Archive for October, 2012


You will need

1 1/2 cups of self raising  flour

1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut

1 cup of caster sugar

1 cup of coconut milk

1/2 cup of white chocolate drops

3/4 cup of frozen raspberries



1/2 cup of icing sugar

1/4 cup of coconut milk

2 tbsp lemon juice

(whisk until smooth)

1/3 cup of shredded coconut, toasted

(sprinkle on top of the icing when the cake is iced)



preheat oven to 160 degrees

In a bowl mix together with a fork – flour, coconut, coconut milk, sugar

When combined

Carefully incorporate the frozen raspberries and chocolate drops

pour into a brownie pan lined with baking paper

Bake for 50 minutes

Cool on a wire rack

Must be completely cool before you ice it



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The original recipe called for chicken… So I used diced lean pork

You will need

2 cups of Moghrabieh (giant couscous)

4 cups of boiling salted water

2 tbsp rice bran oil

500g diced chicken/pork

2 large onions, diced

100g sliced mushroomss

2 heaped tsp moghrabieh spice (from Oasis Bakery)

1 tsp sumac

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried mint (not the same as fresh)

1 tbsp fresh chopped coriander – leaves and stalks

400g tin of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

1/2 bunch fresh chopped parsley


In a pot of boiling salted water, boil the couscous until tender – 8 to 10 mins


In a large pan, heat the oil and sweat the onions until golden

add the mushrooms and cook through

remove from the pan

1 tsp of oil, brown the meat

When the meat is cooked through return the onions and mushrooms to the pan

Add the spices

Mix through the chickpeas, cooked couscous

Garnish with parsley

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Spicy Lamb Couscous

2 tbsp Rice Bran Oil

500g diced lamb

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp fresh coriander – chopped leaves and stalks

1 tsp tumeric

1 heaped tsp hawaj (from Oasis Bakery)

1 heaped tsp ras el hanout (from Oasis Bakery)

1 tsp salt
400g can of whole tomatoes (including juice)

200g pitted kalamata olives

400g tin of red kidney beans or chick peas or bean mix (drained and rinsed)

2 large handfuls of fresh spinach leaves

2 cups of instant couscous

3 cups of boiling water

1 stock cube

Flaked almonds to serve



Heat oil in a large saucepan

Sweat the onions until golden
Then add the coriander and garlic

Add the lamb and when brown add the spices and fry off

*don’t worry if it sticks to the bottom of the pan

When the meat is cooked through add the tin of tomatoes with the juice

Add the chickpeas or beans

Add the olives

Add boiling water and dissolved stock cube

As soon as the mixture comes to the boil – remove from the heat, stir though the spinach leaves, pour in the couscous

Put a lid on the saucepan and leave off the heat for 10 minutes

Serve on a large dish with flaked almonds and some fresh coriander

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1 cup self raising flour
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup coconut milk

(Add chocolate icing and you have Bounty Cupcakes!)

mix everything together with a fork
Fill cupcake can 3/4 full

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
Bake for 25 minutes

Allow the cupcakes to cool property before icing

Chocolate icing for Bounty Cupcakes
Or a nice lemon syrup

Serve with fresh berries

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1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vinegar
Whip together and stand for 10 minutes
Whisk in
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
When smooth, add:
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup of melted chocolate
1/2 cup of cocoa
1 bag of chocolate drops

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
Use an icecream scoop to fill the patty pans evenly 3/4 full
Bake for 25mins
Then cool on a wire rack

Vegan icing
1/2 cup soy cream cheese
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder made into a paste using 4 tablespoons of warmed almond milk

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24 Russell Street, Melbourne


Was I biased because I went to school with the chef’s daughter – not one bit.

Was is an amazing, memorable, magical dining experience – ABSOLUTELY


There is a reason why Philippe Mouchel is the ‘chef of the year’ recipient.  He is a culinary master.  It’s the fine French food that you read about, you dream about, and now you  can actually enjoy it without having to mortgage a  kidney.


The antique rotisserie machine is burgundy and gold, and a thing of beauty.  The restaurant is not too big, but not claustrophobic, it’s classy without being pretentious, and it’s warm  and welcoming.


Between Hayley Jen and I (all having birthdays within weeks of eachother) we decided to order a la carte and mix and match to our own tastes (though there is a 5 course tasting menu for $90)  Our mocktails/cider, entrees, mains, sides, and shared desserts set us back $75 and we were beyond satisfied.

Ginger Mojito

Miss Hayley with our complimentary pumpkin veloute


Oh my goodness! The flavors were insane  – incredible – amazing! We had to be physically restrained from licking the plate after the souffle.  The duck comfit was perfection.  And Serrano ham needs to be tasted to be believed.

Cheese and Jerusalem Artichoke Souffle
Sauce fondue

Confit Duck
Saute mushroom, frisee salad, poached egg

Serrano Ham

Smoked and shaved


Mouclade – Scallops and Fish, vegetables and saffron cream

Special – Roast lamb on mash with goats cheese

To be honest, the seafood was nice, but not mind blowing.  The sauce was smooth and luxurious. But this could have really been an entree

Surprisingly this was the only disappointment.  The lamb was dry and hard… it would have been more tender if it had been warmer. And there was just not enough sauce.

Pommes frites, parmesan, rosemary –
The best darn chips I’ve ever had in my life – the flavor was incredible

Cauliflower gratin

Was Hayley’s side dish and presumably delicious as it was finished off 🙂

Steamed green beans with sauteed onion

a delightful accompaniment to any dish

The lovely shared dessert – Dark chocolate sponge, freeze dried and fresh raspberries, milk chocolate mousse, and chocolate ganache with gold leaf.


Next time, we have vowed to order every single entree – an absolutely stunning lunch experience.

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680 Victoria Street, Richmond


Well, the original plan was for the Athenian Afternoon Tea, but it was cancelled at the last minute – so Ange spoiled me even more by taking me to lunch at Fenix for my 30th birthday.


The reviews had been mixed, but we had the most delightful afternoon.

The restaurant was airy, but not noisy.  The staff were helpful without being invasive.  And the view was spectacular.


We were having the 7 course tasting lunch…

Spiced nuts, toasted w pumpkin seeds

Marinated ‘mount zero’ olives w dukkah

Slow cooked W.A. octopus tentacles w saffron potatoes & salsa verde

‘La Tablita’ – cured & salted small goods including waygu prosciutto  w pickles

Roasted pine nut hummus with fresh flat bread


Pan roasted king fish, with black sesame and rocket salad


Lamb off the spit with saffron frekke and roasted pine nuts and minted yoghurt


  Lady Angela enjoys her cuppa and soaks in the view over dessert…

Inside out cheesecake with raspberry sorbet – HEAVEN!

Strawberries with cream and meringue

It was a lovely afternoon, delicate and subtle flavors, and beautiful produce.

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