Historical Kitchen: Apple Fritters A La Bavarre (1759)

I love cookbooks, I have shelves laden with cookbooks covering every cuisine from the classic Art of Cooking to the kitsch Coca Cola Cookbook. But my favourites are my collection of vintage and historical cookbooks. For example, my copy of William Verrall’s Cookery Book 1759 which I purchased whilst on holiday in London.  It’s full of Georgian Era French and…

The Deathly Hallows: “I Open at the Close”

We had two main goals for our Harry Potter themed Winter Feast: recreate the sense of magic and excitement we had when reading the books, and, make our guests cry (hopefully happy tears) – we achieved both with this course! For our seventh and final course, we knew we needed to go out with a…

Off Script #1: Girl Asleep

Combined Australian classics to celebrate an instant Australian classic! Girl Asleep is a brand spankin’ new Australian coming of age film written by Matthew Whittet – adapted from his own 2014 Windmill Theatre play – and directed by Rosemary Myers. Shy 14 year old Greta is forced by her loving but overbearing parents to throw a…

Elixir to Induce Euphoria

Here’s our guide to delicious liquid magic! While I’m partial to a whiskey or three, Emily doesn’t drink any alcohol at all and we knew that many of our guests would be driving and wouldn’t want a strong cocktail at the end of the dinner. As a non-drinker, Emily is all too aware of how…

Historical Hootenanny #1: Les Noces After Party, Paris, 1923

A couple of days ago we celebrated the opening night performance of Nijinsky by The Australian Ballet, a biographical work celebrating the life and madness of one the most famous dancers of the Ballets Russe era, Vaslav Nijinsky. But today I’m thinking about a work choreographed by his sister Bronislava Nijinska, Les Noces, and –…

The Half Blood Prince: Advanced Potion Making

Up until this course our feast had featured the unexpected and exciting, but now it was time to blow our guests’ minds with some ACTUAL MAGIC!!* Being the sixth course we didn’t want anything heavy, and were initially planning a dessert, however being The Half Blood Prince we couldn’t look past a potions class and decided…