A Night in Narnia

As summer settles on Melbourne, we thought we would cool down by stepping through the Wardrobe and into the decidedly chilly land of Narnia. Everyone who has read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis remembers the feeling of wonder when Lucy stepped through the wardrobe during a game of hide and seek…

Fantastic Beasts Magical Moonshine

Only two more sleeps until Fantastic Beasts is released and this muggle is mighty excited! Like many thousands of Potter Nerds around the globe we will be attending a midnight screening on Wednesday night, with a pre-movie party set in a magical speakeasy as befits the 1920s American setting. For anyone else that is also…

Le Banquet des Victims

Let’s step back in time, to Halloween. And from there even further back…to 19th century France. To put us in the mood for a spooky evening we hit the books and were inspired by a very particular time in history – just after the bloody period known as The Terror after the French Revolution. As the…

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…

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…

Book Club #1: Travelling to Infinity with Swiss Fondue

This months book club book was my selection: Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking.  Jane Hawking was the first wife of physicist Stephen Hawking and in her memoir she speaks openly about the struggles of living in the shadow of a celebrity scientist, as well as the pressures of raising a family whilst supporting a loved…