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January 2017

Restaurant Reviews

Il Lido Italian Canteen – January 2017

January 25, 2017

We just can’t get enough of this place. We have been there several times, sometimes two weekends in a row as we know it will never fail our palates and tummies when we are seeking to satisfy that taste sensation craving. Some times we always go back for our favourites, like the cuttlefish and most times we will always order a different dish to mix up the flavours, and all times they have all been the flavoursome hit we have thoroughly enjoyed.

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Recipes

Fail Safe Garlic Bread

January 24, 2017

My sister taught me this many years ago, and if you’re like me, no garlic bread is worth eating unless it is saturated in garlic butter. But if you’re less indulgent then use less or only on one side. Nothing beats the smell of garlic butter baking in the oven. With the left over butter, make more loaves of bread to freeze for convenient next time or freeze the butter in portions to add to your favourite seared protein. I love the French stick where the crunchiness of the outside holds in the soft and melt in your mouth bread on the inside.

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Recipes

Potato, Leek and Ham Hock Soup

January 24, 2017

As the temperature declines we naturally crave for heart warming soups and slow cooked anything. Make a big pot of this thick creamy soup packed full of wintery veggie goodness and you’ll have them come back for more in droves!

My magic ingredient is the smoked hock. It adds intensity to any meal in a pot, so I would recommend you stock up on these beauties. Buy loads and freeze them, defrosting the night before you’re ready to add that wonderful “something’s brewing on the stove” smell to your house.

If you’re not a fan, do not fear, a good store bought chicken or vegetable stock will do just nicely.

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Travel

Europe – Part Three Singapore July 2015

January 24, 2017

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. We now leave France for Singapore for four days of acclimatizing ourselves to Perth’s time zone.

Singapore

My husband and I just love Singapore. Most people I know love Singapore. For it’s safety, it’s cleanliness, it’s food and it’s multi-cultural offerings. I’m from Singapore originally so I may be a tiny bit biased.

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Recipes

Five Meat Slowed Cooked Risotto

January 24, 2017

As mentioned in the recipe for Pasta with Chicken, Veal and Pork Ribs, this dish has also inspired me to cook a five meat slowed cooked risotto which is rich and intense in flavor which is a sure winner during the cooler months. I do admit that the inspiration for this dish also came from a cooking/travel documentary from one of my favourite chefs.

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Recipes

Pasta with Chicken, Veal and Pork Ribs

January 24, 2017

You will notice that we’re a bit of a fan of Italian cuisine. Whilst Asian born I have had the pleasure of many Italian friends and their influence of what they eat, where they love to eat and what their mothers and Nonnas have bought them up on. My Italian friends come from different regions of Italy and they all have different styles of cooking and have particular passion for various ingredients.

This one is of no exception. A simple family dish that has been passed down from generations, it inspired me to replicate for a simple meal for us and anyone who cares to share a bowl of deliciousness with us.

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Recipes

Asian Minced Meat Balls

January 21, 2017

Asian flavoured meat balls are a simple, quick and delicious. You can get away with just three ingredients and they will still be mighty delicious balls packed with plenty of flavor, especially when you know which sauces to use. 

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Recipes

Peri Peri Chicken

January 20, 2017

Peri Peri Chicken does not need to be burning ring of fire hot, just ask Nandos!  As with everything, I like to create my own version, it started with an impulse buy of a tray of chillies that had been marked down.  Not one to spare any expense on good quality ingredients, I could not resist this massive tray of fine looking chillies all for $2!!

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