style cuisine there are some fantastic choices! Our favorites have to be Masons, The Woodhouse, Four Ponies, and Rocks on Rosalind.

 

Another fantastic foodie location is Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula. With wineries galore, this is a great place to stay, wine and dine to your hearts delight. Hosting home to delightful wineries such as Montalto, T’Gallant, and Hickingbotham you can really eat your way around the vineyards and take in the pristine scenery that is the Peninsula.

Last but certainly not least is Daylesford, Central Victoria. Known for its delightful, funky establishments, it’s perfect for the ultimate hipster. Test out Kazuki’s or Lake House and you’ll be in for a real treat!

Alas, there we have it fellow Victorians. Now which one will you be trying out this weekend? Send us your pictures of Facebook/Instagram using the hashtag #CreativeGourmet.

 

 

 

5 Delicious Cocktails for Friday Night Drinks

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Friday night drinks have got to be the highlight of the week. It’s a perfect time to catch up with the girls, unwind after a long week in the office and let your hair down with some delicious fruity drinks! We’ve rustled up our favorite combo’s that will not only be easy for you to whip up for the girls this weekend.

Raspberry Apple & Cranberry Punch

It’s actually a mocktail, but you can definitely turn that around simply by adding your alcohol of choice! The delicious combination of raspberries, apple and cranberry will easily compliment gin, vodka or Prosecco for a delightful adult punch!

Berry & Guava Champagne Cocktail

We just love champagne, and it compliments blueberries and raspberries so well – we love the sweet-yet-dry flavors mixed together and the berries really pop in your mouth! We can’t think of a better drink to start your night!

Mixed Berry Rossini

Four ingredients, and one of them is wine… We’re in! This simple to execute Rossini cocktail is absolutely delicious and will have you dancing away all night long after a couple!

 

Blueberry, Vodka & Mint Cocktail

An absolute favorite, with the mint and blueberry flavors complimenting each other so sweetly. Just be careful of those blueberries – they taste amazing but can definitely soak up the alcohol and leave you very tipsy!

 

Berry Frozen Daiquiri

Such a fun and flirty drink that will keep you wanting more! With only 5 ingredients all up, you won’t blow your budget making it, and will definitely re-use majority of the ingredients again (if you don’t have them already!). We love the fruity taste of these, and how sweet they are – they definitely give you a great kickstart to a night out!

 

Okay, so after all that I’m literally so excited for this weekend to try all these delicious new recipes!

Show us your creations on Instagram by tagging @creativegourmetofficial or #creativegourmet – we can’t wait to see your delicious cocktails!

 

Winter Warmers

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Winter is now truly looming and with the autumn months, comes cooler days and the need for warmth in your bellies. This is the perfect time of year to begin trialling new recipes to warm you up!

This blog focuses on sweet desserts that will fill your bellies (and your hearts) throughout the colder months – perfect for the entire family!

Mixed Berry, Apple & Pecan Crumble

What is winter without a crumble? A delicious juxtaposition of crunchy and sweet crumble paired with fruity, warm and soft berries that appear below it, is perfectly delightful to taste buds. You can prepare it in under an hour, making it great as a weeknight sweet treat.

Find the recipe here.

Blueberry, Walnut and Golden Syrup Pudding

A classic with a twist – the nutty and sweet flavours will have you craving for more than a bowl full. Laced with blueberries gives this dish an even sweeter, fruitier taste. Pair it with cream or ice-cream to finish it off. This dish will literally melt in your mouth!

Find the recipe here.

Raspberry & Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

Choc-a-holics – watch out! The classic combination of Raspberry & Chocolate is completely amazing! The self-saucing pudding is a perfect dish for entertaining and will have everyone wanting more (so make sure you make at least two!).

Find the recipe here.

 

Blueberry Plum Cobbler

A delicious stone fruit, paired with a beautiful berry for an all around scrumptious dessert. The warmth of the berries underneath the fluffy yet crisp cobbler on top is wonderful for the taste buds and will have you prepping this dish at least once a week!

Find the recipe here.

Now there you have it – some fantastic recipes to warm you up this winter. Which one will you be trying this week? Don’t forget to show us your creations by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #CreativeGourmet or tagging @creativegourmetofficial.

 

Mother’s Day Muffins!

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This delicious muffin recipe is one that you can easily create at home to share with mum this Mothers Day! Filled with sweet berries, the light and fluffy muffins are the perfect addition to any brunch table, or afternoon tea. Spoil mum this Mothers Day with a gift that is truly made with love.

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup caster sugar
125g butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Creative Gourmet frozen Blueberries
1 cup Creative Gourmet frozen Raspberries

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line a 6 hole (¾ cup capacity) Texas muffin pan with large parchment or paper cases.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar.
  3. In a jug, combine melted butter, eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and well combined. Make a hole in the centre of dry ingredients. Using a large metal spoon, stir egg mixture into dry ingredients until just combined. Gently fold through frozen berries. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden and cooked through when tested with a skewer. Cool in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool and serve.

Enjoy everyone!

5 Quick Tips to Stay Motivated This Winter

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Well its safe to say the cooler weather has well and truly kicked in, and with the cooler weather, comes a lack of motivation. It’s so important to keep up a healthy diet, and fitness regime during the cooler months – as they say “Summer bodies are made in Winter”! We’ve put together five simple tips to staying fit and healthy during the cooler months to keep you on track and feeling good all year round.

Exercise in the morning

Yes, we know its hard, and it is so much more tempting to stay in bed and keep hitting snooze. BUT – if you get it over and done with early you have no excuses, and you have nothing to think about for the rest of the day – because it’s done! Most gyms will have a 6 – 7am class you could do, and most of them are open 24/7 now so you can jump in and get out all before breakfast!

Keep hydrated

  1. One thing that is so hard to remember in Winter is to drink water. You will find that most people will drink a lot more tea and coffee and completely forget about their water bottle all day. Drinking more water keeps you hydrated and feeling fresh all day & therefore much more motivated to head into the gym.

Meal prep

Seriously the best part about winter is eating warm food that fills your belly. One way to stay healthy and not opt for the quick takeaway burger at lunch time is to meal prep. If you’re not sure what this is, check out our meal prep blog post here. By meal prepping, you can control portions, weigh ingredients, and keep up your veggie/fruit intake, therefore keeping you on track to achieving those fitness goals all throughout the day.

Buy a cute new wardrobe

  1. So its not necessarily going to make you fitter, but it certainly makes you feel better. A new fitness outfit can make you actually want to go to the gym, and not avoid it. It doesn’t have to be expensive and could be as simple as a new top, but I guarantee if you look good, you will feel good and be much more motivated to get up and go!

Grab a buddy

  1. Now this can be a friend, a dog, or your partner – it really does not matter, because no matter who you choose, you won’t want to let someone else down. Choose a class together that requires a partner (like boxing for example), and set a day and time each week to meet up and do the class. When someone else is counting on you, regardless of your motivation levels, you won’t want to bail on them – and by the time your done, you’ll be pumped for the rest of the week!

So there you are everyone, are you feeling ready to go and achieve those goals?! We sure are! Remember that anything you do today will make you better tomorrow. Show us a fitness selfie on our Facebook or Instagram pages to be featured! #CreativeGourmet