Saturday, March 07, 2009
Bloggers' Banquet Round-Up
Hello hello! Our delayed Bloggers' Banquet was happily rescheduled for today. We had it in the courtyard of The Commoner on Johnston St, which, apart from being more resistant to Melbourne's changeable weather, had the added benefit of having a woodfired oven!
The Oven; Duncan trying out the awesome ray-gun-thermometer thingo
At first I was going to make German potato salad, but seeing as our get-together was more of a nibbles-and-drinks-thang than a BBQ, I decided to take advantage of the wood-fired oven and try out some Flammkuchen!
I made the dough for the bases in the morning, and layered them up with baking paper in a plastic tupperware container, and brought all the toppings (chopped red onions, bacon pieces and sour cream mixed with thyme) in separate little containers. And once the oven was ready, I assembled them and we cooked them in the awesome oven. It was so cool! And the results were so much better than my domestic oven. I totally want a woodfired oven when I'm grown up.
I could not believe how much food there was...
Savoury table; Sweet Table
Olives courtesy of The Commoner
Totally fabulous cheese courtesy of Will Studd, by way of Ed (the cheddar was aweeeesome!)
Really delicious chicken wings from Agnes
Little pieces of flammkuchen on a funky silver plate
I didn't get close-up pics of all the food... but hopefully some others will be blogging this shortly???
From memory, other delicious contributions were...
A plate of fresh figs from Joel's garden
Bread, walnuts and cheese-friendly fruit from Jackie
Tzatziki and red capsicum and walnut (omg so yum) dip from Fiona
Super-smoky baba ganouj, hommus and Turkish bread from Brian
Dip, capsicum and crackers from Cath
Pissaladiere from Jess
Skewers from Michael
Apologies if I assigned the wrong food to the wrong person or missed anyone out - there were lots of people and lots of food - give me a heads up in the comments and I can fix any mistakes.
The Rock's Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies (from me!)
Macarons from Duncan - subtle cinnamon and peach; chocolate and passionfruit (yay!!) and vaguely violet
Buttery passionfruit biscuits from Claire
Supercute pink marshmallows from Christy
Blondies from Thanh
Salted caramels from Asti
Salted caramel and dark chocolate tart from Jess
Carrot cake from Thanh
I was on a total sugar high after all those sweets. I especially loved the cinnamon and peach macarons (filled with white chocolate), yum! Thanh seemed to think his blondies were slightly burnt, but they tasted totally fine to me!
And look what we found as we were packing up... GASP!
Someone didn't finish a violet macaron! *FAINTS*
Thanks to everyone for coming, and bringing delicious food. It was great to see some familiar faces, and meet some new ones. Thanks so much to Jo from The Commoner for hosting!