Recipes

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup June 2019

June 16, 2019

It’s been so cold and wet lately, no wonder soups have been all I’ve been craving for. To be honest, I am so pleased for soup season as I do like to use up the veggies in my fridge when they need using up to made a one pot nutritious meal. And when you blend the soup, it hides all signs of any vegetables ever existed (which is great for getting your children to eat vegetables) plus turn the soup into a nice thickish creamy texture. Continue Reading…

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Tomato Soup with Garlic Basil Croutons June 2019

June 16, 2019

When was the last time you had a bowl of tomato soup? My last memory of tomato soup was out of a Campbells can when I was a wee child. With all the fancy soups that are on offer these days, you do forget that the simple tastes in life are often the very best.

This came about because we got hooked on the Spanish tapas tomato bread. So like I do when I get hooked on something, I make it till I cannot stand the thought of it. In the process of making tomato bread, when squeezing the juice from the pulp to spread on the bread you are left with the glorious juice of the tomato which I usually use to make sugo or pasta sauce. This time, I did not want to make pasta sauce so I thought, since the weather has taken a turn to “cold”, I would make soup instead. Continue Reading…

Travel

European (short) Adventure – London, Madrid & Singapore April 2019

June 13, 2019

I caught wind mid last year that this year, you could take three days of annual leave and enjoy 10 days of break over the Easter and ANZAC public holiday period. So, it got me thinking, where can we go for 10 days?

I must first say that, this would have been an expensive trip if we did not have frequent flyer points to utilize so this is little adventure to Europe could only happen because of our bank of frequent flyer points.

Now where should we go….. Continue Reading…

Recipes

Tomato Bread May 2019

May 10, 2019

Sometimes, and more often than not, the simple things are the best. With our travels to Spain (I know you know you’ve been to Barcelona, Girona, San Sebastian and more recently Madrid), the staple on any tapas menu is tomato bread.

Seriously, it is simply bread, tomatoes and olive oil. The thing that baffles us is that we don’t do well with bread at home. And when we eat bread in Spain, and we have had copious amounts of it when we were in Spain as they serve it with every dish, we have had no problems. Continue Reading…

Restaurant Reviews

Amore Floreat February 2019

March 17, 2019

I met a lovely gentleman at a function who shared my love for red wine. And since he enjoyed his red wine, I quizzed him on whether he has the same liking for food. In my encounters, people who enjoyed red wine as much as I do also really like their food too. So, with conversations about the wines we both liked to enjoy, he recommended his neighbourhood eatery that I must try. Continue Reading…

Recipes

MILK BRINED ROAST CHICKEN FEBRUARY 2019

February 19, 2019

We fell in love with roasting with milk when we roasted pork and potatoes. Then I found that you can brine with milk and achieve the same moist result with meat as a water brine so it got me Googling….and I found a recipe for brining turkey in milk. Well since chicken is still a bird, I thought I would first try this recipe with chicken.

My first experience was ok, the meat was extremely salty (great to use in a salad) and the skin browned far too quickly (I was warned that milk brine causes the meat to brown quicker than usual), this nearly burnt! Continue Reading…

Restaurant Reviews

The Shorehouse January 2019

January 30, 2019

We live in a city that is blessed with a glorious stretch of coastline. And dotted along our glorious coastline, are a host of eateries you can wine and dine, have a quick bite, ranging in budgets, whilst you sit back and enjoy the gorgeous sun and sea. The Shorehouse is one of those places that is blessed with great food, beverage selection, service and good vibes in prime beach location in Swanbourne. Continue Reading…

Recipes

SLOW COOKED CHICKEN AND PORK PASTA SAUCE JANUARY 2019

January 29, 2019

We love Italian food. We have a few Italian friends so we not only enjoy Italian food whilst we are dining out but also when our friends cook for us. Bonus all round for us right? We’ve posted other pasta sauce recipes before, this is just another, simpler version. Luckily this recipe makes plenty as it tastes even better the day after and the day after that. There is more than enough to feed a tribe, plus leftovers to freeze for future quick meals. Continue Reading…

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Simple Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder December 2018

January 9, 2019

We once visited a famed restaurant in our southwest and enjoyed a lamb dish that was so deliciously moist and simple in flavour, I wanted to see if I could replicate it.

And in my usual fashion, I Googled several recipes and once again, one of my favourite chefs, Matt Moran came up with the goods. Again, I apologise for not having a picture but if you Google for Matt Moran’s recipe you can get a great picture. Matt’s recipe serves it with chermoula, zucchini and mint.  You can serve it with whatever you please….salads, roasted vegetables….

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SLOW ROASTED PORK IN MILK DECEMBER 2018

December 1, 2018

Firstly this dish does not take 8 or more hours of slow roasting so a great plus. Depending on the size of your pork, it should take not more than 3 hours for you to serve it to your guests. Another added bonus is the minimal preparation time and minimal ingredients required to pump out a delicious wholesome meal.

This dish was inspired by my colleague, who bought me some leftovers from her husband’s roast pork meal. Her husband had nailed roasting pork in milk for their weekend roast meal and she generously shared her leftovers with me. It was so good I decided to Google for recipes so I too can cook it. And as always one of my favourite chefs Matt Moran came up with the goods. Continue Reading…