Archive for month: July, 2012

Cheesy Bacon Chips with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

30 Jul
July 30, 2012

Did you watch the opening ceremony for the Olympic games last weekend?  Were you up bright and early to watch it live from London?  Not me, it would have to take something a little more special to rob me of a sleep in on the weekend.  Instead I decided that watching the replay in the afternoon was a far more sensible option.

The sensible option also meant I could try out a recipe which I thought would be perfect snack material for watching television.  Perfect for Sunday football or any sport watching, perfect for a movie or movie marathon, and hit the spot while watching Olympic games opening ceremony.  Fish and chips may be very British, but who needs fish when you can have BACON! Read more →


Ricotta Pancakes, Sparkling Strawberries & Lemon Cream Recipe + Wolf Blass Giveaway

25 Jul
July 25, 2012

I am not a breakfast person, never have been and never will be.  Brunch on the other hand is a totally different story.  Sunday brunch would have to be my ultimate meal.  Lazy sleep in, Sunday papers and a decadent breakfast.

The great thing about brunch is that if it is heading towards lunch, the you can always add alcohol.  Bloody Marys are fantastic for those who are suffering a hangover from a heavy Saturday night.  Ultimately for me it is a glass of sparkling white.  Please don’t think I am having a boozy Sunday brunch every weekend, but on this occasion I had a recipe I wanted to try as well as a bottle of Wolf Blass’ Yellow Label Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sparkling. Read more →

Looma’s Patisserie, Bankstown

23 Jul
July 23, 2012

Not exactly a patisserie you would stumble upon, but locals seem to be very well aware of Looma’s existence with a constant stream of people turning up to collect their orders or picking up something for lunch.  Located in a unit towards the back of a factory complex, you really have to be looking for this retail/wholesale patisserie.

Looma’s  was established in January this year by Michael and Ibrahim Khatib.  You will find Michael upstairs dealing with the business side of the operation while Ibrahim runs the kitchen.  Ibrahim, a qualified Chef, spent many years working at Altitude Shangri-La and then Croquembouche Patisserie.   His time at Croquembouche saw him master his pastry skills.  Why Looma’s?  It is an interesting name to call a patisserie and Ibrahim shared that it was his nickname when younger. Read more →

PIRAGI – Latvian Bacon Buns

03 Jul
July 3, 2012

I thought it only appropriate that my 200th post on Belly Rumbles be one about a food that is close to my heart.  Close due to happy memories, the deliciousness and the fact it is a family recipe.  A recipe that is passed down the generations in all households of Latvian descent.  Even today Josh whipped up two batches of piragi to share amongst his friends tomorrow as they partake in their gaming marathon.  It does make this mother proud that he does an amazing job and that his rolling of these little buns has almost reached my standard.

One of my earliest food memories was standing in my great grandmother’s kitchen in Merrylands, Sydney.  My grandmother and great aunt would also be present.  It would have been school holidays, a day or two before Christmas Eve.  grandma would have been babysitting me while Mum and Dad were at work.

The kitchen would be full of glorious cooking smells, traditional delights being prepared for the family’s Christmas Eve feast.  The table that dominated the tiny kitchen, would be covered with flour and piles of dough.  Nimble fingers shaped buns filled with bacon and onion perfectly.  I was witnessing a piragis production line, to which I was welcomed to join with open arms. Read more →