Real Food Round-Up – Conferences

roast beef conference dinner

Every week I share a round-up of my dinners from the previous week – both the good and the bad!

First of all, congratulations to the lucky winners of a double pass to the Real Food Festival, Lee-Anne and Tanay. I’ve sent you both an email and I need you to send me your addresses (to so that we can post out the passes.

Last week was unusual in that I didn’t cook a single dinner. In fact, I don’t think I cooked a single meal over the whole week. Don’t worry, there was a reason for that; I was only at home for around 12 hours between my conference trip to Perth and the Problogger conference on the Gold Coast. I did have a lot of good food on both trips, but it was quite rich and you never have the same level of control that you have at home. I’m looking forward to detoxing a bit this week. 

Monday – The conference dinner: roast beef with gravy, roast potatoes and pumpkin, green beans, carrots, salad and gluten free pasta (above).

Stir fried veggies and chicken

Tuesday – Stir-fried chicken and veggies with rice, with fresh chillies and coriander.

qantas meal brisbane to perth

Wednesday – Dinner on the plane on the way home from Perth: soy chicken with rice, carrots and broccoli, plus a block of cheese (I didn’t eat the crackers), a bar or chocolate and some tic tacs, plus some complimentary wine. The chicken wasn’t very nice, but I ate it because I was hungry. Later they brought around tubs of chocolate ice cream, which was tasty.

quarter chicken and coleslaw

Thursday – I bought takeaway on the way down to the Problogger conference: a quarter chicken and coleslaw.

veggie and haloumi skewer

Friday – Finger food at the Problogger networking event: there were vegetable and haloumi skewers, lamb skewers, noodle boxes with chicken and antipasto.

pad see ew

Saturday – Takeaway Thai food: Pad See Ew with chicken.

capaccio of beetroot with feta mizuna and pistachios

Sunday – A five course degustation dinner with matched wines at Songbirds restaurant at Tamborine Mountain. I will post more about this amazing meal later, but this was the first course: carpaccio of beetroot with pear, mizuna, local feta, labne and pistachios.

What was on your menu last week?

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  1. Hi Liz,
    first of all — dinner on the plane?! What airline was this? Or did you have to purchase the dinner? When we’ve flown lately, we’ve received a pouch of pretzels and offered for purchase odd assortment snack packs or very un-appetizing looking hot sandwiches. We’ve taken to packing our dinners for air travel, things like tabbouli or pasta salad plus fruit and cheese.

    Was there any meal that you wish to recreate at home?

    • Hi Lili, yep dinner was included on the plane. I was flying from one coast to the other and the only two airlines that do that route still provide food. When I go to Melbourne I fly on the cheap airlines and always pack my own food.

      I would love to try and recreate all of the courses from the degustation at home – more frugally though, since they were so delicious 🙂

  2. Just – yum! This makes me want to have a ‘not cook a meal all week’ theme week! (except your meals here were all more interesting than the standard take-away fare.)

  3. NIce work on a week without cooking – something I’d love! Though I do eventually get over it too! Can’t wait to hear more about the degustation.


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