Chocolate

Happy Easter!!

Well first I think chocolate & then I think buns – Easter buns that is 🙂 I used to make the normal fruit buns, and they are so awesome when you make them yourself, but as my son says “that’s too main stream”. So here is my current list of hot cross bun flavours for you to try. I have done away with the boring flavourless crosses too & replace them with much more delicious versions!

Chai Hot Cross Buns with Spiced Cream Cheese Crosses

Choc Hazelnut Hot Cross Buns

Easter Bunny’s Carrot & Apple Hot Cross Buns with Cream Cheese Crosses

Heston Inspired Lemon Myrtle Easter Buns with Whipped Citrus Butter

Erica & Arwen’s Apricot & Hazelnut Hot Cross Buns

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Now onto the chocolate, well I got some awesome chocolate from the Nutpatch – see the photos from my photo shoot there a couple of weeks ago.

I do love making Quirky Cooking’s raw chocolate recipe too & I sweeten it with honey. I normally make it with my nephews but they are away for Easter this year!

Try making your own Choc hazelnut spread from the basic cookbook – it makes a wonderful Easter gift.

Or don’t forget the Chocolate Chilli Cherry Ripe recipe from Dani Valent that’s from In the Mix 2!! Watch the video here.

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When I was in Sydney I got my very own special Lindt Easter Bunny!!

Lindt Bunny

Where ever you are this Easter, you are bound to have an awesome Easter!!  I hope you enjoy some rest, relaxation & delicious food cooked from scratch. Happy Thermomixing!!

 

TM

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!! 🙂

Chocolate Chocolate 2 Chocolate 3 Chocolate 4 Chocolate 5 Chocolate 6  Nutpatch 1 Nutpatch 2 Nutpatch 3 Nutpatch 4 Nutpatch 5 Nutpatch 6 Nutpatch 8 Nutpatch 7 Nutpatch 9 Nutpatch 10 Nutpatch 11 Nutpatch 12 Nutpatch 13 Nutpatch AnsdNutpatch_1And 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 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

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 brûlée 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?

Blackberry & hazelnut dome Blackberry cake Cake blackberry

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

Chocolate 2

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

old mixer bowls

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

 

 

Apples 4

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!!

Pour chocolate 2 Pour chocolate 3

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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