Archive for ‘Edibles’

December 21, 2014

Coco de Mer – Seychelles Family Recipe

Since my last collaboration with Once Upon A Table Melbourne for the Lost in Jerusalem dinner event, I’ve been anxiously waiting for the OUAT team to contact me again for future collaborations and one day they did! Hallelujah.

This time it is called Coco de Mer – Seychelles Family Recipe.

On Sat 18 Oct 2014, Once Upon A Table Melbourne event transported their guests to the exotic sights, smells and tastes of the Seychelles Islands. The hosts Alain, Eva and their parents Christine and Serge generously opened their home and shared their family memories and recipes alongside with the talented Once Upon A Table team Vittoria, Bridget, Sophie, Sarah N, Sarah L and family. Big thanks to our sponsors The Collection Fine Wine, Pino Fine Produce, Royal Hamam Crockery, Kwencher Premium Beer.


Seychelles is an island nation, located in the indian ocean close to Madagascar. To fit the theme, OUAT team hung fishing nets, shells and scattered coconuts, surfboards, orchids and sand to create the island atmosphere.

Upon arrivals, the guests were served with Coco De Mer colada with fresh pineapple and grapefruit cocktail. The entree was fragrant seafood bisque with lobster and tarragon, followed by mouth-watering main dishes of Tender silverside and eggplant curry & whole bbq-ed red snapper with ginger, garlic and chilli wrapped in banana leaf.

Dessert was the coconut, lime and lemongrass pudding with biscuit crumb, passionfruit curd, white chocolate mousse, ginger crisp and dehydrated pineapple.

The night was simply perfect.

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August 8, 2014

Lost in Jerusalem – Secret Supper Dinner in Melbourne

My first ever collaboration with the talented team of Once Upon A Table for their Lost In Jerusalem secret dinner in Melbourne. It was such a fun and enjoyable collaboration, and I can tell you that there were A LOT of delicious food that night.

The secret home location for the secret supper dinner was the modern apartment of Ahmad and Jen in South Yarra. Ahmed is Palestinean and his father was born in Jerusalem which made them the perfect host for this event. Stylists Bridget and Aurora worked their magic to transform Ahmad and Jen’s modern 2 bed apartment into an exotic Jerusalem tea house and awesome feasting rooftop terrace. Below are some of the film photos that I took and you can head onto Once Upon A Table’s Blog for more photos.

I would like to thank Ahmed, Jen, Angie Ma, Vittoria Chiarilli, Sophie, Bridget and the rest of OUAT’s team, including Vitti’s young daughters for the awesome event and delicious food.

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July 31, 2013

Food Styling & Photography

Okay, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for food photography. Second to portraiture, food photography is probably the only other genre that I feel comfortable with. Most of my food photos were taken in a restaurant with no proper styling and lighting and I got really frustrated editing those photos when I got home.

I recently found out that Billy Law – the talented guy behind A Table For Two – was coming to Melbourne to conduct a food photography workshop. I hesitated at first because I’ve never been to a food workshop before and feel slightly awkward but I took the plunge and registered it eventually, and it was possibly one of the best decisions I have ever made. From the workshop I got to know some talented photographers & food bloggers and on top of it all I got to learn more about food styling by Billy himself.

Here are some of my favorite photos taken from the workshop. Note: I got to eat almost all of these food.

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July 6, 2013

On a sunny winter’s day

I finally bought a small point and shoot film camera into my collection. I’ve been a fan of Zeiss and Contax and these two combinations are found in a Contax T3.

Last friday I finally received my mint conditioned T3 and I took it out on the weekend to test it out. I loaded it with a Kodak Gold 200 and the photos that came out were just plain sharp! I’m very much impressed. Although, it is slightly bigger to fit into my jean’s pocket but it is still portable.

Anyway, these are some of the sample photos I took while roaming around Melbourne’s CBD. Photos were scanned by Michael’s camera.

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December 31, 2012

The Last Brekkie of Year 2012

Today’s the last day of the year 2012 and here’s a shot of last brekkie I had for this year. It was home-brewed coffee with chocolate scone and croissant. Simple yet fulfilling.

Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2013. Hope good things are happening to all of you.


August 20, 2012

Flemington Farmer’s Market

I’ve always wanted to go to a Farmer’s Market, but never had the chance until last weekend. After having some early breakfast and coffee in Collingwood, we headed towards Flemington for the Farmer’s Market. I actually quite enjoyed my time there and it’s a very interesting market with many nice things to photograph. I was surprised though to find out that you can actually buy meat there too.

Anyway, I hope these photos do justice to what I described above. I shall search for more Farmer’s Markets around Melbourne, but next time around I might actually buy their fresh local produce (once I know how to cook a decent meal, of course)

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July 29, 2012

Manchester Press

Over the last weekend I finally got to meet up with Oy, the talented and creative photographer behind this blog. She turned out to be a Nikon shooter as well, and it was simply pleasant to chat with someone who enjoys the same things as I do. Oy loves to photograph still life, cafes, food as well as weddings. We had brekkie at this little gem, Manchester Press. They are famous for their latte art and their specialty in Bagels. The first photo is the photo of the street that I pass by everyday on the way to the station. It was such a beautiful winter morning that day.

Most of the cafe photos were actually taken by Oy, so credit goes to her. Also, I’m  in one of the photos above see if you can spot me. And after that, we decided to walk around the small lanes to capture some street photography. Here are some of my favorite shots of that day. Note that this is Degraves Street or Centre Place, undoubtedly the most famous lane in Melbourne. It is always crowded with people, be that tourists or locals roaming around for good cafes and food.

July 23, 2012

Moon Under Water – Builders Arms Hotel

It’s been a while since the last time I indulged myself with a fine dining experience. When I first read the article in Broadsheet about the newly opened Moon Under Water, especially when I was going through the photos of the restaurant I instantly knew that I had to visit this place immediately and so I did, along with my usual dining companions. This time we decided to do lunch, instead of dinner because I noticed from the photos that this place has such gorgeous lighting from the window. What I love about this place was the all-white decorations, in addition to their top-notch service and food of course.

Moon Under Water only serves 4-course set menu, no À la carte.  The interesting thing is, their menu changes frequently according to the market produce and the availability. I won’t bore you with more words, here’s the list of the menu during the week I visited this place.

1. Winter vegetable salad

2. Black rice, red mullet and cuttlefish

3. Aged pheasant, boudin noir, apple

4. Burnt butter hazelnut sponge & chocolate ice cream

I think this place could also be the perfect venue for a small wedding reception. Everyone should try to visit this restaurant, while it’s still fairly new and easy to book.