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.
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