The Unblogged Files: June 20137/01/2013 11:06:00 PM
Hello hello! So, it's July already - when did that happen? Here's June's Unblogged Files!
For the first week of the month, I was still in Germany - many blogposts to come (as well as the rest of my London and Paris posts!), but in the meantime please enjoy this picture of a Grillpfanne that we enjoyed at a mountainside restaurant in the Odenwald. Three types of meat, cream sauce and fried potatoes. Oh lecker!
|Best Food Gallery, Box Hill|
|Ottolenghi's steak and date salad|
|Mirin-glazed salmon with soba and chargrilled broccolini|
But of course the healthy meals haven't always gone to plan, and there were more than a few takeaway meals this month. Whoops! Here we have some Nando's and Salsa's. (The theme is: I like spicy food!)
|Nando's wrap, Salsa's burrito|
After a great trip, a bit of post-holiday blues is inevitable - I've been trying to extend the holiday feeling with some German baking and cooking.
|Kassler (aka bacon steak), bread dumplings, apple sauce, red cabbage|
|Hochzeitsuppe (wedding soup) with apple pancakes|
|Bratwurst, spinach, potatoes|
One night, we went for a celebratory dinner at Rosetta, Neil Perry's new Italian restaurant in Crown. Despite it getting quite mixed reviews, we had an enjoyable night, and most of the food was very good. I didn't have my camera with me, only my iPhone, but I think I might blog it anyway! We shall see. I really liked this starter of buffalo mozzarella with chargrilled vegetables - a lovely way to start the meal!
|Buffalo Mozzarella with char-grilled zucchini, capsicum and eggplant|
One weekend, I just had to bake because it was so bloody cold and I wanted to turn the oven on! I made Peanut Butter cookies with Reese's mini Peanut Butter Cups and Lindt milk chocolate (using this recipe). So good!
|Peanut Butter Cup Cookies|
|Peanut Butter Cup Cookies|
|peanut butter and apple|
We went to I Love Pho for lunch on a cold day. A winning idea!
|I love Pho!|
Two packages we sent from Germany arrived this month - wahoo! Sometimes they take months, and these ones only took weeks! We couldn't fit everything in our suitcases, and these goodies totalled 22 kilos! Woah! The packets included things I hand carried back to Germany from London and Paris (tea and a pudding from Fortnum and Mason, all those McVitie's goodies, Heston Blumenthal popping candy, salted caramel chips, Sadaharu Aoki green tea confiture de lait), as well as funky German cake tins, flavour packets, cereals and chocolate!
|Foodie goodies from Europe|
We had a great catch-up with Wince and Adrian at Pacific House in Richmond. Loads of yummy food and especially DUCK!
One morning, I caught up with friends for an excellent brunch at Grain Store - I purposely chose this place because I totally wanted to have the ricotta and peanut butter pancakes, with caramelized banana, housemade nutella and salted candy. ZOMG! Full blogpost to come!
|Ricotta and peanut butter pancakes, with caramelised banana, housemade nutella and salted candy|
And finally, we made a short trip to Sydney last week, to see the truly incredible Idina Menzel live at the Sydney Opera House! It was amazing, she was amazing. I'll write about it more when I blog the Sydney weekend (so many posts to write up... aiyo!), but also amazing was this fried chicken and waffle that I enjoyed at Jazz City Milk Bar! Wow....
|Chicken & Waffle - a Belgian waffle, southern fried chicken pieces, spinach, brown butter and a drizzle of maple syrup - $24|