A quick #lunch at PappaRich after watching The Trip to Italy


Bron and I went to a movie this morning and saw The Trip to Italy. We really enjoyed it.

After the movie we enjoyed a quick lunch at PappaRich in the Canberra Centre.

I enjoyed a piece of Tandoori chicken and some chicken and beef satay sticks as well as a coffee milo drink 🙂

Chicken and beef satay with peanut sauce as well as Tandoori chicken.

Chicken and beef satay with peanut sauce as well as Tandoori chicken.

Coffee Milo hot drink at PappaRich

Coffee Milo hot drink at PappaRich

The coffee milo drink was an odd surprise. I really enjoyed it.

Anyway, just a quick post to share some food 😉

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Onred on Red Hill Lookout


On Friday night Bron and I dined at Onred on Red Hill Lookout. We’ve dined there before and enjoyed the experience. This time was no different. The restaurant is at the top of a hill with a great view of Canberra. I imagine dining in summer in the early evening is more spectacular with the changing light conditions of sunset to view. At the end of May though, even with a 6.30 reservation, the sky was black and all of Canberra’s lights could be seen 🙂

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Spicy creamed cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup for #dinner So comforting on a cold #Canberra night


I posted this picture to Twitter tonight and I was asked for the recipe. Click on the image for a clearer view of the soup.

Spicy cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup for #dinner

Spicy cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup for #dinner

 

I’m happy to share the recipe although I never weigh anything and I suggest gauging the amounts based on how many people you’re cooking for.

Spicy creamed cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • Cauliflower—as many florets as you need
  • Pumpkin—as much as you need
  • Tomatoes
  • Chilli flakes—lots
  • Spring onion—finely sliced
  • Parsley—finely sliced
  • Cracked pepper—lots
  • Salt—as per your taste
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Pouring cream
  • Chicken stock
  • Crab meat—tinned

Method

  1. Boil the cauliflower, pumpkin and tomato in stock until soft
  2. Drain and dry
  3. Return to the saucepan and add pouring cream
  4. Bring to the boil and stir continuously to reduce the cream
  5. Add curry powder
  6. When the consistency has thickened a little remove from the heat and blend with a stick blender
  7. Add the spring onion and parsley and stir in
  8. Add the Parmesan and cream cheeses and stir in
  9. Add the crab meat and stir in
  10. Add cracked pepper
  11. Capture an image
  12. Eat the soup
  13. Clean up the dishes
  14. Post an image to twitter
  15. Write the blog post

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Other food I ate today

Shaved lamb, tabouli and aioli for #lunch

Shaved lamb, tabouli and aioli for #lunch

Bacon and eggs for #breakfast Wish it was pay day Thursday :-)

Bacon and eggs for #breakfast Wish it was pay day Thursday 🙂

Pistachio Dining at Torrens


Bron has bought an Entertainment Book and the plan is to eat our way through the book 🙂 The Entertainment Book provides a substantial discount on a large number of restaurants in Canberra. The value for food lovers is obvious.

On Thursday night Bron and I went to Pistachio Dining at Torrens for dinner. When we arrived for our 8 pm reservation we noticed the restaurant had just under half of its tables occupied and we noticed that night’s service only required one waiter. We were greeted with a friendly smile and shown to a table for two near the back wall of the dining room. The rectangular dining area was very large without any poles or pillars. One wall is the front window panel that reveals the carpark of the Torrens’ shops. At 8 pm on a May evening it’s dark and atmospheric. The restaurant is nicely heated 🙂

The menu is marked by one of my favourite dishes of all time, viz., crumbed lamb brains (I think Dr Offal may reblog this post 🙂 ).

Pistachio Menu April 2014

Pistachio Menu April 2014

It’s no surprise I went for the brains for an entré while Bron when for the tasting plate.

Crumbed lamb brains with baby spinach, dried prosciutto and split jus

Crumbed lamb brains with baby spinach, dried prosciutto and split jus

Sautéed Sea scallops with smoked salmon, watercress, salmon roe and beurre blanc | Slow cooked lobster tail with pearl barley, chorizo, garlic chips, confit potato and herb oil | Grilled haloumi with buttermilk curd, tomato compote, charred onion and wild rocket

Sautéed Sea scallops with smoked salmon, watercress, salmon roe and beurre blanc | Slow cooked lobster tail with pearl barley, chorizo, garlic chips, confit potato and herb oil | Grilled haloumi with buttermilk curd, tomato compote, charred onion and wild rocket

The brains were delicious, my only negative was the prosciutto not because it tasted bad, quite the contrary it was delicious, but it was dried and difficult to handle with a knife and fork.  I would have used my fingers but that’s not appropriate in a fine dining restaurant.

Bron enjoyed her tasting plate too. I think the tasting plate is the way to go if we eat there again.

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For a main course I chose the lamb shoulder and Bron chose the pork.

Lamb shoulder that has been cooked for 12 hrs and pressed with green cabbage,  bacon lardons, rosemary, turned zucchini and potato

Lamb shoulder that has been cooked for 12 hrs and pressed with green cabbage,
bacon lardons, rosemary, turned zucchini and potato

Roasted pork with mushroom purée, red wine reduction, caramelised onion  and chickpea chip

Roasted pork with mushroom purée, red wine reduction, caramelised onion
and chickpea chip

Both dishes were delicious with easy pull apart flesh. You could just see how tender Bron’s pork was when she used her fork to gently tease a portion of flesh from the piece of pork in the centre of her plate. It sounded like the mushrooms were delicious too.

For me, the lamb was perfect. The lamb came in two parts, on top were thin slices of medium rare meat which was seasoned nicely and delicious. The rest of the meat was a large muscle bundle from the shoulder that was full of flavour and jelly.

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For dessert Bron chose a special which was a Crème brûlée  with pistachio biscotti and chocolate fondant. I didn’t capture an image sorry. I asked for the passionfruit parfait with vanilla ice cream and pistachio praline. Utterly delicious.

Passionfruit parfait with vanilla ice cream, pistachio praline, syrup and dried flowers

Passionfruit parfait with vanilla ice cream, pistachio praline, syrup and dried flowers

We would happily recommend Pistachio Dining at Torrens. If you live in Canberra, it’s a restaurant worth eating at.

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Pistachio Dining at Torrens

 

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Lunch at Jamie’s Italian with Bron and Max


On Saturday Bron suggested lunch at Jamie’s Italian in the Canberra Centre. Max, Bron’s son also came along. Earlier in the day Max had suggested he would capture a photograph of his dish so that I could blog about it.

We’ve been to Jamie’s Italian before but in the evening. It was good then and we were expecting a similarly good experience.

On arriving we were greeted with a friendly smile from our waiter who stayed with us throughout the meal. Kids get treated specially at Jamie’s Italian. They receive a mug with crayons, a piece of paper with a line drawing for colouring and a 3D view finder which contains images of the kids’ menu. The good thing about the kids menu is that it isn’t chicken nuggets and chips or similar food you find in other restaurants. There were lots of families there with kids eating good looking meals. It’s good to see kids are considered as well as the adults are.

Bron captured a photograph of an interesting lighting feature in the middle of the restaurant.

Lighting at Jamie's Italian

Lighting at Jamie’s Italian

Max chose the hotdogs and chips. He went ahead and captured an image of his meal with his iPad. Maybe Max will one day have his own food blog.

Max's hot dogs and chips at Jamie's Italian. Image captured by Max with his iPad.

Max’s hot dogs and chips at Jamie’s Italian. Image captured by Max with his iPad.

Max was pretty happy with his meal.

 

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Bron decided on the Black Angel Spaghetti with the squid ink pasta, scallops and anchovies. She also got a fennel and orange salad.

Squid ink pasta, scallops, garlic, chilli, anchovies, wine and capers

Squid ink pasta, scallops, garlic, chilli, anchovies, wine and capers

Bron said her spaghetti was delicious.

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I went for the strip steak cooked rare.

350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin served with wild mushrooms and peppery endives with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin served with wild mushrooms and peppery endives with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

Wild mushrooms and peppery endives served with the 350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

Wild mushrooms and peppery endives served with the 350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

The steak was cooked perfectly and just to my liking. The truffle butter with shaved summer truffles was divine.

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For dessert Max chose the chocolate brownie with amaretto ice cream and popcorn. Bron also had a bit of the dessert and mentioned a few times how good the chocolate was. Sorry I didn’t capture an image.

Jamie's Italian dessert menu portion

Jamie’s Italian dessert menu portion

The restaurant was quite busy and the turnover of customers was high. The restaurant is well staffed and the customer flow goes well. We’d happily recommend Jamie’s Italian to anyone wanting a good quality meal for a reasonable price.

Jamie’s Italian Canberra

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A busy weekend in Brisbane and Yatala Pies


I’ve just got home (Canberra) after a busy weekend in Brisbane to see my daughters. May is a big month for us, my father’s birthday is in May, my eldest two daughters both share a birthday in May (two years apart), it’s mothers day in May and my birthday is in May.

I arrived late Friday night and the girls were already in ‘bed’ ready to sleep. They had a big Saturday ahead of them.

On Saturday we got out of bed at 5 am and ate a quick breakfast. I had peanut paste on toast (I didn’t have time for a low carbohydrate meal) while the two youngest ones had Mum’s lemon curd on toast. We had to be on the road by 6.30 am and on our way to Yatala for the QGSSSA Cross Country championships. Athletics is not the favourite sport for Miss13 and Miss17 however, as all rounders they compete in as many sports as possible. The meet is held at Rivermount College which isn’t part of the QGSSSA. The college is at Yatala near the Gold Coast.

Just thinking back a bit, when I arrived Friday night I discovered that a tube of moisturiser (yes I have Ichthyosis) had ‘exploded’ in my bag and the shirt I was going to wear had been ruined. Mum said I should wear one of Dad’s shirts. She also said it would be warm so short sleeves wouldn’t be a problem. I always listen to my mother.

So we arrive at Yatala and it’s cloudy and cold. I’m shivering. Thanks Mum 🙂

[To get more detail out of the images, click on them, they should open in a new window with a higher resolution. I’m happy to receive comments on the photography. Some images were captured with a Canon PowerShot G16 and the others with a Nikon D7100. I shoot in manual and capture RAW files to allow some post processing in Adobe Lightroom. ]

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

The girls run well and enjoy themselves. The next stop is the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler. We have to get Miss17 there for gymnastics training. Even though she didn’t make the Queensland team this year she’s allowed to compete at the national championships this week in Melbourne. She has to train at Gymnastics Queensland headquarters in Chandler. Before we get there though, Miss17 suggests a spot of morning tea at Yatala Pies.

Yatala Pies is a bit of an institution in South East Queensland. Their pies are known far and wide. Funnily enough I’ve never eaten in the Yatala Pies shop. This was a first.

The Famous Yatala Pies shop at Yatala near Queensland’s Gold Coast http://yatalapies.m2media.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/feature1.jpg

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Miss17 had a curry chicken and vegetable pie, Miss13 had a sausage roll and I elected to have a pasty. It’s been ages since I’ve had a good pasty. This one didn’t disappoint. I loved it.

 

Yatala pies pasty

Yatala pies pasty

Yatala pies takeaway box.

Yatala pies takeaway box. You can see Miss13’s sausage roll in the background.

Now regulars readers know me so it shouldn’t be any surprise that when I saw Vanilla slice I had to have one. Yatala Pies sells French Vanilla slices with a whopping big layer of French vanilla cream. It was gorgeous.

Yatala Pies French vanilla slice

Yatala Pies French vanilla slice

After a lot of driving back and forth between Chandler and Chermside it was a long tiring day. After getting the kids back to my parents’ place it was time to cook our special May dinner to celebrate so many birthdays and mothers day.

I said to Mum that I wanted to cook salmon and would be wonderful is Miss17 could make a salad. I also made a pumpkin cauliflower mash which I used to smear the plate and perch the salmon on.

Salmon

Salmon

#Dinner is salmon on a smear of pumpkin cauliflower mash with a green salad

#Dinner is salmon on a smear of pumpkin cauliflower mash with a green salad

For dessert, Miss17 had made an ice cream cake. The base was made with Ferrero Rocher, Chocolate Mint and Queensland nut (Macadamia) ice creams. The top had a combination of mixers added to make it a cake to remember.

Miss17 made me a Ferrero rocher, chocolate mint and Queensland nut ice cream cake with heaps of mixers

Miss17 made me a Ferrero rocher, chocolate mint and Queensland nut ice cream cake with heaps of mixers

After dinner we watched The Hunger Games on DVD. I’d never seen it before. It was good.

After a good night’s sleep Miss19 joined us after a busy weekend of working and studying. We had planned a special breakfast together. My daughters and me 🙂 We decided to head to Groove Train at Chermside because it was close and the last time we were there we enjoyed the food.

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I asked for poached eggs with bacon, hollandaise sauce, avocado and mushrooms. It was pretty good.

Poached eggs with bacon, hollandaise sauce, avocado and mushroom on sourdough toast

Poached eggs with bacon, hollandaise sauce, avocado and mushroom on sourdough toast

Miss13 asked for pancakes

Pancake stack with berries and maple syrup

Pancake stack with berries and maple syrup

After breakfast I had to take Miss17 back to Chandler for more training. I said my goodbyes and then caught a flight back to Canberra.

Dinner while watching Master Chef Australia was a nude burger with tomato, bacon and Coon cheese.

Nude Wagyu burger with bacon, tomato and Coon cheese

Nude Wagyu burger with bacon, tomato and Coon cheese

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Weekend food round up featuring Bron’s Weiner schnitzel and more


Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these food round ups. I’m not limiting myself to this weekend either 😉

Let’s start on Thursday. It was a payday which means lunch has to be a celebration.

A cheese burger from Urban Bean Espresso Bar which I ate nude (sans bread) to keep it low carb.

A cheese burger from Urban Bean Espresso Bar which I ate nude (sans bread) to keep it low carb.

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