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Beef stew with herbed cauliflower dumplings

August 2, 2012
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July has been a busy month. With my birthday on the 6th, my family get together (for my birthday) on the 14th, a dinner with my friends (for my birthday) on the 20th and the finale birthday present dinner at Flying Fish (post to come) thanks to my amazeballs cousins. So yeah, I’ve managed to drag this baby out – for an entire month! And I’ve loved every minute of it 😉 Now however, it’s time for some home cooked meals. Some down time in our home, with our fur baby. Me in the kitchen and Stud playing Fifa, while Bonnie naps away on pretty much every surface in the house. Life is back to normal. Thankfully, I had been given some Corningware to try. Thanks ladies, my bakeware was looking a little sad. So as soon as I received the baking dish with lid (way back when), I...

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Chocolate Crackle Swiss Roll – for a special occasion!!

July 25, 2012
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July is a pretty big month here at Dining with a Stud. It’s not only the month in which I was born some mumble mumble mumble years ago, its also the month in which this very blog was born. Today, is my 2 year blogiversary 😀 Last year with wedding plans galore, my poor little blog got slightly neglected on its birthday, so this year I’m making cake! This cake originally came about because the amazeballs chickies at Impact had sent me some Bakers Secret goodies – a Swiss Roll Pan to be exact. With the challenge of making something 80’s inspired. Unfortunately, I was away at the time, but never one to back down from a challenge, I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with something. Easy I hear you say? Well no, not really. Although I’m a child of the 80’s, I was born...

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Master the Mousse @ Homemade Finefoods – Tempe

July 8, 2012
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Master the Mousse @ Homemade Finefoods – Tempe

I love making dessert. Actually, I love cooking in general (duh), but in our house dessert isn’t something we eat often (contrary to my recent posts :/ let’s just say, my co-workers are happy campers). But there’s just a certain satisfaction that you get when people make their “dessert face”. You know the one. You can’t really get that face from a savoury dish. I find that most people have different food faces between both savoury and sweet. The sweet face is usually something along the lines of an oh-wow-this-is-SO-delicious-but-I-know-that-it’s-SO-naughty-but-I-DON’T-CARE-beacuase-its-SO-damn-good! That face makes me happy. After the fabulousness that was my hen’s tour was over, the very gracious Merna from Home Made Finefoods asked if I would like to join one of her “Master the Mousse” classes. Ummmm YES, yes I would!  Having made mousse once before, I knew the basic process but was really excited to see how...

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Kingsley’s Steak and Crab House – Woolloomooloo

July 3, 2012
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Kingsley’s Steak and Crab House – Woolloomooloo

Back in October of last year, I went to a little convention called Eat Drink Blog. Ok, it’s not so little, if you’re a blogger that is. But it’s quite possibly the most enjoyable blogging experience I have had to date. Sessions on writing, cooking, photography, styling, the list is pretty endless. Plus of course, lots, and LOTS of food. One of the cooking classes that actually took place on the day was a crab class with Lars Svensson (Kinglsey’s head chef ) and as soon as I’d seen the days’ timetable, I knew I wanted in. I’d always wanted to cook crab and I was about to learn how. By the chef at Kingsley’s no less. Check. Me. Out! Lol. Lars was a great teacher and a clearly passionate chef. It was literally bang, bang, bang, and I present to you…..chilli mud crab. Shut up! It’s not that...

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The Wedding! The Tea Room, Gunners Barracks – Mosman

June 26, 2012
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It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally doing my wedding post! Yup, that’s how backlogged my posts are 🙂 After 6.5 years together, Stud and I tied the knot at The Tea Room, Gunners Barracks in Mosman on 12 January. It was a super awesome day that absolutely flew by, but was the most special day in both of our lives. The staff at The Tea Room are an absolute dream team. A professional pleasure to work with and the day (and the lead up) really was seamless. Now for the food, because lets face it, it’s one of the reasons people attend weddings and a major thing that everyone remembers. These photos weren’t taken on the day, but at our pre-wedding tasting. Entrée Salmon ceviche, pomegranate, coriander, ginger and soy *wedding choice* Prawn cannelloni, spiced calamari, sauce vierge Crisp pork belly, crushed peas, mint, apple chutney...

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Helm Bar – Sydney CBD

June 22, 2012
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Although it’s been a cold week in Sydney, it hasn’t rained (touch wood) which Sydneysiders are pretty glad about. Me, I’m on the fence. I have conflicting opinions of rain depending on which body part you speak to. My hair for example, hates rain. Hates it! The girly part of my brain also hates rain, I think just by association (from my hair), but also as it went to all the trouble of GHDing my hair and fringe, only to have it ruined by a mere couple of drops. It’s just frustrating really. My feet on the other hand, love rain! Well, they love rain in my wellies. They can walk through shin height puddles with the greatest of ease and they snicker (quietly of course) at other wet Sydney feet thinking to themselves “I bet they wish they had wellies like us”. This in turn, makes the childlike...

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Heinz Squeeze & Stir Instant Soup

June 15, 2012
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I’m a tea drinker. I love a good cuppa to warm me up, but it can’t be too hot. It seems I have a pretty sensitive tongue when it comes to temperature. Stud can literally drink piping hot tea immediately after its been made and actually asks for it “extra hot” when he orders a coffee while we’re out. I on the other hand, have to let it sit for around 10 (sometimes 15 or 20) minutes to let it get to that “just right” temperature. Ok, I’m the Goldilocks of the tea drinking community. I’m the same with soup. I love a good mug of soup in winter and they’re especially good if you’re watching your weight (ahem, me, ahem). So when the great peeps at Nuffnang asked me to partake in a Product Talk for the new Heinz Squeeze and Stir Soups, I was well up for...

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Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita

May 24, 2012
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Today, I bought a notepad. I can’t tell you how many times I read a fellow bloggers review on a Sydney (or elsewhere for that matter) restaurant and “mental noted it” on my to-go-to list. You know the one. The list that piles up in your head of must-visit restaurants. Mine was so big I had to buy a notepad to remember them. Just saying. Now that I have my notepad, I can physically jot them down and then tick off once visited. Look at me being all organised 😀 One of the restaurants extremely high on my list is Flying Fish. One look at Peter Kuruvita’s menu tells you that he is a man who has perfectly honed his craft. What interests me is the almost fusion style of his dishes. I can’t wait to go….hint, hint Stud 😉 As soon as I had heard that he was doing a...

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Bay Tinh – Crows Nest

April 27, 2012
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Stud and I are pretty big fans of Vietnamese food but I have to say, apart from being frequent Pho eaters (especially in Winter) and the few of the starters (namely the rice paper rolls – NOM), we aren’t as knowledgeable on the cuisine as I would like. So when we were invited to try out Bay Tinh’s new Crows Nest restaurant, I was really excited to expand my Vietnamese horizons! Our reservation was at 7:30pm and a word to the wise who are travelling from a far (especially on a Friday night), go earlier to ensure you get parking. Even if you stop in somewhere for a drink beforehand, as it took us a little while to find a park and we very much relied on Stud’s previous “over the bridge” knowledge. To his credit, it was pretty close. The restaurant was pretty packed already, always a good...

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New Shanghai – Chatswood

March 30, 2012
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New Shanghai – Chatswood

With the weather getting a little colder, there’s nothing I love more than a good comforting meal. A beautiful warming soup, a little pork belly, some kick-butt dumplings – ok, my waistline isn’t too much of a fan of the colder months, but I’m running this show, mwahahaha! So when Stud and I were invited to try New Shanghai’s new wine and dumpling dinner, I was well up for it. Soup dumplings AND matched wine? Ummmm YES….please! I had wanted to try New Shanghai for quite some time now. I feel like ever since Stud and I migrated from the North Side, it’s just got bigger and better. I’m not bitter, I’m just saying. We arrived just after 6pm and as I walked down Victoria Street towards the Chase (Chatswood Chase that is), I was pretty damn excited. I entered via the Victoria street entrance which took me right...

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