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.
To celebrate the end of our Art History classes at TAFE we had a final trip to MONA, so of course there were a few of us that decided we needed to go in the Posh Pit on the MONA Ferry, why wouldn’t you want a glass of bubbles at 9.30am??
Nibbles for 2 in the Posh Pit
The exclusive front ferry deck for the Posh Pit people
Our MONA Ferry
Anyway I was thrilled my teacher organised for me to go into the kitchen & watch the Pastry Chef Lydia plate up 2 delicious desserts, 1 was inspired by one of the current exhibits by Cameron Robins. The dish was called The Black+X White – coconut, lemongrass & lime pudding, rum jelly, yuzu cream & black pearls. I really enjoyed the fresh flavours & different textures of the dish.
They do have a Thermomix in The Source Restaurant at Mona but I think it was used maybe once for one of the elements in this dish. Another popular dessert at the moment on their menu is a dish called The Garden (pictured below). In the pursuit of my education I also tried one of the other desserts at the Mona Wine Bar inspired by the exhibition, they named it after Cameron Robins himself & called it Mr Robins.
The Black+X White
The Garden – flavours of blackberry, pistachio, chocolate praline, puffed rice,honeycomb, beetroot soil.
Then of course I had to take a few photos – unfortunately we are not allowed to take photos inside the Museum to publish without permission, but we got some great ones of Tim’s Tattoos. And some of the Cameron Robins Exhibition too. But here are a few photos I took around outside with all the creative arty juices flowing – or maybe that was just the bubbles?! Because apparently your ferry ticket includes a free wine tasting!!
The famous Fink Jug – yes this is on my list of must haves (maybe after I have sold a few more Thermomix)
Our Ferry to take us back to Hobart waterfront.
And just like that our magical MONA day was over 🙂
This recipe is a slight variation on a family favourite when we were growing up, also the first job I ever had was helping a lady bake cakes to sell to cafe’s, & we made a version of this (along with the Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe).
First soak your poppy seeds in the milk ( also if you run out of poppy seeds you can substitute with black sesame seeds if you need too :-))
Next blitz the lemon zest with the sugar, to make a lemon flavoured sugar.
Mix all the cake ingredients together; the time is quick & the speed slower to avoid making the cake to tough & dry.
Another tip from my younger days is if you are not using your homemade butter use the paper that the butter came in instead of baking paper, it’s something my mum always did & she saved the butter papers in the fridge in case we needed to use them for a cake. It’s a great way to save money & time because the paper is already “pre-greased” with some of the leftover butter 🙂
While the cake is cooking you cake make the glaze. If you don’t have whole vanilla beans & you want to use vanilla bean paste that is fine too :-).
When the cake is cooked through poke some holes all around it & pour the glaze over so it soaks into the cake.
What could be better than a girls weekend away at Eaglehawk Neck right on the beach front at Pavillion on Pirates to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday & there was even a full moon too!! Then to keep things interesting we had snowing at the beach!! Only in Tassie 🙂 I took photos on a Saturday & Sunday walk along the beach. What a peaceful & relaxing place – I even ventured in for a swim on Sunday morning for all of 3 mins!!
On the Saturday night we attended Ellie‘s special dinner at Bangor for her upcoming Seafood Everyday Cookbook. (Unfortunately not great light for iphone pics) Ellie gave me a list of all the things that had been prepared using the Thermomix too!