Archive for February, 2009

Wedding Cake

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Now the wedding cake deserves a blog all to itself, as although all the food at the wedding took a lot of preparation, the cake was amazing in every way.

When booking in our Reception venue, we were lucky enough to be there at the exact time that the lady who makes the included cakes in the wedding packages was dropping off a wedding cake. At this time, she also brought in a few muffins made out of the wedding cake mixture for the friendly staff at Cropley. With our co-ordinator raving on how great this particular flavour of cake was, Nick and I were lucky enough to be given a muffin to share. Once we tasted the muffin, we had decided on the flavour of our cake:

Ground Hazelnut and White Chocolate Wedding Cake

Ground Hazelnut and White Chocolate Wedding Cake

This is a bit different to many of the traditional wedding flavours out there, like fruit cake – which, being picky, I will not eat due to it being composed of a whole lot of dried fruits with a little cake mixture holding hands. Therefore we were probably going to choose the chocolate mud cake, although this new and wonderful flavour topped all other choices and fit in quite nicely with our other wedding details.

Wedding Cake Roses

Wedding Cake Roses

On top of the cake sat beautiful roses, with a little rosette at the side, as well as roses for the champagne glasses and cutting knife (a beautiful Waterford Crystal knife given to us from my siblings as part of our wedding present).

Waterford Knife with Rose

Waterford Crystal Knife with Rose

Piping

Piping

Exquisite piping was piped around both layers of the cake to match the lace pattern on my wedding gown.

Others said the cake tasted lovely, although I didn’t think it lived up to the memory I had of it about a year ago. I’m not sure if that was due to nerves on the day, or whether the mixture cooked in a muffin tin was a bit lighter.

We still have some in the freezer, although it isn’t actually supposed to be kept for more than a few months in the freezer. So we certainly won’t be eating it for our one year anniversary! I guess this is just one of those recipes that I’ll just have to try and continue to try until I get something that will suffice.

More piping

More piping

We would like to thank our photographer Brad Young for some of the photos we’ve posted on the site. He is a fantastic photographer, both my sister and I have now used for our weddings. Friendly, professional and able to direct people, we would recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer.

Photography for our wedding (including some of the photos I’ve posted):
Brad Young
http://www.bradyoung.com.au/

Wedding Cake:
Eileen Verde
9689 2752
0408 614 801
http://www.cakedecorator.com.au/

I’ve finally started my food blog!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I’ve wanted to start writing my own blog for some time now, after being shown a few beautiful food blogs by a friend at work. A few things have stopped me from starting, the most important was my recent wedding – which either consumed my time with organising or stressing that I should be concentrating on it, rather than spending my time writing and cooking.

chocolatebrownie vertical

So although this blog will be mainly filled with the food my husband and I will be making, I’ll also be including a few extra things like the food we are trying to grow on our balcony – very soon to be yard – plus some wedding stuff to begin with – in the hope of helping any brides in need.

As we both love photography and cooking, our combined efforts are well received by family and friends (we know we haven’t entertained as much as we’d like – but the wedding was quite consuming). Although I am still a bit picky in the food I eat, I am getting better and love trying new food that makes me go “I NEED to learn how to make that”. So I hope others can have the same enjoyment from my blog, that I have had from theirs and I hope I don’t disappoint too many of my family and friends who may have missed out on some of the lovely food.

Now to start with the blogging…

What better way to start my blog off with but the lovely food served up at our wedding. Not only was the wedding a lovely and perfect day in every way, we also hope others enjoyed the food that was served. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to test any of the food before the actual day, so we just hoped that picking food that we both liked the descriptions of, would satisfy our family and friends.

Entrée’s were served:

Three Cheese Tart, Rocket and Olive Salad with Capsicum Jam

Three Cheese Tart, Rocket and Olive Salad with Capsicum Jam

Fettucine wrapped with Prosciutto and topped with Carbonara

Fettucine wrapped with Prosciutto and topped with Carbonara

For the mains we decided to go with the Beef and the Chicken (very safe, I know – but I’m extremely adventurous compared to some people we know).

Sirloin of Beef on Roasted Potatoes, Tomato, Onion, Rosemary and Garlic Compote

Sirloin of Beef on Roasted Potatoes, Tomato, Onion, Rosemary and Garlic Compote

Seared Chicken Breast on Caramelized Pumpkin, Tomato and Spring Onion Risotto, Veal Jus

Seared Chicken Breast on Caramelized Pumpkin, Tomato and Spring Onion Risotto, Veal Jus

The first desert on the list sounded so pretty and seemed to link in with the themes in our wedding, that we just went with it:

White Chocolate heart

Berry Ice-Cream Heart, coated in White Chocolate and served with Strawberry and Orange Compote

And being an absolute chocolate fiend I had also chosen the only desert on the menu which contained chocolate:

Chocolate Macadamia Brownie with Coconut Ice-Cream

Chocolate Macadamia Brownie with Coconut Ice-Cream

I must say, I really did enjoy this part of the meal most. The brownie tasted fantastic and although I was squeezed into my dress and making a conscious effort to breathe (which decreased the amount of food that I could eat) I was still able to eat all of this dessert.

Tea, Coffee, Port and Chocolates were served afterwards.

And then there was cake…

Wedding Reception and Food:
Cropley House
Watkins Road,
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
9896 3166
www.cropleyhouse.com.au

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