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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 is this little place in town… that sell’s Amazing burgers – you simply must go!

when you find a cozy spot in the city that sells a pretty awesome burger, why do you need to go any where else??

The Taxpayer

honestly guys, i have now been a couple of times and the stuff here seems pretty amazeballs. the atmosphere plays a big part, but even more so now that we are into the summer months! This neat little bar is set on victoria square and i bet you didnt even know it was there?! it has a large out door seating area right out the front so you can over look the whole of victoria square. But there is also inside dining for those who want to be in that real bar like environment, and order drinks as you please.

The service here is second to none! Really top quality, especially when it comes to topping up your drinks and friendly conversation. The staff are pretty awesome at representing a neat little cafe/restaurant/pub that you are going to want to visit again and again.

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a typical aussie style burger that you gotta pick up with your hands and it drips down your arm! YEPPPPP that kinda burger. IMG_2969[1]

This was the Al’ Capone burger with beef patty, smoked mozzarella, pancetta, balsamic Caramalised onions, semi sundried tomatoes with pickled chili

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Brie balls with chili jam! ohhhhh WOW! your gonna love these, just on their own.

If you have the chance to visit here – i highly recommend it. it is certainly one of the top spots in adelaide to visit for a burger bar experience.

Fruit Water CRAZY!

Doesn’t every one love a thirst quencher??

OH MY GAWD, if you love fruit and love being healthy then this is definitely one for you! and its sooooooooooooo simple. All you need is an empty bottle and some chopped up fruit. i love buying what ever fruit is in season, especially when its local and fresh produce – you can really taste the LOVE of home grown fruits.

So here are some of the most recent fruit combinations i have made:

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Strawberry and kiwi fruit – watermelon and cucumber

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mint and nectarine – strawberry and mint

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peaches

these combos could be anything you choose, or anything you have on hand! its an easy way to flavour your water with out cordials or artificial flavourings.

you can fill them up a few times through out the day and they will continue to infuse the water. probably not as flavoursome as the first time you fill it up, but its certainly a kick of flavour you didnt have with just plain water.

HAPPY WATER FRUITS guys!

The Brighton Espy – Hot or Not??

Seriously this place used to be “the hang out” about 10years ago when it had been newly refurbished and all done up with a fancy cafe and great new pub atmosphere. The bistro area was absolutely awesome complete with built in playground for the littlies as well. Sooooooooooooooo did it hold up to the expectation of 10 years ago??

The food was pretty awesome in the cafe area, but with so much on the same street offering amazing food also – i think it made the good ol’ trusty Espy a few notches below what it used to be.

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This Pie with smashed peas and buttery garlic potatoes was super tasty – and such a huge serve, it was so unfortunate i couldn’t eat it all!!

the potato was probably a little bit grainy, and not silky smooth. the meat in the pie was divine, but the pastry was soggy on the bottom. Mushy peas! whats not to love… only there was sooooo much on the plate, it probably could have been a smaller serve.

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Vegetarian burger
a burger that was just lacking that LOVE that everyone expects to see on the plate made for a 5/10.
The burger patty was pretty tasteless, the beetroot on the burger gave it a nice flavour, but otherwise it was just a carb over load of miss matching, not well seasoned burger. And it’s about time you guys got your selves a few new plates! The plate was marked all over from cuts into the plates and they had dark grey line work from cuts over time. Looked like 1000 meals had been eaten off that plate. chips, were crunchy and good.

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a Kids MEAL!! i’m so serious when i say kids meal! this was a huge serve for a kids meal pizza. and it came with chips on top! it would have been great if this was the size kids meal for my 9 year old, but not for my 5 year old. she only ate one slice of pizza and about 4 chips, the flavour was pretty basic – i suppose thats what most kids want, but in this case it didnt really hit the spot for miss 5.

All in all, i probably wouldnt rush to go back here any time soon. it is lacking a lot of attention to detail, and the staff need a good turn around to make this place as fun and inviting as it used to be. with it now surrounded by amazing cafe’s it would be hard work to keep this place enticing, but it would be such a shame to see this place go further down hill.

Our empty plates sat on our table for over an hour while we sat and chatted after we had finished. not one staff member came to offer us any more drinks, nor did they come past and take away our dirty dishes. the staff were certainly not the typical “great waiting staff” that you would usually expect in a cafe environment.

Mango + Toppings = OH MY GAWD

SUMMER IS COMING!! YAYYYYYYY

So it is literally around the corner. Are you ready for all the yummy seasonal fruits?

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Lets start topping our Mango’s to make a delish healthy snack! its super easy, and you can use anything you really love, or what ever you have in your pantry. the list is endless! when i say anything i really mean anything. You can use, nuts, seeds, grains, yoghurts, sauces as in chocolate, caramel, even passionfruit pulp!

on this occasion i have used:

1 Mango

2 teaspoons of greek yoghurt

2 teaspoons of coconut flakes

1 teaspoon of freeze dried pomegranate seeds

and a sprinkling of cinnamon

How do you eat it? i hear you ask! ~ the answer is simple… with a spoon

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Such a delicious snack, no longer do you need to eat a plain ol’ mango! why not add your favourite toppings.

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Is Jamie Olivers Italian (Adelaide) really all its cracked up to be?

The question on everybody’s lips… How good is it?

Well you be the judge. if food looks this good, does it mean it tastes even better?

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Jamie’s italian Adelaide

– Burger Italiano –

chargrilled beef burger with melted fontina cheese, sweet tomato salsa, pickles, chili & crispy fried onions.

Can you handle that?? I actually moved back to fit this burger into the picture frame. Seriously an impressive stack when first coming out. However with all the hype of how brilliant Jamie’s Italian was had me slightly disappointed. Once I pushed the lettuce down and decided to cut this burger in half it was “just another burger” and a considerably over priced one at that! $19.50, with no side, not even a little side of extra tomato salsa or even a creamy mayo or aioli. I purchased a side of – posh chips which were cooked in truffle oil & topped with parmesan, came in a cup size for $7.50!

The meat in the burger was excellent quality, and the taste/combination of everything together worked. Only thing really disappointing was those crispy fried onion rings. Mine were far from crispy- they tasted fabulous, but we’re NOT crispy, and it was 2 tiny onion rings… Thinly cut, not crispy but good flavour. Hmmmm I dunno, call me picky, but from all the hype I expected more from Jamie.

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Tasty truffle oil, really… Can life get any better when you read those words on a menu? They certainly were delicious

and here we have a succulent Pumpkin Panzerotti, pasta filled with roasted squash, ricotta & parmesan in a pumpkin, chili & rosemary butter with smashed amaretti.

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Delicious and creamy, with a very subtle chili flavour.

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The interior design of Jamies Italian was unusual, and not what i expected. it was very very antique old school, complete with prison bars surrounding the toilets under the dining room. It was almost creepy going to the toilet.

I was not impressed by the customer service, of that the waitress’s on the day we visited were all over the place. switching tables, and rushing us to pay the bill when we hadn’t completely finished our meal.

The coffee was VERY standard, and not great.

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Try it, compare it, see what you think. I would go back, to try the share plates of food – however this is probably about it.

Eire Cafe – Our team is divided! YOU BE THE JUDGE

There has been so much talk about, whats HOT and whats NOT in Adelaide – that there is always a new find just around the corner. so … Introducing:

Eire Cafe – Springbank road, Clapham, Sa

Upon going to this cafe, the team at Eire had known we (Dan & Leia) were coming in on a particular day for breakfast. we had the kids with us also, so it seemed like we almost filled the cafe with 5 people! As soon as we sat down, we decided we needed coffee ASAP! so ordered and it literally appeared before our very eyes. It was outstanding in flavour and honestly so good I stood up and asked what beans they used because it was delicious and made well.

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Our breakfast was ordered, and we were excited!

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now the reason behind our team being divided…

The experience Dan & Leia had was mind blowing with flavour & textures. however remembering the cafe staff were expecting and knew we were going in on a certain day, as it was discussed a few days prior via instagram.

Celeste & Matt couldnt make this breakfast and went on a separate weekend – 2 weeks later. It was so bad, that they had to send back two meals and them be remade. the reasons why, the bacon was dripping in oil and it was so bad that it was dripping onto the plate. the coffee milk was burnt, and over cooked so tasted horrid. they offered no pressed juice or milkshakes, therefore Matt had nothing to drink because he does not drink hot drinks. the eggs were undercooked, there was a mound of avocado almost 2 times the size of the one featured above in the photo of Leia’s. there was certainly no consistency with the chili hint in the avocado or even well seasoned with Celeste’s experience.

NOW you be the JUDGE…
was Eire Cafe really good? or did they know to be outstanding on the occasion they were expecting Dan & Leia?

A little health kick to start your week

If you’ve been following on Facebook and Instagram, you would know that Leia really enjoys the healthy food side. Often prepping meals for the weekly lunches or quick dinners! check out what she’s been up to this week.

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she writes-

Being a busy mum, and running around after three kids i often forget about my self and what i grab for lunch might not always be healthy. But by putting an hour a week aside (usually on a weekend) i seem to be able to mix and match ingredients and also use up some veggies that havent yet been used for the week. This week i have made roast pumpkin, quinoa, fetta, rocket salad with added pepitas and sunflower seeds. pictured above. a Thia/asian slaw with red cabbage, carrot, capsicum, baby spinach, parsley, red onion, and a little bit of left over salad leaves. a mixed quinoa salad with cucumber, snowpeas, capsicum, celery, red onion. Each of these salads were divided up into containers with some left over protein – chicken schnitzel and some pulled pork.

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I was also able to prep some roasted eggplant and leek ready for a vegetarian dish this week.

and made some simple fruit pizza’s for the kids to enjoy over the weekend. a real simple concept where you could add just about anything you have in the fridge to the tops of some watermelon slices.

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Simple Roast potatoes! every one loves a good roast potato. so here is my recipe for perfect potatoes every time

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wedge your potatoes, place them in a container or large salad bowl with 2 table spoons of oil, a sprinkle of himilayan rock salt, pepper and what ever herbs and spices you like (just a little bit though) and i always add a couple of crushed & chopped garlic cloves. roast for about 1 hour on 180 degrees.

ENJOY your week guys!

5 years – BEST of the BEST desserts

So a little birdy told us that Eggless Dessert Cafe was celebrating their 5th birthday – and in celebration they were holding a standing ONLY night with $5 everything!

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The favourite of the night
Pictured above – moroccan cheesecake, white chocolate cheese cake with rose cream, topped with pistachios, pomegranate and Persian fairy floss
Breath taking, delicious. Creamy texture with an amazing base. This combination was a huge HIT when it was first released and was voted in the top 10 desserts by the general public.

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Time to party!!

So the line up was a long way into the carpark… We arrived at 7.15 for an 8 o’clock open time. The anticipation was killing us!
But when they opened their doors it was a smell of incredible things to come.

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dessert nachos
Made up with these awesome crispy puffed rice crisps, topped with strawberries, chocolate sauce, toasted hazel nuts, avocado mousse and vanilla ice cream.
Every mouthful was like you were eating something new an refreshing with every bite.

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vietnamese banana bread pudding drizzled with a to die for salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

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alcoholic durianmisu made with durian mascarpone cream, durian sponge cake, with toasted coconut.

As we’ve said before, if you’ve never been to Eggless Dessert Cafe – YOU SIMPLY MUST! It is just one of those places that is fun to visit because they’ve thought of the unthinkable.
Well done on reaching 5 years guys! Many more to come I’m sure XXX big love