Happily Ever After St Honore

An enchanted rose and pistachio pudding, fit for a princess When we started planning our Beauty and the Beast dinner we knew our dessert had to have rose. We also wanted it to be as pretty and gilded as a ball gown, and as French as a mime eating a baguette on the banks of…

The Beast’s Savoury Porridge

What’s better than breakfast? Breakfast for dinner! When we decided to do a Beauty and the Beast dinner I couldn’t get the image of the Beast shoving his face into a bowl full of porridge out of my head. I thought it was hilarious as a child, and it is such an iconic scene from the movie…

A Lazy Lady’s Guide to Christmas

How to impress the in-laws with very little effort Ah, Christmas. The time of year in Australia when we strive as a nation to ignore the strange conundrum of wiping away sweat as we listen to songs about snowdrifts. Every weekend in the lead up to Christmas – and beyond into the warm stretch of…

A Summery Christmas

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about the Heat and Love the Sunshine! I’m a pale, wintery person by nature and I do find it difficult sometimes to embrace the wonders of summer – I find myself sloshing on buckets of sunscreen, turning the fans of full blast, shutting up the windows and watching…

The Lorelai

Oy with the poodles, already! – is anyone else super excited about the new Gilmore Girls reboot?!?! All over the world lady-friends and Gilmore Guys are sitting down with pop tarts and left over Chinese to head back home to Stars Hollow one more time. The new episodes came out last night in Australia but…

Black Forest Floor Dessert

With all the flavours of a classic Black Forest cake this dessert looks a little daunting but if you break it down into steps it’s all pretty simple. We wanted to create a dessert with a reveal – the Black Forest floor is completely hidden under a cloud of fluffy fairy floss which dissolves in…

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…

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…

Green Tea Jelly

After all of the excitement of the Triwizard Feast our guests were warm, full and beginning to slip into sleepy chatter – it was time for something light and zingy to perk up our guests ready for the rest of the feast. This refreshing Green Tea Jelly was the perfect palate cleanser! This is an…

Triwizard Feast: Coq au Vin, Yorkshire Puddings, and Vegetarian Goulash

A main course spread to satisfy the appetite of every wizard! For our Triwizard Feast we wanted to have three main options for students to choose from, representing the corners of Europe, just like the feast described in the books. BEAUXBATONS’ COQ AU VIN This is a delicious, warming wine-based stew, offset with salty bites…

Savoury Chocolate Frogs

When we began planing our Harry Potter Winter Feast we made a list of foods and images from each book.  For The Prisoner of Azkaban a key image we kept coming back to was the Dementors, and Lupin’s cure – Chocolate. We wanted to keep the courses in chronological order – this meant incorporating chocolate…