Nov 16 2014

Christmas giveaway: Your chance to win 1 of 3 gift hampers!

Unfortunately this giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to the winners, Amy, Paula and Luke!

Hello foodie loves!

Christmas is just around the corner with only five or so weeks to go. I absolutely adore Christmas and every year plan out my gift spreadsheet of who to buy for, ideas of what they might like and links to pressie suggestions. I keep it around all year on my Google Drive just in case someone happens to mention they might like something which I can sneakily make a note of for later. As usual, there is always one or two tricky people that are hard to buy for and I love finding new sources of inspiration online wherever I can! In fact I even wrote a blog post about 100+ budget Christmas gift ideas for foodies two years ago to look back on whenever I running low on ideas.

So this in mind I was very happy to learn about a new website, Where Your Heart Is, a fabulous initiative that provides Christmas shoppers the opportunity to put their holiday shopping to good use and help support local producers and your local communities – an online shopping experience for social enterprise. What could be better than that?

To make the shopping experience even sweeter, Australia Post is supporting Where Your Heart Is with free shipping on 18-19 November and 11-12 December so you can get all your lovely Christmas gifts sent to you free of charge. I don’t know about you but I always look for free shipping when I’m shopping online!!

To celebrate Where Your Heart Is, I’m giving away three unique hampers from Elfred’s of the Peninsula available online from Where Your Heart Is. Each hamper has a different selection from this delicious range Gourmet Lovers Pack, Spice Lovers Pack and the Chilli Lovers Pack and is valued at RRP $40+ each. These hampers would make the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas season, or the perfect accompaniment to all your Christmas roasts!

To enter, simply leave a comment below by letting me know, What’s your ideal Christmas gift? Competition ends on Sunday 23 November at midnight so hurry!

This competition is open to Australian readers only.

Hope all your Christmas planning and shopping goes smoothly!


Thank you to and Jackie Smiles for providing the hampers for this giveaway. Cooking Crusade was not paid for this post – the opinions are her own! 

May 12 2014

Giveaway: Your chance to win a $150 pack of Cook Books!

I don’t know about you, but I have a rather large collection of cookbooks. Ranging from topics such as chocolate, chicken, to cake decorating (I have at least 7 or 8 of those!)  I am a bonafide cookbook addict (and I have the bulging bookshelves to prove it!) I always find it hard to resist a good cookbook sale and loading up on a bunch of goodies! My latest cookbook purchase in a shop was “Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management” (a book written in the late 1800s regarding household matters and cookery – interesting as well as slightly entertaining) and I recently bought Jacques Pepin’s “La Technique” (an Illustrated Guide to the fundamental techniques of cooking) online and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.

I must admit I don’t really head into book shops very much these days, as I find it much easier to browse online when I’m at home (with a full work week I don’t get out to do much shopping usually) and plus free shipping always sweetens the deal for me.

I usually purchase my books from, but the trouble with them is that they’re UK-based, which means my book orders sometimes take up to four weeks to arrive. Which can make buying books as gifts a little tricky as I need to buy waaay in advance. Also I just like having my book purchases as soon as possible! So I was pretty happy to find an alternative Aussie online bookseller, Bookworld (formerly Borders) who not only do free shipping, but they price match Amazon – if you find a book cheaper on Amazon, Bookworld will match it by ten percent. Good news for me!

I also have good news for cookbook lovers – is currently hosting Cooking Week (19-25 May), where you’ll get 15% off all cookbooks and cooking-related DVDS. All you have to do is sign up as a Bookworld Citizen and use the code BW-COOKING during checkout to get your discount.

To celebrate Cooking Week, I’ve teamed up with Bookworld to giveaway* a Cookbook pack worth $150 for one lucky reader.

To enter, simply
Like Cooking Crusade on Facebook (if you’ve already liked me, that’s an easy entry for you – simply leave a comment below!)
Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite cookbook is and you’re in the draw to enter!

Don’t forget to enter your entries to the competition in the RaffleCopter below!

Phillippas Home Baking_Phillippa GroganI Am Food_Anthia KoullourosSame Same_Poh Ling Yeow



Here’s what you’ll win:

Same, Same but Different by Poh Ling Yeow (RRP $39.99)
I am Food by Anthia Koullouros (RRP $39.99)
Phillippa’s Home Baking by Phillippa Grogan and Richard Cornish (RRP $49.99)
And 1 mystery book title which the winner will find out once they receive their pack!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck in entering!

*Giveaway open to Australian readers only. Competition ends on 19 May.



Gift pack provided by Bookworld. Cooking Crusade was compensated for this post, but the opinions on this post and on buying books online are firmly her own!

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