Image attached is my first crop of home grown Asparagus. Planted about 6 months ago in Brisbane Australia and after allowing the growth of full shoots and flowers(which are quite pretty) I have been able to harvest 4 spears that have risen above the soil surface.
I took this opportunity to Photograph them as you see in the image as well as stitch a panorama for my Macro Pano Food series.
What to do for my best friend and life partner. Dinner? Movie? Quiet Night in? Well I figured a Sunset Picnic would be perfect. While wandering through the supermarket I searched for all the things we both love to fill a basket. Brie, Liverwurst, Proscuitto, Blue Cheese, Fresh Turkish Bread, Plain crackers, French Onion Dip, Maple Flavoured Cashews, Coloured Corn, Liquorice Bullets, Greek Yoghurt, Croissants, Lemon,Lime and Bitters and our traditional gift of Gillian Chocolate Shells.
Linda, Me our puppy Indy, Mickey Mouse rug, Picnic basket and a nice park to enjoy the sun setting. For us perfect. What do you think?
At the big house dinner parties were a royal experience. Beautiful plated entree, played main with silver service vegetables, and plated dessert and petitfours.
The silver service vegetable was my first task to master. 3 varieties each dinner party and they changed each dinner party. Broccoli flowerets, zucchini cut into flowers, stuffed zucchini flower with baby zucchini. Baby carrots, carrot batons in a carrot ring. Baby cauliflower gratins, poms bolligere, poms William, chateau potatoes, bean bundles, cabbage dumplings and the list goes on.
I had to learn many new skills, the most notable would be patients, also vegetable carving, turning(a skill I still love), attention to details, near enough is not good enough and more patients.
Next post some entrees I think. Like share and comment please
I have started a YouTube channel for Starmade. My two sons will also be dining some video’s. Please like, subscribe and comment.
Today’s mission was to create hot cross buns for the girls at Brisbane girls grammar school. Make the ferment, make the dough, prove for 40 mins, knock back prove for 20 mins, weigh and ball into trays, prove until double , brush with egg wash, pipe on the cross(just flour, oil and water), bake in old stony (our ancient bakers oven), turn often to escape the shocking hot spots, cool in tray for 5 mins, dust with icing mix and return to oven to melt the sugar a little. Alternatively make a sugar syrup and slap in on top with pastry brush like your painting a fence(this will create a creamy fondant icing). Turn out of tray and savour the magic smell of yeast and spice before you tray and serve.