Omah’s: Crab, crab, crab

When we want crab, we’re serious. Recently, I was in a group of 10 that went to Omah’s Restaurant in Port Melbourne on a very cold evening with one aim: eat crab until we could eat no more.

Omah’s has been in Port Melbourne for several years, selling Malaysian cuisine (they recently opened a branch in Hawthorn). The restaurant’s decor is inspired by 1950′s Malaysian tea houses, with dark furniture on the floor and wooden birdcages hanging from the ceiling. During the day it would be bright and airy as there are floor to ceiling windows looking out to Rouse Street, however in the evening the lighting was turned way down low – always a food blogger’s nightmare.
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Macclesfield: Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Last month, Maria and her bf Daz roped us into a fishing day (catchafish!). Maria has set Daz 30 tasks to do before he turns 30 (30 before 30), and with one of them being “catch a fish and cook it”, we headed to the Rainbow Trout farm in Macclesfield.

I know, I know. Going to a fish farm to catch a fish. How bloody city can we get? But being total city to my core and never having fished before, I was quite happy to go to a fish farm. So we drove up to Macclesfield, having to take a little detour prior to Emerald as the Puffing Billy race meant that the road we wanted to take was closed. Detouring resulted in our GPS trying to send us down single lane unpaved dirt roads, not a route we would normally want to take. At one point, to Alastair’s frustration, the GPS said turn left, I said turn right, and Bro in the back seat told Alastair to go straight. (He turned the GPS off at that point, and I shut up and let Bro navigate!)
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Cookbook Challenge 2011: Fortnight 12, Spice

Theme: Spice
Recipe: Spiced red lentils with cucumber yoghurt
From: Ottolenghi’s Plenty

Do you ever have those instances when you have a very firm idea of a dish in your head? You know the ingredients you want, you know what the texture should be like, and you know what it should taste like. It sends you off to find a recipe to try and create it, hoping that it will meet your expectations.

The theme for this fortnight’s Cookbook Challenge is “spice” and I knew immediately that I wanted to make dal. And I *knew* what this dal was going to be like. I could see it, I knew the texture, and I could almost taste it.
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Peanut butter cupcakes

Cookbook Challenge 2011: Fortnight 11
Theme: Cup
Recipe: Peanut butter cupcakes
From: Primrose Bakery Cupcakes

On to fortnight 11 of the Cookbook Challenge. With the theme being “cup” I pulled out one of my cupcake cookbooks to make peanut butter cupcakes. I had a lightbulb moment when I realised that not only do cupcakes fit the theme, but I could also top the peanut butter cupcakes with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup. Genius! (Thank you, thank you.)

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Cutler & Co: Sunday lunch

When Kat suggested going for lunch somewhere nice last Sunday, she neglected to mention that it was for her birthday! Naughty bugger. Happy 21st birthday again, dear!

So for Kat’s secret birthday lunch, we went to Cutler & Co. On Sundays there is a set menu for $70, which highlights Victoria produce. You may remember that I ate at Cutler & Co about a year ago – at the time, I thought it was fine but it didn’t blow me away.
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