Host an Afternoon Teal for Ovarian Cancer Australia

February has arrived. The kids are back at school (yippee!). It’s deliciously warm outside. You haven’t had a chance to catch up properly with the girls all year. And that new year’s resolutions to shed a few kilos has actually happened! So it’s time to relax a little. Invite some friends over. Enjoy a freshly baked Vanilla Cupcake. Or perhaps a warm Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll? Have a cup a tea or even a glass (or two) of bubbles. And join the many other women around the country who will be hosting an Afternoon Teal to raise awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia this month.

I feel privileged that Ovarian Cancer Australia has invited me to come on board as an Ambassador to help women of all ages understand a little bit more about ovarian cancer. Did you know that there is no detection for ovarian cancer? That means that a pap smear will not detect ovarian cancer so it is really important that you know what symptoms to look out for. The four most commonly reported symptoms by women with ovarian cancer include:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
It’s important to know that many women will experience these symptoms from time to time, and they are often associated with less serious and more common health problems. But if these symptoms are new for you and have persisted for more than 12 days during a 4-week period, make an appointment to see your doctor. There are many more important things women should know about ovarian cancer that can be found at the Ovarian Cancer Australia website. Even if you have no ovaries, I’m sure you have a mother, sister, daughter, aunty or friend that does, so do them a favour and let them know about the importance of knowing about ovarian cancer by sharing this information.
To help you along your way to hosting your own Afternoon Teal to raise awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia, I’ve prepared a few simple recipes for you, Vanilla Cupcakes with Teal Cream Cheese Icing and Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls. Now all you have to do is register your Afternoon Teal and invite your friends or colleagues to join in! Enjoy x

Cupcakes perfect for any Afternoon Teal

Vanilla Cupcakes with Teal Cream Cheese Icing



150 grams unsalted butter, room temperature

200 grams white sugar

2 free range eggs, room temperature

350 grams plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cooking salt

1 ¼ cup full cream milk, room temperature

2 teaspoon vanilla paste


250g good quality cream cheese, softened and roughly chopped

2 cups pure icing sugar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

4 teaspoons blue food colouring

1 teaspoon green food colouring


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Prepare cupcake/muffin tin by placing cupcake patty pans into individual moulds.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium size bowl and set aside.
  3. Place butter in an electric mixer and mix on low-med speed to soften slightly for about 1 minute.
  4. Add sugar to the butter mix and continue mixing for about 1 minute or until fluffy and creamy.
  5. Continue mixing on low-med speed and add one egg at a time, until combined.
  6. On low speed, add half the amount of sifted flour mix into the butter mix, then add half the amount of milk until just combined. Repeat process. It is very important not to mix the flour for too long as it will result in a tough cupcake.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop or dessert spoon, carefully place mixture 2/3rds of the way full into prepared patty pans.
  8. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until cupcakes spring back or if skewer is inserted it will come out clean.
  9. Remove cupcakes from cupcake/muffin tin and allow to cool on wire rack. Do not ice cupcakes until completely cool.
  10. To make the icing, place cream cheese in electric mixer and mix on low-med speed to soften slightly for about 1 minute.
  11.  Continue mixing and add maple syrup and one tablespoon of icing sugar at a time until combined, then repeat process until all icing sugar has gone. Add food colouring, adjust measurements if required to achieve a teal colour.
  12.  Once cupcakes have cooled, pipe or spread icing mixture over individual cupcakes and serve.

Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls

Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls


1 tablespoon oil

3 large cloves of garlic, diced finely

1 small onion, diced finely

1 small bulb fennel, sliced thinly and diced

1 small carrot, grated

500g minced pork, with a good amount of fat

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon white pepper

2 teaspoon salt

2 apples, any variety, grated

4 sheets store bought frozen puff pastry, bought to room temperature
1 egg, lightly beaten to make egg wash

1 tablespoon fennel seeds, to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Prepare baking tray by gently spraying with canola spray oil then lining with baking paper.
  2. Using a medium sized saucepan, heat oil to medium heat then gently fry onion for 1 minute, then add garlic and continue frying for 1 minute. Then add fennel, carrot and gently cook until mixture is softened for about 5 minutes. Season with salt then allow mixture to cool slightly.
  3. Place pork mince in a large mixing bowl, add oregano, thyme, white pepper and salt then mix by squishing mince with your hands for a few minutes.
  4. Squeeze out any excess liquid from grated apple then stir through mix, then add onion mix and stir through. To test if you are happy with seasoning and flavours, fry off a small amount of pork mince and taste. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  5. Place one sheet of puff pastry on clean, flat surface. Using your hands place about 2 cups of mixture on pastry and form a thick sausage shape vertically across the bottom edge of the puff pastry, leaving a 3cm gap from the very edge. Curl the edge slightly over the mince, then flip the pastry over so that the mince is fully encased in pastry. Cut off the remainder of the puff pastry and secure the edge by brushing with egg wash.
  6. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush top of the pastry with egg wash then lightly sprinkle with fennel seeds.
  7. Place sausage rolls on prepared baking tray then bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Serve immediately.

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5 Responses to “Host an Afternoon Teal for Ovarian Cancer Australia”

  1. Symone
    February 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    I am going to try those sausage rolls, they look awesome.

  2. Hazeltack
    February 11, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    The icing on the vanilla cupcakes; is there any other way to prepare it, without the cheese? and can vanilla essence be used instead of vanilla paste?


    • danivenn
      February 11, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Hi There, yes you can certainly make icing with just butter, icing sugar and water, or just icing sugar and water. You can also use vanilla essence instead of vanilla paste but it won’t taste as good as vanilla essence is imitation vanilla flavouring, not made from vanilla beans but by all means use it if that’s what you have in your pantry. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes. Dani x

  3. teteltik
    May 26, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    I know I’m probably late but I’ve looked at the program (master chef australia) and you have done very well (I come from Belgium)

  4. samar
    May 8, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    hi im so sad you left i thought Michel was going out please reply me and im from morocco do a recipe from morocco and put it on your website

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