Sunday, 27 December 2015

Using leftover Panettone - Jamie Oliver's Christmas Bread and Butter Pudding

Merry Christmas guys! The holidays have come and gone, the last oysters have been slurped and the turkey scraps have ended up in the most delicious sandwiches. Every year I see big piles of Panettones in their characteristic square box in cafes, markets and supermarkets. But how do people actually eat them? This yeasty fruit loaf can be eaten just plain with butter or a tiny bit fancier with some jam. But if that's not fancy enough for you, go down the Jamie Oliver route and turn this Italian Christmas bread into a delicious bread and butter pudding.
I know my man loves bread and butter pudding and I've always wanted to make one for him. So when I came across this recipe I knew that was the one I had to make for him. It was super easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. In addition to Mr. Oliver's recipe we also used some leftover fruit mince pies and scarped out the fruit mix to add to the bread and butter pudding. You can never have too many Christmas tastes in one dessert ;) And as I often do nowadays, I reduced the added sugar by half.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Smoked Salmon Salsa and Black Sesame

It. Is. So. Hot. Like ridiculously hot. Especially for someone who is used to spending the weeks and days before Christmas rushing from one heated store to the next, wrapped up in scarves, gloves and a thick down jacket. Catching-up with friends would happen at a Christmas market where we would sip on hot Gluehwein to warm us from the inside. So this is quite different for me. And I have a hard time feeling christmassy.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Southern American Goodness at Le Bon Ton

A couple of weeks ago, when I was asking some fellow foodies on suggestions about a great pub that serves delicious food and might convince someone to move to Melbourne, they pointed me towards Le Bon Ton in Collingwood.
As we got off the train we thought we might've ended up in the wrong street, it looked more like a residential area than the location for a Southern American Saloon.

Monday, 19 October 2015

A Special Date at The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld

This post is almost two months overdue. I've said it before in some other posts and it's also obviously evident in my lack of posts in the recent weeks - life 1.0 has taken over. For some reason I have been crazy busy, getting fit, training for a half marathon, catching up with friends, trying to find time to read a book.
And all this while celebrating our recent engagement. Yes, my beautiful boyfriend, now fiancé proposed to me and it was perfect! He chose a place that fit us as a couple perfectly: The Royal Mail Hotel. A two-hatted restaurant in Dunkeld in the Grampians, serving incredible food about three hours from Melbourne.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Cool down with a Spanish Gazpacho

I have to admit, I didn't cook this tonight, but I made this together with my mother when I went back to Germany in July, during the European summer. This delicious, Spanish soup requires no cooking and is whipped up in no time. So it's perfect for a 35°C day, now that it's finally warming up!