Sunday, July 31, 2011

Quick and dirty update

Well I see that it has been about five months since there has been any activity on here... now that there will be two extra mouths to feed in the house things have been a little busy!

Just so this site wasn't totally neglected, I thought I'd upload a few photos of things we have created over the last five months, in the hope that this will inspire to post the recipes for the photos on here soon!  We'll see how that works out.

I also thought i'd mention a few restaurants (and cafes) we have visited lately.  This list includes:
  • La luna bistro (Rathdowne St) - have been there twice in the last months and have not been able to fault a thing either time.  Fresh, beautiful, wonderfully cooked food that is full of flavour - topped off with fantastic service
  • Il bacaro (Little Collins St) - amazing food, and probably the best service I have ever experienced in a restaurant
  • Hardware Societe (Hardware lane) - Was it worth the wait on a freezing Melbourne morning?  Most definitely.  Delicious food and great drinks, with efficient service.  Pork belly baguette is to die for!
  • Little creatures (yet again) - Just as good as before
  • The lake house (Daylesford) - an epic, luxurious dining experience courtesy of K.  I can't wait to go back
  • Mr Wolf (St Kilda) - Great food, excellent pizzas and great value
  • Hellenic Republic (again) - amazing food as always, however their insistence that we pay for members of our group that didn't turn up left a bad taste in everyone's mouth (we didn't have to in the end, but it was still disappointing that they tried to squeeze extra money out of us)
  • and of course, the burgers (tipoffs courtesy of the burger adventure) - Cafe Vue, and Beatbox kitchen - I have no words for how good these burgers are - just go there!

Now, to the photos....

Slow cooked spicy lamb pides, with cucumber, red onion and parsley salad

Pumpkin, zesty ricotta and walnut pizza (idea shamelessly borrowed from my old work)

Ricotta hotcakes with banana, chocolate sauce and nutella

This idea has potential, but needs some work - a kind of breakfast quiche (maybe) - topped with a sauteed mushroom and cheese

same again

Our annual hot cross bun bake-off (well half a batch) 

The glazed, finished product

Raspberry, white chocolate and peach dessert pizza

And again

Good old roast chicken with bacon, macadamia and onion stuffing

Crispy skin soy and ginger salmon with stir fried greens and noodles

Pork belly on a white bean and chorizo braise

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