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Berry Banana Froyo & Strawberry Lassi plus a giveaway!

Competitions, Recipes October 14, 2013

It’s been a while between recipe posts folks! So what better reason to kick back in the kitchen and start creating some cooling down treats other than this intense heat Sydney has been having lately. And what better time to make a bunch of pink recipes other in October for Breast Cancer Awareness? This month, I’ve teamed up with SKI to make these two pink recipes and also have a great giveaway for my readers!

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia? It is also the second most common cancer to cause death in women after lung cancer (source: Cancer Council Australia). Breast cancer is so common in Australia it is difficult to escape having a close relative or knowing of a friend who has a close relative who has suffered from this awful disease. As ladies it’s definitely something we all need to watch out for ourselves by doing regular checks at home as well as regular check-ups at the doctor’s. For info about checking yourself out at home, visit this link here.

So, knowing all that, I think that breast cancer research and support of breast cancer patients is definitely a cause that I want to support! The people at SKI Yoghurt are currently pledging to ‘build a nurse from yoghurt’ by donating $350,000 to fund a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in the local community and, to show their support for raising Breast Cancer awareness, have tinted their yoghurt packs pink for October!

SKI Yoghurt have also sponsored today’s giveaway, where one lucky reader can win a set of pink silicone Scullery kitchen utensils (pack valued at $47.73). The pack includes a spoon, grater, whisk brush, spatula, slotted turner and tongs. The stylish Colori silicone range of utensils are highly heat resistant, feature ergonomic handles and are designed to be used on non-stick surfaces. The Colori range features food grade silicone which is soft to touch, easy to grip and fingerprint resistant.

You can enter by simply leaving a comment below about your favourite way to enjoy yoghurt and you can also earn bonus entries (see below).

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You know me and I love simple, so what’s more simple than recipes with only two ingredients that are a snap to put together? All you need is a blender/food processor, some yoghurt, bananas, milk and you’re set to make both of these cool-down treats.


Start out with some ripe, spotty bananas.


Peel and chop.


Pop into ziplock bags and seal. Freeze overnight.


This is what you’re after.


Place bananas (about two cups frozen banana chunks) into food processor.


Whizz until creamy and soft serve-like (by the way, if you haven’t tried making this at home before, you are missing out! It’s the perfect vegan one-step ice-cream — super creamy and totally versatile!)


Measure out one cup of strawberry yoghurt (or more if you want a more intense flavour) and spoon into food processor. Whizz for another 20 seconds or until fully combined. I added a few drops of pink food colouring to intensify the pink colour, but you can leave this out if you wish – it’s a more natural colour that way.)


Straight from the food processor, it has the thick, creamy consistency of soft serve. It was a rather hot day that I made this on so it was even a tiny bit softer than this, so I decided to pop it into the freezer to harden up a bit (but of course it’s still enjoyable at this stage!)


And here you go, post freezer!

Two-Ingredient Berry Banana Froyo

Author: CookingCrusade.com
Makes: 3-4 servings of frozen yoghurt
Time to prepare: Bananas need to be frozen overnight, but this takes about 10 minutes to put together. Easy!

Berry Banana Froyo

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup strawberry yoghurt (I used SKI Strawberry Yoghurt)
  • optional: a few drops of rose pink food colouring to make it extra pink! or three hulled strawberries if you have them would work well too!

Equipment needed: freezer, food processor

Steps

  1. Peel, chop and freeze bananas in ziplock bags overnight.
  2. Remove bananas from the freezer and place in processor bowl. Process until creamy.
  3. Add 1 cup of strawberry yoghurt and pulse for 20 seconds until well combined. Serve as soft serve creamy consistency or pour into a freezer friendly container and freeze for up to 6 hours to harden to scoopable consistency. Serve with sprinkles! 😉

Sprinkles optional!

Two-Ingredient Strawberry Lassi

Author: CookingCrusade.com
Makes: 1 serving (doubles or triples nicely for extra servings if needed.)
Time to prepare: 1 minute

Strawberry Lassi

  • 1.5 cups strawberry yoghurt (I used SKII)
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (I used soy, but feel free to use cow’s, rice, almond etc.)
  • optional: a few drops of rose pink food colouring to make it extra pink! or three hulled strawberries if you have them would work well too!

Equipment needed: blender

Steps

  1. Pour yoghurt and milk into blender and pulse for about 1 minute or until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and serve.

Enjoy these summery treats and I hope you have a fabulous week! It’s my last week as a single lady and I will be enjoying it 🙂

xo
C

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Giveaway: Your chance to win two bottles of Taylors Estate wine!

Competitions May 20, 2013

If you like settling down at the end of a hard day with a glass of wine, then this giveaway is for you!

While I must admit that I don’t drink myself, I do occasionally add a glass of wine to slow cooked meats in my slow cooker or the spag bol bubbling away on the stovetop — and it adds a wonderful flavour.

I’m happy to announce that one lucky reader will receive two bottles of wine, one Taylors Estate Shiraz and one Taylors Estate Pinot Gris.

  

Taylor Wines ‘Bringing great wines to life.’

Established three generations ago in South Australia’s beautiful Clare Valley, Taylors Wines is a family-owned Australian wine company that was born from a passion of producing exceptional, hand crafted wines. With a philosophy that embraces balance, elegance and finesse in every wine, Taylors truly brings great wines to life.

From a velvety Cabernet Sauvignon to delicate and refreshing Riesling, Taylors Wines boasts a world-class collection of unmistakeable quality and style. Plus, with a comprehensive Environmental Management System and a commitment to sustainability, Taylors Wines understands that green is just as important as red and white.

What you can win: One Taylors Estate – Shiraz 2010 and one Taylors Estate – Pinot Gris 2011 (RRP $20 per bottle).

How to win: All you have to do is leave a comment with your favourite way to enjoy a good glass of wine for a chance to win!

You can score additional entries by:

  • Liking my page on Facebook by clicking here (+2 additional entries).
  • Follow me on Twitter (1+ additional entry).
  • Tweeting about the giveaway (1+ additional entry. You can tweet about this daily and receive 1 additional entry per day!)

If you already follow me on Twitter or Facebook, that of course will entitle you to bonus entries!

This giveaway opens on Monday, May 20, 2013 and ends one week later on Sunday, May 26 at 11:59pm!

Competition has now closed! Thanks to everyone that entered and congrats to the winner!

The giveaway is open to Australia only. Winner must be of legal drinking age and provide proof of age (you can scan or take a photo of your drivers licence or proof of ID).

Web: Taylors Wines
Twitter: @Taylors_Wines

This post was sponsored by Taylors Wines and Switched on Media.

Hope you all had a lovely, relaxing weekend!
xox
C

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Giveaway: Your chance to win a Personal Planner!!

Competitions January 29, 2013

Good evening lovely readers! I do hope you all had a great Australia Day long weekend.

I am happy to announce the first giveaway on CookingCrusade.com – your chance to win a personal planner!

I just have one of these babies to give away so get in quick! This is fantastic if being more organised was one of your new year’s resolutions this year – I know I’m constantly resolving to be more organised at home, at work and in my personal life. Organisation is so sexy when it’s done right – don’t you think so?


These personal planners are pretty nifty. You can choose from four different sizes, add friends/family birthdays to the inlay, design the front and back cover and there are also plenty of customization options for the insides. Why not design your own 2013 diary, make one for your kids or even personalise it to help you keep on track with your goals for 2013?

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about what sort of planner you’d like to make for your chance to win!

You can score additional entries by:

  • Liking my page on Facebook by clicking here
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Tweeting about the giveaway (you can earn additional entries each time you tweet about this daily)

If you already follow me on Twitter or Facebook, that of course will entitle you to bonus entries 🙂

Don’t forget to enter your entries below!

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International entries as well as Aussie readers are more than welcome to enter this competition!

To learn more about Personal Planner, you can check out their official website by clicking here or liking them on Facebook here (you can check out pics of other people’s personal planner designs for inspiration for your own!)

This competition will end in two weeks from now at 12.00am on 2 February 2013 and will be announced via Twitter and my Facebook page.
This post was sponsored by Personal Planner.

Thanks for voting and good luck!

xox

C

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