This year the Sydney food blogger Christmas picnic changed locations. After last year’s rain, the ladies in charge, Helen and Suze, found a weather-proof venue: one of the pavillions at Bicentennial Park (Sydney Olympic Park).
The shade was perfect to guard us from the scorching sun. There was a good supply of cold drinks to keep us refreshed.
The way these things work is that each blogger brings a dish to share and a food-related present for Kris Kringle. In the past few picnics the organisers have provided forms for writing down the dish description, blogger name and blog, and I was happy to see that now the forms include tick boxes to mark dishes as gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and/or vegetarian.
As expected, bloggers are given a generous period of time to take photos of food.
Then we were given permission to attack. The most anticipated dish IMO was Ramen Raff‘s macarons. For some reason, even though I’m not a big macaron fan and I prefer eating savouries before sweets, I felt compelled to grab one before they were gone (actually someone else grabbed it for me, thank you!). The filling was half melted but the shell was perfect! I get the anticipation now. Great job, Raff!
I was happy to see that Irene’s lemper made a comeback. You’ve heard me say before: if I eat rice it has to be worth it. This is one of such cases.
We don’t do awards but if we did, the award for the prettiest food would go to the hamburger cupcakes by the guys behind Oh, Burger Me.
And the award for the most thoughtful contribution would go to this red velvet cake brought by the Khismosa guys.
One of my favourite foods was Billy‘s Christmas ham. I even got an action shot to prove I’m a real blogger.
My contribution was chicken liver pâté with celery and carrot sticks. The recipe is from my friend Richie, who among many other things is an amazing cook. I tried to get his permission to publish it on the blog but he said “keep it safe, keep it secret”, so no recipe. I’ll just say we’ve tried a few recipes and this is our go-to.
As per usual, there was so much food that even when a big percentage was not gluten-free (like these massaman empanadas) there was still plenty of choice for me. For example, the spicy kale chips by Shanshan. Yum.
We ate and mingled around, putting faces on blogs we knew and including new blogs in our (rss) feeds.
Our traditional Kris Kringle game was tons of fun in the beginning but got kinda long with 74 peeps participating. Popular items this year included a waffle maker, teapots and cheese boards. I got a set of owl-shaped ceramic measuring cups that I’ll be definitely using.