Nutpatch

Nutpatch

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!! 🙂

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I know which eggs I’d rather see in my egg basket

 

Marbled aaster egg - so amazingly awesome!!

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!!

Nougat

Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed

Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed

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 🙂

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Dragonfly Farm

Dragonfly Farm

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.

Ulla & her dogs

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!!

Yellow protea

Pepsi

I spy Pepsi

 

Dragonfly Farm view

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.

 

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Leaves

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.

 

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The bunch

And I got to take this bunch of flowers home with me!!

The Ulla flower is a rare & treasured protea species 🙂

 

Hamish

Hamish is deep in thought.

 

Breathe in!!

Breathe in!!

It’s a flower jungle!!

Top secret new variety of protea

Top secret new variety of protea

Besties

Best friends.

 

Flower arrangement by Ulla.

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.

Farm Gate Market

Farm Gate Market

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 🙂

Farm Gate Market

Coffee
Oh yum fresh basil, growing in a pot yes please!!Basil

 

This is taking fresh to the next level!

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!

These Raspberries went 1 better they were picked this morning before the market! Fresh as!

Fresh Blackberries - just gorgeous!

Fresh Blackberries – just gorgeous!

Strawberries

Organic blueberry tasting from Twelvetrees Farm

Organic blueberry tasting from Twelvetrees Farm

 

We signed the petition so we can get our delicious organic dairy produce from Elgaar farm back into production!

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.

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 Stra

We collected some goats cheese & taste tested the yummy smoked haloumi from Southern Sky Gourmet Cheeses.

 

We had a good chat with 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!

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!

 

Rainbow carrots

Rainbow carrots

 

More chats to garlic fanatic Matt from Van Diemen Garlic

More chats to garlic enthusiast Matt from Van Diemen Garlic he is the one who makes the garlic braids too!

 

Nigel's Garden

Zuchinni's Crazy Cucumbers! Zuchinni flowers

 

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 🙂

 

Picnic lunch sushi style with miso soup.

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Yes let's take home a bag of delicious fresh apples too!!

Yes let’s take home a bag of delicious fresh apples too!!

What a fabulous way to spend a sunny Sunday morning, I’m looking forward to my next visit already!!

 

 

 

Little Missy Patisserie

Little Missy Patisserie

We have been fond regulars of Little Missy Patisserie since it first opened, with awesome coffee & delicious savoury & sweet treats, what’s not to like? Everyone is so friendly & it has a gorgeously homely feel. We feel like old friends now & felt it would be ok to ask if we could take our “real cameras” in for a photo shoot this morning. Oonagh was so lovely & agreed to our favour, she is such an amazingly talented pastry chef.

So my foodie chef friend & photography study buddy Ellie joined me for the shoot. (read her blog post & she her photos here)

I arrived a bit early so had to have a coffee & suss out the conditions (plus test out my new lens!!)

Kev's coffee

OK there was a brief quiet moment with not too many customers, a great opportunity to shoot the delicious goats cheese, heirloom tomato & fresh basil tart, just as I’m styling it a guy comes in with these gorgeous mini yellow tomatoes (I have forgotten the variety) perfect timing!!

Yellow tomatoes

Tart

Ellie arrived & styled up the scene, we just knew we had to take out a slice & have that for breakfast later (after taking it’s photo another million times!)Tart 2

Tart outside

Should we do more savouries? No we need to do the sweets!!

Let’s get our lemon brĂ»lĂ©e tart action shot with the blow torch, I am so excited I can’t hardly breathe!!

Tourch

Tourch 1

So now that is done & I’ve calmed down a bit, we have selected out the food to be shot, styled & eaten over the next hour or so.

Sweet Treats

We felt very privileged to be able to use the “special fork”. Another great reason this is the perfect place for a photo shoot is their gorgeous collection of vintage plates, cutlery & tea pots. Food styling heaven!

Lemon tart 3 - THE BEST

Styled by Ellie – cracked tart (I don’t mean you Ellie!!) See the instagram video here.Brulee cracked

Go Ellie, go!!

ZOOM Brulee

Rhubarb & custard pastry – The rhubarb came from my garden!

Rhubarb custard pastry

The blackberry & hazelnut dome I’m sure it has a much fancier name that I will find out & update for you 🙂

Which shot of these 3 is your favourite?

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And chocolate & coffee what better way to finish up? Note to selves make sure you only order 1 coffee at a time not 2 at a time, because they don’t look as fresh after you have taken 10 million shots!! Chocolate

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Thanks so much for an amazing morning with delicious, gorgeous food & coffee Oonagh & the gang!! You are all superstars!!

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Food Photography & Styling Workshop

Food Photography & Styling Workshop

What a gorgeous few hours with wonderful talented people 🙂 This event was run by Bec from thirteenredshoes and Dea from To her core, I didn’t realise I knew Dea till I saw her at the door – what a wonderful surprise!! We all drooled over the space!! Dearna has a gorgeous kitchen wouldn’t you agree? How cool are the lights too! After some learning, watching & chatting we got to work styling & shooting on our DSLR & our smart phones.

So drum roll please…………….. here are my DSLR shots!!

Dea

The girls

I just love that I did apple pics (to her core!!) I had to take a bite out of one all in the name of styling of course!! It was delicious, crispy, crunchy & juicy – the best!!! I still can’t decide my favourite apple shot!!

Apples

 

 

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Then it was the honeycomb from Wellington Apiary drool!! I am sorry I have no idea who styled this shot & we were discussing this today what do you call someone who goes in & takes a shot of something someone else has styled?? Is there a name for this? Please let me know 🙂

Honey

 

Styling walnuts, again not sure who is the hand model either, but I love your work!!

Walnuts

We were given some pink salt RAW Chocolate to style & then eat. This styling & photography can be quite delicious! I love the character of this cake tin I just turned it upsidedown cos I just “needed” to use it somehow?!

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Oh yes now we are talking – melted dark chocolate for the pour shot!! Plus I LOVE the pot too 🙂

choc pot

Go you crazy snap happy people – capture the chocolately drizzle onto the delicious cookies!! Drool!!

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Well I have learnt some more tricks & tips plus I certainly had lots of fun too! Thanks ladies for a fab day xx I have had a few light bulb moments!!

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