My Sister’s 40th Birthday Party 2021

Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister! We had so much fun cooking, styling, photographing & eating all the food for my sister’s birthday party dinner with family. There were 12 of us & it was supposed to start at 3pm but we took slightly longer getting the grazing board & countless photos done!! The most important thing was that my sister absolutely loved her birthday & her party was exactly just how she had imagined it would be. I made the birthday cake which was the Carrot Layer Cake recipe by Christina Tosi (which is also included in the In the Mix 2 Cookbook & on the Dani Valent website) My sister wanted all the food to team with the theme of neutrals & greens. The dessert was homemade ice creams with toppings, nibbles & sauces to compliment the ice cream.

Atlas Masterclasses

Wow these crazy times we live in at the moment have seen some terrible things happen but also some inventive and amazing things too. So I love this idea that Chef Charlie Carrington and his team came up with to have Masterclasses with 3 recipes a week and each week will be a different country’s cuisine. If you are lucky enough to live in Melbourne you can order the box of ingredients for the week and then cook along at home while you watch the YouTube Atlas Masterclass If we can’t travel the world right now we may as well taste it in our own kitchens. I have been doing the DIY version and having to make up parts of the recipes myself as some of the ingredients boxes includes parts of the recipes already completed like the spice mixes, pickles or sauces. This really has been a delicious journey so far and I am definitely along for the culinary trip around the world with Charlie & his team. I’m so grateful to be able to join in and already have been introduced to some new recipes, ingredients and spices to make & taste.

Week 1: Vietnam


Fish Cake, Cucumber Salad with Bean Sprouts (I was missing bean sprouts) YUM!!
Chicken, Rice, Egg and Peanut Crumble – So Delicious!!
Mushroom Pho – so nourishing!

Week 2: Israel

Shawarma Lamb Pitta with Hummus Israeli salad & pickles
Chicken Schnitzel Spiced Butter and Pumpkin Salad
Eggplant Matbucha chickpeas goats cheese & olives – AMAZING!!

Week 3: Korea

Buckwheat Noodles, Chicken Mince & Red Kimchi – So good, I used my homemade kimchi & smoked tofu YUM!!
Beef Bulgogi
Mushroom Bibimbap Egg & Seaweed

Week 4: Mexico

Chicken Tamales
Pulled Pork Tacos
Pumpkin and Black Bean Enchiladas

Week 5: Peru

Papas a la Huacaina
Lomo Saltado
Smoked Cauliflower, Quinoa Salad and Ocopa Sauce

Week 6: France

Chicken Cassoulet
Beef Bourguignon
Classic French Onion Soup

Week 7 Brazil

Sausage Feijoada
Carne Churrasco
Vatapa Pumpkin

Week 8 Thailand

Satay Chicken
Pad Kra Pao Moo – Pork Loin Stir Fry with Green Beans
Pad See Ew -Mushroom, Noodles & Chinese Broccoli

Week 9: China

Kung Pow Chicken
Pork belly

Week 10 America

Fried Chicken with Mac & Cheese
Smoked Beef Brisket (I bought mine from The Wood Fiery Red Head) Slaw, Dill Potatoes and BBQ Sauce
All American Chilli with Chopped Salad

Week 11 Lebanon

Chicken ‘Shish Taouk’
Lamb Shawarma Pita
Zucchini, Chickpea, Yoghurt Crisps

Week 12 India

Tandoori Chicken
Goat Vindaloo
Aloo Gobi with Dal Makhani

Week 13 Spain

Patatas Bravas -Chicken, Potato, Chorizo
Pork Albodiga – Meatball Roast Vegetables Almond Gazpacho
Spanish Omelette with Olive Tapenade and Rocket and Pear Salad

Week 14: Turkey

Marinated Chicken Skewers, Hummus, Turkish Pilaf Rice
Beef Tepi Kofta, Broccoli Tabouli, Tahini, Flatbread
Braised Leek & White Beans, Walnuts, Feta

Week 15: Argentina

Chicken Milanesa
Minute Steak, Potatoes, Radish and Chimmichurri
Quinoa Stuffed Capsicum Broccoli and Chimmichurri

Week 16: Greece

Lemon Marinated Chicken, Greek Salad, Tzatziki
Pork Gyros Potatoes Tzatziki (on homemade pitta bread)
Eggplant Moussaka

Week 17: Morocco

Lemon Marinated Chicken with Caramelised Onion & Olive Sauce and Cous Cous
Lamb Kofta, Tomato Sauce and Moroccan Carrot Salad
Vegetable Tagine

Week 18: Portugal

Peri Peri Chicken, Rice, Cabbage & Fennel Salad
Peri Peri Chicken Rice Cabbage & Fennel Salad
Salted Blue Grenadier with Potato Salad Egg & Olive Sauce
Caldo Verde Kale Soup with Crumbed Cabbage & Egg

Week 19: Britian

English Chicken Roast with Sautéed Vegetables and Gravy
Bangers & Mash
Mushroom & Leek Shepherd’s Pie

Week 20: Italy

Chicken Milanese with Crushed Potatoes and Peperonata
Porchetta with Fennel and Radicchio and Orange Salad
Mushroom Ragu with (homemade) Fettuccine and Sautéed Silver Beet

Week 21: Japan

Chicken Teriyaki (homemade) Udon Noodles with Daikon Salad
Beef Tataki with Cucumber Wakame Salad and Ponzu Sauce
Mushroom Okonomiyaki

Week 22: Columbia

Colombian Chicken Rice Sofrito and Blistered Beans
Pulled Pork Patacones with Orange and Coriander Salad
Arepa Butternut Squash with Black Beans and Salsa

Week 23: Taiwan

Three Cup Chicken with Ginger Basil and Rice
Braised Pork Belly with Rice and 5 Spice Vegetables
Cold Noodle Salad with Egg, Sesame Dressing and Vegetables

Week 24: Indonesia

Satay Chicken Skewers with Rice & Pineapple Sambal
Beef Rendang with Roti and Cucumber Salad
Mei Goreng with Tofu and Crispy Egg

Week 25: Croatia

Paprika Chicken with Gnocchi and Mustard Sauce
Cevapi Sausage with Red Capsicum Sauce, Potato and Dill
Stuffed Cabbage Roll with Beetroot Butter, Fennel and Dill Salad

Week 26: Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice with Chinese Broccoli and Ginger & Spring Onion Sauce
Grilled Pork Chop with Black Pepper Sauce and Singapore Noodles
Cauliflower & Potato Biryani with Almond Mint & Tomato

Week 27: Sri Lanka

Chicken Curry with Coconut Sambal, Silverbeet and Rice
Lamb Chops with Devilled Cashews & Kottu Roti
Egg Hopper Dahl with Green Coconut Sambal & Chai

Week 28: Germany

Chicken Schnitzel with Mustard Mash and Zucchini Asparagus & Dill Salad
Cheese Kransky with Curry Wurst Sauce and Onion Cabbage & Apple Salad served with a (homemade) Pretzel
Smoked Pork Hock with Potato Rosti and Apple Slaw

Week 29: Egypt

Grilled Chicken and Spiced Rice

Week 30: We are back in France

Thyme Roasted Chicken with Lentils & Goats Cheese Salad
Steak & Frites with Cafe de Paris Butter & Asparagus
Tuna Nicoise Salad with Olive & Caper Vinaigrette

Week 31: We are Back in Mexico

Yucatan Chicken with Black Beans Rice and Pineapple Salsa
Carne Asada Tacos with Tomato Salsa and Mexican Chopped Salad
Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas with Guacamole

Favourites

Chicken Burrito with Rice, Beans & Red Tomato Salsa

Week 32: We are back in Vietnam

Ginger Caramel Chicken with Lime & Chilli Peanuts
Bun Cha Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles & Vietnamese Mint
Bahn Xeo with Tofu Mushrooms and Pea Tendrils

Week 33: We are back in India

Butter Chicken with Chaat Masala Almonds & Basmati Rice
Seekh Lamb Kebab with Roti & Mint & Yoghurt Chutney
Rajma Chawal Paneer Date & Tamarind Chutney and Diwali Sweets

Week 34: We are back in Lebanon

Za’atar Flatbread with Chicken Feta & Pomegranate Dressing
Spiced Lamb with Muhammara Pickled Onion and Turnip
Falafel with Turnip Pickles Hummus and (homemade) Pita

Week 35 We are back in the USA for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Chicken & All The Trimmings
I added some extra roast veggies too!!
Classic Beef Burger with a (homemade) Potato Bun, Lettuce, Tomato, Special Sauce & Fries.
Baked Beans with Corn Cakes and Tomato Peach & Ricotta Salad

Week 36: Southern Italy

Roast Chicken, Sweet & Sour Onions
Pork & Fennel Sausage Orecchiette with Pangrattato
Bruschetta Three Ways

Week 37: We are back in Thailand

Chicken Red Curry with Lychees Zucchini & Thai Basil
Crispy Pork with Chilli Jam & (homemade) Noodles
Crispy Tofu in Three Flavoured Sauce

Week 38: Back to Peru

Tuna Ceviche with Sweet Potato & Leche De Tigre
Grilled Chicken with Fries Salsa Criolla & Aji Amarillo
Roasted Pumpkin Rainbow Salad with Ocopa Sauce

Atlas Masterclass Christmas

The first class for 2020 – We are back in Greece

Chicken Gyros with Homemade Pita Mint Yoghurt & Salad
Rosemary Lamb with Lentil Grain Salad
Saganaki with Honey Pepper Berry Figs & Salad

Malaysia

Chicken Wings with Nasi Ulam & Cucumber
Beef Satay with Tomato Sambal & Roti
Sweet Potato & Tofu Fritters with Gado Gado Salad

We are back in Argentina

Chicken a la Plancha with Pasta Salad
Beef Skewers with Radish & Orange Salad
Potato & Mozzarella Tortilla

We are back in Israel

Hummus with Chicken Matbucha and Israeli Salad
Pomegranate Lamb with Israeli Cous Cous Salad
Sabich Pita – Eggplant Tahini and Amba

We are back in China

Da Pan Ji Chicken & Noodles
Char Sui Pork Baos with Peanuts
Shiitake Dumplings with Sichuan Black Vinegar Sauce

We are back in Spain
Arwens ThermoPics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Prawn & Olive Salad

Garlic Prawns with Olive & Orange Salad

Arwen's Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant -Paella

Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant

Tomato & Capsicum Gazpacho with Bread & Cheese

Australia

Arwen's Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | BBQ Barramundi with Garlic Butter & Mango Salsa

BBQ Barramundi with Garlic Butter & Mango Salsa

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | Chicken Parma

Chicken Parma with Cos Lettuce Salad

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | Aussie Burger with the lot

Beef Burger With The Lot & Fries

Caribbean

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | Jerked Chicken with Grilled pineapple salad & Sweet Potato

Jerked Chicken with Grilled pineapple salad & Sweet Potato

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | Barramundi Escabeche with Coconut Rice

Barramundi Escabeche with Coconut Rice

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | Sweet Potato & Coconut Fritter with Mango Hot Sauce

Sweet Potato & Coconut Fritter with Mango Hot Sauce

We are back in Turkey

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Baked Fish Parcel with Kisir and Herb Salad

Baked Fish Parcel with Kisir and Herb Salad

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant -Doner Lamb Kebab with Garlic Yoghurt and Sumac

Doner Lamb Kebab with Garlic Yoghurt and Sumac

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant -Silverbeet & Feta Borek

Silverbeet & Feta Borek

We are back in Japan

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Japanese Breakfast

Barramundi Shiyoyaki with Miso Soup, Rice, Pickles & Dashi Pumpkin

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Oyakadon (Chicken & Egg Bowl)

Oyakadon (Chicken & Egg Bowl)

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mushroom & Miso Ramen

Mushroom & Miso Ramen

We are back in Sri Lanka

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coconut & Turmeric Barramundi Curry

Coconut & Turmeric Barramundi Curry

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant -Sri Lankan Lamb Curry

Spicy Lamb Curry with Pineapple & Cucumber Salad

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Kale Mullung with Butternut Squash & Cashew Curry

Kale Mullung with Butternut Squash & Cashew Curry

Chile

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chorizo Sandwich

Chorizo & Avocado Sandwich with Mayonnaise Tomato & Pickled Cabbage

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Grilled Lamb with Garlic Rice Stuffed Capsicum & Tomato Salsa

Grilled Lamb with Garlic Rice Stuffed Capsicum & Tomato Salsa

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Corn, Potato & Parmasean Soup with Avocado & Sour Cream

Corn, Potato & Parmasean Soup with Avocado & Sour Cream

Sweden

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs with Sour Cream Sauce & Mashed Potatoes

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dill & Mustard Crusted Salmon

Dill & Mustard Crusted Salmon with Carrot & Potato Fritters & Green Beans

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Leek & Egg Open Sandwich with Radish & Chive Butter

Leek & Egg Open Sandwich with Radish & Chive Butter (Homemade Sourdough Rye Bread & Butter)

Polynesia

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Samoan Tuna Ceviche

Samoan Tuna Ceviche with Coconut Cream & Sweet Potato Chips

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Glazed Chicken & Pineapple Kebabs

Glazed Chicken & Pineapple Kebabs with Coriander & Jasmine Rice

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Sweet Potato in Coconut Cream

Sweet Potato in Coconut Cream with Silverbeet Tomato & Chilli

South Africa

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Peri Peri Chicken

Peri Peri Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash & Roasted Onion

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Beef Sausage with Chakalaka Sauce

Beef Sausage with Chakalaka Sauce Capsicum Sauce

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chickpea & Vegetable Fritters

Chickpea & Vegetable Fritters with Chilli Sauce & Carrot Salad

Persia

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Spiced Lamb Leg

Spiced Lamb Leb with Cumin Potatoes & Cucumber & Mint Salad

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Turmeric Chicken Kebabs with Dill Pilaf

Turmeric Chicken Kebabs with Dill Pilaf & Blistered Tomatoes

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Jewelled Pilaf Rice with Roasted Carrots & Marinated Feta

Jewelled Pilaf Rice with Roasted Carrots & Marinated Feta

Korea

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Stir Fried Beef with Rice Bulgogi Sauce & Fresh Vegetables

Stir Fried Beef with Rice Bulgogi Sauce & Fresh Vegetables

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Bulgogi

Chicken Lettuce Cups with Bulgogi Sauce Vegetables & Rice

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Korean Fried Cauliflower

Fried Cauliflower with Gochujang Glaze Rice & Broccolini

We are back in Mexico again

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas with Pickled Jalapeño & Onions

We are back in Thailand

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Thai Grilled Chicken

Thai Grilled Chicken with (Coconut) Rice Sweet Chilli Sauce & Cucumber Salad

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Grilled Pork Skewers

Grilled Pork Skewers with Raw Vegetables & Chilli Dipping Sauce

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Tofu Drunken Noodles

Stir Fried Basil & Chilli Tofu with Rice Noodles & Bok Choy

We are back in Italy

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Pork Milanese

Pork Milanese with Shaved Cabbage Salad

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken in Red Cacciatore Sauce with Polenta & Gremolata

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Pesto  & Fresh Pasta

Pesto with Fresh Pasta, Cauliflower, Broccoli & Chilli

Indonesia

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lemongrass Marinated Pork with Fried Rice

Lemongrass Marinated Pork with Stir Fried Rice

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Spiced Chicken with Coconut Rice

Spiced Chicken “Nasi Lamek” with Coconut Rice with Broccolini & Peanuts

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Tofu Mei Goreng

Tofu Mei Goreng with Homemade Egg Noodles