I stayed at my beautiful best friend's newly built house. She and her husband have the most AMAZING garden - fantastic veg, fruit, and the greenest grass you've ever seen. Just gorgeous. I was so happy to eat my fill of tomatoes, cukes, basil, and even raided her blackberry bush - YUM!
|My accomplice, Samantha, & Blackberry bush|
|My favourite dish - "Bo La Lot" - beef mince wrapped in betel leaves, delicious.|
|Red Chicken Curry, Spicy Squid, Sizzling Chicken with garlic & ginger.|
And what's more, I then got to go see more beautiful food made at The Melbourne Food and Wine Show. I had a gold ticket to the Theatre of Ideas starring Anna Gare and the legend of all food legends: Nigella Lawson!! Anna Gare was very entertaining and had us cackling away while she made some delightful dishes - all of which I look forward to cooking, slightly adapting, and enjoying: Scallop ceviche, Persian crusted Beef fillet, upside down salad (I have actually made this before) and Fruit Frangipane Tarts.
|Alistair McLeod and Anna Gare|
She was hillarious! I think most of the audience was suprised at how funny she really is, and she can talk the legs off a table, she didn't stop for a second - so many stories, so much info and all delivered in a very self-deprecating manner. The first thing she said when she came out was: " After I did the first session yesterday, I realised something about myself: I am totally unsuited to doing a Master Class." Oh yes, she made a right mess of it at times, but it was so completely "her" that it made us feel even more priveleged to be witness to it:
|Chatting with Matt Preston about Italian Cooking|
|Using all the KitchenAid applaicances|
|Coffee & Walnut Cake|
Gosh I loved it, but I still left before it finished. Only because I wanted to get in the queue early to make sure I got to meet her & get my new copy of "Kitchen" signed.
And thanks to my new friend behind me in the queue, I got a piccy too!
It was so worth the money, effort, everything. Saw a few other food celebs there too but had to get a piccy with this man:
|Me and Matt the Cravat (aka Matt Preston)|