Archive for month: November, 2009

Slow Cooked Zucchini

23 Nov
November 23, 2009

I love zucchini, absolutely love them.I think it would be my favourite vegetable, not that I have met a vege I have not liked, but zucchini, I adore.

Want to share this recipe I tried out on Sunday night with you guys, I was surprised at how good it actually was, has made my favourites list.

15 small zucchini (or 10 small/med ones) washed and trimmed
200ml water
100ml extra virgin olive oil
2 dried bay leaves
Sea salt and cracked black pepper

2 cloves garlic, crushed
2t sea salt
3T coriander seeds, toasted
100ml extra virgin olive oil
5 ripe tomatoes, finely diced
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely shredded
½ bunch coriander, finely shredded
1t cracked black pepper
1 lemon, juiced

Preheat oven to 180°C.Cut zucchini across length into 4/5 piecs and place with water, olive oil, bay leaves, salt and pepper in an ovenproof dish with a tight fitting lid.Bake for 30/40 minutes or until tender.Remove from oven and set aside.

Grind the coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle and place in a large bowl with garlic, salt, oil tomatoes and herbs.Add zucchini, season with pepper and then add lemon juice just before serving.

Sara xxx


Summer Salt – Melbourne Cup Lunch

14 Nov
November 14, 2009

Tuesday 3rd November was the date this year that stopped a nation, Melbourne Cup Day. In Melbourne you would have been lucky to have had a public holiday, but sadly for the rest of us it was a normal day at work. Hmmmm well that is unless you get the girls together to have a very very long lunch that does not actually get you back to the office in the afternoon!

The venue was Summer Salt, the baby of Carl Jensen who is executive chef and owner. The one thing I love about SummerSalt is their location, perfectly situated at Elouera Surf Club with uninterrupted coastal views, truly sensational.
The eager beaver that I was, I was the first to arrive for the 12pm lunch booking. The restaurant was already live and kicking. I was offered a drink on my arrival, but declined as I was waiting for the others to arrive. Eventually we were all there and chatting away the best we could over the loud music and bad acoustics of the restaurant.

Once all seated we were asked if we would like a drink, yes we would love our glass of sparkling white please. Oh no that is not part of the menu that is just a suggestion we were advised. At $70 a pop we were under the impression that we were to receive a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival. Sadly no this was not the case like every other venue around town.
Actually the menu was quite deceptive, as when I looked at it I thought we were on a great deal with matched wines as there were no prices next to them. Wines were suggestions only I was advised, funnily though they put prices next to the side dishes.

We placed our food orders and also for a bottle of bubbly to share. For entrees we had a choice of Salt & Pepper Squid, Blue Cheese Tart, Smoked Chicken Mango Brie Salad, and Tempura Prawns.
Still waiting for our bubbly our entrees arrived. I had the Tempura Prawns, they did not impress me, not tempura and the harissa mayo did not go well at all. The Smoked Chicken Salad looked fantastic, if I could hear what was being said at that end of the table I could tell you how it tasted. The Salt & Pepper Squid had a little too much Szechuan pepper as it was burning the tongue of my friend opposite.

Bubbly finally arrived, after much prompting and entrees being finished. This is when we all started to melt. It was a hot day in Sydney and the venue’s air-conditioning could not keep up with all the bodies they had crammed in.

The service for food was very quick, drinks not so quick. Mains turned up and we had a choice of Sliver Dory Fillet, Black Angas Fillet, Cashew Pesto Chicken and Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Ravioli. I chose the dory, friend next to me had the chicken. Both were lovely, dory cooked well, still moist and could not fault it, some more salad would have been nice though. Chicken was also still moist and I have been told tasted great.

Dessert was a choice of Raspberry Clafouti, Chocolate Fondant, Passionfruit Pannacotta or a Cheese Plate. I had the Pannacotta, there was nothing wrong with it, but was not exceptional. The other dessert chosen at the table was the fondant, it looked lovely and nothing was left on the plate.

All in all I was disappointed with the service (staff were lovely) and really did think that $70/head for what we had was overpriced, $40/50 would have been more like it. Basically three tempura prawns, a couple of bits of deep fried dory and some pannacotta for $70, not great value. Oh I forgot, we also got a sourdough bread roll.

Food was fine, just a little overpriced, but the main thing is that we had a wonderful long lunch with friends. I won the $5 sweep too, which basically paid for my meal, so I really can’t complain.

Summer Salt
Elouera Surf Lifesaving Club
Mitchell Road, Cronulla

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Blogger Virgin

02 Nov
November 2, 2009

I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog for quite a while and today I took that leap and started Belly Rumbles. I want to share my passion for food, and wow do I have a passion, waist line sadly reflects that!

I love to cook, there is something about creating a beautiful meal to share with the ones you love, seeing plates empty and satisfied smiles on faces. To explore and find new ingredients and successfully come with a wonderful creation is extremely satisfying. I am addicted to sourcing new and exciting ingredients.

My kitchen funnily enough is not filled with 1000s of gadgets, I am satisfied with the basic approach of having a couple of good favourite knives. One of them actually was my grandmother’s and is a nice way to remember her on a daily basis.

Restaurants, yep I do enjoy eating out. Firstly even though I love to cook it is nice to have a night off and be pampered. Secondly, it is fun to see what the professionals are doing and learn and experiment at home from what you find out. I love discovering chefs that take an out of the normal view on cooking and present you with something special and unique.

In Belly Rumbles I want to share my cooking successes and hopefully make you laugh along with my failures (yep they can be just as fun at times as the successes), I want to share my restaurant adventures and generally share my world of food.

My father is Latvian and from an early age I was influenced by my grandmother’s cooking, sadly she passed away 13 years ago and she took quite a few of my favourite recipes to the grave with her. Part of Belly Rumbles will be me experimenting to try and recreate some of those lost dishes.

My mother has also been an incredible influence on my love of food, I was spoilt growing up with her desire to experiment and love of french cooking. So when most Aussies were eating lamb chops and veggies I was presented with incredible gastronomic delights. I have her copy of Larousse Gastronomique taking pride of place in my kitchen, it is older than I am.

My Auntie Tilly use to make the most amazing marmalades, something I am yet to master to my satisfaction and my Uncle Jim (her hubby) was a navy chef. Whenever we were over there for Sunday baked dinners he use to serve enough food to feed a fleet.

A lot of my treasured memories are based around food, which I suppose cannot be helped when you have a love for it.

So lets begin our Belly Rumbles journey.

Sara xxx