Richard’s Party and Peach & Vanilla Panna Cotta

A lunch with food bloggers always means food. Lots of delicious, mouth-watering, and interesting food. The awesome Richard opened up his home and a gaggle of food-bloggers descended upon it bringing bountiful plates of meat, desserts and other waist-line expanding goodies.

Luther burgers by Suze

Perhaps one of the most intriguing foods was Suze’s almost-lethal Luther Burgers. Hidden inside a sticky Krispy Kreme donut was a beef patty, oh-so-crispy bacon, cheese, pineapple, and a fried egg. So wrong, yet so tasty!

Gourmet sausages by The Ninja

Cheese, ham and cherry tomato bread by Shez


The Ninja brought along some tasty gourmet sausages, while Shez contributed some fresh, home-made ham, cheese and cherry tomato bread. Leona also brought along some Indian snacks purchased from Newtown, but sadly I didn’t get a photo of these.

Potato Salad by me

I made a simple potato salad, using some boiled potatoes, whole-egg mayonnaise, sour cream and chives, with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Chicken Surprise by Simon

Simon contributed a plate which he called Chicken Surprise. These were deep-fried balls of chicken with a literal surprise filling inside, including cheese, asparagus and ham. The other surprise was that one of the crumbed chicken balls was filled with wasabi, which The Ninja was lucky enough to consume.

Pork belly by Richard

When it comes to food bloggers, one plate of pork belly simply isn’t enough. Richard and Billy provided two types of pork belly to satisfy our tastebuds – Richard’s was sweet and sticky whereas Billy’s was more like the chinese “siu yuk” but with the most amazing crackling and hoisin dipping sauce. Both of them were delicious and I would have just kept going back for more if I wasn’t getting really full!

S’mores Cheesecake by Steph

Of course a meal would not be complete without dessert – or several desserts! Steph made a melty, gooey S’mores Cheesecake which she toasted at the table with her nifty blowtorch! The chocolate cheesecake filling was slightly bitter which went great with the sweet toasty marshmallows.

Momofuku cookies from Teresa

Teresa brought some cookies that were flown all the way from Momofuku in New York! These chunky cookies were massive and crunchy with some interesting flavours including chocolate, peanut and pretzel.

Strawberry and balsamic cupcakes by Helen

Helen made some strawberry and balsamic cupcakes which had strawberry jam in the middle and balsamic icing sprinkled with some popping candy which made for fun times indeed :)

Tea-ramisu by Lisa

Lisa’s green tea-ramisu had a fantastic matcha flavour to it. Sir D liked it even more than the classic coffee-flavoured tiramisu.

Sadness – I forgot to take a photo of Shez’s orange sponge cake which had whipped cream sandwiches between it, and also the chocolate fruit pudding with whipped cream. I was probably too busy eating them both; the orange cake had a wonderful citrusy rind flavour to it and the chocolate fruit pudding was like a Christmas pudding only better with the addition of chocolate ;)

Makoto sushi platters from Yas

Yas and Lex came later but still brought more food! Yas bought two sushi platters from Makoto (who doesn’t love sushi?) and Lex made some amazing grilled king prawns with garlic and anchovy butter which were gone in a flash! Hence no photo of those either.

Peach and Vanilla Panna Cotta by me

I also made a Peach and Vanilla Panna Cotta which turned out surprisingly well for my first attempt. I was worried about using gelatine but I had no problems with the recipe and the pannacotta was smooth, creamy and wobbly, while the jelly with peach halves on top was made by poaching the peaches for that peachy flavour then adding gelatine.


Peach and Vanilla Panna Cotta
from Donna Hay Modern Classics 2

For the peach jelly
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
3 peaches, halved and stoned
1 tbsp powdered gelatine

For the panna cotta
2 tbsp powdered gelatine
1/3 cup water
3 3/4 cups cream
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Place the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the peaches and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Remove the peaches (reserving the poaching liquid), slip off the skins and set the fruit aside.

2. Place 1/4 cup of the peach liquid in a bowl, sprinkle over the gelatine and set aside for 5 minutes. Add the gelatine mixture to the remaining liquid in the saucepan, stir through and simmer for 2 minutes or until dissolved. Place the peach halves, cut-side up, in a well greased 26cm x 8cm x 7.5cm loaf tin and pour over the liquid. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

3. To make the panna cotta, sprinkle the gelatine over the water and set aside for 5 minutes. Place the cream, icing sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat and stir. Add the gelatine mixture and simmer over low heat for 4 minutes or until dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature then pour the mixture over the set jelly and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. To serve, dip the tin into a baking dish of warm water and invert onto a plate. Slice and serve immediately. Serves 6-8.

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15 Responses to Richard’s Party and Peach & Vanilla Panna Cotta

  1. Stephcookie says:

    Mm your potato salad was yummy and your pannacotta was so pretty! I can't believe it was your first attempt! I especialy like the peach halves in the jelly :)

  2. joey@FoodiePop says:

    That's one great looking panna cotta! Might have to try it myself, so thanks for the recipe!

  3. Karen @ Citrus and Candy says:

    Ummm loved the panna cotta (and the peach jelly especially) and congrats on getting the 'wobble' on your first go! And if nobody was there, I would've polished off your tub of spud salad on my lonesome in front of the TV :P

  4. The Ninja says:

    It wasn't luck, it was a calculated and systematic disarmament plan!

    That potato salad was about the closest we got to healthy…but damn it was still good :D I hope to try a bit of that panna cotta sometime soon, was already full from all the food beforehand. And the whale.

  5. Simon says:

    Whole egg mayo. Now I get why a simple potato salad could taste as good as it did :)

    Really liked your pannacotta. A keeper in my eyes :)

  6. Trissa says:

    That peach and vanilla panna cotta sounds like the perfect summer dessert. I've seen this recipe previously in other posts and was hoping you would post the recipe. YAY!

  7. Betty @ The Hungry Girl says:

    LOL at the ninja getting hit with Simon's wasabi chicken surprise!! All the food looks awesome, I would expect no less of you all though! And your panna cotta looks amazing! Well done!

  8. Penguin says:

    Hi Stephcookie – Thanks! I think it's more due to the success of the recipe rather than my cooking skill though =P

    Hi joey – Thanks! Hoping to see photos on your blog if you do try it out :)

    Hi Karen – Hehe thanks :) I may or may not have done that exact thing with the potato salad the following morning for lunch… =P

    Hi The Ninja – Ah yes, the whale. Was that part of your calculated disarmament plan as well? =P

    Hi Simon – Aw thanks! I always use whole egg mayo now – after trying it, no other mayonnaises can compare. And now I can't get enough of it!

    Hi Trissa – Hehe it's actually a surprisingly simple and easy recipe. I thought it was a little bit too stiff so perhaps next time I might try decreasing the amount a gelatine a touch.

    Hi Betty – Thanks! Wish you could've been there, but I'm sure you were having much more fun enjoying the sunshine in the Gold Coast!

  9. chocolatesuze says:

    your pannacotta was so awesome dude! i ate sooo much of it haha

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    What a enormous spread of food! Your pannacotta looks divine and I love the double layering :)

  11. Ellie says:

    All the food looks fantabulous (fantastic + Fabulous)! Love the layering of peach and vanilla pannacotta. So beautiful!

  12. Helen (Grab Your Fork) says:

    Mmm the pannacotta was great. Can't believe it was your first attempt. Loved the elegance of the poached peaches set in jelly on top too.

  13. Penguin says:

    Hi chocolatesuze – Thanks! Eating it is the best compliment I think ;)

    Hi Lorraine – There was so much food that I didn't even have dinner, one meal was enough that day! Thanks :)

    Hi Ellie – Hehe I like that word! Thanks so much!

    Hi Helen – Thanks Helen! I think halving and stoning the peaches while keeping them intact was actually the hardest part of the recipe haha

  14. billy@ATFT says:

    i loved the panna cotta over other desserts (Sorry girls!) it looks so beautiful and is a nice light dessert against all the other heavy stuff.

    Go team X-rATED!!! ROFL!

  15. Penguin says:

    Hi billy – Aw that's so nice of you! hahahahaha I completely forgot that we named ourselves team X-rated! Pictionary = fun times =D

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