thanks to Rise & Grind Espresso Bar
Now that we are in Perth and over 4000 km away from extended family, I tend to go rather overboard in the menu department at Christmas.
Well actually it was only after I posted the menu online and people, lots of people started emailing me asking for an invite that I realised just how overboard it really is. I suppose in a way, I’m making up for the fact our three girls don’t have the option to visit family and be spoilt rotten by their grandparents, like their cousins are at this time of year. BUT who really needs an excuse to over indulge at this time of year?
Overboard or not?
Everything on the menu is made with love by myself with a lot little help from hubby. One thing you might notice missing from my menu is any mention of a gingerbread house. You could be forgiven for assuming that with so much else on offer, one really isn’t needed but the truth is my little Christmas confession.
You see, I don’t have a great track record with gingerbread houses. They end up looking like a demolition site or worse and the one and only year (2001) that a gorgeous McGinger Mini McMansion (not even kidding) stood pride of place on our coffee table, it was hand crafted and gifted by a friend who could easily stand in as a stunt double for Nigella Lawson in both the looks, the bust and the cooking departments.
So why did one over the top McGinger Mini McMansion ruin all gingerbread houses for me?
That one good year and the perfect house turned into a complete disaster, which basically had me placing an all out ban on gingerbread houses up until recently.
What went wrong? A number of things and all my doing I suspect! It was the placement on the coffee table for starters. Placed by my friend so my 1, 2 and 3 year olds at the time, could get a good look. Can you see where this is going? Can you tell my friend didn’t have children of her own?
I left the room every so briefly to attend to opening a bottle of wine a pressing matter and left my three girls admiring the gingerbread house with my single no kids on board friend “Nigella” and well let’s just say she may have been a goddess in the kitchen but she was no super nanny.
I re-entered the room only to find Miss 3 standing on the coffee table so she could have a closer look down the bloody chimney and in an effort to get down quickly realising she had broken house rule #346 that I was back, lost her footing and landed bottom first on the house. Bottom first! Not that landing any other way would have made things any more palatable.
On a positive note there were now perfect bite size pieces to share with one and all but even me, a mother of three under three, accustomed to all manners of food sharing wasn’t going there. Not even if Miss 3 had decided to wear undies on this occasion under her dress (she hadn’t) which flew up for all to see mid flight fall. If only smart phones and YouTubing was a thing back then. I could have made a small fortune.
Gingerbread is back on the menu
So more than a few years later, with my girls much much older and all being huge gingerbread fans, I was ready to face my gingerbread house fears head on but only with help. A lot of help.
I had contemplated the kit from the supermarket or
IKEA that flat pack chain store nearby. They seemed reasonably priced and required a lot less effort than usual but they didn’t come with icing (another possible fear of mine) and the super long list of preservatives used in their gingerbread had me concerned. Very concerned.
When I stumbled on Rise & Grind Espresso Bar on my morning coffee run (home to Perth Gingerbread) here in Doubleview, with their allergy-friendly baking, I knew I’d found my help.
Rise & Grind, one of my favourite places to grab a quick coffee, also sell all manner of edible treats and gifts including impressive ready made and decorated gingerbread houses and trees. GINGERBREAD TREES!
I can still get my gingerbread fix, have a nice Christmas Eve table centrepiece and not need to go near a gingerbread house if I don’t really want to.
Although having said that, their gingerbread houses are rather impressive. With a large variety of both trees and houses in varying sizes, it was actually hard for me to make a decision.
Gingerbread houses start from $35 for small and $45 for large, with gingerbread trees from $30. All would make perfect gifts this Christmas.
A perfectly easy and fabulous way to spice up your Christmas table, if you can resist the insanely divine gingerbread smell and not take a nibble on the gingerbread before Christmas day. I opted to go with a tree this year. For research and development for this post, it may be one level shorter than it was when I took delivery. Shhh don’t tell my family.
Rise & Grind Espresso Bar is located at 255a Scarborough Beach Road, Doubleview just down from Chinta. They have recently had a name change and a revamp to their store. Apart from doing possibly the finest gingerbread in all of the land Perth, they also do a pretty mean (that’s a good thing) coffee. I like to pop in on my morning walk and take advantage of their $3 coffee from 6.30 – 9 am.
WIN WIN WIN
To be in the running for your very own gingerbread tree or house leave a comment below confessing your worst Christmas or otherwise cooking disaster. Don’t have one? Leave your favourite Christmas recipe instead or just tell me why you really need to win a gingerbread house or tree for Christmas.
- Game of skill
- You can enter more than once
- Entries close 21/12/15 (9pm WST)
- One Winner selected by a mystery judge
- Winner must be able to collect their prize from Rise & Espresso Bar in Doubleview before Christmas.
- BONUS! If the winner is also following Rise & Grind Espresso Bar on Instagram or Facebook your coffee (or tea) is on me when you pop in to collect your prize.