14. April 2015

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Delicious board room catering will help get the deal done

We have to thank The Food Agency for helping us to make an outstanding impression on our recent overseas visitors. We hosted our potential clients for a boardroom meeting and lunch, and the fantastic catering really put everyone at ease and in a compromising mood.

We had a fine dining French cuisine style lunch that was nothing short of delicious. We were able to discuss our business partnership over full stomachs and decadent desserts and our corporate guests really felt like they had been given the royal treatment.

I am positive that we couldn’t have landed such a big account without Universal Restaurant’s Catering raising the bar with their food. Next time we need to sway a deal our way we know exactly who to call

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18. February 2015

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gnocchi with sage cream sauce

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Gnocchi may take a lot of work to prepare, but fortunately they are served best with the simplest of cream-based sauces. This would also work well with any type of pasta, if you’re feeling indulgent.

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Adapted from Epicurious.
Ingredients: 12 ounces gnocchi (frozen), 5-6 minced sage leaves, 2-3 shallots, handful of chopped walnuts, 2 Tablespoons butter, 2/3 cup heavy cream, 3/4 cup white wine.
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Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped walnuts and saute until they start to darken, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from a slotted spoon to a small bowl.
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Mince the shallots and finely chop the sage. Add them to the butter remaining in the saucepan, and cook for a minute or so, until the shallots are translucent.
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Add the white wine and cream. Bring to a gentle boil, then continue to cook until the mixture has reduced by half – 5-7 minutes more.
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Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi in boiling water (drop them straight in from the freezer – if they thaw out they’ll stick together). They only take about 4 minutes – they’re done when they float. Drain.
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Add the drained gnocchi (or ravioli or whatever you’re using) to the finished sauce. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, top with the toasted walnuts.

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5. November 2014

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Hitting The Streets With Burgers of Melbourne

It has been some time since I have posted on the this blog, and to be honest, I have been so busy I actually forgot it existed until the domain renewal came up. Being back into the eating scene, I thought I would share one of the best experiences I have had in a long time. It was one of the most unhealthy eating sessions, but it was so fun at the same time.

My friend started a blog (Burgers of Melbourne) and he was invited to go and taste the new menu at Hello Sam, an inner Melbourne city burger place that wants to be famous for their triple patty burgers.

The new menu consisted of 3 new burgers, the option was to get these single, double or triple patty, and of course we decided to go triple on every single one of them. 2 of us, 3 triple patty monsters followed by bacon and cheese fried and onion rings. Below are the 3 babies we tried!

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6. July 2014

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Gluten Free Meals that are Seriously Inventive

I’ve started eating significantly less gluten since Gina moved in. She’s gluten intolerant and it’s just easier than preparing two different meals at night. These are the sacrifices we make for love I guess. Lunch of course, when I’m at work is a different story and I am actually pretty happy eating a bit differently.

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She has been ordering meals from Dineamic for a long time and I love the convenience and creativity of their dishes. Often dietary considerations can be an opportunity to think a little outside the square. After a long day of work I’m happy for Dineamic to do that thinking for us and for us to just reap the benefits. It’s just so handy for busy people!

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4. June 2014

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Catering to Melbourne

Catering in Melbourne is particularly challenging because of the top quality food available on every street in and around the city. It used to be you would have to be a member of some exclusive club to get a really exceptional meal around town but these days people are disinclined to settle for anything less.

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We actually used to run a catering business but as things grew more and more competitive it became much harder to deliver. We always had a good relationship with The Food Agency and I still admire their work. I’ve never seen a company that handles catering in Melbourne quite so well, whatever the event or budget. Sometimes it takes an industry professional to recognise the real quality of an operator, The Food Agency are one of the best I’ve seen.

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1. April 2014

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Roast Chicken with Pancetta and Olives

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Whole chicken legs (drumsticks + thighs) are so inexpensive, but I don’t know too many ways to prepare them that don’t involve breading and frying. There’s always braising, which is more time consuming, and is so rich that it reminds me too much that I’m not eating a healthier all-white-meat chicken breast. This recipe, adapted from January 2014 Gourmet magazine, is the best of both worlds: crispy skin with juicy meat (but from roasting instead of frying), and the rich, complex, salty flavour typical of braising, from the pancetta, olives and roasted garlic. I should also mention – it took less than an hour to make, start to finish.

Grocery list (note that the original calls for 2 whole chickens; instead I halved the recipe and used only leg pieces): 3 pounds whole chicken legs, 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, 5-10 peeled garlic cloves (how much do you like roasted garlic?), 1 cup white wine, 1 thick slice pancetta, about a dozen black olives.

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17. February 2014

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Green walls will make a giant impact on your small space

We have such a tiny courtyard outside that filling it up with plants would leave us with no room at all. However, I really love nature and greenery and didn’t want to compromise on having it as part of our home.  Our solution was a luscious and lively green wall from O2 Plant Walls. Continue reading “Green walls will make a giant impact on your small space” »

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1. September 2013

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Quinoa Italian Bites

Yes, as I told you all, I have another Italian recipe for you this week. Sorry for the Italian over-kill, but it’s what  I was cravin’, so it’s what I was makin’. Anyone else feel like they were in the mood for Italian in particular this week? No these aren’t crazy cravings like I am pregnant, they are just cravings. Don’t get any ideas! Although Joe and I are coming up on our first wedding anniversary on September 17, 2012. I was asked what we were doing and honestly, I don’t think Joe has any tricks up his sleeve. I really don’t get that feeling. We shall see, maybe it will be a relaxing weekend at home and I’m ok with that, too! Back to the Quinoa Italian Bites, these little babies really stayed together when being baked. I was uber happy about this and think the 2 eggs in the recipe really helped with that…

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These Quinoa Italian Bites were supposed to taste like pizza but overall just reminded Joe and me of a mini Italian meatball. These would be perfect for taking to a party and putting a toothpick in them. They were perfect alongside some grilled veggies and a salad. They would be perfect when you have 30 minutes and need to make something stay like I did before running out the door to take Luna (our rescue pup) to the vet. That’s all these little diddies took – 30 minutes.

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8. June 2013

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Coffee Roasting And Cooking

I often incorporate coffee into my recipes because I absolutely love the smell, taste and added edge it gives to dishes. I add it into both sweet and savoury dishes. Finding the right beans for my recipes has led me to research into the art of coffee roasting.

I’m a Melbourne based chef and avid coffee drinker and a favourite of mine is Cisco’s Coffee in Melbourne. I would definitely recommend their coffee blends to any coffee drinkers out there. They sell their beans so you can stock up at home, much like I have.

I love their Columbian blend for my sweet desserts! Try some – you won’t be disappointed.

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14. May 2013

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All is Well and Good for everyone!

Mothers Day lunch at our household was a site to behold after we had 20 family members pack into our small, but comfortable dining room. We had a huge spread on for all the kids and the grandparents complimented with a few champagnes and some wine.

Unfortunately, my daughter suffers from celiac disease and is gluten free. It always tends to be a problem when we’re having a big family dinner/lunch because she is the only one who needs meals that have gluten free recipes.

To rectify this problem, we searched gluten free bread and gluten free cake on Google and looked for the most impressive company. We clicked through a few websites and after maybe looking at 5, we came across Well and Good for both of those keyword searches. I rang them up personally and spoke to one of the ladies who worked there and explained to her the situation I have with my daughter. She was so aware of what I was saying and she said she dealt with these situations all the time and knew exactly the best products to give us for my daughter. After a while, I agreed to subscribe monthly to them in exchange for a bit of a discount on all the products. I was happy to buy my daughter her monthly dose of gluten free products if it meant spending a bit more. Obviously her health to me is imperative so it didn’t bother me.

So we ended up having all the family over on Mothers Day and we feasted in all the breads and cakes while my daughter was able to enjoy her customised meals.

Thank you Well and Good for helping my daughter and making her feel Well and Good :)!

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