Doo Town Eaglehawk Neck

How do you like the new lounge room in our house reno, it’ll DOO-for-us? Pretty amazing view. No, we did not come up with the name of our house, we didn’t even realise our house was in Doo town until we got our land tax bill, DOOFORUS is actually on the address, cracked us up! Such a  peaceful place to live and a hotspot for tourists visiting  the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania, with its close location to the Port Arthur Historic Site. I can actually remember visiting Doo Town when I was a kid and giggling about at all the house names.


According to wikipedia Doo Town started in in 1935 when one shack owner put Doo/99 on his house name plate and then neighbours put name plates on their own shacks, Doo Me and Doo us, then the trend caught on and most houses now have a plate with the house name that starts with Doo. img_0012-1gunnadooeloiseemmett-com-we-dooeloiseemmett-com-rumdoeloiseemmett-com-drdoolittleeloiseemmett-com-doo-town-9eloiseemmett-com-doo-town-8eloiseemmett-com-doo-town-7eloiseemmett-com-doo-town-6eloiseemmett-com-doo-town-4eloiseemmett-com-do-for-noweloiseemmett-com-2dootown-12doo-town-2doo-town-1My husband and I had very different opinions on what Doo-Towns most eligible bachelor’s house name plate implied? I was thinking not working to hard?! doo-drop-in-eloiseemmett-comeloiseemmett-com-thistle-doo


At the Blow Hole carpark at the end of Doo Town you will find what has been called some of Australia’s best fish and chips. Phil and Bev have been running the Doo-lishus food van as long as I have been living on the peninsula so over 11 years, it started with Ice cream and drinks but with Phil’s experience as a fisherman, I’m guessing it naturally moved into fish and chips too. It is always local well cooked fish and my kids love it, it would have to be some of the best views in Tasmania for lunch too!doolisious-doo-towndoo-lishus-3-doo-towndoo-lishus-2-doo-towneloiseemmett-com-blow-hole-2eloiseemmett-comeloiseemmett-com-vipThe VIP lounge


perfect rainbow over Doo-town Pirates bay

Seafood Everyday Cookbook launch

Seafood Everyday book launch 26th November 5.30 to 7pm
The Founders Room- Salamanca Arts centre (entry of woobys lane)
everyone welcome to come along and have a glass of bubbles to celebrate the launch of the book- Please let me know if you are coming so I make sure I have enough wine!
if you want to pre order a book to collect at the launch you can do so here

Seafood everyday launch dinner from 7.30pm
The Founders Room- Salamanca Arts centre (entry of woobys lane)
buy your ticket here

Seated at  long tables we will serve shared platters of recipes from the book including some of my most popular recipes (as long as available fresh!)

fresh baked bread and local olive oil
Ellie’s famous creamy seafood chowder

oysters natural, topped with tomato tabasco and vodka and topped with smoked salmon and creme fraiche.
pickled octopus with a greek style salad
caper tart with red onion jam and salmon
smoked salmon and pinkeye potato salad
mussels with home made fettuchini proscuittio and capers
Macadamia crusted fresh fish
seafood lasagna
and others depending on what is best and freshest at the time!

followed by a selection of deserts and cheeses platters

Bangor Vineyard will be providing a bar service offering their delicious award winning wines, craft beer, cider and ginger beer to purchase during the dinner.

I will be at the Founders room from the Friday the 25th to the 27th 10 am to 3pm with a display of framed prints and stretched and framed canvases that will look gorgeous in your home, I will post some more information on the images closer to the day. I will also have books- Seafood Everyday & The Real Food for kids cookbooks, a calendar for 2017, and gift cards for available- so if you can’t make the launch come in and say Hi on another day. If you want to pre order a book to collect from me at The founders you you can order it here


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Layered Lavender Cheesecake- Recipe by chefs Tyron & Jack from The Port Arthur Lavender Farm

Have you ever wondered how the delicious lavender desserts are made at The Port Arthur Lavender farm? Well I am lucky enough to be able to share one thanks to the friendly chefs Tyron and Jack!


The Port Arthur Lavender Farm is situated on the Arthur highway only a few minutes before the Port Arthur Historic site. They serve delicious Tasmanian produce inspired lavender creations in the café as well as great coffee and they have the loveliest gift shop, lots of the gifts have been hand crafted in Tasmania.  As a local resident living on the Tasman Peninsula I have stopped in many times to buy gifts. They distil the lavender on site so it is a unique experience for tourists as well as a popular spot for local residents. I regularly meet friends at the lavender Farm with our kids, for a glass of wine in the bean bags out the front during summer, or coffee and dessert in winter, they also have a cute cubby house and other activities for children.  I was a guest at a lovely wedding at the Lavender Farm last summer and the function was managed beautifully from the stunning presentation of the room on arrival to the delicious meals of Tasmanian produce and Tasmanian wines served. With the close location to the Port Arthur Historic Site the Bride and groom had the wedding ceremony at the open church at The Port Arthur Historic site with Tasmanian wines and beverages and then onto The Port Arthur Lavender farm for the reception. Handy for a Tasmanian wedding when there is an endless supply of gorgeous locations on The Tasman Peninsula for photos!


Thanks Again Chefs Tyron Spaulding and Jack Thompson for the recipe – and for coming out of the kitchen so I could take a photo, I know how much us chefs prefer to hide out the back behind the stove!


Layered Lavender Cheesecake – Recipe by Chefs Tyron Spaulding and Jack Thompson from The Port Arthur Lavender Farm



2 ½ cups biscuit crumb
750 grams melted butter
1 litre cream
¼ cup icing sugar
1 kg cream cheese
15 grams gelatine
1 cup boiling water
8 drops culinary lavender oil
170grams white chocolate, chopped
130 grams dark chocolate
½ cup cream
purple food colouring


line a 24cm spring tin with baking paper.

combine biscuit crumb with the melted butter and press into the tin.

Whip the 1 litre of cream with the icing sugar and then divide evenly between 3 bowls.

For the first layer melt the dark chocolate and ½ cup of cream together in a metal bowl over simmering water to make a ganache then mix this in with one of your bowls of whipped cream and icing sugar and set aside.

For the second layer combine the chopped white chocolate with another bowl of whipped cream and icing sugar and set aside.

For the top layer add purple food colouring to the last bowl of cream and set aside.

Dissolve the gelatine in the boiling water

Blend together cream cheese, gelatine and lavender oil until smooth

Place one third of the cream cheese mix into each of your 3 bowls of cream and flavourings and mix each well.

Spread the chocolate mixture over the base of the tin, then the white chocolate mixture then the purple mixture and refrigerate until set.


Chefs and lovers of Tasmanian produce who would like to submit a recipe for this website please contact me or share with a friend who you would be, Thanks!

salmon rasher cob loaf


This is my mums party favourite but i have introduced delicious salmon rashers instead of bacon, I have found fish eating vegetarians love salmon rashers, sooooo yum! You could use hot smoked salmon or smoked salmon and try different cheeses.

Sometimes I make this with less of the bread scooped out and 1/4 or less of the cheese mix to serve a smaller group of people with a bowl of soup as a meal.

Salmon Cob loaf

1 cob loaf

½ bunch parsley
3 large spring onions
200 grams salmon rashers (or smoked salmon or bacon)
100 grams mozzarella cheese
100 grams cream cheese
50 grams parmesan cheese
50 grams sour cream
salt and pepper


slice the top of the cob loaf and scoop out the bread, leaving around about a strong and solid 1.5 cm walls, put the bread to the side we will heat this up later to dip bake into the cheesy goodness.


Finely slice the spring onion and chop the parsley, grate the cheeses and mix with the sour cream and cream cheese and the salmon rashers that are sliced into a 4 ml slice. season with salt and pepper.

Fill the cob with the cheese mix and wrap in foil and bake in a 160 C oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese mix is hot and melted in the middle, wrap the extra bread from the middle in foil and heat for about 5 minutes and serve with the cob, Serve immediately.



Salmon and vegetable pasta

My family entire family loves this quick pasta and it has loads of vegies, if you use a packet of pasta it is a super quick meal to prepare too!

400 grams smoked salmon (the off cuts or even canned salmon would be suitable too)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large cloves garlic
1 red onion
1 zucchini
2 yellow squash
300 grams snow peas
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
100 grams spinach
½ bunch dill
½ bunch parsley
1 tablespoon sundried tomatoes
400 grams smoked salmon (the off cuts or even canned salmon would be suitable too)
80 grams parmesan cheese

Pasta (or buy a packet)

2 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon oil
2 eggs

Use a food processor to make the pasta dough. Place the flour in the food processor. Turn on the processor and with the motor running, add the oil and the eggs. Continue blending until the mixture comes together to form a firm dough. If the mixture seems too wet or sticky to handle, knead in a little more flour by hand on a floured bench.

To roll the pasta, divide the dough into 4 portions. Using a pasta machine set at number 1 (or at the widest setting) feed each portion of the dough through the machine. Repeat this process with each portion of pasta on each setting, until you reach setting number 6, (or the highest setting on your machine). The pasta should be silky smooth and slightly elastic. Cut the pasta into fettuccini strips using the appropriate cutter on the pasta machine. Dust the bench with flour and carefully lay the lengths of dough aside until needed.

To cook the fettuccini, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the fettuccini for 4 minutes. Alternatively, the pasta can be cooked in advance, even the day before it is required. To do so, simply cook the fettuccini as above, cool and roll in a little olive oil and refrigerate until required. Reheat the fettuccini in the sauce when you are ready to serve the dish.

To make the pasta sauce: crush the garlic and slice the onion and saute in the olive oil over a medium heat in a heavy based pan. When the onion is cooked add the sliced zucchini and squash and continue cooking stirring occasionally until soft, over a low heat add the snow peas that have had the ends removed and cut in half, the halved cherry tomatoes, and roughly chopped spinach dill and parsley until only just wilted remove form the heat and toss through the salmon (unless you like it cooked through – put it in the pan earlier) and top with the grated or shaved cheese.



Super easy chocolate, fruit and nut slice

this is the EASIEST snack possible to make, and pretty healthy too, it satisfies my occasional sweet craving. You can use a mix of shredded coconut, dates, other dried fruits, nuts – almonds, cashews, cocao powder (or cocoa powder) you can roll them up into balls or press them into a tray for a slice. Others have suggested using pumpkin or other seeds to replace the nuts, so they are nut free for the school lunchbox.

1 cup dates
1 cup coconut
1 cup cashews
3/4 cup cocao powder
1 cup almonds

put all ingredients into the thermomix or blender with 1 tablespoon of water, blend for about 3o seconds and roll into balls or press in a tin to set in the fridge before slicing.IMG_2982

cacao slice

Orange and date cake with candied orange


This cake is a variation I have made to the Thermomix 30 second whole orange cake recipe, to make the cake in the thermomix put all the ingredients in the bowl and blend, so easy! I’ve dressed it up a bit by adding the candied oranges.

1 orange
200 grams butter
200 grams sugar
100 grams dates
3 eggs
300 grams self raising flour

1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon butter
warm water

Candied orange
1 orange
1 cup sugar
½ cup water


Puree the whole chopped up orange in a food processor. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy beat in eggs and flour and beat in orange and finely chopped dates. Pour the mix into a 20cm greased and lined cake tin and bake in a 180 C oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Turn cake out on to a cake rack to cool.

To make the candied orange finely slice the oranges. Over a low heat in a large pan dissolve the water and sugar and bring to a gentle simmer add the orange slices and simmer for about 15 minutes turning occasionally until cooked through. Cool on a cake rack.

To make the icing beat the butter into the sugar and add just enough water to make a smooth runny icing, pour over cooled cake and top with the orange slices.
orange and date cake