A CHEESECAKE FAVOURITE

Captain Frank’s dessert pick for Christmas is a playful cheesecake that will go down a treat with both adults and kids – he’s never the one to make it… but he sure does love to eat it!

 

PEANUT BUTTER & POPCORN CHEESECAKE

“Include peanut butter and you have a winner dish!” – Captain Frank

Time to serve. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour.

Serves: 12         Prep: 45 mins          Cooking Time: 10 mins

  • 1¼ cups chocolate biscuit crumbs
  • 80g butter melted
  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tsp gelatine dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup thickened cream, softly whipped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup thickened cream, extra
  • ¼ cup popping corn, popped as per packet instructions
  1. Combine biscuit crumbs and butter then press into the base of a greased and lined 22cm round springform pan. Chill.
  2. Beat the cream cheese, caster sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in gelatine and peanut butter, then fold through cream. Pour mixture over prepared base. Chill for 3 hours or until set.
  3. Heat sugar in a saucepan over a medium-high heat, without stirring, for 2 minutes or until sugar begins to melt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Remove from heat and carefully add extra cream. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool.
  4. Top cheesecake with popcorn and drizzle over sauce. Serve immediately.

 

SHARE YOUR DESSERT FAVOURITE

Do you have a dessert idea that you would love to share? We would love to see it as Captain Frank and the team enjoy tasty food both on land and on water. Share your dessert selections on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #christmas #dessert #yesimadeit

NAUTICAL GIFTS FOR MUM

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate Mum like never before!

We’ve been shopping to find some of the best gift ideas for mum… Of course they all have a little nautical inspiration, but it’s a timeless concept, so why not indulge in a little nautical love!!

We’ve selected our top picks and ideas to make mum’s day!!

1. Personalised Nautical Wine Glasses – We all know how hard mum works, so at the end of the day that glass of wine seems well-deserved. With these personalised Nautical Wine Glasses, mum can sip her favourite chilled wine in a coastal-inspired engraved wine glass. Personalise a set of 4 glasses with some engraving and mum will feel like she is sailing an endless ocean next time she sits down to indulge in her favourite wine. Don’t forget to include her favourite bottle for that added special touch!

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Pour mum a glass of wine in these quality personalised wine glasses. Image –  http://www.thenewenglandtradingcompany.com

 

2. Sea of Love Message in a Bottle – Remembering it’s the thought that counts shower mum in a sea of loving words! Send your personal special message in a bottle to create something unique and sentimental for mum. This unique gift is truly from the heart and your personal message can be printed, rolled into a scroll and placed inside a bottle of sand. It will truly emulate a feeling of a “bottle washed ashore” and will be a gift mum will cherish for a lifetime.

3. Experience Vivid on Sydney Harbour – For the mum who loves an experience, it’s all about spending quality time with family and friends – a harbour cruise to take in the Sydney sights and the lights of Vivid Sydney could be just the perfect gift idea! Select a night to visit the Vivid Sydney festival, which commences late May and runs to mid June, and enjoy the water together with the beautiful light display. Share an intimate cruising experience with mum aboard a beautiful catamaran and make your night even more special by stopping off for a fancy seafood dinner before boarding the vessel. Discover more about this 5-star experience.

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Take mum out for the evening and experience the Vivid Sydney light display on a boat. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

4. Nautical Fashion – For the mum who loves to be in style, consider a nautical fashion piece for her wardrobe or a beautiful accessory. Whether it be that sassy pair of shoes, a trendy nautical inspired jacket or something a bit more subtle with those timeless navy blue and white strips, mum will sure be on trend when she heads out for the day. Start by browsing the catalogues of some her favourite fashion brands and no doubt you will soon come across a nautical inspired piece. It’s a staple item for those mums that love to be in style!

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Mum will be sure to be on trend with a timeless nautical piece to add to her wardrobe. Image – https://sparkleshinylove.com/cozy-nautical-sweater/

 

5. Summer Accessories – Does your mum love to be outdoors and get in the water? Spruce up her outdoor accessories and sporting equipment with some summer coastal inspiration and stock her up with those things that you know she uses and loves! Compile a beach towel and bag, some sunnies, a paddle or two and why not go big and purchase her that paddle board or kayak that you know she’s been eyeing for some time? It’ll be a great new hobby for her and will keep her fit, healthy and happy – who knows she may even let you borrow her new toy sometime!

We’re hoping that some of these gift ideas float your boat and are suitable for your special mum! Feel free to add your nautical gift ideas to the comments below, as we would love to hear them.

Wishing all mums a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 

SUMMER SALAD SENSATIONS

Summer celebrations on a boat are perfect for any occasion. And you can’t have a celebration without enjoying some amazing food!

For a more relaxed feel enjoy some nibbles to start, a great Aussie BBQ and of course, you can’t have a BBQ without some side salads! We’ve provided two refreshing options for Summer salads that are tasty, filling, loved by Captain Frank, and best of all appropriate for being on a boat.

 

HALOUMI & SPICED LENTIL VEGGIE SALAD

This salad is great for Summer lunches or dinners. Serve with freshly BBQ’d haloumi slices, for a mouth-watering side that will steal the show.

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Warm haloumi slices are a must. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

Serves: 4         Prep: 10 mins          Cooking Time: 5 mins 

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 2 cucumbers, chopped
  • 350g medley tomatoes, halved
  • 50g baby rocket leaves
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 180g haloumi, cut into 1-cm thick slices
  1. Heat a small frying pan over high heat. Add the cumin and coriander, and cook for 1 min or until toasted. Combine the spice mixture, onion, lentils cucumber, tomato, rocket and parsley in a large bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and half the oil. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a medium frying pan over high heat. Add the haloumi and cook for 2 mins each side or until golden.
  3. Divide the lentil salad among serving plates. Top with haloumi and sprinkle with lemon zest to serve.

Recipe by Curtis Stone

 

PRAWN, MANGO & AVOCADO SALAD 

For a refreshing and easy to prep salad, look no further then this colourful dish. Add warmth by grilling the prawns on the BBQ, or serve fresh. Perfect for any outdoor meal!

Colourful and refreshing. Image – www.taste.com.au. Photography by Mark Roper

Serves: 4         Prep: 25 mins          Cooking Time: 5 mins (optional)

  • 400g cooked tiger prawns
  • 2 mangos, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2 avocados, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2 limes, plus lime wedges to serve
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 long red chilli, seed removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, leaves separated
  1. Peel, devein and roughly chop half the prawns. Place in a bowl with mango and avocado.
  2. Grate the zest of half a lime, then juice both limes. Place the lime zest and juice in a small bowl with the coriander, chilli, honey and oil. Whisk to combine and season well. Pour over prawn mixture and toss to combine.
  3. Add lettuce leaves to salad mixture and serve with the remaining prawns and lime.

Recipe is a moderation from www.taste.com.au

 

IT’S SUMMER TIME!

Enjoy these salads with a great Aussie BBQ on a boat cruising Sydney Harbour and take in the views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. Once on board the crew will find a nice calm destination to anchor the vessel and cook the BBQ for you and your guests, so you can relax and enjoy your company and the amazing scenery.

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/private-charters.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry. There is no better place to experience an Aussie BBQ!

Do you have a tasty Summer salad to share? Share your favourite flavours with us on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #summer #summersaladsensations #summerfun #yesimadeit 

THE ULTIMATE HEN’S PARTY EXPERIENCE

Bridesmaids, stop the searching, because we have the perfect answer for your ultimate Hen’s party experience… Imagine you and the girls hosting your get together in the very heart of Sydney Harbour, drinking, laughing and creating memories #onaboat.

Whether you are after a day or night event, you and your guests can exclusively hire a beautiful spacious catamaran to host your very own private party and let the fun begin!! Enjoy quality time with the besties and experience uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours.

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Quality time with the girls on Sydney Harbour. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Where the Fun Unravels 

The vessel is a beautiful catamaran that is available for hire in Sydney Harbour. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050 is an Australian designed and built sailing catamaran. Perfect for private hen’s parties, the vessel can accommodate for up to 30 people. Make use of the large internal cabin for formalities and party games and enjoy the easy access to the front bow area that will keep your party flowing.

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The bow area aboard the vessel provides plenty of space for your party guests to mingle. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sea Sydney Harbour’s Hen’s Party package is sure to be an experience that will create memories for a lifetime!

What’s included?

  • 3 hours exclusive vessel hire
  • An experienced skipper and deck hand/host
  • Fuel costs
  • Wharf and travel fees for one pick-up and drop-off point
  • iPod dock with internal and external speakers (choice of your own tunes)
  • Catering services
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Two large eskys with ice
  • Onboard toilet
  • Swim ladder
  • Onboard safety equipment

 

Catering

There is an array of catering options to select from when hiring the boat, or you can opt to self cater. Our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu is our recommended option for Hen’s parties and this includes cheese, antipasto, wrap and fruit platters to graze on throughout the party. All drinks remain BYO, however included in our Hen’s package is a bottle of champagne to toast the bride to be – or perhaps better utilised to reward the bridesmaids for all their hard work!?!

A selection of food from our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu. Images – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Entertainment for the Ladies

If you’re looking to add some cheeky entertainment to the celebrations, Sea Sydney Harbour can organise waiters to serve and entertain you on the day. All our waiters are friendly, dare we say sexy, come with a smile, and the bridal party won’t have to lift a finger.

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One of our cheeky waiters having a laugh with party guests. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Alternatively why not set sail to the beautiful cityscape with one of the most sought after Sydney Drag Queens hosting your party – the one and only Prada Clutch! A multi-talented singer, performer, hostess, drag queen, showgirl & all-round entertainer she will have you in stitches from the minute you board the vessel and will be sure to make your Hen’s party unforgettable!

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The fabulous Prada Clutch entertaining party guests and embracing the nautical theme. Image – Sydney Drag Queen

 

Let the Fun Begin!

Let Sea Sydney Harbour host the ultimate Hen’s party for your bestie!! We could not think of anything better than enjoying time with the girls, drinking, laughing and creating memories in the heart of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/hens-parties.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter!

Check out Sea Sydney Harbour and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #hens #hensparty #hensnight #bridetobe #bridesmaids #girls #girlsnightout #girlsjustwanttohavefun

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WINTER WARMERS: HEARTY SOUPS TO WARM YOUR INSIDES

With winter upon us, here are Captain Frank’s favourite winter warming recipes – hearty soups that are simple to make and will leave you wanting more.

 

PUMPKIN AND CHORIZO SOUP

“You just can’t have pumpkin soup without the addition of chorizo!! And lots of it!!” – Captain Frank

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Individual soup servings. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

Serves: 4         Prep: 20 mins          Cooking Time: 40 mins 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chorizos, finely diced
  • 2 small brown onions, coarsely diced
  • 900g Kent pumpkin, skin removed, seeded, cut into 2.5cm chunks
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, coarsely diced
  • 3 gloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • ¾ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 cups water
  • ¼ cup thickened cream
  • 2 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and chorizo and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until crisp on the outside. Transfer the chorizo on a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the onions then pumpkin and carrot to the same pan and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the onions and pumpkin begin to soften. Add the garlic, bay leaf, smoked paprika and cumin and cook, stirring for 5 minutes, or until the pumpkin begins to caramelise.
  3. Add the vinegar and cover with the water. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender. Add the cream and bring back to a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Discard the bay leaf.
  4. Working in batches, blend the soup in a blender until smooth. Pour batches back into the saucepan to reheat. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  5. Ladle into four bowls. Top with cooked chorizo and pepitas.
  6. Optional: Drizzle with extra virgin oil and serve with bread.

Alteration on recipe by Curtis Stone

 

PEA AND BROCCOLI SOUP WITH CHEESY CROUTONS

“This is a great vegetarian option and the cheesy croutons are the perfect addition to the dish.” – Captain Frank

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Tasty and colourful. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

Serves: 4         Prep: 15 mins           Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, coarsely chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 cups (1L) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 small head broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups (240g) frozen peas
  • 20g butter
  • 4 thick slices bread
  • 2 slices tasty cheddar
  • Coarsely chopped chives
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, leek, potato and garlic. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the stock and bring to boil. Add the broccoli and peas. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until broccoli is very tender.
  2. Transfer the broccoli mixture to the jug of a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the saucepan over low heat and heat through.
  3. Preheat a sandwich press or large frying pan over high heat. Spread the butter evenly over 1 side of each bread slice. Sandwich the cheddar, butter side out, between bread slices. Cook in sandwich press for 2 minutes or in frying pan for 2 minutes each side, or until cheddar melts and the bread is golden brown. Cut into 2cm wide croutons.
  4. Divide the soup among serving bowls. Top with the croutons and sprinkle with chives to serve.

Recipe by Curtis Stone

 

SHARE A MEAL

While sharing these tasty soups with friends and family over a chattering dinner, why not start planning your next celebration and consider an exclusive cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a beautiful spacious catamaran.

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! Ideal for birthdays, hen’s parties, buck’s parties and corporate events, experience the harbour with those same guests that you share your loving meals with.

Do you have a tasty winter warmer recipe that you would love to share? Share your winter recipe creations on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #winter #winterwarmers #yesimadeit

5 MINUTES WITH CAPTAIN FRANK

Our favourite skipper Frank took some time out of his busy schedule to share his vision and thoughts on life on Sydney Harbour. Here’s what we discovered in 5 minutes (ok, it may have went a little over time):

What do you love most about being a skipper on Sydney Harbour? 

Being able to do something that you love everyday can be hard to find in life. I just love what I do and the fact that I get to do it on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and share it with others is amazing!

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Nautical is never far away with Captain Frank. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

What is your most memorable experience on Sydney Harbour? 

Hmmmmm… My most memorable experience would have to be… (long pause) New Years Eve. Spending New Years Eve out on Sydney Harbour every year amongst all the parties and celebrations. I couldn’t ask for a better view!

Have you always wanted to work in the boating industry? How did your passion and love for boats come about? 

My passion for boats and the water started from a really young age, when I was out on my uncle’s boat up around Coffs Harbour. I developed a love for the water and I decided then and there I wanted to make a career out of it! I saved up and bought my first boat at the age of 12.

Talking about making a career out of your passion, you’re not just a skipper on the Harbour, but you actually own and drive your own charter boat. When did you establish this business and are there big plans for the near future? 

Yes, this is correct. The business (Sea Sydney Harbour) was established in early 2015 when we purchased The Kirralee, our 10.5 metre catamaran. It is going well and so far we are really enjoying it and have already started to expand. I hope together with my wife we can build a strong and solid company. We have some exciting adventures lined up for 2016.

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The amazing catamaran – The Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

The Kirralee is the name of your charter boat. If you could describe her in a single word what would it be? 

Amazing.

What can we expect from an experience aboard The Kirralee? 

The opportunity to cruise Sydney Harbour like never before and create memories! If you charter The Kirralee you get exclusive hire for you and your guests and you really explore, or shall I say “Sea Sydney Harbour” (pun intended). Any customer that comes on board receives service with a smile, punctuality, a crew that is willing to go above and beyond and of course use of our spacious, clean boat. Customers are exposed to great views and picture opportunities, while spending qt (quality time) with friends and family. It’s an intimate cruising experience!

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Our friendly crew member Pete, cooking the BBQ for guests aboard a private charter. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Tell me how I go about booking your beautiful catamaran? 

You can simply call me direct on +61 452 188 739 or send us an email at info@seasydneyharbour.com.au. Our Customer Service team is great and will generally get back to you within 24 hours. You can also jump on our website or our Facebook page to browse through information on the service we provide and see pictures of the fun had aboard The Kirralee. There is lots of it and we definitely hope to see you on board!!

 

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Sea Sydney Harbour operates 7 days a week and are happy to accommodate to customer requests for charter dates, times and pick up and drop off locations in Sydney Harbour. To make an enquiry or book your exclusive charter email the team at info@seasydneyharbour.com.au.

Create lasting memories and experience the joy of Sydney Harbour. Visit www.seasydneyharbour.com.au for further information.

Once aboard share your experience on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee

VIVID SYDNEY +5

It’s back… bigger and brighter than ever!! +5 for the 5 stars that this festival deserves – a true 5 out of 5 star rating!! And +5 for the additional 5 nights that the festival will run for in 2016!!

The longest ever Vivid Sydney Festival will shine for 23 nights, illuminating Sydney Harbour, new and much-love precincts, and hosting vibrant music performances and big ideas talks. The festival runs from Friday 27th May through to Saturday 18th June 2016.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House well-lit and claiming all the attention. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

The sails of the Sydney Opera House will continue to be a key feature of the Vivid Lights festival and will transform into an animated canvas of the oldest Australian Indigenous art. Vivid Sydney’s brilliant lights also return to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, yet new additions to the festival include Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, which will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

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The water-theatre fountain in Darling Harbour. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Beyond Vivid Lights, Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues in the line up. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts and storytellers, shaping the creative landscape for upcoming artists, who will headline Vivid Ideas.

 

Vivid Sydney Festival Harbour Cruises

Cruise with colour and creativity and experience the 5 star Vivid Sydney Festival from a prime location cruising Sydney Harbour. See the spectacular sights and sounds and enjoy the scenic views of Sydney’s enlightened buildings and landmarks. Aboard The Kirralee, there are indoor and outdoor areas for viewing the light displays, so skip the crowds and experience the festival on a boat with Sea Sydney Harbour.

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The stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge shining bright and bold. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Ticketed cruises run for 1.5 hours and there are various departure times on each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the festival. Cruises will also be running on the public holiday Monday 13th June.

Light refreshments and soft drink will be provided. Passengers can choose to BYO alcoholic beverages. No corkage fees apply.

Vivid Harbour Cruises are perfect to bring along the whole family and enjoy breathtaking views of Sydney and the spectacular light display!

What’s included?
• 1.5 hour charter aboard The Kirralee with an experienced skipper and deck hand/host. An intimate cruising experience with maximum passenger numbers of 30.
• Pick up and drop off at King Street Wharf
• Light refreshments and soft drink

 

Grab Your Ticket Today!

Named Australia’s best tourism event for 3 consecutive years, this festival is not to be missed!! Why not experience Vivid Sydney aboard a harbour cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour.

Cruise with colour and creativity and enjoy 5 star views of Sydney’s iconic buildings and landmarks bathed in bright lights and vibrant colours. Find Sea Sydney Harbour on Facebook, like our page and follow the ‘Vivid Sydney Festival 2016 Harbour Cruises’ event to discover the latest information and keep up to date on ticket availability. Contact us! Tickets are available now!

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Moving lights captured at the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Once aboard share your experience on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #vivid #vividsydney #vividsydneyfestival

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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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