#PerthGirlBoss 10: Louise Pillidge

Louise Pillidge – it’s a name and face most people in Australia are familiar with (and if you are being honest with yourself, have an opinion of). But not many people have the privilege to say that they actually know the woman behind the blonde hair and dazzling red lipped smile, the true Louise Pillidge.

You only have to talk to Louise for a few minutes to realise her life and heart revolve around her family and it is from these family values that Louise has a willingness to go above and beyond to help others – making her a natural entertainer. So it’s no surprise really that Louise’s latest venture is Louise Pillidge Lifestyle Blog, a way for Louise to share her love of food, styling and entertaining.

Genuine, funny and quick to smile – it’s time to get to know the real Louise.

Louise Pillidge

Louise, tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m lady-like and real. I’m always true to myself. I come from an Italian family so my friends and family are the most important people in my life. I also love to help others.

Congratulations on your blog! What was the idea and passion behind starting your lifestyle blog?

My blog is a way to have a voice and talk about the 3 things I love most – food, fashion and family.

What is it about baking and cooking that you love?

Cooking brings people happiness and it’s a way to show my creativity by making my dishes eye-catching and pretty.

What is your favourite dish to cook?

That’s too hard to choose! [Laughs] Wednesday was always pasta night growing up so if I was to choose a savoury dish it would have to be Seafood Marinara – it has my 3 favourite things in one dish: seafood, pasta and a great tomato sauce. Sometimes I make it with zucchini pasta if I am feeling healthy.

But if I was to choose a sweet dish I would choose my Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Mud-Cake. It’s decadent and dense and I love to eat it cold straight from the fridge.

Why do you love event planning and styling?

Events bring people together, it’s a way to celebrate with close family and friends so it’s very special being able to create a moment for someone. I love helping to make someone’s vision a reality.

For someone that loves to cook and spending time surrounded by her family you must love Christmas! What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Definitely my family coming together. We all live in different cities so it’s the only time in the year that we are all able to be together. It’s a great day! Everyone contributes in someway to lunch by cooking a favourite dish. Christmas is a way for us to connect again.

Of course there had to be a question on fashion – how would you describe your everyday style?

I would say classic, I don’t follow “trends” but if I see a something I love I always mix it with classic pieces to make it my own. I love quality pieces – a nice handbag, a tailored jacket and there has to be jewellery! I’m thinking about bringing back a “statement piece” to my style like chandelier earrings and my signature red lips.

I know you don’t get much down time, but when you do how do you like to spend your spare time?

I have always been independent so I am happy to sit by myself in a coffee shop. I like being surrounded by the busy activity and movement while being in my own world.

As a foodie what is your favourite cafe in Perth?

The Lion and Jaguar in Subiaco, they make the best coffee!

What is something that people don’t know about you?

I am addicted to documentaries! [Laughs] When I was younger I wanted to be a detective so I love watching crime documentaries especially on the CI channel. I also love Law & Order!

Finally, what are the 3 things your can’t live without?

Coffee, music (especially Beyonce) and I love oats! Just plain (nothing fancy). I could eat them everyday for breakfast!

 

Just in time for the festive season Louise has graciously shared her an all time favourite – a baked cheesecake, sure to be a winner at Christmas dinner!

Louise Pillidge Baked Cheesecake

Louise’s Baked Cheesecake  

What You Need:

  • 1 cup arrowroot biscuits crumbs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 extra tablespoons sugar for the base
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 750g Philadelphia cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 punnet fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup thickened cream (whipped)

What To Do:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced. Line with baking paper a 6cm-deep, 22cm round (base) spring-form cake pan.
  • Process biscuits until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs in a Nutri bullet or a food processor. Add butter & 2 table spoons of sugar. Process until combined. Press mixture over base and sides of pan leaving a 2cm gap from top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Using a Kitchen Aid or another mix master, beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, processing until just combined.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until just set and centre wobbles slightly. Allow to cool in oven for 2 hours, with door ajar. Refrigerate overnight.
  • In a medium bowl whip together cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Frost cheesecake with whipped cream & garnish with blueberries. Finally dust with icing sugar to serve.

Enjoy!

 

JB xx

 

 

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