Easy winter recipes

For many of us, winter is about rugging up, avoiding the flu and staying indoors. We often forget about the great seasonal comfort food.

There is plenty of beautiful produce that thrives in the cooler months. Citrus comes to life in the winter and we are gifted with sweet mandarins, pomelos and blood oranges. Vegetables are no different with celery, potatoes, carrots and peas flourishing in this time.

Winter is the perfect time for soups, slow-cooked stews or a big roast dinner. The only downside to some of these delicious comfort foods is that they can be a labour of love. What if you could make all your favourite winter dishes, but cut your time in the kitchen and save it for the more important things?

We have the answer for you. The MultiCuisine is designed to make your meals faster and healthier and not to mention tastier. Create risottos, stews, roasts and even desserts and cakes all with minimal fuss.

The MultiCuisine combines a low-oil fryer and multi-cooker and a unique Surround Heating System that offers rapid cooking time and a healthier spin to your meals. It also promises to shake up your routine meal preparation with automatic stirring and no shortage of what to cook with over 350 recipes available online and at the Google Play and iTunes store

Not all hearty meals have to be richly meat-heavy either. Why not warm up with this delicious Vegetarian Curry packed with pumpkin and chickpeas. The perfect way to spice up a cold winter’s night in!

While you’re at it, you can round out the meal with a crusty wholemeal Apple and Fig Tart (exclusive recipe only available in Australia)

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Entering the comfort zone

You and your family can now experience 3D Comfort in your home thanks to the latest Air Purifier, Heater and Cooling fan from De’Longhi.

The newest member of our comfort range is a portable, all-season, multi-functional product that is designed to create an enveloping environment for your family.

To us, a ‘comfort zone’ is a place that has the perfect balance of even and gentle air coverage from left-to-right and from head-to-toe for you and your family. It is the ideal zone filled with purified, warm and cool air.

Having an air purifier is a staple in the home as purified air is essential to living comfortably. Even the cleanest room in the house could still have pollutants in the air, which is not ideal for anyone. From pet dander to unpleasant odours, this air purifier quickly and quietly removes allergens and other particles from your home.

Our team has worked with this innovative technology to deliver 360° of ideal airflow for maximum comfort. Our ‘comfort zone’ is a place where we feel at home, comfortable and relaxed, and we are excited to finally be a part of yours.

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Winter beverages

We all dabble in a morning coffee or two. Perhaps you even have a mid-afternoon espresso to keep on thriving. But what about after the day is done, what helps you wind down?

Our PrimaDonna Elite Experience coffee machine has a MixCarafe with two attachments. One is used for frothing cold beverages such as iced coffees, espresso cocktails and cold milk (chocolate). The other attachment is ideal for creating creamy hot beverages, such as hot chocolate or the perfect mocha.

This means that not only can you enjoy your morning coffee, but you can also come home from a long hard day, wrap your hands around a toasty mug and unwind with a mocha made just how you like it.

If your day is really long, then let’s not beat around the bush; treat yourself to a Siciliano. A fresh, Italian take on the classic Espresso Martini. The perfect beverage for all seasons.

The Siciliano joins together the joys of a sun-drenched orange grove with the warmth of a winter fireplace to ignite the fulfilling flavours of comforting coffee with a bite.


60ml sweet vermouth
50ml amaro (Fernet Branca or Amaro Lucano)
60ml double espresso, cooled
25ml sugar syrup
Soda water
Fresh orange rind

The best thing about a coffee filled cocktail is the taste that fresh coffee brings. If you are going to spend money on good quality spirits, then you should take the time to create good quality coffee.

By using your De’Longhi made espresso to enrich your cocktail, your heart will be warmed with a familiar comfort that you know and love, all whilst getting the kick that you need from a stiff drink.

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Style in the Home with Maya Anderson

Maya Anderson was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia; has written about homes, renovations, architecture and interior design as part of her job as a journalist and has grown a passion for houses of all different styles. But the ones she’s always been the most drawn to are the ones that have a warmth to them, an inviting feel – no matter what year they were built or on what kind of budget. Maya blogs about the ongoing renovations to her own home, The Crap Shack (her words). When she and her husband bought it, it had barely been touched since the 1970s and was a classic style of brown and pink rose-patterned ensuite, orange glass and pungent shagpile carpet included.

“I love having things in my kitchen that are as gorgeous as they are practical. I love having 'Master Chef' nights at home where my friends come over to cook a meal together, as we sit they often comment on how nice our things are – our bowls, cutlery, cookware etc. When it comes to cooking, I've always thought why would you not invest in beautiful, high-quality things that really give you pleasure to use them? For me, appliances fall into this category.

Choosing appliances that match your kitchen, rather than detract from it, is a great way to get a really stylish look. For example, we used black as an accent in our kitchen, with a matte black tap, black handleware, subway tiles with black grout and a big black freestanding range. So a great way to keep that look cohesive is to add a silver kettle or toaster like one from the Distinta Flair range. That said, introducing colour in the form of appliances is such a fun way to style a kitchen as well! Colour adds personality and warmth and can draw the attention to special nooks or features – I really think so many homes would benefit from a little pop of colour.”

To view our most recent colour range, visit the Distinta Flair range here. For more styling tips, visit Maya’s blog www.house-nerd.com or Instagram @housenerd.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Maya Anderson lives in a 1970s fixer-upper with her husband, their toddler, their labrador cross border collie Nala and a host of garden wildlife. Maya has detailed her Mother’s Day plans below.

It sounds ridiculous but the past two years I’ve thought, “What shall I do for my mum this Mother’s Day?” but completely overlooked the fact that now I am a mum too! “Oh yes! I get to be pampered on Mother’s Day too now!” I was so surprised the first time I got a present (from my husband, disguised as a gift from our almost-one-year-old at the time) I think that was my favourite Mother’s Day moment. This year, I fully expect a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers, a foot massage and a nice breakfast.

My mum is a big tea and coffee drinker (I get this from her) so one of the Argento Flora kettles would be a perfect gift for her. I love all the colours in the range but the Peppermint Green and Agave Blue are my favourites.

If you want to really spoil your mum this Mother’s Day I think there’s no cooler gift than a coffee machine so she can enjoy a coffee at home every day. We recently splurged on a top-of-the-line coffee machine and I can tell you it was well worth every cent.

To view our extensive range of coffee machines, click here. For more tips, visit Maya’s blog house-nerd.com or Instagram @housenerd.

1. For the tech enthusiast mum

The PrimaDonna Elite Experience is the perfect gift to ensure your mum always has barista-quality coffee in the comfort of the home. The machine can prepare endless cafe beverage recipes so you can personalise everything from that morning strong coffee to the afternoon pick-me-up and taking time-out over the weekend. The touch screen and coffee making app allows you to make your own customised coffee from the comfort of your bed – does it get any better?

2. For the retro mum

The Argento Flora range is inspired by flowers and plants and is an elegant addition to the kitchen, adding a beautiful pop of colour.

3. For the stylish mum

The Distinta Flair range is the perfect addition to the kitchen and features a kettle, 2-slice and 4-slice toaster. The smooth, matte-textured metallic range is available in a Prestige Blue, Finesse Silver, Allure Green & Glamour Red to suit a variety of kitchens and tastes.

4. For the wellness mum

Our range of dehumidifiers are good for the family and your furry friends! Dehumidifiers are an important element in looking after the health of your family as they help to collect excess moisture from the air producing a healthy and comfortable home environment. It’s a win for everyone.

5. The mum who doesn’t stop

The MultiCuisine is your new best friend in the kitchen. It is capable of cooking meals for the whole family and can assist with a range of dinner options such as pizzas, risotto, stew or even cake for the sweet tooth family members.

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