Posted on | January 19, 2014 | 4 Comments
So peas are the most evil vegetable in existence (and if you don’t think so, you are wrong). As I said in an IG comment this week: peas hide under your bed so they can murder you in your sleep and they kick puppies for sport.
And if peas are the most evil of evil, then parsley is the evil understudy.
Really, what do people *do* with parsley apart from pushing it to the side of their plate and trying to ignore it?
Posted on | January 15, 2014 | 4 Comments
I always say I’m not really a birthday person, but that’s not strictly true. I don’t like to celebrate my own birthday, but I enjoy celebrating other people’s. And by celebrating, I mean: torturing.
And by torturing, I mean torturing with love and attention and cake OF COURSE.
(And birthday lasagne, but only for the very special ones.)
But for my most recent birthday in December, I was keen to do something because reasons. It was on a Friday, so I thought it would be nice to have a long weekend away.
Posted on | January 13, 2014 | 6 Comments
One thing I really wanted to do on our holiday was a cooking class.
Before we left Melbourne, I did a search online and found Bumbu Cooking School. After a couple of emails back and forth, I had booked Alastair and myself into a morning class. Alastair and I wandered down to Carpenter Street early one morning and met Joseph, and our teachers for the day, Bernadene and her mother Elise. We also met the other couple participating that day (who were from South Australia).
As posted previously, part 1 of the class involved a market tour, during which we picked up a couple of items for the class: midin, freshly grated coconut and curry paste.
Posted on | January 10, 2014 | 8 Comments
It’s too hard to decide where to brunch in Melbourne.
It took about a week of brainstorming before Daisy and I could settle on a place for a brunch date. It wasn’t a matter of not liking suggestions – we just had too many ideas. One suggestion was The Petty Officer in Albert Park and we settled on it in the end because I hadn’t visited before and had heard good things about the place.
Posted on | January 7, 2014 | 8 Comments
Hey, remember when we went to Borneo? Yeah, I hardly remember it either because it was in July/August 2013. Tsk tsk! This is what happens when you don’t immediately edit holiday photos, they sit on your hard drive for months and months and months, with a little gentle nagging reminder popping up in your head every now and again.
Anyway. While in Kuching we did a cooking class, and it was one thing I really wanted to write up because it was FUN. During the class we cooked two dishes for lunch – a chicken curry and a vegetable dish. We also made a very easy dessert.
As well as the cooking class, there was also an option (at a small additional charge) for a market tour. We all know how I feel about markets, so it should be no surprise that we headed to the market.
Posted on | January 5, 2014 | 6 Comments
Disclosure: I dined courtesy of Good Food Month and Undertow Media.
According to Guillaume Brahimi, champagne is for any time of the day – even breakfast.
Now I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I can definitely accept champagne on a warm summer night. As part of Good Food Month, I headed to Bistro Guillaume in late November for one of the highlight events: four courses of delicious food matched with champagne.
Posted on | January 2, 2014 | 10 Comments
Hello! Happy New Year!
For my first 2014 post, I bring you: pork. And cherries and pistachios.
But mostly pork.
Posted on | December 27, 2013 | 12 Comments
I’ve said it before, but it was a whole month ago, so it’s time to say it again:
Chiffon cakes are the best cakes.
And this particular chiffon cake is pretty damn good. Look at how tall and beautiful it is! It’s not just pretty though, it’s also delicious.
Posted on | December 23, 2013 | 5 Comments
Pastry chef, Matt Forbes, has been supplying baked goods to various cafes (eg Twenty & Six, Clement, Dukes Coffee Roasters) around Melbourne for a while and recently opened his own venture in Yarraville: Cobb Lane.
Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 7 Comments
Disclosure: Food and accommodation on this trip was courtesy of Mornington Peninsula Tourism and Q Strategies.
Continuing on from Part 1 of our Mornington Peninsula getaway, where I talked about some of the producers we visited, this part is about the meals – yay.
(ALSO – see the end of this post for another cherry voucher giveaway.)« go back — keep looking »