its been too long….susan stitt food and wild with garnish enters a new universe.
ive been going nuts, doing EVERYTHING – cooking for some really cool people, working at Alimentari, shooting TV commercials overseas, smashing food, making art, pitching on jobs, travelling, writing book proposals for New York, (crossing fingers).
it feels like a new beginning and i want my blog to reflect this…..
this new beginning will have pics from all my activities, travels, behind the scenes on my food jobs, exciting news, and write ups on my fave restaurants. AND I’m going to make some really cool original food, which is my FAVE thing to do above all……
susan stitt food and wild with garnish goes ballistic into the future. woo hoo
do me a favour and like my page, send it around and let me know if you need any cool ideas to make your food world extreme. ingredients, dinners, menus, anything.
I’ve got some cool business ideas too…..
lets get this party started
luxury + salmon……
omega 3’s rock my world…… simple steamed, raw, smoked, poached, roasted. crispy skinned.
….. i like to surround with flavours that bring out, not hide. sweet kisses of sweet, sour, crunch, fleshy, smooth.
sweet smoked salmon, pears, pear emulsion, mirin soaked tuna belly, maple soy peanuts, fragrances
its great to think that the elements can shine in a refined salad….
…. home smoked salmon fillet finely sliced and soaked in white balsamic….but only just…
…. sweet pears whipped in my Brevile food processor with olive oil and white balsamic till smooth
…. some delicate tuna belly slow soaked in horseradish and mirin
…. the elegant crunch and snap of some maple soy nuts
…. gentle tickle with baby lettuces and parsley
…. drip some vinegar and olive oil to wet up the base of the plate
this salad…..is the essence of low-fi luxury.
i love a cheeky smear…it underscores a dish and signatures flavour.pure and simple produce can be taken to the next level by just the addition of a cheeky smear of a pureed fresh ingredient.
i do a quick swipe with red miso underneath some gorgeous chilled lemon scented white blue eye cod and some micro watercress, lemon pieces and a gentle sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts….. or this dish….
beetroot essence, kingfish crudo, lemon myrtle mayonnaise, nasturnium radish, sprouts and crispy onion
you can tell how easy this dish is to make. a deconstructed salad. it requires, a fresh piece of kingfish, some pureed beetroots that have been steamed and pureed and strained, a mayo that has finely chopped lemon myrtle herbs ground into a good basic mayonnaise, slow oven roasted onions, and gorgeous fresh leaves, and lastly some fine discs of radish..how simple and how gorgeous is this dish
the humble oyster.
the metaphor for patience. a idea of perfection as a result of coercement, ebb and flow. such beauty.
embodies perfection in nurturing, sensuality and minimalism. all things important in life.
lifes breath in fact. only from the sea. water. the taste of the salt. the sea.
an oyster is male and female…has high levels of testosterone and provides also zinc iron calcium, selenium and vitamins A and B12……
which makes it even sexier.
i love purity. so for me off the rocks, on ice, lemon……done
we are still in summer here and its march. beach, drinks, fresh food. And with that comes some classic Australian dining. Something we do really well here in Australia is fish and chips. the Brits would argue but bugger them…..a light batter made with beer and self raising flour, it gently coats our most gorgeous seafood. its crunchy, its soft, its salty…all those great things.grab some lemons off the tree and a beer from the fridge and its a cracker!…
Here i get the classic and do a cheeky twist……sometimes i don’t want everything fried so i keep the rest of the meal fresh ad chilled. a good bit of crunch with some big flavour snaps. and do a quick lobster fry with egg white mayo and some sweet pickled onion wedge.bringing some of my old faves back, as an idea, i serve it with an iceberg lettuce wedge with cold crispy apple and a red miso drip and some cheeky smashed potatoes with salt, olive oil and kaffir lime leaf….and its a sweet dreamy lunch or dinner…….so simple and so easy.
lobster fry, egg white mayo, sweet pickled onion, home grown green lemons off the tree
chilled iceberg wedge, shredded granny smiths, red miso drip
potato, salted first virgin olive oil, kaffir lime leaf chop
isn’t this the freshest most delicious lunch/dinner ever???
lobster: pull the meat out of two halves of a large uncooked lobster. using one cup of self raising flour, whip till a paste with a good beer or cider. plunge pieces into very hot oil till crispy (do a test for the batter. if its too thick add more beer, if too thin add more flour). blend a good mayo with the white of two boiled eggs andd some salt. cut a rough wedge of white onion and soak for 30 mins in white balsamic thats has had a good pinch of icing sugar mixed through it or a good dash of agave nectar. serve hot.
iceberg wedge: cut a quarter wedge of iceberg for each person. finely shred some cold granny smith apple and put on top. drip a dressing made off 1 teaspoon of good red miso with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and a dash of white balsamic. bring up the sweetness with a pinch of icing sugar or a dash of agave nectar.
potatoes: boil 2 large peeled and chopped desires. strain and chill. cut up 6 kaffir lime leaves and in a bowl stir to mix well, the potatoes and a good splash of extra virgin olive, a good crack of pepper and a very good pinch of salt (i like my potatoes salty). serve chilled.
i like my fish and potatoes salty. we grind our salt in a mortar and pestle. i buy hand harvested coarse celtic sea salt….it actually tastes sea watery…
– oh and add chilli and a smash and lick of lemon or lime anywhere. i want to eat this now…..
the opera house sydney australia
I’ve been every where man! and its true…at least all the way around Australia……I’ve been shooting Virgin Tourism with Tourism Australia and we did 14 locations in 18 days…..unbelievable tour of what gorgeous things this country has on offer…not just as a tourist but food and wine! we went to Montalto Winery on the Mornington Peninsula, Bruny island Cheese and Get shucked on Bruny Island, Chow in Darwin, Frasers in Perth and many many other places of physical but also culinary beauty. Fresh gorgeous resources right here is Australia….im committing to show it all!
luna park sydney australia
I truly had an epiphany about the food this place and i feel i should showcase more of what this massive untouched gem of a country has on offer….for me to cook and also to visit……I’m going to be going to the US a lot more as well….ive singed up as a director with Giraldi media in New York to shoot beauty and food commercials and i plan to do some cooking with my gorgeous friend Tana Hardwick….we will extend my cooking and private chef work into New York….
so excited about this year…I’m going to go super nuts with the photography as well….some fine art food pics for buildings and hotels in on the cards as well……some more cookbooks (apart from the 7 on Kindle/Amazon) and some more of everything….more more more!!!
so to do a late kick off for 2014 here we go!!!
‘the toaster’ sydney harbour australia
its summer down here is Australia. here is a delicious light brunchy summer menu. so simple and easy to make, concentrating on fresh market garden vegetables and pure eggs and yoghurt. its a gentle time of year!!
garden salad feta in parsley, and frest duck eggs
just a delicious fresh garden salad for warm days. boil 2 duck eggs till hard. slice across the bias some small carrots and slice some cucumbers down the lenthg with a potato peeler. form some soft feta into balls and roll in parsley. assemble on plate using a cut duck egg as the focus. sprinkle with olive oil, white onion oil (oil steeped in a wedge of white onion) and some white balsamic. i do like to eat the eggs warm but its up to you. i also like a slop of mayo…mmmm….
courgette tart with caramelised onions, ricotta and cheddar
little bombs of deliciousness. i bake these for a cafe every day. they have a gorgeous centre of caramelised onion which is hidden.
peel 2 zucchinis with a potato peeler. cut 2 pieces square of shortcrust. place the pastry in 2 tins which are oiled up. make circles with the strips. fry with a splash of white vinegar and a teaspoon of icing sugar, 1 finely cut onion. cook till brown. place the mixture into bottom of pastry lined dish. put a blog of ricotta, a handful of grated cheddar, and top with a small round of zucchini. fill the pastries up with 2 eggs whipped with a pinch of salt and 1/2 cup cream. cook at 160 for 30 minutes. eat hot with oiled parsley and lots of pepper
mango cheeks, yellow box honey, vanilla sugar frozen yoghurt
so simple and so fresh. i mix a full tub of greek yoghurt (approx 2 cups) with 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar, and a splash of vanilla syrup. (i do like it to be spiky). swirl it around. place a sheet of greaseproof paper in a small tin and put the yoghurt in. drip yellow box honey over it. freeze till it becomes less runny. (approx 2 hours). in a gorgeous glass put a cut mango cheek in and a large spoonful of the yoghurt. drip honey over it and serve. (i do like to chill my glasses). decorate with flowers.
i love cheese at the end of a meal or actually at the beginning….. a cheese plate of many, or just a singular delicious one is my fave. or even just my little cheese salads that almost have the components of a cheese plate but all in a tiny finely sliced salad. just scoop onto a tiny cracker or a slab of walnut loaf.these ideas are fast easy and really fresh for new ways of dining.
its not that i dont like desert, its just that sometimes its all about the cheese. something simple. something different, always fresh..
ash blue, pear, thyme, lemon and wilted onion.
finely chopped ash blue cheese, fresh pear, thyme twigs and white onions just melted with olive oil and white vinegar bring this dish to the heart of my favourite things to eat. sharp, salty, sweet, sexy. start a night with this dish and you can’t go wrong. a cheeky laviosh with a tiny pile on top is…the…..best…..thing…
pecorino, mustard seed drips, fuji apples and walnuts
double brie, walnut bread, 5 hour oven dried red grapes
i put a bunch of seedless red grapes in the oven on warm/100C for 5 hours, turning them slowly so the ones on the bottom don’t bruise. they are amazing and go so well with just the creamy cheese and soft walnut loaf.
emmenthal, radish, delicious apple and celery root salad, cheddar biscuits
i buy these small sharp cheddar biscuits from the big department store deli. most big delis stock a good english cheddar biscuit.. its just a good stab of sharp cheddar with the nuts and cheese.
feta, rocket, mint, caper and deep fried cornichon salad
a finely chopped sale with a biscuit is a great new way to rock a cheese plate. this is a chopped salad. so every cut up small. onions off set the capers and cornichons with a sharp stab of sweet mint and feta. yum! dress with a good extra virgin olive oil only and let the flavour mix do its job!
buche daphinois, radishes, walnuts, olive bread crusts
i do say olive crusts because it is just that. i buy a good olive sourdough and only use the crusts. chewy and salty….delish.
clarin, sweet pickled white onion shred, figs
this is a gorgeous mix. the light cream of the clarin, with some shredded white onion soaked in icing sugar and white balsamic. the sweetness of the figs is just gorgeous.i light lavish cracker is stunning with this.
i am really lucky. i have two jobs. three if you count my beautiful babies and being their mummy. i am private chef and cinematographer. i have done both for 30 years. its only the last couple of years that i started documenting my travels and the wonderful treats that i experience along the way. it is an education to travel and dine, and every country and every cuisine and the dining experience there, fuses my food back home with ideas and modernisms.
wild with garnish means all of this. madness with extra…..
this blog is a vechile for me to show and express both, the food and the photography study whilst i am there.
this is singapore recently. i went there to direct and shoot a vaseline commercial. i spent a lot of time in the hawker markets, watching them make the noodles, and the creation of food there everyday. i am obsessed and i love it.
when i am in production or shooting. we go and eat everywhere. the producer and team normally with me. however when the shoot is over and i am in post production and editing i am normally on my own and that when i get to explore.
and this is Bangkok….so incredible and an endless journey into flavour and fragrance. there is something about that incredible heat and the tanginess and bite of the chilli. its so compelling.
i do have a weak spot for asian food. i am a little obsessed and find every dish every time, incredible. simple executions, fresh food, fragrance and fragrance on top of that.
my love of food and the possibilities keep me thinking all day every day. it can get a bit weird…but who cares…right?