Foodie Adventures

Inside My Pantry

So what do you have in your pantry? That is kind of a personal question; well I am quite happy of what is in my pantry, because I make almost everything from scratch using my Thermomix. I am also lucky enough to be a member of a food co-op, most of the food we source is organic too. I always need to have lots of ingredients ready to go for recipe testing & cooking up a storm at the last minute!!

THE LIST

Vinegars: Balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, rice wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, malt vinegar.

Oils: Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, truffle oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, tallow.

Sauces: Soy sauce, fish sauce (my favourite brand is Red Boat), pomegranate molasses, tamari, mirin.

Waters: Rose water, orange blossom water.

Dry ingredients: Raw sugar, white sugar, coconut sugar, rapadura sugar, brown sugar, shredded coconut, coconut flour, sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, linseeds, chia seeds, raw buckwheat, brown rice, aborio rice, sushi rice, basmati rice, dried porcini, baker’s flour, self-raising flour, raw cacao powder, dark chocolate, white chocolate, psyllium husks, sultanas, currants, dates, dried figs, oats, golden syrup, maple syrup, rice paper rolls, nori sheets, honey, baking powder, cream of tartar, bi-carb soda, red lentils, chickpeas, white beans, milk powder, gelatine, gelatine sheets, dry yeast, spelt grains.

Nuts: raw almonds, raw cashews, raw hazelnuts, raw walnuts, raw macadamia nuts, raw pine nuts (I actually store my nuts in the fridge)

Staples: red onions, brown onions, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, fresh chilli (the last 3 I store in the freezer in case of emergency)

Spices & herbs: I like to mill as many of my own spices as I can so I keep, coriander seeds, cumin seeds & cinnamon sticks whole & mill them in 250g lots as I use these all the time in my cooking. Whole nutmeg, fennel seeds, truffle salt, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, smoked chipotle, chilli powder, cayenne pepper, dried whole chillies, chilli flakes, turmeric, ginger, cardamom pods, cardamom seeds, star anise, Schwan pepper, native pepper berries, black pepper, saffron, Chinese 5 spice, dried thyme, dried basil leaves, dried oregano, Himalayan rock salt, vanilla beans, wasabi, dried rosebuds, homemade dukkah, dulse (seaweed) flakes, Tasman sea salt flakes (for textured salt for food styling & photography)

Fresh herbs growing in the garden: mint, parsley, rosemary, lemon thyme, oregano, kaffir lime leaves, bay leaves.

Tins & jars: Tomatoes, tomato paste, pole caught tuna in water or olive oil, sardines, anchovies, white beans, chickpeas, homemade jams & relish, vegemite.

Other fresh ingredients I always have in the fridge – eggs, milk, cream, butter & cheeses, veggie stock paste.

Coffee beans & an assortment of teas (I will leave that list for another post).

I just love a pull out panrty!

I just love a pull out panrty!

 

Pantry level 2

 

These ingredients are some of the best I can’t live without, extra virgin olive oil, Tasman sea salt, eggs & my pink chook filled with my salt mix made in the Thermomix – pink Himalayan rock salt & dulse flakes.

Froggies Fun at the Chef’s Table

WOW!! Did we have an awesome day or what? We love Frogmore Creek so much that we affectionately call them Froggies.

Our first food experience at Froggies was Saturday Dec 20th 2014: We had a delicious & amazing degustation with matching wines & asked to meet the chef to thank him. We were told by our waiter Stephen that the chef had to do his hair first, which of course was a big joke, because his hair is so short!! Anyway the chef – Ruben Koopman came & sat at the table with us & had a chat & a wine. We were moved outside to the deck with Ruben & more wine to continue our chat, of course it came up in conversation that between the 4 of us we had won 2 lunches at Heston’s Fat Duck pop up in Melbourne in 2015. Ruben even showed us Heston’s phone number on his phone!! How we all wish we had photographic memories 🙂 We ended up staying an extra couple of hours & joined the Froggies wine club too! (I believe this experience is the prequel to my epic foodie year of 2015)

2014 Froggies Lunch

The memories of the lego dessert & our first lunch at Froggies Dec 2014

 

So back to our chef’s table lunch Jan 17th 2016. It was delicious, fun, surprising & amazing, 16 courses with matching wines, $200 well spent (& you even get a 10% discount if you are a member of the Froggies wine club) I was so happy it included my favourite dessert – the lego dessert. There was even an eatable frog on one of the dishes – so cute! Wasabi macaroons, a delicious meringue burger with pork belly with truffle aioli & fries. I would recommend this experience for sure, so much thought & effort is put into each & every dish! Plus it was Jo’s birthday & they brought out an extra special birthday dish just for her & we all sang Happy Birthday! And then as it is tradition when Ruben & Stephen are at Froggies we must have a catch up chat & wine on the deck before going home! Froggies has awesome food & wine but this would be nothing without the experience, all the staff are so wonderful – it feels like we are visiting old friends! You do need to pre book the chef’s table & it is only available on certain days. I’m looking forward to more delicious, magical hours at Froggies when they release their next menu!

Froggies Fun Jan 2016

What a perfect end to a delicious meal at the chef’s table!

 

 

What better way to celebrate the epic foodie year of 2015 than to start a food blog?!

Yes, it’s been on the “to do list” for a rather long time & finally it’s here – my food blog!!

Over the next few days/weeks I am going to recount my epic foodie adventures from this year; there have been highs, lows, laughs & tears – but I wouldn’t change a thing!

2015 The year of the gourmet food journey – It started in Jan with my French recipe challenge, over 50 delicious recipes cooked in the Thermomix – click here to see them all 🙂

This year I’ve been lucky enough to earn Thermomix trips to the Gold Coast in March & Paris in September with a few quick stops and food tours through, Nice, northern Italy & London. I had 4 trips to Melbourne including 2 lunches at Heston’s Fat Duck restaurant. I’ve attended multiple cooking classes; I’ve run both healthy & decadent cooking classes, met amazing chefs & waiters/waitresses, submitted recipes for a local Garlic Feast cookbook. I even auditioned for Masterchef!! And another dream came true – I have been recipe testing for my Thermomix foodie hero Dani Valent – author of  my 2 favourite books – the In the Mix Cookbooks. (Sign up to her newsletter to get awesome free recipes!)

I bought my digital SLR camera in March & in the 2nd half of the year completed a TAFE photography course & 2 food styling & photography courses. (One with JJ from 84th & 3rd & 1 with Michelle Crawford from Hugo & Elsa) I have bought too many cookbooks to count, washed too many dishes and tasted the most amazing food ever!!  At times this year I was known as the crazy Thermomix lady with 4 Thermomix!! I have delivered over 80 Thermomix this year to lots of happy customers too!

Crazy Thermomix Lady

To say I am completely grateful is a huge understatement -through all these adventures I’ve had my family, friends & Thermomix customers by my side to enjoy all the delicious foodie fun, wine, coffee & the instaspam. Yes I may currently have a bit of a food baby, but I am happy right here, right now in my food coma, looking back on the most epic foodie year I have ever had! Plus this year is not over; the saga continues………..

I will be at the Taste of Tasmania on the 29th & 30th Dec 2015 presenting a 1 hour cooking segment with my friends using delicious Tasmanian cheeses, see you there for more delicious fun!!

 

 

Chocolate biscuits, awesome foodie friends & meat fruit memories

Thanks to my awesome foodie friends at A girl, a guy, furkids & food who helped me set up my blog.

Meat the maker: The first time I met “The girl & the guy” was at a Thermomix demo I did for them a few years ago (June 2012). I knew instantly we were going to get along well, especially when they unveiled their chicken liver pate’ in the shape of a mandarin – a Heston recipe they had made in their Thermomix!! And to seal the new friendship they even gave me one to take home!! Friends forever 🙂

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OK so you may not want to make the meat fruit but you will definitely want to check out AGAGFAF Chocolate Chip Biscuits:-)

http://agagfaf.com/2012/05/28/gluten-free-almond-and-choc-chip-biscuits/

 

Food Styling Workshop at the Black Hen with Michelle Crawford

A girls road trip to Deloraine with Ellie & Sarah to the most magic place The Black Hen for a styling lunch with Michelle Crawford author of the book A Table in the Orchard & her own blog Hugo & Elisa.

Michelle gave us some tips, ideas & suggestions for styling and then it was time to play!

We were given produce & props; ready set style & shoot!!

Produce

propsI was drawn to the broad beans – Ellie & I got to work 🙂

Beans 2

And pomegranates props_1

Chillies & spicesChillies & spice

Here are some scenes other groups created

lemons

raddishes

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Very important now – Lunch – Julie from the Black Hen had prepared us an amazing feast, now we all helped to set & style the table.

table 2

 

table

table 3

table 4

Then the food

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Filo pastries salad

Let’s style some pears & some desserts

Pears

BiscuitsI was really happy with my tea & biscuits shot 🙂

And I took a picture os Ellie’s styled waffle too!

waffle

We had had such a wonderful time, learnt so much & also made some new friends.

We did a spot of shopping at the Black Hen shop before we left with our bags full, minds full of inspiration & bellies full of delicious food.