October. Busy. Busy busy busy! So busy I forgot to do my October round-up. Whoops! So here it is, six days late, but way longer than normal! There was lots of home cooking, a little trip to Canberra (blogposts to come!), and much more. I didn't realise I had done so much this month until I looked back through my photos and was like: WOAH.
More Fuchsia Dunlop! The delicious noodle dishes in Every Grain of Rice are fantastic for quick, last-minute, no-time-to-think dinners. (I tend to have all the ingredients in my pantry anyway).
|Left: Fuchsia's emergency midnight noodles |
Right: Chef Chen Dailu's Spicy Sesame Noodles
|Buffalo chicken bao,|
My parents went on a holiday and came back with loads of treats from Nagoya and Penang!
My faves were: Godiva milk chocolate with salted caramel, and Ban Heang’s tau sar pneah (a Penang specialty: flaky lard pastry with a mung bean filling - so good!!)
|Clockwise from right: Tau sar pneah (Penang), Muji's Sweet Potato Cookie and Toy-shaped sponge biscuit (Nagoya)|
And Muji’s Matcha Baumkuchen!
|Bluegrass Blazer - Woodford Reserve bourbon, Grand Marnier, cinnamon syrup, bitters and fire - $24|
|Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich - raspberry jelly, salty peanut and Valrhona chocolate fudge, croissant ice-cream - $21|
|Shredded chicken with chilli; homemade fried pork dumplings; xiao long bao; egg custard bao|
I did a bit of Nigella baking, this time from Nigellissima: the Italian breakfast banana bread...
|Chocolate Olive Oil Cake|
|Coffeehead: blini with smoked salmon, poached eggs and dill hollandaise|
|Cucumber Smash - 60ml Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka, 4 slices cucumber, 10ml yellow chartreuse|
|ensalada de morcilla - crispy blood sausage, warm quinoa, sorrel & granny smith apple|
carrillera de buey - slow braised Gippsland beef cheek with an incredibly rich mash & port jus
More salted butter choc chip cookies! (David Lebovitz' recipe is amazing!) This time I actually bothered to toast the nuts (pecans and hazelnuts), adding even more deliciousness to these already outrageous cookies.
We enjoyed perfect risotti and prosecco at Merchant, before seeing the hilarious Ed Byrne live. He's my fave stand-up ever, and it's been years since he's toured here - so glad he came down for a show!
|Porcini Mushroom risotto - $20|
Risotto with fresh broad beans and pecorino - $18
Radichio and Cos Salad - $8
|Top: Pan-fried beef dumplings - $11 for 5|
Middle: Steamed pork dumplings (xiao long bao) - $11 for 5
Bottom: Duck spring rolls - $6 for 2
|Chilli Xiao Long Bao - $11 for 5|