Archive for July, 2011

Black Star Pastry – Dessert – Newtown

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Budget Bite (<$15), Cuisine, Dessert, dessert, French, Meal Type, Modern, Newtown, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

I’ve been to this place a few times before and have always enjoyed the food here. There are a few savoury items and a whole heap of sweet items. Lovely patisserie and right next to Oscillate Wildly (a wonderful Jap-French fusion restaurant).

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RECIPE – Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Baked Alaska

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, American, Complex, Cuisine, Dessert, Dessert, dessert, Meal Type, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

As you may know, I recently dined at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Restaurant in London and it. Blew. My. Mind.

Having watched his tv series a million times (Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection), I decided that I wanted to make his perfect BFG (Black Forest Gateaux). I’ve attempted a regular Black Forest Gateaux recipe before but having tasted Heston’s BFG at his restaurant, I aspired to do better. (See here for other Heston Blumenthal related posts)

What does BFG have to do with Baked Alaska, you ask?

The only thing was, BFG required 18 eggs with about 12 egg whites left over – what to do with it? Why, attempt his Perfect Baked Alaska recipe, of course. So I’m working on them both at the same time – first to be completed is the Baked Alaska (Ed: Heston’s Perfect Black Forest Gateaux now completed).

Slight flickering of flames on the baked Alaska

I actually made more than one Baked Alaska as there were plenty of leftover ingredients. Heston’s perfect Baked Alaska was not hard to make – just time-consuming.

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Cafe Mint – Dinner – Surry Hills

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, Mega Meal ($20-$30), Middle Eastern, Price, Restaurants, Surry Hills, Sydney with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

You know what I love about Melbourne? Small bars. I get a bit excited if I see anything similar in Sydney.

So walking around Crown St in Sydney on a Thursday night, I was surprised to see Cafe Mint as I hadn’t seen it before. Incidentally, it has been here a while (*cough* nearly a decade *cough*), but I had just not noticed it until now.

It’s a Middle Eastern place and it’s got a nice, comfortable feel. The menu looks interesting, but won’t rock the boat. I was really excited hoping it would be another find like the wonderful Almond Bar in Darlinghurst. Continue reading

Chophouse (Steakhouse Restaurant) – Dinner – Sydney

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), American, CBD, Cuisine, Dinner, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, steakhouse, Super Splurge (>$30), Sydney with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

If you’re feeling particularly carnivorous, then Chophouse is a great place to go – the steaks here are superb.

The decor is also very interesting, it looks like they’ve spent a lot of money making the place look cheap inside. There’s a bit of a run-down, wild west feel to it.

And let’s not forget the cow skull chandelier above the bar.

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RECIPE – Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, Dinner, Funny, Lunch, Main, Modern, Pasta, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Okay, so the only pasta I had left in the pantry was teddy bear pasta? Why? I have no idea – I must have bought it when it was on sale or something…

So here we have my pumpking & teddy bear pasta bake.

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