Ottolenghi Challenge

Ottolenghi Challenge

Yotam Ottolenghi is coming to Hobart on the 2nd of February, so I have decided to make as many of his recipes as I can until his Q & A session, where I can finally meet him. I was lucky enough to spend my birthday brunch at one of the Ottolenghi cafes last year when I visited London & was given a signed Sweet cookbook for my birthday, then for my last dinner in London I dined at Nopi, It was a very delicious & memorable experience so I bought the signed cookbook to bring home too.

Saffron, Orange & Honey Madeleines from the Sweet cookbook
Custard Yo-Yos with Roasted Rhubarb Icing from the Sweet cookbook
Take Home Chocolate Cake – Also known as The World’s Best Chocolate Cake from the Sweet cookbook.
Pizza Bianca with Potato, Anchovy & Sage from the Simple cookbook.
Seeded Chicken Schnitzel from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato Carpaccio with Spring Onion & Ginger Salsa from the Simple cookbook.
Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad from the Simple cookbook.
Oven Chips with Oregano and Feta from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato and Bread Salad with Anchovies and Capers from the Simple cookbook.
Lamb Bake with Tahini Sauce and Tomatoes – Recipe from the Simple cookbook.
Spiced Apple Cake from the Simple cookbook.
Courgette & Ciabatta Frittata from the Simple cookbook
Chargrilled Asparagus with Romesco Sauce & Apple Balsamic from the Nopi cookbook.
Burnt Spring Onion Dip with Kale (from my garden) from the Nopi cookbook.
Harissa from the Plenty cookbook
Bridget Jones’s Pan-fried Salmon with Pine Nut Salsa from the Simple cookbook
Banana Date and Walnut Loaf from the Sweet cookbook.
Pork with Ginger, Spring Onion & Aubergine from the Simple cookbook
Coriander & Ginger Martini from the Nopi cookbook was the perfect way to start our Ottolenghi lunch I hosted for 6 of my friends on the 31st Jan.
Baked Blue Cheesecakes with pickled beetroot & honey from the Nopi cookbook – it was the favourite dish for the lunch and just as yummy as I remember it from eating it at Nopi.
Chilled Cucumber, Cauliflower & Ginger Soup (made by Sue & styled by Natalie) from the Simple cookbook.
Butterbean Mash with Muhammara (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted aubergine with black garlic pine nuts & basil from the Nopi cookbook
Lamb & Feta Meatballs from the Simple cookbook
Rice Noodle Salad with Cucumber & Poppy Seeds (made by Rita) 
Chicken with Miso Ginger & Lime from the Simple cookbook
Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce from the Simple cookbook.
Cornbread with Cheddar, Feta & Jalapeño from the Simple cookbook.
Honey & Yoghurt Set Cheesecake (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Amaretti (made by Christine) 
Seared Scallops with Pickled Daikon and Chilli Jam from the Nopi cookbook.
Roasted Aubergine with Curried Yoghurt from the Simple cookbook.
Iranian Herb Fritters from the Simple cookbook.
Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble Cake from the Sweet cookbook.
Korean Chicken Soup

Korean Chicken Soup

We had a ladies Korean lunch, so I decided to make Peter Gimore’s Korean Chicken Soup & it did not disappoint. I used my homemade kimchi & I forgot to put the toasted sesame seeds on top when I served it!!! YUM!!

Perfect way to start a Korean style long lunch
Happy New Year for 2019!!

Happy New Year for 2019!!

Reflection on 2018

2018 was a totally EPIC year, I learnt so much, I grew as a person & in my waist size from eating so much delicious food that I absolutely loved & I wouldn’t change it for the world. And speaking of the world I was so very lucky to travel to Japan, London, Paris & Cornwall last year too!! The food was totally AWESOME!!

It always comes down to 3 things that start with F – Family, Friends and Food. I would be lost without all of these in my life, and I feel extremely grateful for everyone & every meal. This year I grew up and learned to be comfortable dining alone in public & even spent 2 days in Paris by myself!!

Celebrating Cheese on New Years Eve 2018

I attended all Eloise Emmett’s amazing cooking workshops, as well as gaining confidence with ingredients I don’t normally cook with, plus the food was so delicious too. The Tongola Cheese long table lunch was my Tassie stand out meal for the year!!

My huge milestone this year was reaching 500 Thermomix sales!! I still can’t believe I have sold that many in over 7 years and where the journey has led me. I want to thank every customer I have & my VIP customers that have bought more than 1 Thermomix from too. Thank you for referring me to your friends too.

New Years Eve Pizza

New Years Eve is always quiet for me, that’s the way I like it, (I’m normally asleep before midnight) it’s a special time to spend with my amazing hubby & this year we had a cheese feast 🙂 I made homemade pizzas & we had a Bruny Island cheese plate along with homemade cheese biscuits & a delicious chilli apple spread made my by my friend Kate (yes she made it in the Thermomix too) Oh and I was too full for the cream cheese desserts – Eloise Emmett summer pudding recipe YUM!!

Summer Berry Puddings

At the start of the new year it’s time to clean out the fridge & the pantry (the pantry clean up took me a good few days!!) So I made some saffron butter to use up some leftover cream and used the saffron buttermilk to make banana bread which used up some leftover bananas.

Homemade Saffron Butter
Banana Bread

So what does 2019 hold for me, just more of everyone & everything I love.

January I am doing an Ottolenghi cooking challenge, because he is coming to Hobart on the 2nd Feb. Nigella is here again on the 6th Feb YAY!! I’ll also be visiting my nephew in Newcastle for his 1st birthday in February. I have the Thermomix trip to Vietnam in March. Plus I want to finish cooking, eating and photographing all the recipes from the Dani Valent site.

I will be doing more live Thermomixing videos, more cookbook challenges and more food photography.

Maybe this will be the year I get my ebook out into the world ??!! If I don’t get too busy doing other things that is …………

Stress Less Xmas 2018

Stress Less Xmas 2018

This year seems to have been my busiest December ever!! It’s still going too, I have customer’s Thermomix to wrap & deliver. I have not even started my own Christmas shopping or food prep – so my very sensible motto this year is KEEP IT SIMPLE & DON”T STRESS!! Ok so I might just make it my mantra?!!! Here is my things I’m excited about at this stage & I will add to the list. After all the most important thing at Christmas is spending time with loved ones, truly enjoying the feasting, fun & the subsequent food coma, don’t you agree??

Whipped cream can bring anything to the next level & it only takes just under 20 secs to whip up in the Thermomix – I like to keep it just cream with nothing else, use a good quality cream – my favourite local cream is Ashgrove & to serve it with home grown raspberries is the ultimate treat anytime of the day!!

 

60 Second Fruit Cake recipe from the Devil of a Cookbook makes a quick & easy gift for friends or you can make smaller ones too 🙂

 

Vanilla & Chocolate Star Biscuits – recipe from Donna Hay Christmas magazine. Meet a friend for an Xmas baking session & both cook a few dishes madly for a few hours then divide & share the results YUM!!

 

Never under estimate the deliciousness of in season fruits – like one of my summer favourites cherries – they also make an awesome gift (these were given to me – well there was the other half that I have already eaten too)

 

Eggnog recipe from Sophia’s Tis the Season Cookbook has a lot of kick to it, once you have had a drink of this you will definitely be free of stress 🙂

 

Speculaas

 

Macaroons

 

Saffron Shortbread

 

Layered Dip recipe by Fiona Hoskin