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Recent Tasmanian Cooking Workshop and NEW Cooking Challenge

With the chaos caused by COVID with cancellations I have not advertised a calendar of Workshops, Cooking Retreats and Indulgence Weekends in 2022 but I have been slotting them into the calendar when there is interest and it has managed to fill the calendar well. I am hoping to advertise a new workshop calendar for 2023 soon with some NEW cooking classes as well as our popular “long lunch style feasts” I have been facilitating for the last 4 years, in a new venue a lot closer to Hobart. Our Epic Weekend Cooking Retreats will still be hosted at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets. With my new book Celebrate to hit the shelves very soon I am looking forward to adding in more of my fun ‘Party Planning’ workshop that has been very popular in the past!

Pics from a recent Tasmanian Cooking Workshop booked for a private group. We shucked oysters, cleaned octopus, made gluten free pastry and cooked up a delicious lunch. One of the last workshops for this year will be the Thank You lunch for the people who complete the full 30 day cooking challenge. Cook one recipe from my books everyday and post it to social media.

Let me know if you are going in our October Cooking Challenge I am hoping it will enthuse me enough to get my social media back in action. My social media was hacked and disabled and I have enjoyed the extended break but as I self publish my books I really need to get it working again.

Cook a recipe of mine from my books take a photo of the dish, with the cover of the book in one of the pics you post, and post it on Facebook to my page Eloise Emmett Chef and add website address http://www.eloiseemmett.com if you post on instagram as well eloiseemmettchef Make sure your privacy settings are set that I can see it and can share it.

October is a feral busy month for me, including launching and distributing a new book and moving out of our flat but I won’t let busy be an excuse to eat and feed our family and shit food. The photography and posting on social media of the food we cook does take some work that is why I put on the thank you lunch as I appreciate the effort!

Weekend Cooking Retreat

21st August 22

Our Weekend Cooking Retreats at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets are the best use of the property, especially in the cold winter months in Tasmania. While hail was blasting at the front door over weekend we had 8 guests, myself and my amazing helper Maggie, inside our Event House all very toasty warm between the wood heater and the stove, cooking up a storm of beautiful seasonal food.

Although there is a huge variety of food cooked over the weekend, it is not excessive, there is not any waste, apart from a few scraps for the chickens. We cook good wholesome food making all our own stocks, pastas, breads. Starting with mostly meats, fish and veggies and turning them in to delicious meals suitable for special occasions. I also try to incorporate food for the normal weekday meals. So my guests don’t just leave the weekend with only knowledge of fancy ingredients they may never use again and recipes they’ll never actually cook! I actually want to help and inspire people to cook more. Lets be honest, cooking the family meals can become a chore, as it is so important for health, it needs to be a priority so whatever can make it more enjoyable helps I believe!

In my book Packed I make the claim that ‘cutting out wheat and dairy is not hard when you are cooking with real foods like meat, eggs and veggies’. My claim was put to the test with a dairy free and gluten free guest scheduled to attend.

I do believe that the commercial ‘packet food’ industry has run off with these allergies and cashed big time, and the list of the ingredients on some of these products the commercial food industry makes is freaky!! Using a packet of GF whatever, is not always healthier. Yes, they can be a nice and probably handy substitute for those who NEED it but not always healthier for everyone. Some recipes need gluten or dairy to be successful, I would say white fluffy bread is one example, if you are not going to achieve what you want it is probably easier to eat something else. There is so much other beautiful food to choose from!

So I simply choose the dishes that didn’t contain gluten or dairy or the could be substituted for a similar or even better flavour combination, and it really is not hard when you are starting with real food. I was not going to attempt gluten free pasta as structurally that would need something added as the gluten is an important part, however we easily submitted some corn and rice flour into gnocchi. And I am absolutely make a coconut cream clafoutis with almond again as they added beautiful flavours! Here are our menus and photos from the weekend:

Arrival Drinks of Bream Creek Sparkling, Ashbolt Elderberry and lime spritzer & Crayfish Pate (recipe Seafood Everyday) with
cheeses and Quince paste (recipe The Tasmania Pantry)

Dinner Friday
Oysters parsley and lemon (recipe seafood Everyday)
Garlic and herb Pizza Bread (with a GF version made with quinoa, rice and corn)
Scallops in Noodle Broth (new recipe for TSIC)
Rannoch Quail, Quinoa and citrus salad (Tasmania Pantry 2)
Wallaby, pumpkin and Goats Cheese and cherry chutney(recipe Tasmania Pantry 2)
Caramel Macadamia Pie (New recipe for soon to be released Celebrate) Gf pastry sub with quinoa, rice and corn.

Saturday Breakfast

Caper Tart, Tassal smoked salmon and red onion Jam (recipe Seafood Everyday- with a GF pastry sub Quinoa, rice and corn)
Baked Beans and Eggs (Tasmania Pantry 2)

Saturday Lunch

Octopus, pumpkin and Fetta (we used the delicious soyoyoy un-fetta) (recipe Packed)
Prawns and broccoli and honey mustard salad (recipe Packed)
Lamb Kofta (recipe Packed) pantry hummus (recipe Tas Pantry 2) my fermented olives
Spiced Cauliflower (Tasmania Pantry 2)
Baked Tassal Salmon noodle salad (recipe Seafood Everyday)
Quinces baked with Blue cheese and Vino Cotto (recipe Tasmania Pantry 2)


Saturday Dinner

French onion soup (recipe Tasmania pantry 2)
Baked Squid (recipe Tasmania pantry 2)
Smoked Quail and honey mustard (recipe Tasmania Pantry)
Oyster, fennel, Gnocchi Bake (new recipe for the TSIC)
Venison carpaccio (recipe Tasmania Pantry)
Twice cooked Beef (recipe Tasmania Pantry with a red wine sub for the stout)
Plum and lavender Creme Brûlée (new recipe Celebrate)

Breakfast Sunday

Coconut almond Clafoutis
Congee corn and mushroom (Packed Cookbook)


unfortunately no photos of Sunday breakfast as I was having Credit card issues. Honestly, tech anything and I have a bad relationship at the moment! I have been hacked and booted off facebook and Instagram so I have started new pages.

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This year I have not been advertising my weekends as much due to all the chaos covid has created. But in 2023 I am hoping to work towards having quite a full winter calendar. Please get in contact if you have a group interested and a date in mind. Or if there is just yourself or a few of you interested get in contact anyway as it helps with the planning if I know someone is keen for a particular date. There will be a price adjustment for next year to take in consideration of rising costs, of well EVERyTHING, but I doubt it will be drastic and I will do my best to keep it extraordinary value.

Buy copies of the books from my website and in other exciting news I am hosting another cooking challenge the month of October, a great way to get some cooking inspiration!









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Here is a look at some new recipes card I have produced for The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council. I will put printed copies of the recipe cards in with all book orders or you will be able to collect them all. They are on an A4 card so fit nicely on your cookbook stand. They will be available from Seafood retail outlets soon. For this series of recipes I have come up with super simple recipes that are suitable for people who are a bit nervous cooking seafood. Let me know how you go with the recipe when you cook them, and please share your cooking on social media. 

CHALETS AVAILBLE FOR HOSTED WEEKENDS AT LITTLE NORFOLK BAY

Weekend Cooking Retreat 19th 20th August 

Indulgence Weekend 16th 17th September

Read more: www.littlenorfolkbayeventsandchalets.com

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR COPY OF MY NEW BOOK PACKED YET?

This book was created so I could share what I have learnt over many years of being a chef, and most recently being a busy mum of three very active children. I have a very full life – we live on the Tasman Peninsula and our children attend a school in Hobart. For most of the past 10 years we have commuted daily with the children to take them to school. And also take them to their many activities outside of school such as dancing, karate, football, cricket, swimming, art classes, acting classes and more. My husband was often away for work for long periods so I did this by myself a lot. I also run a busy accommodation and cooking workshop retreat on the Tasman Peninsula, Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets and I am a freelance photographer,  food-stylist and a consultant for hospitality and publishing. 

But I have never allowed this to be an excuse to not find time to cook nutritious meals. Beside the fact that it would cost a fortune to feed my family on takeaways – the cost on their health was just something I am not willing to compromise on. 

 “Always keep in mind that we are brainwashed by the commercial food industry with their powerful marketing into believing that cooking is time consuming and hard – and I am here to tell you it is not! When those people in the big offices that are creating their products are deciding their next marketing strategy, your health is not considered at all in their plans.”

The book contains over 80 nutrient dense recipes, not just to fill kids lunchboxes, although it will be a handy lunch box resource but for café level delicious meals ideas for on-the-go lifestyles. The book also contains how to prepare the food in a busy life and WHY we should prioritise eating well, exploring the costs to your wallet, health and the planet. Such as:

Cost for your wallet

 “Cooking your food is always the most economical choice. I prefer to spend my money on the fun activities my kids do that keep them active, which then circles back to them having exercise that they enjoy. Some people believe that takeaway food is cheap but for a meal to feed my family at a takeaway shop, it costs $60-$120,  I can buy a lot of veggies and meat with that! Not to mention that it has little nutritional value so it is just a waste. An example in the book is a delicious honey mustard prawn salad that takes about 5 minutes to prepare and works out the same cost as a ham and cheesesandwich purchased from a take -away shop, what would you prefer??”

Cost for your health

 “There are endless amounts of research you can find on the effects of not eating well. We know it contributes to obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, cancer and more. You can find the information easily yourself. It is pretty confrontingto sadly see that pharmaceutical companies currently define lifestyle illnesses as “growth industries” worth investing in. “

Cost for the planet

 “20% of food that is purchased will never be eaten? It is just thrown away. All that time, energy and resources that went into making that food – all gone. 60% of the Australian diet is discretionary foods, foods that provide little or no nutrition or are even health negative. Isn’t that just a ridiculous waste too? Just think of your own fridge and pantry – how much goes to waste? With better organisation with your meals, not only will your health benefit, but so will the planet. “

Newsletter May 2022

I am excited to share with you all my new cookbook (it should be here any day now)!! Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered they will be in the post as soon as they arrive.

This book was created so I could share what I have learnt over many years of being a chef, and most recently being a busy mum of three very active children. I have a very full life – we live on the Tasman Peninsula and our children attend a school in Hobart. For most of the past 10 years we have commuted daily with the children to take them to school. And also take them to their many activities outside of school such as dancing, karate, football, cricket, swimming, art classes, acting classes and more. My husband was often away for work for long periods so I did this by myself a lot. I also run a busy accommodation and cooking workshop retreat on the Tasman Peninsula, Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets and I am a freelance photographer,  food-stylist and a consultant for hospitality and publishing. 

But I have never allowed this to be an excuse to not find time to cook nutritious meals. Beside the fact that it would cost a fortune to feed my family on takeaways – the cost on their health was just something I am not willing to compromise on. 

 “Always keep in mind that we are brainwashed by the commercial food industry with their powerful marketing into believing that cooking is time consuming and hard – and I am here to tell you it is not! When those people in the big offices that are creating their products are deciding their next marketing strategy, your health is not considered at all in their plans.”

The book contains over 80 nutrient dense recipes, not just to fill kids lunchboxes, although it will be a handy lunch box resource but for café level delicious meals ideas for on-the-go lifestyles. The book also contains how to prepare the food in a busy life and WHY we should prioritise eating well, exploring the costs to your wallet, health and the planet. Such as:

Cost for your wallet

 “Cooking your food is always the most economical choice. I preferto spend my money on the fun activities my kids do that keep them active, which then circles back to them having exercise that they enjoy. Some people believe that takeaway food is cheap but for a meal to feed my family at a takeaway shop, it costs $60-$120,  I can buy a lot of veggies and meat with that! Not to mention that it has little nutritional value so it is just a waste. An example in the book is a delicious honey mustard prawn salad that takes about 5 minutes to prepare and works out the same cost as a ham and cheesesandwich purchased from a take -away shop, what would you prefer??”

Cost for your health

 “There are endless amounts of research you can find on the effects of not eating well. We know it contributes to obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, cancer and more. You can find the information easily yourself. It is pretty confrontingto sadly see that pharmaceutical companies currently define lifestyle illnesses as “growth industries” worth investing in. “

Cost for the planet

 “20% of food that is purchased will never be eaten? It is just thrown away. All that time, energy and resources that went into making that food – all gone. 60% of the Australian diet is discretionary foods, foods that provide little or no nutrition or are even health negative. Isn’t that just a ridiculous waste too? Just think of your own fridge and pantry – how much goes to waste? With better organisation with your meals, not only will your health benefit, but so will the planet. “

New cooking challenge

It was great to see a few hundred of my recipes cooked in the October cooking challenge with excellent feedback on the delicious and easy to prepare recipes. Check out the cooking on my website. I have decided to host the challenge again for the month of June to go with the launch of Packed. So Join in! it is a great way to get some cooking inspiration and find some new recipes that may become regular favourites. Even I get inspiration from the challenge even though they are my recipes, people whip things up I have forgotten about or share a variation to a recipe that I can try. I love that about cooking there will always be something new to learn. 

All you need to do is cook one recipe every day from the recipes in my books and website and post it on my facebook page to join in, if you can not do the full month, you can just share whatever you can. 

I am preparing some of this mustard now recipe by @tall_fashion_miss_g_and_me recipe from the first Tasmania Pantry cookbook. I have made a fruit loaf this week, sourdough, slow cooked beef, overnight oats, soup and other recipes from my books and website. I would cook at least a dozen recipes each week. Why I create my books to share the easy and delicious recipes with everyone.

If you are needing a little Winter cooking Inso I am hosting a June cooking challenge.

Why?

It is fun! – who doesn’t get excited thinking about delicious food!

To inspire us all to cook a bit more real food and get inspiration from each other seeing what others cook. Even I get Inso form what others cook from my recipes, in previous challenges people will cook recipes I haven’t cooked for yonks and I will need to cook it too.

Find new favourites to add to the regular meals.

To promote my recipes and books so your friends can find them too- very important- as I am a self published author as well as all the recipe creation, testing, writing, editing, food-styling and photography to create the books, I then get to do all the marketing for ever and ever to sell the bloody things.

As a thank you to everyone that completes the 30 days cooking challenge by cooking one of my recipes everyday and sharing the cooking on facebook gets invited to a special workshop and lunch at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets in July or August. It is not hard, most of us need to eat at least 3 meals a day, I have heaps of healthy breakfast ideas, lunches and dinners for weekdays and special occasion meals and condiments and other bits and pieces.

let me know if you are planning to join in so I can keep an eye out for your posts and when we start if I haven’t liked or shared your posts then I haven’t seen them I missed quite a few last time as they were shared in the wrong place.

www.eloiseemmett.com

2022 PRIVATE Group bookings for Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets

We are taking bookings for 2022 for private group bookings for Cooking Retreats, Indulgence weekends or DIY catered weekends and workshops. With our 4 chalets and large event house that sleeps 6 in the loft Bunkhouse it is a brilliant spot for all types of gatherings.

Also, as always if you have just a few of you interested in a particular date then get in contact and I might be able to list something on the date that suits you when I am planning out the calendar.

Read more: www.littlenorfolkbayeventsandchalets.com

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October cooking challenge

It was great to see a few hundred of my recipes cooked in the October cooking challenge, with excellent feedback on the delicious and easy to prepare recipes. Check out all of the cooking on my website. If you need some books for gifts or for yourself I will post the books out with free postage before Christmas.  I can also gift wrap and post directly to the giftee, just message me the instructions when you order. 

Please order your Christmas gifts early as there are reprints on the way (all printed in Australia now) and the post is crazy.

www.eloiseemmett.com

NEW BOOKS on the way in 2022

I am working on 2 new cookbooks to be released in 2022!

PACKED a book full of recipes for nutrient dense food on the go, not just lunchboxes for children, this contains café level delicious recipes to eat on the go. Just because it is eaten in the carpark at kids after school activities does not mean it has to be tasteless or unhealthy!

And CELEBRATE – I cannot wait to share all the tips, tricks and recipes for easy catering that I have learnt with nearly 30 years in hospitality. 

Both books are available to pre-order, as I self-publish this helps to chip in for production costs and as the incentive to pre-order, you get a better price. There are also incredible value business advertising sponsorship opportunities for both books, the information is on my website www.eloiseemmett.com

2022 PRIVATE Group bookings for Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets

We are taking bookings for 2022 for private group bookings for Cooking Retreats, Indulgence weekends or DIY catered weekends and workshops. With our 4 chalets and large event house that sleeps 6 in the loft Bunkhouse it is a brilliant spot for all types of gatherings.

Also, as always if you have just a few of you interested in a particular date then get in contact and I might be able to list a Workshop, Retreat or Indulgence Weekend on the date that suits you when I am planning out the calendar.

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Cooking Retreat February 18th-20th

We have one chalet available in a weekend Cooking Retreat. For a single, a couple or 3 friends, read more on my website, it would make a great Christmas gift!

www.littlenorfolkbayeventsandchalets.com

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Thank you,Please pass along to friends who will be interested,Eloise
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IMG_1110-1.jpgHello,Thanks for your book purchases in the past or your patronage at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets. Just a quick note to let you know about a few things going on with Little Norfolk Bay and my cookbooks, please pass this along to any friends who will be interested. 

October cooking challenge

If you have been following along on social media we are nearly at the end of the October cooking challenge, participants have been cooking recipes from my books and website. We all need a little kitchen inspiration sometimes, cooking our food is a pretty important element to our health. Even though they are my recipes I still found myself inspired by what others cooked and I cooked quite a few recipes I have not cooked for yonks, after I admired other peoples delicious cooking! 

We have about a week left to get an entry or an extra entry or two into the random draw to WIN the Indulgence Weekend at Little Norfolk Bay Events and chalets. Simply cook one of my recipes and share a picture of your cooking on my facebook page, enter as many times as you like. 

Will be doing this again in the month of February, timing it in with back to school/work after the holidays. There will be some generous prizes and as we need to do a fair bit of cooking each day to nourish ourselves so why not have a bit of fun?! You can check out all the cooking from the October challenge  on my facebook business page eloiseemmett .com. 

If you need some of my books for gifts or for yourself I will post the books out with free postage before Christmas.  I can also  gift wrap and post directly to the giftee, just message me the instructions when you order. Please order your Christmas gifts early as there are reprints on the way and the post is crazy.

www.eloiseemmett.com

2022 PRIVATE Group bookings for Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets

We are taking bookings for 2022 for private group bookings for Cooking Retreats, Indulgence weekends or DIY catered weekends and workshops. With our 4 chalets and large Event House that sleeps 6 in the loft Bunkhouse it is a brilliant spot for all types of gatherings.

Also, as always if you have just a few of you interested in a particular date then get in contact and I might be able to list something on the date that suits you when I am planning out the calendar.

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Indulgence Weekend 10th December

We have a chalet available for an Indulgence Weekend on the 10th of December. The weekend includes  2 nights in a spa chalet, breakfast, arrival drinks and canapes and a special 7 course dinner on the Saturday evening. These weekends are always highly recommended by our guests, Last chance for the year!!!

Book 

www.littlenorfolkbayevenstandchalets.com

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Thanks Eloise