Matcha Iced Latte

Start your morning right with a matcha iced latte ✨

Add vanilla extract to an iced glass
Whisk together matcha, honey, and warm/hot water (not boiling)
Add your milk preference to the glass
Add in matcha mix and stir, and you’re done!


Specialist Recycling: Mobile Phones

Join the Go for Zero campaign!

Australians are holding onto a staggering 4.2 million old phones that are broken and no longer working. They represent a stockpile of valuable materials and metals that can be reclaimed through recycling.

We mine precious metals at an enormous cost and they are an essential part of electronics. However, these supplies won’t last forever which means recovering what we can from our old devices is critical. If we recycle those 4.2 million broken mobiles, we can prevent over 8,000 tonnes of mineral resources from being mined, with saved carbon emissions equivalent to planting 42,000 trees.

So, this month we are asking everyone to join MobileMuster’s nationwide challenge to Go for Zero. All you need to do is look in the bottom drawer, search the study or even sort out the garage. Simply find those old mobile phones and accessories and recycle them via your local Australia Post outlet or your local WP store!

Want to know what else you can recycle through WP?

Check out our Specialist Recycling page!


Earl Grey Tea Cake

An earl grey tea cake great for special visitors.

Ingredients:

Oil cooking spray

250g butter, softened

250g caster or superfine sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 eggs, at room temperature (or 3 duck eggs)

250g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea, crushed until fine

1/4 cup milk

Earl Grey Syrup:

1 cup water

1tsp Earl Grey tea

1 cup caster or superfine sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

To decorate:

450ml cream

3 tsp caster sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Dried edible flowers to decorate

Instructions:

Step 1- Preheat the oven to 160C. Line the base of two 20cm/8inch round tins & spray the base & sides well with nonstick spray. Using an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the butter & sugar together for 3 minutes until light & fluffy. Add the vanilla & then the eggs one at a time, whisking until combined. Then remove from the mixer & sift in the self-raising flour & baking powder from a height. Fold these in with the Earl Grey tea leaves using the milk to keep the batter moist.

Step 2- Divide the batter into the two tins & smooth over using an angled spatula or a dough scraper. Place in the oven gently & don’t slam the door. Victoria sponges are known for being a little bit temperamental & do not open the door while it is baking or turn on the light. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely in the tin. You can make these a day ahead of time, just wrap them once they’ve completely cooled.

Step 3- Meanwhile, while the cakes are baking, make the syrup. Boil the water, tea & sugar together until it becomes a syrup. Add vanilla & cool completely.

Step 4- To assemble the cake, whip the cream, vanilla & sugar until you get soft peaks. Take one cake & place it on a serving plate. Poke holes in the cake & drizzle some of the Earl Grey syrup into this. How much depends on you (I just used a few tablespoons per cake layer). Then place half of the whipped cream on the bottom layer. Place the second layer on top repeating the process with the holes & syrup and then spoon on the remaining cream. Top with flowers.

This cake can keep for a day or two in the fridge.


French Onion Pasta Bake

WP ingredients:

– 375g dried penne pasta

– 1tbsp olive oil

– 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme (1/2tsp is for seasoning)

– 30g french onion seasoning mix

– 2 tsp garlic granules (or 2 cloves garlic)

Other ingredients:

– 25g butter

– 2 large brown onions (diced)

-1/2 cup dry white wine

-300mL cream

-1 1/2cup grated cheese

– Added veggies of your choice

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°

Step 2: Cook pasta until almost cooked, then drain

Step 3: Heat butter and oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally for 10-15min, until browned. Add garlic and thyme, cooking for 30 sec.

Step 4: Add french onion mix, stirring to coat. Add wine, simmering until reduced by half. (Depending on the veggies add now or in the next step if they cook quickly e.g. spinach)

Step 5: Gradually stir in cream and season with pepper. Then add to pasta, thoroughly mixing to coat. Add pasta mixture to baking dish, top with cheese, and bake for 20-25min, or until cheese is melted and golden.

Step 6: Serve with sprinkled leftover thyme.