SWEET EASTER TREATS

Special occasions are times when the saying “calories don’t count” is heard often. So why not indulge in some sweet homemade Easter treats.

Here are 2 cute but simple recipes that are guaranteed to please and impress your guests! Created as single servings these treats are perfect for parties and gatherings hosted at any venue – at home, outdoors, or even on a boat.

 

 WHITE CHOCOLATE & PASSIONFRUIT MOUSSE

Served in an Easter egg shell, these treats take less than 30 minutes to prepare and are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

Individual Easter Egg Mousse Cups. Image http://www.taste.com.au. Photography by Louise Lister
Individual Easter Egg Mousse Cups. Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Louise Lister.

Makes: 6         Prep: 5 mins          Cooking Time: 15 mins 

  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup passionfruit pulp
  • 150g white chocolate
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 medium Easter eggs
  1. Use an electric beater to beat 3 egg yolks and ¼ cup caster sugar until pale and creamy. Fold in ½ cup passionfruit pulp alternately with 150g white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly.
  2. Beat 300ml thickened cream until soft peaks form, and in a separate bowl beat 3 egg whites until firm peaks form. Fold into the passionfruit mixture.
  3. Break tops from 6 medium Easter eggs and sit eggs in serving glasses. Fill with mousse and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight until set.
  4. Optional: Serve with chocolate shards for dipping.

Recipe by Michelle Southan (www.taste.com.au)

 

CHOCOLATE NESTS

These fun treats are great for all ages, but will certainly capture the attention of the children at your party. Cute and picture perfect, these can be created in less than 1 hour!

Individual Easter Chocolate Nests.   Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Chris L Jones
Individual Easter Chocolate Nests. Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Chris L Jones. 

Makes: 12         Prep: 45 mins          

  • 200g packet milk chocolate melts
  • 100g packet Chang’s fried noodles, roughly crushed
  • ¾ cup pink fairy floss
  • 110g packet candy coated milk chocolate Easter eggs
  • 12 miniature toy chickens

Note: Fairy Floss is available from some delicatessen and also Kmart. Nests should be eaten straight away, as fairy floss will disintegrate. Miniature toy chickens are available from craft stores.

  1. Grease a 12 hole, 1½-tablespoon capacity round-based patty pan. Line the base and sides of each hole with a strip of baking paper.
  2. Place chocolate melts in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds with a metal spoon, or until melted and smooth.
  3. Add noodles to melted chocolate. Stir to combine. Working quickly, place 1 rounded tablespoon mixture in each hole. Using a spoon, mould into a nest shape. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
  4. Remove nests from pan by sliding a butter knife under baking paper. Remove paper and arrange on a large plate. Place a little fairy floss in the base of each nest. Top each nest with 1 Easter egg and a miniature chicken. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Sarah Murphy (www.taste.com.au)

 

IT’S PARTY TIME!

To compliment these fabulous dessert treats, consider a fabulous party venue! Why not try something different this year for your Easter celebration and take your party off dry land and onto stunning Sydney Harbour!

Enjoy uninterrupted views on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours and celebrate with Sea Sydney Harbour. Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/private-charters.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter!

Do you have a fabulous Easter treat that you would love to share? Share your Easter creations on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #easter #eastertreats #easterfun

LOOKING FOR A ROMANTIC IDEA WITH A DIFFERENCE?

Searching for that perfect date for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours aboard The Kirralee, while you and your loved one cruise on your own exclusive catamaran. The perfect secluded location!!

The secluded location aboard The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Where The Romance Happens

The Kirralee is a beautiful, spacious catamaran that is available for hire in Sydney Harbour. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050 is an Australian designed and built sailing catamaran. There is a large internal cabin and cockpit area with easy access to the front bow area – the perfect spot for some private couple time and to share some love and romantic words.

The bow area aboard The Kirralee. Image - Sea Sydney Harbour
The bow area aboard The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sea Sydney Harbour’s ‘Harbour Romance‘ package is sure to be an experience remembered for years to come.

What’s included?

  • 5 hours exclusive hire of The Kirralee
  • An experienced skipper
  • Fuel costs
  • Wharf and travel fees for one pick-up and drop-off point
  • iPod dock with internal and external speakers
  • Catering services
  • Two large eskys with ice
  • Onboard toilet
  • Swim ladder
  • Onboard safety equipment

 

Catering Services

The ‘Harbour Romance‘ package has two different catering options. Simply make your selection between a seafood platter or a packed picnic, and the rest will be organised for you. A bottle of champagne or wine is also included.

Have a favourite that isn’t on the menu? The team pride themselves on making the experience unique and special to each couple, so if you would like something that has meaning to your special someone, make your request known to the team and they will do their best to accommodate!

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Seafood platter for two. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Let’s Sweep Them Off Their Feet! 

Let Sea Sydney Harbour help organise your special romantic date aboard a private catamaran. The ‘Harbour Romance‘ package is perfect for:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Proposals
  • Anniversaries
  • Romantic dates

 

Enjoy uninterrupted views on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours and cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour. Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/harbour-romance.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private harbour cruise!

Check out Sea Sydney Harbour and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #romance #romanticideas

 

TRENDY NAUTICAL VENUES IN SYDNEY

The Summer season is upon us Sydney siders, so there is no better time to be out and about exploring the beautiful city that we live in. The city is full of amazing key landmarks that are bustling with tourists who are visiting Australia and soaking up some Australian sun, but we’ve discovered some trendy nautical places that are a little lower key and that will allow you to spend your day or night having fun in a relaxed environment. This said, if you do want the full nautical experience you could always hire a catamaran and host an exclusive party with Sea Sydney Harbour.

Here are the team’s top picks of trendy nautical themed places in Sydney (not necessarily in order):

Nautica – Talk about making us feel like we are relaxing on a Greek Island! The styling of this café/bar is absolutely amazing! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this place is ideal for a relaxed beverage or morning coffee, and they do also serve food for all meals of the day. Located in Watson’s Bay just behind Robertson Park, Watsons Bay Beach promenade is just a short stroll away if you do fancy a swim or wish to jump on a ferry to move to your next location for the day.

Perfect location for a morning coffee. Image - http://www.nauticacafebarresto.com.au/
The perfect location to start the day with a morning coffee. Image – http://www.nauticacafebarresto.com.au

 

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – While at Watson’s Bay, a perfectly relaxed atmosphere can be found at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, where there is an amazing beer garden with spectacular views. Whether you are looking for a place to have a meal, a drink or even a coffee or freshly squeezed juice, if you are in Watsons Bay you simply cannot go past this trendy venue. Looking for a place to stay overnight too? I’ve heard the rooms are fabulous, so why not spoil yourself, your friend or partner and book a room for the night. One of my favourite things about this place – the anchor signage on the bathroom doors that spell out MR and MRS!! Truly nautical and on trend… Love it!!

Recently refurbished, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is stunning. Image - http://watsonsbayhotel.com.au/
Recently refurbished, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is stunning. Image – http://watsonsbayhotel.com.au

 

The Ivanhoe Hotel – The other side of town is home to a much-loved local pub set in the heart of Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The magnificent façade has a Hamptons-inspired coastal beach vibe, while cleverly maintaining the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of Manly and a local pub. With the beach within walking distance, it is the perfect location to relax on a hot Summer’s day. Multi-level, with indoor and outdoor spaces, you are guaranteed to find a spot to relax and have a refreshing drink, and you won’t even feel like you left the beach. Both the food and drinks are amazing and the pub is open long hours so you can pop in at any time of the day.

Life rings hanging along the wall of the Ivanhoe Hotel. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour
Life rings hanging along the wall of the Ivanhoe Hotel. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

The Island Bar – Located on Cockatoo Island and open only in the Summer months, the blue, yellow and white décor of this bar definitely fits in with the nautical theme. The bar is constructed from recycled shipping containers, giving it a funky industrial look and keeping with the history of Cockatoo Island as a shipbuilding yard and Commonwealth naval base. With deck chairs available for relaxing in the sun, this is a perfect choice for some daytime drinks and a bite to eat. While on the island why not take a brief tour and uncover some of the history of Sydney Harbour, or if you are up for the experience you can even camp overnight on the island. Alternatively if you hire #thekirralee for an exclusive charter, you can request the skipper stop over at the island while you and your guests can head to the bar.

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The bright yellow deck chairs set out in the sunshine. Image – http://www.theislandbar.com.au

 

Hello Sailor – After a trip from the East, to the North and to the middle of Sydney Harbour, we come back to a central location in the CBD – Darlinghurst. Hello Sailor is a great themed bar for the night time drinking session as it is open from 6pm-3am. It is a small bar that attracts a young crowd and trying the cocktails at this bar is a must! The atmosphere is fun and trendy and the nautical theme is far from subtle, with life rings, boat wheels, rope and oars spread across the venue – exactly what one would expect from a place called ‘Hello Sailor’ I guess. If you did wish to host a function at this venue, it would be best to call and make a booking as the bar does get very busy on some nights.

The busy atmosphere at Hello Sailor. Image – http://concreteplayground.com
The busy atmosphere at Hello Sailor. Image – http://concreteplayground.com

 

Have you discovered any trendy nautical venues in Sydney? We would love to hear about them and share your experience with you!! Share your pictures capturing your nautical fun in Sydney on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #nauticalfun #nauticalplaces

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au for further information on Sea Sydney Harbour and exclusively hiring a catamaran for your next function or email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au to make your booking now!

PARTY THEME IDEAS: SIMPLE AND FUN

Hosting a celebration on a boat calls for some great party theme ideas that are easy but definitely filled with costume fun! Theme ideas can definitely lift the fun of a party, however being an outdoor venue away from home you want something that your group will get on board with, but nothing too out there that it makes your guests feel uncomfortable.

Here are some of our top picks for the boat. Be sure to adapt them to make them your own!

  1. Hello Sailor It might be said that the nautical theme when on a boat is overdone, but it certainly never gets outdated.
Nautical themed Birthday aboard The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

  1. When I Grow Up – Totally dependent on individual interests, this theme allows costume ideas to be as wild and creative as imaginations will run. The list of costume genres is endless, with ideas ranging from actors/actresses to politicians to sports stars, just to name a few.
  1. Summer Beach Fun – Out on the water where the potential for clothing to come off (due to swimming) is high, so why not make the appropriate attire part of your theme? A beachy theme sets the mood for a relaxed fun-filled party.
  1. Moustache Party – A small addition to your everyday outfit, this little touch of fun will be sure to add some laughs to your day.
A selection of moustache shapes to choose from for this party theme. Image – www.theologyofgames.com

 

  1. Fire & Ice – It was implemented so well on one of our favourite TV shows – Revenge. It’s a powerful theme but simple to implement. For those that are more outgoing with their costume ideas, there is nothing that says this party theme can’t be taken literally.
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Fire & Ice theme as featured on popular TV show Revenge. Image – www.pagecovers.com

 

  1. Polka Dot Cutesy – Much more subtle than most other themes, guests are encouraged to wear a polka dot garment. Makes for a cute photo opportunity! Alternatively you can opt for a different pattern or specific colour choice.

Have you been a part of a great party theme idea that you think would work well on a boat? Post your images on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #partythemes.

THE MOST POPULAR SAYING THIS CHRISTMAS – “I’M ON A BOAT”

With the Christmas season fast approaching its time to start thinking about planning your office Christmas Party. Unwrap something new and fun this year and hire a catamaran to cruise around Sydney Harbour. Here’s some top reasons why the phrase “I’m on a boat” will become the most popular saying in your office this Christmas!

Exclusive Venue – No more sharing restaurant space or a function centre with another party. This celebration is for your group only to celebrate all your hard work throughout the year and the holiday period. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! 

Amazing Atmosphere – Being in a new environment away from anywhere that has previously been associated with work meetings of functions brings about a different attitude. Make your Christmas Party an occasion to truly be enjoyed by all. Your colleagues will feel like they can let loose a little and will have waves of fun. 

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Cruise and dance along with Santa Clause this Christmas.  Image – http://salmachowdhury.com/?tag=christmas

 

Customised Experience – Whether you are keen for a day or night cruise, a party cruise or a more relaxed cruise that includes a dip in the water, the experience is up to you. Your experienced Captain can certainly make some suggestions, but you can customise your boating experience to suit your specific group.

Unique – How many people do you know who hire a catamaran exclusively for their Christmas Party? Everyone will love it and the views are breathtaking!

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The views on Sydney Harbour are breathtaking. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

BYO – No bar tabs and no specific catering services must be used! Do you need me to repeat that? No bar tabs and no specific catering services must be used! While Sea Sydney Harbour does have some catering and entertainment options that you can select from, it is purely to make your planning easier. BYO for all food and drinks is allowed!

On trend – There is nothing cooler this Summer than being on a boat and screaming “I’m on a boat” with your friends and work colleagues. Capture this on video and tag Sea Sydney Harbour in your Facebook or Instagram post – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee

I’m on a Boat! Image – http://rathausartprojects.com/blog/2009/12/04

 

Move over “Merry Christmas” because this year its “I’m on a boat”. The Summer holiday period is set to be a good one! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

Share your pictures capturing the fun on Sydney Harbour on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #christmas

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/christmas-parties for further information or email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au to make your booking now!

SHARE THE LOVE BY SHARING THE FOOD: EASY FINGER FOOD FOR ON A BOAT

When it comes to entertaining on a boat you may think your food options are limited, however let me assure you that your choices are many.

Sharing your food is another way to share the love – I mean they often say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – so why not opt for platters and finger food to satisfy hunger and love in one go.

We’ve trialed some simple savoury recipes and tested them for preparation time and hunger satisfaction. Here are 2 of our favourites – easy finger food options on a boat!

 

MINI QUICHE LORRAINE

Great finger food that can be served hot or cold. Create your own flavour by mixing up the toppings you use – ideas include ham and cheese (as below), spinach and feta or sun-dried tomato and olive.

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Great finger food that can be served hot or cold. Image http://www.stuckonyou.com.au

Makes: 32         Prep: 15 mins          Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 slices ham, diced
  • 1 ½ cups cheese, grated
  • 4 sheets short crust pastry
  • 2 tsps. dried parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Cut each pastry sheet into 8 rounds using a scone cutter.
  3. Lightly spray the patty tin. Place pastry in patty tin.
  4. Place cheese, chopped onion and ham in the pastry shell.
  5. Beat egg and milk. Add salt, pepper and parsley.
  6. Pour mixture over the pastry shells and topping.
  7. Sprinkle with extra cheese
  8. Place tray in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the filling is set.

Recipe by Mum

 

CHICKEN & MINT SALAD ROLLS

The perfect summer option that is wonderfully light and refreshing to eat. Add lots of mint for a zingy taste or mix up your fillings to suit your taste buds!

Chicken & Mint Salad Rolls
The perfect summer option that is wonderfully light and refreshing to eat. Image www.taste.com.au. Photography by Aaron McLean

Makes: 30         Prep: 30 mins          

  • 100g rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup torn mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and finely shredded
  • 30 small rounds rice paper
  1. Place noodles in a bowl, pour over boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and cut in several places.
  2. Place lettuce and carrots in a mixing bowl with sugar and chopped herbs. Mix through noodles and chicken.
  3. Dunk sheets of rice paper into warm water to fully immerse then transfer to a bench covered with a clean, damp cloth. Wait for a minute for the paper to soften and become flexible.
  4. Place a small handful of the chicken mixture on the centre of each wrapper. Roll up tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Cover rolls with a damp paper towel or plastic wrap and chill. Rolls will hold their shape for up to 24 hours.
  5. Serve with peanut chilli dipping sauce.

Recipe by Annabel Langbein (www.taste.com.au)

LOTS OF LIGHT AND LOVE FOR VIVID SYDNEY

Vivid Sydney is a spectacular array of light, music and ideas. The festival is an annual event, which is now in its seventh year and there is always something new and fun to explore. If you’re a lover of art, music, live performances or just a fan of Sydney in general, you will love the Vivid Sydney festival!

Falling in love with Vivid Sydney is not a hard thing to do. Here are my top reasons why the Vivid Sydney Festival is so loved.

  • You could go every year and still be amazed at the spectacular display. It is always different.
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Circular Quay on show during the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – www.paxtyvisuals.com

 

  • The festival makes Sydney feel alive and fun, and despite the pre-winter evening chill thousands of people flock to the big city.
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Sydney Opera House. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

  • The atmosphere across the city is absolutely amazing.
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Dance all night during the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

  • At no other time of the year does Sydney look so beautiful!
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Birdseye view of Sydney Harbour. Image – www.dedeceblog.com

 

  • The city comes together inspired by creativity, ideas, lights and fun.
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Vivid Festival crowds near Sydney Opera House. Image – www.theguardian.com

 

This year take up a prime location and see Vivid Sydney from aboard a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Considering the popularity and love of the festival, there is no doubt that the crowds on land will be large with festival crowds expected to grow. What better position to view the city light display then aboard a cruise on Sydney Harbour!

Tickets are on sale now with pricing starting from $29. Sea Sydney Harbour will be running harbour cruises on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings of the event. Cruises depart at 5:45pm and 8:00pm and run for 1.5 hours.

Vivid Sydney is running from the 22nd May 2015 until 8th June 2015. Planning to attend the festival this year? Share your pictures capturing the beautiful art and lights across Sydney on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #vividsydney