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
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…………..

In the Mix 2 Cookbook

In the Mix 2 Cookbook

Another awesome cookbook put together by Dani Valent. Here are the yummy recipes I have made from this amazing cookbook so far….

Spiced Tuna Tartare with Yuzu Custard – recipe by Daniel Wilson
Duck Breast with Pistachio Freekeh and Fennel Salad (unfortunately I slightly over cooked my duck)
Salted Caramel Macarons
Chicken Curry Bunny Chow
Eloise Emmett December Competition

Eloise Emmett December Competition

Every photo posted of an Eloise Emmett recipe in December gives you a chance to win an indulgence weekend at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets – See the full competition details here.

Wallaby Fillet with Thyme Roasted Beetroot, Feta & Cherry Chutney – recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook

 

Potato Salad, my recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry cookbook

 

Smoked Quail Caesar Salad

 

Quail with a walnut, apple and blue cheese salad and honey mustard dressing

 

Pork belly slow cooked in apple, fennel and white wine

 

Oysters topped with tomato,tabasco and vodka salsa

 

Beer Battered Fish

 

Homemade Fresh Pasta

 

Scallops in a white wine, caper, prosciutto, cream sauce with homemade fettuccini.

 

Chilli Lemon & Garlic Scallops Fettuccini

 

Lemon, Carrot & Polenta Cake with Lemon Syrup

 

Apple Crumble

 

Preserved Lemons