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! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

ZomatoMeetup at Mesa Verde

Mexican food is one of those trends that luckily doesn't seem to go away in this city. So I was super excited when I got an invitation from Zomato to join them at the ZomatoMeetup at Mesa Verde.
Mesa Verde is located in Curtin House on Swanston St. Yep, the one with the many stairs. And Mesa Verde is on the 6th floor. While I actually had the rare option of having the elevator right there, ready to take me upstairs, I opted for the stairs. To get the real feeling. I thought my half marathon training would've meant I was fit but apparently climbing stairs is a different matter altogether. At least I felt like I had burned enough calories to sit down for an amazing meal.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Soup Monday - Clam Velouté with Bacon and Chilli Oil

It was L's birthday recently and to celebrate we had a few people over for dinner. As part of our degustation-style dinner we served a delicious clam soup that we had cooked in a French cooking class we attended the week before. (Post coming soon!)
I loved the subtle flavour of he sea in this soup, topped with crispy bacon for some extra saltiness and a spicy note from the chilli oil.

Monday, 21 September 2015

It's Asparagus Season - Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Parmesan

Every year on 01 September, asparagus season starts in Australia starts. Back in Germany asparagus season is celebrated so much that many restaurants add the classic “white asparagus with boiled potatoes, ham and hollandaise sauce” to their menus or even offer a special asparagus menu. In Australia it seems it’s a less celebrated occasion. With asparagus being available all year around nowadays it’s a common item on many menus, be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Dinner at Carmine's Bistro on Lygon Street

When I was recently invited to try out Carmine's Bistro, I knew I didn't even have to ask L whether he was going to join me. We're both lovers of Italian fair and couldn't wait to try what Carmine's had to offer. 
Ricotta panna cotta with green olive oil and tomato. It was basically a caprese salad in a shot glass and absolutely morish! 

I've been hearing more and more that Lygon St has been picking up its game again, the food is coming back to higher standards and it's not just a tourist trap. Carmine's is a great example of this. The chef at Carmine's knows what he is doing, which is evident in the selection of dishes and the quality of the food.