Map of culinary exploits

Posted in Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , on September 13, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Howdy y’all, just a little something to show you where I’ve been & where you can go.

I’ll also be heading to a few places outta the city and will let you know how my wanders into the wilderness go :D

Check under Categories to see what I’ve rated as my personal highs & lows :)

RECIPE – Tetsuya’s Oysters with Rice Wine Vinaigrette

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Cuisine, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Seafood, Simple with tags , , , on December 2, 2013 by Monitor Muncher

This is an insanely easy & insanely tasty recipe by Tetsuya.

SAM_0107The recipe can be found here:

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RECIPE – Heston Blumenthal’s perfect steak & salad

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Main, Meat, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , on July 10, 2013 by Monitor Muncher

I’m slowly working my way around recipes from Heston Blumenthal’s tv series ‘In Search of Perfection’ and today, it’s Heston’s perfect steak and salad.

You can check out my other Heston recipe attempts here.

This is actually the easiest Heston recipe I’ve attempted so far. I’ve only put off trying this for so long because of the extremely long cooking time (24 hours in the oven).

P1010419My attempt at Heston’s perfect steak & salad

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RECIPE – Tetsuya’s Confit of Ocean Trout

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Cuisine, French, Japanese, Main, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Seafood, Simple with tags , , , , on June 2, 2013 by Monitor Muncher

Yes, I know, it’s been an age since I’ve been posting anything.

Many, many, many years ago, I tried out Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney. It was my first fine dining experience and it was thoroughly enjoyable, opening my eyes to the possibilities of what could be done with some fine ingredients.

Not too long ago, I ended up at Tetsuya’s Singaporean effort, Waku Ghin, and that was mind-blowing.

But I digress, the reason why I’m posting is because I decided to attempt to make Tetsuya’s signature dish – the confit of ocean trout.

The recipe can be found here:

troutMy attempt v My experience at Tetsuya’s restaurant

Obviously, my fillet is a smidgeon bigger – but that’s because this was to be an actual meal for dinner, not part 1 of a 13 course degustation.

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RECIPE – Ferran Adria’s Sangria

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Beverage, Cuisine, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Simple, Spanish with tags , , on February 3, 2013 by Monitor Muncher

So I got another cookbook not too long ago – Ferran Adria’s The Family Meal (of El Bulli fame).

Awesome book and very realistic – as in, recipes you can cook throughout the week. Why not try the Sangria? Wine + fruit = healthy, right?

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RECIPE – Heston’s super stringy cheese fondue

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, European, Funny, Lunch, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Sauce/Dips, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , on December 24, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

I’ve been watching Heston’s tv series ‘How to cook like Heston’ where he gives you (mostly) realistic recipes that the home cook can do. Some things do look time consuming, but nothing like 3-day extravaganzas that I’ve attempted before (more of my attempts at Heston Blumenthal’s recipe here).

This is a really quick & simple recipe and good fun too (but Heston told me I can play with my food…)

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Stretchy cheesy goodness

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RECIPE – “Perfect” Arancini balls

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Italian, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Simple, Snack with tags , , , on October 5, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Why is it perfect? Because I used “perfect” ingredients:

Crispy & tasty & a lovely leftover food.

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RECIPE – Heston Blumenthal’s perfect risotto

Posted in .My personal ratings, 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, Italian, Main, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Simple with tags , , , , on October 1, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

On the quest for perfect arancini, I have recently completed Heston Blumenthal’s perfect spaghetti and now it’s time to attempt his perfect risotto.

More of my attempts at Heston’s recipes and my experience at his restaurant are here.

The first part for me was sorting through the recipe to find the risotto – his “perfect” risotto has so many separate bells and whistles that I wonder if that can really be perfect risotto. I mean it might be the perfect risotto & accompaniments but I wouldn’t really call it perfect risotto. As I main goal was making arancini balls with the leftovers, I omitted the bells & whistles not directly related to the risotto.

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