Seafood Everyday Cookbook Launch

On Saturday the 26th of November I launched my book Seafood Everyday. I was so lucky to be able to hire the Founders Room at Salamanca Arts Centre with quite short notice at that time of year. I love planning events like this but is it a lot of work! Every plate, utensil and spoon had to be carted into the room and kitchen to cater for a long table dinner for 80, plus 40 people for the cocktail party launch drinks. The kitchen is located about 100 metres from the room and down a flight of stairs but I have catered for bigger events in more interesting setups so I was not bothered by this at all and knew it could work well .

I also had a display of my photos that had been printed on canvas and stretched and printed on photographic paper and framed. This series of photos started by me just faffing about with a few lighting techniques I had learnt this year and realised they would be lovely decorations for the home wall. I was absolutely thrilled with the feedback, and so exciting that a some sold and are now decorating homes!

Thank you Groove frames and Hobart Imaging for your framing.

The menu, all the recipes are in Seafood Everyday of course:


Fullham oysters natural and topped with smoked salmon
Spring rolls
Garlic butter scallops
Smoked salmon dip

Seafood chowder
Fresh baked bread
Smoked salmon with red onion jam and caper tart
Pickled octopus with a greek salad
Octopus with a pea, cabbage and fetta salad
Mussels with homemade fettuccine, capers and prosciutto
Beer battered ling and hand cut chips
Macadamia crusted Blue eye with wasabi potato mash and beetroot lime chutney
Fish lasagna
Moroccan fish stew


White chocolate cheesecake
lemon tart
Jaffa cake with citrus syrup
Chocolate mud cake

cheese platters

with beautiful wine by Bangor Vineyard

And it was well worth all the effort, a great night with excellent feedback and I am going to brag, some people said it was one of the best meals they had ever eaten!

Thanks Arwen Genge and Kerry Methorst for the photos





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This actually happened!! about 1am it was the last lot of washing up down to the kitchen and I pushed the trolley down the ramp saying “I will run this down to the kitchen and then we can sit down and have a glass of wine” 1 more hour later….


The empty room at the end of the night, it is sad when it is over!


Me the next day feeling very shabby on the way back to the room to clean up, I would have liked to sit there all day!

Thank You for everyone who came along to enjoy the night! Thank you for everyone who helped create the book and the brilliant launch party! it will be hard to beat for the next book!!

*please let me know if you do not want you photo on this site and I will take it down


One thought on “Seafood Everyday Cookbook Launch

  1. Thanks Ellie for the fun night and the fantastic food. I have never eater so much in one sitting. I just had to try all 15 dishes. The children did a great job and obviously enjoyed it too. I can’t believe how you managed cooking, hosting and launching a fabulous book all on the one night.


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