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!

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Du Jour

I attended the Perth Upmarket last weekend at UWA and was very impressed at the handmade items for sale and glorious gourmet food on offer. If only I had my own pantry to fill with all the delicious jams, chutneys, spices and different salts! I ended up buying two cook books and they were almost two of the best I have ever bought. The one I am going to post about is called Du Jour – Easy but glamorous recipes for every occasion. The book is written and designed by Kristen Watts, Amanda Walsh and Kath Ryding with contribution from a few chefs. 

I have to confess, I do judge a book by it’s cover – literally speaking. (I’m a lover of beautiful aesthetics, I blame it on being a Libra). If it has a less than impressive cover, I will look at the title to give it a second chance. If it has an unappealing title, I will not look at it until someone recommends it to me.

In the case of Du Jour, it had me at the front cover. This picture doesn’t do it justice but the cover is shiny (metallic shiny) AND tactile (the patterns have textures you can touch).

I like you, Du Jour.

The internal layout of the book is beautiful and easy to read with pretty pictures. The recipes are simple, easy to follow and not very long-winded like the ones you find in some fancy cook books. Not to mention they look and sound delicious!! I haven’t made anything from the book yet but when I do, I will be sure to write about it here!

Can't go wrong with pretty patterns and food quotes

Delicious, simple and no-fuss. Bliss!

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!

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 – Sriracha (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