WOW! What a great way to start the year, you would not believe how excited I was for this day and it turned out to be even more spectacular than I imagined. I had never been to any of our destinations but they had been on my to do list, so it was just perfect in every way including the weather.
It takes about 2 hours to drive from Hobart to Launceston and thankfully I was able to get a lift with my wonderful Hubby who had a day planned up that way anyway and we gave my friend Natalie a lift too. We met her just after 6am!! The drive went quickly as we hadn’t caught up for ages so chatted (mainly about food) non stop all the way, this helped us to work up an appetite.
We met at the Harvest Market in Launceston at 8.30 for breakfast which we had pre ordered along with coffees. The market was great and especially as we had such perfect weather. It started to get quite busy too.
We headed off to our next destination Bridestowe Lavender Estate. It was so wonderful, I have never seen so much lavender all together. Our day only got better, with the most wonderful Tasmanian spread for us in the lavender fields, including King Island Dairy cheeses, lavender cake and Jansz sparkling wine. Music from an old vintage French record player added to the atmosphere. It was like being in a wonderful lavender dream. After we finished our feast we walked through the fields for our VIP helicopter ride over the farm. It was so spectacular.
Our next stop was Clover Hill Wines. We were given some beautiful sparkling wine and a gorgeous platter to share (because of course we needed more food!!) It was such a relaxing time sitting outside looking at the beautiful view of the vineyard while sipping on the wine and tasting all the delicious food on the platter. Such a wonderful place to visit.
The last stop was Architects of Air installation as part of the MONA FOMA summer festival. It’s hard to explain but it was 20 mins of fun exploring inside this magical, surprising place – a maze of colours, patterns and sounds. A feast for the senses and for us photographers!! I feel truly grate for this wonderful day seeing things I have never seen and I will definitely be visiting these places again very soon.
This year seems to have been my busiest December ever!! It’s still going too, I have customer’s Thermomix to wrap & deliver. I have not even started my own Christmas shopping or food prep – so my very sensible motto this year is KEEP IT SIMPLE & DON”T STRESS!! Ok so I might just make it my mantra?!!! Here is my things I’m excited about at this stage & I will add to the list. After all the most important thing at Christmas is spending time with loved ones, truly enjoying the feasting, fun & the subsequent food coma, don’t you agree??
Whipped cream can bring anything to the next level & it only takes just under 20 secs to whip up in the Thermomix – I like to keep it just cream with nothing else, use a good quality cream – my favourite local cream is Ashgrove & to serve it with home grown raspberries is the ultimate treat anytime of the day!!
60 Second Fruit Cake recipe from the Devil of a Cookbook makes a quick & easy gift for friends or you can make smaller ones too 🙂
Vanilla & Chocolate Star Biscuits – recipe from Donna Hay Christmas magazine. Meet a friend for an Xmas baking session & both cook a few dishes madly for a few hours then divide & share the results YUM!!
Never under estimate the deliciousness of in season fruits – like one of my summer favourites cherries – they also make an awesome gift (these were given to me – well there was the other half that I have already eaten too)
Eggnog recipe from Sophia’s Tis the Season Cookbook has a lot of kick to it, once you have had a drink of this you will definitely be free of stress 🙂
Eloise Emmett 30 Day Challenge – Another delicious challenge – how could I refuse this awesome opportunity!! My good friend Eloise Emmett has put out the challenge for people to see how easy & delicious her recipes are. Anyone who completes the challenge for 30 days will get to attend her workshop in Dec for free!! YAY!! Count me in!! You can cook recipes form any of her 3 award winning cook books – The Real Food for Kids Cookbook, Seafood Everyday cook book or the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook or any recipes from her website too!! I’m excited to get cooking & eating who wants to join in the fun too? It starts Oct 15th 2018!!!
Tongola Pea Pasta (recipe used broad beans I had to use asparagus)
Apple Pie – (recipe was with blackberries but I had to use blueberries)
Creamy Potato Salad (my recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry cook book)
Moroccan Inspired Goats Kebabs (I used lamb instead) recipe also includes Ras al Hanout & served with Tzatziki (I made Ellie’s recipe for that too)