Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I'm off to the Barossa for the weekend to visit my dear friend Lib and her new little bubs Lucy. Looking forward to some time out with my feet up. Hope there's time to fit in a visit to Blond Coffee - one of my favourite little eateries around.
Happy weekend xo
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Picture from Cork's Facebook page
We started with a cheeky drink at Cork Wine Cafe on Gouger Street which was the perfect escape from the cold outside. A cute little bar, its Facebook page describes it as:
"... the coolest wine bar/cafe on Gouger Street. Our aim is to provide the discerning drinker with the finest wines from Australia and around the world, and a simple menu utilising the best fresh produce the markets have to offer. We’re small, casual and friendly, catering to those who, like us, are a slave to their senses and enjoy a bit of refinement and quality. "
We opted for the sauv blanc flight of three surprise whites - such an exciting way to taste your wines - especially when you can't decide what you want. This was accompanied by a little dips platter with some scrummy toasted turkish bread.
Picture from here
Onward to the Thali Room for some bargain curry - $22 for their traditional Thali tasting plate. Basically - it's perfect for those of us who love a bit of everything (ie Christmas lunch is our favourite meal of the year because it's completely acceptable to have a helping of every single dish on the table!).The setting is just gorgeous - random mirrors hung on the ceiling, little booths in the window, chalk board scribblings on the wall. And the gold, heavy cups are to die for - makes drinking water such a fancy activity!
I chose the kashmiri lamb, while Michelle played it safe with the butter chicken. Ah-mazing. Beautiful, tender meat, surrounded by generous helpings of naan, rice, vegetable curry, dhaal, mango chutney and chicken tikka salad. Talk about indulgent!
It's not til now, some three hours later, that I've actually realised how much food there was. Ouch. It hurts.
Time for another cup of Lady Grey before bed . . . oh, and those sink full of dishes. Grrrr.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Season the lamb.
- Heat half the oil in a fry pan over medium-high heat. Brown the lamb in batches for 2-3 mins, then remove and set aside.
- Return the pan to medium heat with remaining oil. Add onion and cook, stirring for 5 mins until golden.
- Add curry paste and stir for few seconds until fragrant, then transfer to a 2.5litre baking dish.
- Add the lamb, stock, tomato, cinnamon, garlic and curry leaves. Season with salt and pepper, stir well to combine, then cover with foil and bake for 20 mins.
- Stir the rice into the curry and then return to the oven, uncovered for 10 mins or until lamb is tender and rice is cooked.
- Serve with natural yoghurt and pappadums.
Enjoy Michelle xo
Me (yes, still in cheeks sore from smiling stage) with the beautiful Emelia getting ready for Bree's stunning wedding last year.
Yes, they're real Chanel earrings.
I am absolutely over the moon to have been asked to be a bridesmaid for one of my besties last Thursday and am still delirious from the high (and the bubbles we popped to celebrate!). I am SO excited and can't wait for the festivities to begin.I've got no complaints . . .
Inspiration board from A Summer Picnic Wedding
Bree's kitchen tea - very Ritz of us!
Pics from amyatlas.com
PS. I don't have swine flu - I'm just being dramatic. But I have been sick for the past two weeks with a bloomin cold, and yes, there was a fever involved. But I'm out of the woods and will try and find the inspiration to blog again. I fear I blew all the creativity and motivation out my nose!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- Heat oil in a non stick pan
- Stir-fry garlic, ginger and chilli
- Add the broccoli, capsicum, carrot and cook for about two minutes
- Add chicken, noodles and combined pad thai sauce, bean sprouts, coriander and lime
- Serve and enjoy!
It's so delish - and perfect for that quick feed when you get home from work and want something filling, warm and tasty. So much better when your mum cooks it, too!
Thanks to Mel on Sunrise for this awesome recipe
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
So, I've been AWOL these past few days . . . but I've been BUSY! Friday night was a dinner with all the girls to celebrate my 26th birthday and I had lots to prepare! Had a brilliant night out - champagne cocktails at mine first, followed by pizza up at Jimmies on the Summit at Crafers (it's not just your average suburban pizza house, let me assure you!) and then back to mine for tiramisu. Ah-mazing.
I'll come back to the pizzas later, but for now, let's focus on the heavenly dessert (here's to JC and her seconds!)
Thanks to Gina from work for this recipe - so so so easy and not heavy or too rich like lots of other versions I've tasted.
1 packet of sponge biscuits
150g caster sugar
about 1/4 cup marsala
- Separate the egg whites from the yolk. Beat your whites until stiff. Set aside.
- Beat your egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy - it shouldn't be too sugary scratchy when it's ready.
- Add the mascarpone and the marsala to the egg yolk mixture and stir through.
- Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture, being careful to keep it light.
- Meanwhile, brew your coffee and then quickly dip each biscuit, coating both sides lightly, in the coffee.
- Line the base of your dish with one layer of sponge biscuits, then top with a layer of the mascarpone mix.
- Repeat with another layer of coffee infused biscuits and then top with the mascarpone.
- Cover, and leave to develop overnight in the fridge.
- When ready to serve, top with cocoa or Flake.
And for something a little different, I prepared mine in a Wheel & Barrow glass trifle dish - it was gorgeous arranging the layers upwards rather than spreading it out wider - looked so pretty through the glass. I managed to get to three layers high (doubling the recipe) and then just scooped out serves for the girls rather than slices if it were flat.
And for a decadent touch, our receptionist at work suggested grating roast almond chocolate in between each and every layer. Heaven!
PS. I can vouch for the fact the tiramisu got better with age - tasted twice as good the next night (um, does 3am Sunday morning count as night?) when I polished off the leftovers!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
And these chairs! I don't think K-Rudd's bonus would even cover a leg of one of these beauties!
Oh to fall asleep under one of these trees with a good book and a blanket
Mirror mirror on the wall . . .
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Image from here
Monday, May 4, 2009
Image from here
Then it was off to meet the lovely Bree for a coffee at Cibo - well, make that a mint tea. Have to admit I had serious order envy when she comes back to the table with one of Cibo's signature iced chocolates. Wow.
The very generous and fun Ange and Sam xo