» Archive for May, 2012

Lucky Peach

Sunday, May 20th, 2012 by Tina

I just love love love this quarterly mag, issue 3 has just been released here in Oz. I buy mine from Magnation, Newtown. I was reading the article by Anthony Bourdain last night on foodie movies and there was a random one he mentioned that I love called La Grande Bouffe that I thought no one else had watched, at least no one I know! I now have a few more ‘must buys’ on my JB Hifi shopping list…
This morning I read the article by Peter Meehan called ‘The art of toilet cleanliness according to Joe Beef’ about what it’s really like being a chef. I laughed pretty hard. It reminded me of plenty of chefs I know, and some of the stories they’ve entertained me with along the way. I love my job, and magazines like this that celebrate our industry and the real inside goings-on. Reading Lucky Peach is therapy, good for the soul.

Peanut and salted caramel macarons

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 by Tina

I’ve just tested a recipe for macarons. They worked perfectly first time, so need to share…

The recipe is from Ottolenghi. If you want a fabulous in depth discussion on macaron making… visit this page: http://bravetart.com/blog/MacaronMyths

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Pipe the mixture onto baking trays and allow to ‘skin’ or set for 15 minutes to half an hour.

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Bake at 160-170C fan forced for about 12 minutes until golden and the macarons release from the tray when lifted with a palette knife. Allow to cool completely before moving.

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Fill with peanut and salted dulce de leche (caramel) filling and sandwich macarons together. Allow to set for a few hours.

Munch!

Kitchen by Mike

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 by Tina

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85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery

Kitchen by Mike is my newest food haunt and I love it. I’ve been taking everyone I can possibly grab as well, so have now been for weekday breakfast and lunch, weekend brunch, but not dinner.

The food: There’s no menu, just go up to the food counter and see what’s on. There’s always good bread, and I mean open crumb, moist, crusty sourdough with pepe saya butter. Usually a few interesting salads and some grilled or roast vegetables. A simple pizza with a delicious crust and quiche or tart, pastries and a cake or two for dessert. Everything is served room temperature and they just keep replenishing the food during service. It reminds me of Ottolenghi in London. Lunch is reasonable and normally works out to about $15 per person, depending on what you get.

The plate above has a globe artichoke, a luxury I learnt to appreciate from my stepmother. You peel off the layers one by one, dip them into the homemade mayonnaise and scrape the flesh between your teeth. When you finally get to the heart you discard the furry choke and eat the tender heart and stalk. Also on the plate, a lentil and brussels sprouts salad, a deeply caramelised roast pumpkin wedge with spiced yoghurt. I’ve also tried a wonderful mushroom soup, roast chicken, margherita pizza and coleslaw.

For breakfast I’ve had a bacon buttie and toast with jam, my friends have had the sourdough pancakes with lemon curd, the Boston baked beans with poached eggs and the bircher muesli, all of which are good. There is a limited menu for weekday breakfast; toasted muesli and yoghurt, Bircher, toast with jam and porridge.  The weekend breakfast is where they have the most options.

The space: is a canteen in a warehouse space, so as it’s getting chillier, bring something warm to wear. A colleague who came here first told me to leave time to walk around the homewares section before you eat, so that you’re not so distracted by the pretty things and end up ignoring your dinner date.

The coffee: is fantastic. I’m surrounded by Campos and Allpress, Sonoma and Bourke St Bakery all of whom do good coffee so this is stiff competition people! They also have smoothies, fresh juice, iced tea and homemade lemonade that come in cute glass bottles with barber striped paper straws. If you just want coffee and a pastry don’t line up in the big line, just go to the coffee counter and save yourself some time.