Made on the Left Market this Sunday

Hey all! If you happen to be in Perth, WA this Sunday you should come down to the State Theatre of WA and check out the Made on the Left Markets which will have tonnes of great handmade items from local WA creatives. Look out for my L’amour des Lapins stall there ūüôā

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The First Quarter of my Year in Food Pictures

While thinking of what to blog about today, I went through my photos and sadly most of them were of food. I didn’t actually take a picture of every meal I had at the different restaurants¬†(I would have an outrageous amount of photos. Now I wish I did take more pics). I know it looks like a lot of food (which it is!) but my excuse is I do go train and exercise 5 times a week for 1- 2 hours a day!

If the first quarter of 2012 was Indulgence then this next quarter of the year will be Painful, as I now have decided to add three hi-performance cycling classes to my weekly exercise timetable to counteract all the food I’ve been eating. Anyways hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed eating it!

Very Easy Cheat’s Bruschetta

I love this recipe because it tastes good and takes minimum effort to make! I found this recipe in the Woolworths Fresh Magazine and it’s so, so, so good! The following method is how I make mine.

Ingredients:

1 packet of La Famiglia 9-slice Garlic Slices (You can probably make your own garlic slices if you can’t find this brand)

3-4 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 red onion, diced

A few leaves of basil, chopped

1 Tbs Olive oil

Salt and Pepper to season

Method:

1. Dice tomatoes and onion. Chop the basil.

2. Heat the garlic slices in the grill until brown or cooked to your liking.

La Famiglia Garlic Slices

3. Turn the garlic slices over and heat the underside until lightly toasted. Remove from grill onto a plate.

4. Combine the tomatoes, onion, basil, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir well. (I used a white onion here because I ran out of red).

5. Spoon tomato mixture onto the slices and serve!

6. Eat! Yum!

Trigg Beach

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Even Insanity Needs A Vacation

‚ÄúInsanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.‚ÄĚ Albert Einstein

Staying in one place for too long is like having cabin fever. You begin the downward spiral by reasoning with yourself before ending in a bloody mess and you come to the realisation that you’ve eaten all of your fingers and part of one hand.

I’m being dramatic.

These are photos and exerts taken from my journal of my recent trip to the south of Western Australia.

“The south of Western Australia is beautiful.¬†Unsealed roads lead you to the most amazing places in a desolate wilderness and it is awesome.”

“Looking out over the ocean into the horizon, until the world rounds itself into the distance, space is infinite. I feel as though I could stick a flag into the sand and call it my own.”

“Mount Frankland. It’s a 455 meter hike to the summit and it is well worth the view. My only regret is that I didn’t bring a sandwich because I would have liked to have spent a bit more time up here.”

Sibby the Wayfarer x

Saturday Morning Adventures

This sunny Saturday morning my friend and I wandered down the mini lanes and streets of Fremantle armed with cameras and a mission to shoot unique objects that define the character of the town. We had heaps of fun getting lost in the forgotten spaces and “accidentally” going into the courtyard of private residences (our defence is that they left their driveways open). We did have one guy come out of his house and ask us what we were doing. We said we were photography students (didn’t make much sense as it’s the middle of the school summer break). But he was friendly and let us take photos of his awesome courtyard anyways. As we were leaving, his lady friend came back with their coffees. She must’ve been wondering why two girls were thanking him and leaving the house just as she got home‚Ķfun times!

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We also stopped at a cafe/gallery called Moore & Moore for breakfast. We shared a plate of sweet French toast with marscapone, fresh strawberries and kiwifruit. Delish!! The food there is great and very fresh! What a great find, can’t wait to go back there!

Sweet French Toast @ Moore & Moore, Fremantle

Greenhouse Perth

You know those restaurants that you read about, look at pictures of and tell yourself you want to try? Greenhouse in the Perth CBD was one of them. I met up with Sibby today and we both had Greenhouse on our restaurant wish list so we decided to give it a go. The concept was fantastic and the overall appearance of the place was very cool. It had rows and rows of pot plants covering the exterior and wooden crates for furniture. I think we were already sold from it’s appearance.

Of course with our great timing, we arrived there too late for breakfast and a bit too early for lunch. So we went upstairs to their bar and ordered a latte and juice while we waited till noon. The top area was quite nice and was surrounded by a lot of raised garden beds with lots of fresh herbs and vegetables growing. It was an airy open area and there were perfect views of the concrete jungle.

For lunch Sibby feasted on the pasta which had squid, chillies, tomatoes and herbs whilst I had the chicken and ginger broth with sweet corn and broken rice. I asked Sibby what broken rice was and she said it’s probably mushed up rice. I laughed at her response but ultimately she was right. The food was fresh and delicious but it was rather pricey. We haven’t decided whether we like it or not yet but we do intend to go back and try out their breakfast menu. It’s definitely worth going to experience dining in an unconventional setting. Oh and the staff are friendly which helps.

Check it out @: http://www.greenhouseperth.com/

Food for the Soul: Hainanese Chicken Rice

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw
Hainanese Chicken Rice always makes me think of my mother and of the time we went to Thailand. We were lucky enough to stay in this crazy awesome five story house. Five. Story. House. Right in the heart of Bangkok, and from the moment you step outside you’re¬†immediately¬†submerged in culture and the¬†amazing¬†smell of street food. Luckily for me the Hainanese Chicken and warm¬†fresh¬†Soybean drink carts were perfectly positioned¬†right outside of our front gate and that is¬†all¬†I ate for the entire time I stayed in Bangkok.
This is how I cook it at home. It’s not the traditional method but it’s super easy and super YUMMI!
Ingredients
1x Whole Free Range Chicken
2x 375ml Campbell’s Chicken Stock
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 tbs Sunflower Oil
1 Sliced Onion
80g  Peeled and Sliced Fresh Ginger
2 Peeled Garlic Cloves
3 Coriander – Remove leaves and set aside. Keep the roots and stalks.
2 Peeled Carrots
1 Sliced Cucumber
4 Cups of Rice – You’ll also need a rice cooker for this one.
Serve on the Side
a) Kikkoman Soy Sauce
b) Chilli Sauce РSriracha (hot Thai chilli sauce), Garlic, Ginger, Fresh Lime Juice, Sugar and Salt. Put it all into a bender and bend the shit out of it. Loosen the mix up with a bit of chicken stock if you need to. Taste is up to you.
Method
1. Rub 1 tsp of sea salt all over the chicken and rinse. Set aside.
2. In a large pot heat Sunflower Oil.
3. Add onion, ginger and garlic and saute till the onion is fragrant and soft. Don’t burn!
4. Add chicken stock, 1/2 tsp salt, coriander roots/stalks and chicken to the pot. Bring to the boil. Turn heat down to medium and simmer for 45 minutes.
5. Remove the chicken from the pot and into a separate bowl and set aside.
6. Rinse starch out the rice until it runs clear. Add the chicken stock to the rice and press the button!
7. Chop up the chicken and serve it up with rice, cucumber, coriander leaves with two little sauce dishes on the side.
8. Eat.
Sibby x

Thanks for Summer!

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So I’ve come to the conclusion I love Fremantle. I always somehow end up there and it never seems to disappoint! Love the cafes, love the beach, love the shops, love the atmosphere, love the people, just love it. I use to love the nightlife there too when I was aged 18 to 20 (Confession: It was Metros and Harbourside almost every weekend with the posse…yeah you all know who you are!).

Nowadays I go to Freo for the cafes, bars and restaurants. Today my best pal and I went to try out The Pickled Fig Cafe next to South Beach. After getting lost in the streets of the brand new we-will-never-be-able-to-afford South Beach apartments and estates we finally found the cafe…back at the start of the estate which we missed the first time. Sweet. Besides that, it was my perfect summer’s day. Blue skies, crystal clear blue ocean and a light sea breeze. The cafe did pretty well too, we sat in the alfresco area under a huge umbrella and sipped on iced chai latte, fruit smoothies and heaps of ice water while sharing a plate of bread and dips. The atmosphere was awesome – ambient tunes playing, gorgeous ocean views, it wasn’t too crowded and staff were friendly. I’m pretty sure we sat there for over two hours. It’s times like this that unemployment has its perks!

Looking forward to experiencing more of what Freo has to offer!