Monday, January 17th, 2011

Happy Australia Day :)

Well Aussie Day just isn’t Aussie day without someone making a ‘Pav’. Albeit a simple dessert, it’s always a winner at dinner parties/BBQs etc. and super easy to prepare in advance….

Some yummy produce gobbled up by moi from the one and only Gourmet Grocer in Balmain, including a fantastic new American goat cheese cheddar direct from Vermont called; Snow White. I dropped into Andy on Saturday and I bought a chunk of it to have with some wine over the weekend and it lasted all of about an hour once my husband and I got our paws on it. Totally divine, smooth and creamy and a refreshing change from ‘normal’ vintage style cheddar.

Extra wonderful news this week I found out too is Andy and Colin have just set up, fantastic stuff all round as they lads are more than happy to ship internationally and carry some of the best gourmet goodies in Sydney. The also have an extensive cheese selection which was voted best in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald recently – no easy feat considering the standard of cheese shops in this gorgeous city.( Well done again guys!)

“It’s a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll…”

This is the recipe which was featured in this month’s Real living Magazine, I wrote this recipe as part of the Aussie Day shoot I did for the guys at RL, since then a lot of people have been mailing me asking where they can get their hands on it online – so here you go it’s right here at the Real Living in the main food index section

What’s Aussie Day with someone throwing another shrimp on the barbie?!

All images © Katie Quinn Davies

A few piccies from a great weekend in the Hunter Valley with some mates back in December. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few days away from it all, doing wine and cheese tastings and just generally kicking back and forgetting about all life’s stresses.

All images © Katie Quinn Davies

All images © Lucas Allen

Image © Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

I had full intentions last Monday to cook, style and shoot a new post for the blog, but alas due to a very hectic work schedule, I had to succumb to defeat and regretfully postpone the new recipes I had planned until this weekend just gone. So sorry folks for the delay but seeing as it’s Aussie day tomorrow and we’re expecting a scorcher here in Sydney, I thought it was only proper I make this week’s recipes a little Antipodean…

I am also delighted too to report in the run up to Christmas I was approached by the team at Martha Stewart Living in NYC with regards to working with them for a future magazine feature, the outcome of which was I styled and shot a 10 page editorial for them over the Xmas period which is scheduled to run in their April 2011 issue and extra excitingly, a week or so ago I was videoed by the truly outstanding Lucas Allen for the Martha Stewart Living iPad app – which will accompany the printed magazine photo editorial on the iPad in April, showing how I work here on a day to day basis and a little more behind the scenes stuff. Being one who much prefers being behind the camera as opposed to in front of it, I can attest I am a tad nervous to look at it when it is completed but I was utterly over the moon to work with the team in NYC and wait in anticipation to see the video – at least I now have a totally valid reason to convince my hubby it’s necessity to splurge on a long-wanted iPad ;)

Happy Aussie Day xxx

47 Responses to “Happy Australia Day :)”

  1. January 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Happy Australia’s Day! Miss that wonderful land!

  2. January 25, 2011 at 8:12 am

    That is amazing!!! You must be so proud! Well done girl…. amazing opportunities! :) I hope I can be close to where you are professionally one day…

  3. January 25, 2011 at 8:31 am

    oooooh I will make sure to get the April issue when it comes out!!! Congrats on all these jobs Katie!!!

  4. January 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

    ahhhh best blog ever.

  5. January 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Happy Australia day. Your post was choc full of so many inspiring images and ideas. Thank you so much.

  6. January 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

    So many great news!!!Congratulations!!!

  7. January 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Lovely pictures as always! I think I need to make a pavlova ASAP.

  8. January 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. !! Happy Australia Day Katie … this post is yet another virtual treat! Congrats on all the fab work you’ve got roped in for. Excellent!

  9. January 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

    How exciting, congratulations! Those recipes and photos are amazing.

  10. January 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

    How exciting, congratulations! Those recipes and photos are amazing.

  11. January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Love your recipes, but please don’t print them white on black. It’s not very eco-friendly and such a waste of ink :(

  12. January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Happy Australia day….Even though there’s no recipe, you’ve got some great photos for us to drool over!

  13. January 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm


  14. January 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Those prawns? OMG. I feel like a broken record, but all of these images are just so gorgeous… So beautifully styled! I love the crumbs in the sausage roll picture. Great textures!

    I’m happy to hear that you’re getting such great jobs. You deserve it!

  15. January 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Girl – you are absolutely one of my top go-to sources for inspiration~ It is so obvious how hard you work, but the results are stunning. Bravo!
    Have a fabulous rest of your week,

  16. January 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, sausage rolls – my absolute favourite! Perfect Australia Day fare :)

  17. January 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    happy australia’s day! the foods in this post look amazing!!

  18. January 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    How fantastic!!
    You’re such an inspiration.

  19. January 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Juhuuu! Katie, I’m so proud of you. Great job. Congrats!!! I can’t wait both Pete’s book and the Living mag.

  20. January 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Happy Australia Day Katie!!

    Awesome, awesome post!!

  21. January 26, 2011 at 12:15 am

    What an overwhelming post !
    Can’t wait to see you in action ;)
    Happy Australia Day !

  22. January 26, 2011 at 1:21 am

    congratulations katie! loved the work in real living magazine and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next and see your work in so many fabulous resources and cookbooks!

    Happy Australia Day!

  23. January 26, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Would it be rude if I invited myself to visit you next year for Aussie Day? If it’s okay with you I need a few days notice as Montana is far far away, kidding of course. As always everything looks splendid.

  24. January 26, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Congrats on all your achievements. Your photos are inspiring. Can I say I’m insanely jealous of your talents.;)

  25. January 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Happy Australia day Katie!! You are amazing! Your pics always take my breath away… so talented!!

  26. January 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Happy Australia day Katie!! You are amazing! Your pics always take my breath away… so talented!!

  27. January 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Happy Australia Day, luv! So happy see your splendid news. Cheers to your creative spirit & success!

  28. January 27, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Gosh ridiculous amazing photography as always. I can always look at any of your photographs are just just point out why it works in such an amazing way.

  29. January 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I am a stylist in the U.S. LOVE your work, you were bound to be discovered by the Martha Team , I will be honest you are almost too good for Martha! HA
    Love reading your posts, I am a fan! (we follow each other on twitter* AJstylist)

  30. January 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I have just discovered your blog. Really glad I found it. Lovely pics. After all, as we say in Germany “das Auge isst mit” (very loosely translated: the eyes eat, too). Hello from far far away. Looking forward to more pics, posts and recipes.

  31. January 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous blog. You are such an incredible talent. I’m thrilled to have discovered you!

  32. January 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    ur blog is absolutelly gorgeous! im following you now!


  33. January 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Wowwwww que fantastico blog!!!! estoy emocionada! me encanta! las recetas son una maravilla y las fotos increibles!
    A partir de ahora te sigo para que no se me escape ninguna de tus fabulosas recetas!!!

  34. January 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Congrats! That’s quite the feather in your cap! I’ve never had or made sausage rolls before… now I won’t be happy until I do. I have the same vintage green cup that’s on the left side of the “Haute Tea” photo… crazy, huh!

  35. Anonymous
    January 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful post!! Re Vogue living – what is the issue as I would like to look for it here in UK?

  36. January 30, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Oh your blog is so truly delicious! what amazing photographs and recipes you have here, I could have stayed all day.

  37. January 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Just love the stylized food photography!

    Check out our attempts at doing so at

  38. January 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Have just stumbled upon your blog. Beautiful food and beautiful photos, katie.

    Ps- I adore those antipodes bottles! They make the most perfect vases…

  39. January 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Yum!!!! So happy to have stumbled upon your amazing blog ( via Bodie and Fou). Will be back for sure to fill my belly.

    Hope your day is beautiful!


  40. January 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    lady, i love your blog and the photos… are so amazing!!

  41. January 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    can’t wait to see your MS feature katie. so exciting!! xxoo

  42. February 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Everything here is always so beautiful, Katie. Absolutely fantastic. Love each and every recipe and each and every photo. You are a talented girl!

  43. February 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    This is one of the most visually arresting blog posts I have ever seen. You are an amazing photographer and visual artist, Ms. Katie. I’m so glad to be one of your blog’s followers.

  44. February 21, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Hi Katie, a friend mentioned to me that you gave me a shout out on the blog!
    Thanks very much, I’m chuffed.
    Great work as always.

  45. February 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    hi Katie, what issue of Vogue Living Aus is that? (Can’t see, even on the enlarged image…) Looks like a great issue, and I must have missed it!

    Love your blog. So inspiring.

  46. February 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

    i just discovered your blog…nice one :)

  47. Anonymous
    August 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Here what i found -> vision correction

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