Armory Wharf Café, Newington

30 Jul
July 30, 2014

A recent visit to Sally’s oncologist saw Josh and I having an impromptu lunch at the Armory Wharf Café while Sal had a minor procedure. We actually had no idea what we were going to do to kill a couple of hours, but there was no point in driving back to The Shire from Homebush.

A quick look at Mr Google Maps and my first thought was to head to Strathfield. Totally uninspired by that idea we decided to just go for a drive to see where we ended up.

Armory Wharf Café is where we ended. This wasn’t my first visit, I had lunch here a couple of years a go with my Cuz. It was a really enjoyable lunch and I had intentions to share it with you, but other eats were shared instead.

Armory Wharf CafeLocated at the end of Jamieson Street on the Parramatta River, it is a fantastic location. Surrounded by vast parkland with lots of kid friendly play equipment and things to discover. Parking was a cinch this visit, but on my last visit it took quite a few trips around the car park waiting for somebody to leave. Personally I would avoid this place during school holidays. Read more →

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Spicy Celeriac & Apple Soup

28 Jul
July 28, 2014

Well hello Sydney winter and good bye sunny Vanuatu.  Did you picture me sipping cocktails whilst lounging around the resort pool or swimming in pristine blue waters?

You did?  Oh you poor thing, seriously stop right now.  Firstly any swimsuit thoughts you may have had of me, drop them pronto, they could be quite damaging to your mental health.  Secondly I didn’t swim or even attempt to wear a swimsuit once during our stay.  The weather was generally overcast and not warm enough for me to consider getting into the water.  Even though there wasn’t any swimming I had an awesome time away.

Before I headed off on that short but sweet Vanuatu vacation, the lovely people at Sydney Markets sent me a big box of seasonal fruit and vegetables to do with what I wished.  A no strings attached box of beautiful Australian grown produce.  The guys at Sydney Markets were happy for me to just to spread the word of eating Aussie seasonal produce through social media.  But when faced with such gorgeous seasonal produce I couldn’t help but be inspired to create some delicious recipes to share.

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Touching Base

19 Jul
July 19, 2014

Not even sure you can class this as a post, but need to touch base with you all.  I have been very neglectful this week on posting anything up on Belly Rumbles.

I’ve been busy with my real job.  You know, the one that pays the mortgage, and lets me pander to my ever growing love of photography gadgets, kitchen items, etc etc.  I think you get the picture.

I’m taking some well deserved time out, heading 3 hours out of Sydney via jet plane to Vanuatu.  I really don’t plan on doing much except relax.  I have packed two books and two copies of Lucky Peach to read.

Swimsuit is packed as well as the sunscreen and hat.  No real plans for when we hit Port Vila, for once I am taking it as it comes.

Will be back on deck late July.

Hugs to all
Sara xxx

(photo of Holiday Inn Port Vila, Vanuatu, where we will be staying, pinched from their website, me bad, but giving them credit)

 

A Dinner party by Heston for Coles

10 Jul
July 10, 2014

I should of titled this Heston’s Fantastical Feast.  I won’t hide that I am a bit of a Heston Blumenthal fan girl, okay far more than ‘a bit’.  I’m a big fan of the man.  He originally captivated my imagination with his TV series Heston’s Feasts.  Each week Josh and I would wait in anticipation for the amazing meal Heston would create for his guests.  Would it be the Fairy Tale Feast or the Gothic Horror Feast that week?  Watching him magically transform food, creating something different and unusual fascinated me.  It still does.  Oh how I still yearn to be invited to one of those feasts.

I’m sure I’m not the only Aussie that is caught up in the magic Heston weaves.  The popularity of Heston’s seasonal fare available at Coles during Christmas and Easter indicates that I’m not.  But now we don’t have to wait for a seasonal holiday to enjoy some of Heston’s magic, the range has been expanded for everyday eating.  Some of our most iconic dishes have been given a unique twist, a touch of Heston magic.

Sara McClearyThe lovely people at Coles sent me out everything in the new Heston for Coles range to try.  With so much food, it seemed the perfect opportunity to hold an impromptu dinner party for my nearest and dearest.  Dishes designed by Heston, the closest I will probably ever get to attending one of his fantastical feasts.

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Poulet en Demi Deuil

10 Jul
July 10, 2014

I think everything sounds far sexier in French.  Take poulet en demi deuil for example, would be quite happy for a lover to whisper that in my ear.  Sadly when translated into English, it doesn’t have the same ring.  Chicken in half mourning sounds more on the sad side than sexy.

I was gifted a gorgeous Western Australia fresh black truffle from the lovely people at Lilydale along with a few packs from their ‘Ready for You to Roast’ range.  Not a bad pick up and cook at home range, the breast roasts marinated in fennel and chili infused oil, were our favourites of what we tried.

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A Book an a Bite, Coolangatta

09 Jul
July 9, 2014

Over the years I have seen many little places come and go in Coolangatta.  Being a holiday destination some businesses do suffer when it isn’t peak holiday period.  To be quite honest, I frequently visit in the quite times, have no idea how they survive off peak.

A Book an a Bite first caught my eye a couple of visits ago, but I didn’t have the chance to drop in to try them out. On my last visit I was thrilled to see they were still in business, and decided to call in for breakfast with mum.

A Book an a BiteYou won’t find them on the popular Marine Parade strip with a view of the ocean.  The Book an a Bite is located one street back on Griffith Street.  Whites and pale wood give the café that Coolie beach vibe, as well as having a lovely little quirkiness.  It was these two elements that grabbed my attention initially.  Read more →

City Roos, Brisbane

08 Jul
July 8, 2014

I stumbled across these adorable steampunk kangaroos on my recent visit to Brisbane.  They are the creation of Queensland artist Christopher Trotter.  The roos were exhibited at World Expo, Shanghai, 2010.

City Roos, Christopher Trotter

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Speculoos Butter Cups

07 Jul
July 7, 2014

The first rule of Sweet Swap, you don’t talk about Sweet Swap. Hmmm, okay not quite true, we want you to all shout to the high heavens that registrations for The Sweet Swap are now open.

Let’s try again …

The first rule of Sweet Swap, you must make a sweet that hasn’t appeared on your blog before. This rule is true and is a must.

Speculoos Butter CupsThat particular rule made me not want to share this recipe with you. This amazing recipe is a twist on the very popular peanut butter cups. Apologies to those three that end up being matched to me and receive my sweets. You wont be getting these babies! Read more →

Black Sesame Caramels + The Sweet Swap

30 Jun
June 30, 2014

These caramels were made for one reason only. Well actually that is a blatant lie, they are also extremely delicious and I dare you to stop at just one.

Aside for their deliciousness they were made to announce and celebrate The Sweet Swap 2014! Yes folks The Sweet Swap is happening again.

For those that participated last year, firstly I would like to send you all a big hug and thank you for jumping on board the first ever Australian Bloggers sweet exchanging event. If you didn’t participate you can read about who participated, what they made and drool right here.

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Good Food & Wine Show, Sydney

27 Jun
June 27, 2014

The Good Food & Wine Show has a new home this year. Do not set your autopilot to Darling Harbour, instead this year head out to Sydney Olympic Park.

There really is so much to see, eat and drink at the show that it can be slightly overwhelming. You will see most of the exhibitors from last year, but I want to share with you some of the new exhibitors I discovered (and not to be missed), as well as some must visit household names.

One of the major draw cards to the show is the chefs. The best place to see your favourite chef in action is the Good Food Theatre (free). The shows are included in your entry ticket so grab a seat, take a load, relax and enjoy the antics of some of Australia’s best loved chefs. My chef picks to go see are Martin Boetz, Miguel Maestre and Alastair McLeod.

Kenwood Good Food & Wine ShowKenwood have teamed up with Adriano Zumbo and he is hosting macaron making classes over the duration of the show.   Unfortunately if you haven’t purchased a ticket to one of the classes they have now all sold out. Fortunately, you can still call by the Kenwood stand and look at their great products on display, purchase some Zumbo goodies and maybe even meet the man himself. Read more →

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