Salmon en Papillote with chilli, ginger & miso soba noodles

October 4 2015
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Salmon en Papillote with chilli, lemon, herbs & ginger and miso soba noodles l a splash of vanillaI eat a lot of salmon as is evidenced by the recipes on this blog (it’s so convenient and healthy), so I’m always looking at different ways to cook it.

I really love this Asian inspired recipe with spicy/salty flavours.  The salmon is best cooked until just rare in the middle and once it’s placed into the noodle broth you can break it up with your chopsticks or spoon so it’s like a flavoursome soup.

I used a large red chilli for this so it wasn’t too spicy however if you prefer it a bit hotter, use one of those small fiery chillies instead, or supplement with chilli flakes.
Salmon en Papillote with chilli, lemon, herbs & ginger and miso soba noodles l a splash of vanilla
Salmon en Papillote with chilli, lemon, herbs & ginger and miso soba noodles l a splash of vanilla
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Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla birthday cake

September 27 2015
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Vanilla strawberry layer cake l a splash of vanillaSo here’s a cake Ant and I made for my birthday a few weeks back.  This is from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook (online recipe is here) and is a fairly soft and dense cake with fluffy buttercream icing.  I added some jam in the middle because we in Australia love our layer cakes with strawberry jam.

Was great with a cuppa for turning a year older!

 

 

 

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Vanilla strawberry layer cake l a splash of vanilla

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Sweet chilli labneh (or labna)

September 20 2015
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Sweet chilli labna l a splash of vanillaAs mentioned in an earlier post, I made some labneh!

It’s very easy and sort of exciting seeing how it firms up.  I added a heap of chilli flakes and some honey which made it subtly sweet with a nice bite and it’s creamy texture is perfect on crackers as a snack with some wine or with bread for a quick lunch.  Traditionally, it’s made plain or with herbs.

This recipe makes a lot; I had no idea so used a ton of yoghurt and we were eating labneh for days.  The amounts are easily halved and will keep for about a week in the fridge.

Oh and, just for interest’s sake, I worked out the cost (using extra virgin olive oil because that’s all I had):

Store bought 200g tub of labna – $8.50
Home-made 600g – $10 ($3.30/200g)

= a saving of around $5.20 per 200g.

Win!!

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Product review; Carman’s Café Granola (macadamia, red apple & plum)

September 18 2015
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carman's review2Lucky me!  I just received a pack from Carman’s new range of Café Granola in macadamia, red apple & plum flavour to try.  I scarfed down a big bowl of this right away with cold milk and a chopped apple and it was delicious; just the right amount of sweetness with crunchy oats and nuts, chewy dried fruit and a lovely spicy flavour.

Carman’s is one of my favourite breakfast cereal brands and I loved trying this new flavour.  Carolyn Creswell, the owner of Carman’s brand, has a very inspiring background from her start as an entrepreneurial uni student to successful businesswoman; I recommend reading about her if you haven’t already.

Carman’s range is available at Coles, Woolies, IGA and independent outlets.

#RealFoodRealPassion

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Disclaimer: I’m a member of Carman’s panel where we get to try new products and give feedback.  Recently I was sent this pack of Café Granola as part of the panel and decided to post a review to my blog because I really liked it.  All opinions are my own and I wasn’t asked to do a product review or promote Carman’s products.

Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door

September 16 2015
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I’ve been waiting for Channel 7’s two part mini series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next door, watched the first part on Sunday night and loved it!  It was full of energy, beautifully and sensitively filmed with brilliant casting, catchy vintage tunes and genuinely funny, touching scenes, all ultimately showing the lovely fellow we always knew Peter was.  And even though he was before my time, more my parents’ generation I guess, I’ve always been really fond of Peter’s fun and charismatic personality with quite a bit of sadness underneath.

We first see Peter as a lively kid growing up in country New South Wales, enduring a difficult childhood and performing at the local pub, then touring Australia and overseas and finally moving to the US and becoming the successful Broadway entertainer and songwriter Australia knew and loved.  I can’t wait for the conclusion on Sunday (which will be desperately sad in parts so I’ll keep my tissues close).  Also, we should all keep an eye on both actors who played the young and adult Peter Allen, as I’m sure they’re destined for amazing things.

Oh and they advertised Molly while it was on – awesome!

Images 1-6 from the mini series: Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, Channel 7, Australia, 2015 starring Joel Jackson, Ky Baldwin, Sigrid Thornton, Rebecca Gibney, Sara West
Image 7 of Peter Allen and fiancée Liza Minnelli in 1964 via

Stir fried chilli basil chicken & cashew omelet

September 13 2015
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Stir fried chilli basil chicken & cashew omelet l a splash of vanillaI love a good curry!  Especially with chicken and cashews.

So this is an easy, delicious dish I made recently with stir fried, spicy chicken, basil and cashews but in an omelet; much lower in carbs than a rice dish and with spicy, delicious flavours.  You can whip this one up in 20 minutes or so for a fast and healthy lunch.

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Stir fried chilli basil chicken & cashew omelet l a splash of vanilla
Stir fried chilli basil chicken & cashew omelet l a splash of vanilla
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The best sandwich ever

September 11 2015
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labna cheese

Haha no, it really is!

I tried labna (labneh) cheese the other day (a bit late on the bandwagon I know but I couldn’t get my hands on it until recently) and it’s so gorgeously creamy and rich.  We had some for lunch recently with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and toasted multigrain sour dough and I just want to eat.it.every.day.now.

I’ve read labna’s super easy to make so I’m going to give it a go very soon, I’ll let you know.

The brand I purchased is also magically quite low in fat and calorie levels, I keep thinking it’s like the non-fat yoghurt episode of Seinfeld where they all gained weight, it’s too good to be true!

Happy weekend all.

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