Thursday, June 16, 2005

Gourmet a'la Sugar

Remember how I used to post about food and ingredients and stuff? No? Me neither, it's been too long. So in an attempt to rectify this I present to you a post on "Stuff I've Cooked Lately That Will Totally Make You Drool".

To be honest with you I lost my cooking mojo a little while ago. But in the last 3/4 months I've been sifting through cook books, hunting for delectable ingredients and eating out at hot-spots around Melbourne town (whether I can afford to or not).

I will now share with you my journey's of FoodTown and hopefully if any of you are feeling low on cooking mojo you'll be inspired to invite your loved ones over for a tantilising journey for your tastebuds... or something something.

Stuff I've Cooked

Tom Yum Soup! Really all you need to do for this is go to you're local Little Veitnam find a grocer and go a little loco on all the wacky soup food there. You can get fish balls/cake, which is like a conglomeration of fish tasting stuff, with a rubbery texture... oh, c'mon, you love it. You can get fresh herbs out the wazoo. You should go, it's great. Oh, and while you're down there go to a bakery and get a grilled chicken/pork salad roll. Drool.

Spring Rolls! This sounds kinda impressive, but SO NOT. Once you're down with the rolling and the stuffing it's, like, so easy. All I do is make an Asian sauce, marinate chicken strips, roll, fry (mmm, fry). YUM!

Cheescake! See I can do more than Asian. This was for My Precious as a birthday cake. It's a baked cheesecake, BUT IT'S BAKED IN A WATER BATH! So it's silky as shit! I'm hoping there's still some around when I get home tonight, but I'm not holding my breath.

Steak and Porchini Mushroom Pie! I made this last night. So. Good. The porchini's hold their texture and taste delish, even after heavy cooking, so they were a good choice *pats back*. I'm totally over button mushrooms, btw. What is that? Foam? Not for me, thanks. I sloshed some red wine in the pie too, just because I can.

Ingredients I Dig This Week

Kaffir Lime Leaves

Sea salt

Fresh Chilli



Who could say why? Just do.

Restaurants That I've Been To Of Late That Kick Arse

Claypots - mmm, fishy

Shoya - OK, so I'm going on Sunday, but I'm totally stoaked about it!

Pacific House - oh, you haven't heard of it? Well, it would be my advice to keep it that way... it's mine.

Taxi - so hip right now, but lacked a little love.

So? How 'bout it? Are you going to go home and cook up a storm? Go on. It'll make you happy and keep you warm on these chilly Melbournian nights. Plus if you cook for others, you don't have to do the dishes. It's the rule.

Wok on!


Blogger la nadine said...

your man is one lucky bastard.

and not just because of the cooking, you hot vixen you.

6:34 pm  
Blogger Husky Nutmeg said...

I agree totally. And might I add that your cheesecake is another inspired dish.

8:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Blogger sugar and spice said...

nads - you are!

husky - that cheesecake'd break any man, glad you enjoyed it

anon/afar - "not with him but" uh huh! sounds sick but! *green* will you ever come back grlfren? oh and... bruz and langers = splitzville, tryin' to convince langers to move in coz bella's bitchin' over to land of scots in a month. 'nuff goss? xx

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Blogger problematic said...

I find food talk sexier than sex talk. I don't know what a water bath is (whatever it was called) and I don't know how it bakes cheese cake but I want to know so much I, and I demand that next time I'm in Melbourne you cook for me. You can bring your hot date.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard that bruz was the one moving in...dont know the lowdown about splitzville. wery intriguing.
did i mention that it was my birthday?

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Blogger ...mj said...

No! Pacifc House in Victoria Street is mine, you can have the South Yarra restaraunt though.

And on the shopping list this week:
(oven-roasted) pumpkin;
Miso Soup.

9:15 pm  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

cotton - it's a deal
m!key - south yarra! pisht! asif. there's enough duck and crackling pork for us all.

8:31 am  
Anonymous Peter said...

Kaffir lime leaves... Fuck yeah!
Those little things rock. Combine them with lemongrass and some pink beef - kaboom!
Bay leaves are SO over.

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