This morning we had a lovely brekky at a nearby cafe, with some lovely people:Jayne, Georgina, Ness, Linda and me.
There was a greedy bush turkey (I think that's what it was!) at the table next to us, enjoying some tea and jam!
Then we sailed down the river on a ferry to Ricky's Restaurant
and we were divided into our Masterchef teams. In our Pink Pirouette team were Geoff Hunter, Kerri Hunter, Shelli, Stirling, Nick Rawlins, Janine Rawlins and our chef Sam. Don't we look spiffy in our hats and aprons??
Our task was to cook Creme Brulee tarts. We made the custard from eggs, milk, vanilla pods, caster sugar and cream. And made the pastry from flour, butter and eggs. How cute are Shelli and Stirling getting their hands...errrr gloves dirty kneading the dough:
After the tarts were baked, we used a blow torch to caramelise sugar for the top. At first, they just had us hold the little tart in one gloved hand, and the blowtorch in the other, but then we discovered that it was better to do it on a metal tray. Here's Stirling doing it the proper way (with Shelli looking on somewhat anxiously):
Dave kindly demonstrated what not to do by setting his latex glove on fire and badly burning his finger. Ouch! It was almost impossible to see the flame in the sunlight, and he couldn't get his burning glove off quickly enough.
Makeesha is sporting an injury of a different kind. She is on crutches at the moment and her foot and ankle are all bandaged up. What you can see of her toes are swollen and all shades of blue and green. She isn't missing out on the fun though!
Every team made a different dish, and then we got to enjoy the fruits of our labour, with a leisurely 4-course lunch!
This was the entree - Stuffed and crumbed ceringola Olives, Hervey Bay Scallops wrapped with prosciutto and celery leaf, and Chorizo and Manchego croquettes.The 2 mains were Wild Mushroom and Truffle Gnocchi and Braised Duck Raviolo. Desserts were Chocolate truffles and our Creme brulee tarts. And no, I didn't remember all those names...we were given recipe booklets to take home :o)
These were our lunch companions - Robyn, Sharon, me and Janine:
Here are the real Masterchefs (and the paparazzi taking photos!)
Awards were given for the best chef in each group. They each won a Pretties Kit. But the best "Masterchef" over all won a dinner voucher for 2 for $150. Guess who??? Dave and his burned finger!! So we get to go back and enjoy some more scrumptious food...but I've heard they do good cocktails, so I think a few of us might head down there for pre-dinner drinks tomorrow.