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Friday
Jan072011

76 dishes, 14 venues, 4 kilos, 2 weeks in Sydney

I have been eating out so much since I have been in Sydney that I don’t know where to begin. I would love to write about each and every meal and dish, but I am so busy eating more that I don’t when I will find time. There have been so many eating experiences that if I leave them to write up when I am back in London, I will still be discussing Sydney food by the time Easter comes round. So I have decided to provide a visual account, a few images from each place, with more details about the standout meals later. 

Din Tai Fung

Steamed pork dumplingsSteamed crab meat and pork dumplings

Din Tai Fung - Taiwanese cuisine; Shop 11.04, World Square Shopping Centre, 
644 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000; Ph +61 2 9264 6010

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Sunday
Jan022011

Charlie’s olive, goat’s cheese and roast cherry tomato tartlets

Updated on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 3:58PM by Registered CommenterVix

I am still trying to pin down my father for some (any) of the recipes from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In the meantime, I have this canapé recipe from my sister. The tartlets are a little time consuming and fiddly to make, but the recipe itself is straightforward and they look great.

In the past I have found tartlets this small have not worked especially well for me because it is hard to roll the pastry thin enough so that it does not overpower the taste of the filling. For this reason, I have also found that they tend to be quite dry. Charlie has overcome these issues by using very moist ingredients, one of which – the olive tapenade – is strong enough in flavour to counteract that of the pastry.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Claudia's pomegranate and feta salad with mint and coriander

If you looked at the post I did yesterday showing the many delicious things I ate over Christmas, you may be surprised that the first recipe I am choosing to share is a humble salad. In reality it was far from humble; elegant, vibrant and sophisticated, for me it was the star of the show.

The salad is a wonderful balance flavours and textures. The casing of the pomegranate seeds, firm and crisp, give way to a plump, juicy centre, slightly tart in flavour. Cucumber adds extra crunch, contrasting with the soft, crumbly feta. The salty cheese also brings in the necessary savoury element, supported by the red onion, sumac and red wine vinaigrette. Coriander and mint are the final touches in this unrestrainedly refreshing summer salad.

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Monday
Dec272010

Not a turkey in sight

Hello, I have just woken up from a food coma.

I got to Oz safe and sound, so safely and soundly, in fact, that I am still waiting for something disastrous to happen. So far the only misfortune I have suffered is that I got sick on the day I left – swollen glands, headache, blocked nose and no voice – which is not much fun on a 22 hour flight. Now six days later I am still croaky and snotty because the ‘Christmas spirit’ (read excessive drinking) and flu don’t make for a very good match, but were both were unavoidable.

I can speak again now, but cognitive activity is still limited, so I am going to let the images do the talking. Show and no tell.

Christmas eve canapes

Olive, goat's cheese and roast cherry tomato tartlets 

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Merry Christmas, just

I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas 
Just like the one I want to reach
Where the barbeque sizzles
and children giggle 
As the sun shines gaily on the beach.

I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas 
With every snowflake that I smite 
May your planes be sprayed and de-iced
And may all the snowmen take flight!

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