Northern Tasmania Instameet January 2020

Northern Tasmania Instameet January 2020

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.

Seven Springs Farm – beautiful organic produce
This was one of our delicious breakfast options
I had ordered the Reuben Sandwich from Meat Bread Cheese

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.

Stress Less Xmas 2018

Stress Less Xmas 2018

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 🙂

 

Speculaas

 

Macaroons

 

Saffron Shortbread

 

Layered Dip recipe by Fiona Hoskin

To Her Core Styling & Instagram Challenge

To Her Core Styling & Instagram Challenge

I love a good challenge and a styling one is always great fun unfortunately it was a busy time for me so I am running very late to get all the photos posted.

Our first challenge was “a beautiful mess” – I was making a leafy thai style salad so decided to play around with the herbs & the dressing for this challenge.

 

Fiona Hoskin – Happy and Healthy for Life recipe for Vegan Lasagne – This challenge was ‘invisible lines’

 

iPhone pic of our strawberry coconut panna cottas with strawberry leaf jelly plated by my awesome friend Fiona Hoskin – challenge is “repetition, repetition”

 

Creamed Spinach Dip – Challenge was “layers”

 

Chicken & Vegetable Soup – Challenge was rule of thirds.

 

Mexican Green Juice – Finding Balance

Eloise Emmett 30 Day Challenge

Eloise Emmett 30 Day Challenge

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!!!

Fresh Pasta

 

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)

 

 

Scallops Wrapped in Bacon with Spicy Tomato Sauce

 

Banana Bread

 

Garlic Buttered Scallops on Fillet Steak with Hollandaise

 

Fermented Seeded Mustard

 

Dill & Feta Omelette (steamed in the varoma)

 

Smoked Salmon Pizza with Capers Red Onion & Sour Cream (I used Weston Farm’s peony capers)

 

Tuna Carpaccio

 

Fermented Honey Garlic

 

Peppered Tuna Steak

 

Pickled Octopus with Greek Salad

 

Slow Braised Lamb Shanks in Bruny Island Pinot Noir

 

Italian Pantry Meatballs

 

 

Slow Cooked Duck ( I did mine in the oven instead of the slow cooker)

 

Salmon Rashers with French Toast & Maple Syrup

 

Normandy Pork in Spreyton Fresh Cider with Apples, Celery & Walnuts

 

My Rhubarb Clafoutis recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook

 

Kiss Biscuits

 

Red Miso Huon Salmon (using ingredients I had already)

 

One Pot Salmon (single serve)

 

Pink Eye Potato & Salmon Salad

 

Honey & Garlic Braised Bangor Farm Lamb Shanks

 

Lemon Tart

 

Caper Tart with Smoked Salmon & Red Onion Jam

 

Grilled Wallaby with a Roasted Beetroot, Roast Garlic & Goat’s Cheese Tart

 

Rhubarb & Custard Tart

 

Roast Tomato & Roast Garlic Soup

 

 

Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

 

Panko Crumbed Abalone

 

Seared Doo Town Wallaby With Beetroot Puree, Goats Cheese, & Spiced Balsamic Reduction

 

Beef, Mushroom & Red Wine (Pie) I served the filling with sweet potato mash YUM!!

 

Summer Berry Pudding

 

Salt & Szechuan peppered Squid with Lemon Aioli

 

Lavender, Salmon Gravlax

 

Venison Carpaccio

 

Crispy Pepper Berry Tassal Salmon with Ashbolt Sparkling Elderflower

 

Buttermilk Blinis with Lavender Salmon Gravlax

 

Thai Venison Salad

 

Barbecued Octopus with Pea, Cabbage & Feta Salad

 

Black Forrest Trifle – My own recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook