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Sydney Food Blogger Christmas Picnic

It was the 2nd Annual Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic (now that’s a mouthful!) last Saturday. It was my first food bloggers event and I was a little hesitant but was also eager to meet and greet fellow bloggers and to put a face behind all the food blogs that I read.

Unfortunately I was running late, I had breakfast with ‘The Mother’ which was a rookie error! I went for a long run in the morning prior to the picnic and was absolutely ravenous and couldn’t wait till lunch time. I probably ‘should’ have eaten something light, I didn’t expect that there would be SO MUCH scrumptious food at the picnic. Then my Mum came over, with her martabak pan, to teach me how to make martabak manis, which is Indonesian thick pancakes!

The event took place at Centennial Park, and it was a perfect day for it. Being directionally challenged, I was a tad lost, but all I had to do was look for a group of people with lots of cameras, and of course, lots of delicious looking food, and rightly so, I found them! It was a sunny day with a light breeze, and lots of food bloggers! 50 plus people, most with intimidating cameras that made my ‘point and shoot’ quite pathetic!

Check out all the incredible food.

As I was quite late, I didn’t get to taste possibly one of the tastiest and most snapped up dish that day – Billy’s (A Table for Two) ribs! GOD DAMN IT! I didn’t even see what they looked like, as I only saw an empty baking dish! *sigh*. The problem with arriving late!

One blogger, whom I met but forgot the name – SORRY! Made this amazing tower of macaroons! Watch out Adriano Zumbo! I can’t believe the amount of time and effort put into this, she said it took her a good couple of days! Well done! I am not a massive fan of macaroons but couldn’t help but try one of these, and it was good, seriously good! Not as sweet as those from Adriano Zumbo and didn’t have weird flavours – yes, I like plain simple macaroons!

I was full but did manage to try a couple of things, mainly sweets though! I love these melting moments – lemony tangy flavour which just melted in your mouth! It would have gone down so nicely with coffee!

I love the Christmas theme desserts, check out these cute Santa made from Strawberries – it was cleverly done and absolutely awesome! Big juicy strawberries with cream – who doesn’t like strawberries?

And these Santa and little elf cupcakes – I didn’t have any of these, but probably should have taken one home.

These orange, pistachio and cardamom cupcakes were absolutely delightful! That I believe was the last sweet thing I ate at the picnic.

Mental note for next time, do not eat before hand, so many mouth-watering dishes, and I only had a handful of things.

Unfortunately I didn’t take a lot of photos of the food, I was eager to meet and greet with fellow bloggers. I noticed there were fried white chocolate wontons, yup that’s right, fried white chocolate wontons! Keftedes, greek beef meatballs which were yummy, and chicken rolls cut into halves which was also awesome.

After we stood around eating and mingling, we all relocated to our picnic rugs. It’s not a picnic without some sort of games. Helen organised a food blogger Olympics! There were three games, first being a race to see who can pick up all the soy beans with a chopstick and put them in the other bowl first.

Second, blind fold taste test – it was pretty easy, and they all got it right.

Lastly, ‘plating and food styling’ challenge where you had to use whatever food was leftover and creatively plate it up. Then you had to take a photo of it, and posted it on twitter.

Everyone who attended the picnic had to bring a present, buy something food related and quirky for a total amount of $10. We all got a number, and when your number was called out, you could either pick a present from the centre of the rug or steal someone else’s.

Being last to pick a present is probably best, you can ‘steal’ them from others. The most wanted gift was these ninja bread cutters, they were seriously awesome!

I wanted them, but I got my present really early, started with these ice cube makers but was stolen, and ended up with these bacon drink tabs, bacon gum balls and Mr bacon – ‘bendable and lots of fun wherever fun is needed’. Haven’t tried them yet, but I am sure I will blog about it.

Thanks Helen (Grab your fork) and Suze (ChocolateSuze) for organising, had heaps of fun and it was finally great to have met you both! I look forward to seeing you guys next time!

My contribution was Chocolate and Cheese Martabak manis, also known as thick pancakes – unfortunately you had to eat them hot, if cold, it does get a little stringy. My ultimate must have Indonesian snacks when I go back. My mother learnt how to make them on her last visit to Perth and it has been the best thing ever! Mum even bought the pan for it! Brilliant!


250 gram all purpose flour
1 tsp. instant yeast
150 gram granulated sugar
375 cc warm coconut milk
2 eggs
¼ tsp. baking soda

Filling Ingredients:
Sesame seeds
Granulated Sugar
Chocolate Sprinkler
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Condensed Milk


  • Pour in the yeast into the warm coconut milk, stir until well mixed and foamed up, set aside.
  • Mix flour and sugar, then pour in the eggs in the middle of the batter. Keep stirring the mixture until all ingredients are well dissolved. Then put in the baking soda and stir the mixture again until well mixed. Set it aside in a room temperature for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat up the non-stick pan that has been smeared with butter/margarine. Pour the mixture in and let it cook until the surface dried up and the outer layer become crispy brown.
  • Remove the thick crepe and put on a cutting board.
  • Pour granulated sugar on the crepes as well as the condensed milk. Up to your liking, you can pour grated cheese, chocolate sprinkler or sesame seeds on the crepe. You can also combine the filling.
  • Fold the crepe in to two then cut the crepe into 10-12 pieces.

And I had a tiny piece prior to going – no wonder I was STUFFED! It was good though, chocolaty, cheese, and oh so sinful!

I didn’t get to meet everyone, but for those that I did – it was great to have finally met you – finally a face behind all the blogs! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and happy eating! It is the silly seasons after all – lots of food, lots of alcohol and lots of catching up with family and friends!

  1. December 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I totally missed your Martabak manis – doh! I really love savoury Martabak! It was a great event and it was lovely to briefly meet you. I didn’t get enough photos either, so probably won’t write a blog post…so sad.

    • December 13, 2010 at 3:15 am

      ooo mum knows how to make the savoury martabak! will ask her to teach me and put recipe up 🙂 it was lovely to meet you, and hopefully will see you sometime soon!

  2. December 13, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Hello there!
    It was nice to meet you too, if only briefly! Hopefully will have the opportunity to chat more next time, have a great Christmas season! Cheers, Sandra.

    • December 13, 2010 at 3:14 am

      hi there, thanks again for dropping by! it certainly was great to have finally met you. Have a wonderful Christmas, and hopefully will see you soon.

  3. December 13, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Chocolate and cheese martabak?! How did I miss those! So glad you made it, and yes, it’s always advised to come to food blogger events with a very empty stomach. Thank you so much for coming.

    • December 13, 2010 at 3:14 am

      Thanks again for organising, it was great to have finally met you! ya such a rookie error – next year – no brekkie!

  4. December 13, 2010 at 12:36 am

    great to finally meet you in person dude! mmm murtabak

  5. December 13, 2010 at 4:56 am

    omg martabak manis!! I tried making them and it was a fail lol yours look perfect! Maybe I should learn how to make them from the maestro while I’m here in Indo 😛 Too bad I couldn’t make it to the picnic, maybe next time! 🙂

  6. December 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

    And how did I miss those thick pancakes? =( Glad you enjoyed my orange pistachio and cardamom cupcakes though =) Don’t worry about not having an SLR, I have just a basic one and I am still yet to learn to use it properly. Don’t think we met but perhaps at the next one we will =)

  7. December 14, 2010 at 3:28 am

    it was nice meeting you that day! that martabak looks delicious, didn’t get my hands on that. would be looking forward to know how to make the savoury martabak though. 🙂

    • December 14, 2010 at 3:32 am

      hey there! thanks for dropping by, it was so lovely to meet you. i am hoping my mother will teach me this weekend if she is not too busy 🙂 hopefully will see you again sometimes soon!

  8. December 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    heyyyy.. another one that missed the martabak manis 😦 i was on the prowl!! and still miss it 😦
    will have to resort to kingsford then 😦

    was an awesome day wasn’t it!! 🙂

  9. December 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Hey there, it was so nice to meet you too at the picnic! Can’t believe I missed out on your martabak manis!! Next time for sure! Have a great Christmas holiday, Cheers Georgia

    • December 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

      heya, thanks for dropping by! it certainly was nice to meet you! hopefully will see you at the next one. have a wonderful Christmas!

  10. December 17, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Boo I didn’t see your martabak manis!! Glad you loved the strawberry santa’s!

  11. susanna
    February 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Ur martabak looks really good! Can u advise where ur mum got the martabak pan in perth? Ive tried making using non stick pan but of course u cant get really thick martabak.

    Susanna, Perth

    • February 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Hi Susanna, thanks for dropping by 🙂 mum got the martabak pans from indonesia! not sure if you can get them in Syd but i can ask her for you.

  12. December 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Thanks, for your blog it’s really very interesting and informative. Your martabak was very nice.

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