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Plates For Mates Charity for Matt Golinski and McComb Foundation

March 6th, 2012

Earlier this year, Peter Everett ex-host of Ready Steady Cook told us about an event that was being planned to support Matt Golinski, the well known Queensland based chef on the show who lost his wife and three children in a house fire on Boxing Day 2011.

With burns to 40% of Matt’s body, he only recently came out of an induced coma, then being told about the horrific news of his family.

Well the national fundraising event has been launched, Plates for Mates. Coordinated by some of Matt’s closest mates – Janelle Bloom, Manu Feildel, George Calombaris, Damian Heads, Gary Mehigan and Alastair McLeod – as an urgent call to arms by the entire hospitality industry to facilitate fundraising for the Matthew Golinski Recovery Fund and to the McComb Foundation.

I’m so pleased that this has now come to light, and these guys are backing this incredible cause for both Matthew and the McComb Foundation, which aim to help the difficult recovery process of burns victims – one that is extremely close to my heart.

What is Plates for Mates about?

The idea is that restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, staff canteens, tuckshops, hotels, pubs, clubs, resorts, suppliers to the hospitality industry and members of the public do something to assist both Matt and The McComb Foundation.

Dr Fiona Wood who researched and invented spray on skin used in burn treatments started the McComb Foundation and the hope is enough money will be raised to fund a research fellowship named in honour or Matt’s wife and daughters, the research fellowships would be to help people heal who have been both physically and emotionally hurt from burn injuries.

How can you be involved?

Visit the website, www.PlateforMates.com.au and add your event, which could be something as little as a monetary contribution, to hosting a lunch or dinner in your own restaurant to raise money for the two foundations. Maybe you own a coffee shop and want to give 50 cents from each coffee to the foundations, or maybe add a $1 surcharge on every bill and donate this to the foundations. What ever it is you choose, ever dollar helps and you have your chance to put what ever it is you choose, on the website. So submit an event, or attend an event. All of these events are listed on the website.

It is a very special cause and I really hope Australia gets behind this – congratulations to the 6 compassionate friends of Matt who all pulled this together.

www.platesformates.com.au

To watch the Peter Everett video message filmed earlier this year – a message to Matt Golinski, see below:

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10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS – 4. Christmas Fruit Cake by Peter Everett

December 19th, 2011

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You can never go past a gift you have made, so a Christmas Fruit Cake is definately a perfect option!

Peter Everett does this each year using an old recipe passed down from his Grandmother, a very special fruit cake he would make with her as a young child.

I’ve tried to get the recipe out of Peter, but it’s close to him and won’t share! But that’s ok, because he said you can find any fruit cake recipe and alter it to make it your very own special one. So get cooking now for this Christmas!

Peter Everett’s Christmas Kitchen – A Personal Gift Idea and Christmas Message

December 17th, 2011

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We all know and love Peter Everett, so here he is sharing one of his very personal Christmas gift ideas. He also sends a special Christmas message to everyone out there! Merry Christmas!

My Top 10 Last Minute Gift Ideas – The Lead Up To Christmas Day!

December 21st, 2010

Every single year, I leave Christmas presents to a few days before hand, and if I don’t get them gift wrapped, I’ll do it myself the night before or the morning of!

Don’t do this! It is so stressful!

I thought I would compile a list of some different, quirky and great gift ideas people actually want!

1. 3 2 1 Water Bottle from Top3

All you need to do is pop your beautifully designed 321 Water bottle into your handbag, backpack or car cup holder when you leave the house then fill it from the nearest tap when you feel thirsty. It’s such a sexy bottle, for me, that’s grounds alone to purchase it! But there is more to it.

The easy-to-use plunger mechanism contains a carbon block filter. One push removes any chlorine, unpleasant tastes and odours in an instant, leaving you with fresh, filtered water anytime you need it.

Available from Top3 by design for $39 – www.top3.com.au

2. Janelle Bloom – Family Food & Weekend Feasts

Only days away from the holidays and special family time, the best way to plan your meals is with the aid of Ready Steady Cook’s celebrity cook, Janelle Bloom.

“Good food should be a part of every day for life it is for me and thats why I love sharing my food with you. Family Food & Weekend Feasts is full of delicious home-cooked food for every day. Its split in three parts (a little like my life) -”mid week meals” is delicious healthy food the whole family with love; ”weekend feasts” for the days you have more than 30 minutes to cook; and ”food to share” wonderful menus for simple entertaining with all the hints, tips & preparation to get ahead so the Host enjoys the day too!” – Janelle Bloom.

For more information, visit Janelle’s website – www.janellebloom.com.au or purchase at Myer for around $24.95.

3. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

If you’re on my Facebook, you’ll know that I constantly rave on about this stuff. Why? Because I love it! It looks amazing, tastes amazing and is a great Christmas present for your parents, friends, partner or anyone at all – over the legal age of drinking of course!

Available from all good bottle shops or online at www.vanguardluxurybrands.com.au

4. Glasshouse Scented Candles


You just can’t go past candles. Let’s face it – everyone loves them. Nothing more luxurious then lighting an amazingly scented candle. My favourites at the moment at Glasshouse Candles. They are excellent, beautiful and affordable. My favourite one is the Gold Frankincense with Myrrh.

There is such an enormous range of exotic scents – it’s a matter of smelling them all and choosing the one you think the person you’re buying it for would love most!

Available everywhere – but I choose to purchase from Bang! at 50 Macleay Street, Potts Point

5. Menulog Restaurant Voucher

Eating out if obviously one of my favourite things to do. A gift I would LOVE to receive is a gift voucher to a range of amazing restaurants around Sydney and Australia. Just go to the Gift Voucher page on www.MenuLog.com.au and choose a restaurant, purchase the voucher online and that’s it! Vouchers from $50 available.

www.menulog.com.au

6. Magazine Subscription With www.MagShop.com.au

Simple – magazine subscriptions are simply the best! A gift that keeps on giving… for 12 months!

Check out the great deals and enormous range of magazines available for subscription on www.magshop.com.au.


7. Villa Julia Cubby House

Something I would have killed for as a kid was an awesome cubby house, like this one pictured above!

Designed by Magis, Villa Julia creates the ultimate getaway for kids. This cardboard cubby house with cartoon style artwork is completed by a set of stickers including ants, birds, ducks, a dog, snake and flowers (amongst many others) so that your Villa Julia is customised and unique. Leave it as is or paint it – limited only by your childs imagination.

Available at Top3 by Design – www.top3.com.au for $405.

8. Flip Mino HD Video Camera

Owning one myself, this camera is incredible! So easy, so simple to use, it’s the perfect video camera even for dummies.

Exceptionally high video and sound/microphone quality, it’s the perfect Christmas present!

Get more info from the website – www.theflip.com/en-au/

Available at all good electrical stores like Harvey Norman and Domayne for around $230.

9. Putumayo World Music CD’s

The top 10 list can’t excite all the senses without the inclusion of sound. So the Putumayo World Music compilations are definately an excellent gift for the person you don’t know what to buy.

Even the Aussiest of Aussies can still have an appreciation for world music. If you’re not sure which one to choose, you can’t go wrong with the sweet sounds of Paris, or España – my 2 favourites.

The Putumayo collection of CD’s are available at JB HiFi, as well as good homewares stores for around $25-$30.

10. Power Balance Wristband

Power Balance is Performance Technology designed to work with your body’s natural energy field. Founded by athletes, Power Balance is a favorite among elite athletes for whom balance, strength and flexibility are important.

I have a couple myself, and actually believe they work. I have to say, I was a sceptic at first, but now I’m thinking it really does work?! Nevertheless, if you feel better using it, then it has worked. Great pressie for the parents, or grandparents or those that need a pick up, or work out alot.

Available at every sports shop, golf shop, surf store and retail giants like Rebel Sport for $59.95.


Interview Part Two – Up Close And Personal with Peter Everett

December 20th, 2010

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Check out PART TWO of the Peter Everett interview – Up Close & Personal. Get to know more about him, on travel, his amazing home, charities he supports and a fun game called 5 Good – 5 Bad… Which didn’t exactly go to plan!

Peter is an amazing guy, with amazing energy. It’s very sad he will no longer be part of Channel 10, and it’s very sad that they are letting him go for “younger and fresher talent”.

I wish him all the luck in the world, and I know – alongside all of his supportive friends that he will be back on our screens in 2011 and make people fall in love with his charm all over again!

Check out some beautiful images of his stunningly furnished home below.