I am so very lucky & grateful to have won the Burch & Purchese VIP competition. I am a huge fan of Darren & Cath’s recipes & virtual cooking classes, and I have all their signed cookbooks too. My VIP status is for 3 months so I will be posting about all the perks as they happen. I am so excited to be the very first B&P VIP. I also decided it was a great opportunity to do a cookbook challenge & cook as many things as I can from all of Darren Purchese’s cookbooks & cooking classes. YUM!!
Update: I have had my VIP status extended for an extra couple of weeks and that gave me the extra time I need to complete cooking the entire Chefs Eat Breakfast Too & the Chefs Eat Toasties Too cookbooks. WOW What an epic & delicious few months it has been & I have loved it all! (I have also included pictures from recipes I cooked before the my Cookbook Challenge with a * & any recipes I complete after the challenge with **)
I attended Darren’s online pavlova class & decided to make his Gin & Tonic Pavlova recipe to celebrate my win!!
B&P Dessert Bar for our family dinner birthday celebrations.
Chefs Eat Breakfast Too Brunch – I hosted this brunch for 11 of my friends as it was going to be my last day as B&PVIP. However I was extended 1 extra month. As well as the lemon curd basque cheesecake I made the Berry Smoothie Bowl, Mexican Baked Eggs with Pico De Gallo & Guacamole, Scuba’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns, Chocolate Stressel Brioche, Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche & Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters to take home. I also served Chicken Liver Parfait with Lavosh.
Mini Berry Smoothie Bowls served at the brunch
COOK WITH DARREN
Basque Cheesecake with Lemon Curd
Cacio e Pepe following Darren’s Instagram live cook a long
CHEFS EAT BREAKFAST TOO
I have to agree with Darren that Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day & that is why I love this cookbook so much. Lots of delicious recipes suitable for any occasion – plus check out the matching Spotify playlist too, there is one for each of the Chefs Eat Cookbooks!
Red Velvet Muffins with Fresh As Strawberry Icing Mix & Freeze Dried Strawberries (I was gifted those products in my July VIP hamper)
Honey Baked Granola
Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon & Blueberries
Mexican-Style Baked Eggs with Pico de Gallo & Guacamole
Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Grilled Croissant
Double Eggy Bread with Shaved Ham & Mustard
Hot Cross Buns (#B&P*VIP)
Sausage & Egg Muffin (including homemade English muffin)
Green Smoothie Bowl
Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl
Toasted Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Egg & Avocado
Lightly Fried Egg with Mushrooms, White Anchovies & Crispy Kale
Deep-fried Eggs with Green Sambal
Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters
Almond Bircher Muesli
Avocado & Vegemite Toast
Coconut, Quinoa & White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate & Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts
Papaya Smoothie Bowl with Chia
Spiced Lamb Pizza with Fried Egg Hummus & Lemon
Berry Smoothie Bowl
Soft Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Toast
Chicken Congee with Crispy Doughnuts
Perfect Classic Omelette (mine isn’t so perfect)
Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Porridge with Passionfruit & Banana
Thai Style Tartare with Fried Egg (I used Venison instead of Beef)
Mushroom Quesadilla using Darrens homemade Corn Tortilla recipe
Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars
Almond, Pear & Chocolate Croissant
Quinoa Porridge with Peanut Butter Banana & Coconut
Mushroom, Ham & Eggs Benedict
Filo-wrapped Fried Egg
Green Eggs & Ham with Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella (served with my homemade olive bread)
Quinoa, Mushroom & Soy Bowl with Crispy Fried Egg
Thick Pork Katsu Sando
Scuba’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Emma’s Tea Spot Sausage Buttie
Chocolate Streusel Brioche
Chocolate, Yoghurt & Lemon Cornflake Tarts
Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche
CHEFS EAT TOASTIES TOO
Toasted Baguette with Scrambled Egg & Harissa
Olive Oil Toast with White Chocolate, Caviar & Champagne
Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Jaffle with Fresh Truffle
Curried Crayfish Roll with Mango Chutney & Potato Chips
Well first I think chocolate & then I think buns – Easter buns that is 🙂 I used to make the normal fruit buns, and they are so awesome when you make them yourself, but as my son says “that’s too main stream”. So here is my current list of hot cross bun flavours for you to try. I have done away with the boring flavourless crosses too & replace them with much more delicious versions!
I was lucky enough to visit the Nutpatch again & John was kind enough to let me take some photos of his amazing chocolates before they opened the doors to their customers. – warning drooling may occur!! As you can see the chocolate here not only taste amazing but are pieces of art!! No words required if you speak the language of chocolART!! 🙂
AnsdAnd I had to buy some to take home of course, for Easter 🙂 Here is how I styled them up at home!!
I know which eggs I’d rather see in my egg basket
Marbled Easter egg – so amazingly awesome!!
Happy Easter everyone!! Indulge – enjoy!!
Oh and how could I forget the signature item at Nutpatch is the nougat!! So amazing!! – This one is chocolate & almond!!
We have been fond regulars of Little Missy Patisserie since it first opened, with awesome coffee & delicious savoury & sweet treats, what’s not to like? Everyone is so friendly & it has a gorgeously homely feel. We feel like old friends now & felt it would be ok to ask if we could take our “real cameras” in for a photo shoot this morning. Oonagh was so lovely & agreed to our favour, she is such an amazingly talented pastry chef.
So my foodie chef friend & photography study buddy Ellie joined me for the shoot. (read her blog post & she her photos here)
I arrived a bit early so had to have a coffee & suss out the conditions (plus test out my new lens!!)
OK there was a brief quiet moment with not too many customers, a great opportunity to shoot the delicious goats cheese, heirloom tomato & fresh basil tart, just as I’m styling it a guy comes in with these gorgeous mini yellow tomatoes (I have forgotten the variety) perfect timing!!
Ellie arrived & styled up the scene, we just knew we had to take out a slice & have that for breakfast later (after taking it’s photo another million times!)
Should we do more savouries? No we need to do the sweets!!
Let’s get our lemon brûlée tart action shot with the blow torch, I am so excited I can’t hardly breathe!!
So now that is done & I’ve calmed down a bit, we have selected out the food to be shot, styled & eaten over the next hour or so.
We felt very privileged to be able to use the “special fork”. Another great reason this is the perfect place for a photo shoot is their gorgeous collection of vintage plates, cutlery & tea pots. Food styling heaven!
Styled by Ellie – cracked tart (I don’t mean you Ellie!!) See the instagram video here.
Go Ellie, go!!
Rhubarb & custard pastry – The rhubarb came from my garden!
The blackberry & hazelnut dome I’m sure it has a much fancier name that I will find out & update for you 🙂
Which shot of these 3 is your favourite?
And chocolate & coffee what better way to finish up? Note to selves make sure you only order 1 coffee at a time not 2 at a time, because they don’t look as fresh after you have taken 10 million shots!!
Thanks so much for an amazing morning with delicious, gorgeous food & coffee Oonagh & the gang!! You are all superstars!!