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
Ruby Chocolate Chip Cookies *
Anytime Waffles with Bacon and Maple Syrup *
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!
What a gorgeous few hours with wonderful talented people 🙂 This event was run by Bec from thirteenredshoes and Dea from To her core, I didn’t realise I knew Dea till I saw her at the door – what a wonderful surprise!! We all drooled over the space!! Dearna has a gorgeous kitchen wouldn’t you agree? How cool are the lights too! After some learning, watching & chatting we got to work styling & shooting on our DSLR & our smart phones.
So drum roll please…………….. here are my DSLR shots!!
I just love that I did apple pics (to her core!!) I had to take a bite out of one all in the name of styling of course!! It was delicious, crispy, crunchy & juicy – the best!!! I still can’t decide my favourite apple shot!!
Then it was the honeycomb from Wellington Apiary drool!! I am sorry I have no idea who styled this shot & we were discussing this today what do you call someone who goes in & takes a shot of something someone else has styled?? Is there a name for this? Please let me know 🙂
Styling walnuts, again not sure who is the hand model either, but I love your work!!
We were given some pink salt RAW Chocolate to style & then eat. This styling & photography can be quite delicious! I love the character of this cake tin I just turned it upsidedown cos I just “needed” to use it somehow?!
Oh yes now we are talking – melted dark chocolate for the pour shot!! Plus I LOVE the pot too 🙂
Go you crazy snap happy people – capture the chocolately drizzle onto the delicious cookies!! Drool!!
Well I have learnt some more tricks & tips plus I certainly had lots of fun too! Thanks ladies for a fab day xx I have had a few light bulb moments!!
We made this delicious trifle at our recent INSPIRE Christmas cooking class
INSPIRED TRIFLE IDEAS: This is a favourite recipe my friend’s Mum used to make for us. The original recipe used 2 packets of port wine jelly instead of using the cherry “juice” to make the jelly. You may also like to add cherry liqueur to the jelly 🙂 There are so many different combos for a trifle, use any kind of fruit – fresh figs, pomegranate seeds, passionfruit, mango, berries, kiwi fruit, then make a jelly to go, with that fruit even a wine or sparkling wine jelly. Match it with your style cake a plain sponge, or try chocolate, orange or pistachio. Then flavour your custard to match or use a lemon or lime curd for something different. Top with fresh whipped cream & something for a bit of crunch your favourite nuts, biscuits, toasted coconut, chocolate.
Arwen’s Black Forest Trifle- This a picture of a smaller batch
The orginal recipe was one that my friends Mum made for us when were young - then we started having it for our family Christmas!
Black Forest Trifle
1 chocolate cake or chocolate sponge
1 x 600g jar morello cherries, keep the liquid
2 teaspoons gelatine power
100g flaked almonds, lightly toasted or coconut flakes
50g dark chocolate, or to taste
100g Corn Flour
150g dark chocolate, good quality (add more to taste)
150g sugar, or to taste
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
40g unsalted butter
Black Forest Trifle
Heat 100g of the liquid from the cherry jar for 3 mins/100 degrees/speed 1, add the gelatin & mix for 5 secs/speed 5.
Add the rest of the liquid & mix for another secs speed 5.
Using a strainer pour into your chosen glass trifle container or individual glasses (8).
You can either add the cherries now & place into the fridge to set or place the cake in to soak up the cherry jelly & place the cherries on top & into the fridge to set. In a clean TM bowl whip your cream with the butterfly around 20 - 30 secs /speed 3.5-Time will vary depending on how fresh your cream is. Place the cream to one side & without needing to clean the bowl, place all the custard ingredients to the bowl. Cook for 15 mins 90 degrees speed 4 or until thick.
Pour the chocolate custard on top of the cherry jelly & cake. Place into the fridge. Once it has cooled completely spread the top of the custard with cream & sprinkle with almonds & grated dark chocolate & or toasted coconut flakes & fresh cherries. Can be made the day before, although the cream is best done on the day of serving.
I like to use the sponge cake from the Devil of a Cookbook replacing use 40g of cornflour with cocoa powder.