Posts Tagged ‘ dinner ’

Spanish baked stuffed squid

June 26, 2011
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Spanish baked stuffed squid

On a trip to Sydney Markets with dad, I bought some whole squid. I had always wanted to try prepping a squid after seeing it numerous times on TV and in my books but never actually performed the spine chilling procedure myself. I am always worried that these things that look simple enough on TV (and YouTube) will be a bit of a mission in reality done by a very green home cook but was surprised at how simple it was. Ok I broke the ink sack but it seemed to be broken before I got there. Now I know that sounds like a ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse but it’s true! After I bought the squid, I froze it so I think either in the process of freezing, or defrosting, it got a little damaged along the way. So anyway, with a deathly fear of deep frying, I...

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Se Jong – Campsie

June 5, 2011
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Se Jong – Campsie

Back when Stud was living at Chatswood we went to a Korean BBQ place in the Mandarin Centre (the name escapes me) and although the food was amazing, I smelt like Korean BBQ for about 5 days afterwards. Id showered, washed my hair numerous times and washed each item of clothing that I was wearing but still, I smelt like a BBQ. It wasn’t until day 5 – when I was sitting at my desk at work and could still smell it – I scratched my nose and realised as my watch brushed past my face that the BBQ smell had seeped in to the leather in my watch and wasn’t going anywhere! These days I have a metal watch so I was primed and ready for another BBQ experience and thanks to Eat Show & Tell I had found one close to us and we were both just...

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Jamie Oliver – 30 Minute Meals

April 7, 2011
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Jamie Oliver – 30 Minute Meals

I’ve been having slight blog withdrawals this past month. With work getting more hectic by the day and trying to plan a wedding, things have been super busy! By the time I get home from work or have had a day of details on the weekend, who has the time to whip up a gourmet meal for the family (mum and dad were over for dinner)? Well thanks to the in-laws and Jamie Oliver, I do  lol! Flicking through my Christmas present from Stud’s parents once again, I was pretty impressed with all the recipes and decided to make Tray-baked Chicken with Squashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. Would it really take 30 minutes or does it only take 30 minutes for a chef Mr Oliver? We’re about to find out! The recipe itself was actually really easy to follow and although there are two side dishes, it explained in...

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Lugarno Seafood Restaurant – Lugarno

February 14, 2011
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Lugarno Seafood Restaurant – Lugarno

While Stud’s parents were here for Christmas, we of course had to do the inaugural parents meeting parents and trying to find a restaurant that can accommodate such an event is no easy feat. Stud and I has been to Lugarno seafood when we first moved to the burbs and were suitably impressed with the food – its down by the water and the seafood is very fresh – so we thought what better place. We met my parents at the restaurant and were all shown to our table. We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get a table outside on the balcony overlooking the water however then thought it was probably for the best as Australian mosquito’s seem to have a bit of a thing for Scottish blood. Must be the fact that it’s imported or something? The service was really great. All the staff are very...

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The Beach Club Restaurant – Hamilton Island

February 9, 2011
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The Beach Club Restaurant – Hamilton Island

Being the food obsessed individual that I am, prior to exiting the house – so much prior that it can be days, weeks or months before the event – I Google the surroundings to find out good foodie haunts or I will look up the restaurant directly (if I know where we are going of course) and decide what I am going to eat even before I’ve seen the place. Thinking about food makes me happy – eating, happier – and if I can decide on the dish/dishes before entering the restaurant, not only do I get to drool all day about what I am having, but it also saves any faffing about when we get to the restaurant, I get in, I order, I eat. The quicker the better. After an event filled fabulous week in Hamilton Island, we wanted our last night to be special so along...

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Romano’s Italian Restaurant – Hamilton Island

January 24, 2011
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Romano’s Italian Restaurant – Hamilton Island

Last week was a very special one for Dining with a Stud. Stud and I headed off to Hamilton Island with his parents for a week and whilst enjoying the crystal clear beach that is Whitehaven, Stud proposed!! So we headed back to Sydney a little sunburnt, very relaxed and completely engaged!! For our celebratory dinner while on the island, we headed to Romano’s, a fine dining Italian restaurant right on the marina with a great view. When we arrived, we were asked if we wanted to sit in the lounge area for a pre-dinner drink but we gratefully declined as it was on the buggy ride down to the restaurant that we realised just how hungry we were! Swimming, snorkelling and general lazing about really does take it out of you We were seated just next to the stairs on the upper level and although we first asked...

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2010 reflections + Marie Claire lasagne

January 2, 2011
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2010 reflections + Marie Claire lasagne

Wow – 2011! According to old 70’s Sci-Fi movies we should all being flying our own personal spaceship car and wearing space age suits like The Jetsons. And although technology has come a long way, we are a far cry from our own personal robot maid. I’m still hopeful though This year we all decided to have a low key NYE with close friends, cocktails and pyjamas. OK we may all be averaging 30 but we can still have a sleepover like the best of them! We were all to bring a spirit each for the cocktails and a side dish to go with the copious amount of meat for the barbeque. Being fashionably late to discuss with the hosts what to bring, all salads were already accounted for so he had asked Stud to see if maybe I could make a lasagne (one I had previously made when...

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A very Studdy Christmas

December 31, 2010
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A very Studdy Christmas

I love Christmas. No, just so we’re clear, I mean I freaking LOVE Christmas. I had been whining since August about putting up our Christmas tree and finally in November when i was having a very bad day, Stud caved to make me feel better. Most people say its bad luck to erect the tree before December but I say phooey to that! How can anything to do with Christmas be bad luck?? This year was extra special. Not only was it our first Christmas in our new home that we actually own (hence wouldn’t have to worry about sticking/nailing/hanging decorations for fear of permanent damage and no bond back) but also, Stud’s parents were visiting from overseas and it would be his first Christmas with them in 12 years. I wanted to make the dinner as special as the occasion so had been planning the menu for a...

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Fiesta Mexicana – Carlton

November 29, 2010
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Fiesta Mexicana – Carlton

Stud loves Mexican! Its probably his all time favourite food although we are ridiculously partial to Japanese. But Mexican always wins his heart – most likely because he is a little woozy from the margaritas – so now that we are in a new area and finally starting to explore it, I was excited to send him the link to a Mexican restaurant in Carlton. He immediately responded “Yes Yes Yes” and we made our booking. Well, tried to. I phoned Tuesday early on and left a message on the answering machine asking for a table for 2 at 7pm and left my phone number for confirmation. Wednesday I hadn’t heard back so tried again. Same thing. Thursday, tried again. Same thing. Stud tried on Friday. Again, same thing. FINALLY Saturday he got a hold of someone and dinner was set for 7pm. We found parking right around the...

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La Roche Lebanese

November 25, 2010
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La Roche Lebanese

Heading in to Lakemba we are on our way to Jasmin’s for dinner. I have heard wonderful things about this place and am keen to try it. We arrive, are seated and then are surrounded by load families and their screaming kids. It all gets a little too much to bear so we head out and look for another. Still with a hankering for Lebanese food, that’s all I can search for and although we pass a few good looking pizza places, you don’t come to Lakemba for the Italian food. Then we stumble on La Roche Lebanese which looks intimate and warm. We walk in and ask if they have a table for two and we are seated immediately. The waitress brings us our menu and I want to show Stud all Lebanese food has to offer. The waitress doesn’t have a pad or pen and mentally takes...

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