Food Styling

I Love Ridgeline Pottery

I may have had a little shopping “accident” after going for another visit to Ridgeline Pottery, some of these pieces are seconds, leftover from orders from top chefs such as Peter Gilmore, Tetsuya Wakuda and Ben Shewry. Need I say more? You can put them in the dishwasher & the oven plus they look amazing!! There are a number of local Hobart restaurants that use their pottery too; Templo, Aloft & Pidgeon Hole Cafe just to name a few.

Ridgeline LR


Ellie used this gorgeous set for a photoshoot of her Seafood Risotto – I brought my Thermomix in & whipped it up for her while she was setting up the shot 🙂


How delicious does that look? Great styling as always by Ellie – the recipe will be in her new cookbook Seafood Everyday due to be released later this year.


Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake

Orange almond cake 2

Could the world possibly need another whole orange cake recipe? I’m sure this popular recipe that has been tweaked many times over so here is my version to join all the others. The original recipes had the oranges being boiled for about 1 hour, I just love how the Thermomix makes this such an easy recipe but whizzing up the almonds into almond meal & whizzing up the whole oranges, plus it’s a great one for all those that love gluten free food.

Not many ingredients & it’s super easy to make.

Mill 250g almonds, 200g raw sugar & 2/3 of a vanilla bean with 2/3 tsp cream of tartar & 1/3 of a tsp bicarb soda for 20 secs speed 9.


Add 2 oranges that have been cut in half & 3 eggs chop on speed 7 for 10 secs, scrape down the bowl & repeat. Pour into a lined & greased 20 cm tin & bake for 45 mins at 180 degrees.

While the cake is cooking, place 50g sugar & 1/3 vanilla bean with zest from 1 orange into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs speed 10. scrape down the bowl & add 50g orange juice cooking for 5 mins 100 degrees speed 1 & then add 25g butter & cook for 3 mins 80 degrees speed 1.


Skewer the hot cake a few times & pour the syrup over.


orange cake

You may like to decorate with orange segments fresh lemon thyme & rosebuds if you are feeling a bit fancy 🙂


Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake
Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Gluten Free Baking
Prep time: 
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Serves: 12 slices
  • Cake
  • 250g Almonds
  • 200g Raw Sugar
  • ⅔ of a Vanilla Bean
  • 2 oranges with the peel still on, cut into halves
  • 3 eggs
  • Optional Syrup
  • ⅓ of a Vanilla Bean
  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • 50g Raw sugar
  • 50g Orange Juice
  • 25g Butter
  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees & grease & line a 20cm cake tin.
  2. Place almonds, vanilla bean & sugar into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs on speed 10.
  3. Add the oranges & eggs & chop for 10 secs on speed 8.
  4. Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin & bake for 45 mins or until cooked.
  5. If you are making the syrup place the sugar, orange zest & vanilla bean into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs on speed 10.
  6. Add the juice & cook for 5 mins, 100 degrees, on speed 1. Add the butter & cook for 3 mins, 80 degrees speed 1.
  7. When the cake comes out of the oven poke a skewer through the cake multiple times all over the cake & pour the syrup over the cake.



Fresh Pasta Photoshoot

What a fun morning we had at TAFE in the studio – I whipped up a batch of fresh pasta dough in the Thermomix (2 eggs & 200g flour with an optional tbs olive oil & kneaded for 2 mins in the Thermomix) I got out the pasta machine & rolled it out. I wanted to try a different style of food photography – after getting my classmate to be a hand model – I decided I wanted my own “posh lady” hands in the shot instead & was very pleased with quite a few of the photos I got. After a bit of editing I will probably use this first shot for our end of year exhibition.

emotive food pasta

emotive food pasta side view


emotive food pasta overhead

emotive food pasta side view craig

emotive food pasta overhead 2