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Abiento Sydney

March 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

In a few days I’m leaving Sydney’s summer again and heading back to New York for a year or so…emphasis on the ‘or so’…and I thought I’d post something a little nostalgic, (mostly for me to tap into on those bitterly cold days), namely some of my favourite summer eating places around Sydney.

Ash’s Table Manly

Ash’s Table is a busy cafe that sits in between the corso at Manly and North Steyne (where you go to avoid the tourists).

I often head down there mid morning to clear my head, grab a take away coffee, and enjoy views like this.

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P1010242It’s the weekend, you’re feeling a bit lazy, you have a few bits and pieces in the fridge, and a couple of beers…how hard can it be to make sausage rolls?

Not that easy apparently

If you want the really easy option just buy some sausages, take off the casings, and wrap them up in some pastry – but then you would miss out on the curiously satisfying sensation of plunging your hands into a messy combination of pork mince, herbs, and egg…maybe that’s just me Continue Reading…

Almond Banana and CocunutThis cake was a bit of an ad hoc experiment that surprisingly turned out well…after three failed attempts

I think it stemmed in part from my penchant for banana bread and probably from me being bored one afternoon and finding most of these ingredients in the pantry

The banana and almond flavours are quite subtle and it’s a sweet cake that ends up with a slightly chewy but soft shell

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and eating….

February 2, 2013 — 3 Comments

It’s probably unsurprising given my last post I’ve been craving some home cooking and something healthy, and thankfully I’ve managed to find a couple of places that serve up my kind of home-style food.

Bond Street is one of my favourite streets in NYC, I think it’s the architecture and cobble stones, but the restaurants and retail stores help – if I had a spare coupla million bucks I’d move there in a flash.

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Bond Street NYC

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It could have been procrastination brought on by a looming theory essay, but a slow-cooked meal increased in appeal this week

Of course you don’t need to take the time to make this meal, you can use a sirloin or fillet cut, which take no cooking at all, but in my humble opinion, you should always slow cook! Continue Reading…

OK I’ll admit it, I tend to favour the Chorizo…

As for this salad, I can’t quite remember where the impetus for it came from, I think I was wondering if red-wine vinegar would go well with pork…everything goes well with Chorizo

Either way, this is a nice in-between-seasons kind of salad, and as my butcher schooled me this morning, the ingredients also make for a good BBQ skewer Continue Reading…

Tuna and Basil Pasta

October 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

Its possible the use of tinned tuna may offend some purists out there, but this recipe has a bit of a story to it so the tin stays

Around 2001 I left advertising and had a period of about nine months where I wasn’t working, which significantly affected my diet – bear in mind a key part of my job was to entertain clients and media reps so I ate well and I ate out a lot

During that 9 months my diet largely consisted of tuna pasta – so much so, for a long time I couldn’t face the prospect of eating it

Nevertheless, I did manage to eventually work up a decent version – when I first started it was two minute noodles with tuna and onion, so it has come a long way Continue Reading…

Chicken Schnitzel

September 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

No posts for a few weeks, lot of essay writing on Yemen, Somalia, and whether or not the US and China are destined to butt heads

But also lots of experimenting on chocolate frosting, devilled sausages, warm spring salads, and beef tortillas

They’ll come a bit later on with any luck, today though a nice and easy recipe

It’s possible I may be castigated by some members of my family for posting this before covering off the Wiener Schnitzel, but I have never actually attempted a proper Hungarian creamed spinach to go with it, so I will need to knock that on the head first…maybe even some pickled cucumber Continue Reading…

If you happen to have a few lemons that need to be used up, this is a pretty good solution

I grew up eating lemon butter or lemon curd (depending upon your hemisphere), much to my chagrin I discovered my mother used to make it in a microwave, but as much as I don’t like to admit it, it did taste pretty good

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I was looking for something to eat in my freezer this week and discovered a bag containing a botched attempt at almond biscuits…250 grams worth to be precise

It also happened to be a good friend’s birthday so I made the only logical conclusion in such a scenario – baked ricotta and marscarpone cheesecake!

As far as cheesecake’s go, I consider this to be a fairly savoury one, but it does get better with age

Next time I make it I’ll experiment with some golden syrup and perhaps some coconut in the base and I reckon a super-concentrated, super-tart, and super-sweet berry reduction would go really well with this too…in the interests of furthering the world’s knowledge Continue Reading…