Photos from my visit to the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Had the best morning hanging out with kids at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, for the Good Friday Appeal.

I met some really cool kids at the hospital. It really is an incredible facility and I got to see some behind-the-scenes areas I’d never seen before.

I got my Easter Bunny on with some of the nurses from Platypus Ward - the hospital’s speciality surgical unit which cares for patients undergoing General Surgery, orthopaedic, plastics, maxillofacial, urology and burns procedures. 

There was a team of mobile nail artists going around the hospital and these chicks had the full ‘treatment’.

My (unusually) conservative nails just didn’t cut it in this ward! #mobilemanicuristtoWard1STAT!!!

I promised Toby I’d share his photo first on my Instagram and Twitter (which I did) and I saw later that the posts made the Good Friday Appeal telecast on Channel 7. #GlobalStardomAwaits Toby!!!

Make sure you tune into the Good Friday Appeal telethon on Channel 7 or live online and give generously to this incredibly worthy cause.

To donate Call 1300 277 325 or donate online.    

Join the conversation:

Twitter @GoodFriAppeal 
Instagram @GoodFridayAppeal
Facebook.com/RCHGoodFridayAppeal
#GoodFridayAppeal

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Who’s hitting the kitchen this Easter?

The long weekend is nearly here! So, who’s hitting the kitchen for a spot of baking this Easter weekend?

These yummy Easter cupcakes are made from this fantastic white chocolate cupcake recipe. You make them using sour cream so they stay deliciously moist.

Cupcakes are a blank canvas so you can have so much fun decorating them, whatever the occasion. These fluffy Easter bunny bottoms with tails made from mini marshmallows covered in edible glitter are super-cute for tea parties this weekend. 

Burch and Purchese sugar maestro Darren Purchese shared these other insider tips for decorating sweet treats …

Make a quick Icing using 50g Butter, 40g icing sugar plus colouring and/or flavouring, beat well and pipe personalised message or use it to stick edible decorations in place. 

To melt small amounts of chocolate for decorating, place broken up chocolate chunks in a microwave and nuke it in short 10 second bursts so it just melts. Stir with a spoon in between each burst and take care not to overheat. 

Crystallise edible decorations by brushing with egg white and rolling in superfine sugar or edible glitter. Dry in a warm oven for 10 minutes and stick in place with just-melted chocolate or the icing mix (above) for a unique touch.

Join the conversation @DanniiMinogue #Eggcellent

Discover Darren Purchese’s amazing chocolate artworks on Twitter @BurchPurchese

Check out the bowls and measuring spoons used to make these Easter cupcakes at DanniiShop.com

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Easter feaster: My favourite brunch recipe…

Whoop! It’s nearly Easter and what better way to set yourself up for the day’s sugar rush than by fuelling up with a hearty brunch?

Gwyneth Paltrow’s slow-roasted tomatoes are a favourite. I like to top them with some soft, crumbled goat’s feta, wilted spinach, a hefty grind of black pepper* and maybe a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar.  

The recipe, from her cook book ‘My Father’s Daughter’, couldn’t be simpler, just leave yourself enough time to cook these - the emphasis is on SLOW!

Gwyneth Paltrow’s slow roasted tomatoes

Ingredients
Ripe tomatoes
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper

Method
Pre-heat oven to 140°C
Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally
Rub with a little olive oil and sea salt and bake seed-side up for between three and five hours (or until they look caramelised around the edges).

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can pre-cook these and either store them in the fridge ready for urgent brunch action, or even freeze them in portions (the flavour intensifies even more)!!!

Find more amazing recipes on Gwyneth’s Goop here.

*Stainless Steel electric pepper mill, $29.95 DanniiShop.com - also great for grinding sea salt! 

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Auctioning it for the kids!

The Good Friday Appeal’s online auction is open for bidding and there are some fab Items up for grabs including this cute cubby house, a delectable six-course dinner for eight at Guy Grossi’s Florentino, a helicopter tour to the Yarra Valley and - the chocoholic’s dream - a 45kg giant Easter Egg and kid’s wonderland crafted from delish Belgian chocolate. 

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Check out the auction site now to avoid bidder disappointment! 

You can also support the Good Friday Appeal by watching the telethon on April 18 on Channel 7 or by visiting the APPEAL WEBSITE.

Join the conversation @GoodFriAppeal 

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Egg-cellent alternative to chocolate this Easter!

Easter might be chocolate lovers’ fave time of year but if your friends and family are already going to be inundated with choc eggs, or you’re wondering what to buy the rare choc-o-haters among us next weekend, why not put together a hamper of baking goodies instead? 

Plastic food preparation set of nine bowls and measuring cups, $79.95. Practical, space-saving stackable pieces with non-slip bases and wide, easy-grip handles. Just add flour, eggs and milk - chocolate optional! 

Corban and Blair A4 recipe journal, $39.95.
This journal, stuffed with your treasured baking recipes would make a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Maybe add a label or two from your favourite drops… After all, few things go better with chocolate than red wine! 

Join the conversation @danniiminogue #DanniiShop

PS: Don’t forget if you spend $50 or more at DanniiShop.com in April you go into the draw to win a signed, framed copy of Love’s On Every Corner original vinyl! 

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