Hot Sweet Potato Bowl

December 17, 2012

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This dinner was inspired by Sarah Yates at House in the Hills… and is my new favourite.

It’s so delicious and so healthy, and also very filling!

This is the way I had it but you could throw in whatever veggies/salad you have…

You need – for one;
1 sweet potato
1/2 an avocado, chopped
5 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lime
1 small bunch coriander
1 dollop creme fraiche
plus sea salt and black pepper and ground cumin

1. Roast your sweet potato, coat the skin in a little olive oil and sea salt and pop in a medium to high oven for an hour… this is approximate as the time and temperature will fully depend on the size of your potato… just keep your eye on it after about half an hour.
Wait till the skin in nice and crispy and the inside is fluffy, then sprinkle some cumin on the inside and season.

2. Put your potato in a bowl and cut open then cube it inside the skin, add the cubed avocado, tomatoes and coriander, then zest some of the lime and squeeze a little of the juice over before adding the creme fraiche.

Season some more and enjoy!

I made double and took some to lunch the next day, it was really good as a cold salad as well.

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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!

Topshop was a spot mentioned in Sarah Wilson’s guide to Byron Bay again and again and I was determined that we would visit for a burger one day… so on a very sunny day nearer the end of our trip (having briefly looked for it once and not found it) we finally hunted it down…

And actually it was around the corner from our B&B and it is where most of our tasty breakfast snacks, those that were not homemade, came from!

It definitely worth seeking out as it’s tucked away in amongst houses, not in the centre. It was so busy when we were there with people spilling out all over the grass outside, a proper neighbourhood favourite.

It’s a kind of rustic diner, and I loved everything about it. Inside it was all vintage signs and communal seating as well as lots of blackboards for the menus.

They make their own sourdough, love that.

The menu… I so wished this was my local cafe. I wanted to try all of it.

A big table and a huge stack of magazines. I love that.

I was all about having a burger, fries and a milkshake this day. My fresh strawberry ice cream milkshake was so great.

The burgers… so amazing. Proper good beef with all the good stuff on top.

Good fries…

My husband  tried the chicken burger, which was actually chicken breast in a bun with avocado and cheese. A good choice if you’re pretending to be healthy.

One of my favourite spots from the whole of Australia… seek it out but tell anyone I told you!

They also make cakes, breakfasts, roll and sandwiches, desserts… so much amazing food.

Topshop – Byron Bay

Bayleaf – Byron Bay

June 7, 2012

One of my favourite things about Australia was how serious they take their coffee. I mean I don’t think I had a bad cup of coffee the whole time I was there… I think I have told you this already… but Bayleaf is a great example of an Ozzie coffee shop.

It really seemed like it was the place to be and even though it is teeny it was always packed.

They used coffee ground a couple of streets away.

I love the communal space and the food looked amazing, go pay them a visit if you’re in town and get an iced coffee – it has ICE CREAM in it!

Bayleaf – Byron Bay

Did everyone (in the UK) have a lovely four days off? I love bank holidays but the extra day was such a treat. Big up the Queen for the Bank Holiday Tuesday.

When’s her next anniversary?

Anyway after a lot of overindulging this weekend last night I needed comfort, carbs and some health so I made this pasta bake, a Jamie Oliver recipe I have tried a few times. It’s simple and so tasty and can’t be there bad for you with all those tomatoes.

I of course cheated a little so check the link for the original.

You need;
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
1 white onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
1 tablespoon dried chilli flakes (or more if you like)
3 tins of good-quality chopped plum tomatoes
a large handful of fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of red wine
400g dried orecchiette (I used conchiglie which worked well)
4 big handfuls of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 balls of mozzarella

You start by making a basic tomato sauce, this will see you well with any pasta dish and is so delicious I think would be great with some spaghetti and nothing else.

Heat a good swig of extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan then add the onion, garlic and chilli and slowly fry for about 10 minutes on a medium to low heat until softened.

Add the tins of tomatoes to the onion and garlic, with a small glass of water and the red wine (adds a nice richness) and bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes then finally tear your basil leaves into the sauce season with salt, pepper and a little swig of red wine vinegar.

While doing this you could also cook your pasta according to its instructions, I always do mine a little less than it says, and cook with a little olive oil in the water (and salt of course) and pre-heat your oven to around 200c.

When your pasta is cooked, drain and toss with half of the tomato sauce and a handful of Parmesan. Get a baking dish and rub it with a little olive oil.

Now it’s time to layer up, start with a layer of the saucy pasta then more sauce then mozzarella then parmesan and then once again… that was as far as mine went. Save some parmesan for the top. Now bake for 15 minutes, until it’s all bubbly and golden and some of your pasta is going crisp. 

We ate this with a really simple green salad and red wine. I needed health but I also needed red wine.

And the best thing? I will be eating this for lunch today… minus the red wine.

Phew, it’s Thursday already? How did they happen? With my rammed up exercise regime (summer is coming) and decorating and moving rooms around at home plus a busy week at work my blogging has suffered.

Poor blog, it’s always the first thing to go.

But anyway back to Australia! And Brisbane was our first stop a city I loved, and so many great places to eat.

This restaurant is a great idea, and we so need this in Bristol. I would go there a lot that’s for sure.

It is all about the dumplings.

 They do serve a few other things as well…

But really all you need is this… grilled…

 

Or poached. We got several plates of different gyoza, from duck to prawn and vegetable they even had a special Christmas flavour (we were there in December).
 

We sat at the counter and you can see all the chefs cooking up the tasty little treats.

 
So where is the best place to get gyoza in Bristol? And who wants to open a restaurant like this? So easy, so tasty, so cheap and can be very healthy.

Near my office would be good. Thanks.

Harajuku Gyoza