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Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2014

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I recently entered a few food photographs in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards and was very excited to have been announced as a finalist in the Food Blogger category. Check out the gallery of finalists here or you could catch the exhibition on show at the Mall Galleries in London in April...I'll be keeping my fingers crossed back here in Oz for the winners announcement. 


As a contributor to the Aussie blogosphere, sweetgastronomy.com is a nominee for Best Australian Blogs 2014, under the following two categories; Outstanding Use of Photography (acknowledges the use of beautiful photography that inspires readers) and Food (Blogs that are primarily focused on food topics and are recipe driven). You can vote here until May 5. Good luck to everyone who entered. 

Sculpture By The Sea - Bondi

It was a hot November morning, but that didn't deter the crowds from getting a look at this years Sculpture by the sea exhibits. Heres a few snaps I took as I walked the along the beautiful coast from Bondi to Tamarama. 


International Fleet Review 2013

I packed my camera gear and headed down to Sydney's harbour foreshore to watch and photograph the 2013 International Fleet Review. Red Barons summersaulted above us, Navy helicopters demonstrated a mock sea rescue and fireworks blasted off the decks of military boats...Australia's Navy fleet was on full display in all her glory! 


Foodies Unite @ sweetgastronomy.com

You may have read, I'm an enthusiastic foodie in search of recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth! I'm also passionate about perfecting the art of food photography and what better way of combing the two in the form of a blog, right! It's finally live and if your a foodie type like me, you might like to visit sweetgastronomy.com for a visual feast!


sweetgastronomy.com is live

sweetgastronomy.com is live

In Print - Real Weddings

We were very lucky to have our wedding featured in the June 2012 edition of Real Weddings magazine, and it was exciting to see and read about our day in print! Thanks Real Weddings! Magazines are a great help when it comes to preparing for your event, but before you can read about all those inspiring details, someone has probably gone crazy organising it! To ease the stress, here are some of our Aussie suppliers who I'd happily recommend. Photos by Shona Henderson, Flowers by Carina Brezeanu, Cake by Faye Cahill, Dress by Akina Bridal Couture and last but not least, the venue styling and our invitations were designed by me Sascha Louise.


A Tropical Night

November 2011, saw us off to family wedding. This time we headed to the beach, ready to feel the sand between our toes and the warm sun rays on our face…well maybe hold that thought as Mother Nature had other ideas. Instead no sand and no sun, but there was plenty of fun, food, drinks and of course cake! Here are some images of the red velvet and chocolate mud cupcakes I had the pleasure of producing and styling for the event. 


Southern Encounters

Recent trips to South Australia and the NSW South Coast gave me the chance to snap some shots of our Aussie flora and fauna. From Koalas and Kangaroos, to baby Humpback Whales and Seal Lions, spring was in full bloom.


Positive Posters

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Positive Posters is an international competition for graphic designers. In it's second year, the Melbourne based group who run the competition chose the theme of 'a glass half full'. Inspired by the competition's aim of making a positive difference, I decided to have a go and enter. My entry 'Change Your Attitude' shows how it's our choice whether we view a situation optimistically or instead as a pessimist. This is demonstrated by a happy-go-lucky peanut, who appears to be under the hammer and stuck in a bad situation. Instead of fearing his fate, he remains optimistic and dreams of becoming peanut butter! Take a look here and good luck to all 1,500 entrants!

Winter Road Tripping

Its raining and cold in Sydney today and I've seen many photos on different blogs recently of warm sunny places in the northern hemisphere making me wish spring was here. So to even things up, here are some winter pics from a recent trip I took to Canberra and through the Southern Highlands. Some place visited included Summerlees a cottage accommodation & a lovely garden and ballroom you can hire out. Made By Others an art and design store in Moss Vale and Roots and Wings where you'll find a mix of clothing and homewares. If your after more places to visit in the region, head over to SOHI magazine for ideas or if its just too cold to venture out, make sure you find yourself a warm fire to cozy up next to this winter.


Restoring an Adana Letterpress

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One weekend, I visited the Hunter Valley. Along with wineries and cheese shops, I also made a stop at the local antique store and found lots of old movie lamps, clothes trunks and even a very large stuffed polar bear! 

But what was most exciting, was finding a dusty old Adana letterpress machine on the floor, in the corner with a bargain price attached. Some parts are missing and it's very rusty, but with a bit of elbow grease from the help of a lovely volunteer at home, I am hoping to get it back into working condition.

Letterpress is an old craft that has seen a resurgence in recent times. The process involves the surface of a raised plate being rolled with ink and then impressed deep into lovely cotton paper, leaving a pressed in effect. Each colour requires a separate plate and each sheet of paper is manually feed into the press. Letterpress creates a beautiful tactile impression for printed pieces that has become popular again for wedding invitation sets.

 

A Cupcake Adventure


A friend of mine asked me to bake cupcakes for her wedding, so I started preparing to bake and display 80 cupcakes and a cutting cake! At first, a cupcake stand big enough to hold all the cakes was going to be bought from The Cupcake Tower. I love these towers and the way you can change the ribbon trim for different occasions. One of these towers would have looked perfect on display. But as these ladies are from the US, the shipping weight became a problem and the tower was now out of our budget. So with a different option needed, it was decided that I would make one instead. I mean how hard could it be... it should be a piece of cake, right? 

I ended up using different sized cake boards for each platform and then cut balsa wood to size and glued together the supporting beams. I don't have the space to use wood working tools, but I'd recommend using stronger wood and nailing it together instead for a more sturdy structure. To finish off, I painted it 'antique white' and used sliver ribbon as a trim around the edges. I then made little bows to hide the untidy joins and there you have it...one ready to use cupcake tower!

With all the ingredient measurements worked out, I took myself down to the shop to purchase all the chocolate, flour, eggs and everything else in between for the trilogy of mud cakes! The cupcakes were to be two different flavours; caramel or white chocolate. Each one was decorated with either a swirl of white chocolate ganache or with a fondant ribbon and the cutting cake was dark chocolate with ganache and a fondant outer layer. With everything going to plan, the cakes were baked a few days before the big day to ensure they had a rich flavour, this also allowed for me to take a breather, ready for decorating the day before. 

With the cupcakes baked and the decorating complete, the big day had arrived. The only thing left was to get all the cakes to the venue and set up. Watson's Bay in Sydney was warm and sunny with not a cloud in sight! With my work done, it was time to enjoy the night...congrats to the couple, I know you'll continue chasing the sweet things in life!