Friday, 8 February 2008

Giv A Little Giv A Lot

I'm sat in Giovanna's light and modern kitchen in Sydney's buzzing suburb of Cremorne. We have just ground some coffee beans and on goes the coffee - a morning essential.

Giovanna is dancing through the kitchen in her apron and in a matter of minutes the kitchen comes alive with a day of baking. We share recipes and swap tips on working in a gluten free kitchen, and through all the banter, Giovanna works her kitchen like one of the many beautiful scenes from Chocolat.

Giovanna’s passion for baking started from a young age and she is excited to be able to share it with Sydneysiders with her delicious range of sweets and treats from the GivandTake Kitchen!

“Every thing I produce is because I love food and the joy that great food brings to people”.

Sweeties don’t have to be bad for you or be limited to run-of-the-mill banana bread and huge muffins that are full of fat, sugar, and have no real taste. And Giovanna certainly shows that with her wide range of gluten and dairy free alternatives.

I hand make fresh, morish and stylish sweeties that are innovative and interesting." Giovanna understands allergies and intollerances and being lactose intolerant herself, she has spent hours developing and adapting her recipes to also include gluten and dairy free alternatives which are proving very popular.

Giovanna’s menu is divided into three categories:

giv it a little: bite-sized sweeties that are the ideal compliment to coffee or tea, during a meeting or party.

giv it a lot: larger-sized cakes that are light on the palate and waistline; perfect for morning or afternoon tea.

giv it all you got: decadent cakes for the moments when you just want to be indulgent, but not too naughty.

Some of the delicious gluten/dairy free sweeties available through givandtake include:

Orange and Polenta Biscuits. Textured, yet melt in your mouth. No flavourings, just real oranges.

Classic Friands Made with almond meal and lemon zest, and topped with seasonal fruits or almond flakes.

Baby Friands All the goodness of the Classic Friand packed into a single bite.

Coffee and Hazelnut Friands. A twist on the Classic Friand. Freshly brewed espresso complements the flavour of hazelnuts.

Pasta di Mandorle Traditional Italian soft almond biscuit. Pure and simple: almond meal, egg whites, sugar, vanilla and icing sugar. Made with only the freshest ingredients — no imitation essence or flour.

To place your order, telephone Giovanna in Sydney on (+61) (0) 412 664 335 or send her an email to

"giv it a little, giv it a lot, giv it all you got"