Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Back in town

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of posts, but I'm back in town, but now I'm feeling a bit under the weather, so please be patient with me and continue to check back.

I have a whole lot of posts but here's a little taste of our trip - we had a great time and had lots of interesting food adventures.

Here's a beautiful vanilla panna cotta from miette, a lovely little patisserie in San Francisco.

Conclusion is still that Sydney has the best food....it's good to be home!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Out of town

We'll be out of town for the next 10 days, but the food adventures will not end...off to the US and I have a comprehensive list of places to visit...stay tuned!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill

Good food, great choc-hazelnut cake, lovely service, all you want in a local cafe

This was an unexpected delight for many reasons. I sat down to a table with an old friend I was catching up with, and was greeted by the waitress - who was a girl I went to high school with! This girl and her sister own this excellent local cafe - I'd be very happy to call this my local if I lived in Dulwich Hill.

Second delight was the food. I got to try my friend's Corn Fritters with Haloumi, which was a fantastic combination with a tomato relish (I love tomato relish). I ordered the Lamb Moussaka (coz I was starving), a warm, hearty dish with a satisfyingly, creamy bechamel. I'm not usually a big fan of thyme, but in this moussaka, it was actually really good!

The highlight of the meal was the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. I closed my eyes in delight when I took the first bite. I think I'll be back.

37 Constitution Rd, Dulwich Hill NSW 2033
phone: (02) 9560 1425

hours: Daily, 8.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Family Feast on SBS

Currently watching My Family Feast on SBS One. Thursdays at 7.30pm....finally a good show on Thursday!

Tonight - The Chinese
Next week - The Mandeaen Iraqis
24 Sep - The Vietnamese
1 Oct - The Cubans
8 Oct - The Burmese Kachin

How did you find tonight's show? If you missed it, you can watch the episode online here.

Cheat's Sausage Rolls

This was a hard post to write. I'm staring at the picture attached to this post and it's making me hungry.

This is a recipe I pull out when:
a. I have nothing organised for dinner after a long day at work; and
b. Have all the ingredients in the pantry.

The secret ingredient is SPAM. You don't need to worry about having pork mince in the fridge/freezer, SPAM fits nicely in the pantry for a very long time. This feeds 2 hungry people, or can be a nice snack for a handful of people.

1 can of SPAM
1 piece of bread
1/4 cup of milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
salt and pepper to season
3 sheets of puff pastry

  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C. Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Lay out the puff pastry sheets to defrost.
  3. Open the SPAM into a mixing bowl, and mash up with a potato masher until meat is roughly minced.
  4. Soak bread in the milk and combine with the SPAM and the egg until evenly mixed.
  5. Add nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place 1/3 of the mixture on each pastry sheet, about 3cm from the edge.
    Fold over the pastry to enclose the filling, ensuring the roll is well sealed, then cut off excess pastry.
  7. Make shallow, diagonal marks on each roll, then cut each roll into 5 pieces and place on lined baking trays.
  8. Whisk the egg yolk and a dash of milk, and glaze each sausage roll.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until pastry is puffed and browned.
  10. Makes 15 pieces.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Brasserie Bread (visit no.2)

from top left (clockwise)
Croque Monsieur
ham, cheese, melted, toasted. Delish!

Raspberry & Pistachio Friand
I've had this at another cafe, and it isn't my favourite friand. Definitely prefer the orange and hazelnut cake.

Apple and sultana pastry
I took this home, heated it in the oven and ate it with some ice cream. Flaky pastry perfection, that's all I can say.

Tasmanian Smoked Trout with Cucumber Salad on Rye bread
I didn't have this one, but my colleague assured it was very refreshing. It was quite small as a portion, so I wouldn't order this if I was starving....

See previous visit here: http://food-4-two.blogspot.com/2009/07/brasserie-bread.html

1737 Botany Road, Banksmeadow, 2019
phone: 1300 966 845
hours: Mon-Fri 7.00am to 3.00pm, Sat-Sun 8.00am to 2.00pm, Public Holiday - Closed

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pasticceria Tamborrino

I love Italian sweets. What I love even more is mini Italian sweets. I like that this authentic Italian pasticceria makes two sizes of some of their sweets - cannoli, tarts, etc. They also sell some beautiful biscuits by the kilo. I'm thinking of my next visit as I write...

Me and a friend started our brunch with the savoury stuff, and continued with lots of sweet stuff....


Chicken and mushroom (top left and bottom right)

Spinach and ricotta (top right and bottom left)

Bolognese (bottom centre)

Sweet things:
Ricotta cannoli, hazelnut meringues, strawberry tarts, various biscuits including a hazelnut meal biscuit and a honey almond biscuit.

Also, stumbled upon a great deli a few doors away called
Ranieri's Deli. Stock up on your Parmesan cheese here!

Pasticceria Tamborrino
75 Great North Rd, Five Dock, NSW 2046
Phone:(02) 9712 1461

Ranieri's Deli
97 Great North Rd, Five Dock, NSW 2046
Phone:(02) 9712 6886

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Campos Decaf

Sometimes, we long for a second cup of coffee in the afternoon/evening sans the consequences later on. I heard from someone that the Campos Decaf was quite decent - that it doesn't taste like "Decaf" and has a satisfying "Caf" taste.

That someone was absolutely right.

This is a very happy medium for afternoon/evening cravings...

Campos Coffee
193 Missenden Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
phone: (02) 9516 3361
hours: Mon-Fri 7.00am-4.00pm; Sat 8.00am-5.00pm

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