Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Happy 4th of July! :)

As the post title states: Happy 4th of July to all readers in the USA :)

To honour the occasion, I thought it would be a nice idea this week to upload some recipes which were inspired from my recent time in the States. I tasted and savoured quite a few sliders during my time away and was on a mission when I can home to write a good recipe for these tasty little burgers. I paired them with some homemade brioche buns (I find it good to keep a burger bun on the softer side so brioche style works well) and a nice piquant chili tomato relish.

It was a gorgeous day today in Sydney, we all totally forgot it is still actually Winter and Summer is still a few months away as it was 20˚C and gloriously sunny. We had some mates around so I took some shots beforehand of the lunch I prepared in advance this morning.

On a separate note, I’m delighted to announce this past week I signed with Harper Collins in the UK so in addition to Aus. and the U.S., the first What Katie ate book will be published and distributed in the UK and Ireland just a few months after it’s launched in the U.S. and Australia late next year :)

A busy week ahead for me this week, more recipe writing for the book and a few magazine editorial shoots. I’ll be back later this week with some delicious ideas for cocktail party canapés. Have a great week all :) x


When I was in NYC I picked up a bottle of Absolut’s special edition Absolut Brooklyn. I was drawn to it initially in a bar in the West Village as the bottle was really eye-catching and it tasted pretty darn good too… It’s a flavour is based on one of apple and ginger and makes for a really wonderful cocktail base. I did buy a bottle however unfortunately I left it in the freezer in the house I rented in Venice but had a bit of a play around recreating the basic premise of this mix and added my own small twist to create a super simple, super refreshing Summer-time tipple.


As always, I went a tad nuts on the shopping department whilst away and as is the norm with me, I brought back quite a lot of food products from the various gourmet and specialist food stores I visited (much to the amusement of the US and Aussie customs officials…). One store I alway head straight to is Williams Sonoma, in particular I love their pre-packaged food products and after the monumental Pulled Pork Sandwich we had in Provincetown, Cape Cod it was a no-brainer I was bringing back a large jar of the Williams Sonoma Pulled Pork Starter Sauce come hell or high water. I gave it a whirl this weekend to create my own pulled pork sliders to accompany the beef ones below and they were a huge success with the friends for whom who I cooked for today. I personally found the sauce excellent, albeit just a tad too heavy on the chili flavour. I’ll be experimenting this week with my own pulled pork sauce and will post up the recipe when I’ve hit the jackpot and tested it with some mates.

These were two vintage kids skateboards I picked up in Venice CA during my stay on the West coast of the US recently. I adore them and they have pride of place in my kitchen now in Sydney. I found them in a store called Surfing Cowboys on Abbot Kinney Ave.

Ironically I had no idea the store was located on that street and was thrilled when wandering down it one afternoon to spy the shop frontage totally out of the blue. I had found the shop online initially almost 5 years previous whilst doing online research into retro vintage surfboards, as I was looking for a 1st wedding anniversary gift for my husband, so after years of online drooling over their various wares, it was fantastic to finally step inside the shop. Surfing Cowboys contains a great range of really excellent vintage furniture and other home/personal accessories, well worth a gander if you’re in the area…



I’m more of a savoury-tooth sort, but every time I’m in the US I always manage to get my paws on a packet or two of Crackerjack ~ especially when I’m at a baseball game. This is my simple take on traditional Crackerjack popcorn. It’s crazy tasty – albeit a teeny bit messy as the butterscotch coating very really totally dries on the popcorn so prepare for sticky fingers!


John Varvatos is a menswear designer whom I love, his obsession with Rock ‘n Roll is one I share with an immense passion and thus I adore how this sentiment translates into his clothes. I also love his store in New York – a really cool environment which is housed in the old CBGB nightclub. I rarely put up recipes on the blog which I haven’t written and devised myself, however when I discovered this above pizza in a great cookbook I have had here in the house for some time, I felt this was a must for this blog posting – The CBGB pizza by Theo Kalogeracos.

All above images © Katie Quinn Davies


78 Responses to “Happy 4th of July! :)”

  1. July 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    i’m blown away! the feeling i get when i see a photo of yours is indescribable! love every single photo in here <3

  2. July 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the great 4th of July post! Wonderful as always. It truly captures the mood of the celebration.

    Maria @ A Platter of Figs

  3. July 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for a truly inspiring post. I just LOVE abbot kinney blvd! One of my favorite spots in LA. There is a taco truck not far from surfing cowboys called the Kogi Taco Truck. Wonder if you tried it? It’s well known and delicious. Williams sonoma is a long time favorite of mine. There are so many places I would love to visit in australia and bring back food and goodies just like you’ve done here.

  4. July 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I love your blog.

    I’m so excited for the book deal. I hope i can get my hands on a copy, when that day comes :)

  5. July 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    You really do “do it all” don’t you? Thank you once again for such fabulous inspiration – and perfect timing as we are preparing for our annual 4th of July BBQ today~ Enjoy that gorgeous weather~

  6. July 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Those vintage kids skateboards are fabulous! As is all this glorious food. Happy 4th to you.

  7. July 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I reckon those sliders could earn me 45 minutes of free back massage time from my Aussie male …

    (thank you, oh thank you!)

  8. July 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Those sliders look divine! I can taste the caramelised pork just looking at your pics & a brioche bun is great idea. It’s hard to appear ladylike when you’re digging into a burger & your teeth can’t break the bun. Happy 4th!

  9. July 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Gorgeous pics and delicious food. I can almost taste those sliders.

  10. July 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Such a lovely collection of images! I can’t wait for the pulled pork recipe!

  11. July 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    STUNNING photos! Love the antique staging!

  12. July 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful. I love your style.

  13. July 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    This post is beautiful!! Wow. This is like food-vogue.

  14. July 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    BEAUTIFUL POST! Absolutely stunning!

  15. July 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    WOW!…Just WOW! I don’t know what to say! Gorgeous!

  16. July 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    oh my dear God and the stars above, that looks so festive and perfect! I’m SO glad I got the invite to this par….wait.

    Happy 4th!

  17. July 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Tremendous images!
    Just voted for your blog.
    Thank you for the lovely post!

  18. July 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Happy 4th to you too! Everything looks and sounds divine. SO happy I found your blog and I absolutely love your vintage wooden box.

  19. July 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Every single one of your post is a delight for the eyes! And… I want a slider right now! And big congrats for the signing with Harper Collins!!

  20. July 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Everything looks mouth watering! I want to join you for the 4th!

  21. July 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    A very happy fourth it is! Your lovely cocktail looks so refreshing, I could take a sip right now!

  22. July 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Yesssssss…Everything about that first photo (okay, and the entire post) is perfection. The color of the cocktails, the froth, the jars, the straws, the Cadbury Chocolates box angled just so. LOVELY!

  23. July 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I think you need to come back to the states and whip this meal up at my house:-) Gorgeous images and the recipes are making me very hungry! Thank you for the constant inspiration.

  24. July 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous as always! And Happy Fourth of July to you as well! I want to bask in the sunshine all day with one of those delicious apple ginger cocktails….

  25. July 4, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Oooh this is great just in time for 4th of July. Can’t believe it’s here already. I’m drooling over your creations yet again!

  26. July 4, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Yummo! love the drink, I had something similar going last year but with Blood Oranges – very nice!
    Pics fab as always :)

  27. July 4, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Just had to say I’m so thrilled you have a copy of Theo & Co. It was the first food and wine book I made in my job at UWA Publishing and I’m really proud of it!

  28. July 4, 2011 at 1:57 am

    This is Tres fabulous!!! Heading back to Brisbane (is that far from you)? What a nice shout out to the Americans!!! I miss my home NYC, so glad you soaked up all the culture it had to offer! The photos are tres cool, the sliders on the boards, man, totally awesome!

  29. July 4, 2011 at 2:01 am

    What great photos…they are perfect for the 4th! Everything looks delicious!

  30. July 4, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Yum! My food won’t be as artistically presented but I’ll think of this as I chow down tonight and tomorrow. Happy 4th of July to you too!

  31. July 4, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Popcorn … and butterscotch. Need you even post more? My 80 year old wannabe heart sighs at such an old time-y sight.

    Thank you for sharing this little nugget.

  32. July 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Gorgeous menu ideas! Thanks for all the lovely eye candy!

  33. July 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

    What a great post! And I love your pics!!!

  34. July 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Usually I just browse, but today I feel compelled to comment because these photos are absolutely brilliant. While I’m sure the recipes taste delicious, the way you’ve styled the food makes it look that much more appealing. Well done, can’t wait for your book to drop here in the U.S.

  35. July 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I love the flaky paint vintage look. The popcorn sounds delicious too, and congratulations!

  36. July 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    You have a wonderful blog! I don’t know how I found it but it’s my favorite place to visit for food and style inspiration. It’s going to be a hot and sunny day in New England and I’ll be celebrating the 4th with a trip to the beach in Gloucester, an evening picnic and fireworks to end the day. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with the world.

  37. July 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the shout out to our Independence Day! Your blog is wonderful, it both inspires and bewilders me…you are so talented.
    Looking forward to cocktail party canapés….

  38. July 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    beautiful summer images. I’ll save them for Canada day next year. can’t wait for your book!

  39. July 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Wow!!! That looks just amazing! The burgers make my mouth water. Your photography is also incredible.

    Come check out my sister’s blog. It too has some great recipes.

  40. July 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I miss Cape Cod (and Venice)after years spent in both areas, but your post just made me smile – and starving all at once. glad your trip was packed with lots of goodies and purchases. x

  41. July 5, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Most certainly looking forward to the book ! :)

  42. July 5, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Beautiful photos as always! Love your work Katie!

  43. July 5, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Wow! Your stylish photography has me speechless as usual:) Can’t wait to try the cocktail. Thanks for sharing such a fab post.

  44. July 5, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Oh wow those burgers look fab! Def going to try the brioche bun recipe.
    Your pics look amazing as always :)

  45. July 5, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Oh oh- I’ve just discovered your blog- another new addiction! LOVE your photos and how cute is that- those sliders on the skateboard?! I hope you had a chance to visit my friend Kendall Conrad’s shop on Abbot Kinney while you were there.
    I send you greetings from Santa Barbara where the fireworks are going off as we speak (well, as I type)
    I was also, like you, born in Ireland, then raised in Canada, lived in the UK as an adult and just applied for my American Citizenship last week :)
    May I add that two of my favourite things in the world are caramel and popcorn…
    I see a future together!

    PS. Looking forward to your book- Congratulations!!

    Best wishes,
    Slim Paley


  46. July 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Amazing photos. I love that old still-life painting look!

  47. July 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Ooh Im looking forward to the cocktail party canapes!

  48. July 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I got to celebrate the fourth of july twice during my 18months stay in de US. Wish I had had these recipes then, they look yummy!!

  49. July 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Ok, every time I see one of your posts I think…Really? Can her photos get any more gorgeous?! I’m truly speechless. Amazing photos!!! I voted for you on Cosmo! Best of luck! Also, what type of camera/lens do you use?

  50. July 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I just love the photos of the skateboards against the wall. The burgers on the skateboards are just sensational. We are in the grip of American food at the moment aren’t we?

  51. July 6, 2011 at 5:27 am

    so yummy and beautiful!!

  52. July 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Love love LOVE your blog and photos. They are just an inspiration to me to keep blogging and further my journey in food photography! Thanks Katie!

  53. July 7, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Perfect timing – my parents just dropped off two duty free bottles of Absolut vodka and tomorrow I head off for a girls weekend – your Vodka cocktails will be PERFECT!
    Great news on the UK publishing deal – well done you!

  54. July 7, 2011 at 1:21 am

    that popcorn looks fantastic :D

  55. July 7, 2011 at 3:00 am

    The sesame seeds on the table under the skateboard are the perfect finishing touch to a stellar photo. And if only I could get my hands on a Cadbury’s wooden box – from back when they were a little classier, perhaps?

    It’s funny, I’d never think of Williams Sonoma as being a destination store. It’s interesting to hear a different perspective of someone from out-of-country.

  56. July 7, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I really love the way you discuss this kind of topic
    trazado de recorte

  57. July 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Great news on the UK publishing deal – well done you!

    Silver MLM

  58. July 8, 2011 at 4:52 am

    i love your photos and recipes, i’m having girlfriend over next weekend (16-17th)and making pulled pork… do you think you’ll have a recipe by then? i have one already but would much rather try yours :)

  59. July 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Good blog!! Would like to follow your blog on regular basis.

  60. July 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I’m going to have to try making those cocktails, they sound delicious! Your photography and styling is really stunning.

  61. July 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Those budget buns are too cute on the skate board, very creative

  62. July 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

    OMG your doggie looks just like my doggie! Saw you on blog dogs!

  63. July 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    These are the most amazing food images, ever!

  64. July 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    your pictures are AWESOME!!! i love all those details and vintage stuff and simply everything :)

    greetings from austria and have a nice day!

  65. July 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I just came to your blog from i made that and your photography is absolutely stunning! I’m so jealous! I can’t wait to go through your archives and hopefully absorb some of that ;)

  66. July 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    This is the best ever post for 4th of july! Love it!

  67. July 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    It keeps getting better Katie – just amazing photo’s! I am practicing and one day hope to be just half as good as you are at this! Can’t wait to see what is next. Leanne

  68. July 16, 2011 at 6:00 am

    ooh!Fantastic post! as always, some photos and impressive recipes

  69. August 1, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Excellent post and nice images thanks

  70. August 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

    wow i am in awe over the food on your blog! there are so many food bloggers these days so its really refreshing to see a blog that does truly amazing food!

  71. October 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I think these are such great and cool summer dishes and drinks !

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  73. November 22, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I’m making the cocktail tonight and realized that 50ml
    of vodka is only one shot glass, about 2T for 3 cups of other beverages, plus ice. That doesn’t seem enough.
    Is that the correct amount? I know I can just add more, but I like to follow a new recipe exactly the first time.
    Thanks and Cheers!

  74. December 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Realmente aprecio la idea detrás de este gran post.You están haciendo un job.Keep bien para arriba
    edicion imagen

  75. February 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    ohhh. I need some of these in summer. It looks just refreshing. Working on a blog now: onkyo ht-s3400

  76. July 6, 2012 at 5:30 am

    This is really refreshing and appetizing its really what i need now for this celebration.

  77. July 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Nice food to really use to celebrate the 4th of july. thanks for posting this photos.

  78. July 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    This is really refreshing and it is whats needed for this 4th of july celebration.

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