March 30, 2013

Happy Easter


Happy Easter all, I hope you are having a great weekend!

So far mine has been great, spending time with family, eating good food and listening to the top 1000 greatest songs of all time on channel Max : )

Last night my brother cooked for the family a 9kg snapper he caught off Whayalla, SA coast, he cooked it on hot characoal coals, it was fantastic!

Today I had some family over for afternoon tea, I served gourmet chicken and ham rolls, lamb koftas, pastizzi's, mini chocolate mousse, pink whoopie pies, hot cross buns and some maltese biscuits my mum made. I am stuffed!

With two days left of the weekend and more catching up there will no doubt be more yummy food to come!

Have a great weekend all!

March 26, 2013

Melbourne, Australia

Hi all, I am now back from my Victorian road trip feeling slightly heavier and a shade darker!

Lane way covered in graffiti
 As we flew down our first stop was Melbourne. For all international viewers Melbourne has a name for good shopping, good food and strange weather, as expected all was experienced during our one and a half day stay!

We spent two nights at The Hotel Windsor after scoring a great deal on wotif.com.au. The Hotel Windsor is Australia oldest grand hotel and grand it is! From the minute we entered the hotel we were taken back to another era filled with beautiful chandilers, sofas, a grand piano, beautiful carpet and friendly, polite staff, no wonder so many important and famous people have passed through here.

The Hotel Windsor

The weather was interesting, one minute it was wet and cold, the next the sun was shining. Sight seeing was minimal we did a little shopping and went for a walk in the search for Lord of the fries. During our walk we stopped at St Patrick's cathedral and several lane ways covered in graffiti.

Despite our lack of sight seeing we managed to see and eat a lot of food. We enjoyed a delicious Chinese meal at Crystal Jade located in China town, a decadent high tea at The Hotel Windsor which included the largest desert buffet I have ever seen, the best skim latte from The Mess Hall, hot chips lathered in mayo from Lord of the fries, a fantastic meal at Mama Baba and daily breakfast buffet.

It was a shame we only had two nights to spend in Melbourne, next time a longer trip will be on the cards.

The stairway, The Hotel Windsor


St Patrick's cathedral


MamaBaba

Graffiti

Lord of the Fries

Crystal Jade

March 19, 2013

Mama Baba, South Yarra

Trays of pasta, shelves of spirits, a 70's movie projected against the wall, you have entered George Colambaris South Yarra restaurant.

On arrival we were warmly greeted and seated against a wall displaying what looked like old records George grew up listening to including one we spotted by the 70's Greek sex god Demis Roussos.

Diners are given the option to order a $55 set menu or from the a la carte menu.
From the menu we ordered arancini balls, quail with a cous cous salad, chopped green salad, duck ravioli and a slow cooked lamb shoulder.

The food exceeded our expectations, every bite was fantastic. The portion sizes were more than adequate, in particular the lamb accompanied by a side of potatoes was generous.

The desert and cocktail menu was playful, in keeping up with my blog name I was planning on ordering the pink lemonade cocktail however after a day of eating ( buffet breakfast and high tea) I couldn't fit anything else in my stomach.

Next time I am in Melbourne I will be sure to return. If you are in the area I recommend you check it out!









Greetings from Victoria

Hi lovelies, I am currently travelling around Victoria eating plenty of good food and visiting some amazing places, take care xo

March 11, 2013

Chocolate truffle dessert

 


Happy Monday, I hope you all had a great day! Over the weekend I made an amazing decadent chocolate dessert from a recipe I found on taste.com.au (see recipe below).

It is fairly easy recipe which only requires 5 ingredients and doesn't take anymore than 20 minutes to prepare, the only downside is that it requires overnight to set.

The recipe suggests to use dessert moulds or souffle dishes with plastic wrap, I didn't feel like mucking around with moulds or souffle dishes so decided to pour the mixture straight into cocktail glasses.

I also choose not to serve with creme fraiche instead I opted for a macadamia nut biscuit, several blueberries and grated white chocolate.


Ingredients:
250g dark chocolate
400ml thick cream
250gm ready made custard
2 tbs cocoa powder
creme fraiche, to serve


Method:
1. Place chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. When melted, set aside to cool slightly. Beat in custard and cream, folding until combined.

2. Line six 150ml round dessert moulds or souffle dishes with plastic wrap. Divide mixture between moulds and refrigerate at least 6 hours.


3. When ready to serve, unmould onto serving plates, dust tops with cocoa powder and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche.

This is a perfect recipe for a dinner party as it can be prepared in advanced and is fairly inexpensive.

March 7, 2013

Banana, Nectarine and Blueberry Smoothie


Every weekday I start the morning with a smoothie, I find by having a smoothie for breakfast I am incorporating at least one serve of fruit and one serve of dairy into my diet with the added bonus that it tastes good. My favourite smoothie at the moments includes banana, nectarine and blueberries.

What you will need:
250ml milk
2 heaped tablespoons of vanilla yoghurt
1 banana
1 nectarine
1 handful of fresh blueberries

Method:
1. Add milk, yoghurt, peeled banana, peeled nectarine and blueberries to a blender.
2. Blend till all combined and smooth.
3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Note - You can use frozen blueberries which will result in a thick, icy cold smoothie.

Serves 2.