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We Came, We Blogged, We Enjoyed – NZFBA Conference

The day after New Zealand’s first annual food bloggers conference and I have the same feeling the day after Christmas or when you come to the end of a really good book. What a day it was, 26 people you have only conversed with on Internet, coming together as stranger but leaving as good friends….a big family even.

I think I am just winding down, beer in hand and good French cheese and bread on the table waiting come to room temperature. Even though there is an empty space where the conference organising build up sat for months, I have warm fuzzies from all the friends I made on the day and the enthusiasm they all have for next years conference. We already plotted into the small hours of the morning after the event for next years, where did we find the energy?

A big thanks to all our presenters, Andrea, Jaco, Alessandra, Bron, Emma, Louise and and our venue hosts The Tasting Shed for the conference venue and Cook the Books for the evening event.
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A big thanks to our sponsors who generously gave us yummy delights.
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List of Sponsors
http://www.cookthebooks.co.nz/
http://www.kohuroad.co.nz/
http://www.gupuds.com/
http://www.teza.co.nz
http://www.ilovepies.com/
http://www.madmillie.com/
http://www.pacificharvest.co.nz/
http://www.whittakers.co.nz/
http://www.kokako.co.nz/
http://www.gravitycoffee.co.nz/
http://www.belltea.co.nz/
http://www.annies.co.nz/
http://www.photo.co.nz/
http://www.cooperscreek.co.nz/
http://www.loaf.co.nz/
http://www.cuisine.co.nz/
http://www.hubbards.co.nz/
http://www.newhollandpublishers.co.nz/

A few pics from the day, although I was a distracted there were many take by everyone else.

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A list of attendees where you are likely to hear more about the conference on their blogs so do drop by.

Alessandra Zecchini – http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.com/
Alli Pirrie-Mawer – http://www.peasepudding.wordpress.com
Andrea Wong – http://www.dlish.co.nz
Bron Marshall – http://bronmarshall.com
Carmella Lee – http://easyfoodhacks.blogspot.com
Christina Hoey – http://gninwordon.blogspot.com
Christy Harcourt – http://ellicestreetgalleykitchen.wordpress.com/
Jaco Swart – http://rainbowcooking.co.nz
Jemma Adams – http://timeforalittlesomething.com/
Julie Treanor – http://www.domestic-executive.com
Kristina Douglas – http://plum-kitchen.blogspot.com/
Lesley MacMichael – http://www.eatetc-lesley.blogspot.com
Mairi Herbert – http://toast-mairi.blogspot.com/
Mika Reilly – http://milliemirepoix.wordpress.com
Moira Clunie – http://aucklandvegan.wordpress.com
Rosa Wakefield – http://www.mrscake.co.nz
Rowan Bishop – http://rowanbishopfoodwriter.blogspot.com
Saya Hashimoto – http://sasasunakku.com
Shirleen Oh – http://sugarandspice-and-allthingsnice.blogspot.com/
Sue Busch – http://couscous-consciousness.blogspot.com/
Vanessa and Ingrid Opera – http://www.foodopera.blogspot.com
Viviane Perenyi – http://atdownunder.com/
Emma Boyd – http://ourkitchen.fisherpaykel.com/
Louise Fawcett – http://www.pacificharvest.co.nz/

Rose Turkish Delight

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I’ll just manage a quick post before the food bloggers conference on Saturday which is taking up most of my spare time organizing. Did you know we are having our first ever New Zealand food bloggers conference? I’m so excited to be meeting another 25 food bloggers who will be attending the conference who i have followed and chatted with on the blogger-sphere. I’ll let you know how it went once its over and I have a vino in hand and my feet up.

This is my first attempt at Turkish Delight even though it is one of my favourite sweets I have never made it before. When looking for a recipe I found there are two kinds, one you just boil the ingredients like you would jam and the other adds gelatin. I decided to make the one with gelatin, I thought it least likely to fail and would perhaps not go sticky in our humid weather. I have used a recipe from The Good Food Channel but reduce the amount of gelatin since I use agar.

Ingredients
sunflower oil,for greasing
2tsp agar gelatin powder (Pacific Harvest)
255 ml water
4 tsp rose water
450 g caster sugar
3-4 drops red food colouring
2 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp cornflour

Method
Lightly oil a 20x25cm baking tin.
Mix the gelatine, water and rose water in a large heavy-based pan and add the sugar.
Heat gently until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved, stirring continuously.
Bring to the boil without stirring.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the heat, stir in the food colouring and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes.
Pour the mixture into the oiled tin and leave to set for 24 hours.
Cut into squares.
Mix the cornflour and icing sugar together and toss the Turkish Delight in the mixture.
Store in an airtight container, between layers of greaseproof paper.

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