Slow Roast to Labna

Ckaos Admin - Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Our December Kitschen Ckaos recipe is Slow Roast Lamb with Pomegranate, Pistachio and Labna. Our 2015 calendar combines our love of food, photography and design. This year our mouthwatering recipes focus on the delicious world of cheese, so join us on our gastronomic journey of discovery!

Slow Roast Lamb with Pomegranate, Pistachio and Labna

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 teaspoons sea salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1.5-2kg lamb shoulder 
½ cup beef stock
1 red onion, very thinly sliced 
¾ cup labna 
80g pistachios, toasted and roughly chopped
5 fresh dates, quartered
seeds of ½ a pomegranate 
2 tablespoons chopped coriander 
cous cous, to serve

Combine peppers, salt, paprika, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic and olive oil in a small bowl. Place lamb in a large roast pan and pour stock into the base. Cook at 220°C for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover tightly with aluminium foil. Reduce heat to 160°C and cook for 3-4 hours or until tender, basting occasionally.

Place onion in a microwave safe bowl and Microwave on HIGH for 1 minutes to soften. Slice or shredded lamb using two forks and arrange on a serving platter.

Top with red onion and generous dollops of labna. Finish with pistachios, dates, pomegranate and coriander. Serve with cous cous.

How to make Labna

500g Greek natural yogurt 

Place a double layer of cheesecloth or muslin in a colander or sieve over a medium bowl. Spoon the yogurt into the muslin. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth together and twist the bag tightly, return to colander. Allow to stand for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator to remove excess whey. Discard whey.


Is it cheese, is it yoghurt, is it cheesy yoghurt, or yoghurty cheese? Well if you’re confused, how to you think the poor Labna feels? Labna is a yoghurt which has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a thick consistency, between that of conventional yoghurt and cheese, whilst preserving yoghurt's distinctive sour taste. Whatever you call it, Labna is a heavenly combination that is perfect in this month’s recipe.

We will be closed from Thursday the 24th of December and back for business on Wednesday 13th of January 2016.

Oodles of noodles! Jenna and Laura recently ventured to the glorious Night Noodle Markets at Birrarung Marr. This year the huge outdoor festival had a record 56 stalls, three bars and a VIP dining area. The authentic Asian hawker style market is held over three weeks, as part of Melbourne's Good Food Month festival. Jenna's food picks were:

Night 1: Crispy five-spice Pork belly with chilli caramel and Asian slaw, grilled salmon, sushi rice, kim chi, Japanese mayo and chilli oil in a tempura nori shell, and to finish off, vanilla bean w/ raspberry crème brûlée.

Night 2: Pancake with braised pork and Viet slaw, Indian style nachos - roasted papri chips topped with curried chick peas and potato, beetroot and carrot slaw, coriander and mint chutney and tamarind and date and deep fried gua bao filled with peanut gelato, dipped in milk chocolate sauce and rolled in crushed peanuts.

Laura had: Wonderbao bao buns, KOMG BBQ corn and spicy chicken wings, crème brûelée and chicken skewer sticks. Food Envy!

Laura won two tickets to the Sunday afternoon session of Sweetfest via. the Facebook competition on The Age - Melbourne Express Facebook page. Whilst she was there, she saw a masterclass demonstration by American Big Gay Ice Cream, who made a ‘choinkwich’ - a chocolate and caramelised bacon ice cream sandwich. She also brought back some delicious cinnamon scrolls to share at the Ckaos studio. YUM!


Laura and Lilly have been exhibition hopping again, this time venturing to Collingwood where they viewed Melbourne artist Kat Macleod's mixed media show, Under NightshadeOther then co-running a successful graphic design studio, Macleod is know for her pretty, mixed media works and commercial illustrations. Her latest solo exhibition is inspired by deep sleep, comprising of mixed media works on linen, combining a distinctive mix of gouache, watercolour, hand stitched embroidery and beading. She was inspired by the botanical, world as a means of expressing how sleep can be beautiful, clam, quiet, enchanting, unreal, unpredictable, weird, dark, wild and elusive.

What better way to spend a sunny spring day than at the Zoo! Cam recently ventured along to check out some of the wildlife.

This month has been huge for live music at the Ckaos studio! Laura and Lilly recently went along to one of Florence + The Machine's sold out performances at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Florence Welch has been regarded as one of the most dynamic live entertainers on the planet. Since her performance at the Splendor In The Grass Festival earlier this year, her return to our shores has been eagerly awaited. And this time around, her performance certainly didn't disappoint! The girls said the show was like nothing they had ever seen before, describing her as “electric” and “goose-bump incredible”.

Another international act to grace our shores this month was British rock band Mumford and Sons, performing their biggest local show to date at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Eleni and Laura attended the performance and said it was a fantastic night.

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Ice, ice baby

Ckaos Admin - Friday, November 15, 2013
Summer is only a month away. It’s time to get out those ice cream scoops and indulge in a little bit of frozen goodness. And the only thing better than ice cream is really good ice cream. In our November Kitschen Ckaos recipe of the month we show you how to make some vanilla ice cream that will melt in your mouth. You’ll need an ice cream machine to make this one (and maybe a gym membership at the end of summer), but we think it’s worth it.

Really good vanilla ice cream
Makes 1 litre       

300ml thickened cream
1¼ cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 teaspoons vanilla paste
6 egg yolks
¾ cup caster sugar

1. Place the cream and milk in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla and set aside for 5 minutes.

2. Beat eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Stir in warm cream mixture.

3. Pour mix into a clean saucepan and stir over low heat for 20 minutes or until custard coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to a bowl and cover with cling wrap and chill for 2 hours.

4. Churn custard in an ice cream machine, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Take a photo of your really good ice cream and post it on our Facebook page. The best photo at the end of the year will win a special Ckaos hamper of goodies.

Last month our junior designer Laura flew off to Brisbane for a weekend getaway. While she was there she visited the Queensland Art Gallery as well as the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Here are a few snaps of her favourite pieces.

She also took a trip to the West End Markets to check out what the local produce and handcrafts had to offer.

Real or fake?

Ckaos Admin - Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Each year at around this time households across the globe face a big decision. And it’s not one that is easily arrived at. This decision is sometimes the cause of much conflict as people struggle to decide which way they should go. After all if you’ve been faking it for years, it can be hard to make the switch to the real thing.

So, will you choose an artificial Christmas tree this year or genuine grown-in-the-dirt variety? What’s better for your wallet? And what about the environment? These are not easy questions to answer.

Artificial trees can be a more cost-effective solution depending of course on what you pay for it and for how many years you keep it. And on the surface it does seem a greener option than chopping down a tree each year to decorate your living room.

But there’s a strong argument for purchasing real trees. Pine trees are hardy little suckers, generally grown in plantations that would otherwise be barren. When they’re harvested, they’re replaced to ensure continuity of supply. They can also be mulched at the end of the season instead of contributing to landfill. That sounds brilliant! Let’s all rush out and buy a real tree then. Not so fast. These trees also require a lot of water, quite a few chemicals and transportation by large fuel-guzzling trucks.

So what do we do? Maybe it’s called the silly season for a reason. There really is no sensible answer. Happy Christmas everyone.

Look what grew in our studio! It’s a CMYK Christmas.

Jenna put up this gorgeous tree at her place last week.

Eleni and Christopher made the switch this year from real to fake.

Kerrie decorated her tree with a little help from Ikea.

Heidi has had this nativity scene in her family for 50 years.

And these Babushkas are a favourite with Heidi's kids every year.

Flinders Street Station has gone all out this year with this giant display.

Heidi was almost run over recently by hundreds of Santas jogging through the streets of Fremantle, as part of the Variety Santa Fun Run.

Kerrie sent around a cryptic email recently. How can 1 + 1 = 3? When you’re having a baby of course!
Congratulations to Kerrie and husband Jason.

Christmas Controversy

Ckaos Admin - Thursday, December 01, 2011
More and more we find ourselves having to watch what we say, so as not to offend anyone during Christmas/Hanukkah/holidays/the festive season/summer/December/year end. Has ‘Christmas’ really become an offensive word?

No matter what you call this season or what your religious beliefs are, there is no denying the fact that in our society Christmas is everywhere. Signs of Christmas start appearing as early as October and hang around well into January. That’s a third of our lives! Is it sensible to pretend it doesn’t, or in fact shouldn’t, exist? 

Some may argue that if it is offending people, then the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Public recognition of a religious holiday may be seen as non-inclusive to non-Christians. Others may argue that over the years Christmas has taken on a non-religious meaning and we should not read into its symbolism too deeply or feel compelled to attach religious beliefs to its traditions. And then there are extreme views like that of the American Family Association who encourage the boycotting of stores who do not mention the word ‘Christmas’ in their advertising. This brings a cliché to mind that’s almost as old as Christmas itself– ‘you’re damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t.’

We have found this issue rising more frequently with each year that passes at Ckaos. We respect the differing views of our clients and don’t wish to offend anyone. It is for this reason that we are happy for our clients to direct us on what term they would like us to use in our designs when referring to the festive season. This might be seen as fence-sitting but we’re uncomfortable perching ourselves anywhere else. 

It makes us wonder what the future holds for Christmas and whether it will continue to be such a dominating event on our calendar for generations to come. But, one thing we know for certain is there’s no way Australians will give up another public holiday without a fight, no matter what it represents!

We fell in love with these gorgeous retro Christmas images we found online.

Here is the next poster to come out of Project Ckaos – our attempt to capture the essence of our business in a visual format. Written by our copywriter Heidi and designed by our intern Laura, it uses a trail of interconnecting words to sum up what Ckaos stands for. ‘Creative, Kinetic, Artistic, Original, Solutions’ is just the beginning…

Senior Designer Kerrie and intern Laura recently attended the Spicers Paper School. They enjoyed learning about the range of paper types available for different purposes and how these different kinds of paper are created. Ckaos staff regularly attend industry events as a way to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry. This image is of the goodie-box Kerrie and Laura came back with.

We love a clever promotion at Ckaos. Intern Laura and copywriter Heidi, snuck out of the studio on 7/11/11 to wish our local 7-Eleven store a ‘Happy 7-Eleven Day’. In response they were given a Slurpee and the kind of warm fuzzy feeling you get when you receive something for free.

Senior Designer, Kerrie, took this photo from a window in Myer Mural Hall. It shows a side of Melbourne many of us may not be familiar with.

Here’s the latest bunch of blooms to welcome us each morning at Ckaos headquarters.

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