Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Paleo peach and raspberry muffins

I think I know what bothers my digestive system - grains! Since 2009 I have had digestive issues; pain, bloating, feeling of fullness and other things I wont go into here. I have visited numerous doctors, all of which couldn't care less about my symptoms, brush me of as some fool and take my money. Their 'solutions' were: drink more water, drink less water, eat more bread, eat less fruit, drink pear juice, drink peppermint tea, try some drugs with nasty side effects, do more sport...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

T Bar, Adelaide

In the corner of the Adelaide Central Market, on the Gouger Street side, you will find the T Bar. The T Bar differentiates itself from other cafes by specialising in tea. You can have a cup of tea here without having to stick to the usual English breakfast, green, peppermint and chamomile that are offered in the average cafe.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Lime Cake

Hmm not sure what to write here. Originally I had written about my dislike of Qantas airlines and how cake made me feel slightly better about the Qantas situation. Cake always makes me feel better:) I am now Even Steven with Qantas....nearly. The pain and suffering is still at the back of my mind. Qantas refunded me the $500 I paid for an emergency Virgin flight back to Adelaide when they decided it was a smart idea to ground their entire fleet in October. I am happy about the refund, but yes, the pain, suffering and panic attacks will never be forgotten.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Ding Hao, Adelaide

While helping paint a charity building last week, I mentioned to a colleague that my lunch plan was 'fung jow', or chicken feet. My colleague, Miss C, being from China was quite amazed by this and even more amazed at the fact that I knew the Chinese word for chicken feet! Miss C mentioned she would like to join me as well:)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Kinderpunsch - Children's punch

Middle/late November - it is Christmas market time! In some cities, such as Duesseldorf, the Christmas markets are already up and running. Winter in Germany is quite 'bleugh'; the days are short (the sun rises at 9am and sets at 4pm), dark, cold, icy and slippery. It can be a little depressing.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Cabbage - Bigos

Having made your cabbage rolls, you will have a cabbage head left over (you only use some leaves for the cabbage rolls). With this, you make 'cabbage', or bigos as it is known in Polish. But, yes, I call it 'cabbage'. Bigos, a hearty cabbage stew, is known as the national dish of Poland and the Ukraine. It is not something that you make in small portions. However, never fear! You can freeze the bigos in smaller portions and heat it up when required.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Cabbage rolls - Golabki

Why is everyone getting married?! A girl who was once my best friend but dumped me from being her best friend (Apparently I was too smart to be her friend after returning to Adelaide, having being educated under the NSW education system for a year) is married, others are engaged...even my sister's friends who finished school only last week are engaged! Oh well, they think they're mature enough to get married... I don't think they know that a spouse is not like an item of clothing you buy, decide is not right for you and then return to the department store. With a spouse, the returns policy is much more complicated and you need actual receipts and records, not just fake receipts printed from your bubble jet printer.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Sticky date loaf

Although I visit a pub/hotel around twice a year, I read the menus much more often. At work we are often invited to farewell/achievement lunches via emails which nearly always contain an attached pdf menu. I have noticed that nearly every menu has a dessert selection something along the lines of: sticky date pudding, chocolate mud cake and some soft of cheesecake. I have also noticed that I don't think I have ever tasted a sticky date pudding! It's on a pub menu, which means it must be sort of basic dessert that most people would have tried in their life. Not me though (this rock is so heavy). So, when I found a recipe for a sticky date loaf while flipping through 'Delicious; quick smart cook' by Valli Little, I told myself I had to bake it.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

(High tea at) Au Matin Calme, Adelaide

My very first high tea experience was at the Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. The service there is excellent, the scones with jam and cream are above excellent, the cups and saucers are Royal Albert and the Victoria Room itself is very picturesque. It was a lovely experience although I did leave feeling very full and a little less mobile than usual. I highly recommend the Victoria Room as a high tea venue. I want to go there again...but I'd have to starve myself for days before in order to prepare. If you are after a high tea in Adelaide I can recommend Au Matin Calm.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Nussecken - Nut corners/wedges

A Nussecke (singular) is a triangle shaped German biscuit made from a butter biscuit/shortbread/jam drop biscuit base, topped with apricot jam and a hazelnut butter mixture. The corners or sides of the Nussecke are then dipped into melted chocolate. So, if you're a fan of hazelnuts, Nutella, apricot jam and chocolate, I think you would enjoy these. They're very good; nutty, buttery and fruity....

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Tuna mornay

Evolution is a lie. If the humans with whom I travel on the bus have been evolving for millions of years, why are they such morons? For example, the bus was extremely full today. I asked some people to move down to the end of the bus in order to create room for others. "There's no room!" said one woman in response to my question. No room...and that's why there were spare seats down the back of the bus. This woman's stupidity resulted in some people having to wait for the next bus. The next bus, the 5.45 bus, hasn't turned up in the last month. I have to shake my head at such people. I feel ashamed to be of the same species as these people!

What do the morons on the bus have to do with my post about tuna mornay? The bus is the maor source of stress in my life. However one thing that is stress free for me is tuna mornay! It's so easy to prepare!:)

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sydney - a late October visit

I was in Sydney for the weekend to visit my friend Alan:) We had FUN:) I accomplished a lot; I tasted wine and ENJOYED it, learnt how to cook fish and also learnt how to make Vietnamese style pancakes from Alan's grandma who doesn't speak English (I do not speak Vietnamese, except for 'I like to eat sago and pho and specials' which is a very important phrase)