Thursday, July 28

goodbye for a little while


...kids cheese & olive plate & my almost 8yr old eve
...pat preparing the warm 70% chocolate tart
...mady setting the table & cheese board, from left, king island brie, piave & dutch goat cheese

this post is special to me...it is about being with good friends...enjoying good food/wine & in a little way saying goodbye to our great life in brisbane.  8yrs have gone by & brisbane will always be apart of me.

an epic post on a duck dinner with my friends mady & pat.  pat is a chef (trained in london & worked alongside some great chefs including bruno loubet)...he is now out of the kitchen full-time & was the one that started the talk of the 'duck dinner'...so it was inevitable that he make the duck, the jus, the beans & the bruno loubet inspired warm chocolate tarts.

i got off lightly with just providing some cheese, a warm lentil salad & some smashed rosemary roasted potatoes.  the setting was pulled together by the gorgeous & creative mady & as the afternoon disappeared into the evening we sipped champagne, pinot noir, dessert wine & sat warming ourselves around a cosy outdoor fire.  the food was seriously excellent & pats duck/jus was heaven!...an afternoon & evening i will never forget.

the children sat up too with their own little table set...sipping peach nectar & devouring the duck confit...the lentils were pushed around the plate a bit though!

menu
nibbles...dutch hard goat cheese, piave cow milk hard cheese, king island brie, baked ciabatta, olives
main...duck confit w jus, warm lemon lentil salad, steamed green beens w roasted hazelnuts & smashed rosemary roasted potatoes
dessert...bruno loubets warm 70% chocolate tart w double cream

...when i was little i was taught to always thank my host & i am naturally teaching my little girls to say thank you whenever leaving somewhere...so i guess it is fitting to say...'thanks for having me brisbane'

...mady & pats eldest boy lukas & the children sit up to dinner
...ruby & ollie needed a little supervision!
...pat's fantastic jus & plating up
...finishing touches
...warm 70% chocolate tart w double cream
...dessert wine...yum

16 comments:

mady dooijes said...

i am crying.... it was such a lovely afternoon, i will miss you and your beautiful family dearly my wonderful friend! i will treasure this day... xxx

gbf said...

i know it is all starting to happen now & those damn emotions keep getting in the way! x

john@heneedsfood said...

Gorgeous post Dayle. I may have met you just once but the feeling I got from you guys was complete wamth and welcome. Hope it happens again sometime.

john@heneedsfood said...

Gorgeous post Dayle. I may have met you just once but the feeling I got from you guys was complete wamth and welcome. Hope it happens again sometime.

Tina said...

Stunning food and pics, esp the chook running around

shipbuilding said...

It's looks like a wonderful and especially delicious celebration.

Wishing you happy thoughts for a smooth move and a soft landing when you get here. I'm sure Brisbane will miss you terribly but I for one can't wait for some Melbourne posts. x

The Decorator said...

Absolutely to die for food, photos, and style as usual!
Missing you already.....
see you in Melbourne xx

Natasha in Oz said...

What a wonderful way to say good-bye to your dear friends and to Brissie.

Do take care and I hope to read some updates about life in Melbourne on twitter!

Best wishes always,
Natasha.

Habitat Harvest said...

Beautiful post Daylo. What wonderful memories and friends.....
a bittersweet time... thin king of you and can't wait to see the abundance of inspiration Melbourne will bring. Much Love XX

gbf said...

thank you for your comments...bittersweet is the perfect word for right now. off to melb tom to find a happy little home for my family! xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous and you made me cry again...K

Elk and Ina, Eco Threads said...

Beautiful post Dayle. Brisbane will miss your beautiful blogging.
Looking forward to seeing what you find in Melbs though. xx

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