While upbeat New York label Kate Spade started simply and small with six handbag designs in 1993, it has gone on to become a much-loved lifestyle brand that takes in clothing, accessories, home and stationery. Shop our Kate Spade New York collection today.

Kate Spade, the eponymous founder started her career as an accessories editor on New York fashion magazine Mademoiselles. She had the rather enviable job of travelling the world sourcing the best accessories the globe had to offer. After five years in this role she decided that there was a gap in the market for a smart (but not overly fashionable) bag that had great utility and timeless style. She felt that as a consumer it was what she wanted, and the public followed with rapid expansion as the range extended into new and interesting areas of brand development.

According to Kate, “Style is the sum of many things – beginning with a sense of who you are and having self-confidence.”

Her husband Andy Spade, an advertising executive, saw quickly that Kate Spade the brand reflected Kate Spade the person and could in turn mirror her personal passions. Kate had always been keen on stationery and that part of the brand was born. The three books she has written offer sensible advice on a range of topics including ‘Manners’ (‘Good manners are never passé ‘, Slim Aarons), ‘Style’ (‘To achieve style begin by affecting none’, William Strunk Jr and E.B. White – The Elements of Style) and Occasions (‘Hospitality makes for infectious fun’, Anon). So if you need to know when it is too late to send a thank-you note or what to wear to a summer wedding these are the books for you.

Kate says: ““We create products that combine great personal style with long lasting utility”

The philosophy, across the board is stylish, upbeat and fun. In the words of the brand itself ‘ Kate Spade New York is the brand that helps women express their own personal style with incandescent charm and a dash of rebellion’. What is not to like?

Images courtesy of Kate Spade New York.

Love the look? Shop our Kate Spade New York collection.

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Buying Guide: Art

13 Aug '14

Wondering how to decorate your walls? Use our handy guide to navigate the process – we help you choose the right artwork for your space and style it like a professional. Download the whole guide here, or read on.

Find a look you love

Your taste in art is entirely personal, but it pays to think about the style of the room you’re decorating.  Is your room contemporary or vintage? Feminine or bold? The artwork you add should complement the overall feel of the space.

Colourful canvas

Make a splash with a wash of beautiful colour and abstract design. Go bold to create a focal point, or choose subtle tones to complement your existing décor.

Our tip: Your new artwork doesn’t have to ‘match’ the paint colour or furniture in your room. Use small accents like vases, frames and cushions in the same colour scheme as your art to tie the room together.

Playful prints

Here’s your chance to be adventurous – add framed botanicals to your colonial style sitting room, a pair of pretty florals to your boudoir or a cute design to the kids’ rooms.   Start a collection around the colours or subjects you love and group together for impact.

Our tip: Don’t put unframed art them in a drawer to be framed ‘later’. Many prints fit affordable frames available in standard sizes, or affix to your wall with colourful tape, clips or pegs for a fun, informal look.

Vintage posters

Often based on iconic advertising or travel posters, the graphic pop of vintage posters makes them a popular choice. With originals now commanding high prices, reproductions are an affordable way to get the look.

Our tip: Poster make a great addition to the kitchen, bathroom or kids’ room. Choose something with personal meaning for you or your family – a favourite destination, colour or brand.

7 Styling Secrets

Whether you prefer your art framed and hung or propped in a more casual display, our styling secrets will help you get it right.

  • The centre of your artwork should be at about eye level when you’re standing in front of it. In a room where you’re always sitting (for example an office), play around with an even lower height.
  • Hang art above furniture to allow each to enhance the other. Think about providing a visual link between the two with a lamp, vase or décor piece that overlaps.
  • Hanging art behind a sofa? Leave around 30 cm between the sofa and the art so you won’t bump up against it.
  • Get your proportions right – a small piece of art may not work above a huge piece of furniture. Make a template from paper to see how it will look before you get out the drill.
  • Prop larger works on the floor (consider carefully if you have kids or pets!) for a casual look.
  • Smaller artworks look great propped on a shelf, mantel or table (use Blu Tac to secure their bases if you have any concerns). Style with books, ceramics and fresh flowers, and rearrange whenever the mood takes you.
  • Creating a gallery wall (also called a salon hang)? Watch T&W Head of Styling Jessica Bellef’s video tips to get you started.

Temple & Webster presents How to Hang Wall Art from Temple & Webster on Vimeo.

Glossary

Canvas: The cloth (usually cotton or linen) used as a base for an artwork. Canvas artworks may be original paintings or reproductions (prints).

Print: A reproduction of an original work. There are many different methods of creating prints. Prints which are limited in number (limited edition) and signed by the artist tend to retain value.

Stretched: An artwork on canvas must be stretched over a timber frame before it can be hung.

Unstretched: An unstretched canvas will arrive rolled up, and you’ll need to take it to a professional framer to be stretched.

Download our Buying Guide here to print out and keep, or shop the Temple & Webster Wall Art Collection.

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Emily is a Temple & Webster member in Adelaide, as well as an aspiring stylist. We spotted her amazing cushion collection on Instagram (you can find her @cedaranddune) and asked her to contribute to our What I Collect series (if you’ve missed our earlier posts, check out the collections of Megan MortonSibella Court and Karen McCartney). Thanks Emily!

I collect: Cushions. I have over 80 and counting! I also have a thing for chairs and side tables.

The collecting bug bit me when: For as long as I can remember I’ve always collected something, but my love of interiors and styling has fuelled my addiction to cushions for at least 2 years now. The first cushion I ever bought was from Kmart because it was all I could afford, but now I would rather splurge on cushions and survive on tinned spaghetti!

My first collection was: Weirdly enough, I think it was sugar packets. When I was little I used to sneak the sachets of sugar from cafes and restaurants and stash them away wherever I could. Who knows why!

My current obsession is: Way too hard to choose just one! Right now I’m loving Billy Buttons, moody pastel colours, my wooden peg stool, Ahoy Trader crosses and cushions, and anything Pony Rider!

The thing I most regret missing out on is:

Not pulling over quickly enough when I spotted a gorgeous vintage suitcase on the side of the road about a week ago; by the time I came back someone had already snapped that baby up! But generally I try to look at the silver lining; there’s usually another opportunity and if there’s not, what’s meant to be will be.

 

My favourite find is: An old wooden printer’s type drawer from a market in Port Elliot
Because: Something about its past makes it so interesting, all the original labels and the years of wear and tear are just so honest. It can store all different little objects, and the back has such a gorgeous texture and grain.

Share your own collection in our Collect Create Decorate competition. Enter via Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #collectcreatedecorate or email your picture to editor@templeandwebster.com.au for your chance to win $100 to spend at Temple & Webster. All the details are here.

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Professional elbow bender and alcohol oracle, Gregor Stronach from Beer & Brewer magazine sheds some light on the fascinating trend of Australian craft beer.

It’s no secret that the average Australian bloke likes his beer – and if you and your man have been out with your friends to your local, you’ll probably have noticed that there’s been a pretty big shift in the way beers have been turning up at the table.

That shift is because of the rising popularity of craft beers and microbreweries. Aussies have embraced craft beer to the point where it’s not at all unusual to see beer lists on the bar that look like the wine lists of years gone by – a seemingly never ending roster of brands and variations, each one as enticing and perplexing as the next.

The secret is – pretty much every craft beer brand started its life as a home brew. And home brewing is very quickly becoming the most effective, not to mention interesting, way of getting your hands on some truly unique beers.

The good news is that brewing beer at home has also undergone some pretty major changes in the past few years. I won’t lie – it suffered from a bit of an image problem among many Australians for decades, when home brewing was regarded as the kind of thing that someone’s slightly mad uncle might be into – causing a sense of creeping dread when he arrived at Christmas lunch with a cartoon of his latest brew under one arm, insisting with a gleam in his eye that “this batch is heaps better than the last one…”

But these days, things are very different. For starters, it’s a lot simpler and a lot more compact than the traditional set ups that have occupied the spare rooms of history. Secondly, it’s actually pretty easy to do, and the results can be both spectacular, and loads of fun to share (in a responsible fashion, of course) with mates. I’ve been to a number of home brew parties over the years, thrown by guys and girls whose passion and do-it-yourself attitude has led them to create some of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.

It’s worth noting that most, if not all, of the brewers that are knocking out the craft beers finding space on the table between the ciders and glasses of the house red in pubs around the country, started their passion for making top quality beer by rolling up their sleeves and brewing their own at home.

Home brewing is pretty much the same as cooking. Find a beer you like, hunt down a recipe for it, get your ingredients together and off you go. And, just like cooking at home, the real fun begins when you have a bit of a tinker with the recipe on the way through, to create your own twist on an old favourite.

Give a subscription to Beer & Brewer (only $29.99 for 1 year) for Father’s Day and receive a bonus case of Crabbie’s Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Click here for details or call 1800 651 422.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner Amy, who shared her sunny spot with a retro vibe via email (you can see it on our Pinterest board). Amy wins $100 store credit with Temple & Webster – happy shopping!

It’s been another great week of entries – here are a few of our favourites, but you can see many more on Instagram at the #collectcreatedecorate hashtag, on our Facebook page or on our Collect Create Decorate Pinterest board.

Another sunny room, with elegant appeal, this time in the home of @martinegallery.

Emily @cedaranddune shared this well-styled shot – we love the cool tones, and of course the dotty cardboard deer! She’s an aspiring stylist as well as a T&W member – look out for her cushion collection on the blog next week.

Sophia shared this image on our Facebook page. ”I love decanters and interesting shaped glasses and bottles and have accumulated a great collection of them” she says.

Chris, also on Facebook, has just finished decorating her bedroom. Love the cosy layers and art!

Amanda admitted to a minor fern obsession, definitely shared at T&W HQ. You can see Amanda’s entry on our Pinterest board.

@Jenrosnell_create collects tablecloths, and says the imperfections in this hand-printed version make it perfect to her.

There are still 3 more weeks, which means 3 more prizes up for grabs. Make sure you enter – just share your picture via Instagram or post it to our Facebook page with the hashtag #collectcreatedecorate or email it to editor@templeandwebster.com.au for your chance to win. All the details are here.

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Portrait by Sharyn Cairns for Vogue Living.

Shilo Engelbrecht’s limited edition fabrics and silk scarves, digitally printed from her lush, colourful paintings, have made an international impact, with appearances in Elle Decoration and Vogue Living. After several years in the UK, the Australian-raised artist and textile designer has recently moved to Stockholm, from where she shares a sunny week of work and play. 

The last few weeks have involved a lot of travel for me: the UK, Italy, Greece and Poland! The first stop was in London to meet with Kit Kemp and see my work displayed in her new project the “Ham Yard” in Soho. Kit has framed some of my textiles on the wall and upholstered an elevator in my painting “Tanglin.” It’s really exciting for me to see how people explore the application of my textiles in unique ways like this.

On my way back to Stockholm I was able to visit Poland for the first time.  It was fascinating and sobering to learn more about its history. There was so much to discover and we accidentally lost almost a whole day in the MS2 Modern Art Museum in Lodz which was surprisingly great for such a small town. There were some really exciting places to visit and lots of cool things happening in Lodz and Warsaw. I would love to go back soon !

My studio in Stockholm on Södermalm.  I’ve been visiting Stockholm for the last 5 years and we moved here permanently earlier this year.  I feel super lucky to have this incredible studio space to work on my painting and textile ranges. My last studio was 2m square so this feels like a vast improvement! The studio is actually the attic space on an old building right by the water. It’s a really great area with lots of other creative neighbours nearby. The studio has amazing natural light and now that’s summer I can work till 9pm without having to even turn the lights on. I’ve never had such a special work place before and I get excited to go there every day.

I can’t even believe the weather and the moment – 30+ degrees! I’ve never really experienced a Scandinavian summer before and wasn’t really sure they even existed. Every morning I bike to the studio along the water. After work on Friday we went down and had a picnic and swim with some friends on the cliffs. It feels wonderful to be able to do this right in the city and so close to home.

Lunch at Rosendals Trädgård (Djurgården)

This is my favourite place to go in the whole city. So much activity – a cafe/greenhouse/garden/shop and they have classes for kids too.  What I love about Rosendals is the way it changes with the seasons and it’s wonderful place to visit all year round.  In winter time the snow covers the greenhouse and you can sit in there with a hot coffee next to the fire place.

I’ve begun work on a new collection of paintings. There is a great art shop here in Stockholm which is run by artists. They introduced me to this Swedish made linen canvas. It has a nice weight and rough texture which I like. I bought a 10 metre roll and have cut it up into big sizes and now all my easels are used up so I’ve taped the canvas to any spare wall space I have.

I use oil paints and often mess a bit on the canvas first to break the ice of the big blank white space.

My first textile collection is called “Älv” which is Swedish for river, The range consists of my oil paintings digitally printed onto textiles for interiors. I make a range of home ware products including cushions, table ware, bed throws and wall pieces. For updates on upcoming exhibitions in Australia click here.

Visit Shilo’s website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram @shiloengelbrecht

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Stylist Megan Morton - stylist, author and  founder of creative hub The School - reveals her collecting philosophy (!) and a few of her current loves…

I collect: Anything that basically says ‘I used to be on the good shelf in a French nuns’ convent.’

The collecting bug bit me: As soon as I had my first pay check from Dolly magazine.

My first collection was: A bag of silk scarves from a deceased estate. I used to lie on my bed like Demi Moore à la Indecent Proposal, but instead of hundred dollar bills it was silk scarves!

My current obsession is: Seeing I am doing my two bathrooms at home, I am sniffing around for charming old bathroom and towel railings and fixtures. Intermixed with modern fittings, the new combination makes my heart beat faster.

The thing I most regret missing out on is: An incredible Klein blue corner basin with plug on chain from Izzi & Popo, Melbourne.

My favourite find is:  Old ping pong bats that I get Maybelle to write on and wall mount.

Follow Megan on Instagram @megan_morton for daily inspiration, or visit The School for real-life craft and styling classes all around Australia.

Have you entered our Collect Create Decorate competition yet? It’s easy – just share your picture via Instagram or post it to our Facebook page with the hashtag #collectcreatedecorate or email it to editor@templeandwebster.com.au for your chance to win $100 to spend at Temple & Webster. All the details are here.

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Clever cook and T&W food stylist Jono Fleming shares his secrets to creating the a crowd-pleasing platter that’s also a taste sensation.

Luckily, the days of dry cabanossi and cube cheese with Jatz crackers are long gone. But with the overwhelming array of options now available at your local deli (or supermarket), it’s become more difficult to navigate the path to a great antipasto platter. It’s true there’s an art to getting it right (and a bit of science too), so here are my tips on creating something to charm your guests and their taste buds.

1. Start with a great serving piece – I chose a round wooden board (find something similar here). Make sure your board, platter or plate is big enough to fit all the ingredients without it looking crowded.

2. Include flavours and textures that complement each other. You want an assortment from all the different flavour groups: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savoury). That way, you and your guests can put together flavours that enhance each other and boost each bite to another level.

3. I like to serve this kind of platter before the main meal. Having at least 8 options on the board allows my guests to try everything without getting too full. As a guide, allow 1 – 2 slices of meat per person – a total of about 50g to serve 8 people. With these small quantities, go for the best quality you can afford.

I love a good charcuterie plate, made up of cured and dried meats plus cheese and delicious extras which add to the experience.  Here’s a guide to the ingredients I used this time, all sourced from Salt Meats Cheese in Sydney’s Alexandria. Use it as a starting point and have fun preparing your own platter.

Meats

1. Saucisson: This is a salty dry cured sausage from France. Mainly pork based, it can be made with a mixture of other meats.

2. Truffled Salami: Something truly decadent, the truffle flavour in this Italian salami comes through strongly in the smell but presents as just an undertone in taste.

3. Braesola: Originating from the northern Lombardy region of Italy, this air-dried meat takes on a darker colour and a flavour similar to that of jerky.

4. Capocollo: The name indicates the part of the pig it comes from, the capo (head) and collo (neck). This meat is similar to a cured ham or prosciutto.

5. Prosciutto: This variety is a ‘soft’ meat – shaved incredibly thinly, it almost melts in your mouth. The saltiness is perfect paired with a sweeter flavour such as rock melon.

Cheeses

6.  Vintage Cheddar: A nice sharp cheddar is a classic for any cheese board. A spread of quince paste on the top of this is a perfect combination.

7. Stilton Blue Cheese: Don’t be scared off by blue cheeses. Whilst the taste can be a little strong for some, balance it out with a bit of date or fig to combine a salty and sweet flavour.

8. Camembert Le Maubert: This soft cheese is made with pasteurized cow milk hand-made in France and has a creamy texture and a strong flavour, If you heat this up for even just a minute in the oven, it will make it that little bit softer and deliciously gooey.

Spreads

9. Poultry Liver Pâté: Any type of pesto or dip would be good for this option but rolling with the meat theme, I chose this delicious poultry liver pâté. Don’t be fooled by the appearance, some pâtés can tend to look a bit like ‘Snappy Tom’ but the flavour and richness to the spread is definitely not to be shared with the kitty!

Pickles­­

10. Cornichons: The pickles on the board act as a palate cleanser between different meats and cheese. You could substitute this element with caper berries or any pickled vegetable.

Sweetness

11. Dates: These add sweetness to the cheese or meat. A little goes a long way.

12. Quince paste: Pairs beautifully with sharp cheddar – in fact, it’s a match made in heaven. Also try with the Stilton.

Spice

13. Olives: Olives stuffed with chillies add an element of heat to the board, and give spice to contrast with the cooler milky cheeses.

Images by Denise Braki.

Anything you think we’ve forgotten? Leave a comment with your favourite party-platter ingredient. If you’re planning a get together, shop for stylish servingware today.

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We welcome Jacqui Fink of Little Dandelion, who introduces us to a new crop of Australian creatives for this week’s Hand Made Market.

My own work is informed by my great love of raw fibres and the soft, muted palette of naturally coloured wool. That I have an affinity with makers who share this love of raw and natural is no surprise. There is something very honest about the use of these materials when applied to traditional crafts. The results are timeless, special and impossible to replicate with synthetic materials or automated processes. Our Raw and Natural Market is slow craft at its most beautiful. From exquisite earthy prints, hand-felted woollen cushions, hand stitched linens, ceramics and expertly crafted timbers, Raw and Natural is all about quality, artistry and sophistication.

Monique Lovering

Monique Lovering is a Sydney-based superlative abstract artist. Monique creates stunning evocative works using a range of mixed media on beautiful handmade papers and linens. Monique’s colour palette is earthy, moody and monochramatic with an occasional stroke of colour. Her forms are intuitive, raw and allow your imagination to run wild with possibility. With a background in Fine Arts, Monique worked for many years as an Art Director and designer. Her love of art stayed with her though and she spent many summers honing her artistic skills in her “soul home” of Palermo, Sicily. Monique’s artworks have exhibited in London, Italy and in Sydney. You can enjoy Monique’s original works on paper first hand in her upcoming exhibition entitled “Flow” at Kmyoga in Bondi Junction, Sydney. Flow opens on 29 August 2014 at 6pm.

Follow Monique on Instagram @moniquelovering

Mr and Mrs White images by Alex Carlyle

Mr and Mrs White

Mr and Mrs White is the eponymous homewares label of lovely young creative couple Sasha and Nathan. Sasha, also a graphic designer, makes the textiles and Nathan, a qualified shipwright, makes the furniture.  In Sasha’s own words, Mr and Mrs White is “all about simple, honest, handmade design with a focus on the natural beauty of the material whether it be recycled timber, linen or leather.”

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Mr and Mrs White’s signature style encapsulates everything I love about “raw and natural”: a clean, uncomplicated and neutral aesthetic paired with a classic and sophisticated design philosophy. I admire Sasha and Nathan’s strong vision tremendously.

Follow Sasha and Nathan on Instagram @mrandmrswhite_ 

Melissa Guyatt – Weave and Wonder

Melissa Guyatt is a Brisbane designer, teacher and maker and runs an eco friendly fair trade business named Weave and Wonder. Melissa is passionate about craft and design and has developed a wonderful series of workshops to nurture the inherent creativity of others and to share her tacit knowledge built up over years of studying Architecture and Interior Design as well as practicing various art forms. Using an earthy, subtle palette and natural materials and fibres, Melissa’s handmade pieces are a perfect addition to a design conscious home: timeless, unique, beyond market trends and beautiful. Wait to you see her hand-stitched linen notebook paper. It is crazy cool!

Follow Melissa on Instagram @weaveandwonder

Sheba McCaffrey

Sheba McCaffrey is a Sydney based artist who has made her life’s work out of reclaiming the beauty of raw and natural materials collected from the ocean and earth. I first met this lovely woman during a workshop last year at The School. We instantly connected over our love of natural materials, process and the repurposing of found objects.

Nestled in her beautiful Palm Beach studio, Sheba creates wearable art, large scale collages and installation works from shell, bone, feathers and other treasures. Sheba is constantly on the search for these treasures and has an eagle eye for objects most would pass by without a second thought. Sheba’s works are highly sought after and frequently appear in the pages of interior magazines.

Follow Sheba on Instagram @beached_treasures1

Carmen Hui

I love animals. Except snakes. I don’t like snakes. So it was a happy day when I discovered (via Instagram) the whimsical delights of Carmen Hui’s skilled and delicate hands. Carmen is an illustrator and artist from Sydney with a focus on animals and botanical sketches using traditional media on beautiful papers.

Carmen has been drawing since the day she could hold a pencil and has experimented with many mediums in the past but is always drawn back to the intricacies of coloured pencils. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and she has participated in several group exhibitions as well as her first solo exhibition in Sydney earlier this year.

Follow Carmen on Instagram @_carmenhui_

Elke Lucas Ceramics

Elke Lucas is a German born ceramicist now based in Noosa on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Elke’s life as a potter started by happy accident when she married into a family of eccentric artists and potters. She figured, “if you can’t beat them, join them” and so began her education in this fine art.

Elke’s range of wheel thrown, high-fired porcelain is delicate and highly original. In her process, Elke combines natural elements such as leaf litter with natural oxides to leave delicate imprints in soft muted colours on her porcelain forms. While Elke’s pieces have a natural sophistication and a beautiful quiet presence they are also made to be used everyday.

Follow Elke on Instagram @elkelucasceramics

Nichelle Scholz – Fox Hill Llamas

Nichelle Scholz from Fox Hill Llamas is a fibre artist hidden away in picturesque Marradong Country in the South West of Western Australia. In a true vertical integration, Nichelle makes gorgeous one of a kind hand felted pots, vessels, fibre balls and paper using naturally coloured fibre from her own pet llamas.

Much of Nichelle’s self-taught and environmentally friendly process is carried on outdoors with these inquisitive creatures looking on and frequently dropping in for a playful cuddlle. Nichelle even does her own shearing which is very impressive for a woman from a corporate background. It doesn’t get more raw and natural than this.

Grace Wood Designs

Grace Wood is a beautiful young textile artist based in Sydney’s Blue Mountains. With a Bachelor of Design from COFA and an internship with the legendary Dutch fibre Artist Claudy Jongstra, Grace brings a level of technical proficiency and emotional maturity to her work beyond her years.

Applying traditional crafting techniques of, amongst other things, felting, weaving and spinning Grace makes exquisite textiles and objects for the home in a sophisticated colour palette. Using high quality natural fibres and natural dyeing techniques, Grace’s magnificent work is light on impact to our environment and heavy on the comfort, security and delight it provides.

Follow Grace on Facebook @gracewooddesignstudio

Senkki Furniture

Senkki Furniture is the design studio and manufacturing business of Charles O’Donovan, a designer and former shipwright, and Monique Boseley, a photographer with a background in marketing. Based in South Australia, Senkki Furniture specialises in beautifully constructed hand made furniture in both contemporary and retro inspired designs at affordable prices.

Senkki’s design process even allows you to incorporate your own ideas into the design to create something truly bespoke. In that way, you can be fully engaged from the conceptualisation of a piece to its completion and delivery into your home.

Inspired? Browse our Hand Made Market today.

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Rosa Mitchell is a founding member of Slow Food Victoria, and her book Rosa’s Farm is full of country-style recipes influenced by her Italian heritage. Thanks to eatlove.com.au, we’re sharing this rich and delicious seasonal dish. 

Ingredients (serves 6)

6 firm pears
50 g (1¾ oz) butter
100 g (3½ oz/½ cup) soft brown sugar
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) Marsala
160 g (5½ oz/1 cup) dates
145 g (5 oz) honey

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 170ºC (325ºF/Gas 3) .

Cut the pears in half (I always leave the skin on), remove the cores and place on a baking tray, cut side down.

Put the butter and sugar in a saucepan and cook gently over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the Marsala and dates and cook for 3 minutes.

Pour the warm dates and syrup over the pears, drizzle honey evenly over the pears, then cover with a sheet of baking paper and seal with a sheet of foil. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and baking paper and continue cooking for a further 10-15 minutes to reduce the sauce and brown the pears a little. Serve with ice cream, cream or mascarpone.

See more at eatlove.com.au where you can follow your favourite chefs, share their recipes and buy their books. 

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