Breakfast

The Best Breakfasts & Brunches

Now it would be extremely hard for me to choose my favourite meal of the day but I think it could be breakfast. I can eat almost anything for breakfast including soups & left over pizza (or breakfast pizza) or even a champagne breakfast for a special occasion or a very important photoshoot. Hands down the best breakfast I have ever had was Ellie’s crayfish with a smoked Tasmanian cheese sauce, a recipe for her upcoming Seafood Everyday Cookbook that she made for the photoshoot.

The 2nd place would have to be the most amazing buffet breakfast we had in South Africa at Thermofest. There was everything you could ever think of every type of egg, crispy or non crispy bacon, even oysters! (Scroll down through Billy Law’s post to get to the breakfast pictures :-))

I think I ate enough weetbix as a kid to never have to eat weetbix or cereal ever again, sometimes a nice crunchy homemade baked muesli with homemade yoghurt & fruit would be yummy, although I haven’t had that for a few years now!

CADA

A much more easier & exciting tasty option is CADA which stands for (fresh) coconut, apple dates & almonds, turbo a couple of times & serve with homemade yoghurt & fresh berries & cinnamon. There are too many more delicious things to eat for breakfast!

Also I love the all day breakfast – that fact that you could eat any breakfast item at any time of the day is very comforting!

Here are my favourite breakfasts that I love to make & eat regularly with the ingredients I have on hand, some are more suited to a weekend brunch.

Protein is ideal at breakfast to keep you full & provide energy for the rest of the day. My favourite breakfast proteins are eggs, smoked salmon or salmon rashers, bacon, chorizo or nuts and seeds.

Quick weekday breakfasts

Smoothies & juices – a quick & easy way to get something healthy into you before you head out the door & I always make enough for a traveller too 🙂

green smoothie

There are so many great recipes for smoothies & juices here are my own favourite recipes

Thermie Green Smoothie

Thermie Green Juice

Clean Green Juice

Mango Raspberry & Coconut Smoothie

Juicy Lucy – Orange & Yoghurt Drink

Beetroot Surprise Juice

beetroot juice

Plus Jo from Quirky Cooking has some great smoothie & juice recipes & so does Teresa Cutter the Healthy Chef. You can just free style it too with your favourite nuts, seeds fruit & or veggies & some ice & liquid. For a great kick of green goodness see my post on making chlorophyll paste too.

Then of course there are the smoothie bowls like Dani Valent Cooking recipe for Matcha Smoothie Bowl.

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Porridge is super easy & delicious plus it’s so versatile, I normally used the guided recipe on the chip & use all milk instead of milk & water – the best thing is it cooks & stirs while you are in the shower or getting ready for work/school. I love Ellie’s Apple, cinnamon & honey porridge. Adding any fruit or honey is a winner in my book – growing up we always had it served with milk, brown sugar & wheatgerm.

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Steamed eggs or omelettes are amazing!! Another one where once it it ready to steam you can go off & get ready while Thermie cooks your breakfast.

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Ellie & Arwen’s Steamed Dill & Fetta Omelette is such a versatile recipe here it is pictured with some fresh turmeric & the smoked salmon is cooked in the omelette. There is a great steamed omelette recipe on the recipe chip or try my other omelette recipe. Or steamed eggs in capsicum rings 🙂

Weekend breakfasts: I most certainly need to include the big breakfast; any of the following – eggs, toast or flatbread, avocado, bacon, salmon or chorizo, tomatoes, grilled homemade halloumi cheese, mushrooms & homemade baked beans. I also love steaming some garden greens to go with a hot breakfast – I grow silver beet & sometimes I will use spinach too.

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The Thermomix poached eggs from the recipe chip are great especially if they are served with Thermomix made hollandaise – which can I just say is absolutely AMAZING!! I use the recipe on the recipe chip, it is so good with anything, I mainly serve it with eggs & salmon 🙂 Plus it is mazing with crayfish too!

I LOVE slow cooked eggs – it’s sounds crazy but it is amazing 60 degree eggs have the best texture ever they are cooked in their shell & then you crack them open to reveal perfectness!!

Xmas breakfast

I just LOVE baked eggs too & this recipe from Jo Whitton for Huevos Rancheros is suitable to finish in the pan or oven & it’s so amazing!! I added Chorizo to this one & sometimes I add bacon to it.

Baked eggs B

 

There is not much of this awesome breakfast made in the Thermomix but it is soooo tasty Ellie’s French Toast with Salmon Rashers & Maple Syrup.

Salmon French Toast B

 

 

Waffle styled by Ellie Emmett 

 

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Oh my goodness this post could go on forever, with other amazing breakfast you can make with the Thermomix- waffles, pancakes, crepes, bagels, croissants, crumpets (I use the In the Mix cookbook recipe), danish pastries. That’s without mentioning all the delicious breads you can make too!

Crumpet

It is my mission to keep updating this post with all the best breakfast options available for the best meal of the day! I will definitely be posting pics of the steamed breakfast baskets from the In the Mix Cookbook another favourite of mine too. So many breakfasts to eat & not enough time even with all day breakfasts!!

Happy Thermomixing!

 

 

Ellie’s Seafood Everyday Cookbook Photoshoot & Taste Testing

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Yes Ellie & I did it again – another sunrise breakfast at the Tessellated Pavement, but more on that later.

What do you say when your chef friend asks you to come & cook, wash up & taste the food for her 2 day photo shoot for her Seafood Everyday Cookbook – YES PLEASE! (And as a bonus I actually got paid to do it too!! I told Ellie I would have done it for free because it was so much fun, not to mention absolutely delicious!)

Day 1: Sunday 1st May – Job 1 purchase some ingredients on the way down to Ellie’s place at Eaglehawk Neck. When I woke up bright & early there was the most amazing sunrise & then as I started to drive into the city I heard thunder, saw lightning & then it bucketed down with rain! I was hoping the light would still be ok for Ellie’s photos today. I had nothing to fear as when I arrived at Ellie’s at about 9.30am she had already started some of the prep – her dining table was covered with lots of crockery, cloths & cutlery. She had a table by the window set up with backgrounds reflectors & her camera on the tripod. She had already cooked a crayfish for a couple of the recipes later on in the day. I was asked to make & prep some of the recipes so Elli’e could just finish them off before taking her photos for the book & then I got to taste them all!! I was so busy trying to cook, eat & wash up (she doesn’t have a dishwasher) that I didn’t get a chance to take many of my own photos – I did get some quick shots on my iPhone before I consumed them, so I could use them on our designated instagram breaks throughout the day, to make all my friends super jealous!!

On the first day we completed 19 recipes – which included about 6 different styles of oysters YUM! I was in my element because I could use Ellie’s 2 Thermomix for certain elements of the recipes too. I learnt so many tips and ideas form Ellie over the 2 days. You won’t believe the first dish I had to prep was risotto (or otherwise know as “Hot Wet Rice” & yes we showed the Katering show video of the two Kate’s making risotto to Ellie’s hubby at the end of day 2 & we all had a good laugh).

I used the Thermomix for fresh pasta dough  & left it to rest, Ellie had already made the bread dough in the Thermie before I arrived & then I learnt how to shape it for a cob loaf & 2 baguettes – we let it proof again & then baked in the oven. It’ s a bit of a blur but I will try to remember everything the best I can – octopus salad with peas & feta was amazing! I also had another salad with fish, risotto & feta balls with octopus, salmon & bacon pancakes – so good!! I made Ellie’s awesome potato & sweet potato surprise bake. (I’m drooling in my mouth as i remember tasting all these amazing dishes). A cauliflower puree was another element for one of the dishes that was easy to make in the Thermomix, as well as onion jam & beetroot relish – Ellie wanted a grated texture for the beetroot relish & took great delight in the fact I had to use a grater to hand grate the beetroot by hand instead of using the Thermomix. I also made pastry in the Thermomix too.

Dish of the day was hard to choose but I have to say the crayfish topped with Thermomix hollandaise was so special, plus it looked amazing too!

Guess what we had for dinner that night? Yes leftovers!! I couldn’t believe I could fit anything in!! After dinner we looked at the days photos & they looked amazing they even made me hungry looking at them!! I rolled out the pasta dough & cooked it ready for 4 different pasta dishes we would shoot tomorrow. I also made the steamed Dill & Feta Omelette with Smoked Salmon recipe we were taking to the Tessellated Pavement in the morning for Ellie to get the cover photo for her cookbook. We had learnt a lot form our previous breakfast at the Tessellated Pavement, to take a little with us as possible. So we packed 1 picnic basket of things & worked out how we were going to style it. We had an early night so we would be fresh in the morning for our big photo shoot.

Day 2: Monday 2nd May, after I woke up multiple times in the early morning it was time to officially wake up at 5.45am. We had a quick cuppa & grabbed our food, Tasmanian sparkling wine & picnic basket of props to arrive at the Tessellated Pavement about 6.30, after setting up in one spot we moved to another spot so we could get more of the pavement into the shot. We got so many amazing photos, Ellie was quick to post a picture to instagram of our sunrise breakfast picnic hoping she could get over 100 likes. Check out Ellie’s Instagram account to have a look. We had the whole place to ourselves & after a few adjustments we had it just right to shoot away for about 1/2 an hour or so. It was so exciting, relaxing & peaceful. I could not wipe the smile off my face.

After packing up, I had to drink the wine in the glasses, because we couldn’t waste such good quality Tasmanian sparkling wine & Ellie couldn’t drink because she had to have her A game on for the rest of the days big photo shoot. Anyway just as I was downing the last of the wine in the glass a lady & her dog walked past, she smiled asking if we were celebrating?! After all it was only just after 7am on a Monday morning!! Too funny!

A very quick look at the mornings photos on the computer & Ellie confirmed she had got her cover photo – It looks amazing!!

Anyway back to work, first things first, more breakfast!! We hadn’t eaten the omelette we took to the morning shoot & had brought it back home with us so take some more photos with the most amazing breakfast you will ever have – Salmon rashers with French toast & maple syrup, so amazing!!

After breakfast was photographed & then eaten it was time to get onto the 13 more recipes for the day including all the mussel recipes. We also had Ellie’s 2 youngest children helping us today so I added child entertainer to my list of jobs, it was so much fun & we all wore our special aprons too! Yes I had the job of making sure the bottle of sparkling wine didn’t get wasted & so I had a matching wine to my seafood tasting today until just after lunchtime 🙂 I got to make a spicy seafood laksa & we made another crayfish recipe too, oh & some yummy squid pasta, just to mention a few of the days recipes.

The cooking, eating, washing up & photos continued for the rest of the day & we finished about 4pm. We had multiple instagram checking breaks as we saw Ellie’s likes for her photo sky rocket through the day. Then we all went for a walk to the beach which was just what we needed after 2 epic days.

I stayed for dinner to help Ellie & her family eat some of the days delicious leftovers – we had another mini leftover degustation for dinner as the fridge was very full!! I don’t think I will ever need to eat again – well maybe not till breakfast anyway!

Oh wow, I thought I was in heaven, having a 2 day seafood degustation with a total of 34 dishes, I feel so grateful to have been given this amazing experience. I loved hearing stories Ellie shared with me about her restaurant days where she was the chef & owner at the Mussel Boys in Tarana, quite a few of the recipes from her restaurant are in the cookbook too.  Also Ellie’s Instagram photo from the morning was shared by “Australia” on Instagram on got over 46,000 likes!!

Even if I had not had this awesome experience I would still be rushing out to buy this cookbook the recipes are amazing & the photos look sensational – much better than these ones I took on my iPhone 🙂 The Seafood Everyday Cookbook will hopefully be available to purchase in Dec 2016. Congrats Ellie on an outstandingly awesome job! I love your work! (I think I am still in a food coma)

 

 

Breakfast at Pigeonhole Cafe

You may have been “instaspamed” when we had breakfast at the Pigeonhole Cafe, I was joined by Ellie of course & you can see her pictures here. The Pigeonhole Cafe have had their Thermomix for a few good weeks so it was a perfect excuse to do some taste testing & photography all in one. All the produce for the cafe is sourced from their own Weston Farm so it really is paddock to plate.  It’s so awesome seeing all their preserves & pickles on the back wall of the cafe.

Pickles

Pickles

cutlery

I’m in love with their cutlery & crockery (Ridgeline Pottery)

 

Pumpkin

Today’s table decoration a farm grown pumpkin 🙂

 

coffee

All good food styling & photography sessions must begin with coffee to keep our energy levels up!

 

The Chef Alex Mullan served us his favourite dishes, starting with the Pork Rillettes made from a pig from their own farm with an apple & rose hip paste, served with house made pickles & toasts. Even the greens & flowers are from the farm. Alex explained that he tries to make every thing he can from scratch & I can certainly relate to that! This dish was so amazing!! Not only did it look so good that I took about 20 shots of it (while drooling) but it was so balanced & full of flavour.

rillette

 

House made pickles

 

Next fresh lightly roasted figs with mascarpone cheese & caramelised honey on sourdough – I’m still in a food coma!!

figs

 

Chai tea & more coffee required

 

Then the “Divorced Eggs” A combo  of hot & cold with baked eggs – once I heard there was chipotle I was sold 🙂 So good!!

Divorced eggs

Now I think it might be time for 2 “ladies” to eat 3 breakfasts!! Let’s get some action shots – well at the very least slow motion posed eating shots!

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eating eggs

eating figs

We had a wonderful morning & want to thank the amazing team at Pigeon Hole Cafe’ for being so accomodating, allowing us to have a long breakfast with our cameras & tripods in the front of the cafe’.

 

Eating the food finally – I’m so full!!

At the Thermomix Demo a few weeks ago 🙂

 

 

Roasted Beetroot & Pomegranate Dip/Relish

beetroot relish

This is seriously amazing!! I love the Healthy Chef – Teresa Cutter’s recipes & I have all her books including her latest one Purely Delicious – her hubby does the amazing photos too! Here is the link to her recipe – I had to add garlic to it too of course! Also the bowl that the relish is in is from her shop – it’s called the wellness bowl – you can drink out of it like a cup or use it for dips & sauces ( They are currently out of stock though) I also love her Matcha Green Tea Powder.

Did I mention I got to meet Teresa Cutter last year in April? I was so excited it looks like I was going to cry!!

Teresa Cutter

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.