Sunday, October 17, 2010

C&J's Wedding

Good friend of mine just had her wedding recently. It was a beautiful wedding at the Observatory Hill. Not too hot, not too cold, beautiful clear blue sky. Unlike my own wedding, the weather was just PERFECT! The whole day I was just thinking how nice if this was the weather on my wedding day. Oh well, at least ours was probably more memorable (not very often you get 43 degrees, rain, sand storm and even hail on ONE SINGLE day). 
C has an auntie and a cousin who are very very good with cooking. They were so nice to volunteer to cater for all the food at the ceremony. If I didn't know, I probably would've thought they bought all the food from some hotel or something. Let's start with the savoury stuff. 

Here's the mini chicken pie. Actually they weren't really mini also. Just slightly smaller than normal pies. Too bad we had to leave them on the table for quite a while, so they got cold. Still good though!! 

These were the pork curry puffs. Very very good!! Haven't had a good curry puff in aaggeessss before this. 

These pretty looking one were cherry tomatoes stuffed with cream cheese. We had to carry these plated up from auntie's place to the Observatory Hill. To stop them from rolling off the plate, auntie put some salt on the plate which I thought worked really good and looked awesome too!! 

Next was the potato cake with dill and prawns. All these were so well presented. Can you tell that they DO NOT work in the food industry? They probably should be going for Masterchef. 

This was very popular among all the others - peking duck wraps! Again, pity they got cold before we could eat. Otherwise they would be so much nicer!! 

The last of the savoury food - swiss roll sandwich with smoked salmon. If I can make all these things, I'll be putting on those 3 tier plates and start charging people $35 per person for high tea :D 

Let's look at the dessert now. Cheesecake brownie with a blueberry on top. 

Then, there were these yummy bite size mini Portuguese custard tarts.

Of course there had to be some beautiful looking macarons!! They were so good that I just have to put a photo of them close up here :p

Lastly, the 1 that impressed me the most was the cupcakes. Each and every single one of them were HAND MADE 1 by 1. They were just STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Everyone were like 'WOW..' and just stared at these with jaw dropped. 

So these were the food served at the ceremony. A few hours after the ceremony we went to Sebel hotel for the reception. 

For entree there was Kangaroo with a baby beetroot and sundried tomato salad. I didn't have this, but my brother who was sitting next to me didn't really like it. He said the salad dressing was too sour. 

I had the Chilled king prawns with smoked salmon and lime aioli. I quite like this, except the menu said "king prawn" but the prawns weren't quite "king prawn" size :p 

For main, 1 of them was the Kingfish with crayfish risotto. Risotto was very nice. I didn't have this dish, but I helped my sis finished her risotto :p I liked the rich creamy sauce. 

I got the Confit duck served with garlic mash potato. My brother got this as well and his comment was "I think there was a discount on salt". Way too much salt on this dish! Looked pretty, but too salty for sure. Luckily there was the nice garlic mashed potato that could sort of made it a little better. 

At least the dessert were not too bad. Citron tart with mascarpone. I quite enjoy this. Sweet and sour at the same time with some creamy mascarpone and the crumbly base. 

The other dessert was the Tia Maria creme brulee with almond biscotti. I remember trying a bit of it, but can't remember much of it actually. 

Not sure if the food at the reception really wasn't that great, or just because we had such great food during the day from the auntie that made these seemed worse than they were. Most of us were quite disappointed with the food that Sebel plated up. Had a chat with the bride a few days later, apparently all these dishes were way better when they did the taste test. Oh well.. 

Anyway, here's the very last photo which was part of our third dessert for the night. The beautiful wedding cake ! and yes, you have guessed it, they both love cats!! :) 

Observatory Hill
Watsons Road
Sydney 2000
Tel: (02) 9217 0485
(contact for the venue, not the food :p)

The Sebel Pier One Sydney
11 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney
Tel: (02)8298 9999


  1. all the food that your friend's aunty made looks so delish! esp the potato and prawn cake nom nom

  2. They were!! Everyone was so impressed with the aunty's cooking.. Not a single piece of anything was left on the plate :)

  3. What a great range of food! And one person made all of the nibblies? Wow, kudos to her! :D

  4. wow i havent seen such beautiful/pretty looking food for a while..esp those macaron with purple fillings and that cake is so funky!

    btw, i havent forgotten about sending you the jap list...its just taking very long coz ive been moving lately. you won't be going anytime to japan soon right?

  5. Hi Lorraine,
    Not just 1 person, the aunty's daughter helped too. Just the 2 of them though, very impressive wasn't it??

    Hey Vivienne,
    You made lots of pretty looking food too!! :) Yeah, no worries. I know you've just moved. Take your time :) How's Melbourne so far??

  6. Cools - I really should put together a list before i forget stuff. But there are a few places that are unforgettable for lots of foodbloggers seem to be blogging about japan loads these days...such a foodie capital!
    Melbourne is slower paced...not as sophisticated as Syd (heheh dun tell the Melb ppl that!) and the weather...hmm sometimes i wonder if this place is habitable for human at all :P but i do enjoy the quaint atmosphere when i stroll around the city and all the food markets are amazing! i think ill have to give this place more time :) and try more restaurants (havent been to many so far coz i have hardly any friends here hehe)