Tasmania

A Delicious Day at MONA

To celebrate the end of our Art History classes at TAFE we had a final trip to MONA, so of course there were a few of us that decided we needed to go in the Posh Pit on the MONA Ferry, why wouldn’t you want a glass of bubbles at 9.30am??

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Nibbles for 2 in the Posh Pit

 

The exclusive front ferry deck for the Posh Pit people

 

MONA

 

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Our MONA Ferry

 

Anyway I was thrilled my teacher organised for me to go into the kitchen & watch the Pastry Chef Lydia plate up 2 delicious desserts, 1 was inspired by one of the current exhibits by Cameron Robins. The dish was called The Black+X White – coconut, lemongrass & lime pudding, rum jelly, yuzu cream & black pearls. I really enjoyed the fresh flavours & different textures of the dish.

They do have a Thermomix in The Source Restaurant at Mona but I think it was used maybe once for one of the elements in this dish. Another popular dessert at the moment on their menu is a dish called The Garden (pictured below). In the pursuit of my education I also tried one of the other desserts at the Mona Wine Bar inspired by the exhibition, they named it after Cameron Robins himself & called it Mr Robins.

The Black+X White

 

The Garden

The Garden – flavours of blackberry, pistachio, chocolate praline, puffed rice,honeycomb, beetroot soil.

 

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Mr Robins

Then of course I had to take a few photos – unfortunately we are not allowed to take photos inside the Museum to publish without permission, but we got some great ones of Tim’s Tattoos. And some of the Cameron Robins Exhibition too. But here are a few photos I took around outside with all the creative arty juices flowing – or maybe that was just the bubbles?! Because apparently your ferry ticket includes a free wine tasting!!

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The famous Fink Jug – yes this is on my list of must haves (maybe after I have sold a few more Thermomix)

 

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Our Ferry to take us back to Hobart waterfront.

 

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And just like that our magical MONA day was over ūüôā

Hobart & Beyond Instameet – Tasmanmeet

 

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Another invitation to go to the Tasman Peninsula again this year & an excuse to instaspam without judgement & all for free!! I only found out about this event the day before it was on & was lucky enough to get a space. I’m so grateful to Hobart & Beyond for organising this event, I am already looking forward to the next one.

We met at 8.15am on (Mother’s Day) with an 8.30am departure from Brooke St Pier, our destination Port Arthur Historic Site, with photo opportunities all along the way. It was quite a challenge being on a moving boat to get perfect pictures but it is great practice & what a beautiful day. 60 instagramers in one spot watch out, we were all given a sticker with our name & instagram account name so we could network throughout the day. Some people had their phones, others had their cameras of all shapes & sizes. We were armed with our hastags: #tasmanmeet¬†#hobartandbeyond #discovertasmania¬†#tasmania¬†#seeaustralia

The Iron Pot Lighthouse

 

Complete with dolphins – hard to catch a good shot of them though!

Dolphin

I’ve been wanting to go to Shipstern Bluff for years, a popular but dangerous surfing spot – unfortunately the waves today were not so big, but what an amazing spot!

No surfers at Shipstern Bluff today

 

Coastline

What a gorgeous rugged coastline

 

Cape Raoul is so stunning!!

Cape Raoul is so stunning!!

Cape Raoul Seals were so gorgeous to watch - some even got into the water for a swim while we were there.

Cape Raoul seals were so gorgeous to watch – some even got into the water for a swim while we were there.

 

Port Arthur Historic Site

After more spectacular scenery we made it to Port Arthur Historic Site, we had 1 hour to wander around & take some shots.

The Cammandant's House

The Cammandant’s House

 

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We all took quite a few photos but needed a bit more time to get around to everywhere -it’s on the list to come back to again soon. We jumped on a bus to our next stop.

 

Something that I am more used to photographing - although not with 59 others around trying to do the same thing - it was a bit difficult. This was the most amazing Lunch at Post Arthur Lavender - all local seafood & delicious cheese - including lavender cheese & we also had Tasmanian wine.

Something that I am more used to photographing – although not with 59 others around trying to do the same thing – it was a bit difficult. This was the most amazing Lunch at Post Arthur Lavender – all local seafood & delicious cheese – including lavender cheese & we also had Tasmanian wine. So grateful for this amazing feast.

Lavender

I love this place & I will be coming back again for sure to try more of their delicious food – lavender ice-cream, lavender scones almost everything has it on their menu & it is such a beautiful spot to relax.

 

Now for an hour at the Tasmanian Devil UnzooTassie Devils

We made some new friends & got to feed them too!

We made some new friends & got to feed them too!

Last stop was the Tessellated Pavement & nearby Lufra Hotel for afternoon tea.

I have been so lucky to go to the Tessellated Pavements quite a few times in the last few weeks so this was not so exciting for me as it was for some of the other photographers. It is such a beautiful place still so I wandered down to enjoy the scene of the pavement covered with people (only the week before Ellie & I had the place to ourselves setting up & shooting our sunrise breakfast, a cover shot for Ellie’s Seafood Everyday Cookbook)

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Then tired & full we left for our hour long bus ride home back to Hobart – it had just started to rain as we boarded the bus – perfect Tasmanian timing!

WOW What an extraordinary day packed full of adventure, I can’t wait to go back to the Tasman Peninsula to finish my photography, exploring & taste testing. This is certainly a Mother’s Day to remember.

 

 

 

 

Breakfast at Tessellated Pavement

While driving home from our Food Styling Photography course, we were talking about the sunrise on the Tessellated Pavements & Ellie said it was one of the most iconic & photographed spots in Tassie. I said, why don’t we do a food shoot there?! And we decided to run with it big time. With only a couple of weeks left of sunrise capturing available at the Tessellated Pavements we needed to get cracking!¬†I couldn’t help it, I wanted to change the words to the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Breakfast at Tessellated. So we had our theme tune sorted now lots of other things to organise.

Our mission: To set up a beautiful delicious breakfast using Tasmanian produce, in time to capture the sunrise reflection on the tessellated pavement – Food photography for “posh ladies” – table for 4.

Food: – (Recipe below) Ellie & I made up a delicious Thermomix steamed fresh dill & feta omelette served with Tasmanian smoked salmon from Tassal Salmon Shop. I made some¬†Ciabatta & homemade butter using Ashgrove cream. We had sparkling wine from Bangor Wine & Oysters. King Island Diary¬†brie cheese wheel. Tasmanian lavender earl grey tea from the art of tea. Apple juice from Lucaston Park Orchards, fresh apples from my friend’s garden &¬†fresh strawberries from my sister’s garden.

Props: I had seen the perfect trestle table that I just had to have but it wouldn’t fit in my small car! I wanted to take my wooden dining chairs too. We had a carafe, my Nana’s tea cups & saucers, napkins, table runner, vase & foliage, glasses & champagne flutes, candles & candelabra.

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Sunday early evening scout out: We realised that it was a fair 5 min walk to the Tessellated Pavement from the carpark & it included stairs. So we needed to take a little as possible to make a maximum of 2 trips each. There was a perfect spot with a log up out of the way & this would make perfect seats for us so no chairs needed. Ellie had some old fence palings & I brought my husband’s workshop wooden horses to act as the legs for our portable table. We styled it up the night before at Ellie’s house (thankfully she leaves only 5 mins drive away).

I set the alarm for 5.30am but woke up at 4, we had packed everything the night before & only had a couple of last min things to prepare before we left. Lucky we remembered the torch!! We had 1 person that did 2 trips & everyone else did 1. We got to work setting up our camera’s Taking photos while setting up the table & styling the food. Our photography teacher from TAFE even showed up!

Sunrise at Tessellated Pavement

Sunrise food table

Sunrise at the Pavement

Sunrise TP

Food Styling at TP

Food table at TP

Food table at TP 2

Food table at TP 3

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Food serving

Well we thought it was well worth the effort, I have learnt a lot, (what to do & what not to do), an amazing few hours enjoying the sunrise & serenity not to mention the awesome company, delicious local food & drinks. How on earth will we be able to top this?!

A little video of part of the morning is here .

See Ellie’s blog post.

See my iPhone pictures on Facebook here

Oh I guess you want the recipe for the omelette?

Ellie & Arwen’s Feta Dill Omelette with Smoked Salmon (or Salmon Rashers)

Omelette

Ellie & Arwen's Dill Feta Omelette with Smoked Salmon
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Brunch
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Serves: Serves 4 - 6
 
Delicious eaten hot or cold
Ingredients
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 8 eggs
  • 100 grams cream
  • 100 grams Fetta
  • salt and pepper
  • 200 grams salmon or cooked salmon rashers to serve
  • Extra fresh dill to serve
  • 1 tbs of Salted capers (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the peeled garlic clove, dill, eggs and cream to the bowl and a pinch of salt and pepper blend speed 8/10 sec.
  2. Spread a sheet of baking paper on the top tray of the varoma, pour the mix onto the baking paper and sprinkle feta on top.
  3. fill the bowl with 500g water then put the varoma in place and steam for 20 mins varoma temp speed 2.
  4. Serve with smoked salmon or grilled salmon rashers fresh dill & capers (optional)