Food Styling

Dani Valent Month in March 2018

Ok I think you get it that I just love all of Dani Valent’s cookbooks, recipes & her video site, see my posts on when I cooked & photographed all the recipes from her Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook. Plus I am am constantly updating my post on all the recipes I have tried from her video site – My addiction to Dani Valent Video Website. A few years a go I did an In the Mix Cookbook challenge & cooked over 40 recipes from the books in 30 days!! So this year I decided March would be #DaniValentMonth. I decided to host a lunch with 4 foodie friends & asked them to each bring a Dani Valent dish to share – one of my friends confessed to being a Basque Cheesecake virgin so we told her she had to make it & bring it to our lunch on the 8th March.

I made the Roasted Cauliflower Hummus recipe from Dani Valent’s site it’s by Shane Delia & so delicious served warm 🙂

 

Dani Valent herself couldn’t make it to our lunch so we set up a “Shrine” for her at the head of the table 🙂

 

I cracked out my homemade Kimchi – recipe by Sharon Flynn is on Dani’s site too.

 

Sue made the Mushroom Cappuccinos recipe from the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook, with a touch of truffle oil, it was a perfect start to our ladies lunch 🙂

 

Rosey made the Sour Orange Curry recipe from the In the Mix Cookbook by Mark Newman – it was so yummy & spicy 🙂

 

(I forgot to take photos on my camera of the other 2 delicious main dishes that we had Onion Jam Flan from In the Mix cookbook made by Rosey & Rita made the Herb Salted Chicken form the Spanish chapter of Entertaining with Dani Valent cookbook  – both delicious recipes!!)

 

Christine made the Basque Cheesecake for her very first time & she did an awesome job of it – you can watch the live video we took of her trying it for the first time & she gave it a 10.5 out of 10!!

 

I also made the White Chocolate and Baileys Parfait with Coffee Crumble recipe from Dani’s site by Julie Wholefood Alchemist. We shared 1 between 5 in case you are wondering but it was so good!!

 

I also made the Choc Top recipe by Christy Tania on Dani’s site – it has Cherry Semifreddo, sable biscuit base & dipped in Chocolate served with chocolate ganache. yes we shared one of these too 🙂

 

One of the best things was dividing up the leftovers to share YUM!!

We can’t wait for our Dani Valent Cocktail & Canapé’s evening at the end of the month – watch this space 🙂

Lunchbox Corner with Erica Noble

Lunchbox Corner
 
Love ’em or hate ’em, lunchboxes are an unavoidable necessity. Parents have an important role to play when packing a lunchbox. Learning is hungry work! To fuel children for a day at school, pack a nutritious main lunch plus snacks from the five food groups. Pack to suit your child’s appetite.
 
Try these Thermomix recipes* from The Basic Cookbook.
 
Grains and cereals
– Pizza dough (try mini pizzas or pizza scrolls)
– Pikelets
– Pancakes
– Bircher muesli
– Bread and rolls (try lunchbox sized rolls)
– Fruit buns
 
Meat and alternatives
– Hard boiled eggs
– Omelettes (try wraps or rolls)
– Lasagne (try “lasagne cups” baked in a muffin tray)
– Quiche (try mini quiches, easier for little hands)
– Meatballs
– Fish cakes
– Vegetarian sausage rolls
 
Dairy and alternatives
– Yoghurt
– Custard
– Smoothies
 
Fruit
– Stewed fruit
– Apple sauce
– Smoothies
– Vitality truffles (bliss balls)
 
Vegetables
– Lightly steamed raw veggies
– Soups
– Potato cakes
– Salads
– Dips
– Smoothies
 
* If your school is nut-free, either omit the nuts or substitute a mix of seeds in recipes that contain nuts. Try pine nuts (a seed, not a nut), linseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
 
For more lunchbox tips, see:
http://dhhs.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/121165/Lunchbox_tips_2013.pdf
 
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#movewelleatwell
#healthykids
#healthytasmania
#eatwelltasmania
#familyfoodpatch
 
Written by Erica Noble, Thermie owner and volunteer Family Food Educator. For more ideas and information go to www.familyfoodpatch.org.au or www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/healthykids, or follow Family Food Patch or Healthy Tasmania on Facebook.

Making Matcha Tea

 I love making matcha green tea & so does my son that’s why I bought him a matcha green tea set for his birthday – I actually like his matcha bowl better than mine with the gorgeous blues & greens. You must have your water to 80 degrees & then use the bamboo whisk to froth up the matcha powder. Store your matcha powder in the freezer so it stays fresh. I like to use organic matcha powder.

Fiona Hoskin’s Happy & Healthy For Life Recipes

Fiona Hoskin is one of my most favourite people, she is an award winning Chef who has turned around her cooking & eating habits around to be gluten free, grain free & refined sugar free. I have learnt so much from Fee over the almost 7 years we have been friends. I just love her infectious positivity & her delicious healthy recipes. Most are available on her website & I’ve been lucky enough to cook, test & photograph some of the recipes too 🙂

Gluten Free Flaxseed & Almond Bread