Friday, February 15, 2013

Pomegranate cake and last minute gluten free buffet lunch

I forget which recipe I used now - but there's pomegranate in the middle, pom juice in the icing and more pomegranate sprinkled on top. This would work well as individual cakes too.......
Pomegranate seeds in the mix which burst as the cake cooks!
All day breakfast puff pastry slice - with tomato, pancetta, sausage and mushroom and quail egg
Last minute gluten free lunch. Always helpful when you say you are gluten free before we turn up with your delivery. No worries though, rushed back to the unit and put this gluten free version together in 4 minutes and rushed it back. Always go that extra mile!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

"To infinity.... and beyond!" - Catering for a four year old's birthday party

The most fun JJ had had in ages. Me too. He was was in full Buzz Lightyear regalia while I had the more conventional chef jacket.... one day.....
Scary watermelon - this was dessert.... more about that later. 
"You're my favourite deputy!" JJ's mum supplied the plates - aren't they great! Chicken goujons & chips - where can you go wrong? "What do you want to go with them?" she had asked him "carrots and cucumber" he said. So that's just what we did!
So what do you do between 2:30 and 5:30 on a Saturday morning? Me I like to sit and carve shapes out of cucumbers. Well I did that morning anyway (after the watermelons from midnight). There's no such thing as a quick job - all those bits had to be cut out by hand with a craft knife and for the eyes I found one of my olive stoners was just the right size. Then you have to fix them with piped cream cheese and putting on the face pieces with the craft knife. Time consuming to say the least - but worth it!
Suprised face - these were slightly larger so seemed to stick on by themselves. Wasn't looking forward to transporting them to the venue though.
 Another of JJ's likes is watermelon. I've tried a few watermelon shapes before - now it time for a few different ones. Such fun to make! I thought these would make ideal holders for the fruit skewers to dip in chocolate fondue.
Had to fix the ship up a bit before serving - transportation and all that.......
Chocolate fondue
You can see the fin on the back of this one.  
Hey quit making those peppercorn eyes at me! The skewers with beads on are great for a kids party.
Jaws
In the seventeen years I've been doing events this has to be the fastest one I've ever done - very soon it was time for us to be off again on our mission to save the galaxy from the evil emperor Zurg.