Home Quarantine Tips

Home Quarantine Tips

I’ve currently been in home quarantine for 7 days, so I’m halfway through after cutting my holidays early leaving Brisbane last week. I have been keeping a diary on Facebook of what I’ve been doing & I have just loved cooking my way through the week.

I’m now in my 8th day of home quarantine and despite having a long list of things I have needed to do at home for quite some time, (I am very skilled at procrastinating!!) I have been watching some awesome, inspiring and fun live videos on instagram and facebook by some of my favourite Chefs.
So I thought I would share my list so far and please let me know if you have anyone else to add to the list – I haven’t gone out of my way to search for these they came up on my feeds and I have started enjoying them and may be slightly addicted!! (I have barely watched netflix etc)

Also as an aside the Pets of Isolation – what’s your pet doing today? group is really good too.

eloiseemmett.com has live cooking workshops with her kids about 3 times a week – visit her website to see what is coming up & you can even cook along – once I get some more ingredients I can’t wait to make some of the recipes!!

Massimo Mele has been sharing videos of his son cooking with him too and has more coming out soon.

On instagram I’ve been drooling over Dan Hong’s videos https://www.instagram.com/hongsta_gram/

I’m loving watching Massimo Bottura’s fun live videos too. https://www.instagram.com/massimobottura/

David Lebovitz has been making amazing drinks & cocktails!! https://www.instagram.com/davidlebovitz/

I’m so looking forward to Charlie Carrington’s Masterclasses that travel around the world virtually – It’s Vietnamese starting soon https://www.instagram.com/charliesatlas/?hl=en

Sunday Night Virtual Family Dinner via Facebook Messenger
Saturday night Virtual Wine Time – I had some delicious grandvewe cheese and made the gourmet crackers & quince paste and my friends surprised me with a drop off of fresh oysters and Tasmanian Sparkling Wine that brought me to tears of joy!!
DIY Atlas Dining Masterclass Week One VIETNAM – Fish Cake, Cucumber Salad
So I had a crazy idea to do a live facebook video of me doing a cook along with Eloise Emmett’s live video – we thought it was hilarious!!
Fresh Field Grove Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Quince Cupcakes – I ade 1/2 with steamed quince & half with my homemade quince paste.
Immunity Boosting Shot from the Thermomix USA facebook page
Dalgona Coffee
Flu Fighter Chicken Soup
The Cook’s Table Cookbook Cooking Challenge March 20

The Cook’s Table Cookbook Cooking Challenge March 20

As you know I love a bit of a cookbook challenge and my cousin also has a love of cookbooks like I do. So when I visited her in Melbourne in February, we had fun just flicking through the pages of her cookbook collection and I fell in love with The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander. I already have a few of her cookbooks but I love that this one has 25 fun themed menus and photos for every recipe. And the recipes look great too of course!! So my cousin & I decided to do a Julie & Julia style challenge in March to cook as many recipes as we can in this month. I feel like I’m cheating because I have a Thermomix LOL!! I promptly purchased a copy for my self and put rose petals in vodka to make the Rose Petal Liqueur _ It had to steep for a month. I will be going away towards the end of the month but I will take my cookbook with me!! Feel free to join in our challenge it’s going to be delicious fun!!

Pumpkin Scones from the Afternoon Tea menu
Christine’s Rose Petal Liqueur from the Valentine’s Day menu
Yoghurt Flatbread with Garlic and Herb Butter and Guacamole from the Teenagers Birthday menu
Sticky Pork Ribs with Barbeque Sauce from the Feeding a Crowd menu
Thermomix 28 Day Meal Plan 2020

Thermomix 28 Day Meal Plan 2020

YAY!! Thermomix Australia have revamped the 28 Day Challenge – there are 2 to choose from the 28-Day Fresh Start Meal Plan and the 28-Day Savings Meal Plan. I have decided to do the Savings Meal Plan with some of the new recipes from the Fresh Start Meal Plan included because I have made most of those recipes last time I did the challenge. I will be doing a live facebook video of each recipe everyday (if i miss a day I will make up for it on a different day – I promise!!) And I will be posting a photo of the finished recipe on my instagram, facebook business page and also in the 28 Day Meal Plan facebook group. So who is up for the challenge? It’s a fun way to try new recipes!! I have had to start the on a Friday instead of a Sunday as I will be away towards the end of the 28 days!! Sign up here for free. The recipes are on cookidoo and you can sign up for a 30 day free trial of cookidoo too.

Day 1: Creamy Mustard Chicken Stew – I used sweet potato instead of the potato & I would definitely make it again it was yummy quick and easy!!
Day 2: Lentil Bolognese – the recipe uses lentils from a tin – I cooked my own before starting the recipe.
Day 3: Chocolate ‘feed a crowd’ Cake
Day 4: (Meatless Monday) Vegetable Curry with Cauliflower Couscous
Day 5: Barley Bacon & Chorizo Soup
Day 6: Pastitsio
Day 7: Pork Meatballs with Couscous
Day 8: Fake Away Friday – Quick Chicken Curry
Day 9: Shakshuka
Day 10: Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry
Day 11: Meatless Monday Smoky Beetroot and Black Bean Sliders with Soused Cucumber – served on Buckwheat and Almond Slider Buns.
Day 12: Beetroot Salad with Raita Dressing
Day 12: Texas-style Lovely Legs
Day 13: Apricot Chicken Risotto
Day 14: Kangaroo Harissa Polpette with Lentils and Kale
Day 15: Fake-away Friday Gozleme
Day 16: Health by Chocolate Torte (Skinnymixers recipe)
Day 17: Gluten Free Flour Mix
Day 18: Smashed Potatoes with Rosemary Salt
Day 19: Corned Beef with Mustard Sauce
Day 20: Chopped Asian Salad
Day 20: Open Fish Burgers
Day 21: Coffee-rubbed Beef with Fennel Salad
Day 22: Nasi Goreng
Day 23: Hash Browns with Chive Cottage Cheese
Day 24; Chicken, Leek and Corn Pie
Day 25: Meatless Monday – Pulled BBQ Jackfruit
Day 26: Chunky Bolognese -Skinnymixers recipe
Day 27: (My last day) Chocolate Cream Pie – I added cherries on top of the chocolate custard!!
My Food Styling Tips

My Food Styling Tips

I’m doing some fun workshops this year to help people with the basics of food styling and basic phone photography. Let’s face it almost everyone has a phone with a camera and they have it with them most of the time, so it’s quick & easy to use.

This topic could go on for ever & it’s also very personal too – What style of food photography do you like? What draws you to a picture in a recipe book, foodie magazine or to double tap on an instagram image? It’s important to develop your own style and it may not happen straight away, the first thing is to just start and have fun practicing too!!

2 images almost the same and each person will choose a different favourite for a different reason. Which one do you like the best and why?

This is just the start of what is to come, so stay tuned for more updates on this post…………..