For Father's Day, I cooked a Jamaican-themed lunch for my dad: Jerk pork belly with spicy coleslaw and rice and peas. (The rice recipe comes from Nigella's Kitchen, the pork and coleslaw from the September 2012 issue of Delicious magazine). Dessert was a gorgeously light strawberry Swiss roll, filled with strawberry jam, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. So springtime!
|Clockwise from top left: Jerk pork belly, rice & peas, spicy coleslaw, strawberry Swiss roll|
I tried out the Taco Truck when it came to the CBD one weekday lunchtime.
I wasn't expecting much, but the tacos were really, really good! I especially liked the fish taco - a super-fresh fish fillet, deep-fried in a light batter and with coleslaw, lime juice and poppyseed mayo. It was so good! The potato tortilla, with jalapeno ricotta and salsa verde in a crisp tortilla, was also good, but the fish taco was insane! $12 was a little pricey for two small tacos with house-made corn chips, but I really enjoyed them.
|Taco plate - 2 x tacos with house-made corn chips - $12|
Taco 1: FISH - slaw, lime squeeze, poppy mayo
Taco 2: POTATO - jalapeno ricotta, slaw, salsa verde (in crisp tortilla)
We went to Spice Temple twice in September for fab cocktails and spicy Chinese food - I know, addicts!! We tried heaps of different dishes, and actually, I have enough photos for a brand new blog post.. so keep your eyes peeled for that. One of my fave dishes was the caramelised pork spare ribs ($22) - big, messy, sticky, juicy: delicious.
|Spice Temple's Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs - $22|
We made a last minute, impromptu weekend trip to Mount Martha for some much needed chill-out time. We bought some supplies from the local IGA and hunkered down in the B&B to watch reruns of Seinfeld and mentally switch off. There was the obligatory cheese platter in front of the fireplace...
|View from the Mount Martha B&B|
...and of course, a crazy decadent breakfast - croissants filled with fresh strawberries and melted Lindt Cookies chocolate.
On the way home we stopped in at USA Foods in Moorabbin, where I marvelled at the sugary cereals and stocked up on tinned pumpkin.
|Cereals at USA Foods|
|Twinkie, Ding Dong|
I was invited along to a blogger/media dinner at the Meatball and Wine Bar on Flinders Lane - I really liked the charcuterie, the meatballs and the aperitifs, but wasn't too keen on their Whoopie Mac desserts (a scoop of ice-cream sandwiched between two giant chewy macaron shells). For me, the highlight of the dinner were these dee-licious chicken meatballs, which had a little pop of sweetness from muscatels, served with creamy white sauce and lovely housemade pasta sheets. They were flat, wide sheets of pasta, somewhere between pappardelle and lasagne. Lovely!
|Chicken meatballs (chicken, pistachio, muscatels parmesan) with creamy white sauce and|
When I had a day off work, I went for Yum Cha with the parentals at Tai Pan in Doncaster East. It was great to go on a weekday - they still had trolleys, but there was no rush to get us out of there. (On weekends they're so busy that they have THREE sessions!) My faves are the har gao (prawn dumplings), the woo kok (taro balls formed in a football shape and deep fried), and the lau sar tong yeun (sweet glutinous rice balls filled with black sesame paste and dipped in ground peanuts). Fuchsia Dunlop has a recipe for something similar in Sichuan Cookery and Every Grain of Rice, so I wanna give them a go at home!
|Tai Pan Yum Cha|
One weeknight I made Kartoffel Pfannkuchen for dinner. These German potato pancakes go by many names: Kartoffelpuffer, Reibekuchen, and are similar to Jewish latkes. Basically they're just grated potatoes and onions, bound with an egg and a little flour and fried. (Sie mussen im Fett schwimmen!) They took ages and my home and I smelled like deep-fried for ages, but it was totally worth it. I love these!
|Sashidon from DonDon|
I was super-excited that two awesome cookbooks arrived this month: Nigellissima and Jerusalem!
|Nigellissima and Jerusalem|
|Reading Nigellissima on my lunch break|
|Tortelloni Minestrone - Nigellissima|
|Stuffed aubergines with lamb and pine nuts|
Yes, another visit to Beatrix in North Melbourne. We're slowly converting all our East-side friends to this North Melbourne gem! The banana, hazelnut and nut brown butter tart was just beautiful!
|Scissor Sisters poster - that be some shiny red hair, Ms AnaMatronic|
|Second shot of pretty thing on my lap|
Plantation Coffee in Melbourne Central have just started doing muffins - the chocolate and raspberry ones are fantastic! Texturally they're very light and moist, but have a deep chocolatey flavour and lots of chocolate chips, countered by the sourness of the raspberries. Total yum-town!
|Plantation latte & chocolate raspberry muffin|
|Slow-roasted pork shoulder|