Saturday, 17 January 2015

Group me in

Last night we dined at the Essence on Exhibition restaurant.

We had a group on voucher & it was for a seafood platter:

We had a decent selection of seafood, calamari being one of the best I've eaten. The restaurant is located within the Marriot hotel and most people, including myself, would pass it by unless I was staying at the Marriot... however it turned out to be an awesome deal & well worth the voucher price.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Two new Paleo meals that will be on my menu

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (store-bought or your own mix)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup ranch dressing (bottled is fine)
1/4 cup salsa (as spicy as you'd like)
3 tablespoons finely minced fresh cilantro
2 ears corn, shucked
1 large head or 2 regular heads green leaf lettuce, shredded thin
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup grated pepper-jack cheese
2 avocados, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Tortilla chips of your choice (flavored or not), crushed slightly, for topping salad
For the chicken: Generously sprinkle both sides of the breasts with the taco seasoning. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken on both sides until deep golden brown on the outside and done in the middle (or to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F), about 4 minutes per side. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

For the dressing: While the chicken is cooking, pour the ranch dressing into a bowl. Add the salsa and cilantro and stir to combine.

For the salad: Next, place the ears of corn in the skillet you used to cook the chicken and roll them around so that the flavorful oil/butter mixture coats the corn. Grill on a grill pan or cook in a separate skillet until the corn is still crisp but has color on the outside. Slice off the kernels with a sharp knife and set aside. Dice the chicken into cubes.

On a platter, layer the shredded lettuce, diced chicken, tomatoes, cheese, corn, avocados, green onions, cilantro and crushed chips. Drizzle the dressing all over the top, saving some to serve on the side if you'd like. Serve the salad in individual bowls.

                       SATARAS & Paleo Almond bread YUM!

                                      Gahhh i am so excited that i found a PALEO bread recipe.

Paleo Bread recipe:
2 cups almond flour (store bought or homemade)
6 ounces soft goat cheese (plain or a garlic & herb variety)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup shredded raw goat cheddar, or other cheese of choice
3 whole eggs (flax eggs may work)
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1 Tablespoon minced onion
Sea salt, for topping
Butter, for greasing pan
Preheat oven to 375F, and grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with butter. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until a uniform batter is achieved. Transfer the batter to the greased baking dish, and use a spatula to spread the batter evenly to the edges. Top with a sprinkling of sea salt, and any other herbs you might enjoy. (Thinly sliced red onion or rosemary would be perfect!)
Bake at 375F for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.



A healthy and flavorful Mediterranean side dish.
Number of Servings: 4


    2 - Yellow Bell Peppers
    2 - Orange Bell Peppers
    3 - Red Bell Peppers
    3 - Plum Tomatoes
    1 - Medium Onion (yellow or white)
    2 tsp - sugar
    1 tbsp - Vegeta 
    2 tbsp - Olive oil


Don't let all of the juice to evaporate, you want it to have a slight sauce consistency.
Feel free to use more or less of different colors of bell peppers.
Use more or less of the sugar and vegeta seasoning as to your likening.


Cut all the peppers into 1-inch chunks.
Dice the tomatoes.
Slice the onion length-wise
Heat the 2 tbsp of oil in a sauce pan. Add the onions and peppers together and saute until soft. Add the tomatoes, sugar, and vegeta seasoning and cook until the tomatoes have released their juices and has almost evaporated.

Serving Size: About 4-5 servings

Number of Servings: 4

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Punjene Paprike Corba / Stuffed peppers stew

I made a balkan dish a few posts ago , "stuffed peppers"/ punjene paprike... and now I made the stew/soup version. Its more like a stew then a soup I would say.. it has just enough sauce for you to dip some deliciously crunchy bread in.. but not runny enough to call it a soup. Everyone knows that the best part of Punjene Paprike is the runny gooey deliciousness once you crack that pepper open and dig in with some crusty bread... well this recipe makes that all the more enjoyable.

Step 1

step 2
and final product:

                   This was so delicious and I am very very picky when it comes to mince meat dishes.
I think my Cave Man will be a huge fan of this dish..and i can see myself making it again.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: About 6 servings
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped (1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (a little over 1/2 of a medium)
  • 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5) can beef broth
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white or brown rice (I've tried and like both)
  • Cheddar or mozzarella cheese, for serving (optional)
  • In a large pot heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat, once hot add beef to pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally while breaking up beef, until browned. Drain beef and pour onto a plate lined with paper towels, set aside.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in pot then add onions, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and saute 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth and add parsley, basil, oregano and cooked beef, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring just to a light boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
  • While soup simmers, prepare rice according to directions listed on package, then once soup is done simmering stir in desired amount of cooked rice into soup*. Serve warm topped with optional cheese and garnish with fresh parsley.
  • *For a thinner soup don't add all of the rice and for a thicker heartier soup add it all. Also, if you plan on having it for leftovers the next day then don't add the rice to the pot of soup, just add it to each individual bowl, then reserve the rice in a separate container in refrigerator to add to the soup the next day (otherwise it would turn into mush).
  • Recipe Source: inspired by this recipe on allrecipes

Dinner @ munich brauhaus

Last night I discovered Munich Brauhaus, I will be going back for sure.

The atmosphere is awesome, live music, quirky waiters dressed in authentic German uniforms but most importantly, an amazing collection of German beers.

The menu is also varied with plenty of options, but i couldn't go past a German favourite:

mmm so good, the Käse Kransky
 !!!! The gravy was awesome.

Check out their gallery & menu

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Ahh, it's been like a month since Ive posted anything, but I've been busy. Planning the big move into our little Cave & shopping.

Louise and I are still doing our (almost weekly) cook offs and now I am getting much better at them. Woohoo.

 I've been too lazy to photograph everything but the last meal made was garlic prawns with garlic spinach and potato patties.

                    I love how with this recipe i was able to sneak in a fair bit of spinach into the patties.

  • 1-pound potatoes (about 4 medium-sized potatoes), boiled, peeled and quartered
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bag (8 to 10 ounces) baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • ¼ cup olive oil, for frying (add more as needed)
  • Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Soy Sauce

  1. Combine prepared potatoes and milk in a large mixing bowl; using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add chopped onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
  4. Add spinach and garlic to skillet; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  5. Remove from heat and add spinach mixture to the potatoes.
  6. Stir in cheese and lemon juice.
  7. Add egg and panko/bread crumbs; stir until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  8. Shape the mixture into patties.
  9. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  10. Working in batches, fry each patty on both sides until golden brown; about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  11. Transfer potato patties to a paper towel–lined plate.
  12. Serve with yogurt, sour cream, soy sauce, etc...

New Years Eve was better this year then last year.. possibly because i feel like there is so much happening for me in 2015.. the cave, the trips and all that glorious leave from work... or possibly because we were close enough to see the fire works, but far enough to avoid the busy crowds. Albert Park Lake, Cheese platters and wine.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Polenta & Herb Crusted Burramundi , roasted potatos

The Herb Crusted Burramundi with roasted potatoes and veg, super easy and so yum!

  • Source for recipe 

  • I added Vegeta, Italian herbs and chives for taste into my polenta mix.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Olive Bread & Potato Soup ( Krompir Juha / Supa)

Louise and I made olive bread(rec here) and it was so very delicious and Louise suggested I use snap seed as I was complaining to her that my photos are lame and not blog worthy.. oh well.  These aren't that much better but who cares... look at the delicousness

My olive bread 
Louises Olive bread

My potato soup
(I don't have Louise's picture of it but I'm sure it looked similar)