Comments (6) | Friday, October 30, 2009
POM can be used in cocktails, mocktails, and cooking. I didn't know this when I took the photo, but a whole range of recipes can be found on their website. Considering I don't have lots of ingredients listed in the recipes, I will be just reviewing it as a drink.
From multiple tastings, over multiple nights, our conclusions are as follows;
- On it's own, some of us found that it had a slight drying effect on the mouth. I have had this with other drinks I have tried in the past.
- The drying effect can be solved by adding lemonade for a nice fizzy concoction
- Some of us felt fizz was mandatory when consuming POM
- The rest of us really like it on it's own
- Dad asked me if the bottle was meant to look like pomegranates; a couple of days later, I jokingly concluded it was meant to look like a prostate since it is good for your heart and your prostate... for those of us that have a prostate! I found it hard throwing the bottle in the bin though, it was such a nice looking bottle.
- We didn't really feel like it had a pomegranate flavour to it, but it was a nice refreshing drink with the added fizz of lemonade or lemon squash. Health benefits are always a bonus
- I would really like to try the other flavours, like the pomegranate blueberry, pomegranate mango, and pomegranate cherry.
Some facts about POM Wonderful:
- It contains more antioxidants than red wine, grape juice, acai juice and even green tea.
- In every 475ml bottle, there is no added sugar or artificial ingredients, just juice from five pomegranate varieties
- Primary research areas for health benefits have included the prostate and the cardiovascular system
Thanks again Lindsay for sending me out some samples to try!
Hope you all have a POM-tastic day!
Comments (8) | Thursday, October 29, 2009
Battered & crumbed fish, calamari, prawns and scallops served with fries, lemon & cocktail sauce
Comments (22) | Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I adorned them with these cute buttons I picked up from Donna Hay's range at David Jones. Billy from A Table For Two asked if they were for a baby shower. They weren't on this occassion, but should one of my friends get knocked up, I'll whip up a batch for their baby shower!
185g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup plain flour
100g white chocolate, chopped
80g macadamia nuts, chopped
ready-made icing decorations, such as buttons by Donna Hay
Royal Icing (frosting)
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
2 egg whites
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan-forced. Line 12 standard muffin holes with paper cases.
2. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together with electric beaters until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift the flours together and fold in alternately with the milk, chocolate and macadamia.
3. Divide the mixture evenly among the cases. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of a cake. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.
4. To make the royal icing, beat the icing sugar and eggs whites together for 5 minutes until white and glossy. Decorate each cake with the icing and little icing decorations.
Comments (9) | Tuesday, October 27, 2009
You know when your mum has had a really really tough day at work, when you get home and she is at the door waiting for you to arrive home to announce you are all going out for dinner... on a Tuesday. This is the kind of thing I would expect on Friday, or a Thursday; so I was quite surprised we were dining out on a Tuesday.
So I quickly ducked inside, put down all my stuff and, of course; grabbed my camera!
I had been to Straits a few times before but wasn't a fan. I didn't like the fact that they used what we started calling "plastic prawns". You know the prawns that are precooked and looked like they have been soaking in chemicals. I hadn't returned for a few years, but Mum had returned recently and was so impressed, she was looking forward to going again.
Malaysian Hawker-style stir fried flat noodles with prawn, squid, chinese sausage, fishcake, egg and beanshoots.
We ordered 3 dishes between the 3 of us. Penang char kueh teow arrived first, but Dad found this mild version to be too hot; and thus we ended up ordering a 4th dish to keep him happy. It was rather good, but I wanted more of a wok taste to it. This was still, one of the better ones I've had outside of Malaysia.
Rice vermicelli and egg noodles served in a fragrant curry and coconut soup with chicken, fishcake and beancurd.
The seafood curry laksa wasn't like a normal curry laksa. It had more of a sweet taste to it. I was wondering if it was a dominant lemongrass flavour, but Mum just said it was just sweeter than we were used to. Plenty of seafood, and I still enjoyed the flavour.
Fried flat rice noodles with seafood, chicken and vegetables topped with a creamy egg sauce.
Boneless pieces of tender chicken steamed to perfection, served with the chef's famous chicken flavoured rice.
I am looking forward to going back and trying another one of my favorite dishes; mee goreng.
Great for take away or dining in. I'm so glad that I've finally found some good Malaysian food in Melbourne. The best part about it is, it's close to home too!
There is also a Straits Cafe in Doncaster, but I cannot say if it is as good as the Studfield restaurant.
A cooking post tomorrow my fellow lovers of food!
Comments (13) | Monday, October 26, 2009
So I headed down at about 2:45pm, when I took my 30 minute break from the stresses of the office, with plans of a brown rice salad. Sure, 2:45pm is a little late for lunch, but I was hopeful. I had to wait whilst the waitress socialized with another customer....wasting precious lunch break minutes. When I finally requested my salad of choice, she had a look in the fridge and said there was none left. I requested if there was any of the tuna, avocado and beetroot salad left. She didn't seem too enthusiastic, but offered to make me one. I accepted her offer, paid and took a seat outside.
It wasn't until about 20 minutes later till I received my salad. Was I impressed? Hardly! Considering I was the only customer at this time.
$9 for a small bowl of canned tuna, some lettuce, beetroot, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and a lemon wedge.... that took at least 20 minutes to prepare. It wasn't even really that tasty.
Well, it's fair to say, I won't be returning. Not for that price, for that service, for that portion size. I know where I want to dine out next though!
Comments (7) | Sunday, October 25, 2009
My aunty, uncle and cousins recently went to Malaysia, and brought me back some food related presents! How cute is the little hamburger magnet? The scary part about Mr. Hamburger is, he smells like a sweet bun you'd most likely find at Breadtop, or a similar Asian bakery.
They also brought me back a "face bun" in the shape of a Swiss roll. It scarily also smells delicious!!
Comments (11) | Friday, October 23, 2009
We stumbled upon The Cupcake Bakery at Melbourne Central, and nearly seized up with excitment at how pretty the shop looked!
their website, I may just have to go back and try a few more.
Since I have a new lens, I took lots of photos. So folks; I give you: The cupcake line up.
To check out the full range, check out The Cupcake Bakery website.
(If you can read this, and you noticed I stuffed up my measurement increments; then kudos to you! I only noticed a few hours after posting, and not saving the file I did it in. Thus, I'm not correcting it!)
Comments (5) |
I recently started a new job in the busy Melbourne suburb of Malvern. I have been pondering if I will do a "Fabulous Fat Food Friday" segment and blog all about it, whilst I explore all the new eateries at my door step. However, I really don't know that I want to eat out every Friday. But be sure, I will let you know if I did happen to eat out, and what I consumed!
So since it was her last day, we all indulged in some fudgy fun.
I have never really been into fudge before. It wasn't until I received free fudge on my recent trip to the Yarra Valley that I discovered what fudge was all about.
The fudge from The Marysville Patisserie will just blow your socks off! It was UNBELIEVABLY creamy, and packed full of flavour. It is, hands down; the best fudge I've ever had in my life.
My favorites were the choc-orange and the choc-mint. The worst part (for my waistline), is there are even more flavours to try!! With it being so close to work, it will be hard to avoid.
If you are wondering why it's called 'The Marysville Patisserie' and is no where near Marysville; it's because (as I have been told), their patisserie burnt down in Marysville, and they set up shop in Malvern, with no plans to go back.
The Marysville Patisserie
Comments (12) | Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Comments (10) | Monday, October 19, 2009
Rilsta found this place on the Epicure section of The Age website. Matt Preston gave it a good review; but it was his mention of a sticky date pizza that got us really wanting to go there.
After much debate of whether we should get a few pizzas to share, or just get our own thing; we ended up just getting our own thing, and sharing with whoever wanted a taste.
I was down the end of the table that didn't order any pastas, so my review will consist soley of pizzas!
The pizzas were okay. They definitely weren't as good as Zonzo. I found they lacked a little flavour. I really expecting more from them.
I got a calzone, as none of the pizzas on the menu really excited me; and I thought it would make for an interesting set of photos instead of just pizzas. It was also just okay.
We of course stayed for dessert:
Well, to be honest... I was expecting some form of date involved with a sticky date pizza. Instead, it was just a pizza base, LOTS of butterscotch sauce (never a problem in my opinion) and ice-cream.
As for returning to Pizza Espresso, I don't think I will be. I know Adrian left a bit hungry and was contemplating trying the Angus burger on his way home. It was all just a bit too average for me.
Thanks to the bloggers for a good night out though, and a special thanks to Rilsta & Mr.My Food Trail for letting me be a 3rd wheel to see Julie & Julia with them!
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