While driving home from our Food Styling Photography course, we were talking about the sunrise on the Tessellated Pavements & Ellie said it was one of the most iconic & photographed spots in Tassie. I said, why don’t we do a food shoot there?! And we decided to run with it big time. With only a couple of weeks left of sunrise capturing available at the Tessellated Pavements we needed to get cracking! I couldn’t help it, I wanted to change the words to the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Breakfast at Tessellated. So we had our theme tune sorted now lots of other things to organise.
Our mission: To set up a beautiful delicious breakfast using Tasmanian produce, in time to capture the sunrise reflection on the tessellated pavement – Food photography for “posh ladies” – table for 4.
Props: I had seen the perfect trestle table that I just had to have but it wouldn’t fit in my small car! I wanted to take my wooden dining chairs too. We had a carafe, my Nana’s tea cups & saucers, napkins, table runner, vase & foliage, glasses & champagne flutes, candles & candelabra.
Sunday early evening scout out: We realised that it was a fair 5 min walk to the Tessellated Pavement from the carpark & it included stairs. So we needed to take a little as possible to make a maximum of 2 trips each. There was a perfect spot with a log up out of the way & this would make perfect seats for us so no chairs needed. Ellie had some old fence palings & I brought my husband’s workshop wooden horses to act as the legs for our portable table. We styled it up the night before at Ellie’s house (thankfully she leaves only 5 mins drive away).
I set the alarm for 5.30am but woke up at 4, we had packed everything the night before & only had a couple of last min things to prepare before we left. Lucky we remembered the torch!! We had 1 person that did 2 trips & everyone else did 1. We got to work setting up our camera’s Taking photos while setting up the table & styling the food. Our photography teacher from TAFE even showed up!
Well we thought it was well worth the effort, I have learnt a lot, (what to do & what not to do), an amazing few hours enjoying the sunrise & serenity not to mention the awesome company, delicious local food & drinks. How on earth will we be able to top this?!
I had only been looking forward to this weekend for about 5 months (because it was rescheduled from Nov15) After my busy week at Thermofest I was quite exhausted but still excited to be heading with my camera & iPhone to a fun weekend food styling, with self taught expert stylist & photographer JJ from 84th & 3rd, while eating Ellie‘s delicious food. I stopped at Salamanca Market on the way down to Highcroft to collect a couple of bunches of Lisa Kingston Flowers gorgeous arrangements (My wonderful friend Ulla from Dragonfly Farm grows the proteas for her) Also collected some cucumbers for our special smoothie & a stopped at one of my favourite places Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed for a bottle of their amazing sparkling wine, some fresh oysters & shucking knife – I also grabbed a sneaky coffee 🙂
I arrived at the new location it had ended up being a 1 hour drive from Hobart, from the outside I wondered if I had made a mistake & gone to the wrong address? I later found out was a rustic CWA hall with amazing old tables & retro chairs gorgeous natural light flooding in through the windows, in other words a dream come true. There were 7 of us on the first including Ellie & JJ. Oh and did I mention Ellie brought her Thermomix too!!
So there was a big table set up with lots of props & cloths. A little taste of Ellie’s collection & JJ had brought a few things too. So our first mission; can you make canned soup look good? Answer YES!! We had pumpkin soup, tomato soup & cream of asparagus soup. And Ellie had some fresh baguettes she had made (dough made in the Thermomix of course). We had been all given some Olsson’s Salt in our goodie bags too, so great practice for product placement 😉
I was instantly drawn to the tomato soup & this is what happened!!
This is one of my favourite shots!!
Now it’s time for LUNCH!! (no we didn’t eat the soup!!) When I say time for lunch it means that after about 1/2 of taking lots of pics on our cameras & phones from every angle & every dish we can eat!! Ellie made my favourite octopus salad YUM!!
Vegan Tomato Tart
After lunch we moved onto balls – yes round things that are so popular in so many different flavours but it is hard to make them look good or is it?
We have had this honeycomb for a while so decided to get a last few shots before we ate it 🙂
Now we haven’t eaten for at least an hour or so lets set up for dinner outside with fairy lights – this was a dream of Elli’s for the last workshop in August 15 but alas the weather stopped us, but not today it was just perfect! We brought the table & chairs outside & set the table. Then got ready for the fresh oysters, Ellie shucked then quickly in front of us & cracked opened the sparkling wine from Bangor Oyster Shed.
What an absolutely awesome feast we had potato & hot smoked salmon salad, fennel & pepper berry beef with goats cheese, roast beetroot and hazelnut salad and a marinated shark on an Asian style salad. Check out Ellie’s blog for her photos & recipes!
Day 2: Breakfast & then picnic lunch in a pear orchard, how dreamy!!
I made JJ’s smoothie recipe in the Thermomix – yes I carried the Thermomix on my lap on the way in the car too!! JJ will post her recipe soon for me to share but you get a hint when you look in the bowl!!
JJ made her delicious baked apples & Ellie made my new favourite breakfast French Toast with Salmon rashers & maple syrup – AMAZING!!
And now it’s time to picnic – a short drive away & we are in a magic place, a local pear orchard.
Another delicious scene to shoot, eat & drink 🙂 Feeling so lucky & had such a great time too!
Here is a snapshot of images taken on my iPhone & some behind the scenes shots too!
I was lucky enough to visit the Nutpatch again & John was kind enough to let me take some photos of his amazing chocolates before they opened the doors to their customers. – warning drooling may occur!! As you can see the chocolate here not only taste amazing but are pieces of art!! No words required if you speak the language of chocolART!! 🙂
AnsdAnd I had to buy some to take home of course, for Easter 🙂 Here is how I styled them up at home!!
I know which eggs I’d rather see in my egg basket
Marbled Easter egg – so amazingly awesome!!
Happy Easter everyone!! Indulge – enjoy!!
Oh and how could I forget the signature item at Nutpatch is the nougat!! So amazing!! – This one is chocolate & almond!!
We just had to stop at the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed on our way to the Koonya Garlic Festival. We ordered some oysters, a coffee for Charlie the driver & I had to get a glass of sparkling wine for the photo of course!! We introduced ourselves to the new Chef Josh & then went outside to take in the awesome view. Our Oysters & drinks arrived, so we just soaked up the atmosphere. The oysters were amazing & so was the wine. Josh even came out & chatted with us as we finished off. We left full & very happy ready for the rest of our day 🙂
My friend Ulla has a beautiful protea farm in Kettering called Dragonfly Farm.
(The only thing this post has to do with Thermomix is that my gorgeous friend Ulla was the person who introduced me to the Thermomix, she came to work one Monday & said you will never guess what I bought & then told me I had to be a consultant because I would be perfect at it! The rest is history! )
Anyway moving onto our fun photographic morning on the farm; my misson was to get some good shots of Ulla with her dogs -Pepsi & Hamish for her to send to her relatives. Ulla was kind enough to let me post these photos to my blog.
This time of year there are not too many flowers, but we managed to get a few good photos of the proteas, Ulla & her dogs!!
I spy Pepsi
What a beautiful view from Dragonfly Farm!
Ulla makes the most gorgeous bunches of flowers that she sells at the Cygnet market & she also sells her flowers to wholesalers. The farm used to produce cherries, saffron & garlic too.
Some days the pile of leaves comes up to the height of the workbench
Sharing the protea love!
Beauty & the blackberries – it’s such hard work to maintain a protea farm.
And I got to take this bunch of flowers home with me!!
The Ulla flower is a rare & treasured protea species 🙂
Hamish is deep in thought.
It’s a flower jungle!!
Top secret new variety of protea
Flower arrangement by Ulla.
Thanks so much Ulla, Hamish & Pepsi for a wonderful morning at Dragonfly Farm. I love your creativity, fun & laughs!!
Ulla takes so much pride & care in her work, she works long hours & is so passionate about what she does. When you see Ulla at the market make sure you say hi & buy a beautiful bunch or box of her gorgeous flowers.
What a beautiful day to go to the Farm Gate Market, we were on a mission to collect some quality ingredients for our upcoming cooking demo at the Koonya Garlic Festival. Of course all major food adventures must begin with coffee, so we ordered one from Rasberry fool.
We started with a chat while watching people coming & going with their bags of fresh market goodies. I was keen to practice my new photography skills with my new lens & I fit right in as there were lots of tourists with their DSLR cameras at the market today. A few people asked where I was from, um Hobart 🙂
Oh yum fresh basil, growing in a pot yes please!!
This is taking fresh to the next level! The nashi’s are delcicious!!
These Raspberries went 1 better they were picked this morning before the market! Fresh as!
We signed the petition so we can get our delicious organic dairy produce from Elgaar back into production!
One of my favourite ingredients, I don’t need to buy because it’s growing in my garden in huge quantities.
We collected some goats cheese & taste tested the yummy smoked haloumi from Southern Sky Gourmet Cheeses.
We tried the dukkah had a good chat with Geoff from DR Garlic & ordered our black garlic for the garlic festival. He is presenting a talk about black garlic & black holes at the festival & maybe will share his secret recipe for black garlic vodka!
More chats to garlic enthusiast Matt from Van Diemen Garlic he is the one who makes the garlic braids too!
You can’t go to the market & miss out on the best sushi ever! You do have to line up for a while to get your made to order Masaaki Sushi, but it is well worth the wait & we even made some new instagram friends while in line 🙂