|Chocolate Mud Cake topped with a marzipan rose|
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A shabby chic Happy Birthday to me
I made a disastrous attempt to make some chocolate mud cupcakes for my birthday. Disastrous as in: they exploded in the oven kind of disaster. Given that I’m nearly a fully graduated pastry chef I was shattered that I couldn’t seem to whip up a simple batch of cupcakes. Having realised that I used the wrong recipe I breathed a sigh of relief, laughed at myself and decided to turn the novelty cake we were making in class into my birthday cake.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Rumble Chat is a great blog created by 2 foodies to help other foodies make the most of Social Media. They understand Social Media, and they understand food. I was delighted when they contacted me and asked to interview me for their blog. I have copied the interview below but they have heaps of recipes from some great chefs from around the world on their blog.
Interview with Rumble Chat
Today we hear from Australia again (the first time was interview number 40, Bev Vahland). Julie is a trainee pastry chef who also blogs at Sweetgum Bakery (as you'll find out below, she's rather partial to chocolate!). Thanks for your time Julie, stay in touch, we'd like to know what you get up to once you graduate!
Monday, April 23, 2012
It's a cold and wintry day in the hills today. Given the fact that its ANZAC day tomorrow I spent the afternoon making savoury Aussie scrolls. Cheese and tomato scrolls are an Aussie staple so here is my version.
|Tomato and cheese scroll|
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Paper is the gift given for a first wedding anniversary. In keeping with tradition I bought my husband a writing set but I couldn't resist baking these cookies...they are supposed to be for a wedding but why not relive the happy memories on your anniversary day
|vanilla biscuits pre-bake|
Friday, March 16, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
My Husband and I had spent the latter part of 2011 planning our belated honeymoon to Tasmania. After our magnificent wedding in March we simply did not have the time to go away immediately and we waited until the end of the year for our holiday.
Little did I realise that one day I would be standing within walking distance of a Tasmanian Devil. The encounter above took place at at NatureWorld in Bicheno, Tasmania.
|The old Oak tree at Bridestowe Estate|
Bridestowe Estate is a hidden gem. The fields of Lavender are hidden amongst the hills and the smell drifting across the the fields is incredible. The cafe and the gift shop sell every possible combination of lavender scented products and goodies. I sampled the lavender chocolate cake and helped myself to several of the lavender recipe cards to attempt upon my return to Melbourne.
Port Huon offered waterfront serenity, local fruit stalls and the most flavoursome dark purple cherries on offer in Tasmania with a flavour so deep they almost taste like they have been infused with vanilla. I ate a LOT of cherries in Tasmania.
|Port Huon waterfront vista|
|Wine Glass Bay|
Bicheno is a short drive from Freycinet national park and it offers a glimpse of the scenery to come along the east coast. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the Bay of Fires, instead we headed west and stayed in Stanley.
Stanley proved to be the perfect spot to relax and wind down on the last few days of the trip. We stayed in a magical cabin with its own mini lake outside, complete with its own pedal boat. We traversed The Nut on foot and braved the icy winds atop this old volcano plug.
|Cray Pots in Hobart|
Tasmania is renowned for its fresh produce and abundance of seafood and premium meat. Two weeks allowed plenty of time to sample the delights in each area. Rather than go into a detailed description of everything we ate, here is a list of my favourites:
- The Drunken Admiral restaurant in Hobart, for the Indian spiced blue eye fillet with lime juiced yogurt and the seared scallops served on a hot rock.
- Rosie's Gluten Free Cafe in Kettering. Everything on the menu was an option for me which was delightful. The seafood pie and my husbands burger were both delicious. The dessert cabinet was packed with gf goodies.
- Kermandie Hotel in Huonville. A pub with remarkable views across the river and valleys. Tasty lamb salad and excellent salmon.
- Lark Distillery. Whilst we didn't eat here, it was a cosy spot to sample Tasmanian whisky and pepperberry vodka.