Archive for month: July, 2011

Spätzle >Homer Drool<

30 Jul
July 30, 2011

Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks July hostess. Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine. She provided us with recipes for Spätzle and Fresh Egg Pasta as well as a few delicious sauces to pair our noodles with!

It is winter in Australia and this was a great challenge for the really cold days and nights we have been having.  I tend to crave noodles, pasta and the likes when it is cold.  Actually I think that is pretty normal behaviour.

I saw that Steph had included a recipe for spätzle, bingo!  I knew what I was going to make.  I love spätzle.  I think it stems from my Grandmother and my trips to Germany.  Even though my grandmother was Latvian, noodles and dumplings were on high rotation in her kitchen when I stayed with her.

Mac was out of town on business, so it was dinner for just Josh and I.  I had some leftover beef and mushrooms in red wine and thought it would be a lovely match to the spätzle.  I was right, it was. Read more →


A magical lunch at Lotus, Abracadabra! {Closed}

06 Jul
July 6, 2011

Good food and magic, what’s not to like?  There were a few special events happening at Lotus as part of March into Merivale, but when I read about the Abracadabra lunch, I just had to book.  On the day it ended up being just Josh and I attending as Mac graciously stayed home and baby sat the recovering Sally.

The set course lunch was $75/head for five courses and a cocktail on arrival.  We were given the option of enjoying specially paired wines at an extra $50/head to accompany the dishes.  I went for the wine pairing. Read more →

Good Times, Sad Times & Potato Salad

04 Jul
July 4, 2011

Jami Sorrento was our June Daring Cooks hostess and she chose to challenge us to celebrate the humble spud by making a delicious and healthy potato salad. The Daring Cooks Potato Salad Challenge was sponsored by the nice people at the United States Potato Board, who awarded prizes to the top 3 most creative and healthy potato salads. A medium-size (5.3 ounce) potato has 110 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and includes nearly half your daily value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana!

All you Daring Cooks out there will know that this post is extremely late, sorry about that.  Hello again to everyone else, did you miss me?  As you may of noticed I took a little time off from Belly Rumbles.

Those of you that read Belly Rumbles regularly will know that the first half of 2011 hasn’t been the best for my family.  After a long battle with cancer my mother in law finally passed away early June.  It has been a hard blow for everyone, and really the reason why I haven’t been bothered to write for a while.  We all deal with things in different ways, I just became a little bit more introverted than I normally am. Read more →