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Meatless Monday – Spaghetti alla Carbonara di Zucchine

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With the weather cooling down, I’ve been in the look out for comfort food. I’ve been in the lookout for a vegetarian carbonara recipe, with varying degrees of success. There was a Gilt kale recipe that I attempted and turned out to be disastrous, thought this great blog mastered it. There’s nothing more heart breaking than a failed dish for #Meatless Monday, not only do I have nothing to show for it, I ended up eating the sad rejected dish and hating the experience.

I’m glad to say this was not one of those failed moments. To me a great carbonara should have that classic combination of creamy egg and cheese sauce, tempered with a lovely salty crunchiness that usually comes from the bacon. This recipe from bon apetit is the closest vegetarian alternative I’ve managed to find and I love its simplicity as well.  Read More…

Catching up at The Bridge Room

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Sometimes (actually a lot!) in life, one can have too many photos sitting site unseen and not enough time to catch up with friends. Through Lemonpi’s sheer persistence, a group of us manager to find our way at The Bridge Room. After multiple attempts of trying to find a date, the heavenly calendar finally opened and the five of us were ready to devour our first meal together. On first impression, The Bridge Room is a lovely furnished haven of calm. The furniture and decor were elegantly casual in an understated Nordic way.

The menu is an interesting blend of South East Asia meets West, especially when it comes to the dessert.

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We started with an entree, the dish below being the Salad of organic heirloom carrots ash grilled, baked in salt and raw, sheep’s milk curd.

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I hade the Split Queensland tiger prawns grilled over charcoal mandarin peel butter, soft green herbs. Perhaps the subtlety of the dish escaped me, but it tasted like grilled prawn nothing too special.

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Comte custard, young beetroot, pomegranate molasses crumb, hazelnuts,  cress. A creamy cheesy concoction that I will try next time.

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Scallops, buttered corn, osmanthus flower,biltong, burnt butter, thyme leaves

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Coffs Harbour bar cod, nonya spices, coconut, liquorice basil, puffed rice. Think South East Asian flavours of coconut and sambal, but updated.

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Chicken, white cut, with its broth, ginger, coriander, sprouts and organic brown rice

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David Blackmore’s wagyu rump cap, mushrooms, spinach, slow cooked veal tongue, dutch cream potato

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Chocolate cannelon, Campos caramel, aerated chocolate bar, red fruits

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Strawberry marshmallow meringue, strawberry ripple, strawberry paper, yoghurt.  The strawberry ripple reminded us of a strawberry roll up from yesteryear. Smells a lot like it too!

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Mango, passion fruit, young coconut ice, candied palm seed, lime leaves, sugar bananas

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Burnt caramel cream, candied beurre bosc pears, Pistachio crumb, mint salad, purple basil. This gorgeous dessert was a nice surprise, there were layers of flavour underneath the caramel, the pears gave a refreshing punch, balanced by the mint and basil. Reminded me of a sweet Thai salad, wed to a brûlée

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Whisk and Laddle and the mysterious phenomenom known as Supperclub

Whisk and Laddle Supper Club NY

It was a dark and icy night and I was wondering down an unknown street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn wondering what the hell posessed me to do this in the first place. I had not given the oh so secret address to anyone and had this all been a ploy to lure unsuspecting tourist then this surely could not end well.

Fortunately my morbid thoughts were just thoughts. Even with my lousy sense of direction I managed to find where Whisk and Laddle was located and treated myself to a spicy and warming cocktail on arrival. So, what was Whisk and Laddle you might ask and what on earth was  I even there?  I first read about the concept of Supperclub and Whisk and Laddle from the Guardian. A Whisk and Laddle Supperclub as defined by the good people from W&L as:

Abiding by the traditional structure of the dinner party – a cocktail hour, soup course, entree then salad ­ and out of the deeply entrenched belief that all things civilized and debaucherous find common ground on a dining room table, the Whisk and Ladle Supperclub was born.

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What it was in reality is a damn good dinner party hosted at the chefs’ own home, this being a funky converted warehouse in Brooklyn. Consider it is as an alternate to dining in a formal restaurant, a supperclub allows the opportunity for good food and good company all under the radar of restaurant licensing law. Call it the secret society of foodies where entry depends on whether your reservation request depends on how interesting you plead your case when you made that reservation. Looking around the net, a reservation for a W&L sounded a lot like winning the golden ticket, to be honest I am not quite sure how I managed to get in when the waiting list was rumoured to be a matter of months, but plugging this blog seemed to help.

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I was instantly charmed by their apartment and although turning up alone to a dinner party can be someone’s worst nightmare it also made it easier to join conversations. I talked to two lads from London who read the same Guardian article, two brothers who were artists, a couple who were in the movie industry and an actor.

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Dinner that night was Creole inspired and all our meal was prepared as we waited in their living room. The atmosphere was casual and friendly and our tasters (Latkes topped with blue cheese) disappeared the moment it hit the table.

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Soup was Creole turtle with corn bread, and apparently they managed to find said turtle/s from Minnesota, though I didn’t ask too closely whether said turtle was still breathing when they bought it.

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As for dessert, the hot chocolate with jam filled beignet went down a treat. In between the wine and conversation kept flowing and I was a little too content to move when the candles were subtly snuffed one by one and brown envelopes were casually slipped by the hosts for guest contribution. It was definitely the most unusual and unexpectedly lovely experience I had in a while. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but walked away with a good meal and hopefully some people I will keep in contact with when I return.

Whisk and Laddle Supper Club NY, mini jam donut with chocolate dip

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