Dining with a Stud

Squid Ink Risotto with Vanilla Salted Scallops

January 8, 2013
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Squid Ink Risotto with Vanilla Salted Scallops

A little while ago, I was lucky enough to be given some Heilala Vanilla products to try. Heilala – pronounced hey-la-la – is 100% pure vanilla and direct from the plantations. This is the good stuff people! In all honesty, I have had this little sample for a wee while. When you have something special in your hot little hands, you want to make something special with it. I didn’t want to do the normal cupcakes or custard, or something you would traditionally use vanilla for. I wanted to do something savoury. Actually, I originally had my eye on a beef dish (I told  you it had been a while), but with the recent diet changes, I thought I would try my hand at a seafood that’s renowned for its sweetness, and give it the Heilala touch Although not massively prominent, you do get the aftertaste of the vanilla...

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January SABH – Tropical Paradise

January 7, 2013
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January SABH – Tropical Paradise

I feel like last year, Sydneysiders were robbed of a Summer. Sure, compared to your UK summer, we still have it pretty good! But when you put last summer next to all of our other ones, it was pretty weak. Sporadic rain (and not the good rain the cools you down after hot days), days that were cardi-worthy, beach-less days and balmy-less nights. It was really quite poor. This summer however, is proving to be pretty toasty indeed, with tomorrow set for around 45 degrees (on a school day though wish that above-40-degree rule was suited to work as well. Boooo!) Anyway, it really is the perfect weather or a gorgeous summer dessert! Enter this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, which is hosted by none other than moi…….Tropical Paradise But don’t fret Norther Hemisphere peeps! We know you’re braving the cold and dreaming of summer, so this is your...

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Crustless Asparagus Quiche

January 6, 2013
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Crustless Asparagus Quiche

Although we’re now in Summer, asparagus are still well and truly out and about (or as we say in our Scottish household “oot and aboot”). I am a massive fan of asparagus and would go so far as to say, they’re on of my favourite veggies. Even more so now! I was lucky enough to get sent a mega box of asparagus a little while ago from the Australian Asparagus Council…..yes, there’s a council, and although brimming with ideas, I wanted to share with you all a very simple, and quick recipe that can be done on a weeknight once home from work. Who doesn’t love a quick and easy recipe right? Crustless Asparagus Quiche Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup soy milk (can use regular if you like) 2tbs butter 8 eggs 2 cups peas 100g goats cheese 2 Bunches asparagus spears (woody ends removed) Salt & Pepper to taste...

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Infused misty oils

January 4, 2013
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Infused misty oils

With the new year under way and my 2013 to-do-list out there for the universe to see, I’m having to make a few changes in the kitchen to make sure it all goes according to plan, and as smoothly as possible. One of those changes being how much fat I add to my daily consumption. Thanks to my peeps over at Kitchenware Direct, who sent me some Prepara Tabletop Oil Misters to try out and I thought I would do some flavours to jazz it up a little. If you guys remember my Roasted Garlic Olive Oil post a while back, it’s pretty easy so I just had to decide on what flavours to do. Keeping with the theme of the colour of the bottle, I went with White Shitaki Mushroom, Red Chilli and Green Kaffir Lime Leaf. The pump itself is actually pretty simple to use, just make...

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Concrete Blonde – Kings Cross

January 3, 2013
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Concrete Blonde – Kings Cross

Most people have what they fondly remember as their “stomping ground”. A place where they frequented in their youth and have some fond (and not so fond) memories of their time there, parting the night away with old friends, and normally meeting a few along the way. For me, said stomping ground was Kings Cross. It’s had many names over the years, and now goes by “The Club”…original, I know and is actually surrounded by a number of funky little food joints. The most popular, and longest standing being Hugo’s. A reasonably new kid on the block is Concrete Blonde – up a level from The Club, on the other side of Hugo’s. A great place to listen to a little jazz on a Sunday, or on the other days, you can sip them away with $7 cocktails before 7pm. Now I know I’m trying to drink less this year,...

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2013! The year ahead…

January 2, 2013
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2013! The year ahead…

Happy New Year peeps Well another year done and two and a half since starting my little corner of the Internet. 2012 was an eventful year for Stud and I. Getting married, going in for an operation each, work ups and downs, celebrating a milestone birthday, hanging with old friends, meeting new, converting to pescetarianism, its been a pretty good year on the whole. Thank you to all of my devoted readers and welcome to all the newbies. I couldn’t continue on if it wasn’t for you guys commenting and connecting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Its been so great getting to know all of you and even meeting some of you along the way. Now for some resolutions, or as I like to call it: my 2013 to-do-list! I’m putting these all out there for you guys to see, mostly so that it keeps me accountable, but also so...

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Mushroom and Goats Cheese Tart

December 20, 2012
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Mushroom and Goats Cheese Tart

I cant believe its less than a week until Christmas ZOMG!!!!! All of our pressies are under the tree, the dessert list has been made for the family get together, Bonnies reindeer outfit has been bought (although I dont think she’s a fan :(), the last thing to do is our Christmas lunch menu :o….. I know I bang on about mushrooms a lot, probably even more so since Kev and I removed meat from our diet! But they’re so good for you, low in calories (win!!!), mega tasty AND versatile! Just looking back at all my mushrooms posts – Mushroom brioche pull-apart, Porcini gnocchi, Veg stir-fry, Mushroom baklava, Japanese mushroom risotto,  Antipasto cob, the list goes on really – and those are just the ones I have posted about! The awesome peeps at The Australian Mushroom Growers have asked me again this year, to come up with a...

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Cook For Your Career comp, and a giveaway!

December 12, 2012
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Cook For Your Career comp, and a giveaway!

Remember my last post about Cook For Your Career? Well yes, its that time of year again! HOSTPLUS Cook For Your Career (C4YC) offers one awesomely lucky person the opportunity to become a professional chef by winning a full apprenticeship in a top Australian restaurant. Well jel! Entries are now open (close 14 December 2012) and is open to anyone of working age with a passion for the kitchen in Australia. Launched in 2011, the C4YC competition not only gives people the opportunity to realise their dream of a career in the kitchen, but also endeavours to give the Australian hospitality industry a helping hand when it comes to finding and building quality chef talent. So its totally a win/win for everyone! This year’s fabulous chefs are Shane Delia – Maha (VIC), Peter Doyle – @ The Quay (NSW), Ryan Squires – Esquire (QLD), Nick Moutou – Il Piatto (NT),...

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Eggplant and choc-chunk cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting

November 25, 2012
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Eggplant and choc-chunk cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting

When faced with an unusual challenge, or something that’s reasonably foreign to me, I do what most others do, I consult Google – the truth of all things in the universe! This challenge was the same. You see this month, JJ from 84th&3rd is our host for the November Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, and knowing JJ, I was prepared for something slightly (or extremely) left of centre. Boy did she throw us a curve ball. This months blog hop was Cake and Three Veg. Not too strange I hear you say? Pumpkin Pie, Carrot Cake, Beetroot Chocolate Mud Cake, easy! True, there are a number of dessert dishes out there that in fact include vegetables and they work well. I however, wanted to do something a little stranger shall we say? I wanted to live up to the challenge and so something that perhaps no one had done before....

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Puntino Trattoria – Woolloomooloo

November 11, 2012
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Puntino - Mozzarella degustation platter

Woolloomooloo is pretty well known to Sydneysiders as the swanky place by the bay. It’s where Russell Crow lives. It’s where the rich and famous come for a casual dinner in sky high heels. It’s where the rest of us go for a very special occasion dinner, or a work lunch when work’s paying With my sense of direction, (Stud will read this and I will do doubt get an “I told you so”) its quite easy for me to either not know where I am, walk the wrong way down a street I have been to a million times, or just get lost all together (thank God for my iPhone!). So I was pretty surprised to find out how big Woolloomooloo actually is! Did you know that it goes all the way up Crown Street, almost to William Street? Oh really? Ok maybe it’s just me then. Any...

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