July 31, 2013

Product Talk: Maggi Stir Fry Creations


As part of Product Talk by Nuffnang I was sent some Maggi Stir Fry Creations to try. And we all know how I feel about receiving things in the mail. =)

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July 28, 2013

Kotlet Burger


I have a new found enjoyment of Persian food. The rice, the stews, the liberal use of turmeric...it all culminates in a beautifully delicious end product that speaks of decades of recipe refinement.

There is one particular recipe that ingeniously uses potatoes, mince, onion and spices to make little patties that are delicious over rice, with a fresh tangy side salad. Kotlets - which to me sound like cutlets - seem like a great way to stretch out the meat supply. I can't actually find any history on these delicious morsels, but most Persians that I speak to recall these as their childhood favourite.

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July 22, 2013

What I Ate: Twice Cooked Pork Belly Braise


Here's the thing with two-person households. You read a recipe that you like, often written for four or six, and then you make it, only to find that even though the both of you are stuffed, there's still plenty of leftover to go around. Sure, you can halve the recipe, but sometimes that really affects cooking times, and I find it easier just to try and do something interesting with the leftovers!

So if you've tried my Slow Roasted Pork Belly recipe and you have leftovers - like I did - here's something that you can try with them.

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July 20, 2013

Slow Roasted Pork Belly


Crackling. I haven't met anyone who doesn't like good, crispy crackling. And it's actually easier to achieve than you would expect. Impressive, because it tastes great and because you have to do a ridiculously small amount of work.

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July 17, 2013

Jazz City Milk Bar, Darlinghurst


Sometimes, dinner is such a mission.

After hearing so much about the Jazz City Diner and its decadent Southern goodness, I was chomping at the bit (literally, I was that hungry!) to get to this hole-in-the-wall delight that everyone's been raving about.

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July 14, 2013

Zenya Ramen Bar, Eastwood


I'm not usually a soup person. As a child, I used to order noodle soups and then fish the noodle out, so that I get all of the flavour, but have the noodle cool much faster because it wasn't sitting in soup getting soggy.

But experiencing winter - Singapore has no winter, only rain - in Australia actually inspires me to have soups. Noodle soups, rice soups (ochazuke anyone?), creamy soups, vegetable soups, bone soups...it's all good to me. There's something comforting about wrapping your hands around a warm boil of steaming food when your fingers are nearly numb from the cold.

Or you could have a cup of tea. Or coffee. But I like noodles.

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July 02, 2013

Good Food and Wine Show, 2013

My stash: (Clockwise from left) Scarmoza Blanca from La Latteria, Colgate tea flavoured mouthwash, Kumquat spread from St Dalfour, Truffle Tapenade from Wine and Truffle Co., Flavoured salts from Smoke and Roast, Smoked garlic from Smoke and Roast, Porcini salt from Salt Meats Cheese.

FREE FOOD. Need I say more?

The Good Food and Wine Show is one of the bigger food expos that I attend every year. Beyond the aforementioned free food, I love the opportunity that I get to have a chat with small producers whom I might not otherwise get a chance to talk to, or might have to travel far to meet.

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July 01, 2013

What I ate: Berry and yoghurt parfait


The lazy, rainy weekend is over, and Monday morning rolls around. I begrudgingly get out of bed and make all the appropriate noises and mumbles about wanting to get back in. Then my tummy rumbles and tells me that I might as well get up because it's hungry. And when it's hungry, it's turns me into the hulk.

So what to do for breakfast?

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