Saturday, 3 August 2013

bayte - middle eastern brunch is heavenly

i adore middle eastern food and have found a little Collingwood gem that serves it for breakfast. 3 reasons to go: 
its quiet and off the main drag. 
its unique - no smashed avo here
it has lebanese coffee and real chai with cardamom pods

semolina pancake with pistachios and persian fairy floss

baked eggs with okra

fried eggs, babaganoush and kebab

Saturday, 27 July 2013

duck ragu - easily impressive...

This recipe was a gift from my friend Mil. If you've got 2hrs, this is one of the most delicious easy dishes you can make. its just the time element which is an issue. anyway, i thought i should share this with the world and it was a winner.

4 whole duck legs/marylands
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely copped
1 carrot, peeled and finely sliced
2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
2 celery stalks, finely sliced
300ml red wine
400g canned tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 bay leaves
300ml chicken stock
1 tbsp chopped thyme

300g pappardelle pasta

2 tbsp parsley leaves, finely chopped

Wash duck and pat dry. Heat oil in a heavy pan and fry duck legs over medium heat until browned - about 10 mins - draining off the duck fat as it renders. Return two tablespoons of duck fat to pan and fry onion, carrot, garlic and celery tossing well for 10 mins. Add red wine, tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken stock and bring to boil, stirring.

Add duck legs, bay leaves and thyme. Cover. Simmer for 1 and a half hours. Remove the duck legs, and when cool enough to handle, shred meat off bones. Discard bones. Return meat to pan, season well and simmer for 30 mins until nice and thick. (Add a little water or stock if it gets too dry.)

Cook pasta, then combine with ragu and parsley in a pan over low heat tossing well to coat.

Serve onto warm plates, add parmisan and serve.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

gazi - the greek chin chin

where press club used to be is a George's new place Gazi! its the greek answer to chin chin and mamasita. its fun. its tasty. it doesnt take booking (gah!). there is an interesting decor with terracotta pots on the roof. i recommend. 


dips - beetroot, hommus, cauliflower

duck(!) souva

beetroot salad

Saturday, 20 July 2013

piquoes - peruvian grill and carlton local

a fun restaurant that is great for dinner or just a cocktail. a nice change from the mexican flooding melbourne. peruvian the new thing?

Corn husk filled with char grilled corn puree

Char grilled octopus, potato puree and olive cereal

Tira de Asado
48 hr slow cooked beef short ribs

Berenjenas y Camote
Char grilled eggplant and sweet potato

Brussel sprouts, cavalo nero, chimmichurri butter and lemon

Suspiro LimeƱo
dulce de leche with plum pisco meringue

Friday, 19 July 2013

lebanese mouth explosion at rumi

this place is delicious. it reminded me of my holiday in turkey and israel. 
quail skewers
roasted brussel sprouts with almonds
chic peas stewed, cheese
lebanese meatballs

it was rich. authentic. nice lebanese wines. yum.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

my new local... roller door

I have a new favourite and convenient brunch venue - rollerdoor cafe. the owner is a lovely guy who wears knits. there is never a line and its lacks the raw brick fitzroy look that has infected our cafes. it is genuinely grungy with furniture that looks like its from the street. love. 

 i have been there for dinner too - delicious pizza and vege chilli fries...

poached eggs with okonamiyaki

poaches eggs with broccolini, mushrooms and feta

tiger toast! vegemite, cheese, avo and poached eggs

Saturday, 15 June 2013

happiness at happy palace

cocktails... duck you duck face (in the bowl.. washed off a ducks back.. not amazing..) and i cannot remember the other!

dyi chicken wraps

delicious delicious pork belly