Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Mac Factory, Adelaide (visit 2)

On Saturday morning I met with Miss J for some delightful macarons at Adelaide's one and only dedicated macaron house, The Mac Factory. It had been too long since my last visit to The Mac Factory and I was eager to return. There have been some little changes in my absence; the specialised cooking book shop, 'The Book Nook' having been all set up, the new decorations around the place, a weekend brunch menu and the new dining area. I particularly admired how the front bar area had been set up which you see in the photo above; macarons, macarons, books, reams of ribbons and more macarons.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Mars Banana Milky Way

 Whilst on study leave for my accounting exam, I studied from 6am - 11am each day. After this, I would exercise, shower and lunch. Sometimes, I would venture to the shops to buy food. As I was dressed in my study clothes (bogan trackies with tooth paste stains and cat fur on them and a hoodie with pen marks all over it) and had study hair (greasy, unbrushed hair arranged into some sort of lump on my head that could have been mistaken for some sort of bird's nest) the check out chicks always took an interest in checking my bags. If that is not stereotyping, then I do not know what is.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Korea Jung, Adelaide

Training in the city the other week. Oh, training days. They are great; I am given the opportunity to take a decent lunch break and I am able to sleep in until 5.00am, instead of waking up at 4.30am! During my decent lunch break, I joined my Auntie W for lunch at Korea Jung in Leigh Street. I had never visited a Korean restaurant before, so this was all new and exciting for me. The restaurant, although not tucked away behind any obstacles, does blend into the surrounds, so make sure to not walk straight past if you decide to visit.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Cherry Ripe banana mug cake (grain free)

I was never a fan of the microwave, until I made this beauty. Cherry Ripe and banana flavours combined in a mug, transformed into a cheerful little cake in just two minutes. Although the cake itself does not contain cherries, it tastes distinctively like Cherry Ripe. A little mysterious…must be the coconut. Anyway, to intensify the Cherry Ripe flavour in the cake I paired it with a Cherry Ripe sauce...and because this month's blog hop is all about sauces! Oh and did I mention, the cake is grain free? All these good things in one cake! Is this a Festivus miracle in September?!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Ćwikła / Polish horseradish beetroot

Another recipe from my grandma today; beetroot and horseradish or 'Ćwikła' in Polish. This splendid combination popped into my mind whilst munching on some beetroot dip the other week. I made sure to ask my grandma for the recipe the next time I saw her. Ćwikła is very refreshing when served cold, straight from the fridge. The smell is divine; all vinegary and and slightly earthy. Mmmm. It is usually served with meats but there is nothing wrong with layering it into your sandwich, plonking some onto your toast, mixing it with your breakfast fry up or simply eating it straight from the jar!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Enfield Horticultural Society Inc, Spring Show 2012

I have a few goals in life: buy a house, learn to take food photos like Helene from Tartelette and Peter from Souvlaki For The Soul and to win first prize in a cooking competition where my competitors are much more experienced than myself. I entered four entries into the home produce division at the Enfield Horticultural Society Inc's 2012 Spring Show on the weekend. Although I did not take home first prize, I was lucky enough to be placed second in some of the classes. There is hope for me. Next year...I'll be back:)

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Cibo Espresso, Adelaide Airport

Qantas....why do we simply not get along? What did I ever do to you? These are the questions I was asking myself when I was flying to Sydney some weeks ago. It was a horribly foggy morning and I had my doubts about my flight departing on time. In short, I ended up being Adelaide...AIRPORT! If you've ever been to the Adelaide Airport, you know there is not much there to keep yourself entertained.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Rosenkohl/Brussels sprouts

As an exchange student in Germany on an extreme budget thanks to an extreme exchange rate (ha I think I am so funny), it was good to learn that Brussels sprouts, or Rosenkohl as they say, were so cheap. You could say I was close to being addicted to them. I would buy a bag of sprouts and devour them in one night. The next day, I would buy more and repeat. Some say they do not like Brussels sprouts. I believe this is because they have not had them cooked in a fun, exciting and tasty manner.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Ruby Raja, Tea Tree Gully

The Ruby Raja, an Indian restaurant situated in a 1849 stone cottage is not too far from my house. Can you believe it? Something is near my house! Well, 'near' if you have a car to get you there. There is nothing where I live. Ok, there is a park full of prickly weeds that ruin your bicycle tyres, some roads, a school where people go on weekends to play with metal detectors and there is a bus that is supposed to pick me up and take me to work. You get the idea.