- Where is your cell phone? pillow
- Your hair? black
- Your mother? strong
- Your father? caring
- Your favorite food? fries
- Your dream last night? relationship
- Your favorite drink? chai
- Your dream/goal? toned
- What room are you in? mine
- Your hobby? exercising
- Your fear? bugs
- Where do you want to be in 6 years? japan
- Where were you last night? home
- Something that you aren’t? selfish
- Muffins? banana
- Wish list item? new-oven
- Where did you grow up? sydney
- Last thing you did? eating
- What are you wearing? boxers
- Your TV? old
- Your pets? 5
- Friends? happy
- Your life? busy
- Your mood? headache
- Missing someone? boyfriend
- Vehicle? nissan
- Something you’re not wearing? bra
- Your favorite store? spotlight
- Your favorite color? pink
- When was the last time you laughed? annie
- Last time you cried? sunday
- Your best friend? richard
- One place that I go to over and over? cabramatta
- One person who emails me regularly? richard
- Favorite place to eat? citynomitlikeitshot a new friend i've made in the blogging world :)therawnoodle also a semi-newbie with restaurant reviews and some recipesacupcakeortwo a good friend who has a few interesting posts under her sleavesnotquitenigella a site i log into everyday bcos there's always somethin new to readsugarlaced lovin all her baked goodies and home cooked recipesblog.peskey.info a friend we go way back who is embracing foodblogging more and moretrissalicious a friend who has an uncanny way of starting her posts with a story to read
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
profiterole filled with coffee custard & topped with a coffee fondent
a shortbread base filled with lemon custard
profiterole filled with pistacchio custard and topped with a pistacchio fondent
a light doughnut pastry filled with
strega chantilly cream and coated in sugar
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Spicy Gingerbread Dough (from Good Housekeeping)
2 1/2 cups (500g) packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups (360mL) heavy cream or whipping cream
1 1/4 cups (425g) molasses
9 1/2 cups (1663g) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon(s) baking soda
1 tablespoon(s) ground ginger
7. Use chilled rolled dough, floured poster board patterns, and sharp paring knife to cut all house pieces on cookie sheet, making sure to leave at least 1 1/4 inches between pieces because dough will expand slightly during baking. Wrap and reserve trimmings in refrigerator. Combine and use trimmings as necessary to complete house and other decorative pieces. Cut and bake large pieces and small pieces separately.
8. Chill for 10 minutes before baking if the dough seems really soft after you cut it. This will discourage too much spreading/warping of the shapes you cut.
9. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until pieces are firm to the touch. Do not overbake; pieces will be too crisp to trim to proper size.
10. Remove cookie sheet from oven. While house pieces are still warm, place poster-board patterns on top and use them as guides to trim shapes to match if necessary. Cool pieces completely before attempting to assemble the house.
1 large egg white
3 cups (330g) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Beat all ingredients until smooth, adding the powdered sugar gradually to get the desired consistency. Pipe on pieces and allow to dry before assembling. If you aren't using it all at once you can keep it in a small bowl, loosely covered with a damp towel for a few hours until ready to use. You may have to beat it slightly to get it an even consistency if the top sets up a bit. Piped on the house, this will set up hard over time
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Mitte is named after central Berlin's Mitte district (and also hip cafe quarter), but the menu is completely Australian (and semi-gourmet if ask me). With items like middle eastern fruit compote (compote of dried fruits, vanila, cloves and orange blossom water, topped with toasted pistacios and almonds, served with yogurt) and potato and chorizo omlette (served with a tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil salad, collingwood college kitchen garden tomato and fennel chutney and sourdough toast, it's almost like you can choose your own adventure at breakfast time hehe.
Also on the menu are the classic egg dishes, 3 cheese omlette, free range poached eggs with smoked salmon (for the people who arent feeling very daring)
The building used to be an old milk bar which was burnt down, and thanks to the large windows is now a wonderfully sun-lit cafe (yay to natural lighting hee hee)
My chai tea was mildly spiced, and if it weren't for the creamy soy milk i probably wouldn't of liked it as much. It was a large serving though, one pot yielding just over two cups.
Linh's came out first: an open toasted sandwich of dijon mustard, bechamel (that creamy lasagne goodness stuff), gypsy ham & St Claire swiss cheese. With four large pieces, she had trouble finishing this off but from what i could see, it looked a bit too dry (i prefer a larger topping : bread ratio in these food cases).
Omlette served baking dish style, the three cheeses being marinated goats fetta, grana padano and buffalo mozzarella (not your usual tasty cheese omlette) topped with green olive, cherry tomato, parmasen and rocket salad, served with sour dough toast. I had a taste of Ann's omlette, and it was salty (yum) but did not make me regret ordering my chick pea bake ... (further below)
Jess's towering glass of iced hot chocolate looked so appetizing i couldnt help but take a sip soon after she had her first. Extra creamy with lacings of chocolate topping around the bottom and sides, as well as a dollop of creamy vanilla icecream - this was a true iced chocolate that makes you keep taking huge sips ahh..
with middle eastern chickpea bake $15
Both me & Jessica had this (Ann had been raving on about this for a long time prior our Melbourne trip) and said that i'd LOVE it. And LOVED it i did! What a massive breakfast for only $15 i was amazed st how full i was (and i couldn't finish it all either).
The flavoury chickpea bake was topped with a meredith marinated goats fetta & herd and shallot salad, with half of a large avocado, lemon wedges and sourdough toast. My eggs were perfectly poached (this usually leads to a GREAT day ahead for me if my eggs are cooked the way i like them), the chickpea bake was fantastic with a salsy tomato sauce i really couldn't get enough of it.
With such a cosy & warm environment, a casual friendly/family vibe, good service, and an excellent selection on the menu, i can understand why this place can be packed on weekend mornings.
Afterwards it was onto Sorrento Beach for a picnic of snacks, lazing in the sun, and photo-taking :)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The wrapping & cover box were pretty, the box cover had a cartoon illustration, looks like an eatery house of some sort?