Happy Friday!

June 29, 2012

Not many posts from me this week, but lots going on over at You Make Me Swoon as we breezed through Sydney.

Next stop New Zealand where I have many more recommendations for you, just in case you know. It’s kinda strange still blogging the trip when I have been home for so long but it’s so lovely looking back and it will be nice to have a kinda of diary of it so I am going to power through.

But I will try to cook more next week so I have some recipes for you… I have been out of the kitchen for a while and I am kinda aching to cook.

For now here some recipes I want to try this weekend…

French Toast
Oreo Marshmallows
Fruity Sandwiches

My husband is being a tyrant with the health though… so it may be more like this;

Poached Eggs
Roasted Strawberries
Mango and Cucumber Salad

Still good food though… either way I must get back in the kitchen, it’s not long until we rip it out so I need to make the most of it before we lose it for a while!

Have a great weekend

x

I don’t have many recommendations for Sydney, we ate a lot of good food but a lot of it was grab and go food, there was lots of getting food we could go and sit and eat outside… there are just too many good settings.

We were also trying to save some cash… Sydney is expensive and the exchange rate was killing us at this point!

One spot I do have to tell you about is Chish and Fips in Coogee, I loved this place and the food was amazing.

It’s on the grassy area overlooking Coogee Beach…


They do awesome coffee too, from this Italian car like machine.

For a little hut the menu was amazing, so much choice for fish and salads and dressings… 

I mean how many local fish and chips shops here have salads like these…

We went with a fish fillet burger – no batter. It was so good, I had all but forgotten it though and this is a great idea for a weekend lunch or quick dinner.

A wholemeal bun filled with salad and a yogurt sauce and freshly grilled fish all by the beach. Delicious.

Chish and Fips – Coogee Beach

Lunch? I want this…

June 20, 2012

This arrived in my inbox this morning… which is not funny at all I have (yet another) mozzarella salad in the fridge (I may need an intervention) and now you show me this The Daily Muse? You are not playing fair!

*sigh* I guess I’ll have to wait until the weekend!

Sydney Fish Market

June 19, 2012

One place we HAD to visit when we visited Sydney was the Fish Market. My Husband lived nearby for a while when he was younger and shopped there a lot. I am so jealous of this place, the range of the fish and seafood was insane, and you know its fresh too… the boats are right there.

We just went for a mooch and to grab some lunch.

It was a cloudy day.

I loved this store front, so cute.

Inside the market there are a variety of restaurants and stores, all selling the freshest fish straight from the boats.

Peters was one of the biggest shops and had a massive range of fish and seafood to take home as well as a fish and chip counter at the back…

Huge lobsters!

At the back is this huge outdoor seating area where if you’re quick you might be able o eat your food before the seagulls close in… you are absolutely not allowed to feed them here.

We were unfortunately not massively hungry and fully planned on coming back to eat a huge seafood platter one night but we didn’t manage it.

The calamari was great though, I dread to think over the course of our trip how much of this we are… it seemed to be a thing in every country we visited!

These massive pelicans (?) scared me a little, those beaks were huge!

Sydney Fish Market –  Go hungry!

I always make eggs at the weekend, during the week all I eat is weetabix and berries so eggs and toast with proper coffee is my weekend ritual and I adore it.

The favourite is always the classic poached eggs (I am obsessive about the perfect poached egg) and always with Burford Browns – I will use my whole lunchtime to trek 45 minutes to get this, and I cannot go back to normal eggs and bacon from our local butcher which also rules.

Then I saw this recipe on Cup of Jo and decided to try something new…

You need;
for the mushrooms:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup mushrooms, I used chestnut, use the earthiest you can get
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
for the eggs:
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons half fat crème fraiche
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
handful of chives, finely chopped

In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and cook the mushrooms, with the garlic, until the mushrooms are just beginning to soften. Don’t burn the garlic!

At the same time… scramble your eggs and mix in the crème fraiche and season with salt and pepper. In a smaller non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the scrambled eggs and gently stir them with a wooden spoon as they cook. Cook them until they are the consistency you like then add the chives and serve over toast with the mushrooms on top.

I called them Richy Rich because they really are, I am so glad I didn’t use full fat crème fraiche. I think it’s partly to do with the amazing Burford Browns though.

Happy Happy Friday

June 15, 2012

So happy you’re here…


Photo from here

It’s been a tough week, with day long meetings in Manchester (that was plus 7 hours of travel) and frustrating days at the 9-5 plus so much work for my new job as a wedding co-ordinator… I need some down time or I get angsty.

So what are you plans this weekend?

I have a wedding today, then a date with my husband… I want to go to Poco and drink wine and eat tapas…

Then Saturday a mammoth to-do list is going to get done… I love to tick things off it makes me feel in control.

This will be mostly painting shelves and picture frames and trying to finally finish our bedroom decor and lots of wedding work which includes making an inspiration board for a classic bride. Plus LOTS of chill time.

Then Sunday I have another wedding, I am not in love with working on a Sunday but helping set up a wedding is the loveliest job ever. Speaking of which how good does this cheese wedding cake look….

We get a lot of cheese wedding cakes at the riverstation!

This simple and delicious salad was served to us at a BBQ at our lovely B&B in Byron Bay on Christmas Eve.

I had to share the recipe even if mango is a little harder to get hold of here it is definitely possible.

You need;
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
salt and pepper
2 ripe mangoes, peeled and grated into large slices
1 big cucumber, grated same slices as 1 handful coriander
You could also add… toasted sesame seeds and mint leaves

There’s nothing to tell really just toss it all together. So good with seafood.

We threw some shrimp on the barbie (sorry)

Some asparaus too.

Such a simple and delicious meal, how summer eating should be.

 

Huge thanks to Baystay for a lovely stay and making us feel so special and welcome.