International Feast Party
Sitting within the confines of my work cubicle one day, I was suffering extreme bouts of hunger that couldn’t be satisfied. It was actually brought on after looking at photos of deliciousness from my trip to Philippines! As I humbly hunkered down on a boring sandwich for lunch whilst watching my colleagues eat pretty much the same damn thing, a light bulb moment had struck me. I thought why not have an International Feast Party at work homeboy! I mean, who wouldn’t love having piles of food at an arms reach from your desk. You feel me?
So I drummed up an enticing email containing pictures of Willi Wonka’s Chocolate factory and sent it to the whole department. Of course, everyone was in . The only challenge I had was coordinating the Sydney and Melbourne office concurrently on the day.
Thank you to my happy helpers in the Sydney office – Ash who helped coordinate the team, organised the room and music as well as Jax who was my remote photographer – amazing food porn shots buddy!
Tender Roast Lemon & Herb chicken drumsticks
Beef Madras Curry
Savoury Crepes with Mauritian chutney
Slow Cooked Penne Bolognese with Fresh Parmesan
Chef: Donna Talbot
Freshly baked Burek
‘A Summer Fruit Salad’
Prepared by Penny & Bernie
‘A Kiwi Selection of Savouries’
Ross il-Forn (tasted like a Lasagne but with rice)
Filo Wraps….Spinach and Cheese wrapped in pastry
Cassava Drop Flan with Young Coconut
Aussie Chocolate Crackles
Homemade Butter Cupcakes with sprinkles
Chocolate Devil Cupcakes
The above Savoury Crepes were my favourite. The crepes were still warm and delicate. I found myself combining the chutney with the Madras Curry which seemed to work quite well.
The Ross il-forn was a traditional recipe from Nathan’s grandma. It tasted like a cross between a lasagne and a moussaka but with rice. I loved the crunchy bits reminding me of those burnt rice bits you get in a claypot dish.
And the amazing desserts…
The talented Celine made this gem and was definitely the overall winner as voted by the department. Gaaawd…the cream, the cream!
It was such an enjoyable day where the whole team sat around eating all day whilst swapping recipes and talking about each others heritage. Why couldn’t everyday be like this! Fortunately, there is such a diverse range of nationalities within the team so the day was very much like taking a round trip around the world!
I would encourage you all to do this at your workplace. And don’t worry, I’m well prepared to cop some blame regarding possible weight gains! This party actually took place a few months back so I have no excuse not to do it again…and again.
I’m planning another one soon to raise funds for Japan. Join me?!
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