Another thing I discovered about blogging this year is that bloggers aren't out there blogging in isolation. There's a real community out there, all interacting and having fun - and PR companies have also recognised this.
Now, everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE food. So I was very excited when a PR company invited me to a Philadelphia Picnic with Philadelphia's ambassador, Louise Fulton Keats, demonstrating some of its wonderful uses.* Unfortunately, the threat of rain washed away the picnic idea. However, we were very lucky to have Louise open up her own home for the event!
Louise was a wonderful host and we were welcomed with a gorgeous spread of Philadelphia inspired goodies...
|Carrot Cupcakes with Lemon Icing and |
Fresh Dates stuffed with Cream Cheese
|Everything looked so pretty!|
|Louise Fulton Keats with her delightful book |
"My Grandma's Kitchen".
She has a sequel and a toddler's nutrition book
in the pipeline too!
|The Tuna and Carrot Pinwheel Sandwiches which I want|
to try out with salmon :)
Distracted by the cooking, eating and socialising, I didn't really get a chance to ask about how Philadelphia products compare nutritionally to other products on the market, although Louise did say they were better. If you are interested, nutritionists Kate Bullen and Sophie McGough did a review of the Philadelphia Cooking Cream which you can read here and it did prove nutritionally better than regular thickened cream, even though it had a higher salt content. I plan to give it a go in a Pasta Boscaiola dish tonight.
Since attending the event, I have made my own version of the carrot cupcakes and topped them with the Philadelphia Cream for Desserts (mixed with a little icing sugar) and I also used the Philadelphia Cream Cheese to make Oreo Cheesecake Balls which served as dessert on Christmas Day. All were very yummy, so yummy in fact that I forgot to take photos!
Now, the day wouldn't be complete without a Cheesecake on the menu and the one Louise served was no ordinary cheesecake...
|So very, very yummy!|
We were surprised and delighted when we realised that Margaret was there in person. She was absolutely lovely and let us all take photos with her as she chatted to us about different things, including her new knitting hobby. We were also very lucky to have Suzanne Gibbs, Margaret's daughter, in attendance. Suzanne is the Food Editor of BBC Australian Good Food magazine. No doubt she has plenty of food ideas of her own to share! It was quite surreal to say the least to be sitting in Louise Fulton Keats' house, sharing morning tea with the Fulton women!
|Sharing a photo with Margaret Fulton.|
I was also very excited to be meeting fellow bloggers for the first time in real life! We bloggers kind of get to know each other pretty well by reading each other's blogs so it's kind of weird meeting in the flesh! Happy to say that everyone was as friendly as they appear on their blogs!
|Left to Right: Sonia from Life, Love and Hiccups fame, Louise, Christie |
from Fig and Cherry, Julie the author of Mama of 2 Boys, myself and my
sister Rosie, surrounded by some of the kids.
* I was invited to this promotional event by Liquid Ideas. I received a cooler bag full of Philadelphia products, as well as the Simply Heaven Volume 2 Philadelphia recipe book from Kraft. I was also lucky enough to be given a copy of Louise's book "My Grandma's Kitchen", which she kindly signed for my boys. All the opinions contained in this blog post are my own.
Now for the fun part! I have a giveaway for my readers. Kraft have kindly given me 5 gift packs consisting of a copy of Simply Heaven Volume 2 (with over 70 sweet and savoury recipes in it) and a Woolworths gift card to the value of $7.00 - which just so happens to be enough to buy two Philadelphia products!
Open to Australian residents only.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 5pm EST on Tuesday 10th January 2012. Very easy! I will use random.org to draw 5 winners and will contact you all via email. In the event that I can't contact you, I will redraw the prize.
Just click "Comment" at the end of this post and tell me what you think! Good luck!