This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

TAFE...4 November 2009...and being a GRADUAND!!!

Finally...after 2 years at TAFE (Technical and Further Education) I have completed my Cookery Course...and am ready to Graduate this week...WOW!!!
Whoever would've thought this...

I started this course not long after we had moved here...had surgery and re-cuperation for 3 months in between...caring for a Daughter with a disability...
and I have done it!!!
I had started blogging this course here on this blog but 12 months ago started up a new blog...My Dolce Vita to record my progress, recipes and other foody related stuff...

I thought it fitting to show the meal we prepared at the end of last year...
So for the last time on Queen of the Armchair...
Chef's board with menu and allocated meals for students...

Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives and Basil ready for roasting...

Onion Rings...they looked good!!!

Ocean Trout Gravalax preparation...

Gravlax is a Scandinavian dish consisting of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill. Gravlax is usually served as an appetizer, sliced thinly and accompanied by hovmästarsås (also known as gravlaxsås), a dill and mustard sauce, either on bread of some kind, or with boiled potatoes. For a recipe for Gravalax...go over here
For more information on Gravalax go over here...


Brandy Snaps ready for filling...

Whole Sole with Herb Crust ready for grilling...

Roasted Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives and Basil...

Pan seared Scallops with Crispy Bacon and Sage, Puy Lentils and Green Salad...

Ocean Trout Gravalax served on a Green Salad...

Sorbet between courses...

Beef Curry and Rice...

Pan Fried Veal with a Garlic and Sage Jus with Potato Roesti and Green Beans...

Whole Sole with Herb Crust served with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Sourdough...

Eve's Pudding out of the ovens...

and ready for service...

Chocolate Pots with Orange and Polenta Biscuits...

Brandy Snaps filled with Raspberry Mousse.
Petit Fours.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and look forward to catching up with the gang on Graduation Night...
Now, perhaps I should go and sort some of those boxes out!!!
Bon Appetit...Dzintra

22 comments:

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

CONGRATULATIONS Dzintra!!! You've done it! I feel big pride for you right now! As always, the food looks scrumptious. You're always so industrious and busy with new and fun things. I'm just so happy for you dear friend! Can't wait to see photos of the ceremony and new graduand!(: xxxVicki

Kath said...

What a wonderful achievement, you must be very proud. My mouth was watering as I was scrolling down the page. if I had to choose, I would sit down to the beef curry.
Well done!

Micki said...

I am so proud of you...that is some acheivement. The food all looked great..I could have indulged in a bit of everything.
Micki

Notjustnat said...

Congratulations!!! I'm watching you - Love nat

Mildred said...

Congratulations dear friend. What a terrific accomplishment. I so enjoyed these beautiful photos today.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

bravo dzintra!
i might just have to check out your other blog for possible recipes. a few of these dishes require a closer look haha
enjoy the moment. you deserve it.
~laura

Terry said...

I too send well deserved CONGRATULATIONS to the Graduate.

The food is mouth watering and it's only 8:15 am Maybe choclate pudding would be nice for breakfast or the aspargas/

Well Done Terry

Julia said...

CONGRATULATIONS Dzintra!!
You did it...What a wonderful achievement, you must be very proud.
and going by the dishes on your blog...you will be a great success in what ever you take on

clare's craftroom said...

Congratulations ! That food all looks amazing , good on you !

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Congratulations.....you must be very proud of your self...every thing looks so yummy..

Fer said...

Woohoo, well done! Oh and, YUM!!

I love gravlax, but for ages didn't know what it was. I used to think it had something to do with gravy..... !!

Astrid said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Great achievement! The food looks yummy - and I'm hungry! :)

ria vogelzang said...

Congratulations, Dzintra!!! You're a wonder!! And to me: the Queen of the Kitchen as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Those dishes look absolutely stunning!!!
XX!

Jeni said...

Just so gorgeous as usual Dzintra
love your new look.......
and remember.........
Cherry Ripes with your pavlova
hugs
Jeni

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Congratulations Dzintra
that is quite an achievement.!! you;ve got staying power my friend!! and now you have made me extra hungry.. and nothing in my fridge is going to be as scrumptious as this... Have a great week my little graduette!!! hahah xxx Julie

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Congrats D you have achieved a wonderful honour and judging by all the photos of your fantastic meals about to have more dinner guests too.
Sending good wishes for a special ceremony and great celebration...
Susan x

aussiequilter said...

You go girl!!! What a great accomplishment this is for you.You should be so proud of yourself.cheers Teri

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DEAR, I missed this meal! I thought I was hungry and couldn't figure out why....I missed dinner! Oh, Dzintra, it must have been a busy weekend for me to have missed this gorgeous post. And thank you for coming to NOWHERE. You saw my husband's "critique" but I hope you were able to see the previous post which was the actual show.

THANK YOU AND ENJOY COOKING! Anita

Natasha said...

Wow! that is just wonderful news...congratulations! I loved the look of all those yummy dishes but I really love the look of that fish! When can I make a booking at your restaurant!?!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

a good yarn said...

Bravo Dzintra! You have worked so hard and deserve your recognition. What a wonderful achievement and those of us who read your blogs have enjoyed all the delectable dishes you have made. Ann :-)

Bev C said...

Congratulations Dzintra on achieving such a success with those beautiful dishes. I am waiting for the cookbook!!! Well done. Happy days.
Bev.xoxox

Laura said...

Congratulations!
Some of that food looks so yummy..

xxx
- Laura

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