Category Archives: FOOD

Super Fresh & Easy Family Dinner Ideas with Continental

April 21, 2017

Hipster Mum x Continental | @hipster_mum |

Confession: my two year old is a… tomato monster 🍅😆

Nope, she won’t eat carrot or potato. But those tiny sweet little romas? She. Cannot. Get. Enough.

Because she’s obsessed, our whole family is obsessed too. When we visit my uncle who grows tomatoes, it’s like Easter — everyone hunting around and marvelling when they find a ripe one — only better because we’re devouring food that’s healthy, nutritious and fresh.

Seeing that excitement and delight, I’ve always wished we could connect with tomato growers on our street or block who wanted to share. Enter Continental and Ripe Near Me.

Continental is famous for their incredible flavours and Ripe Near Me is an Australian start-up that connects home cooks with local growers of herbs, fruit and veggies.

Together, they offer a new way to explore, experience and enjoy food in a way that makes you feel good!

For us, that started by exploring the Continental website and finding a recipe that would work for our family. The recipes on the site are fantastic: simple enough for weekday meals, diverse enough to keep things interesting.

As a mum of a fussy 8-year-old and messy 2-year-old, I have some pretty specific things I’m looking for in our dinner these days:

  • Miss 8 is interested in veggie meals (less meat, where possible)
  • Miss 2 wants hold her food and is learning to feed herself
  • Mum wants something that’s healthy, quick and leaves minimal mess

That’s not asking too much is it? 😂

Corn Fritters ticked all the boxes. Even better: right there on the recipe page (bottom right corner) the Ripe Near Me app invited me to pop in my postcode to view the range of fresh fruit, herbs and veggies that are all, well, ripe near me.

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After entering my postcode, results popped up immediately, showcasing avocados, lettuce and (yay!) tomatoes all on offer from local growers.

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After collecting our fresh ingredients, the recipe was a cinch to whip up. The stock powder was an inspired addition: adding minimal salt (the recipe highlights Continental Chicken Salt Reduced Stock Powder) with maximum flavour.

In good news for my eldest daughter, a little birdie at Continental told me that they’ve just released a new vegetable stock powder (yay!) so soon we’ll be able to make these fritters and they’ll be completely vegetarian – with the extra flavour hit!


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Share the Love this Easter with Brumby’s Hot Cross Buns

March 29, 2017

Hipster Mum Easter |

Calling all hot cross bun lovers: this Easter your dreams are about to come true thanks to Brumby’s Bakery which has just released 5 limited edition flavours to celebrate the occasion!

Even better: for every 6 pack of hot cross buns sold, Brumby’s will donate 25c to The Smith Family’s campaign around childhood education — which aims to break the cycle of poverty currently affecting over one million Australia kids.

So, as Craig David would say, what’s your flavour? More importantly, what does your fave flavour say about your personality? Let me break it down.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns from Brumby’s Bakery

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What your buns say about you: You like the simple things in life. Or, maybe, you use the conservative choice to hide a predilection for Metallica and sleeve tatts. Relax Heavy Metal Mum, your secret’s safe with me.

Berry & White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns from Brumby’s Bakery

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What your buns say about you: Beneath your super-mum exterior there’s a simmering, sensual spirit. It’s no surprise you like your Easter buns the way you like your men: rich and scandalously good looking.

Double Choc Hot Cross Buns from Brumby’s Bakery

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What your buns say about you: Let’s see: you’re a former corporate high-flyer with a taste for the finer things in life. You have a weakness for indulgence — too much is never enough.

Jaffa Hot Cross Buns from Brumby’s Bakery

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What your buns say about you: You crave adventure like you crave your morning caffeine hit. You’ve got a sixth sense when the kids are making mischief – which you’ll happily ignore for a five-minute bun break!

Date & Vanilla Hot Cross Buns from Brumby’s Bakery

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What your buns say about you: Truth: when Taylor Swift comes on in the car, you’ll happily belt it out and embarrass the kids.

Choc Caramel Hot Cross Buns from Brumby’s Bakery

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What it says about you: You’re a homebody happiest in a hot bath. The truth is,  going out is fun, but staying in with a toasted Choc Caramel bun is even better.

We are proud to announce that this Easter we are partnering with The Smith Family! 25 cents from every 6 pack of hot cross buns sold between the 1st of April and the 17th of April will go to The Smith Family to help support disadvantaged families.

Posted by Brumby’s on Thursday, March 23, 2017


Quicker, Easier Food Shopping with Health Stars

March 17, 2017

Hipster Mum x Health Star Ratings | @hipster_mum @hipstermum1 |

Have you heard of Health Stars? They’re the ratings on packaged food that help guide healthy shopping decisions. So how do they play out in your local supermarket? Let me take you on a tour…

Health Stars in the Fresh Fruit & Veg Section

Got ya! Fresh fruit and veg are top-notch nutrition, and as such, they won’t display a Health Star Rating which only applies to packaged food.

Health Stars in the Breads and Cereals Section

Ever wondered how the sugars, fats and salts weigh up for your favourite cereals — now you’ll be able to find out. Look for products that have ratings as close to five as possible, for the healthiest options

Health Stars in the Dairy Section

There are SO many options in this section and no wonder: my kids love cheese and yoghurt, so this was a great opportunity to see which brands offer the healthiest options.

Health Stars in the Condiments / Tea Coffee Section

Condiments (such as vinegar, herbs and spices) are defined as non-nutritive – same goes for tea and coffee – so you won’t see any health stars here.

Health Stars on Juice

Juices are something I like to have on hand when I need a treat, so it’s great to get some clarity on which are the best for my kids.



Remember, health stars are used to compare similar products such as one breakfast cereal with another – you can’t compare different kinds of foods like bread to yoghurt.

One more thing to note: the Health Star Rating system is voluntary and appears on packaged food products at the discretion of food manufacturers and retailers (such as supermarkets). The system was developed by the Australian, State and Territory governments along with public health, consumer and industry groups. It launched in 2014 and you can check out the full list of brands that have adopted Health Star Ratings here

Have you spotted Health Stars on the shelves? Have you found them useful?

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