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    Mi Peru D’Carmen

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    I haven’t had Peruvian before so when a friend suggests a trip out to Parkdale to their local spot we are there! It is super cute, bright thick rugs as table cloths, friendly smiles from the family and a menu packed with first time dishes for most of us. The ‘Empanada de carne’ – peruvian style pastry with seasoned minced beef, olives, egg and sultanas. Was gorgeous, a little dry but we asked for some of the sauce Huancaina and with the red onion salad…

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    The Grand Italian Yum Cha

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    What a brilliant idea, Italian Yum Cha. The Grand in Richmond are pulling out all of their little Italian plates and Chinese steamers and offering lucky patrons the opportunity to try lots and lots of Italian dishes yum cha style. Apparently there is a big team in the kitchen to deliver this joyous parade of deliciousness and you would need it, each dish is meticulously prepared and there are a lot to choose from! Imagine being able to just have a taste of all of…

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    Mugen Ramen Bar

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    From the super cool team at Robot Bar, just across the laneway is the modern, underground, ‘Japas’ and Noodle bar Mugen. Serving up bowls of steaming ramen and some very respectable Japanese tapas dishes. Also serving their own brewed beer in collaboration with ThunderRoad Brewery, you can enjoy the Saison Japan, infused with Japanese botanicals, this combines European complexity and finesse with the four traditional Japanese flavour essentials of Konbu, Shiso, Yuzu and Ume….. tastes damn good!! House made Gyouza, served with Mugen’s special sauce…

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    Bistro Guillaume

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Whenever we have a celebration, special occasion or anyone asks where they should go for a wonderful dinner I always have Bistro Guillaume on my list, that all changed tonight! Sadly my special meal at one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne was not great. The service was patchy to put it kindly, we eventually got our Champagne and had nearly finished by the time the oysters arrived; Oysters were lovely, well shucked and just with a touch of lemon – magnifique. Entrees I went…

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    Thaiger

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Tiny tiny Thaiger, hidden amongst the bustle of the Laneways off Bourke St. After a hard days shop you can pop in and pick up a little something to take home and enjoy. It is seriously small, check out the menu outside and then pop in to order your Prawn Croquette, Crying Tiger, Spicy prawn, Pork belly or the Pou Nim – soft shell crab in a black bun. Everything is around the $10 mark so for twenty bucks you and a friend can have…

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    Munich Brauhaus

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Where shall we go that’s lots of fun, lively, live music, great food and sells beer by the litre? We’re going back to Munich Brauhaus and taking a few native speakers with us! Even early on a Thursday evening the place is pumping, boys crowd the main bar like a Saturday night stag night, those lederhosen clad servers frolic about the place and we manage to secure a corner with a table to watch the fun! Having tried to pull a bit of year 6…

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    Dead Man Espresso

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Dead Man Espresso is a long time fave of mine, a good local that is just too popular sometimes and there often isn’t a spare seat in sight. But today, the brunch gods have smiled down and said – Yes, you will have great coffee and kale! Though todays coffee is starting to look a bit rude, or is that just me!!?? An all day breakie menu offers a crazy mix of good stuff from daily baked Scones, Super porridge, Chorizo toastie, Green pancakes, the…

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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…

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    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…

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    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…

Recipes & More

Mushroom Sauce

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Serves 2 generously! Ingredients: Button mushrooms about 20 – sliced Spray oil Plain flour – 1 1/2 tablespoons Brown onion – chopped Splash of red wine 500mls beef stock Method: Brown onions with spray oil in medium sized pan. Add mushrooms and cook down for 7 minutes. Add flour and cook for another 10 minutes. Add stock and wine and leave uncovered and simmering for 15 mins or until thick. Add a touch of cream or milk for a creaminess or just add a big…

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…

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lamb

Mi Peru D’Carmen

I haven’t had Peruvian before so when a friend suggests a trip out to Parkdale to their local spot we are there! It is super cute, bright thick rugs as table cloths, friendly smiles from the family and a menu packed with first time dishes for most of us. The ‘Empanada de carne’ – peruvian style pastry with seasoned minced beef, olives, egg and sultanas. Was gorgeous, a little dry but we asked for some of the sauce Huancaina and with the red onion salad…

gnocchi sage

The Grand Italian Yum Cha

What a brilliant idea, Italian Yum Cha. The Grand in Richmond are pulling out all of their little Italian plates and Chinese steamers and offering lucky patrons the opportunity to try lots and lots of Italian dishes yum cha style. Apparently there is a big team in the kitchen to deliver this joyous parade of deliciousness and you would need it, each dish is meticulously prepared and there are a lot to choose from! Imagine being able to just have a taste of all of…

dinner

Mugen Ramen Bar

From the super cool team at Robot Bar, just across the laneway is the modern, underground, ‘Japas’ and Noodle bar Mugen. Serving up bowls of steaming ramen and some very respectable Japanese tapas dishes. Also serving their own brewed beer in collaboration with ThunderRoad Brewery, you can enjoy the Saison Japan, infused with Japanese botanicals, this combines European complexity and finesse with the four traditional Japanese flavour essentials of Konbu, Shiso, Yuzu and Ume….. tastes damn good!! House made Gyouza, served with Mugen’s special sauce…

pate

Bistro Guillaume

Whenever we have a celebration, special occasion or anyone asks where they should go for a wonderful dinner I always have Bistro Guillaume on my list, that all changed tonight! Sadly my special meal at one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne was not great. The service was patchy to put it kindly, we eventually got our Champagne and had nearly finished by the time the oysters arrived; Oysters were lovely, well shucked and just with a touch of lemon – magnifique. Entrees I went…

burgers

Thaiger

Tiny tiny Thaiger, hidden amongst the bustle of the Laneways off Bourke St. After a hard days shop you can pop in and pick up a little something to take home and enjoy. It is seriously small, check out the menu outside and then pop in to order your Prawn Croquette, Crying Tiger, Spicy prawn, Pork belly or the Pou Nim – soft shell crab in a black bun. Everything is around the $10 mark so for twenty bucks you and a friend can have…

pretzel

Munich Brauhaus

Where shall we go that’s lots of fun, lively, live music, great food and sells beer by the litre? We’re going back to Munich Brauhaus and taking a few native speakers with us! Even early on a Thursday evening the place is pumping, boys crowd the main bar like a Saturday night stag night, those lederhosen clad servers frolic about the place and we manage to secure a corner with a table to watch the fun! Having tried to pull a bit of year 6…

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 an 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…

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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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