Garlic V Honey – Ashmore Seafood and Steak

I was advised that I HAD TO GO HERE … HAD TO

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So I went … I am not too sure what I can say … it is a total experience. The menu is MASSIVE and filtered by categories such as ‘Garlic Vs Honey’ and ‘From the Stockyard’.

I have read the reviews on Urban Spoon and Tripadvisor (with Tripadvisor being rather more positive than Urban Spoon, maybe most people on TripAdvisor are tourists and in great holiday moods?).

But next time I am near I will likely go again, yep .. It could be my guilty, guilty pleasure.

Plenty of Joy

I have fallen a little in love … With a cookbook … Plenty.

It is vegetarian but feels very sumptuous and just reading the recipes gives you the dribbles.

As mentioned previously we are reducing our red meat consumption in our house, for a number of reasons.

We have had a growing education and awareness of the practices employed and the treatment of the animals in the slaughter and processing of meat. Our other reasons are environmental concerns regarding the deforesting of large areas to cater for cattle production and general personal health.

This book has given us so many lovely options and new ideas. It can be challenging converting some to cater for my other half’s dietary restrictions such as no deadly nightshades, dairy, chilli … Well you get the idea. He usually gets the basic version before a the fun stuff is added … Or missed out completely and an alternative option created.

I am flexible but there are some things you should not mess with, like how can you leave the feta out if spinach pie … And do not try to tell me soy cheese is a good alternative.

I will add in new recipes as we try them, if I can get a photo before it is gobbled up.

Tofu is edible

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In an effort to cut down red meat we have been experimenting with tofu and the like … I was rather happy with this tonight.

Kale with satay tofu and Slim Pasta noodles … Huge bowl = under 350 calories and minimal carbs.

Cooking under pressure

Oh yes … The pressure cooker is back!

We have had one for a while, sitting in it’s box waiting for the love it deserves.

And today was finally the day.

At the local Farmers Market there was a stall selling goat meat, including $5 packs of belly. A light went off in my head and we bought some to try in the pressure cooker.

And OMG… Very awesome results.

The only challenge I had was not being too nervous of the pot blowing up! Oh, and adapting the recipe to suit my other halls allergies … No deadly. Night shades, chilli, dairy or any food fun it sometimes feels like!

Anyway, I found a recipe that seemed easy enough to alter here;

http://indianfood.about.com/od/meatdishes/r/Goat-Curry-Mutton-Curry.htm

The only changes I made was … Reduced the oil, no tomato or chilli and adding sweet potato and chick peas.

I put the lid on with some small prayer and waited. Well, the result was amazing. The meat was fall off the bone and the taste full and rich, all in about 30 minutes!

I will now take to this new gadget with zeal and a variety of recipes!

Oh and it turned out too be about 270 calories a serve …nice one.

Harold Holt – out of the drink

By pure chance I discovered that there is a new kid on the block (notice hipster 90s reference) whilst out walking one lunch last week.

The Harold Holt Espresso Bar has been open for 6 weeks now, taking over from the old Boat Restaurant.

First test was the purchase a coffee … there is some stiff competition in the area and I was hopeful it would work out well … mostly as it is about a half block walk from work.

I was advised by Todd, the barista, that the blend was from Zest and was a mixed blend with a slightly acidic edge, rather than single origin. They use A2 milk which was good news for me also.

Toby was right, the coffee was on the bitter side in taste with a definite acidic edge.

So, decent coffee = tick

Next trip will be for breakfast, which I take very very seriously.  I will report back.

You can read about the cafe on their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/haroldholtespressolounge

One item of note: It looks like the new owners have taken over the old Facebook page and also Twitter account, there are reviews from before the Harold Holt had a soft launch in June, there are tweets under the Tweitter account BoatRestaurant that are the same as are posted on the Harold Holt Facebook page … and the old Boat Website is still up and running. Does make me wonder whether there are truly new owners or this is a re-brand … will investigate.

 

Update: 21/08/13

Food:

Harold Holt Espresso Bar

The Toastie

First food tasting this morning … the chef very kindly made me a traditional toastie off menu and to my specs … it is everything you would want, buttery bread, good quality ham and cheese (but not too overpowering). This will see me through to lunch, although a gym session might be needed at some point, this is not a low fat option!

Owners:
I have been assured that the owners are new and there is no re-branding occurring and they are the same owners of the popular Kew Cafe Percy’s Aeroplane, read the reviews here.

 

Best packaging EVER

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Coconut Water

The new ‘thing’ to drink … Coconut water is meant to be great for hydration. Read about it here

I was very sceptical until my naturopath mentioned it was worth trying out … and I trust her opinion. So off I went to purchase my first bottle.  After chilling it as suggested I took a long draft … and almost lost my lunch.

I have no idea who could drink this stuff, it left the oddest taste ! I have tried three different brands and have the same reaction to all … looks like I will be stuck with plain water (unless I go the Alkalised water route, doubt it!).

Read about it on Choice here.

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