The Unblogged Files: February 20163/06/2016 09:04:00 PM
Hello hello! Welcome to my February Unblogged Files! February was a fun month! Apart from what's already been blogged within the month (Peanut Butter Banana Bread, Chinese New Year and Apollo Bay), there was a lot of deliciousness!
Let's start with breakfasts. Avocados!
|Avocado on toast|
Yogurts, granolas, and overnight oats.
|Top left: Overnight oats, Everything else yogurt + fruit + granola|
|Ham and cheese toast, peanut butter banana toast, Vue De Monde Hot Cross Buns|
And I'm back on the açaí bowls in a big way!
I was pretty good about bringing lunch to work in February, usually bringing leftovers or a mix of brown rice with avocado / cucumber / cherry tomato and chicken or salmon (unattractive, so no photo for the blog!), but I bought a few lunches out - there was team yum cha at Shark Fin House, souvlaki at Jimmy Grants, and katsu curry at Hanaichi! (With a Gong Cha on the side).
Here's some homecooking. Looks like we have a pretty even split between comfort food and healthier stuff.
|Top row: Spicy steak, beans w bacon, roast potato, avocado; Spicy chicken breast with veggies & avocado|
Bottom row: Lamb chops w Israeli couscous; Salmon w sweet potato, feta & avo; Salami scrambled eggs w sweet potato, veggies and avo
|Top row: Penne with chicken and cream; Nachos|
Bottom row: Egg fried rice; Nigella's pasta risotto with peas and pancetta; Paprika chicken with Spätzle
One night we caught up with friends for dinner at Dainty Sichuan Hotpot (149 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000). So good!
Here are some cafe visits!
|Clockwise from top left: Affogato at Little Rogue; Ham & Cheese croissant and magics at Little Rogue; Pecan Pie at Our Kitchenette; Magics at Plantation, Flat white at Market Lane Coffee|
One night we had some close friends over for a cheese and wine night - one friend brought the cheese, another brought the meat, we hosted and supplied wine and dessert! It's a super fun (and economic!) way to entertain!
|Wine and cheese night|
By sheer coincidence, that day Sandra and I had attended a cake decorating class with Instagram-superstar Kat Sabbath, hosted by Brown Brothers, so we had wine and dessert all sorted! In the class, we made a Kat Sabbath creation - chocolate fudge cake with raspberry cream cheese icing, white chocolate shards and jellies made from Brown Brothers Cienna wine. Super pretty and so yum! Even I could do it! Here's the one I made.
|My Kat Sabbath Brown Brothers Cake!|
And finally, on leap day, my family took a little impromptu trip to try a new gelato place, Piccolina Gelateria (802 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122). This place was seriously awesome, and the service was so friendly! The gelati are all made in-house and the flavours are excellent! My favourite was the pistachio, which was made with roasted pistachios. It has a really pronounced, almost savoury flavour! Pure pistachio goodness. Other excellent flavours we tried were the cheesecake, the passionfruit and the hazelnut! Sandra thinks they're better than Spring Street Grocer; I saw more taste tests are required.
Plans for March: a weekend away in the Mornington Peninsula (woo-hoo!), a few events, and it's gonna get very busy at work!