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Homemade Ferrero Rocher – The Sweet Swap

Hello I am back! It got fairly busy the last few months, new job, moving places, issues with the place and recently just went to The States! On top of all that I was with no internet for a while :( . But now it’s all good and ready to go, I can start blogging again.

Last year I’ve participated in “The Sweet Swap” where you send a sweet treat to other bloggers and received 3 sweets back. It was so much fun last year so I had to do it again! I was on a tough schedule because the day we were flying back was the day the sweets was supposed to be sent out. I was in panic mode and rushing the sweets to make. I feel really bad to the lovely guys I sent them to Penny, Shari and Sally. I always been curious about making Ferrero Rocher but have been putting it off for a while. This was the perfect excuse for me to make them. The sweets I made look horrid and was quite messy. On the plus side I was very happy how they tasted. They taste pretty much like the real thing!

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Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients:
5 vanilla wafers crushed (coles brand or the arnotts ones are my preference)
120 grams of toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
200 grams of Nutella
200 grams of good quality dark chocolate
6 tablespoons of neutral oil

Method:
1. Mix wafers, hazelnuts and Nutella in a bowl together together. Shape them into small balls about the size of a normal Ferraro Rocher. Place into the fridge until they harden
2. Heat a small pot of water and place a heatproof bowl on top of the pot. Place the chocolate and oil in the bowl.
3. Once the water has boiled gently stir until all the chocolate has melted. Turn off the heat
4. Dripped the hazelnuts balls into the chocolate until it is well coated. Repeat for all balls.
5. Place in the fridge to harden on baking paper. You can turn your Ferrero Rocher into chocolate on a stick but just putting a lolly stick before you pop it in the fridge

Biggest thank you to these people for sending me Sweets!

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Pistacio & Rose chocolate from Dolly

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3 different types of chocolate bark from Shari

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and Honeycomb from Alex

I want to do a big thank you to the lovely Sara & Amanda for taking their time to organise such an amazing swap :)

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Be Back Soon :)

Sorry guys! Things are a little hectic on my end hence the lack of blog posts. Promise to blog again real soon once things settle down

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Taste of Sydney 2010

We are so glad for such lovely weather. The forecast has been saying possible showers but it ended up being nice and sunny!

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Restaurant Balzac – Crispy wagyu beef with wild mushroom and truffle foam. I was surprised this came in a a spring roll form nevertheless it was so yummy! I wanted seconds and thirds!

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Guillaume at Bennelong – mini sandwich with blue swimmer crab meat and coriander mayonnaise. I found this a bit boring, it taste not bad but nothing stood out.

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Bird Cow Fish – Braised cape grim beef cheek and glazed onion pie in sour cream and puff pastry case, red wine veal jus. Really like the puff pastry with this dish!

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Guillaume at Bennelong – Wagyu Beef dacbe with paris mash. Very very tender beef with the melt in your mouth feeling! Not sure what paris mash meant but it was a damn good mash.

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Four in hand = 12 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder; minted crushed peas and feta dressing. This was a bit of a let down. I found the lamb bit bland, it probably needed sauce. Not as tender as I thought it would be.

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Pilu at freshwater – suckling pig panino with apple, mustard and rocket served with sonoma sourdough. The bread was a bit tough but I found the bread made a great pairing with pig anyways :) . The dish worked very well with each flavour.

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Jonah’s at whale beach – vanilla panna cotta with lavender honey and fresh pomegranate. I remember ChocolateSuze’s video from last year and couldn’t help myself but wobble this baby around the same :) . I think this was my favourite dish it had a good level of sweetness. I love the lavender honey as well. I could eat so many of these.

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Flying fish – Sri Lankan love cake with rasberry tea coulis. This was slightly nutty it kinda reminded me baklava and something I can’t put my finger to it.

Taste of sydney is held from 11th to 14th of March at Centennial Parklands.
http://www.tastefestivals.com.au/