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Bangor Long Table Lunch

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!!

grapes picking

 

grapes

grapes bucket

 

vines & grapesvines

head of the table

 

side table more

the long table

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!!

Oysters

One of my favourite Ellie salads – Greek salad with octopus!!

Octopus salad

 

Smoked salmon & potato salad

Potato & salmon salad

Quail salad

quail 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.

dessert

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!

 

The Lunchbox Ideas List – a work in progress

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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
Pikelets
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
Mini pizzas
Calzone
Meatballs
Tuna or salmon fish cakes or balls
Falafel balls
Mini hamburger
Sausage rolls or vegetarian sausage rolls
Savoury muffins
Hard-boiled eggs
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
Cold dogs
Pizza subs
Egg & bacon pies
Mini meat loves wrapped in bacon
Homemade crumpets with butter & honey or Vegemite
Noodle salad
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
Savoury scones
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
Pasta salad
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
Lemon butter

To keep sandwiches interesting not only vary the fillings but change the shapes too
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
Rectangles
Squares
Triangles
Fingers
Open sandwich
Different types of bread, multigrain, brown, white
Make 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
Different types of rolls, different shapes & flavours, Turkish bread, baguette, hamburger bun, multigrain, wholemeal, white etc

Lunchbox Bakes

Brownies
Weet-Bix slice
Muesli bars
Apple teacake
fruit or chocolate chip muffins
Banana bread
Chocolate chip cookies
Kiss biscuits
Short bread
Gingerbread men
Too easy chocolate cake
Chocolate balls or lemon balls
Home-made doughnuts
Cupcakes
Fruit and jelly cups
Jam drop biscuits
Scones with butter and jam
Rock cakes
Anzac biscuit or slice
10 sec coconut bread
30 sec orange cake
Coconut macaroons
Cheese biscuits
Smartie cookies
Fruit buns or fruit bread
Carrot cupcakes
Soft scented apple cakes
Strawberry tart
Portuguese tarts
Jam tarts
Madeleines
Friands
Avocado chocolate mousse
Marble cake or cupcakes
Fruit leather
Apricot and coconut squares 

 

 

The Lunchbox Ideas List - a work in progress
 
Ideas from our cooking class
Ingredients
  • FILLINGS FOR ROLLS WRAPS OR SANDWICHES
  • 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
  • Lemon butter
  • To keep sandwiches interesting not only vary the fillings but change the shapes too
  • layer sandwich - club sandwich
  • Pinwheel or spiral sandwich
  • Different shapes using a cookie cutter; little mini sandwiches can also put put onto a skewer
  • Rectangles
  • Squares
  • Triangles
  • Fingers
  • Open sandwich
  • Different types of bread, multigrain, brown, white
  • Make 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.
  • Different types of rolls, different shapes & flavours, Turkish bread, baguette, hamburger bun, multigrain, wholemeal, white etc
  • LUNCHBOX IDEAS
  • Brownies
  • Weet-Bix slice
  • Muesli bars
  • Apple teacake
  • fruit or chocolate chip muffins
  • Banana bread
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Kiss biscuits
  • Short bread
  • Gingerbread men
  • Too easy chocolate cake
  • Chocolate balls or lemon balls
  • Home-made doughnuts
  • Cupcakes
  • Fruit and jelly cups
  • Jam drop biscuits
  • Scones with butter and jam
  • Rock cakes
  • Anzac biscuit or slice
  • sec coconut bread
  • sec orange cake
  • Coconut macaroons
  • Cheese biscuits
  • Smartie cookies
  • Fruit buns or fruit bread
  • Carrot cupcakes
  • Soft scented apple cakes
  • Strawberry tart
  • Portuguese tarts
  • Jam tarts
  • Madeleines
  • Friands
  • Avocado chocolate mousse
  • Marble cake or cupcakes
  • Fruit leather
  • Apricot and coconut squares
  • Puff pastry scrolls
  • Filo pastry triangles
  • Cornish pasties
  • Zucchini slice
  • Lasagne cups
  • Potato & veg bake into cupcake liners
  • Fritters or corn cakes
  • Pikelets
  • 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
  • Mini pizzas
  • Calzone
  • Meatballs
  • Tuna or salmon fish cakes or balls
  • Falafel balls
  • Mini hamburger
  • Sausage rolls or vegetarian sausage rolls
  • Savoury muffins
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • 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
  • Cold dogs
  • Pizza subs
  • Egg & bacon pies
  • Mini meat loves wrapped in bacon
  • Homemade crumpets with butter & honey or Vegemite
  • Noodle salad
  • 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
  • Savoury scones
  • 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
  • Pasta salad
  • Home made yoghurt and stewed fruit or vanilla bean paste

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

produce_1

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

platter_1platter
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.

 

Prep Prop Style Shoot Workshop August 2015

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.

Morning Tea PS

I made some dips in the Thermomix too 🙂

 

Lunch anyone?YUM!! You will never be hungry on a food styling workshop 😉

Lunch 2

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)

Good Morning

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 🙂