THE SERVE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

JUST when De­tec­tive thought it was all over, an­other cook­book from the end­less pro­ces­sion of MasterChef ‘‘celebri­ties’’. This time, it’s Ju­nior MasterChef win­ner Is­abella Bliss (helped by fam­ily and friends) giv­ing us the ben­e­fit of her cook­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and wis­dom. She’s 13 De­tec­tive would far pre­fer a copy of The Shabby Chef Cook­book by Aus­tralian ra­dio show hosts An­thony Lehmann and Brigitte Du­c­los, fea­tur­ing the likes of spag bol and beans on toast, and in­tro­duc­ing the re­fresh­ing con­cept of ‘‘plat­ing down’’. treats on a trop­i­cal is­land, and is al­ready a big fan of Heilala’s wares. She got her hands on a bot­tle of the ex­cel­lent Heilala Vanilla Syrup — with a whole pod placed in the bot­tle so the flavour can de­velop fur­ther — and found that a healthy pour into some sparkling min­eral wa­ter cre­ates the per­fect cream­ing soda, rem­i­nis­cent of child­hood par­ties. De­tec­tive’s spies tell her it is also a force to be reck­oned with in cock­tails. She’ll be get­ting out her mix­ing kit to check the ve­rac­ity of this in­tel­li­gence. More: heilala­vanilla.com.

FROMnext week, Food De­tec­tive will move to a new sec­tion in The Week­end Aus­tralian. Week­end A Plus will be de­voted to the best use of your leisure time, with ex­panded lo­cal food and wine cov­er­age, gar­den­ing, Mind Games and Mys­tic Me­dusa, re­gional cin­ema listings, colum­nists and more.

T&I will con­tinue to be your best source of in­ter­na­tional food sto­ries, with its pop­u­lar Global Gourmet and Hun­gry Tourist col­umns.

rowemi@theaus­tralian.com.au

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