Tuesday, March 15, 2011

study food!

On top of a pretty busy schedule, I've also decided to follow a dream and study Master of Teaching at the local University. I'm half online and half on campus, and a zealous, *ahem*, mature age student. I'm loving every minute of it!

But I need food! I need study food, lunch box food for little people and emergency dinner rations when I haven't quite got it together to organise dinner yet!

I had a little play with my favourite hummus recipe and came up with this:

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (use the can - it's easier, but the dried and cooked are MUCH more tasty)
2 squished garlic cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup good oil
1 tbsp tahini (I like the un-hulled one)
1/4 cup roasted almonds
splash of water
1/2 tomato (in lieu of lemon juice)

As always, wizz it all together in a food processor and devour on favourite bread, cracker or crudity. My favourite is Summer Kitchen putanesca. Delish!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

all you need is love . . . doo doo doo doo dooo!

This time last week I was catering for a gorgeous couple stepping into the world of wedded bliss! I delivered a wholesome cold buffet style lunch for 100 guests, in the spectacular St. George's Church Hall in Battery Point, TAS. I have never seen the hall look so beautiful, decorated with vintage jars, precious tea cups, a typewriter to type a message for the guest book, and more. All was pretty and delicate, attention to detail to make your head spin, in all a really special event.

The menu:

3 cold meat platters:

- Free-range pork loin with figs & prunes

- Medium-rare roast fillet of beef with salsa verde

- Free-range roasted chicken with sweet spiced pickled cherries

3 Salad bowls:

- Roasted pumpkin, rocket, toasted almond & fetta

- Potato, soused red onion, free-range egg mustard mayo & nigella seeds

- BBQ corn kernel, black bean, basil & fresh tomato

I was a little in love with the decorating, I think the bride should pursue a sideline career in event management alongside role as science/maths teacher! I got a bit 'snappy happy' so this post is more photo essay.

It was lovely to share in such a special occasion. With love to Jess & Aaron. Congratulations! x

Thursday, March 3, 2011

a little something . . .

Brrrr. With an apparent temp. of 4.8° C in the beginning of March, I thought we might need a little something to sweeten ourselves up!

It's a good day for the boys & I to stay indoors; think I'll be making another batch of my not so nicey picey choc chip, salted peanut & organic sultana biscuits. Chewy, crunchy, irresistible!

Meanwhile, I'm preparing for a Wedding function for 100 on Saturday. I'm glad the forecast is fine.