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Those Flickering Moments made Special

November 25th, 2013


Here’s a great little gift idea for this Christmas (but not limited to).

Flickering Moments Candle & Gift Design presents its collection of luxury designed and hand decorated, personalised candles. Their candles are designed for all occasions including Christmas, Weddings, Engagements, Anniversaries, Christenings, Baptisms, Naming Days, Births, Birthdays, Holy Communions, Confirmation, Memorial and any other special occasion.

To make your candle the perfect keepsake they source a variety of embellishments, decorative materials and accessories to create their unique and gorgeous range of exclusive candles.

Flickering Moments Candle & Gift Design are now also designing unique candle centrepieces for your special function or wedding as well as bonbonniere/favours as stunning and distinctive gifts to be kept and treasured.

All their candles can be custom designed to suit any theme or colour scheme.

Once you have selected your perfect candle design they will lovingly create one just for you. Your candle will be made by hand, made with love, for you to have as a treasure of your special occasion.

Can’t find what you’re looking for or have your own design in mind? Email them on facebook or email with your enquiries at flickeringmoments@gmail.com

Flickering Moments – Candle & Gift Design on Facebook: CLICK HERE

Montez the Chihuahua

December 27th, 2012


Hanging around my parents house for a few days over Christmas drives me a little crazy. So a little boredom got me doing my own version of Anne Geddes, with Montez the chihuahua.

10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS – 10. Ian Thorpe – Cook For Your Life App and Cook Book

December 23rd, 2011

My top gift idea for this Christmas is sending an app to a friend or family member with an iPhone or iPad. It’s also a great last minute gift!

The app.

You can gift any app, but I am also giving you a recommendation of a fantastic app that is out now and fantastic for someone who loves to cook. It’s Ian Thorpe‘s latest project called Cook For Your Life.

Ian Thorpe is known for his incredible swimming achievements – but not everyone knows that he loves to cook, so this is where Ian’s passion for tasty food has led him to develop simple, beautiful, easy-to-prepare, protein-rich meals to keep him in great shape.

In this, Ian’s first cookery app, he shares those recipes, as well as his philosophy on diet gleaned from experts in nutrition and performance that he’s had the privilege of working with during his years of elite sporting success.

Ian Thorpe – Cook For Your Life is only $2.99 in the iTunes app store and features:

* Over 75 recipes covering sides, vegetarian, seafood, poultry, lamb, beef, vegetarian, pork and desserts.
* Shopping list funtionality
* Favourites builder to create your perfect menus
* Video from Ian Thorpe
* Imperial & metric settings
* Oven timer

Example recipes included in Cook For Your Life:

* Vegetable stir-fry with miso
* Green envy vegetables
* Mrs Joyce’s Lebanese fish
* Grilled salmon with roast capsicum pesto
* Chicken larb san choi bao
* Three-day chicken
* Spicy beef and lentil burgers
* Lamb steaks with herbs and harissa
* Japanese pork with onion dressing
* Vanilla pannacottas with berry coulis

Click HERE to view on Apple website.

The book.

Ian Thorpe – Cook For Your Life

Ian Thorpe is an incredible Australian. He has achieved more then most people on the planet, but still maintains to be a real person underneath that powerful physique. A new addition to his impressive portfolio is the cook book, Cook For Your Life.

I’ve bought this book for my mother (because she doesn’t have an iPhone!) and flicking through the book I have found a heap of recipes I’ve book marked for both mum and me to make. This book is incredible and the photography and food styling is so beautiful and real.

Ian has put together a selection of recipes which require the best and freshest ingredients, which ultimately means you and your family benefit. The meals are nutritionally structured, combining a range of vegetable, proteins and legumes. Reading through each recipe, you will notice there is a similar structure, this is the key to his own health.

As soon as I give the book to my mum on Christmas day (and then steal it back for me to finish reading!), I will put up some posts of the recipes and photos. I can’t wait to cook the way Ian Thorpe cooks in his own kitchen, the way that athletes eat and the way I should eat.

As I write this post, I have had 2 chocolate muffins. Oh dear!

The book is available online and at all good book stores for $39.95.

Click HERE to view book on publisher website.

10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS – 2. VitaMan Skincare

December 15th, 2011

My second TOP 10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA for 2011 is a special one for the men or man in your life. VitaMan Skincare.

With a range that has won countless awards around the world, VitaMan products are really the only option for taking care of our largest, and very important organ – our skin.

I’ve been using VitaMan products for a good 8 or 9 years now, and really can’t recommend any other brand that suits my skin so perfectly, in every way possible. From shaving, to post shaving care, all the way through to moisturing and hair care, VitaMan products are what have kept my face and body looking and feeling so amazing for so long. Now I know this sounds like an advertisement, but it most certainly is not and the honest truth is that I haven’t yet found a complete skin care range by a brand as great as VitaMan.

All the products are 100% natural, using only high quality ingredients, all Australian made and VitaMan was the first Australian Company to source and introduce new unknown and unique Native Plant/Herb and Fruit extracts into Skin & Hair products. These had previously only been used within the food industry as herbs and spices. The chosen extracts all had a history of use by Australia’s Indigenous people dating as far back as 30,000 years.

VitaMan also have a 100% money back guarantee, they are so confident their products are the best, that they will give you a full refund with the return of your unused portion – no questions asked! But I’ve never had to do this because they are the best!

Now you could be thinking, “I’ve never heard of VitaMan”, but infact, VitaMan is a highly respected brand, used by many A-list celebrities, high end hotels and the world’s top spas. It is even stocked in most high-end luxury department stores in 30 countries including Galeries Lafayette in Paris. VitaMan is constantly wining awards too, this year winning 2 major Spa Awards in Hong Kong in the Asia Spa Magazine‘s Annual Spa Awards. They also won “Best Men’s Spa Treatment” and “Best Men’s Skincare Line”  beating the world top 10 men’s brands.

As a little Christmas gift, I have approached VitaMan and they are offering a 20% discount off all VitaMan products. All you need to do is order by calling 02 9725-6994, and mention ‘ADRIAN’ for the discount, along with your order. Be quick – this offer is available from 15th-23rd of December 2011.


Italian Food Safari With Maeve O’Meara And Guy Grossi

December 1st, 2010

I love looking through cook books, there is just something comforting about them. Not only do they look great, they are informative and more then anything, they tell a story about the person that has written it.

I’ve come across many cook books, but one has stood out most to me. Italian Food Safari by Maeve O’Meara with Guy Grossi – both absolute geniuses in the kitchen. This time the geniuses are working together in an Italian kitchen.

With the most rustically charming photography of food straight from your Nonna’s kitchen, nothing can get more authentic and more mouth watering then what you will see when you open this book. The cracked and chipped crockery, the 15 year old baking tray for lasagne, the antique cutlery, visiting your grandparents as a child, all of what growing up in a European family is about. Not only do you salivate looking at the photos, you also feel emotions and they strike memories. At least it did for me growing up in a Spanish household.

“To be born into the Italian realm is to be part of a lifetime feast – an existence punctuated by the best produce of the season prepared with love and passion.”

Set around Australia and covering the four seasons, Italian Food Safari introduces you to the concrete backyards full of abundant tomato and basil plants, the cosy home kitchens where masterpieces are whipped up, the elegant restaurants filled with delicious cooking aromas, the specialist providores and extensive delis, bakeries, cheese-makers and pasticcerias. Some of the world’s most celebrated Italian culinary masterpieces feature alongside beautiful rustic family favourites.

In addition, Guy Grossi shares some of his family’s most revered recipes for traditional favourites from the North to the South of Italy. Italian Food Safari celebrates all the extraordinary wealth of Italian culture– the pioneering families building their wood-fired ovens, growing much of their produce in the early days and keeping food at the centre of family life, a tradition we all treasure.

There is nothing more pleasing and nothing more perfect to give your Mum, your Dad, your grandparents or yourself this Christmas. This is just perfect.

Stay tuned each week as I tantilise your taste buds with a recipe from Italian Food Safari each week till Christmas.




200g fresh pappardelle

Splash of extra-virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely sliced

1 teaspoon of chopped sage, majoram or thyme leaves

2 medium slippery jack mushrooms, sponge removed and sliced roughly

2 medium pine mushrooms, sliced roughly

150ml white wine

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon of chopped flat-leaf parsley

Freshly grated parmigiano reggiano


Put a pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. While you wait, heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the garlic with the sage, marjoram or thyme. Add the mushrooms and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the pappardelle to the boiling water and cook until al dente (fresh pasta should not take more then 3 or 4 minutes).

Add the wine to the mushrooms and let it reduce for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. When the pasta is ready, drain it, reserving some cooking water, and stir into the mushroom sauce, heating together briefly. Add the butter and a little of the cooking water if the pasta seems dry.

Serve sprinkled with parsley and parmigiano reggiano.

Serves 2.