Six Seven Fall Feast- Seattle Waterfront Restaurant

Hello! When I was invited to attend the Fall food bloggers dinner at Six Seven Restaurant, my answer was, “YES PLEASE.” Heck ya I’d love to eat a wonderful feast and chit chat with wine and food lovers alike! Also, I was like, “uuuhhh, how did you find me!? I have a giant following of 32 and blog for fun very sporadically!”. I marked my calendar and set out my shiny shoes, excited for the following Thursday to roll around.

Upon the day of the event, I was greeted by smiling faces and excitement from the staff who promptly led me to the place of future supping. “Can I make you a cocktail?” I was asked. I asked them to make me one of their favorites and soon had in hand a Cherry Blossom Fizz. Usually I’m an Old Fashioned kind of gal, but this was light, happy and topped with a zingy flavor – very well complemented to my mood and the sunshine streaming in from the Puget Sound. Soon other food passion-istas arrived and we all sat down in anticipation of our meal to come.

The feast was wonderful. We had seven courses each filled with unique and memorable flavors, my personal favorite of the evening was the Roasted Rack of Lamb. I have always loved the flavor of lamb; it’s earthy depth holds my attention over beef, chicken or pork. Chef paired this dish with buttery gnocchi, roasted veggies and a stone mustered lamb reduction – all of which enhanced the meal’s cozy tones and made the experience complete. I would head to dinner at Six Seven just for this dish! That’s not to say the others weren’t amazing, they all had something special and unique, I’m just a sucker for hearty lamb and a cozy atmosphere.

By the time the Pear and Frangipane Tart was placed in front of me I was just about ready to pop. But one can’t say no to dessert – let alone one made with brandy caramel, pear and vanilla sour cream! It was a lovely dish to end the evening. Though I couldn’t finish it all, it left just the right amount of sweetness in my mouth. What a treat to get to partake in such a flavorful night. Thank you to Six Seven Restaurant and Edgewater Hotel’s gracious mangers, staff and Chef for hosting such a memorable seven course meal and an evening of good cheer! I will be going back for sure.

Cheers and I hope your weekend has treated you well! All photos are from my Iphone.

 

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Bloom Restaurant :: Ballard, Seattle

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The Fat Hen :: Brunch in Ballard, Seattle

The Fat Hen is hands down one of my favorite places to get brunch in the city. Besides being super adorable and cozy, the food is amazing. The decor is rustic and charming with light warm tones, adding a great deal to the dining experience. Atmosphere combined with a menu that sports local ingredients draped with rich flavor, makes for a very happy me.  You can usually find Linnea, mama hen to The Fat Hen, in front of the espresso machine or checking up on her guests.  You can definitely see the time and effort that has gone into making the food and setting juuust right. Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday!

As always, to see more of my work, come visit me at hilarymcmullen.com

Cheers!

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Feast on the Farm : Salmon Safe, Hitchcock Restaurant and Oxbow Farm

This year Stewardship Partners, Oxbow Farm and Salmon-Safe teamed up for the 4th annual Feast on the Farm. Founded by Kate Bayley and headed by David Burger, Feast on the Farm is a not for profit fundraiser which promotes awareness of local farms that participate in environmentally conscious and healthy farming. YES! …and it’s real purdy.

The wonderful food was prepared by Brendan McGill of Hitchcock who was recently named “Peoples Best New Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine, and his supportive team. Fragrances of fresh caught barbeque salmon, barbeque chicken, farrow with romanesco florets, wine, and seasonings wafted around Oxbow’s beautiful field all evening. I ate vicariously through my camera lens and then for realz later, yes the food was fabulous.

Shelby Earl, who is receiving tons of great press, serenaded the feast with her bold voice and wonderfully catchy songs. Her song “Sea of Glass” was KEXP’s song of the day on Thursday. Keep it up girl!

The dreamy setting, the fantastic food and the supportive individuals made for a very fun evening which raised 15,000 dollars for an awesome purpose. Thanks to everyone who put in an effort to make this special event happen!

I sure had fun snappin and I hope you enjoy the photos! To see more come visit me at my website.

Cheers!

Tomatoe vies and sighn at Oxbow Farm Oxbow Farm Bee Hive Sign at Oxbow Farm green bean vies with red flower at Oxbow Farm People touring Oxbow Farm waitress and a straw hat at Feast on the Farm Sarah Cassidy, Luke Woodward, and Adam McCurdy giving a speech at Oxbow farm Hilary-McMullen-Photography-24 white wine and a grape vine at Oxbow Farm Beautiful Table set for Feasts on the Farm at Oxbow Farm People heading to the field to eat Hitchcock Restaurants team at Oxbow Farm Flowers and people smiling at Oxbow Farm Brendam McGill of Hitchcock Restaurant cooking lentals Oxbow farm raod and pamphlet for Feast on the Farm 2013 Grilled chicken People at Stewardship Partners fundraiser Davis Burger and Brendan McGill Person in Salmon-Safe siut at Oxbow Farmsigns and foods for Feast on the Farm   Shely Earl singing on Oxbow farm Bendan McGill grilling salmon for Feast on the Farm Waitress bringing plate of food to table Grilled zucchini at Feast on the Farm Brendan McGill, BBQ Salmon people talking about stewardship partners on Oxbow farm veggie stars at Oxbow Farm Salmon safe sign Kate Bayley at feast on the farm 2013 Poeple sitting at the long table in the field at Feast on the farm Woman wearing cowgirl boots Cherry Tomatoes and sweet pea flowers at Feast on the Farm Sign of Oxbow Farm food and wine on a table at feat on the farm Brendan McGill cooking salmon green tree frog

Endless Organic Eggs

My mother has 7 Bantam Silkie hens and they are crazy adorable.  They all have equally adorable names, but so help me, I’m always getting confused as to who’s who, except for Mrs. Button cause she’s the fattest and oldest, so I mostly call them all Fluffy. Anywho, I went out to collect the morning bounty to discover that Mrs. Button was the only one left in the coop and was hunkered down for the ages in a giant pile of straw… broody again.  When I got close to coax her out into the sunlight she greeted me with soft peeping noises and moved a bit to reveal at least 20 mini brown eggs.  Apparently, when the other gals leave for the day to begin their bug and plant foraging, Mrs. Button scuttles around the coop collecting and pushing all the eggs she can find into her carefully made straw nest. CUTE! I felt a little guilty snatching her treasure but the fact that she had been sitting in this one spot for a week made me think she probably needed some nutrition from the great outdoors, and poor girl, the eggs are never going to hatch! She soon decided that it was indeed time to hit the lawn and almost instantly found a juicy caterpillar thing, ew. The nice size pile of pretty brown speckled eggs inspired me to have a little fun behind the camera and here’s what came out of it! Happy Saturday!

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Perfect Endings Cupcakes

Here’s another project from Port Townsend.  I had the great pleasure of working with owner LaTrecia of Perfect Endings Cupcakes for a day while I was in this lovely part of the North West.  She makes the most wonderfully beautiful and tasty cupcakes! Her shop is located right on the main street of PT in an old brick building.  The enticing eats and pastel colors of her shop through the windows will certainly catch your eye and pull you in to try a sweet treat.  I had to try four; carrot cake, raspberry chocolate, classic vanilla, and lemon =)   All AMAZING!  If you are ever in the area, be sure to check out this gem of a place.

These were all shot with natural light and one white card camera left.  Lens: 24-105mm & 100mm Macro

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Perfect Endings Cupcakes

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Lemon Cupcakes

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Carrot Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes

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Simple and Healthy Fried Eggplant

The eggplant is such an interesting vegetable and one of my favorite looking (giant purple raindrop with hair).    Whether eaten as a snack, or as the main attraction in a hearty meal, eggplant is something I enjoy frequently.

A great and really simple way I like to prepare it is fried or grilled with just a dash of salt/pepper and a good lug of extra virgin olive oil.   Sometimes things are just best plain and simple!  I eat this as a snack or as a side dish with dinner or lunch.

Get a couple good sized eggplants as they shrink when cooked and slice them into 1/2 centimeter thick round slices.  If you want the eggplant to have a denser consistency, rub coarse salt on the slices and let them sit in a colander for about 40 minutes to an hour.  This draws the water out so you won’t end up with soggy eggplant.  I have done it both ways and like both; it doesn’t get gross soggy if you fry on a med high heat and crisp the edges.  Just personal preference I guess.    Then salt and pepper to your liking, drizzle with some nice flavorful olive oil, or butter if you prefer, and you’re ready to go.  Heat up your skillet or throw some coals on the barby, and cook each side until golden brown.   To take this a step further, you can dip the slices in an egg batter and then rub them with bread crumbs.  Eat up!

More Eggplant ideas:

-eggplant lasagne

-stuffed, baked eggplant with meat, veggies and spices (kinda like stuffed peppers)

-grilled eggplant panini

-eggplant parmesan

-roasted eggplant soup

Images shot with natural light.  4 black cards; 3 camera left to bring in shadow, 1 camera right to block light.  3 white cards; 1 directly camera right, 1 camera back right, 1 camera back left.  24-105mm lens at 100mm. iso 125

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What’s Your Fancy: PORT

Happy Friday!

It has been a productive, long week and I am so happy to have a couple of days to recuperate.   A pastime that I enjoy is sipping on a glass of port with friends, or while meandering about the house in the evening.  It has quite a sweet pallet, if you enjoy that sort of flavor, and definitely is something to sip on slowly and responsibly.  I find Dow’s to have a nice well rounded flavor with a good depth to it and an affordable price tag.   Most port wines come in quite large bottles, and has the potential to go bad before one can finish its contents, no worries, port is great for cooking!  You can pour a bit in the frying pan when sauteing onions to get a caramel-y flavor or into a marinara sauce for added depth and intensity of flavors.  It’s wonderful to use as a reduction atop steak and other red meats, or perhaps to give subtle sweetness to a dark chocolate cake.  Yes please!

I used natural light and manipulated it with 3 cards.  2 White: one right in front of the camera and the other camera left.   1 Black card camera right to give depth and shadow.  Shot at F4.

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What’s in the Cupboard?

I find that when one has an inspirational moment and has a terrible urge to go cooking crazy, which is quite often for this lady, these are some of the handy dandies I use most.  You just cannot go wrong with a simple variety of cookery, though it does take awhile to collect.  Many of these treasures I found at second hand shops and antique stores; the muffin pan, the bundt cake pan, many of the cloths, the cookie rack, even the vintage cupboard.  To make the smile even larger on my face at the time, they happened to all be quite affordable!  You know what they say, “someones garbage is another ones treasure!”  So search around and find those bargains!

I love the way Le Creuset pots slowly heat up and simmer or roast a tasty meal to perfection.  Oh, and you can put them in the oven as well as atop the stove!  Now that’s what I call convenient!  These are more expensive but last a good long time and become more and more beautiful as they age.  Can you tell one of my favorite colors is red??  =)

Thanks for reading and happy spring!

The top image was shot with a 24-105mm at f.11 and 3 white cards, 1 on each side and 1 on the floor tilted up,  to manipulate the ambient light.

The bottom image was shot with the same lens and a q flash camera left turned way down for a bit of fill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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