Hello again and welcome to our August newsletter! We would like to thank all of you who have been spreading the word about Vivenda - most of our marketing is word of mouth so this really means a lot! Its been great to cook for a lot of you and we really appreciate all the feedback we’ve been getting on our Facebook page as well. We are also excited this month about a promotion we are doing with Mathilda’s Market - if you don’t know them check out their details in the Good to Know section!

Bargain Freezer

If you or someone you know is hesitating to book a Vivenda session because of a concern about freezer space, then this could be the answer... Aldi are selling small upright freezers with a 2 year warranty for only $149. They are the perfect size to fit the spoils of a Vivenda session and at that price, why not?? They are advertised as going on sale on Thursday 4th August but the word on the street is that if you go in the day before at around 4ish the stock will be on the floor and you’ll beat the rush!! For full specs check out the Aldi website.


We are very excited to announce that Sarah now has a Twitter account and has started posting regular tweets. So if you would like to be kept up to date with helpful tips, interesting facts and other bits she would love if you followed her. Find her here.

In Season: Apple & Almond Clafoutis

2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly into crescents

butter & sugar for the baking dish

1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 tbsp flour

200ml milk

flaked almonds (optional)

2 tbsp amaretto or fruit alcohol, or rum (optional)

icing sugar

Heat oven to 190C. Butter a baking dish, sprinkle it with sugar and turn it so it is evenly coated, discard excess sugar. Layer the apple into the dish.

For the batter, put sugar & eggs in a bowl & whisk manually for a minute until light & frothy. Stir in the flour & a pinch of salt until just smooth (don’t beat the batter as this will make the pudding tough). Stir in the milk & strain batter over apples to remove lumps. Scatter almonds over the top if using.

Bake in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes until puffed and brown, the centre should be firm and it will have started to pull away from the sides of the dish. Let cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with the alcohol and dust generously with the icing sugar. Serve warm with cream or ice cream.

Notes: You might also like to sprinkle some cinnamon over the apples before pouring on the batter.

To mix it up a bit, you could use pears rather than apples and sprinkle chocolate chips over the pears before pouring on the batter.

10 Minute Dinner: Chicken Curry

400g basmati rice

3 cups water

600g chicken stir-fry strips, or 2 breasts cut into strips

2 tbsp curry powder

300ml natural yoghurt

2 tbsp mango chutney

Put the rice into a saucepan with the water and bring to a boil on your smallest hob. Once the water is boiling turn heat down as low as possible, cover the saucepan with a clean tea towel folded to fit and put a lid on.

Meanwhile, fry chicken with the curry powder in oil in a frying pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes until golden and cooked through. Turn the heat down low and stir through the yoghurt & mango chutney.

Now check the rice, all the water should have been absorbed, if not put the lid back on and leave a few more minutes. To serve, put the rice in a bowl (preferably warmed in the microwave for a minute or so) and top with the chicken and sauce. Offer extra mango chutney to taste.

Notes: Any steamed green vege such as broccoli or beans would work well on the side.

Recipes (Serve 4)

Good to know: Melbourne Markets

As we may have mentioned we are very excited to be working with Mathilda’s Market later this month, so we’ve been inspired to get together a little list including it and other interesting markets around Melbourne...

Mathilda’s Market www.mathildasmarket.com.au Hawthorn Town Hall, Sunday 21st August or Caulfield Racecourse, Sunday 27th November

Mathilda's Market is home to the most gorgeous baby and kids goods - it's a shopper's heaven for those who want to stylishly dress their children or decorate their kids' home environment, but don't want to buy mass produced, chain store items.

Boutique Market www.boutiquemarkets.com.au Malvern Town Hall, Sunday 30th October

A national boutique shopping event showcasing high quality handmade and limited edition goods by some of the best local talent in art, craft and design.

Mulgrave Farmers Market www.mulgravefarmersmarket.com.au Corner Jacksons & Wellington Roads, Mulgrave ,Every Sunday 8am - 1pm

Every Sunday - rain, hail or shine - this market hosts a lively selection of more than 45 stallholders selling everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to fresh-cut flowers and is joined by the Mulgrave Makers Market (www.mulgravemakersmarket.com.au) on the 4th Sunday of each month to really offer something for everyone.

Magnolia Square www.magnoliasquare.com.au The Centre Ivanhoe, Aug 20&21; St Kilda Town Hall, Nov 10 -13; Malvern Town Hall, Dec 1 - 3

A curated market place showcasing the creative talent of independent artists, designers and makers from around Australia.

Make a booking before August 10th for a session any time in August and get 10% off  the session fee - just mention this offer.  Call Sarah on 0488 725 211 or send her an email.

Click here to check out our dish suggestions.


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August offer

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