Posts Tagged ‘ dinner ’

Marinated Tofu with Pineapple and Quinoa

October 24, 2012
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Marinated Tofu with Pineapple and Quinoa

So I have a bit of an announcement. Actually, some would call this announcement huge, some have scoffed and mocked, some have been supportive and suggested helpful tips. Its one of those announcements that really splits the room. Quite possibly more so than politics! As of yesterday, Stud and I have been vegetarian for a month 🙂 Well pescetarian. Well kind of. Its a little grey. As a lifestyle change, Stud and I have decided to forgo meat for a vegetarian diet however occasionally we dabble in some seafood. I thought it best to celebrate the milestone with the tofu dish that changes Stud’s mind. Prior to said dish, Stud would turn his nose up at anything tofu, no liking the texture, flavour, or smell of tofu. So yeah basically everything about it. But you know, when one makes such a drastic life change, something’s gotta give. Armed with...

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The Commons – Darlinghurst

March 14, 2012
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As a follow on from the awesome tour that was Travelicious, we headed out for dinner and drinks at The Commons in Darlinghurst. If you didn’t know it was there, you’d probably walk past thinking it was a house party but as you walk through the gates and in to the venue, you are well aware, you’re in a Darlo bar. Wall to wall hipsters, low lighting and cocktails all round, it’s a great funky little place that prides themselves on their drinks. We headed downstairs to grab a cocktail each. The menu is quite extensive and it’s pretty hard to choose but the bar tenders were lovely and very patient. Being a massive girl, I wanted something sweet to kick off the evening. I actually can’t remember what I ordered (bad food blogger!) but it had orange juice in it so I thought it would be nice. It...

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Compromise pizzas

November 30, 2011
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Compromise pizzas

By now you all know how to make pizza. And if you don’t, then you should. These pizzas are the outcome of me wanting to do girly dainty pizzas with fresh figs and some brie, and Stud getting excited for some manly pizzas (namely Mexicana). We settled in the middle and used leftover scotch fillet from the night before with the brie and some calamari we had taken out to eat that night (before I came up with the genius pizza idea). Pretty easy to assemble – I even went to the hassle free length of buying Leggos pizza sauce. I may or may not have been hungover. Ingredients Pizza dough (enough for two pizzas) Pizza sauce Calamari Feta Pre-cooked steak One wheel of Brie Tomato chutney Method Preheat oven to 220° with pizza stone heating from cold (it can crack if you place a cold stone in a...

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Japanese mushroom risotto

November 28, 2011
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Japanese mushroom risotto

What’s your sure-fire hangover cure? Bacon and eggs? A run along the beach? More booze? Mine is avocado. “Avocado????” Avocado. A beautiful sourdough bread toasted in the oven and then coated in fork mashed avocado, topped with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. My new thing however is said cure, topped with some pan fried (in butter of course) mushrooms. I can’t seem to get enough of mushrooms these days and even if we don’t have avocado (*sadface*), I’ll top my sourdough in mushrooms and either some pecorino or fresh herbs, you know, depending on my mood, or how hungover I am….. I love trying as many new mushrooms as I can but tried to do a stir-fry with a few Asian mushrooms and in my naivety, chucked them all in at once :/ Stud definitely wasn’t a fan. Like a mother with a funny looking child, I...

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Tokonoma – Surry Hills

November 14, 2011
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Tokonoma – Surry Hills

I subscribe to every meal deal website available to Sydney. No really. So on a daily basis, there will be at least one deal that will take my fancy. Being the impulse buyer that I am, but then still being wary of over-spending/over-eating, I forward each “worthy” deal over to Stud to see the verdict. About a week or so ago, fed up with my constant spamming, he simply replied “Unsubscribe!” Well, I never! Thankfully this Tokonoma deal made it in before his opt-out. Being in Sydney’s South West, it’s not as often as we’d like that we get over to Surry Hills for dinner. We usually choose a little more local for transport purposes. Ok, its not France or anything, its just that Newtown for example, is a little less faffing about for us to get to and from so when we do go, we’re reminded how it...

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Lamb kofta tagine

September 15, 2011
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Lamb kofta tagine

For my birthday this year, my parents bought me a grinder attachment for our KitchenAid. I had visions of making the perfect sausage and amazing meatballs or even just my own mince for a fab bolognese. Here it is, September, and I have used my grinder attachment for the first time. After a mini hiccup with too much fat left on the meat, we are now the best of friends and will totally be doing everything together from here on in! I decided that the day I used my grinder, it would be for this recipe and hence killing two birds with one stone, and using my new tagine at the same time. So on this fateful Sunday, it was a day of firsts. A first for grinding, a first for tagining, first time using ras el hanout and it was also the first time I had eaten bread…..in...

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Ragu with pappardelle

August 27, 2011
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Ragu with pappardelle

One of the good things about working in the Finance industry is Bank Holiday. It’s that little extra picnic day that we get over all others. It’s a day where things are still open, majority of others are at work, and there’s no need to brave regular public holiday crowds. In saying this, I spent my Bank Holiday in the kitchen. All day. For hours. And it made me happy! There were a few things I had wanted to do for a while and today was the day. One of those said things was use my new Aldi ravioli gadget. You see Stud is a HUGE fan of ravioli. I’ve only really made it a couple of times for him but when we are in an Italian restaurant, it’s normally his dish of choice so when I bought my little gadget, he was excited at the thought of ravioli...

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Beef and Guinness Pie

August 22, 2011
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Beef and Guinness Pie

I use to love pies as a child. They were a great quick meal for lunch or dinner with the family and even though mum did them in the microwave (hence no flaky crust), I was a massive fan. Then one day, I bit in to my regular fourandtwenty pie and as I was chewing on the mincey filling, I thought of a cow and couldn’t finish it. True story. Don’t ask my logic, I still ate steaks, regular minced dishes (bolognaise, etc) but from that day forward, pies never passed my lips and I became devoted to sausage rolls. It took about six or seven years to pluck up the courage for my to try another pie and once I did, I had no idea what my problem was. I had missed the beautiful gravy insides and the flaky (when bought or cooked in the oven obviously) pastry....

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Slow cooker butter chicken

July 18, 2011
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Slow cooker butter chicken

As you may or may not know, my mum doesn’t like chilli. Actually, I never use to like chilli either. Even now I’m a little scared of it, but I’ve built up my tolerance over the years and can deal with a little stronger than medium heat as long as I either have a glass or milk, or a glass of wine 😉 With my recent curry success (link) (if I do say so myself), I wanted to try another curry recipe for mothers day dinner at our place and seeing as mum isn’t a chilli fan, I thought butter chicken was the way to go. I got all my ingredients together the night before, prepped them in the morning and put them all in the slow cooker while we went to visit my grandparents to wish them a happy birthday and happy mother’s day also. Enough time for...

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Soffritto – Newtown

July 16, 2011
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Soffritto – Newtown

Another post in the birthday that just never ends (or so Stud keeps saying). This one takes place on the weekend of my birthday. Its hard to please people, hey, its hard to please me! But when you add 25 people in the mix for one dinner, its hard to please everyone. Thai? Indian? Italian? Decisions, decisions. In the end, its my damn birthday and I choose European! Its got a little bit of everything and the menu looked fab! So I made a reservation for Soffritto in Newtown and hoped for the best. Because there was such a large group of people, the restaurant asked if it was ok if they bring out entrees to share (and everyone would get the equivalent of one entrée each, size-wise) and we could order a la carte for main and dessert. Hey, if its easier for them and we get our...

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