Manual – The Button I Now Know How To Use On My Camera.

After 3 years of having a fancy camera, I have finally learnt how to use it for food photography. I have enrolled for evening classes a couple of times and they have never happened as there weren’t enough people. When I saw the very fancy Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand had a 2-day weekend class I decided to jump in and get it done!

The weekend was fantastic, it was spent in their space in Cuba Street, Wellington. I loved it. The first day we talked about the food photography and how to use the camera. The Sunday we took photographs of actual food cooked by some of the Le Cordon Bleu students, photographed them while they cooked and ate their food.

It isn’t easy to learn as an adult and I am a long time out of school. I am no expert (yet) but I plan to be. I would recommend this class, it is by no means cheap but is very informative and a great way to learn.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs. They are not perfect, I love them and I am proud of my progress. My next step is to take the camera out of the house and to buy Photoshop.

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A Very Fancy High Tea, A Brewery And The Food Show – What A Weekend!

I have had one of those fabulous weekends. It has been non-stop but in a good way. I have managed to take the dog on a big walk each day to justify the eating to myself. I have spent the weekend laughing, eating and laughing a little more. It has been excellent and I will start my week with the Monday glow and a smile. A High Tea and The Food Show have been the two major event and a visit to Baylands Brewery featured too.

High Tea at Brasserie Le Cordon Bleu.

Several times friends and I have talked about going to the Brasserie at Le Cordon Bleu, this time when I saw the tweet about the open days I pinned a few people down and booked a High Tea. We got the last available table. You need to be quick to get a booking here.

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Our High Tea was amazing, absolutely amazing. Everything had required a lot of work and the pastry skills were incredible. I have had a few High Teas and this was easily the best. It was also the cheapest at $25, amazing value. It was served with either Peoples Coffee or t leaf T. I chose Earl Grey Blue Flower and it was lovely.  The amount of food on our table for 4 people was very impressive. All four of us followed the menu to decide what to eat and we all ate everything. It was so very good.

I am not going to go into detail but just leave you with some picture, you need to go yourself. I have tried something different with the photographs today, forgive me if you don’t like it.

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Baylands Brewery And Brewing Supplies.

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Just a quick post on the wonderful brewery in Petone, Baylands Brewery. They started in the garage of my friend Nikki’s house and after a couple of years they have become a part of the Wellington craft beer scene, You can go to the shop, buy home brewing supplies and taste a few beers. If you know Petone, they are in the street that goes down the side of Mcdonalds, Victoria Street. We went for a visit to see Nikki and try some beer. Mr Muffin came away smiling after buying a brewing kit. He now has a hobby and is very happy. He will add to his kit as he needs to and buy from these guys.

The Food Show Wellington.

My birthday buddy and I had a great time at The Food Show Wellington today. We ate, we laughed, we shopped, we ate and bumped into people we knew. We did a good circuit, ran back to the theatre to watch Kyle Street from The Depot. Seeing squid ink pasta being made was rather excellent. After the show we bumped into a fellow twitter friend Laurie, had some lunch, bought some beef from Green Meadows Beef and other bits. Lucy came away with a OmniBlendV and full arms. We both had full arms and got offered a lift in the buggy down to the station, an amusing end to an excellent food afternoon.

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I hope your weekend was as good as mine.