I apologise for the amount of sponsored content lately. I’ve gotten so many great opportunities lately and I’m so snowed under with study, children and life in general I just don’t have to write original content as well. But it won’t be long and I’ll be back in to it, with an exciting challenge coming too!
Plus, when I get amazing opportunities like this I definitely can’t pass it up!
Very nervously I caught a taxi to a private house overlooking Sydney Harbour. I was early (as I always am) and was hanging around outside trying not to look silly when out walked a man in a white chef’s jacket. Yup, that was Ben O’Donoghue! Thankfully he was very nice, rather charming, and I felt a lot more relaxed as I headed through to enjoy the amazing view before we started.
We chatted for awhile about Ben’s new cafe he is opening in Brisbane, Mr Monkey’s new job and my blog and then we started cooking. I was a little nervous about cooking with such an accomplished chef but obviously I have been listening to Mr Monkey because I think I held my own.
I picked up so many great cooking tips and learnt to cook a really yummy and impressive meal. Plus I got sit down, enjoy the dish, a glass of wine and that amazing view as I chatted to Ben.
I still can’t believe I got such an amazing opportunity and it’s an afternoon I’m going to remember for a long time.
Ben O’Donoghue’s Prawn & Zucchini Linguine
Of course, I’m also sharing the recipe with you! This such an impressive and delicious dish which is relatively easy to cook. We didn’t include the chili and I didn’t miss it, but I’m sure it’ll add another great level to the dish. The fry/steam method is a method I haven’t used before but I love the way it broke down the zucchini and it turned it lovely and creamy.
Ben told me you can also substitute the rosemary for basil and that the zucchini mixture also goes great on bread as a type of bruschetta. I think I’ll definitely have to give that a go!
I cooked the dish again last Monday and it was almost as delicious. I say almost as obviously I’m not a qualified chef, I had Lily “helping” me and Chloe started screaming toward the end. But Lily loved it and Mr Monkey was very impressed when he tried it after work. Definitely a win!
Fairy Plantinum Giveaway
Two for one in this post – a recipe and a giveaway! Fairy Platinum are giving away two packs of dishwashing liquid and dishwasher tablets.
I got to see a little demonstration after cooking and it was pretty amazing. One drop of the dishwashing liquid on my finger blasted away oil on water in seconds. I also got to see how much quicker the Fairy Platinum Dishwasher tablets disolved in water than the competitor – significantly faster! That means you don’t get the build up of soap leftover in the dishwasher at the end of the cycle. We don’t have a dishwasher but my parents do and I know how annoying it is to pull out soapy dishes.
So fill out the form below and Mr Monkey will pick a winner.
Terms and conditions: The Flying Drunken Monkey’s Fairy Platinum giveaway will be judged on creativity and originality. The competition opens Friday, September 20th at 10.00am AEST and closes on Friday, September 27th at 10.00am AEST. One entry per person only. Australian entries only, sorry. There are two Fairy Platinum Packs to be won. Total prize pool $103.92. The winner will be notified via email and published on this blog. Entries remain the property of The Flying Drunken Monkey and may be republished. The prize will be sent directly to the winner. For full competition terms and conditions, click here
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the masterclass with Ben O’Donoghue and was given a hamper of P&G products to take home. All opinions are my own.