Good Cream Cake Recipe

Vintage Cream Cake Recipe 

Confession time. I have a slightly weird hobby.

No I don’t race ferrets and I’m not an “Extreme Ironing” competitor, although I do fancy myself achieving quite well in a “mooing competition.”

I collect old recipes.

Some of them are quite smelly in that very well used, very old book kind of way.

I hide them around my house, some in the office and some in the laundry and I dream about a day where I will get to cook some of the weird and wonderful recipes from within their musty pages.

Some of the recipes are in magazines that are actually quite beautiful, but some of them are definitely untidy and ugly.

But they all contain a fairly interesting sense of history and story when it comes to the food we eat and the way we cook it.

I love trawling through op shops to find these treasures and one of my more interesting recent finds was a completely useless book on food and architecture. It sounds so promising right? Well it was not.

When I first started out on my blogging journey I was keen to share some of the more vintage style recipes that have been given to me or left to me and this year I am getting back to basics by finally publishing a few more of my favourites.

Todays comes courtesy of a post-it notes sized piece of old, loose paper with a handwritten family recipe on it.

“Good Cream Cake .”

It comes with very few instructions, nor does it have an explanation as to why it is called a good cream cake. But it must have been precious to have been kept for so long.

A little bit of research though suggests that this is a good solid cake for covering with fresh cream and fruit.

It is definitely not a light and airy sponge, but a buttery cake with a lovely crumb. I am guessing that it was meant to look a little something like this.

Cinnamon apple cream cake recipe (1940)

 

I have included the original instructions, as well as my own notes from making it. I iced it and then added jam and cream like a sponge, but I think it could so with something more sturdy than that.

Cream Cake Recipe

1 small cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 tablespoons butter, vanilla essence

1/2 cup of milk

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon of soda

Bake in a brisk oven from 3/4 to 1 hour.

Notes

  • I discovered very quickly that one (1) teaspoon baking powder is equivalent to 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, so I just used 2 teaspoons of baking powder in place of the tartar/ soda.
  • There were absolutely no instructions apart from the “bake briskly for 3/4 to 1 hour” which suggests it should be cooked somewhere between 200 degrees celsius and 230. I thought this sounded way to hot so I lowered it to the standard 180 cake baking temperature. Feel free to tell me I am wrong! Perhaps I would have got a slightly higher rise out of my cake if it was in hotter?
  • I also dropped the time to 40 minutes and then took the cake out. It was cooked beautifully on the inside and was starting to get a little dark on the top.
  • I ended up with a fairly dense cake that tasted delicious!
  • I whisked the eggs and added the dry ingredients together first. Then in with the milk, eggs and butter. Stir until smooth.
  • I made a really nice icing out of icing sugar, the juice of a couple of frozen berries and raspberry tea. The tea gave it a lovely pink flavour and also a lovely, mild, fragrant flavour.

This is what I ended up with.

Cream Cake Recipe

This was a very simple cake to make but it was also very tasty. I can imagine it would tolerate lemon or orange rind and a zesty cream cheese icing quite well. I feel like it is definitely asking for fruit of some sort on top.

So, do you know what a “cream cake” is? Can you provide me any more information on what I should do with this time honoured, simple and effective recipe?

Do you have a favourite vintage (old) recipe that has been passed down from one generation to the next?

Happy eating.

Dani xx

 

Bistro Guillaume Melbourne

Bistro Guillaume MelbourneBistro Guillaume Melbourne is a classic French restaurant modelled on France’s popular neighbourhood bistros but sitting swankily alongside the Yarra here in our very own Melbourne.Bistro Guillaume Melbourne

The lime green colour scheme is the first thing you will notice when you approach Bistro Guillaume and it sets the scene for a dining experience that does not follow along with the trends, rather walks its own jaunty journey par excellence.

If you are not already in love with the riverside view and on point brisk but embracing service, then  the decor will capture your heart like a dashing French mademoiselle looking sweetly at you from under her thick long lashes.

Then the food will sweep you away.

The Roquefort soufflé is a cheese lovers delight. Light, fluffy and intensely creamy all at once with a perfect side serve of cress, apple and walnuts as an accompaniment. I am often trying to find an equal to my favourite ever dish of Goats Cheese Soufflé from Donovans in St Kilda which I ate a decade or so ago and Bistro Guillaume’s souffle comes daringly close.

A beetroot tart with goats cheese feta and horseradish demonstrates a similar philosophy in the kitchen of beautiful ingredients perfectly paired with lavish restraint and skill I can only dream of. The thin, buttery tart shell was uniquely memorable and I am sure, very hard to replicate.Bistro Guillaume Melbourne

Roast chicken with Paris mash was an outstanding dish and easily the most delicious roast chicken I have ever eaten (sorry Mum). I have since discovered that the recipe for Paris Mash includes a whole lot of butter and only a modicum of potato, but no bother, it was the chicken that really shone in this dish anyway.   Succulent, crispy-skin perfection with an outstanding jus drizzled all around.

There was little room for dessert but we ordered it anyway because who can resist a profiterole with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce?

Our waitress was helpful and of my favourite waitstaff breed. There, but not there if you know what I mean. Never intrusive and yet when I went to reach for the wrong knife during entrée there she suddenly was under my right arm proffering me the correct utensil. She also added a sprinkling of authenticity by way of a lovely French accent but I don’t think it would have mattered either way. She recommended the right wine and kept a rather rowdy table of business men in order and facilitated our dining experience with dry humour and helpfulness.

Visit for the perfect riverside Melbourne dining experience and food that you will remember long after you leave.

 

The details

8 Whiteman St

Southbank

Open 12 midday to 10pm 7 days

03 8582 2014

http://bistroguillaumemelbourne.com.au

Bistro Guillaume Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Slow Cooked Chicken Burritos with salsa and coriander lime rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been searching for a great slow cooked chicken recipe for a while now but with no luck. I was inspired by a “Tasty” style video’s where the recipe is edited down to a simple 5 step video,  and voila, you have a delicious meal.

Well I gave that recipe a try because it looked tasty and simple, but unfortunately it was just simple. I love a good short cut, but not when the end result is tasteless.

So I borrowed some Mexican cook books from the library (quite hard to find incidentally),  read a lot of recipes online and got inspired by a beautiful box off goodies sent to me from El Cielo in Melbourne.  I also borrowed a little from this Shredded Beef recipe.

I have included a lovely corn salsa recipe that I have been making for ages but have never written down. It uses “Sushi seasoning” which sounds a bit weird, but is actually just rice wine vinegar with sugar and salt added. I love the fresh mild tang it provides.

The end result is fresh and tasty and pretty easy to make. It will also feed a group which is great if you have a family. Slow Cooked Chicken Burritos

Slow Cooked Chicken Burritos with fresh corn salsa and coriander lime rice

Slow Cooked Chicken Burritos with salsa and coriander & rice
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 limes
  • 750 grams of chicken thigh fillets
  • 300grams of tinned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 teaspoons of ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cumin ground
  • 3 teaspoon of paprika
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 400 grams of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • SALSA
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 cup of corn kernels
  • ¼ of a cucumber, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of diced red chilli
  • mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of sushi seasoning
  • RICE
  • 1 cup (uncooked) of brown rice
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of 1-2 limes
  • salt
  • ½ cup of fresh coriander, shredded
  • ½ tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 packet of El Cielo White Corn Tortillas
  • Traditional Mexican Green Habanero sauce.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius
  2. Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook gently until all soft. About 5 minutes.
  3. Add Chicken and stir until browned.
  4. Add garlic, coriander, cumin, paprika and cook, stirring for one minute.
  5. Add tomatoes, red wine vinegar and tomato paste.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Place into a baking dish and cook for 1 hour.
  8. Take out, stir and add in the beans then return to the oven for 15- 20minutes, making sure the baking dish never dries out.
  9. When the chicken is cooked through, take two forks and shred the chicken into the sauce and beans. Cover with foil and set aside.
  10. Cook rice according to directions on packet.
  11. When it is cooked through, add lime zest, salt and stir through the freshly chopped coriander.
  12. To make the Salsa, chop the cucumber, tomato, red chilli and mint leaves and mix together.
  13. Dress with the sushi seasoning and oil then season to taste.
  14. Cook tortillas by heating on a pan, both sides.
  15. Prepare the dish by adding a little rice, chicken and salsa to a warm tortilla. Top with some traditional, El Cielo Green Habanero sauce and enjoy.

Slow Cooked Chicken BurritosThis post was kindly sponsored by El Cielo.

El Cielo is a  traditional Mexican food manufacturer started in Melbourne in 2010 by Cesar, Paola and Javier.  They now distribute tortillas and corn chips to over half of Australia’s leading Mexican restaurants!

Their products have just landed in independent supermarkets across Victoria and you can also make an order online.

El Cielo use their own 100% Australian white corn from northern New South Wales and their Habanero sauce is preservative free, which I absolutely love.

El Cielo also imports a range of gourmet products directly from Mexico that could not be found elsewhere in Australia. Check out my photos for a cameo by the very gorgeous Ancho Dried Chilli!Slow Cooked Chicken Burritos

I am sure you will enjoy eating this at home.

Were do you get your inspiration for new recipes from? Do you have a great mexican dish that you could share with me?

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

 

 

Happy & Whole. Cook book review.

Happy & Whole. Cook book review.Title: Happy & Whole.

Author: Magdalena Roze. Television presenter, journalist. meteorologist, SMH Good Food Guide presenter and “Delicious Online” contributor.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia.

[synopsis]

Magdalena’s debut cookbook is about enjoying food, the natural way. The food in “Happy & Whole” is simple, nutritious and delicious, and a lot of her recipes are based on traditional whole foods, that not only taste great, but also have great health benefits. The recipes are divided into chapters based on the weather and the kind of food we crave in those environments.

My Review

Happy & Whole is a beautiful cookbook full of beautiful images of Magdalena and her life in Byron Bay. I was initially a little sceptical about how practical these recipes were going to be for my own life, where I am normally busy working and looking after three kids in bustling Melbourne but once I started testing and trailing the recipes I was won over with the beautiful, wholesome ingredients lists and the delicious end products of the recipes.

I have cooked and enjoyed the chicken and ginger congee, Summery panzanella salad, almond milk panna cotta with fresh fruits and chai honey syrup, Byron bibimbap and the popsicles three ways.Happy & Whole. Cook book review.Happy & Whole Cook book recipe

“Happy & Whole” has a focus on using honey and natural sugars in place of refined sugar which I am really enjoying. The recipes also use whole grains, good fats and tend to favour the “slow food” approach to cooking, where ingredients are either sources fresh or made from scratch. This is my preferred way of cooking too, but it probably represents my “weekend/holiday” style, more than my every day life. Charmingly Magdalena asserts that she does not have a particular food philosophy and that no one food is either “good” or bad,” rather she just tries to get things back to basics.

Magdalena also shares some recipes for drinks including tea, broth and kombucha and also some more general lifestyle advice. There are a few pages on “food for babies.”

I made and particularly loved the fragrant “Mullum Curry” recipe which I have permission to share with you here. It is a beautiful vegetarian dish using cauliflower, chickpeas, pumpkin and green beans. It received 5/5 ticks of approval from my family.

Mullum Curry Happy & Whole Cook book review.

Mullum Curry

Ingredients

200 g (1 cup) dried chickpeas (see note)

2 tablespoons yoghurt, whey or lemon juice

2 tablespoons coconut oil

12 curry leaves

2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 large onion, sliced

3 cm piece of ginger, finely grated

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1½ teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon garam masala

½ teaspoon ground turmeric pinch of ground cinnamon

2 long green chillies, sliced

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

50 g (½ bunch) coriander, roots and stems finely chopped, leaves reserved to serve 1 x

400 ml can coconut cream

400 g butternut pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2 cm pieces

500 g cauliflower florets

200 g green beans, trimmed and halved

120 g baby spinach leaves

cooked brown rice, to serve

Minty cucumber yoghurt, to serve (see page 192)

Method

Place the chickpeas in a bowl with plenty of water and 2 €teaspoons of yoghurt, whey or lemon juice. Cover with a tea towel and leave to soak overnight. They will double in size, so you’ll end up with about 2€ cups of chickpeas.

The next day, drain and rinse the chickpeas and place in a saucepan. Add enough water to cover the chickpeas by about 3€cm. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cook, uncovered, for 1–1½ hours or until tender.

Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat.

Add the curry leaves and cook for 30 seconds until bright green and crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the curry leaves to a plate. Set aside.

Add the mustard and cumin seeds to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute until the seeds pop and become fragrant.

Add the onion, ginger, garlic, coriander, garam marsala, turmeric, cinnamon and chilli and cook, stirring, for 3–4 minutes until the onion softens.

Add the tomato, coriander roots and stems, coconut cream, pumpkin and cauliflower, and cook for a further 3–4 minutes until the vegetables soften. Stir in the beans, chickpeas and spinach, season and cook for a further 2€minutes or until the spinach has wilted and the vegetables are tender.

Spoon into serving bowls, top with the coriander and curry leaves and serve with brown rice.

A dollop of minty cucumber yoghurt is a delicious offset to the heat and spice.

NOTE If you can get your hands on a 2 cm piece of kombu or wakame (types of seaweed that you can find in most health-food stores), pop it into the liquid when you’re soaking and

Summary

A visually lovely book full of wholesome and tasty, slow recipes, using whole foods.

Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for providing this book.

Photographer credit: Rob Palmer

Recipe Credit: This recipe has been extracted from Happy & Whole by Magdalena Roze, published by Plum, RRP$39.99, available in all good bookstores now.

http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781925481426/

Pan Macmillan social media handles:

Instagram: @macmillanaus

Facebook: @PanMacmillanAustralia

Twitter: @MacmillanAus

Magdalena Roze social media handles:

Instagram: @magdalena_roze

Twitter: Magdalena_roze

Happy and Whole is out now.

 

Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2017

The 2017 Melbourne International Coffee Expo was on in Melbourne last weekend. Held at the Melbourne Show Ground, MICE includes the Australian Coffee Championships,  Australia Barista Championship, PURA Latte Art Championship, Cup Tasters Championship and the Brewers Cup.

Hugh Kelly from One’s Coffee in Canberra  was crowned the Australian Barista Champion for the second year in a row, with his signature  coffee infused with tangerine fairy floss.

Aaron Dongsu Shin from Shortblack (Paesano) in Camberwell won the Latte Art Championship.  Cup Tasters Championship at Melbourne International Coffee Expo

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo is a great opportunity for cafe owners, producers, roasters, baristas and suppliers to all gather together. There was plenty there to keep the average coffee lover happy for the morning too.

Highlights for me included the Chai Spice Chai stand with its intensely aromatic tea blends.

spiced chai tea at Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Hearing about the soft lunch of World Vision’s “Little Things” coffee company, based right here in Melbourne but with a big vision to be a blessing world wide. A brilliant idea to capture Melbourne’s ongoing obsession with good coffee and use it to help fund community development projects and emergency relief worldwide.

World Vision coffee company "little things."

https://littlethingscoffee.com.au

I enjoyed seeing the latte art competition. Some people have got skills!

And some people don’t….

latte art from Melbourne International Coffee Expo

There were also a variety of workshops on offer and heaps of great products to sample. It was interesting to experience such a huge variety of tastes that come from the little coffee bean.Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Melbourne favourites Sensory Lab and Zest Coffee were there and so were Axil Roasters, but there was a huge variety of smaller and larger companies also in attendance.

Coffee lovers look out for next years event!

Don’t forget…….. you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date.

Dani

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Do you Hygge?

If you hygge and you know it

Sip your tea.

Sip, slurp.

Earlier in the year I bought the beautiful book “Hygge The Danish Art of Happiness” by Marie Tourell Soderberg and I adored lingering over every single page in it.hygge in Australia

Hygge is the Danish word for finding happiness in the little things in life and it is closely linked to the idea of cosiness.

This gorgeous little book explains what is meant by the word “hygge” and also suggests a number of different ways you can include the practise in your every day life.

Given all the upheaval and change that I had going on in my  life, this was the perfect little book for me.

I immediately launched into baking fresh bread for breakfast using Soderberg’s recipe. Is there a more comforting experience than eating freshly baked bread, still warm from the oven in the morning?

I got in the habit of mixing dough together at night before bed and then simply spooning  rolls shapes on a tray in the morning and baking it.

Warm, tasty and delicious.hygge the Danish art of happiness

I also experimented with creating cosy little nooks in my house where the children and I can sit snuggled up and surrounded by things that are familiar.

I  introduced some house plants into my home following the suggestion to have a corner filled with greenery. So far they are all still alive and there is something very enjoyable about having living, breathing plants inside my home.

I do wonder about what our unique Australian sense of hygge might look like. Soderberg talks a lot about the importance of retreating somewhere warm, with candle light and blankets due to the cold weather and short days. Here in Australia of course we have lots of warm or moderate weather. We also have long days and an abundance of space and coastline.

I know for me, that lovely feeling of contentedness nearly always washes over me when I hit the road and the horizon opens up to countryside vistas.Apollo Bayroyal botanic gardens melbourne

But I think the most hygge thing that I can think of doing is to sit down with a cup of tea. Growing up, my Mum was the Queen of making tea. It was never rushed and when she made you a cup you always had her full attention. So lovely.
hygge with a cup of tea

tea is very hygge

I would also have to include sitting by the fire, baking and pottering in the garden to my list. being in the garden is very hygge

So, do you hygge?

What do you do in your home that helps it feel like a place of cosiness and comfort?

 

Middle Eastern Restaurant Souk Opens in Melbourne

This week saw the opening of an exciting new restaurant in Bligh Place, just off Flinders Lane, serving fresh, modern flavours from North Africa, Anatolia and the Middle East. 

Eat My Street was invited along on behalf of the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide, for the opening night. On arrival we were greeted with the “Omar Sharif” cocktail. Pink fairy floss and rose petals atop an elixir of gin, citrus mastic. orgeat and rose water. This delicious and gorgeous drink set the tone for the dinner ahead. There are four other Arabian style cocktails to chose from, including “Aladdin’s Mistress” with Moroccan green iced tea, crushed cardamom pods, rum and mint.

The venue was recently redeveloped by Ergun Elmas (of Elsternwick’s Arabesque) and business partner Vlad Kovacevic and it spans two levels of neon pink and grey gorgeousness offset with striking artwork. Head Chef Rogelio Almanza, comes to Souk via Mexico, America and Japan and seems to have a deft hand when it comes to bringing a little extra kick and sizzle to the flavours on the plate.

To the food. Prawn falafel with smoked black tahini and chipotle hummus with burnt butter and paprika were the opening gambits. Both dishes delivered a fresh take on classic, much loved dishes. I enjoyed the extra dimension that the chipotle and burnt butter brought to the hummus and the prawn falafel had a great depth and intricacy of flavour.

The Kuwaiti Fried Chicken (KFC) was another highlight that packed a big punch of flavour. These little crunchy chicken ribs were fried in harissa and paprika breadcrumbs and I  could have eaten a lot more.

The Turkish Tabouleh with sumac, mint cucumber, mild chillies and roasted pine nuts provided a fresh and zesty interlude for our palates and demonstrates a thoughtful approach to menu design.

Next up was the perfectly tender charcoal octopus which was served with muhammara sauce and roasted potato.

The Chicken and Apricot Kofta continued the theme of giant flavours in small sizes, and it was served on a roasted lemongrass stick that permeated the juicy meatball perfectly.

Dessert was a slow cooked black tapioca pearls in sweet turkish coffee cream.  This dish offered a perfect balance of sweet and bitter, crunch and cream. The  slippery luxuriousness of the tapioca balls were brought to life with the clean, crispness of the coffee. The crowning jewell of berries added the perfect burst of fresh sweetness and deep friend tapioca added crunch. I liked this dessert very much.

Visit Souk for the excellent food that is full of exciting flavours , the modish setting, great service and of course, cocktails to remember.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Why Kids Candy Eating is Out of Control

Does anyone else feel really annoyed and also completely powerless about the infinite amount of candy that our children consume?

FYI I use the term “candy” on purpose to represent the endless pointless permutations of hardened or jellied sugar. Delicious chocolate for instance is not included under this definition.

Today was Grandparents Day at school and my sons teacher was reminiscing with my Mum about the “olden days” where little boys and girls were gifted a great, juicy orange as their Christmas present. That’s right. An orange. As in the fruit.

My Mum tells me that back in post-war Holland, the juicy orange gift was prized and treasured. I love an orange, in fact it is one of my favourite all time foods, but this is hard to imagine.

Now isn’t it fantastic that most of us have access to enough fruit and veg to eat in Australia. I am not making a sentimental suggestion that we head back to post war rations because adequate nutrition is doing us all a big favour (understatement alert).

But I am struck by the thought that the natural sweetness of a fruit could be considered a treasured gift.

Our kids eat so much processed sugar these days in every day food items (I am looking at you yoghurt) but the “lolly” has to be the greatest offender.

So in my  sugar filled annoyance I made a little list of all the times that my kids ate candy when I didn’t want them to.

You can start with the big four. A lot of candy eating revolves around the big four.

  • Christmas. Advert calendars (1 per day for 25 days), candy canes (24 class members), visits to the big, weird, bearded guy (2) and the awful Christmas stocking. That’s just Christmas. 52
  • Easter. The hunt, the gift, the grandparent gift, the present from friends. 15
  • Birthday. Who would begrudge your sweetnums a little bit of sugar on their birthday? 10- 6 million.
  • More recently and unfortunately, Halloween. Great big bags of the stuff, dolled out by strangers or parents feeling guilty about not knocking on the doors of strangers. 12
  • Then you can add in sibling birthdays cause we all  know you can’t keep siblings from cruising the candy at a busy birthday party. 12.
  • How about school/ kinder/ friends birthday party. Even the quietest kids go to at least 4 of those a year right? 4
  • Then any teacher hoping for a shred of popularity will generally doll out the sugary stuff. So I’m thinking music, sport and designated non specific niche hobby teacher. 1 per term X 4 terms X 4 hobbies = 16.
  • Random times you actually wanted to bribe your own children with lollies. I know we shouldn’t but we all do at least once. 2
  • The time they catch you snaffling sweets from the secret cupboard and then guilt you into sharing. 5
  • Melbourne Show. School Fair. Random annual Carnival. 10
  • That friend you have who everyone loves, because she loves giving lollies to her kids. 5
  • The weary supermarket visit where you accidentally say “yes” after ten “no’s.”  Why did I just buy a bag of gummy bears? Or is that just me? 1
  • Icy-poles, come Summer, because I hate to break it to you, but they are simply lollies frozen with water. Infinity
  • Other random foods that are basically candy in disguise. I’m looking at you Cocoa Pops, some ice-creams and sweet biscuits. 12
  • Other random occasions that have become weirdly linked to lollies. e.g. the hairdresser, the GP and/ or lessons or any sort. Thankfully the dentist only gives out toothpaste. 6

Now I don’t exactly love candy, but I’m not really against it either. In fact I think there is nothing sweeter than an occasional  lolly pop. All things are fine in moderation.

It is just that the moderation bit has kind of gotten out of hand. In fact it has gone  over the top, kind of like a kid in a candy store.

I quite fancy giving my kids an orange for Christmas. What do you think?

I guess deep down, although I think it’s a great idea, I’m slightly worried that they might call the police.

So do you have this problem too? What kind of event/ place would you add to the list?

I think that this change has come about so quickly, that parents are not really prepared for it. What do you do to try and limit access to sugary lollies in your house? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Dani xx

What’s On for Foodies this weekend.

What's On for Foodies

We’ve manned the phones and read through all our faxes and telegrams to bring you the best of What’s On for Foodies in Melbourne this week.

So put down your knitting, heat up your curlers and pull out your pearls for a big week of food events here in Melbourne.

What's On for Foodies. Events.

Gourmet Cinema

Fancy dining on your picnic rug while someone brings you a meal from your favourite restaurant? Well add in the Pimm’s Garden Bar for drinks and you have the Gourmet Cinema experience at Caulfield Racecourse.

Details and tickets here. 

International Women’s Day Events

International Womens Day is on Wednesday 8th March and there are an exciting array of events on in Melbourne. You could join Ita Buttrose for High Tea at the Windsor, or Tara Moss for breakfast.

You can take a look at the full list of official events here. 

Asia Topa Festival continues

You can find the list of food & Drinks Events as part of Asia Topa at The Arts Centre Melbourne by going here.

www.asiatopa.com.au

Harvest Month in Nilimbuk and Banyule.

Harvest Festival starts this weekend and includes markets, farm gate sales, grape stomping, food swaps, educational talks, workshops and veggie garden tours, there is something for everyone. Head to www.localfoodconnect.org.au to view the great range of events.

Mordiallic Food and Wine Festival

At $2 entry per person or $5 for a family I am told this is a not to be missed event.

http://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/Community/Council-Festivals-Events/Mordialloc-Food-Wine-and-Music-Festival

Markets

What's On for Foodies. Markets.

Cockatoo Country Market are celebrating their second birthday with a special twilight market event.

Kingston Farmers Market

St Andrews Community Market– St Andrews Autumn Fair

Warrandyte Riverside Market

Bundoora Park Farmers Market

Woodend Community Farmers Market

Openings

Looking for somewhere interesting to eat out? Well there are a few new exciting restaurant openings.

What's On for Foodies. Burma Lane reopens.

Burma Lane

Burma Lane has recently reopened featuring a modern, seasonal Australian menu with Asian influences in the Paris End of Little Collins Street.

http://burmalane.com.au

Little Hugh- Nunawading

A stylish new cafe receiving good reviews in non other than Rooks Rd Nunawading.

http://www.littlehugh.co

Hogget Kitchen Warragul

Trevor Perkins from Big Spoon, Little Spoon teams up with local winemakers to make over the much loved Wild Dog Restaurant. They are serving local, seasonal food and views of the Strezleki Ranges. Opening today!

https://www.facebook.com/hoggetkitchen/

BeatBox Burgers, Brunswick

BeatBox Burger food truck has managed to snaffle its own 4 walls and are now delivering the burgers you know and love at Beatbox Burger Kitchen.

692 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.

http://beatboxkitchen.com/BBK/

Want more?

What's On for Foodies. Food Swap.

Summer Night Market- Queen Vic

Every Wednesday 5-10pm.

Black Star Pastry pop up store

Black Star Pastry is in town for 3 months with its delicious Strawberry Watermelon Cake. Visit Cafe Italia in Carlton to taste this very Insta-famous dessert.

Bayswater North Food Swap

COMING UP

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris Cheese Matching by the Experts at Milk the Cow. 

Know of any events that we have missed?

Dorris in the phone room occasionally misses an event or two (I think she is distracted by her crush on our local fax technician). Do you have anything to add? Drop us a line to let us know what’s on for foodies near you, or simply leave details of the events in the comments.

Enjoy your weekend party people. I’ll see you Aerobics Oz-style on Monday.

Dani xx

 

 

Risotto Picnic Pie

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Summer is over already.

Sigh.

But thankfully here in Melbourne the warm weather tends to last quite a  long way into March. Although I no longer have long days spent swimming in the beach and staring at the water over the top of my toes, I can still head out for a picnic or a bike ride, to really make the most of the warm, glowing evenings.

This recipe is perfect for such on occasion.

The Risotto Picnic Pie will keep in the fridge so you can prepare it ahead of time. It also has a nice dose of veg and eggs in it which means it helps me to obtain my goals of eating as though I live on a Greek Island.

Make it and take it on a picnic to your favourite little spot and serve with a side salad and a little glass of red. Why should those who live near the Mediterranean Sea have all the fun?

What is your favourite recipe for increasing your intake of Summer bliss and/or vegetables?

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Risotto Picnic Pie
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 200g of broccoli but into small florets
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 yellow capsicum, diced
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 1¼ cups of arborio rice
  • ½ cup of white wine
  • 41/2 cups of vegetable stock, hot.
  • 125g of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the broccoli very briefly in a saucepan until it just starts to soften (3 minutes).
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan gently cook the onion, garlic and capsicum in the oil and butter for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the rice and cook until all coated then pour in the wine.
  5. Cook gently until the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Pour in all the hot stock, bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  8. Grease a 25cm cake tin and line the base with baking paper.
  9. Stir the cheese into the rice and allow the mixture to cool a little. Season to taste at this stage.
  10. Seperate the eggs and whisk the whites until they form soft peaks.
  11. Mix the egg yolks thoroughly into the rice and the gently fold in the egg whites.
  12. Pour into the tin and bake for 1 hour.
  13. Allow to cool and then turn out onto a flat plate.
  14. Serve.

 

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Embarrassing Blogging Blunders from a socially enthusiastic introvert.

I was sorting through some photos today and I realised that Eat My Street has had a very exciting year. I have been to many very delicious, exciting and even exotic events. Sometimes there has even been a frisson of glamour in my life. Then I remembered this post that I wrote, and I thought it would be a perfect time to share it.

Embarrassing blunders from an enthusiastic blogger.

I am basically a little too socially awkward to be a  food blogger. I have written about that here, here and here. Being editor in chief (or just call me Mrs President if you prefer) at Eat My Street, I am often required to attend events where I know no one and I has to make friendly conversation. This often goes very well and I meet interesting people. Occasionally though I do fall flat on my face.

A stunning example is the evening I wore my jacket on inside out to a work function. Some kind, conflicted couple finally approached me and explained how they had disagreed over wether or not they should tell me about my error but the wife had eventually won the day.

Solidarity sister, you did a good thing.

Then there are the selfies. When I go somewhere alone, I am required to take photos, and occasionally if I have had success with the paint and hair straightener, I am tempted to insert my own self into the picture. Problem is, I am bad at the selfies. I try really hard and I concentrate on the details and so I basically always look slightly confused. Because I am slightly confused.

 

While we are talking about cameras, let me just mention how it goes when I get the opportunity to ‘talk shop’ with serious photographers.

“What’s your lens? That looks about right for these conditions.”

Me, pointing at lens. “That one, my lens is that one.” **scurries off quietly to location where people will not ask me about my lens (the toilet maybe?).

Oh yes, the toilet. Great and close personal ally to this socially enthusiastic introvert. When the small talk gets tough, the tough get heading off to the toilet cubicle to hide. If I am feeling really fancy, I sit in my car. Walks along corridors and rivers staring seriously at the display, also work well. No one dare interrupt such serious art/nature appreciation. HINT. Do not stay in the toilet too long or there will be a gawking cue of people staring annoyed at you when you exit. Toilet hiding is not for the novice.

Did I mention that I do not drink much wine? Anyone who knows me well will know that I am an absolute light weight. Bubbles are definitely my thing, just not many of them. So when I am presented with a specially curated selection of matching wines, I am heavy with the “no thanks.” This does not always go down fabulously well when someone has thoughtfully curated a drinks list for the visiting bloggers.

 

Then there is the day that I was headed into the City for a very fancy product launch. My hair was done and so was my makeup on I had on some fine new threads. Unfortunately I had to stop for fuel where I was feeling a little fab/ overdressed in equal measure. As I filled my car up I could just feel that someone was staring at me. A glance out of the corner of my eye confirmed it to be a slightly older than middle aged, man.

Bleurgh, I thought to myself, this could get annoying, being gawked at when getting petrol. Sure enough, my petrol friend decided to approach me and strike up conversation.

Me. Preparing the glare and shrug.

Him. Excuse me but I noticed that you have the TAG HANGING OFF THE BACK OF YOUR DRESS. I can see that you are all dressed up for something so I could hate for you to be embarrassed.

Oh, my. The Embarrassment and appreciation in equal measure.

Lesson learnt.

One of the more “fabulous darling” events I attended was chock full to the brim of Melbourne celebrities. I won’t name drop, mainly because I don’t know any names, but it was a little exciting to be along in attendance. There were even press photographers there, and the images were in the next days paper. After an awful lot of scrolling, I found one of myself. Laughing (neighing?) like a horse. Lovely that. You want to take a look. Go on then.

Go on, you can’t have too much of a good thing right? So here are a few more social blunders from this blogger. 

Let’s not forget the time I

  • Neglected/  forgot to take photos of my food. Ate it first. Loved it. Wanted to share it.  Whoops.
  • Was too shy to take photos of my food.
  • Ate dinner with a celebrity and pretended I didn’t know his name, trying to force him to tell me what it was (manners right?). Somehow he knew that I knew and the stand off went on for quite a while until I eventually just caved in.
  • Refused to talk to people about my blog.
  • Pretended I was not a blogger.
  • Pretended my husband’s name was John after a misunderstanding, then kept it up all night.
  • Left the VIP room after 5 minutes because I was uncomfortable around all that VIP-ness.
  • Skipped an gastronomically exciting night out in favour of Maltesers and Miss Marple at home.
  • Let someone steal my piece of confit duck because I am a confit lover, not a confit fighter.

Let me finish with a final tale.

I was at a very impressive dinner one night and after many hours where drunkeness was setting in (but not in me ) I decide to escape the peoples and head outside into the garden (cue staring at nature). But there were already a couple of cool, skinny-jean-ed, bearded dudes who were out there and suddenly I was trapped in a whole new level of small talk. I decided a little light flirting might lighten the mood.

Me. “I love your leather bag. I heard that man-bags were the next big accessory for fashion conscious man.”

Him. “Yeah, it is actually my diabetes kit, not a man bag.”

Me. Nodding.

Him. “I have diabetes.”

Me. “Oh right.” **looks desperately for an exit.

Him. “I sometimes need to take insulin.”

Me. *blush, mumble, cough. It is a nice bag though isn’t it?

Moral of the story. Never judge a hipster by his soft leather accessories, you may be spot on with your judgement of the man, but no one wins a cynicism fight with an urbane bearded man. Plus  he might just trump you with his sincerely heartfelt vulnerability.

Got any wonderful awkward social blunders to share. Go on!

Dani xx