in a minute #3

So.  Welcome to my life in a minute #3 – an idea that I shamelessly stole from Lizzie @ tablecloths and talking).  I’m going to try and do one of these each month, but whether or not I actually manage to do that remains to be seen…

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pretty fishy.

So.  My first little foray back into the catering world in many years is all of a sudden upon me this weekend.  Eeek!  But I did some more menu testing last weekend, and I’ve finally got a menu that I’m feeling pretty comfortable with.  Phew.

With the help of my fabulous sister Jess (as well as Mum, Em, Levi & Benno as willing guinea pigs) on Friday night we tested out an entrée and a main course dish, both of which turned out pretty well – although some of it was a bit trial and error as we were trying to re-create a recipe from one of Jess’s favourite restaurants on the coast (Rojo Rocket). Continue reading

dinner party dilemmas

So.  A few months ago one of my best girlfriends asked me how I would feel about doing some catering for a dinner party she was throwing for the 10th wedding anniversary of some friends of hers.  I didn’t have to think about it twice – of course I would love to do that – I’m always on the lookout for a creative outlet, especially seeing as I spend my waking hours as a government drone.  And a creative outlet that involves food?  Only my very favourite kind of outlet!

Now, I haven’t actually done any catering for a long time, but I gave that fact not a moment of thought.   I reckon it’s always pretty fun to create a menu and I’m pretty confident in the kitchen so I was feeling very much “she’ll be right mate” about the whole situation.   Fast forward to the present day, when the dinner party is in a couple of weeks and I’m starting to panic.  Ever so slightly.  Continue reading

get some pork on your fork.

I have recently become a lover of bacon.  You may think me weird, but until now I’ve always been pretty much able to take or leave it.  My disdain for the bacon is unclear – I think I just found it too salty and fatty and even if it was super crispy and nestled against some lovely little poached eggs on a plate for Sunday brunch, more often than not I’d find someone that would take it off my hands.  I don’t know why.  Anyway, something’s changed because lately I’ve been loving it.  Having a steak for dinner?  It can only be improved by adding some bacon.  Salad for lunch?  Definitely tastes better with bacon.  You get the idea.  Continue reading

inspirational goodness required.

I love love love reading about the things that inspire other people.  Especially foodie people.  This little snippet in the Maitland Mercury caught my eye the other day as I was going through the papers, mainly because it included one of my favourite chefs of all time – the delightful Maggie Beer.  Seriously, what’s not to love about her?  Continue reading

its pretty bad news for a foodie

So.  It’s pretty upsetting to be told by one’s health practitioner that you need to completely cut sugar out of your diet.  Ha! I thought to myself, I don’t even eat that much sugar – easily done.  The realisation that the not eating sugar thing also includes any food that turns into sugar when you’ve eaten it, has natural sugar in it, or is friends with sugar in any way, shape or form was quite devastating.   I guess this would be sad news for anyone, but for a foodie such as myself it felt like the equivalent of the kiss of death.  Continue reading

potato and leek love each other

I’ve been noticing lots of lovely big fat leeks at the farmer markets lately and in my usual fashion I went a bit nuts and bought way too many of them.  Thus, I now find myself in the position of having to transform them into something delicious before they become unusable.  Given that we are currently in deep winter, I thought I’d make some potato + leek soup.  Continue reading

the first rule of jar club….

…is you don’t talk about Jar Club.  Only kidding, that is completely ridiculous and doesn’t even make sense.  And I can totally hear you thinking “this chick is mental, what the hell is she banging on about now, and what is Jar Club?”. Continue reading

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the crumble that would be a tart.

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So.  I’m going to Lozza and Dan’s for luncheon tomorrow and in an effort to not rock up empty-handed and with something slightly more creative than my usual bottle of vino, I decided that I would make some kind of … Continue reading