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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.

Thai Vintage Penang Curry Read more →


Deep Fried Chicken Necks

05 May
May 5, 2014

A few of you may have read the title of this post and simple said ‘why Sara, why oh why?’ I know my mother will have.  Why deep-fried chicken necks of all things?  Surely there are nicer parts of the bird to fry to crunchy goodness?  Well yes, there are as I discovered, but you have to experiment and play, or you will never know what brilliance may happen.

Using chicken necks in this manner falls in to my no waste, head to tail ethics of eating an animal.  My thought was that this would give the often discarded chicken neck, another role in life.  Besides being used in the making of stock, or some people (I believe), give them to their cats to chow down on.  They are also an incredibly reasonable part of the chicken to purchase, a dollar or two a kilo.

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Simple Cashew Satay Sauce

01 May
May 1, 2014

This sauce was born from having a large packet of raw cashew nuts in my pantry.  Originally purchased to make a raw carrot cake, which in the end turned into quite tasty chocolate chip balls.

I was out of sweet chili sauce and wanted to make something to dip my deep fried chicken necks in (recipe to come).  Therefore with a quick look in the cupboard and fridge, plus being inflicted with a severe case of the laziness bug, this sauce resulted.

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Chicken & Quinoa Salad

19 Mar
March 19, 2014

Don’t you love my rice paper rolls?  I personally think my brainwork behind them was ingenious.  As you have probably figured out from the photo, sadly the rice paper rolls didn’t agree and I present to you a salad.

Lilydale sent me a gift hamper with some fresh produce, goodies for Salts Meats Cheese, and of course some lovely fat Lilydale chicken breast fillets.  My problem was that the hamper screamed quinoa salad at me, and I didn’t want to make a salad.  I wanted to stretch my imagination and come up with something a little left of centre.

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Japanese Rice Soup

19 Feb
February 19, 2014

I have the flu.  I feel terrible.  I want to curl up into a ball and sleep for 24 hours.  Sadly that isn’t going to happen.  I am way too busy right now.

I was going to share my kareage recipe with you, but I am feeling sookie and instead sharing this soup recipe.  This soup is a pure comfort soup, a soup that gives you a hug from the inside.

Rice Soup

Josh calls it gruel.  I am sure that Oliver would be quite happy if a bowl was served up to him and I’m sure those famous words would be uttered “please sir, may I have some more?”

He may be right in calling it gruel, but if gruel it is, then it is mighty tasty and satisfying.  It reminds me of Chinese congee. Read more →

Prawn Balls

13 Feb
February 13, 2014

You could say that this is an inside out prawn toast recipe.  I was about to make my regular prawn toast when an idea popped into my head.  Why not cube the bread and cover the mixture and make balls to fry?

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Matsu Sou, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

23 Sep
September 23, 2013

Summer in Tokyo is hot. The humidity embraces you in an unshakable bear hug.  This is the Japan I know well, the stifling heat of her summer.  For some stupid reason each trip I make to Japan, and there have been many, this is the time of year I visit.

It was less than 12 hours ago that I landed at Narita Airport.  In less than 12 hours I would be fleeing Tokyo for the unhurried pace of the Japanese country side.  My short stay is purely to catch up with work colleague friends.  For once I am not here for work, this trip is entirely a holiday.  A holiday that coincides with Mr Fuji’s climbing season.

There is opportunity to have but one dinner in Tokyo this visit, and I knew exactly where I wanted to go, Matsu Sou.  Matsu Sou is an Izakaya underneath the elevated railway lines in Ginza.  I adore this place, it holds many fond memories.

I first came across Matsu Sou it by myself and my first meal there solo.  Copious amounts of grilled chicken on bamboo skewers, and cold dry sake served by a guy wearing an Australian flag bandana.  That first meal I just sat, drank, ate, took in the smells, sights and sounds of a hot Tokyo Summer evening.  People watching at its best. Read more →

My recipe for the new Oxfam Vegetarian Cookbook, Panko Crumbed Tofu & Mushies

29 Aug
August 29, 2013

I am thrilled to share the news that a recipe of mine appears in the latest edition of Oxfam’s Vegetarian Cookbook.  It’s such an honour to be included.  To see my recipe nestling in between Kylie Kwong’s Sun Choi Bao of Vegetables and Stephanie Alexander’s Spiced Cauliflower Masala is a complete buzz.

This year is a very special year for Oxfam Australia , they are celebrating their 60th anniversary.  Congratulations guys!  Oxfam works tirelessly around the world with communities providing people with skills and resources to create their own solutions to poverty.  Beside long-term development programs, campaigning for change and assisting in emergencies, there is the Oxfam Trading Division.  You may know this division better as the Oxfam Shop. Read more →

Fat Noodle, The Star, Sydney

22 Aug
August 22, 2013

Fat Noodle isn’t new on the scene, in fact I had heard that the food is pretty good.  I knew it was located somewhere inside  Sydney casino The Star, where, I wasn’t quite sure.  What I didn’t know was that Fat Noodle is one of Luke Nyugen’s restaurants.  Now, if I had known that bit of information before I may have sought it out earlier.

Fat Noodle is located on the casino floor.  This explains why I haven’t stumbled upon its location.  As even though I frequent the restaurants located at The Star, I don’t venture into the actual casino.  To be honest, I don’t have spare cash to throw away, and as we know, the house always wins in the end.   But I thank those gamblers, as without them we wouldn’t have Fat Noodle.

I have been invited on this occasion with a few others to have an intimate dinner with Luke.  What better way to try out Fat Noodle’s menu than with the man who is responsible for it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAluke nyugen & head chef andy bing

Unlike Luke’s other restaurants, Red Lantern on Crown and Red Lantern on Riley, which are purely Vietnamese, Fat Noodle lets him play around a little.  A hawker style menu inspired by his travels around Asia and some of his favourite dishes.  The menu is MSG free using quality ingredients such as Angus reared beef and sustainably caught fish. Read more →

Kuro Neko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland

14 Aug
August 14, 2013

Who would think that the opening of a ramen joint in Sutherland would bring me so much excitement and joy.  I am thanking the ramen gods for Kuro Neko. You see my dear readers, I now don’t need to travel ages for ramen, it is only 5 minutes away from home.  Slowly but surely good things are making their way south to The Shire.

Karu Neko 2Kuro Neko has popped up underneath a new residential development on the old Mitre 10 sight in Sutherland.  They have only been open since May, but every time I pass by they are doing a pretty good trade at lunch time.  They are also open for dinner, but I am yet to make my way there at night. Read more →