December cooking competition

I have been pretty busy lately building a new website for our new (old!) business launching in March 2019. We are taking the best bits from our days of running The Mussel Boys, our popular indulgence weekends and brilliant events, and we are creating a new business manageable around our beautiful young family. check out the new website here.

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I have ONE weekend indulgence package in 2019 for one lucky person to win value $680, by simply cooking one of my recipes during December. Yes thats right, if you win I’ll be cooking for you all weekend!!

The weekend includes:
*2 nights in a spa chalet
*canapes and sparkling wine on arrival in your chalet
*Simple homestyle meal in your chalet for Friday night
*On the Saturday night, private fine dining- just you and your partner and a maximum of 3 other couples -7 course degustation in the Event House with the best and freshest Tasman peninsula produce with local award winning wines
*lazy Sunday breakfast

We have only just finished the 30 day challenge where 12 people cooked a recipe of mine everyday for 30 days, most of them finished the full 30 days!!  They have all said they still have more recipes to try. I was so impressed with the amount of cooking in the challenge over 250 recipes with lots of brilliant feedback about the recipes too. Click through to check out what Arwen cooked in the challenge, she was a over achiever and cooked 40 something recipes…

How to enter to win this amazing Indulgence Weekend:

*cook one of my recipes and post it on my eloiseemmett.com facebook business page wall (so I can find it at the end on the month)
*tag the Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets Facebook page in your post, tag friend or two who you think will want to enter.
* In your post also tell me what date out if the weekends the Indulgence packages are listed on the http://www.littlenorfolkbayeventsandchalets.com website you would prefer if you win.
*the winner will be randomly drawn from all the entries at the beginning of January.

Good luck! enter as many times as you like, you have plenty of recipes to choose from: 150 recipes here on my website, 80 recipes in Seafood Everyday, 80 in the Tasmania Pantry cookbook, 40 in The Real Food for Kids Cookbook and 4 new seasonal recipes on the Eat Well Tasmania website. If you don’t yet have my books the 3 book special is ON SALE

Good Luck, Thanks Ellie X

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Campo De Flori Foodstyling workshop

On Monday I was lucky enough to head down to the Huon Valley to a beautiful Saffron, lavender and Olive farm Campo Di Flori to teach my food styling and photography workshop, and cook a beautiful lunch.   Lucky for us the weather was gorgeous so we could actually set and enjoy the lunch in the olive grove 💕 Lisa the farms owner, is also a very talented potter and she had made all  the gorgeous tableware and styling props for the event.

Lisa has a wood fired oven so we wanted the feature of the meal to be something baked in that, we chose a beautiful fresh whole Salmon from Tassal and Lisa made fresh butter that she infused with Saffron. When the salmon was baked we split the skin and sat the saffron butter on top so that it could melt through the fish, it really was so freaking good If I ever finishing writing Seafood everyday 2, this recipe is going in there! I think I will definitely bake the salmon like this again, it would make a great Tassie Christmas meal.

Lisa also baked saffron and lavender shortbread to style and photograph and Arwen came along with a Saffron Basque cheesecake and lavender cured Tassal Salmon. Kate another attendee turned up with a big basket of greens from her garden. The rest of the lunch spread was crickets from Rebel food Tasmania sauteed in Ras al halnot, scallops sautéed in  Campo di flori olive oil and a Thai venison salad. We also had some of Lisa’s delicious olive oil a treat from the 11 litres they produced from there young 100 tree olive grove this year with my sourdough and a sourdough fougasse baked in the wood fired oven. We also got to try Fiona from Fresh field groves gold medal winning and reserve champion olive oil  from The 2018 Hobart Fine food awards olive oil also delicious! when I say try, I mean all the food was drowned in one or both olive oils .

you can find the recipes we cooked at the lunch in my books and this website

 

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I have listed a heap of workshops that I will be teaching at home on my website in 2019. This phone photography and food styling is back as well as the popular seafood cooking, game cooking, party and event planning, bread baking and a new one The Tasman peninsula cooking experience. Come alone and meet some new friends or grab a group of friends and come together. Plenty to do on The Tasman peninsula so why not make a weekend out of it? As a few of my workshop attendees did this year and loved it! we are close to The Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Island Cruise, Bangor Vineyard Shed, The port Arthur Lavender Farm, amazing bush walks, plenty to see and do . The workshops have made awesome gifts. Whatever workshop you choose I will have lots of fun creating a feast for you to enjoy from the best seasonal and local food available at the time!

Tongola Cheese 2018 Season cheese Launch Lunch, in the Paddock at Leap farm

I love creating a unique event for a product launch, I also love cooking up a feast of local seasonal produce! So it was a lot of fun to organise a special event with Kate Field at Leap Farm to celebrate the launch of the new season Tongola cheese on the 14thof October.

Kate and Ian Field farm goat, beef and make the cheese on the property, the cheese is produced seasonally and ethically the baby goats spend time with their mums during milking season. The event was a ticketed long Table lunch in the paddock and farm tour. A light drizzle and wind in the morning did not deter us from setting the table in the paddock, although the fully seat table needed to be moved a few times and continued to re-set it due to the winds.

In addition to the produce from Leap Farm we sourced all the produce locally (of course) including beautiful veggies from Fields Farm. The furthest any food had travelled were some North West coast pink eye potatoes, as I could not let go of my dream of smothering freshly dug Pink-eyes in curdy and serving it with local salmon, no other potato would do- I am so Tasmanian. So this was a true paddock to plate in paddock experience.

The lunch was 10 dishes in total, a series of smaller serves of shared tasting platters with  Tongola cheese being the star of each dish.

Amazing sourdough by Mike from fields farm and Burns olive oil.

Leap Farm goat Carpaccio, with radish and Curdy cheese.

Rannoch farm quail (from Nubeena) was served with a apple and curdy salad dressed with Tasman honey and mustard.

Pirates bay octopus(caught by my fisherman husband Brendan), curdy, watercress and red wine vinegar

Scallops (from bass Straight and in season) were cooked in butter lemon and dill and served with capris.

Pink-eyes with Curdy and Tasmanian smoked salmon.

The mains were a spiced pumpkin and watercress salad, pork slow cooked in apple and pinot and Leap farm beef braised in tomato and bay leaf.

The dessert was a pipi cheese, quince paste and local honey served with Bream creek Schonburger.

The pork shoulders were supplied by Cape Bernier a neighbouring Bream Creek vineyard and farm and was slow cooked in Cape Bernier Pinot Noir and local apples, Jen and Andrew from Cape Bernier also attended the lunch to chat about their produce to the guests. The wines for the lunch were from local Bream Creek Vineyard, Fred has been producing wines from his Bream Creek Vineyard for years, this years he has picked up a swag of national and international awards and medals for his amazing wines. We had Sparkling, sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir with the Lunch.

The weather held out (just) for the lunch and we did get a little Blue sky but the feedback was excellent with one of Hobart’s Busiest Foodies Arwen, who goes to everything, said “it was the meal of the year” potentially the Bream Creek wines talking at the end of the event, we will take it anyway.

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Sautéed crickets with toasted pine nuts and goats cheese

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This was the first time I had tried crickets, actually any insect, so I wanted to cook them simply so I could taste the actual cricket but also wanted lunch, so I turned it into a meal. I have read a lot about edible insects over the years but have never had the opportunity to try them. Rebel food Tasmania is in Tassie’s north west have started farming them from their local farms food waste. Some claim they are the protein of the future and one website stated, and to be honest I am not 100 % sure how accurate it is, 30 grams of crickets = 20 grams of protein. You would need to eat about 100 grams of red meat for that amount of protein. Anyway, I can’t eat food just for health it has to be flavoursome and enjoyable, I second ferment kombucha so it has a nice flavour and I eat kimchi and sauerkraut and veggies because they are delicious in my meals, not just for health benefits. I have likened the flavour to the crunchy delicious fin or tale of a flounder when pan fried.

If the thought of actually eating insects is a bit eekky to you, then you could whiz them up a little in a food processor before cooking and throw them in the pan to sauté with the pine nuts, you would still get the full flavour.  Do give them a try if you see them, I will certainly be cooking them again!

30 grams crickets
1 teaspoon hazelnut oil plus a drizzle to finish
1 tablespoon pine nuts
sea salt & cracked pepper
teaspoon ras al hanout
40 grams goat curd
cup lettuce leaves

Defrost your crickets. Heat a pan to a medium high heat and add the oil add the pine nuts and crickets and spice mix and a pinch of sea salt and cracked pepper. Tossing regular saute until the crickets are cooked and the pine nuts are golden brown. Serve immediately with the goats cheese and salad and add a drizzle of hazelnut oil and salt and pepper.

Food award judging and organising

I love food, I love new products and can appreciate the efforts involved in the production! I am the current Chief Judge and committee member of the Hobart Fine Food awards. I lead up to 50 judges over the 4 day event judging 1300 products. I encourage all producers to enter to gain valuable feedback on their products. I will be recruiting new judges for the 2019 awards and stewards. Judges need to be qualified chefs or industry experts, anyone can train to be a judge starting out stewarding, Stewarding is a fun job! Please send me a email of your interest in volunteering at the 2019 awards and being involved in this exciting awards, it is Hobart so we must be dealing with the best produce in the world!!
I am also available for judging of other food awards large or small. I was involved in the first Koonya Garlic festival and judged the garlic at the first festival including creating the judging criteria. I have helped the Bream Creek Show Society modernise the cooking at hall of industries, by creating some categories that are popular for home cooks now, create the judging criteria so new entrants had a idea how the fabulous CWA judges judge, and help on the day with the stewarding.

I would love to hear from you, please contact me for any questions, enquires, quotations or bookings. info@eloiseemmett.com     or 0416220505

 

 

Cookbook production and food photography

I am a multi national and international award winning self-published cookbook author. I am a creative qualified chef, experienced stylist and qualified photographer.

I photograph and style recipes and products for cookbooks, print, advertising and websites.

Please contact me for a quotation to manage the production your cookbook, although at first a seeming expensive project, if you can sell the books through your business there is a good profit to be made and brilliant long-term advertising!

I can create, test, cook, write, edit, style and photograph a fairly basic recipe for your website or recipe card for $260

I would love to hear from you, please contact me for any questions, enquires, quotations or bookings. info@eloiseemmett.com     or 0416220505

ACCOMMODATION, HOTEL, SHOP OR RESTAURANT PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE

As a qualified chef who is passionate about produce and a qualified photographer, I probably couldn’t find a job I would love to do more than collect a stack of delicious local produce to cook and style in beautiful accomodation.

 

recent work: Cheverton Point Luxury historic holiday home Bruny Island

 

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photography, create easy to owner-use website, establish social media channels and implement social media plans,  loading onto booking sites and consulting on hospitality operations.

Are you new to tourism and operating a accommodation business? As well as photographing and styling your accommodation, I can also create a website and teach you how to use it, linking in your social media channels and assist you to set your property on bookings sites such as Air BNB.   I have 25 years in hospitality including owning my own restaurant and building and operating 4 luxury self contained holiday accommodation units.

I would love to hear from you, please contact me for any questions, enquires, quotations or bookings. info@eloiseemmett.com     or 0416220505