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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 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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RECIPE – Beef Stock

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Basics, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Simple, Soup/Broth with tags , , on June 28, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

So, not too long a go, I made Heston Blumenthal’s slow roasted rib of beef and the gravy required beef stock as an ingredient.

So here’s the recipe for the beef stock that I used for the roast’s gravy. Stock – so easy, just time consuming.

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Quanjude – Dinner – Melbourne

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Chinese, Cuisine, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Type, Mega Meal ($20-$30), Melbourne, Price, Restaurants with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Somehow, all parts of my life seem to tie into Heston Blumenthal. He does some Peking Duck research in Beijing & Quanjude in Beijing is one of THE places to go for Peking duck. Established in 1864 & still going strong in China. Pity for me, I’m just in Australia so I figure when I finally visit China in a few years time, I can try a few places there.

However, I have a stroke of luck as Quanjude has recently opened a restaurant in Melbourne specialising in Peking duck from the homeland. There is no question that I will go here when in Melbourne and I have some very high expectations.

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RECIPE – Garlic Prawn Pate

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, French, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Sauce/Dips, Savouries, Simple, Snack with tags , , , on March 21, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Looks & tastes good, a lovely starter for a dinner party.

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RECIPE – Mayonnaise

Posted in .My personal ratings, 3 - Likeable :|, Basics, Cuisine, French, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Sauce/Dips, Simple with tags , , , on March 17, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

I’ve never made mayo before – I always figured it was too hard, took too long or the sauce would split. I finally decided to give it a go and it was surprisingly easy to whip up.

Home-made mayonnaise

I only used a whisk, no electronics, and it took only a few minutes for things to emulsify.

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El Circo, Slide Bar – Dinner – Darlinghurst

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, Darlinghurst, Degustation/Tasting, Dinner, Modern, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30), Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

9 course degustation PLUS 9 circus acts for $99 (sort of – excluding an admin fee from Ticketek)…

Food & circus – a match made in heaven – I was definitely not going to miss out on this.

Ringmaster/mistress giving us the lowdown

I won’t go into too much detail about the circus acts so I won’t ruin the surprise should you choose to attend but there were a variety of acts including trapeze, juggling and hoola hoops.

It can get a bit risqué so I wouldn’t bring anyone on the conservative side (it’s Oxford St so I doubt you would be here without knowing what you were getting into).

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