Tag Archive for: Seafood

A Special Birthday at The Boathouse

23 Aug
August 23, 2014

My mother celebrated a very important birthday recently. How old? Pffft seriously not telling you, a lady never reveals her age and a daughter will never tell. Mum and dad flew down to Sydney for the celebrations. One part of the festivities over the weekend was lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay.

The Boathouse would be one of my all time favourite restaurants in Sydney for oysters. Not the first time The Boathouse has graced the pages of Belly Rumbles. You can read about my earlier praises here.

Over all the years of visiting, I have never visited with mum. Very poor oversight, as mother like daughter, mum is a lover of oysters too. In particularly Sydney rocks.

Rosemarie Grasis and Joshua McClearyJosh and his grandmother in deep and delightful conversation Read more →


Australian BBQ Prawns

15 May
May 15, 2014

Winter hasn’t quite hit us Sydney siders yet, still a couple of more weeks to go. At the moment if the sun is out, days are still very pleasant, and I haven’t been put off braving the outdoors for a good barbeque yet.

Of course if you live in Northern Australia, it never gets cold. In fact the wet season is over and it’s perfect barbeque time. Plus my American friends are just clawing their way out of a pretty cold and miserable winter.

Really, it’s the perfect time for everyone to barbeque!

No, I’m not touting some new barbeque range, my love of barbequing is pure and untainted. I’m one happy girl sitting outside, glass of wine in hand, engaging in good conversation, whilst the smells of what’s to come wafts through my nostrils. Dishes cooked on the barbeque always seem to have their flavours heightened. It really is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy a meal with your nearest and dearest.

Usually when I throw a prawn on the barbie, they have been marinating in something inspired by South East Asian flavours. Usually a good dose of chili, ginger and sometimes garlic makes an appearance. This time I wanted to prepare my prawns as Australian as I could. 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?

Deep Fried Prawn Balls Read more →

Flanagans Dining Room, Thirroul

19 Nov
November 19, 2013

This is a tale of two visits to Flanagans.  The first was back in June, a family lunch to celebrate both Josh and my birthdays.

Flanagans had been on the ‘to dine’ list for quite a while.  I loved the location right on Thirroul beach.  Plus the smattering of reviews I had read were all positive.  Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide has since listed Flanagans as one of the top three restaurants in the Illawarra Region.

Flanagans Dining Room Thirroul BeachOur visit to was on the most miserable of winter’s days.  So much for my thoughts of a sunny winters lunch by the beach.  It was raining, the wind was howling, but the historic beach kiosk, that houses the restaurant, proved to be a warm and safe haven for lunch.  Warm, comfy and most enjoyable with the modern fireplaces burning away.

The restaurant has a casual beach shack feel.  Pale blues and white dominate with the odd splash of yellow.  Diners during the day are a mixed bag.  From those just walking in to others that have planned a special lunch. Read more →

How to Stop Prawns Curling when Cooking

28 Oct
October 28, 2013

I have a little trick I want to share with you.  One that I discovered from prepping prawns for Japanese cooking.  Have you ever wondered why cooked prawns are relatively straight in Japanese cuisine?  For example on top of your ebi nigiri  (hand moulded sushi topped with cooked prawn).  Yet when you throw a few on the barbie they curl up into tight little circles.

It all comes down to cleaning your prawns properly.

Did you know there are actually two ‘veins’ that you need to remove when cleaning your prawns.  There is the one we all know about, the black poop shoot that runs down the back of your prawns. Read more →

Harbourside Beach Barbie

30 Sep
September 30, 2013

What true Aussie doesn’t love a barbie. I know when my neighbours are having one, it makes me want to run up to the shops, grab supplies and start grilling. BBQs and summer go hand in hand in Aus. It may not quite be summer yet, but Sydney’s weather is absolutely glorious at this time of the year. Perfect time to throw a prawn on the barbie. For my US readers, we don’t call them shrimps, ever. Well, unless they are a small prawn. Then we would probably say, ‘take that shrimpy prawn back to the kitchen, this is Australia, and I wants me a big prawn!’.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhead chef rhys ward throwing a few prawns on the barbie

BBQs are great and really there are only a couple of things that can make them even better. Firstly hold it on the glorious foreshore of Sydney Harbour;  where the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are there beside you. Secondly, have one of Sydney’s talented Chefs cook your BBQ for you.

Each Saturday during October, Good Food Month in Sydney, BBQ bliss can be yours at The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. It’s no secret my love of SCOB and long history of eating there, but at $55/person for the best BBQ in town, in the best location in town, it’s too good to pass up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was kindly invited for a taste of what is being served up over October. Sydney turned on all her charms for the day with perfect weather and lots of action out on the harbour. Plus there was the action of SCOB Head Chef Rhys Ward manning the BBQ. Read more →

BBQ Rainbow Trout wrapped in Prosciutto Recipe

01 Aug
August 1, 2013

Oh I love easy.  Remember those super easy and gloriously delicious rounds of molten brie I made for a BBQ with friends recently?  They weren’t the only easy dish I took along.

I also took two lovely whole rainbow trouts along to throw on the barbie, who needs ‘shrimp’.

rainbow trout 3

Rainbowt trout 2Again a very easy dish to prepare and perfect to take along to a BBQ, be it at somebody’s home or an outdoor affair by the beach or in the park.  The lemon placed inside the fish, along with being wrapped in prosciutto means you end up with some very moist and flavoursome fish. Read more →

Kani Doraku Kyoto Honten, Kyoto Japan

29 Jul
July 29, 2013

There’s no guessing what is on the menu at Kani Doraku.  The giant orange motorised crab mesmerizingly wiggling its legs at you from above the entrance tends to give it away.  Crab, lots and lots of crab.  If you’re not a fan of crab then maybe this restaurant isn’t for you.  This restaurant is heaven for crab lovers.

Kani Doraku isn’t far from the Nishiki Markets.  We discovered this crab paradise walking back to the hotel after an afternoon stroll around the markets.  The giant crab must of worked it’s magic as we promptly made a reservation for dinner later that evening.

Kani Doraku Kyoto honten 1

Kani Doraku Kyoto honten 9Shoes are removed on entering and then we head upstairs to a long tatami floor covered room.  Seating is ‘semi’ traditional.  You are on the floor, but there is that blessing of a hole under your table to drop your legs down.  For those that need to brush up on their Japanese reading skills there is an English menu available. Read more →

Irish Potato Bread & Smoked Salmon Spread

16 Mar
March 16, 2013

Happy St Patrick’s Day for tomorrow.  May your glass be ever full of Guinness, may your stew be hearty and may you have an endless supply of potato bread to go with your Ulster Fry.

Potato bread can take on a few forms, but the stuff I am talking about here is common in Northern Ireland.  It is also known as potato farls or fadge.  Very common in Ulster and is a key ingredient in an Ulster Fry.  Which here in Australia we would call a ‘big breakfast’.

As much as I love Paddy The Baker’s bread, I do giggle to myself when I see people buying potato bread at a premium price.  To be honest here, we have been known to  buy a slice or two when at Marrickville Markets to nibble as we shop.  Mac and Sally munch away as I dart between stalls to pick up our supplies. Read more →

Orecchiette, Vongole & Saffron Cream Sauce

01 Mar
March 1, 2013

If you have been watching MasterChef Professionals, you may have seen the Italian challenge earlier this week.  There was a restaurant challenge and the challengers had to ensure one of their dishes included Barilla pasta.

The lovely people at Barilla decided to challenge me as well.  I received the recipes under embargo before the episode aired, and was challenged to choose one to cook, but add my own twist.

I couldn’t help myself and ended up playing around with both recipes, Orecchiette Vongole and Casarecce with Rabbit, Cavolo Nero, Almonds and olives.  I hate to blow my own horn, but I love my twists on both recipes.  My version of the rabbit rocked, and I will share it with you guys shortly, but today I share the Orecchiette recipe. Read more →