Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
A new variation of the family salad - this ones smoked trout, shredded fennel & red onion, orange segments, grilled kiflers and greens with a sourcream & dill vinaigrette. Add a comment, tell me about your food experiences or ask a question - food is for sharing!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
In the beautiful book 'turquoise' by Greg & Lucy Malouf, Greg introduces imam bayildi by saying 'purists will have to forgive me for messing around with Turkey's most famous dish'. So I trust Greg will forgive me for messing with his recipe, for the eggplants in my fridge where not of the long Middle Eastern variety and I had no pekmez (grape molasses) in my larder but I did have pomegranate molasses - so that’s what I used! My dining companions enjoyed these eggplants none-the-less with lamb & sumac sausages from Istanbul butchers, creamy yoghurt and Lebanese bread to mop up the delicious juices. …..and I’ll add pekmez to my shopping list! Istanbul Halal Meat, 609 Sydney Road Brunswick.
Monday, January 4, 2010
- Start with a good chicken stock, add some garlic, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and a little chilli, simmer so the flavours infuse
- Add some vegetables, julienne carrot, shredded Chinese cabbage, soaked and sliced shitake mushrooms - simmer for a little longer
- Add fish balls or sliced fish cake from the Asian grocery, we use both and sliced fried beancurd puffs, just to warm
- Pour boiling water over hokkein & vermicelli noodles - strain
- Put the warmed noodles, bean shoots and shredded spring onion in large noodle bowls pour soup over top
- Enjoy ....or experiment to make it your own!
Friday, January 1, 2010
The year finished as is customary with a plethora of seafood, turkey, ham and trifle accompanied by way too much champagne (yes French) and Aussie bubbles. Christmas and New Year traditions run strong and heaven forbid if the Christmas pudding (made to my grandmothers recipe - yes that includes suet) did not appear on the 25th of December each year, although the partakers seem to have duly accepted my Drambuie 'twist' to the custard which adds to its rich lusciousness.
….and before the year finished I finally made it to Gigibaba! Yum, yum, yum all the wondrous flavours of Turkey – the complexity of the smoky eggplant ‘salad’ truly exciting and the capsicum butter on the steamed prawns – wow! The desserts are just an incy mouthful but again combinations to savour like the dried apricots filled with pistachio nuts and rosewater infused cream. A bit tricky to find - Gigibaba, 102 Smith St Collingwood.