B&P VIP!!!

 

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 **)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Gin & Tonic Pavlova

I attended Darren’s online pavlova class & decided to make his Gin & Tonic Pavlova recipe to celebrate my win!!

Howdy, Arwen

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - B&P VIP June Hamper

B&P VIP June Hamper

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cookies Box

Cookies Box

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - B&P VIP Afternoon Tea

B&P VIP Afternoon Tea

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - July Hamper

My B&P VIP July Hamper

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - My last BP VIP Hamper

My last BP VIP Hamper

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - B&P Dessert Bar

B&P Dessert Bar for our family dinner birthday celebrations.

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chefs Eat Breakfast Too Brunch

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.

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mini Berry Smoothie Bowls

Mini Berry Smoothie Bowls served at the brunch

COOK WITH DARREN

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Basque Cheesecake with Lemon Curd

Basque Cheesecake with Lemon Curd

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe following Darren’s Instagram live cook a long

 

CHEFS EAT BREAKFAST TOO

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - 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!

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Red Velvet Muffins

Red Velvet Muffins with Fresh As Strawberry Icing Mix & Freeze Dried Strawberries (I was gifted those products in my July VIP hamper)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Honey Baked Granola

Honey Baked Granola

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon & Blueberries

Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon & Blueberries

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mexican-Style Baked Eggs with Pico de Gallo & Guacamole

Mexican-Style Baked Eggs with Pico de Gallo & Guacamole

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Grilled Croissant

Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Grilled Croissant

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Double Eggy Bread with Shaved Ham & Mustard

Double Eggy Bread with Shaved Ham & Mustard

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Hot Cross Buns (#B&P*VIP)

Hot Cross Buns (#B&P*VIP)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Sausage & Egg Muffin

Sausage & Egg Muffin (including homemade English muffin)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Green Smoothie Bowl

Green Smoothie Bowl

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl

Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Toasted Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Egg & Avocado

Toasted Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Egg & Avocado

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lightly Fried Egg with Mushrooms, White Anchovies & Crispy Kale

Lightly Fried Egg with Mushrooms, White Anchovies & Crispy Kale

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Deep-fried Eggs with Green Sambal

Deep-fried Eggs with Green Sambal

 

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

Breakfast Tacos

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters

Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Thai-style Omelette

Thai-style Omelette

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Almond Bircher Muesli

Almond Bircher Muesli

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Avocado & Vegemite Toast

Avocado & Vegemite Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coconut, Quinoa & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut, Quinoa & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate & Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts

Chocolate & Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Papaya Smoothie Bowl with Chia

Papaya Smoothie Bowl with Chia

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Crumpets

Crumpets

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Spiced Lamb Pizza with Fried Egg Hummus & Lemon

Spiced Lamb Pizza with Fried Egg Hummus & Lemon

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Berry Smoothie Bowl

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Soft Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Toast

Soft Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Congee with Crispy Doughnuts

Chicken Congee with Crispy Doughnuts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Perfect Classic Omelette

Perfect Classic Omelette (mine isn’t so perfect)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Porridge with Passionfruit & Banana

Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Porridge with Passionfruit & Banana

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Afghani Eggs

Afghani Eggs

 

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

Breakfast Quiche

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Thai Style Tartare with Fried Egg

Thai Style Tartare with Fried Egg (I used Venison instead of Beef)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mushroom Quesadilla

Mushroom Quesadilla using Darrens homemade Corn Tortilla recipe

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars

Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Almond, Pear & Chocolate Croissant

Almond, Pear & Chocolate Croissant

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Quinoa Porridge with Peanut Butter Banana & Coconut

Quinoa Porridge with Peanut Butter Banana & Coconut

 

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

Breakfast Pizza

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mushroom, Ham & Eggs Benedict

Mushroom, Ham & Eggs Benedict

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Filo-wrapped Fried Egg

Filo-wrapped Fried Egg

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Green Eggs & Ham with Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella

Green Eggs & Ham with Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella (served with my homemade olive bread)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Quinoa, Mushroom & Soy Bowl with Crispy Fried Egg

Quinoa, Mushroom & Soy Bowl with Crispy Fried Egg

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Thick Pork Katsu Sando

Thick Pork Katsu Sando

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Scuba's Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Scuba’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate Canelés

Chocolate Canelés

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Emma's Tea Spot Sausage Buttie

Emma’s Tea Spot Sausage Buttie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate Streusel Brioche

Chocolate Streusel Brioche

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate, Yoghurt & Lemon Cornflake Tarts

Chocolate, Yoghurt & Lemon Cornflake Tarts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche

Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche

 

CHEFS EAT TOASTIES TOO

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Toasted Baguette with Scrambled Egg & Harissa

Toasted Baguette with Scrambled Egg & Harissa

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Olive Oil Toast with White Chocolate, Caviar & Champagne

Olive Oil Toast with White Chocolate, Caviar & Champagne

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Jaffle with Fresh Truffle

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Jaffle with Fresh Truffle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Curried Crayfish Roll with Mango Chutney & Potato Chips

Curried Crayfish Roll with Mango Chutney & Potato Chips

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Explosive Raspberry Toastie

Explosive Raspberry Toastie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Toasted Reuben: Cheese, Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing, Dill Pickles & Potato Chips

Toasted Reuben: Cheese, Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing, Dill Pickles & Potato Chips

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Barbecued Soy Caramel Pork Belly Toasted Banh Mi

Barbecued Soy Caramel Pork Belly Toasted Banh Mi

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Strawberry, Prosciutto, Manchego & Honey

Strawberry, Prosciutto, Manchego & Honey

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Prawn & Sesame Toast with Spring Onion Puree'

Prawn & Sesame Toast with Spring Onion Puree’

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cath's Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Toasted Pita

Cath’s Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Toasted Pita

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Christmas Day Leftover Club Toastie: Turkey Brie, Cranberry, Bacon & Stuffing

Christmas Day Leftover Club Toastie: Turkey Brie, Cranberry, Bacon & Stuffing

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roast Chicken with Lemon, Thyme & Oregano Whipped Nut Butter

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Thyme & Oregano Whipped Nut Butter

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Peanut Butter, Cheesy Omelette & BLT Toasted Bagel

Peanut Butter, Cheesy Omelette & BLT Toasted Bagel

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Two-cheese Welsh Rarebit with Smoked Ham & Piccalilli

Two-cheese Welsh Rarebit with Smoked Ham & Piccalilli

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Boxing Day Toastie: Ham, Mustard, Grilled Pineapple & Cheddar

Boxing Day Toastie: Ham, Mustard, Grilled Pineapple & Cheddar

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Fried Egg & Anchovy Toasted Sandwich

Fried Egg & Anchovy Toasted Sandwich

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate & Hazelnut Toastie with Orange Blossom

Chocolate & Hazelnut Toastie with Orange Blossom

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Egg & Anchovy Toast with Herb Salad

Egg & Anchovy Toast with Herb Salad

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Taleggio, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Olive & Basil Flatbreads

Taleggio, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Olive & Basil Flatbreads

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Grilled Sardines on Toast with Romesco Sauce & Parmesan

Grilled Sardines on Toast with Romesco Sauce & Parmesan

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Marinated Korean Pork Belly with Kimchi & Fried Egg

Marinated Korean Pork Belly with Kimchi & Fried Egg

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Peanut Butter, Raspberry & Milk Chocolate Toastie

Peanut Butter, Raspberry & Milk Chocolate Toastie

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Baked Bean Jaffle

Baked Bean Jaffle with homemade baked beans

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Ploughmans: Ham, Cheddar & Chutney

Ploughmans: Ham, Cheddar & Chutney

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cheesy Polenta, Wild Mushrooms & Thyme Jaffle

Cheesy Polenta, Wild Mushrooms & Thyme Jaffle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Jamon, Manchego, Tomato & Olive Oil

Jamon, Manchego, Tomato & Olive Oil

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cheese on Toast with Chorizo, Tomato, Chilli & Coriander

Cheese on Toast with Chorizo, Tomato, Chilli & Coriander

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cubano: Barbequed Marinated Pork Shoulder, Cheese & Dill Pickle

Cubano: Barbequed Marinated Pork Shoulder, Cheese & Dill Pickle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roast Balsamic Strawberry, Ricotta, Mascarpone & Chocolate

Roast Balsamic Strawberry, Ricotta, Mascarpone & Chocolate

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Bacon, Tomato, Comte', Cheddar, Spring Onions & Pickled Mustard

Bacon, Tomato, Comte’, Cheddar, Spring Onions & Pickled Mustard

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Avocado, Vegemite & Lime Toast with Tamari Seeds

Avocado, Vegemite & Lime Toast with Tamari Seeds

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mac & Cheese Jaffle

Mac & Cheese Jaffle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate Caramel Spread with Hazelnuts

Chocolate Caramel Spread with Hazelnuts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Croque Monsieur with Tarragon served with Mango Chutney

Croque Monsieur with Tarragon served with Mango Chutney

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - White Chocolate & Strawberry Toast

White Chocolate & Strawberry Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cherry Blossom & Miso French Toast

Cherry Blossom & Miso French Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Spicy Fried Chicken Roll with Coleslaw & Pickles

Spicy Fried Chicken Roll with Coleslaw & Pickles

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lamington Pain Perdu

Lamington Pain Perdu

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Gorgonzola, Pumpkin, Maple-Cured Bacon with Caramelised Onion with Maple Syrup

Gorgonzola, Pumpkin, Maple-Cured Bacon with Caramelised Onion with Maple Syrup

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil & Salt Flakes

Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil & Salt Flakes

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Bulgarian Feta, Caramelised Onion, Lemon & Mint in Chive Egg Batter

Bulgarian Feta, Caramelised Onion, Lemon & Mint in Chive Egg Batter (Using my homemade brioche)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - White Chocolate, Raspberry, Almond, Rose & Vanilla

White Chocolate, Raspberry, Almond, Rose & Vanilla (on my toasted homemade brioche)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coffee-infused French Toast with Banana, Nut Crumble & Yoghurt

Coffee-infused French Toast with Banana, Nut Crumble & Yoghurt

 

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roast Beef & Tunisian Carrot Salad

Roast Beef & Tunisian Carrot Salad

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Comforting Old-school Cheese Toastie

Comforting Old-school Cheese Toastie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Steak, Chimichurri, Cheese & Egg Toasted Baguette

Steak, Chimichurri, Cheese & Egg Toasted Baguette

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Liver Parfait

Chicken Liver Parfait

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate, Roquefort & Vanilla Cherries

Dark Chocolate, Roquefort & Vanilla Cherries

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Apple & Blackberry Jaffle with Custard

Apple & Blackberry Jaffle with Custard

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Caramelised Peach with Amaretto Brioche Toast & Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramelised Peach with Amaretto Brioche Toast & Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate & Orange Marshmallow Waffle

Dark Chocolate & Orange Marshmallow Waffle

Chefs Host Christmas Too

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Grilled Prawn Cocktail

Grilled Prawn Cocktail

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Trish's Shortbread

Trish’s Shortbread

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Tomato, Chilli & Prawn Spaghetti

Tomato, Chilli & Prawn Spaghetti

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cheeseboard Pasta Bake

Cheeseboard Pasta Bake

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Oat Biscuits

Oat Biscuits

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Christmas Trifle

*Christmas Trifle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Pumpkin Pie

*Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Lamington & Lemon Tarts Cookbook

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lemon Tarts

Lemon Tarts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lamingtons

Lamingtons

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Ice Cream Sundae Take 2

Ice Cream Sundae Take 2

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Honey Madeleines

Honey Madeleines

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Date, Orange & Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

Date, Orange & Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate & Nut Brownie

Dark Chocolate & Nut Brownie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Banana, Chocolate & Mango Bread with Chocolate Ice Cream

Banana, Chocolate & Mango Bread with Chocolate Ice Cream

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Quick, Thick & Wicked Hot Chocolate

Quick, Thick & Wicked Hot Chocolate served with B&P Treats

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Rhubarb, Raspberry & Apple Crumble with Ginger Ice Cream

Rhubarb, Raspberry & Apple Crumble with Ginger Ice Cream

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Ice Cream Sundae

Ice Cream Sundae -11 elements – Salted Caramel Sauce, Lamington Chunks, Raspberry Jam, Vanilla Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate & Nut Brownie Chunks, Violet Ice Cream, Honeycomb Chunks, Chocolate Ice Cream, Raspberry Marshmallow Bulbs, Puffed Quinoa Orange & Malt Crumble & Hot Chocolate Sauce.

In the Mix Cookbooks Recipes

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Tagine, Harissa & Couscous

Chicken Tagine, Harissa & Couscous

Happy Easter!!

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!

Chai Hot Cross Buns with Spiced Cream Cheese Crosses

Choc Hazelnut Hot Cross Buns

Easter Bunny’s Carrot & Apple Hot Cross Buns with Cream Cheese Crosses

Heston Inspired Lemon Myrtle Easter Buns with Whipped Citrus Butter

Erica & Arwen’s Apricot & Hazelnut Hot Cross Buns

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Now onto the chocolate, well I got some awesome chocolate from the Nutpatch – see the photos from my photo shoot there a couple of weeks ago.

I do love making Quirky Cooking’s raw chocolate recipe too & I sweeten it with honey. I normally make it with my nephews but they are away for Easter this year!

Try making your own Choc hazelnut spread from the basic cookbook – it makes a wonderful Easter gift.

Or don’t forget the Chocolate Chilli Cherry Ripe recipe from Dani Valent that’s from In the Mix 2!! Watch the video here.

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When I was in Sydney I got my very own special Lindt Easter Bunny!!

Lindt Bunny

Where ever you are this Easter, you are bound to have an awesome Easter!!  I hope you enjoy some rest, relaxation & delicious food cooked from scratch. Happy Thermomixing!!

 

TM

Nutpatch

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!! 🙂

Chocolate Chocolate 2 Chocolate 3 Chocolate 4 Chocolate 5 Chocolate 6  Nutpatch 1 Nutpatch 2 Nutpatch 3 Nutpatch 4 Nutpatch 5 Nutpatch 6 Nutpatch 8 Nutpatch 7 Nutpatch 9 Nutpatch 10 Nutpatch 11 Nutpatch 12 Nutpatch 13 Nutpatch AnsdNutpatch_1And 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 aaster egg - so amazingly awesome!!

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!!

Nougat

Little Missy Patisserie

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!!)

Kev's coffee

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!!

Yellow tomatoes

Tart

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!)Tart 2

Tart outside

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!!

Tourch

Tourch 1

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.

Sweet Treats

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!

Lemon tart 3 - THE BEST

Styled by Ellie – cracked tart (I don’t mean you Ellie!!) See the instagram video here.Brulee cracked

Go Ellie, go!!

ZOOM Brulee

Rhubarb & custard pastry – The rhubarb came from my garden!

Rhubarb custard pastry

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?

Blackberry & hazelnut dome Blackberry cake Cake blackberry

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!! Chocolate

Chocolate 2

Thanks so much for an amazing morning with delicious, gorgeous food & coffee Oonagh & the gang!! You are all superstars!!

old mixer bowls