Browsing All posts tagged under »Salad«

Chicken “noodle” salad

September 15, 2014

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You know the other thing I like about spring? The move towards lighter eating. ‘Tis the season to munch on healthy salads and shed the excess weight gained during the hibernation months. I’m being extra good with this carb free chicken “noodle” salad. How is a noodle salad carb free you ask? Well…it’s not actually […]

Olinda Cafe and Produce store

July 21, 2014

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I have a love hate relationship with winter. I hate catching a cold/flu. I hate the need to wear multiple pieces of clothing out only to shed it all off and lug it around as soon as you step inside anywhere. I hate waking up and going home in the dark and feeling like there […]

Roast chicken with pearl couscous and roast sweet potato salad

June 24, 2014

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Unless you are vegetarian or vegan, roast chicken is one of those dishes everyone learns to cook and eventually develops their own way of doing. (Even if you are vegetarian/vegan, keep reading, the accompanying couscous and sweet potato salad is pretty good.) Certainly I’m aware I do a couple of things differently to my roast […]

Grain salad

May 19, 2014

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This is another copy cat recipe, but I dare not call it by its restaurant given name because I’ve made a few alterations to the original recipe, and it’s such a famous recipe that it would misleading to pretend that it’s the same dish. Hence the slightly strange nondescript name of the dish… The dish […]

Warm beef and watercress salad

March 12, 2014

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This is going to be like a merger of the two themes from my February posts – it’s a Vietnamese style salad :). Now I can’t really vouch for how authentic my recipe is going to be, I kinda made it up as I went along. All I had to go on was beef and […]

Halloumi and caramelised figs salad

February 22, 2014

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As promised, here is the salad recipe I previewed in the last post. This time though, the recipe hasn’t been inspired from any recent meals, it was just borne from the fact that my parent’s fig tree has started to fruit. So again, I’ve been spoilt with a nice supply of plump figs. Previous experience […]

Eggplant, quinoa, barley and hazelnut salad

February 19, 2014

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If you have been as indulgent as I have been over the first couple of weeks of February, you should be practicing some clean eating too. So here I am trying to be helpful to compensate  for the lack of posts this month. This is a seasonal, tasty and filling salad that features one of […]

Spring rolls recipe

October 22, 2013

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Every now and then I’m reminded that I’m a bit of a bad daughter and don’t see my mum nearly as much as I’m supposed to. In order to compensate, I try to cook her favourite things when I can. Mum’s favourite cuisine is Vietnamese so on the weekend I made her a dinner of […]

Maple roasted ribs with apple, cucumber and orange salad recipe

May 27, 2013

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Three things I like: the maple and bacon combo sweet and spicy meat on the bone easy ribs recipes Mash that all together and I give you maple roasted ribs served with a tangy apple, cucumber and orange salad. This creation was inspired by elements of the three recipes linked above. Maple, a bit of […]

Fig, prosciutto and hazelnut salad recipe

March 25, 2013

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I’ve mentioned previously that I do not have a green thumb at all. It’s a slightly shameful thing to admit for a self claimed food lover I know. I’m hoping to change this at some stage and perhaps dabble in some gardening. But for now, I’ve still got my folks to rely on for the […]

Tom Phat

December 17, 2012

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My friend offered to take me out to a nice ‘Thai’ place for dinner near her place last week, and I couldn’t suppress my surprise when she took me to Tom Phat (184 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC). They do dinner here? For some strange reason, I only associated Tom Phat with breakfast. I think it might […]

Taste of Melbourne 2012

November 27, 2012

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For the past 2 years since I started this blog, I’ve been writing about the annual ‘Taste’ festivals. This year it was held outdoors, in the green fields of Albert Park. So you know the deal by now. Pay ~$30 entrance fee to get into the event and then exchange your dollars for ‘crowns’, which […]

Chicken and quinoa salad recipe

November 20, 2012

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Eating well on weeknights can be hard, Monday nights are especially bad. You’ve hardly recovered from the weekend, it’s been a long day at work and by the time you make it home for dinner, all you want to do is lie on the couch and mentally prepare yourself for the next day. Who can […]

Shredded chicken, sesame and noodle salad recipe

August 16, 2012

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It’s not ground breaking news to report that we (as a nation) eat a lot of chicken. In 2011, the ABC reported that we eat an average of 37kg of chicken per annum. This figure puts chicken ahead of beef and lamb as our preferred protein. And if the forecasts are right, our taste for […]

The Reading Room

May 29, 2012

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Unis aren’t usually the breeding ground for top quality food. Poor students and bad campus food are more likely to go hand in hand. That certainly was my unfortunate experience! Well ok, there were a couple of exceptions. There was at least one cafe serving decent coffee and nibbles, but on the whole, food tended […]

Mister Close

November 23, 2011

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Of all things to name your cafe, I can’t imagine why one would name it after their high school geography teacher. I suppose my year 9 geography teacher was quite memorable, but for all the wrong reasons…So anyhow, as the story goes, 2 young boys met in year 8 in Mr Close’s class and viola, […]

Dead Man Espresso

September 12, 2011

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Admit it, you’ve harboured a morbid fascination with death or the dead at some point in your life. It may be a gross generalisation on my part, but doesn’t everyone go through a phase at least in their teenage years? It can range from the serious (suicidal thoughts) to the fashionable (emo culture) to the down […]

1000 £ Bend

July 13, 2011

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It’s winter, I’ve been hibernating and as such, have not ventured out nearly as much as I’d like. But I did manage to find time for a spot of brunch the very funky looking 1000 £ Bend Cafe (361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC). This place has caught my eye a number of times when I’m wandering through […]