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Protein bites

November 5, 2014
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Protein bites

Why hello there 🙂 Yup, it’s been a while. A lot has happened since we last spoke. Stud and I moved in to our very own home. Complete with a garden and a pool 🙂 that’s right, we bought a house! ARGH! It’s great being back in our own space again (Pants off Sunday is back in effect!), and we’ve been pretty chilled since then (then being the beginning of June…lazy), just hanging out and lazing around. In food news, I have removed fish from my diet so am now a fully fledged vegetarian, although Stud still sticks with the fish when he can. To be honest, along with the whole house thing, I have been trying to find my way again when it comes to the blog. I’ve been trying all types of new ways of cooking, and am also trying to be super healthy when it comes...

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Paddington Inn – Paddington

February 20, 2014
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Last weekend Stud and I were cat-sitting for friends of ours that live over in Coogee. It felt like a little weekend away, even though we were only 20 minutes from our house. We sunbathed, did the Coogee to Bondi walk (and taxied back – lol) and just generally enjoyed each others company. A fab date weekend 🙂 On our wya home, we stopped at the Paddington Inn for some lunch. I had been asked to check it out as they’d recently undergone some reno’s both in the space, and on the menu, so I was keen to check it out. The last time I’d been, it was on a girls night out. We didn’t eat but the White Sangria (jugs) were To. Die! So I had fond memories 😉 I remembered the space as soon as we walked through, although it looks like it’s been given the Wizard...

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Gingerbread class @ Brasserie Bread – Banksmeadow

December 21, 2013
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It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you I have never made gingerbread. I know right! Christmas is my thang!!! Yet never had the sweet scent of ginger cookies graced my kitchen. Admittedly, I was never a huge fan. But in the last few years, I have been jonesing to make an awesome gingerbread house. They’re just so damn impressive! And look like all kinds of fun. But seeing as I haven’t actually made just even your basic shape gingerbread, I figure its probably best to start small, get the creative juices flowing and then work my way up to a grand 4 bedroom house with a pool and completely decorated house (Griswold style!). So I contacted Brasserie Bread! The awesome peeps at Brasserie Bread (apart from dong amazeballs brekkies, insanely good bread, and delicious treats) actually do Kids Gingerbread Decorating classes during the Christmas holidays, where parents...

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Buckwheat risotto

October 26, 2013
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Buckwheat risotto

It’s been a little hectic in the DWAS household of late, and if you follow me on Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook for that matter), you will know why. Yup! We have sold our first home, and are moving on to bigger and better things 😀 with a temporary stop over at my parents place, while we look for said things. So hopefully you will forgive my lack of posts lately, and probably sporadically for the next few months, while I try and find my way in a new kitchen. As anyone who adores their kitchen will know, it’s a little unnerving working with all new things. So I took a few of my favourites with me for the trip 😉 One of those favourites is my brand new Circulon pan thanks to the peeps at Kitchenware Direct. I have been in love with Circulon ever since I first...

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Blood Orange and Hazelnut Cake

September 15, 2013
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Blood Orange and Hazelnut Cake

Blood oranges are one of the “sexy” fruits in the fruit world, I think. The porous orange skin lightly blushed with red flecks, sliced open to reveal the blood red segments oozing with juice. Im not normally a fan of oranges as I find them a little too much work (thats how I roll), but the blood orange is pretty awesome. Its just so damn pretty! So when I saw some blog orange at Bondi Farmers Markets, I knew I had to buy some and turn them in to a gorgeous dessert. But what? Having some hazelnut lying around that needed using, I figured a twist on the original flourless orange cake might be in order. This cake has only 5 ingredients, and really couldn’t be easier. It takes a little time, because you need to boil the oranges, but its a set and forget type thing so don’t...

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Emma’s on Liberty – Enmore

July 19, 2013
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Emma’s on Liberty – Enmore

We have been toying with the idea of removing seafood from our pescetarian diet, hence making us proper vegetarians. Now when I say toying, I mean that Stud really wants to do it “as a challenge”, and I keep thinking of how much it will limit our food choices when eating out, not to mention the sashimi/sushi removal 😮 Since day dot of this new lifestyle change, I have thought of myself as somewhat hypocritical about the whole thing. I mean, a life is a life, whether they be land dwellers or sea. Is one more important than another? It’s an internal battle that I have had for a long time. So on one hand, I completely agree with Stud. We should do it. Then there’s my other hand, the hand that’s wrapped around some chopsticks, chowing down on some gorgeously fresh sashimi, only pausing to pick up a sushi roll or two....

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Popcorn Macadamia Chunks for The Sweet Swap

July 16, 2013
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Popcorn Macadamia Chunks for The Sweet Swap

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I recently took part in The Sweet Swap, to raise money for Childfund Australia, and cook/receive some lovely little bundles of sweetness in the meantime 🙂 Around 50 bloggers participated in the very first Sweet Swap, which asked us to raise a little money, cook a little sweetness, and pop them in the mail never to be seen again…until they show up on Instagram! Everyone was to post out their sweets by a certain date, so one by one, these little bundles of joy were turning up in peoples mailboxes all over Australia. It was like Christmas!!!! And we all know how much I love Christmas 😀 For the Sweet Swap, I wanted to do a combo I have been meaning to do for ages! Chocolate and popcorn. Nuff said. I thought a rocky road might be the...

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Noodle Inn – Randwick

July 2, 2013
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So Stud and I are coming up to the year mark on our vegetarian (pescatarian really) adventure and I have to say, it’s gone pretty smoothly. Sure there’s been backlash from friends and family, sure it’s a little more challenging when you go out to eat, but all in all its been pretty easy. But now we’re in Winter. Normally in Winter we would head down to Marrickville and grab some ramen. Which literally translates (in my mind) to “hug in a very large bowl”. That thick rich porky stock is pretty tough to beat in winter. Or so I thought! We were invited to check out Noodle Inn over at Randwick (which by the way, has an AMF right down the street) so on a cold and damp evening, we dragged our sorry butts off the couch and in to the East. Noodle Inn is a reasonably new...

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Pan-fried haloumi with a Spicy Passionfruit Vinaigrette

June 30, 2013
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Pan-fried haloumi with a Spicy Passionfruit Vinaigrette

A little while ago, an unassuming little package appeared on my doorstep. Not overly heavy, but heavy enough to make me giddy with excitement. “PRESENTS!” I shouted in my best Despicable me (SO FLUFFY) voice, and brought my gift inside to unwrap. As I undid the ribbon and lifted the lid, I was greeted with 9 rather large passionfruit staring back at me. Ok, they weren’t staring, duh, but they were there ok, and they were gorgeous! Last time I was in a very similar situation, I made Passionfruit Pastilles a la Heston (well kind of). This time I wanted to flip the universe a little. You see, passionfruit are extremely sweet little fruits. So what goes with something extremely sweet? Extremely salty!! First thought, haloumi! Holla! Could I do it? Could I make passionfruit vinaigrette to drizzle over some piping hot, pan-fried haloumi? Well, let’s give it a...

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Niji Sushi – Kingsford

June 15, 2013
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When people find out I’m a food blogger, usually the first question they ask is “What’s your favourite restaurant”. But I think that its because I’m a food blogger, that its probably the hardest question for me to answer. We are constantly trying out new places, not just so I can get a new post up, but also because we want to get a good variety, try out other peoples recommendations, or have just driven past so may times that it’s a must to go in. I can say however – without a shadow of a doubt – that my favourite cuisine is Japanese. Stud and I definitely have this in common, so most of the places we do tend to frequent, are Japanese restaurants ranging from little hole in the wall locals, to your more upmarket places. I think Niji Sushi in Kingsford fits nicely in the upper...

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