This was a foodie dream come true, especially for my friend & Chef Eloise Emmett see her blog post here. What a magical spot at Bangor with a glorious view & we say long table – yes it was a looooooong table – It don’t even think the person at the other end of the table would even hear you asking to pass the salt!
We got to help pick the last of the grapes – pinot noir (we found out later the wine won’t be ready till another 3 years from the grapes we picked today)
Matt gave us a lesson in grape picking before we could start – one of the main things was don’t cut yourself, we all managed to get that one right – It was also important not to pick any under ripe grapes at this will effect the wine in a negative way! No pressure at all!!
So what about the food & the menu?The menu featured seafood & local produce of course. We started with mugs os creamy seafood chowder – this was good because it gave a bit more time to take more photos of the food on the table before everyone sat down & ate 🙂 And of course we had to have the Bangor oysters too – They are amazing! I think I sat in the right spot because the people around me either couldn’t eat them or didn’t like oysters!!
One of my favourite Ellie salads – Greek salad with octopus!!
Smoked salmon & potato salad
Of course there was delicious Bangor Wine & we had a Seafood Lasagne too not to mention freshly baked bread & cheese plates.
For dessert we had chocolate profiteroles, apple & rhubarb crumble cake, brownies by Isobel & poached pears with a red wine syrup.
And just like that our magical lunch was over & it was time to pack up! I am so grateful to have been a part of this wonderful day. I left full & happy, what wonderful bunch of people we met while picking grapes & eating a gourmet seafood feast!
Love ’em or hate ’em, lunchboxes are an unavoidable necessity. Parents have an important role to play when packing a lunchbox. Learning is hungry work! To fuel children for a day at school, pack a nutritious main lunch plus snacks from the five food groups. Pack to suit your child’s appetite. Keep food safe by packing lunchboxes in an insulated bag with an ice brick. Include a water bottle.
Kids love to help! Get the kids involved in planning and packing their lunchbox. Try making the following recipes together.
KIDS COOKING LUNCHBOX IDEAS*
Puff pastry scrolls
Filo pastry triangles
Cornish pasties Zucchini slice Lasagne cups
Potato & veg bake into cupcake liners
Fritters or corn cakes
Left over cold pasta bake or macaroni cheese or bake in muffin tins
Dip & veg sticks or crackers
Quesadillas Rice paper rolls Sushi rolls Wraps Scrolls – savoury or sweet
Pasta or noodle salad
Mini pies or potato pies
Mini quiche Frittata in muffin cups or a rectangle cut into squares
Tuna or salmon fish cakes or balls
Sausage rolls or vegetarian sausage rolls
Stuffed potatoes or sweet potatoes
Mini sausages baked in puff pastry
Corn chips and avocado dip serve with cheese sticks and vegetable sticks
Savoury or sweet flavoured popcorn
Potato or sweet potato salad with bacon
Home-made baked beans with toast soldiers
Leftover fried rice
Fresh, frozen or dried fruit
Egg & bacon pies
Mini meat loves wrapped in bacon
Homemade crumpets with butter & honey or Vegemite
Cornbread served with butter cheese & relish
Cherry tomatoes to snack on
Dry cereal or toasted muesli (as long as there is no nuts) or dried fruit and seed mix
Cold roasted vegetable wedges with sour cream dip
Lettuce cup filled with favourite mince & or salad mix
Pumpkin, carrot, spinach and ricotta cheese triangles
Fruit sticks with cream cheese dip Silverbeet and cream cheese quiche
Ploughman’s lunch – cheese pickles vegetable sticks cold ham/salami
Home-made potato cake
Home made yoghurt and stewed fruit or vanilla bean paste
Fillings for sandwiches, rolls & wraps
Avocado and egg
Chicken avocado and spring onion
Roast beef with beetroot dip
Cheese with relish, hummus or pesto & salad
Tuna mayonnaise and lettuce
Curried egg & Mayo
Cucumber dill & Mayo & cheese
Ham cheese and mayo
Vegemite cheese and lettuce
Butter banana and cinnamon
Crispy bacon and egg
BLT Bacon lettuce tomato
Strawberry honey and cream cheese
Cheese and tomato bread and butter puddings
Fresh pineapple and cheese with lettuce
Apple cheese and ham
Keep sandwiches interesting – try varying the fillings or cut sandwiches into different shapes.
3 layer sandwich – club sandwich
Pinwheel or spiral sandwich
Different shapes using a cookie cutter; little mini sandwiches can also put put onto a skewer
Different types of bread, multigrain, brown, white
Try making your own wraps
Add to the dough – seeds, or a bit or veg to colour the wrap, beetroot for pink spinach for green, carrot coloured etc.
Or use lettuce leaves like Dani Valent’s Chicken Lettuce Cup Lunchbox Recipe
Try different types of rolls, different shapes & flavours, Turkish bread, baguette, hamburger bun, multigrain, wholemeal, sourdough etc.
* If your school is nut-free, either omit the nuts or substitute a mix of seeds in recipes that contain nuts. Try pine nuts (a seed, not a nut), linseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
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!!
I was drawn to the broad beans – Ellie & I got to work 🙂
Chillies & spices
Here are some scenes other groups created
Very important now – Lunch – Julie from the Black Hen had prepared us an amazing feast, now we all helped to set & style the table.
Then the food
Let’s style some pears & some desserts
I was really happy with my tea & biscuits shot 🙂
And I took a picture os Ellie’s styled waffle too!
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.
I have been so excited about this workshop & got to pick up our stylist & photographer for the weekend JJ of 84th & 3rd from the airport on Friday night & drove her down to Mussel Boys on the Tasman peninsula where chef Eloise Emmett was preparing food for a wonderful weekend of food styling & photography.
Day 1: We started with styling morning tea 🙂 Apple crumble cake -recipe from Ellie’s the real food for kids cookbook.
I made some dips in the Thermomix too 🙂
Lunch anyone?YUM!! You will never be hungry on a food styling workshop 😉
My most favourite salad ever Ellie’s Octopus Salad!!
I was so happy I was able to use the Thermomix for the creme’ patisserie & ganache for the sponge cake. Ellie even used it to make the sponge cake.
My happy accident arty cake shot 🙂
The amount of drooling happening while all the cameras were shooting the cake being assembled was intense & amazing!!
Oh & then we had to eat it of course!! I think I am in foodie heaven!!
(I will be adding in more photos of our G&T’s & our delicious dinner later on)
Breakfast shoot 🙂
Yes I got to use the Thermomix again for JJ’s green smoothie recipe – find it on her blog – link below.
We had an excursion to a local oyster farm, we had a shucking lesson & tasting with some more amazing sparkling wine from Bream Creek Vineyard.
I was so happy with this shot I actually printed out for my exhibition for TAFE & titled it “Taste of the Sea”
JJ tasting the best oyster of her life 🙂 You can buy her ceramic versions of the oysters to use as a salt dish on The Decadent Pantry.
We finished off our amazing weekend with a picnic – as soon as we set it up outside it started to rain & we had to bring it indoors to shoot it. (I will upload pictures of this soon)
I had the best time on this weekend, I learnt so much about styling & shooting made some new friends & not to mention the endless feast of the most amazing food & beverages. Very happy memories made indeed & I want to Thank Ellie & JJ so much for organising & running the event.
See JJ’s blog post here & Ellie’s post here which includes the video of the “The Shuck Off” oyster shucking race 🙂