Put it in your diary: Kirsten Tibballs is coming to SBS Food! Her television show The Chocolate Queen is hitting Australian screens 6pm weeknights from Monday June 3rd on SBS Food!
With Kirsten’s favourite tips and
tricks, you don’t need to be a professional to make showstopping creations
in your own kitchen. According to Kirsten, chocolate is THE most versatile
ingredient out there and she proves it with a range of quick and easy recipes.
From levelling-up dessert classics like chocolate mousse, to making a quick
chocolate rose garnish using only plastic wrap, you’ll be a master in no time.
Kirsten may be a leader in the chocolate industry but having been
baking since she was a child with her mother and grandmother, and now passing
those recipes onto her son, she has a soft spot for wholesome homemade treats. The Chocolate Queen brings you reliable
crowd-pleasers and family favourites from a decadent brownie to a chocolate taco,
and even a chocolate toastie.
All the recipes from the show are available on the SBS Food website, so you can add them to your repertoire and create them for your loved ones at home. They’re sure to impress and will have your family and friends hanging out for more.
So, tune in and join the Chocolate
Queen herself for some simple, yet beautiful, homemade chocolate recipes –
including a banana split like one you’ve never seen before!
As a pastry chef I am committed to supporting local
producers and milk and cream are ingredients I use in my work every day, but
not often enough do I stop to think about the consistency of supply and where
it comes from. Australia’s dairy industry is entering an uncertain future as
the drought blazes on, stalling growth in milk production.
The milk shortage started back in 2016 when Murray Goulburn,
one of Australia’s biggest dairy co-ops, buying milk from farmers and selling
it both nationally and internationally left a lot of dairy farmers high and
dry. Withholding information about global milk prices dropping, Murray
Goulbourn slapped large debts on farmers, causing many to leave the industry
which has contributed to today’s shortage in production.
The Australian milk shortage has been a somewhat hot-topic
in the media in the past few years, with supermarket giants like Coles and
Woolworths reducing their home-brand retail prices to $1 and $1.10 a litre, but
the issue runs deeper as the drought continues to blaze through rural
With weather conditions effecting feed quality and quantity,
skyrocketing prices of feed and water, there’s no drought-relief in sight. With
the drought expected to worsen in the foreseeable future, the Bureau of
Meteorology recorded 2018 as Australia’s 39th-driest from the year
1900, the input costs are expected to rise for Australian farmers. As a result,
Rabobank reported that we’ve seen a 15% increase of Australian dairy farmers
sending their herd off to meat markets, causing a 12% reduction in the
Australian milk pool in the last 12 months.
Milk supply has not only been affected in Australia but has
stalled the world over. As one of the global Big 7 exporters — along with the
US, EU, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay — we’ve seen the combined
milk-supply growth continue to slow. Unfortunately, this isn’t expected to
improve all that much in the next year.
According to Dairy Australia, Australia exports around a
third of its overall dairy production but farmers are looking to nurture
long-term relationships with Australian companies. John Hayes, the National
Sales Manager of Bulla Dairy Foods, says ‘Over the past 2 years, Bulla Family
Dairy have committed to increasing their direct supply from partnerships with
Australian farms, rather than relying on co-operatives, as part of their
commitment to integrity and sustainability.’ One thing we don’t consider when
we talk about milk is how we also need milk to create cream. The market is
seeing such a shortage of milk that Bulla, a family owned company, is one of
the few in the Australian market still producing cream which many of their
competitors have had to stop producing, instead focussing on other products.
To develop my recipes, I endeavour to use the highest calibre ingredients and in sourcing my milk locally I can be sure of its quality. As a business owner, I understand the mutually beneficial relationship between consumer and supplier and will continue to keep it local and support our dairy industry as they support me.
It’s never to late to whip up some festive desserts and this year is no different. Kirsten Tibballs has released a Christmas special to YouTube to show you how to create this very cute and festive sleigh. These mini petit gateaux cakes are full of chocolate and uplifted with a hint of fresh raspberry. Watch here.