Hello Sydney & Some Healthy Eating
I had a wonderful day in Sydney on Saturday. Up early on Saturday morning I caught a plane and was there with plenty of time to get to the Sydney Convention Centre to hear the Masters Of Megapixels talk. It was part of the Crave Sydney Food Festival. Before the talk I wandered around the food stalls tasting different samples which were all very tasty. Especially this pizza, grissini stick wrapped with proscuitto and a little mozzarella ball, perfect food to serve if you’re having people for drinks or a party on your rooftop terrace!
After the talk finished I managed to get a photo with Katie Quinn Davies from the mega popular What Katie Ate blog who was one of the masters of the megapixel. Katie’s husband Mick kindly took the photo on my new iphone 5 (very excited to have one as it’s my first iphone ever!) Katie was lovely and gave me lots of advice about food styling and photography.
When I’d finished I wanted to try and meet Janine from Shambolic Living who has a wonderful blog about her attempts to create order out of the chaos in the daily life of her family. Janine was visiting Sydney also and was lunching with some other bloggers but I ran out of time..so quickly walked to the city to check out Laduree. Laduree has recently opened in Sydney with huge queues of people lining up everyday to purchase some crisp chewy bites of heaven in the most divine packaging. After buying my little pink box of heaven I met one of my best friends Linda who lives in Sydney for coffee, cake and a big catch up. I love Sydney and can’t wait to return.
Lastly I’m doing a guest post on the lovely Mel’s blog Amoire Pegs and Casserole this Wednesday where I share a fun recipe for entertaining. Mel is a Sydney girl based in New Zealand with her french husband and three young children. Her blog is about home decoration and ideas to live with, pop over and say hi.
Back home on Sunday I did some food shopping with my daughter Hayley, she’s very health conscious and has encouraged the whole family to be the same. That said the trolley was filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, pasta and nuts. On getting home and unpacking the bounty I was truly taken with the beauty of vegetables especially this beetroot. So versatile, the beetroot can be roasted and eaten, you can make a salad from the leaves and a dye from the juice (if you want to go that far!) The colour, shape and form of this bunch had me mesmerised it really is a thing of beauty.
Same with asparagus, the elongated shape and colour is beautiful..nature never gets it wrong.
That led to this rainbow salad which is filled with a multitude of colours and healthy vegetables by a chef called Allegra McEvedy. In 2003, Allegra co-founded Leon, the award-winning, healthy, fast-food restaurant group in the U.K.
I’ve made her superfood salad which was really nice and found this recipe on a blog called
Jaynie’s Kitchen for this Rainbow Superfood Salad.
My family went mad for this Tortellini with Pesto Genovese, Potatoes and Green Beans. Upon leaving the venue a waiter from Barilla Pasta offered me a sample of this dish, it was delicious and we all loved the addition of potato, unusual in a pasta dish..so grabbed the recipe to share with you all.
3 medium raw beetroot chopped into small wedges, 6 large ripened tomatoes or 12-15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half, 600g butternut squash, chopped in 3cm cubes, 200g chestnut mushrooms sliced, 2 tablespoons lemon juice,
Preheat the oven to 180°c.
Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a small frying pan and heat up. Once hot, saute mushrooms, then season with salt & pepper and add the lemon juice. Put all ingredients into a bowl with dressing and mix together.