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 →

Eat Now, Thai Vintage, Sylvania + A Giveaway!

20 Jun
June 20, 2014

The heading almost sounds like I am ordering you to run out the door and head to Thai Vintage in Sylvania for a meal. Well you can, I’m not saying don’t. But if you live within their delivery area you are able to order on line, and have them bring the food to you.

Home delivery isn’t a new concept, restaurants have been doing it for years. I know I have been ordering home delivery for just as long, and in winter I am more tempted. Long workdays, plus shorter sunlight hours, equals me not wanting to cook or to head out the door to a restaurant. I would rather sit by the fire with a glass of wine.   I wonder if that’s just me? Would love to see the statistics on that one.

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Macadamia, White Chocolate & Oat Cookies

18 Jun
June 18, 2014

If I had been on top of things, I would have shared this recipe with guys back in April (when it was due to be). In April I would have called these cookies, macadamia and white chocolate Anzac biscuits. Instead, Anzac Day rolled up, said hello, we played a game of two up together, and it left again. All without this recipe being shared.

macadamia white chocolate cookiesWith the addition of white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, they hardly resemble Anzac biscuits at all. They do hint at it with the oats, coconut and golden syrup, but it is the white chocolate and macadamias that are the heroes.

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Aldi Seafood & Meat Degustation by Teage Ezard

11 Jun
June 11, 2014

I receive some weird and wonderful invites in the Belly Rumbles inbox. If an invite arrived for me to attend a lunch using Aldi products, I most probably would of declined. I have nothing against Aldi and actually do shop there. Though in the past I have never purchased any meat or seafood products from them.

This particular invite was pretty hard to turn down. Would I like to attend an exclusive, seven course, Aldi meat and seafood degustation lunch prepared by Teage Ezard of Black by Ezard? Well yes, of course I would. I would be pretty mad not to.

The idea of the degustation was to showcase Aldi’s all Australian seafood and meat range. We were even given a goodie bag to take home with ingredients to recreate one of the lamb dishes from the lunch. The recipe for you to enjoy is later on in the post.

I will say I was pretty impressed with the dishes. Of course a highly rated chef in a professional kitchen prepared them, but when the protein is the major component of the dish, there’s no hiding its quality.

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Ceptas Kartupelu Pelmeni (Pan Fried Potato Dumplings)

09 Jun
June 9, 2014

If Irish potato bread and piragi had a love child it would be these dumplings.  My grandmother use to make dumplings quite often, my grandfather loved them.  They were always filled with fruit, usually plums or strawberries.  I can’t recall her ever making savoury dumplings.

She certainly never fried them.  They were always served boiled and my grandfather would usually sprinkle his with poppy seeds and icing sugar.  Sometimes a knob of butter would also makes its way onto his plate, melting over the fresh, out of the pot, dumplings.latvian potato dumplings

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The Daniel O’Connell, North Adelaide

04 Jun
June 4, 2014

I first met Phil Whitmarsh, Head Chef at The Daniel O’Connell, what seems like eons ago. We met through the twitterverse, as you do. He started following me, and I reciprocated. I was quite flattered that a UK chef would bother following a humble Sydney blogger. Then one morning I received a tweet asking me where’s the best place to have breakfast in Kings Cross, he was visiting Sydney.

Mind you, this was either a Saturday or Sunday morning, and by the time I saw Phil’s tweet (I sleep in on the weekends), he had surely finished up with breakfast and most probably lunch as well. To add to that, I probably hadn’t eaten breakfast in the Cross for at least a decade. The last time would have been at the end of a very good night out, and along the lines of a kebab. In any case I tweeted off some suggestions, which I had on good advice were excellent choices, and Phil seemed happy.

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Corn Fritters with Tomato Relish

23 May
May 23, 2014

On the weekends I tend to head to the local farmers’ market to pick up fruit and vegetables for the coming week.  There is no plan, it is a case of seeing what is in season and what inspires me.  I tend to devise my weeks’ menu on what goodies I have purchased.

Ears of corn are an item I always pick up.  It always seems fresher, more vibrant and tastes better from the markets.  We enjoy eating corn quite a bit.  Whole ears will be barbequed, and I love it grilled Japanese style.

Even though I love my fresh corn, corn kernels are something that I do keep in the freezer for emergency cooking.  I have even been know to have a tin or two in the cupboard.

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