Little Missy Patisserie

We have been fond regulars of Little Missy Patisserie since it first opened, with awesome coffee & delicious savoury & sweet treats, what’s not to like? Everyone is so friendly & it has a gorgeously homely feel. We feel like old friends now & felt it would be ok to ask if we could take our “real cameras” in for a photo shoot this morning. Oonagh was so lovely & agreed to our favour, she is such an amazingly talented pastry chef.

So my foodie chef friend & photography study buddy Ellie joined me for the shoot. (read her blog post & she her photos here)

I arrived a bit early so had to have a coffee & suss out the conditions (plus test out my new lens!!)

Kev's coffee

OK there was a brief quiet moment with not too many customers, a great opportunity to shoot the delicious goats cheese, heirloom tomato & fresh basil tart, just as I’m styling it a guy comes in with these gorgeous mini yellow tomatoes (I have forgotten the variety) perfect timing!!

Yellow tomatoes

Tart

Ellie arrived & styled up the scene, we just knew we had to take out a slice & have that for breakfast later (after taking it’s photo another million times!)Tart 2

Tart outside

Should we do more savouries? No we need to do the sweets!!

Let’s get our lemon brûlée tart action shot with the blow torch, I am so excited I can’t hardly breathe!!

Tourch

Tourch 1

So now that is done & I’ve calmed down a bit, we have selected out the food to be shot, styled & eaten over the next hour or so.

Sweet Treats

We felt very privileged to be able to use the “special fork”. Another great reason this is the perfect place for a photo shoot is their gorgeous collection of vintage plates, cutlery & tea pots. Food styling heaven!

Lemon tart 3 - THE BEST

Styled by Ellie – cracked tart (I don’t mean you Ellie!!) See the instagram video here.Brulee cracked

Go Ellie, go!!

ZOOM Brulee

Rhubarb & custard pastry – The rhubarb came from my garden!

Rhubarb custard pastry

The blackberry & hazelnut dome I’m sure it has a much fancier name that I will find out & update for you 🙂

Which shot of these 3 is your favourite?

Blackberry & hazelnut dome Blackberry cake Cake blackberry

And chocolate & coffee what better way to finish up? Note to selves make sure you only order 1 coffee at a time not 2 at a time, because they don’t look as fresh after you have taken 10 million shots!! Chocolate

Chocolate 2

Thanks so much for an amazing morning with delicious, gorgeous food & coffee Oonagh & the gang!! You are all superstars!!

old mixer bowls

Spaghetti Bolognese with Fresh Cherry Tomatoes

Oh my goodness, mamma mia!! Sometimes a quick an easy meal can be the most delicious!! My friend gave me some delicious home grown cherry tomatoes, another friend “grows” her own cows & I had some of that mincemeat in the fridge. I love to put some bacon or go half beef & half pork mince. I always start with a base of onions, garlic, parsley, basil & oregano, sauted in olive oil in the Thermomix of course!

Then I love to put extra veg depending on what I have, tonight was red capsicum & carrots. Other veggies I have included before are zucchini, broccoli, celery & mushrooms. I like a little bit of red wine but tonight I only had white wine so put that in instead. I always add a bit of veggie stock paste for extra flavour & some tomato paste (which you can make yourself in the Thermomix) this helps to thicken the sauce too. Of course you may not have fresh cherry tomatoes to use all year round but you can use a good quality tinned tomato or passata instead.

I also had some home grown zucchinis that I was going to make into zoodles to go with the Bolognese for an easy Friday night dinner after a busy day’s food photo shoot, teaching a Body Balance class & delivering 2 Thermomix! But my son said “Please Mum can we have pasta instead of the zucchini noodles?” I said “We don’t have any pasta” He said “Can you go to the shop?” I said “Uh NO!!…..Alright  I’ll make fresh pasta then!!”

The best recipe for fresh pasta my Chef friend Ellie tells me is 100g flour for 1 egg: so I did 200g strong flour & 2 eggs (it does depend on your egg size so I added an extra yolk. I needed it in the Thermomix for 2 mins. I must also to confess to owning an electric pasta maker!! So extravagant I know but you can also use it manually. I heated the water in the Thermomix to 100 degrees, while I used the pasta machine to roll out the pasta dough & then made it into spaghetti! Fresh pasta is just such a beautiful delicious thing!

PASTA

Served with some fresh parmesan cheese I “grated” in the Thermomix too and fresh basil & cracked pepper.

Spag bog

 

The all amazingly awesome Thermomix!!

Kitchen 3Yes I love the Thermomix!! Yes I have 3 (no I don’t need 3) Yes they have names!! And they have eyes!! This is my kitchen, I don’t have a built in cooktop, just a single plug in one – It will be the kitchen of the future 🙂

Yes I am a Therrmomix consultant (have been for over 4 years now)

So why do I love the Thermomix?!

It’s a moveable kitchen.

You can make so many things from scratch so quickly & easily. So of course the food has amazing flavour!!

It gets used multiple times every day.

Yes I love cooking but it suits people who love to cook or people that want to spend less time in the kitchen and people who are time poor & want dinner in a flash.

My favourite functions are milling whole spices; you heat them up first in the Thermomix & then mill them. It’s perfect for curries & dips. I always mill cinnamon sticks too. I love how it cooks & stirs for you while you do something else. I love the kneading function & the steaming function. I even love the latest feature for the model 5 – the guided recipes, which is perfect for those times when you can’t be bothered thinking!! (Admit it we all have times like that?!)

I’m not selling them to make money, I may have called myself the crazy Thermomix lady because it is a passion & I truly believe every household should have one! (we can sell a Thermomix to anyone in Australia – so watch out!) I have seen so many people change the way they cook & eat. People that have never cooked that are now cooking with a Thermomix. People using more fresh ingredients, trying new recipes, I’ve seen people falling in love with their Thermomix! Sometimes I am even lucky enough to be a part of someone’s joy at getting a Thermomix as a surprise for a birthday or wedding gift. I have even seen people win a Thermomix from a raffle! There are lots of Chefs that use them in restaurants & cafes all over the world too!

(This post is not quite finished & will be updated with even more amazing Thermolove soon!!)

MODEL5 bush backdrop

Food Photography & Styling Workshop

What a gorgeous few hours with wonderful talented people 🙂 This event was run by Bec from thirteenredshoes and Dea from To her core, I didn’t realise I knew Dea till I saw her at the door – what a wonderful surprise!! We all drooled over the space!! Dearna has a gorgeous kitchen wouldn’t you agree? How cool are the lights too! After some learning, watching & chatting we got to work styling & shooting on our DSLR & our smart phones.

So drum roll please…………….. here are my DSLR shots!!

Dea

The girls

I just love that I did apple pics (to her core!!) I had to take a bite out of one all in the name of styling of course!! It was delicious, crispy, crunchy & juicy – the best!!! I still can’t decide my favourite apple shot!!

Apples

 

 

Apples 4

Then it was the honeycomb from Wellington Apiary drool!! I am sorry I have no idea who styled this shot & we were discussing this today what do you call someone who goes in & takes a shot of something someone else has styled?? Is there a name for this? Please let me know 🙂

Honey

 

Styling walnuts, again not sure who is the hand model either, but I love your work!!

Walnuts

We were given some pink salt RAW Chocolate to style & then eat. This styling & photography can be quite delicious! I love the character of this cake tin I just turned it upsidedown cos I just “needed” to use it somehow?!

Salt 3

Oh yes now we are talking – melted dark chocolate for the pour shot!! Plus I LOVE the pot too 🙂

choc pot

Go you crazy snap happy people – capture the chocolately drizzle onto the delicious cookies!! Drool!!

Pour chocolate 2 Pour chocolate 3

Well I have learnt some more tricks & tips plus I certainly had lots of fun too! Thanks ladies for a fab day xx I have had a few light bulb moments!!

Kitchen

Photography and Social Media -The Selfie or Self Portrait

We have to submit 3 images of ourselves for a UTAS online course I enrolled in for summer school, I have an extra one. I’m no stranger to the concept of a selfie & don’t mind it so we had to have a selfie or self portrait that tells a story of who we are & what we are about. So what is the essence of Arwen??

The image below was captured by Magie Peek, however I spent a lot of time & effort into which items I wanted to include in this picture of myself to represent who I am. My flower clip is my signature hair piece (made from recycled kimono & denim) that I like to wear almost every day, it makes me smile & I just love flowers & anything Japanese. My camera & iPhone 6 both new in 2015 & have been used so much since they were purchased for photos on social media & my photography course I did at TAFE, I’m wearing Leedy’s Beads custom made to order by my sister in the French theme as I needed motivation to earn a Thermomix reward trip to Paris last year (& I’m wearing earrings made by her too). The Thermomix bowl & spatulas represent my job as a Thermomix consultant & my love of cooking from scratch as well as my recipe testing jobs. Silver tablespoon from Mum’s that was my Nana’s, lemons & limes from my garden on a rustic wooden cake stand given to me by my friend, In the Mix Cookbooks by Dani Valent (my fav Thermomix cookbooks), puzzle ring I bought in Florence, gorgeous apron bought by a friend & a Thermofest ’15 carry bag, sunglasses bought in Brisbane this year after Thermofest with a gift voucher from Thermomix in Australia & last but not least my key ring with an Eiffel tower key chain from my friend Annette & the Thermomix keyring! Hairstyle is by my friend & hairdresser Kim Marshall from Kim & Co. My dress was from the 2nd hand shop at Kingston Beach (it’s also special because I wore it to Melbourne many times last year so it holds lots of special memories).

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