Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Donna Hay's Ginger Chilli Salmon Noodles

Wednesday is usually fish day for us, we get up a bit earlier, dash over to the market and buy some fresh fish. While we usually make crispy skin salmon (recipes here and here), we wanted to make something different this time. While flicking through our way too many cookbooks we found this amazing looking Donna Hay recipe. 
As with all Donna Hay recipes, it's fresh and clean and works a treat. And it's definitely a keeper. 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Soup Monday - Nigella's Quick Chilli Con Carne with Chorizo

It's certainly getting cooler out there and I feel like the inevitable winter-cold is trying to get a hold of me! Nothing better to fight it off than with hot, spicy food! I love chilli con carne and have often made it at house parties to feed the crowds.
I recently stumbled across Nigella's version and really, really love it as it has chorizo in it. The spicy sausage adds another layer of flavour and depth to it. The original recipe also called for sweet chilli sauce and pasta sauce, I'm not a big fan of either so I just left them out and added some tinned tomatoes and beef stock instead. I don't think I'll ever try another chilli con carne recipe ever again, this one is just super comforting and deliciously spicy! 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Getting Our Mexican on at El Habanero in South Melbourne

Months ago a friend from work told me about a Mexican restaurant that had opened on Clarendon Street and said I had to try it. Today, L and I finally went. All I'm thinking now is why didn't we go earlier! 

The restaurant is cosy, and has great exposed brick walls. It is not huge, adding to a very comfortable atmosphere. On arrival we ordered a cucumber and jalapeno margarita and a drink called Paloma. My Paloma was a tasty mixture of tequila, sparkling grapefruit and tajin (a seasoning that consists of  peppers, lime and salt). L's margarita was also really tasty, the jalapeno added a very nice kick to it, while the cucumber followed up for a cool finish. 
To start off our Mexican fiesta we chose corn chips with guacamole, corn on the cob and quesadillas.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Brother Burger And The Marvellous Brew South Yarra

A few weeks ago Brother Burger And The Marvellous opened its doors on the top end of Chapel St. I work just around the corner and after having drooled over the menu online I booked in dinner with my friends Hoot and Pip.
I was worried on a Thursday night it might be so busy we wouldn't get a table. That was before I realised how big Brother Burger is on the inside! It was quite busy but the place is massive! The front of the restaurant is more bar-style to showcase the different, ever changing beers. The back is a big space with old-school red-leather booths around an open space with tables. It's pretty cool! The walls are lined with antique meat mincers. hundreds of them!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Soup Monday - My Minestrone with Rosemary Chicken Meatballs and Risoni

While thinking about new recipes to try for Soup Monday I realised every recipe I wanted to make started with 'C': cauliflower soup, carrot soup, chicoree soup, chilli con carne, chicken soup, corn chowder etc. I thought to myself I need to find a different soup, starting with a different letter.
It's a bit silly, but hey! So here is my Minestrone. With a capital 'M'! Through the addition of chicken meatballs and risoni pasta this soup one is super hearty and probably more like a stew. But the flavours are amazing!