Posts Tagged ‘ seafood ’

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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Coconut Grill and Bar – Phi Phi Island Village Resort & Spa

October 8, 2012
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Coconut Grill & Bar - fish

Earlier in the year, Stud and I were in Thailand on our honeymoon, and while staying at Phi Phi Island Village Resort & Spa, we did the rounds on the island (more posts to come) food wise. Our first night in Phi Phi was spent at Coconut Grill and Bar, one of the hotels many restaurant options. A gorgeous setting, either out the front with your feet in the sand, in the restaurant, or out the back on the balcony, overlooking the lake. We went with the balcony seating – romaaaantic The menu isn’t extensive so it was easy to choose our seafood basket to share, with a few dips to accompany. Our complimentary bread basket arrives and to my surprise, is a few different types of bread. Gotta love that. Needless to say, my normal “don’t fill up on carbs” mantra once again, goes out the window as I...

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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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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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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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