Dinner

Asian chicken salad with crispy dried shallots



This was one of the salads we were making and selling, that I had for lunch today in writers week at the adelaide fringe festival. It was the BOMB! Delicious fresh flavours, that had great texture throughout. Delicate soft rice noodles with gingery poached chicken, thinly crisp slaw topped with crunchy fried shallots.

This is a recipe where you make as much or as little as you need, so I have put the ingredients below but you add more of the flavours that you like the most.

Recipe:

Cooked rice noodles

Poached chicken

Thinly sliced cucumber (minus the seeds)

Thinly cut carrot

Shredded cabbage

Mint leaves

All tossed together

Dressing:

1/2 cup Lemon juice

1/2 cup fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

A few coriander leaves chopped

1 hot chili

1 crushed/diced garlic

A pinch of ginger 

Meat FREE Monday’s – ANY ONE?

does any one else enjoy Meat FREE MONDAYS as much as we do?

it is seriously a family tradition in our house now. We don’t eat any where near as much meat as we used to, and have easily been able to incorporate plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes into the rest of our week.

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these little babies were super easy to make and so awesome for the summer weather.
If your anything like me, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven in the heat – and heat the house up even more.
So when you see a window of cooler weather, switch on that oven and get creative.

Frittatas are awesome and can include any thing! they are all about the eggs, and the veggies are what ever is left over in the fridge or in some cases – whats on special or in season at the market!

in the picture above i’ve made zucchini and corn, but remember the eggs are the star of the dish!
ingredients – method :
2 small zucchini’s grated
1 can of corn kernals drained
1/2 a large onion diced
10 eggs
3/4 cup of grated cheese
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tsp curry powder
mix all ingredients together well (if you have any herbs add them!

I love using my pyrex dishes, and in this instance i used a square one.
baked in the oven on 180 degrees fan forced for 40minutes
Once cooled i cut it into large slices and placed in a container in the fridge.
I sliced them into bite size pieces because they were appealing for the kids. But you could do this for a dinner party dish! top it with a half cherry tomato. you could also place a piece of smoked salmon, capers and dill on top. everything works with a frittata!

Good luck – Leia

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There aint no other FRENCH TOAST like it!

So some people love a sweet breakfast, and others love the traditional bacon and eggs – MATT being MATT, loves everything followed by dessert. YEP even breakky! but we need to point out that no one else does a french toast that even compares to this one… where’s it from i hear you say?

its none other than The Pantry on Egmont.

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seriously how scrumptious does this look? well you wait until you go and try it for your self. it is so far hands down one of the top 3 if not possibly the best french toast in adelaide. There – i said it! you need to get on it guys, and try it for your self.

not only would Matt have dessert, he also managed to squeeze this traditional breakfast in too –

Smashed Avocado with poached eggs

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of course he is not always a coffee “goo-roo” and proffers a juice or milk shake so here is his in between course –

carrot, apricot and apple juice

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Taste of the Himalayas – Brighton

Not every one would know this place is here, it would probably go un-noticed being a small place on a busy street. Unless you lived in the area, or were passing here frequently. It certainly shouldnt go un-noticed considering the food is great, and the value even better.

Here are a few dishes from our last visit:

Every one loves a Samosa

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Chicken Hot Pot

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Nepalese Spiced Lamb Cutlets

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Milk dumplings

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Mango and Pistachio icecream

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Who knew a Winter Soup could be such a winner?

Ok, so i know winter is over now, but if any one can offer a wholesome winter food for lunch. Light meal, but still filling? Where, NEVER? i hear you say… Well yep! we know where. Devour Patisserie, thats where!

here we have – Ham hock, lentils and root vegetable soup with toasted ciabatta

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superb flavour, with wholesome vegetables. a real hearty flavorsome soup that was not lacking any HAM! seriously, i could easily complain about soup from many, many cafe’s/restaurants from just being a boring ol’ soup with not enough flavour or texture – you know the ones that you have to add lots of salt and pepper to? well not this one! this was delicious.

this was accompanied by a honeycomb milkshake

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and then dessert:

To finish, an apple, almond & milk chocolate stack…..oh and a snickers flavored macaron

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Mestizo Cocina Peruana – Glenelg South

WHAT A BAR!

this place certainly had our taste buds set in over drive, with a beautifully nice relaxed atmosphere – Will at the bar was hands down one of the best waiters/bar men we have ever seen or had. Not only was he nice, he was funny, he was attentive, and gave advice on what to order. Honestly i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, we love good service and it certainly contributes to an awesome night to be had when you’ve been served great food as well.

Located at 114 Partridge street Glenelg South, you will not be disappointing with the food or price tags.

Here we have Passion fruit sorbet, pecan, mint, meringue.

Pisco sour cocktail

Lomo Saltado – wok fried beef fillet, coriander, aji Amarillo, cherry tomato, papas frittas

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Seriously good, good, good in so many ways – i couldnt fault anything. everything was cooked to perfection and presented well. reasonable sized portions for price too.

Thanks guys, we will be back soon

Sit Lo – Bank Street Adelaide

Sometimes its not what’s on the plate that counts…

this cute little cafe is tucked away off of one of adelaide’s busiest streets. Serving top quality asian food with fresh ingredients and amazing flavours. It certainly is an experience when walking through the door at lunch time to be greeted with a smile.

Not only does the place have that up-cycle vibe that i love, it also has that modern feel too. so it really did make me feel at home. the long table through the centre was hands down one of the best features to this little joint, because its all about making people unite and come together – even when you dont know people, you can still sit together or next to each other.

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Those Lotus Chips were sen-fricken-sational! so crispy, not like anything i had ever eaten before – and at a side serve of just $4.50 it certainly is not going to break the budget. a Delicious beef Pho was fresh and fragrant and thoroughly enjoyed.

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Then there was the take away delicious crispy pork noodle bowl at just $10.50. it was another great combination of flavours that worked so well together texturally and packed full of the drool factor.

I’m positive you wont be dissapointed with what Sit Lo has to offer, and you will go back again and again to try more of the menu like we have.

Bon Appetite

The Pantry On Egmont

Seriously YUM = The Pantry on Egmont

This week we enjoyed a spontaneous lunch together. Of course The Pantry is probably in our TOP 5 places to visit in Adelaide so it wasn’t a hard choice when given the chance to go out for lunch, on where to go and what to choose. The worst part was deciding what to have because I felt like lunch but am always torn between them offering a BEAUT all day breakky!

Always a place to visit if you are on the out skirts of the city and are looking for a quirky little cafe with an all day breakfast.

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