New Year's Day Champagne Pancakes

Don’t pour your leftover Champagne down the drain!!! These Champagne Pancakes are just what you need for brunch on New Year's Day. Start the new year with a stack of fluffy Champagne pancakes. These pancakes get their lightness from champagne, the carbonation helps to aerate the batter as well as alter its acidity - resulting in delicious cloud-like pancakes. Now that the science class is out of the way, here’s how you make them! Ingredients 2 ½ cups self-raising flour 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar 2 eggs 400ml buttermilk 200ml Champagne 50g butter, melted Method 1. Sift flour and sugar into a large bowl. 2. In another bowl, lightly whisk eggs, buttermilk and melted butter. 3. Gradually whisk t

Christmas Decorating with Eucalypts - Part 3

The third and final part in the Christmas Styling with Eucalypt series is how to create eucalypt place cards. Part 3 – Eucalypt Place Cards This is a simple, but oh so striking way to show guests to their seat while also adding some Australian festivity to your table! You will need Metallic pen Gum leaves Method Shake the metallic pen well and test that it works properly on a spare piece of paper or gum leaf Write the guest names on individual gum leaves and allow to dry Apply another coat if required

Christmas Decorating with Eucalypts - Part 2

In part 2 of the 3 part Styling with Eucalypt series, we show you how to create a botanical table covering which the children... and adults will enjoy decorating. Part 2 – Colour-in Botanical Table Covering You will need Downloadable botanical sketch colouring pages Botanical Colouring Page 1 downloadable here Botanical Colouring Page 2 downloadable here Botanical Colouring Page 3 downloadable here Crayons Optional: sticky tape Method Download the botanical sketch colouring pages here. There are 3 options to choose from. Go to the print function and print the pages as black and white plans (size A1). You will need to print as many copies as you think will cover your table. Line your table wi

Christmas Decorating with Eucalypts – Part 1

As Pollen is situated in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, we love nothing more than using Australian native flora in everything from cooking to styling. Christmas Styling with Eucalypts is a Three Part Series that will unfold over a week, each part providing simple, creative and striking ideas to decorate your home with you guessed it… eucalypts! Part 1 - DIY Eucalypt Baubles Why not get the whole family involved and go foraging for nuts, flowers and leaves to create your own baubles to hang on the tree or over a Christmas table. You will need Clear plastic baubles which are fillable (available from craft stores) A collection of small nuts, leaves and flowers - remember they need to

Wattleseed and Chocolate Truffles

Native Australian ingredients are in the culinary spotlight – they’re simmering under the surface with a tradition of 40,000 years, just waiting to be brought out onto the table for everyday Australian cooking. Through innovation and experimentation, chefs and bush tucker foodies are pairing these traditional ingredients with modern ways of cooking to create unique flavours and experiences that celebrate Australia’s culinary roots. Wattleseed is a native ingredient that is tantalising our tastebuds and getting us excited to explore the native Australian culinary world. Most often used in a roasted and ground form, Wattleseed has beautiful aromas of coffee, chocolate and hazelnuts. Even just

Everlasting Christmas Wreath

Pollen’s in-house florist, Lady Larissa shares with us how to make a wreath that can be displayed long after Santa has visited. Made from foliage that won’t shrivel or become limp, it is actually the intention for this wreath to dry out and become more beautiful with age. Foliage such as pine cones, nuts, holly and olive work well for these everlasting wreaths. A wreath base can easily be sourced from a craft store, online or you can make your own with flexible branches such as eucalyptus or willow. So get your scissors and wire at the ready! Lets begin. Tools sturdy scissors (to cut through thick stems) wire – use a wire which is easily bent and twisted base array of foliage rope approximat

Three Foodie Gifts Ideas at Pollen that will Tantalise Anyone’s Taste Buds

Are you stuck for Christmas gift ideas? It’s a good thing that Pollen not only fulfils your brunch, lunch and coffee needs. We also stock a collection of gourmet products, making for simple and sophisticated gift giving this festive period. The Young-At-Heart This combination is for those who have child-like fantasies about Willy Wonka’s factory. Boiled Raspberry Lollies by Humbug Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar by Cicada Coconut Encrusted Salted Caramel Marshmallows by the Sydney Marshmallow Co. The Berry Merry Create a Berry Merry Christmas gift. Berry Crunch Chocolate Bar from Cicada Punnets of Dark Chocolate Coated Strawberries A choice of any of our berry tasty products The Classy Comrade

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