The week in brief: 5 March – 11 March

This week: Not just faileo, but a total diet wipeout. I ATE SO MUCH. WAAAAH. Witness!


The week started with a date with Hazzie – a bit of shoe shopping before going to Journal Canteen for the Trupp cookbook launch. There was food made with recipes from the book, like these amazing quinoa fritters. They were so delicious, and I don’t even like quinoa normally.

There was also tasty salmon gravlax, roasted barley balls in a gherkin and dill sauce, barley salad and breakfast porridge. Apart from the salmon, everything was vegetarian (and yes, all grains… the faileo begins…)

We finished with a slice of chocolate cheesecake. So good but so rich.

Wednesday saw afternoon tea at The Langham for the launch of a limited series of Burch and Purchese afternoon teas that will be starting in April (disclosure: I was invited).

So. Much. Sugar.

Thank goodness Shellie was there too, because it meant I had someone to share the cakes and sweets with.

And yes, we saw it as our duty to try one of everything… and yes, we were almost in sugar comas by the end of it. Stay tuned for a more in-depth post.

Oh hello burger. Had lunch with my workmate CC during the week at La Chicas. Normally we are very good at ordering salads but I saw the burger on the menu and had to have it.

It was totally worth it.

I took the day off on Friday (hooray for extended long weekends) and how did I spend it? At the dentist. I really know how to have fun, hey? Party, party!

After spending a stupid amount of money at the dentist (seriously, why is it so expensive?!?!) I met up with Hazzie for lunch. She had ramen, I had a bento box.

And a couple of hours after that, I ate froyo with mochi. My frozen yoghurt was lychee, blueberry and green tea. I was surprised at how nice the lychee one was. Mhmmmm.

On Saturday, Alastair and I went to The Commoner for lunch to check out their menu (disclosure: I was invited).

We started with surprise padron peppers, and Alastair and I found a spicy one each! Good way to get the heart going and the taste buds tingling. :D

I totally loved these parmesan and truffle croquettes.

We also had a little rabbit pie with wood oven cooked carrots.

And a superbly smokey wood roasted baby chook with foraged mushrooms. I will blog our meal in more detail soon – this is only a small snippet of what we ate.

Okay! Almost done! Yesterday I spent the morning roasting pumpkin and making empanadas.

The empanada dough was from this recipe and I filled half with pumpkin and blue cheese, and the other half with a kangaroo and pork mince mixture. They were for a street food party that Cherrie hosted that night.

The empanadas came out okay… they took a ridiculously long time to roll out and put together. Bah.

At the street food party there was a lot of food, as there always is whenever we gather… we had sushi from April, chicken wings from Thanh, satay from Hazzie, and Filipino BBQ pork from Adrian.

Shellie made us little bahn mis.

Cherrie put together pulled pork tacos.

And her husband made us cocktails. Wheeee.

Okay, that was my week. How was yours? (Sorry about the super long post – I’ll try and eat less this week!)

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