Archive for August, 2010

RECIPE – Chocolate Brownies

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Chocolate, Dessert, Recipes, Simple with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

I recently found myself on a “career break” and decided to have a bit o’ fun in the kitchen.

Now, there are many things which I’ve never cooked before because it just seemed so much easier if one were to just buy the freakin’ thing.

I figure though, if kiddies can make brownies, surely an adult (like myself) should be able to handle it.
Jumped on the google and found meeself a few recipes – all of which were pretty gross when you think about it – mashed-up a few to get the recipe I wanted.

Now, I’m not one to skimp on fat, I always get full cream milk, don’t buy fat free/low fat stuff, but these brownie ingredients, I didn’t want to think about.

But you do only live once (just some not as long or as healthily as others) so here goes…

The lowdown:
– 200g butter
– 200g dark choc (have you ever read % of cocoa in dark chocs? found a bunch which only had 15%… managed to find a 70% tho)
– 4 eggs
– 200g sugar
– 200g flour
– smidgen of salt
– small bag of crushed walnuts (or choc chips or pecans or whatever your preferred little bits in brownies)

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RECIPE – Bagelicious – home made bagels

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Breads, Recipes, Savouries, Simple, Snack, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Some things you look at and go…nah, too hard. I thought bagels would be a pain to make, what with the boiling & the ovenising, etc.

Turns out, it’s a breeze – took me a little bit of time but it was well worth the effort. Try it, if you’ve got a lazy Saturday/Sunday to spare.

I really love Montreal style bagels – but this is a recipe for normal bagels – I may try Montreal bagels a different time.

Ingredients:

– 4 cups flour (I used half wholemeal & half plain but just use what you have on hand – I also decided to sift flour)

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1 tablespoon oil (I had olive oil around, but I’m sure vegetable oil would be fine too)

– 2 teaspoons instant dried yeast

– warm water (start with 1 cup & see if you need more, wholemeal is a bit thirstier so I ended up using 1.75 cups approx)

– optional topping (sesame seeds, poppy seeds, whatever)

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Sailors Thai – Tasting Menu – The Rocks

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Cuisine, Degustation/Tasting, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30), Sydney, Thai, The Rocks with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

A website had a special on for Sailors Thai’s tasting menu so I rounded up a few peeps and off we went. It was 8 courses for $69 including a glass chardonnay by Ross Hill Wines or pinot noir by Bass Phillip Wines.

It was a bargain, how could I say no?

Chicken & Potato Curry Puff with Cucumber Relish

The starter and it was quite impressive. The curry puff was crunchy, filling excellent and I really dug the relish.

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