Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Here is the finished result that I plan to take to work tomorrow. This Easy Vanilla Slice is great for barbecues, morning teas etc as they are so quick and easy to make, this might actually become a part of my regular food offering.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This gorgeous creature is a 'Soufflé of Caramelized Spiced Apple and Brown Butter and Raisin Ice Cream.' It came served in a small copper pot and was finished at the table with a quick intent of a spoon and a cascade of cream. I would be quite happy to have this Soufflé as my final meal on earth, so light with lovely nutty accents. So a night with great company, sensational food and gorgeous atmosphere creates a memorable Friday. Alchemy, you're amazing.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Address: 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000.
Open: Monday - Friday. Lunch 12pm - 3pm. Dinner 6pm - 10pm. Saturday. Dinner 6pm until late.
Phone: (07) 3229 3175
Price: Entrees from $22. Mains: $38 - $47. Desserts: $8 - $17.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I'd completely forgotten that my brother brought a pack of 'Choc Chip Cookie Dough Pop Tarts' until he asked if I've tried one last night. So I decided that I would take one to work, forgo my coffee and lightly toast it before enjoying a warm pastry with milk. Well that was the plan and now as I feel queasy and thus deeply regret this decision. Choc Chip Cookie Dough certainly sounds nice and I was expecting a mild biscuit base with nice pieces of tart dark chocolate puncturing the dough so as you chew it announces to your taste buds, "I'm here, hello!" Sadly 'Choc Chip Cookie Dough Pop Tarts' lack this and instead your nose is assaulted with the overwhelming stench of artificial substances. It's frankly awful and I'm tempted to throw its cursed twin in the bin where it will probably remain in plastic perfection in landfill. Forget batteries, plastic bags, old mobile phones, the latest threat to the environment is 'Choc Chip Cookie Dough Pop Tarts.' I really need to go and purge it from my system ... definitely not edible.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
My brother decided to order the Wagamama Ramen: ramen noodles in a vegetable soup, topped with seasonal greens, wakame, slice chicken, grilled white fish, prawns, fried tofu, marinated and grilled mushrooms and kamaboko-aka. This assortment was then garnished with menma and spring onions. It looked fantastic but I didn't want to undo all my exercise ... well that is until tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and Saturday ... but back to the story. Wagamama Chermside features 150 seats (indoor and alfresco) and is kid friendly. In fact kids under 12 years old eat free. I wonder if I could pass as a 12 year old .... hmmm.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Address: Shop 339, Westfield Chermside, Cnr Gympie and Hamilton Road, Brisbane, QLD 4032
Open: 7 days a week. 11:30pm - 9pm.
Phone: (07) 3350 3034
Price: Entrees from $3.20. Mains: $10.10 - $21.00.
I found the process of preparing a whole wild boar's head for Queen Victoria's table fascinating. Can you imagine having the luxury of using two to three black truffles? Truffles can cost up $3,500 a kilo and with each truffle weighing on average between 30 - 60 grams that could easily equate to $210 a piece! The other thing that amused me was the numerous mentions of aspic. As a child I found tins of cat food with the label 'Pilchards in Aspic' hilarious (use your imagination). Aspic is jelly made from meat stock and its inclusion in royal cuisine is credited to french chef Antonin Carême. It is notoriously difficult to make and I'm happy to continue to avoid it least I lapse into a fit of giggling. I'm still chewing my way through this book but it's a delight and a must read for the historical foodie!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Orders are taken at the counter and meals are delivered to your table. Amanda ordered the Garlic and Cheese Pizza Bread with Aioli as a starter and it was lovely. Light, cheesy and the aioli provided a nice creamy lift.
But I think the stand out meal for me was the Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks. The shanks had a great colour and were melt in your mouth soft, served with creamy potato mash, vegetables and a rich jus. To me comfort food with good company is the ultimate way to spend your evening.
Amanda decided to order the fish special which was a Macadamia crusted Barramundi fillet served with vegetables and a green curry sauce. We were a little lost the macadamia crust went but Amanda informs me she enjoyed her meal. If you're keen to come down to Panama Jack's for dinner I would recommend booking as the restaurant filled up quickly. Bracken Ridge Rewards members are given 20% off Wednesday and Thursday is steak night with a chargrilled rump steak, cooked to your liking for $16.50.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Address: 154 Barrrett Street, Bracken Ridge, Brisbane, QLD 4017
Open: 7 days a week. Lunch from 11:30am and dinner from 5:30pm.
Phone: (07) 3269 7011
Price: Entrees from $5;90. Mains: $19.90 - $33.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 75g unsalted butter
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3/4 cup polenta
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon powered chicken stock
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 and 1/2 cups of plain flour
Method:Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease four cookie trays. In a large bowl add the rolled oats, butter and the cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture to stand for 10 minutes.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Once regarded as a "dive" the renovated Chalk Hotel has come of age with two restaurants, eight bars and seven function areas which makes the Chalk an intriguing venue. It is easily accessible by public transport and for the teetotallers amongst us there is even free parking space.
Trading up to 22 hours a day this eclectic beast offers everything from the early morning breakfast, fine dining, live music and encourages individuals to host functions in one of its numerous space. On Saturdays the venue is transformed into a Farmers Markets and these open from 6am.
The venue loves to boast about its paddock to plate approach to food and I was genuinely interested in seeing what its steak offering was like. I rarely say no to a good steak and feel it sets the benchmark for any pub. Thus I ordered, a rare 250g Eye Fillet with Vegetables and Beer Battered Fries and my goodness was it ample! The fries were beautifully light and the steak was well seasoned and melted in my mouth. The only thing that detracted from the meal was the mushroom sauce which reminded me strongly of Gravox but it was still an enjoyable meal. The Chalk isn't my favourite venue but if you're after a pub lunch, a drink and in the area, the Chalk isn't a bad spot.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Address: 736 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, QLD 4102
Open: Monday - Friday. 7:30am - Late.
Phone: (07) 3896 6565
Price: Starters and light meals: from $3.50. Mains: from $16.00.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Address: 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton, Brisbane, QLD 4007.
Phone: (07) 3268 6655.
Price: Sushi from $6. Entrees from $9. Mains: $19 - $55. Desserts from $8.
Adriano Zumbo's show Zumbo premiered on SBS on Tuesday and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Zumbo was a fantastic look into Adriano's operation and captured all the passion and mad genius you would expect from the super star chef. In fact I'm still intrigued by the pig's blood and chocolate macaroon, so eager for a second helping of visual pleasure. Get on board now, if you haven't!