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    Kong BBQ

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    The Lucas effect continues with Kong BBQ in Richmond, can’t remember what used to be there but it is now a little hot box of KBBQ fun with queues galore to try out Lucas’s spin on Kpop. It is small but well set up with as many seats as they can get in the place without making it cramped or impossible to move. You can get a table if you are lucky or I quite like a seat up at the kitchen to see how…

  • soft shell crab

    Ichi Ni – My Happy Place

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    What do you mean we haven’t taken you to Ichi Ni? What sort of friends are we? It’s your birthday… well lets go to Ichi Ni? The sun is shining… well then we should go to Ichi Ni! Any excuse to go and enjoy some of the best Japanese Melbourne has to offer. Sunny Sunday and we have a table on the deck and a cold glass of white, not what goes well with sunshine and Pinot Grigio? Hmmm gyoza, six lovely pan fried pork…

  • pork belly

    Pelican

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Good old Pelican, you can’t go past this place for a great breakie, full on brunch, afternoon graze or a slap up dinner! In the long time we have been coming here the staff come and go but the vibe stays constant with the same friendly, easy going, excellent service. No airs and graces, just here to do great coffee, good wine and sensational food. Hubby goes for eggs, tomatoes and toast – simply perfect. Great eggs, bursting with sunshine and cooked to that runny…

  • oysters

    Isthmus of Kra

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    A big fan of this strange little building, now dwarfed by the massive apartments that popped up next to it, the Isthmus of Kra looks like a dark red, den of delicious and we always take friends and family on the promise there will be blue dumplings. And blue flower dumplings there were! The Lotus Blue Dumplings, six little individually crafted, blue dumplings, dyed with Butterfly pea-flowers, filled with peppered, caramelized minced beef. Incredibly delish and so quick to chomp on and all of a…

  • crab

    Top Paddock Time!

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    You know you are in the right place when the first thing you see is a plethora of donuts, but not ordinary donuts, no these are with fresh blood orange glaze or mulled wine spice with merlot and belgian choc…. step away from the donuts and take your table for lunch! How embarrassing that I go for exactly the same as last time I came…. you can’t deny a lady the soft shell crab brioche roll with lime mayo and fennel and dill salad, I…

  • Steak

    Maori Chief Hotel

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Chief he is! A great local pub, nothing fancy just a welcome smile, a cold beer and a damn good $15 Steak night! The front bar is a decent space with a pool table and Wednesday nights they’ll even get a band in for Parma nights. Out back there are plenty of tables to sit back and enjoy a catch up with friends and when it warms up there is a rooftop apparently – will have to check that out!! On a cold, drizzly…

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    El Habanero

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Welcome to South Melbourne El Habanero! Authentic Mexican has arrived to Clarendon Street and it is incredibly good! Tacos, salsa, corn on the cob, burritos and tortas, all fresh and delicious. The lunch menu is a great selection of Mexican treats and once the liquor licence is approved the evening menu will hopefully be just as good and go well with a beer or tequila. The guacamole is beautiful, avocado, tomato red onion cheese and coriander – perfection. Ladies and gentlemen I give you Pollo…

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    Dumplings Plus

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Hubby is craving dumplings so we pile in to Dumplings Plus after an afternoons shopping. The menu is a lovely long list of all the great dishes you expect, spring onion pancakes, steamed dumplings, pan fried dumplings, hot and sour soup and wontons. The perfect BBQ pork buns, it’s been a while since I had such a good one, perfectly pink tinged pork in that white fluffy dough, once they cool down they are the best!! Steamed pork dumplings with chilli sauce, the bomb!! Those…

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    Sake

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Pop up Harajuku night at Sake bar, pink and blue wigs, tight skirts, black eyeliner and cocktails! The Osaka mule with gin, cranberry and ginger in a funky jar glass is delish! Love a good mule. The special night comes with six special dishes including the Sunomo. Chicken nanban zuke – fried chicken with chilli infused hot vinaigrette and chilled pickled cucumber. First bite was a surprise as it is cold! I assumed fried chicken would be hot but it is cold and completely delicious,…

  • Pea Fritter

    The Petty Officer

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    An Albert Park staple there are always plenty of happy people enjoying coffee and brunch at The Petty Officer. Sometimes tricky to get a table due to their popularity with the locals we popped by on a random day off and though there were no tables to lounge in the sun there were plenty inside. The menu is a delectable choice of dishes like ‘The Chief’ – poached eggs, short cut bacon, field mushrooms, avocado smash and tomato relish and sour dough. Or Spicy vegetarian…

Recipes & More

Zucchini and corn breakfast cakes

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Zucchini and corn breakfast cakes Ingredients; Makes two big cakes 1 x zucchini, chopped small 1 x egg, whisked 1/4 cup of cooked sweetcorn 1/2 cup of wholemeal flour 1/3 cup of skinny milk Pinch of salt Put the zucchini in a frying pan with spray oil and cook until softening. Mix together egg, milk, flour and salt and then add the corn and zucchini. Place springform rings (approx. 5 inches wide) onto a oil sprayed frying pan and then spoon the ingredients into the…

El Cielo

elcielo

Just down the road is a little slice of Mexico, hidden in the depths of Port Melbourne industrial estate is El Cielo, a tiny tortilla factory that has a little shop where you can buy all the best of south of the border. The most beautiful fresh corn tortillas, stacks upon stacks of them! I expect this is the supplier to most of the Mexican wave that has taken over Melbounre – HA! know I know your secret!! You can get bags of tostaditos, tins…

Pinterest – Zucchini Parmesan Chips

ZPC

Baked Zucchini Parmesan Chips Super healthy chips! Little bit of finger fiddly coating to get them going but totally worth the effort, trays and trays of crunchy, cheesey veggies chips! You can get a lot of slices from a zucchini! Check out the recipes on Pinterest here

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dumplings

Kong BBQ

The Lucas effect continues with Kong BBQ in Richmond, can’t remember what used to be there but it is now a little hot box of KBBQ fun with queues galore to try out Lucas’s spin on Kpop. It is small but well set up with as many seats as they can get in the place without making it cramped or impossible to move. You can get a table if you are lucky or I quite like a seat up at the kitchen to see how…

soft shell crab

Ichi Ni – My Happy Place

What do you mean we haven’t taken you to Ichi Ni? What sort of friends are we? It’s your birthday… well lets go to Ichi Ni? The sun is shining… well then we should go to Ichi Ni! Any excuse to go and enjoy some of the best Japanese Melbourne has to offer. Sunny Sunday and we have a table on the deck and a cold glass of white, not what goes well with sunshine and Pinot Grigio? Hmmm gyoza, six lovely pan fried pork…

pork belly

Pelican

Good old Pelican, you can’t go past this place for a great breakie, full on brunch, afternoon graze or a slap up dinner! In the long time we have been coming here the staff come and go but the vibe stays constant with the same friendly, easy going, excellent service. No airs and graces, just here to do great coffee, good wine and sensational food. Hubby goes for eggs, tomatoes and toast – simply perfect. Great eggs, bursting with sunshine and cooked to that runny…

oysters

Isthmus of Kra

A big fan of this strange little building, now dwarfed by the massive apartments that popped up next to it, the Isthmus of Kra looks like a dark red, den of delicious and we always take friends and family on the promise there will be blue dumplings. And blue flower dumplings there were! The Lotus Blue Dumplings, six little individually crafted, blue dumplings, dyed with Butterfly pea-flowers, filled with peppered, caramelized minced beef. Incredibly delish and so quick to chomp on and all of a…

crab

Top Paddock Time!

You know you are in the right place when the first thing you see is a plethora of donuts, but not ordinary donuts, no these are with fresh blood orange glaze or mulled wine spice with merlot and belgian choc…. step away from the donuts and take your table for lunch! How embarrassing that I go for exactly the same as last time I came…. you can’t deny a lady the soft shell crab brioche roll with lime mayo and fennel and dill salad, I…

Steak

Maori Chief Hotel

The Chief he is! A great local pub, nothing fancy just a welcome smile, a cold beer and a damn good $15 Steak night! The front bar is a decent space with a pool table and Wednesday nights they’ll even get a band in for Parma nights. Out back there are plenty of tables to sit back and enjoy a catch up with friends and when it warms up there is a rooftop apparently – will have to check that out!! On a cold, drizzly…

Cookbooks

UHC

Gordon Ramsey – Ultimate Home Cooking

The new Gordon, no swearing and ego just a great guy with his family, cooking, laughing and helping everyone cook amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the best recipes I have ever tried, quick and easy and packed full of flavour. This is a book you will go back to time and time again. Recipe 17 – BBQ Style Slow Roasted Beef Brisket Looking at this again, I want to go and get some brisket right now!! It was incredibly easy and incredibly tender….

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Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart

Revisiting and old favourite, George knows good Greek and for a lazy Sunday lunch I love a big, luscious moussaka, greek salad and my own lemon roasted potatoes. Recipe 6 – Moussaka This recipe is easy and incredibly delish, our friends loved it for lunch and we enjoyed it for lunch for the week after – it is quite big!! Recipe 7 – Greek Salad Perfectly simple Greek salad – can’t beat it and can’t stop eating it! ****************************************************************************************** Last published 8th December 2012 Wk…

Lots of books

Nigella’s Christmas

Revisiting Nigella Christmas Recipe 2 – Chocolate Tiramisu Whether is Xmas in December or July, Nigella’s Christmas is a book you can go to any time of year but when you do have to pull out a bit of tinsel and carols this is a beast of a book! So who wouldn’t like Nigella’s chocolate tiramisu? Honestly, the easiest dessert to pull together ever, there is a decadent amount of Tia Maria going on, so no one should drive even after just licking the spoon…

muffins

My Petite French Kitchen

My Petite French Kitchen Cookbook is a beautiful book from Eleanor Ozich sharing simple wholefood recipes. The book is based on the blog Eleanor created to document her ‘road to simple eating’. Packed full of delicious recipes that are both healthy, simple and very tasty. Recipe 4 – Apple and Sage Pork Cassoulet Slow cooked and delicious, simple ingredients that come together and with a bit of sweet potato mash this is the ultimate comfort food. Recipe 3 – Colourful Roasted Vegetable Medley Added in…

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