LUNCH. CABBAGE SALAD WITH CHERRIES AND POMEGRANATES AND LEMON CHICKEN NEW
cabbage salad - 1/4 white cabbage - 1/2 red and 1/2 yellow capsicum - 1 carrot - fennel greens - coriander - cherry tomatoes - a handfull of raw snowpeas - a handfull of cherries - one pomegranate - 1/2 red spanish onion - juice of one fresh lemon - no salt salt and white apple vinegar, cold pressed olive oil
sauce for baking chicken - lemon juice, garlic, white onion, tomato sauce, pasrley, salt, pepper
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL - HARBOR TOWN HOTEL DINNER NEW
Entertainment Book Melbourne special offer - dinner at Harbour Town Hotel Alex had Porterhouse Steak with mushroom with salad & mash.. mine was Oven Baked Chicken Breast stuffed with polenta and sweetcorn served on steamed potatoes with sage butter, green beans, and a tomato, capsicum & chilli salsa... really delicious. we paid $26 (saving $27) please ask us how we do it! photos:
please consider us ignorant but this was our first time out at the Japanese restaurant ever! Kumo Izakaya in Eat Brunswick http://www.kumoizakaya.com.au/. I only wanted t share a couple of photos here: the rest of the photos can be found on our website together with the list of dishes we tried. Our bill was around $85, we paid $35 only (saving $50) please ask us how. We shared: aBuri salmon seared salmon slices w/ eGG miso & seaweed salad chicken ThiGh yakiTori skewers seared scallops w/ BuTTer & soy Topped w/ Bon iTo flakes fruiTy plum wine karaaGe chicken Tsukune - seasoned chicken mince sTuffed w/ shiiTake mushroom oysters grilled salmon The food was fresh, very unusual for our taste, but delicate and made with so much love. every dish was unique, cooked on the spot not r-heated and it felt just right! the salmon tasted as I have never eaten anything like this in my life! Alex, a real meat lover kindly invited me to this place knowing my weak point for seafood and fish. It was very special. No rice but very filling although perfect small portions. the service was fantastic - the Japanese girls were very friendly, polite but not annoying. I totally recommend to sign up for their newsletter online as they have lots of special "drinks" and "food"days.
BREAKFAST ANYONE? NEW
this is apparently what happened around those four cherry tomatoes that I found in the garden yesterday - Lesha's breakfast [Yoshi] plus his pear juice... my next rhetorical question would be: why men never get issues with weight? my breakfast lunch and dinner for the next three days: pure filtered water only... i do not envy Lesha only in one thing: smoking and i hope Tosha will not start smoking following him...
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL ROCKSALT NEW
Entertainment Book Melbourne special - celebrating Ned's birthday (are you 100 years already Mr Ned?) at Rocksalt. Ned's specialty - chicken parma and mine - Cesar salad. Cesar (the warrior and the ce-tsar (literal translation "this is tsar" as apparently he had russian origins too)), well, Cesar, he was great - at least i want a salad named after me: something with blood oranges, carrots, potatoes, mayo, green peas, parsley and pomegranates will do .. like a signature "March salad" ... but unfortunately there are only "March cats":... anyway plus a glass of shiraz for Ned - I think Ned was short of only $26 making me a very cheap date... (saved $19 with the voucher - ask us how!)
Entertainment Book Melbourne special: Coconut Thai Restaurant Camberwell NEW website
we really liked it - we noticed people take away a lot there - it is like never ending orders. the food is a bit different from what we use to eat (fragrant and spicy) but we liked it. ordered: Duck n’ roll (3 per serve) (wrapped grilled duck breast with spring onion, cucumber and capsicum), Larb gai (spicy minced chicken mixed with red onion, mint and lemon juice) and two whole fish dishes as mains: Pla nueng see ewe (steamed snapper with ginger and spring onion in special soy sauce) and Pla sam rod (deep fried snapper topped with special sweet and sour sauce) paid $41 for two of us (saving $20 with Entertainment Book - ask us how). The photos turned to be not very good as there was not enough light.
I continue publishing here the recipes my mum used to make back in Russia. I called them Russian, but I'd rather call them he recipes of my childhood... here we go..
Rabbit in Sour Cream recipe Need: 1 rabbit, cut into medium size pieces 1 white onion, chopped 2 cups sour cream 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 tbsp brandy 3 tbsp butter 1 large bay leaf pinch of nutmeg salt ground black pepper
Do: Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper and fry in butter until a brownish-red crust forms (the meat does not have to be cooked through at this point). Remove from the pan and place on the bottom of a casserole. Return the pan to the heat and saute the onions (adding more butter, if necessary), until they are tender and slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Add onions to the rabbit. Whisk together sour cream, wine, and brandy. Pour over the rabbit and onions. Bring to a simmer and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the bay leaf, cover, and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. Serve with pan-fried potatoes, with steamed rice salad, steamed vegetables or with mash
Tabaka - Flattened Chicken recipe
Need: 2 ea Cornish hens 2 ea Garlic clove crushed 4 tb Butter melted Salt to taste Cayenne to taste
Do: Pat hens dry & place it breast side up on a large cutting board. With a sharp knife, slice down the middle of the breastbone, to separate the rib cage. BE CAREFUL not to cut all the way through the hen! It should remain in 1 piece. Turn hens over & flatten it with a mallet. With a sharp knife make a small slit at lower edge of each breast 1/2 & push tips of the drumsticks through slits on each side so the knobby ends of the drumsticks protrude on the skin side. Make similar slits on upper edge of each breast half & push wing tips through. Each breast 1/2 should be covered by a drumstick & a wing. Flatten hens gently once more with meat mallet. Rub hens with crushed garlic, salt liberally, & dust with cayenne. Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Add butter. When butter is melted put hens in the pan, turning to coat both sides. Cook skin side up over med-high heat for 5 mins. then turn skin side down. Place a plate or another skillet over hens & weight it down with a heavy can or bowl filled with water. Cook hens over med-heat for 20 mins. until skin is brown & slightly crusty. Turn, replace weight & cook 5 mins. more. Serve with Tkemali Sauce. The platter should be served with rice and/or green beans.
Navy noodles - makaroni po-flotsky recipe the dish we avoided to cook as pasta was a no-no in the family
Need: 300g wide, short egg noodles 300g ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, pressed 5 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp butter salt and pepper to taste
Do: Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain, and set aside. Warm butter and 3 tbsp of vegetable oil in a skillet and saute onions and garlic until golden-brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside. Warm remaining oil in the skillet, add ground beef/mince , and brown thoroughly, about 15 minutes. Combine noodles with onions and meat. Season with salt and pepper. (This dish is a favorite with children or pork mince)
I am also publishing our last night cabbage recipe made by Serezha
SEREZHA'S CABBAGE SALAD with PUMPKIN FLOWERS Need: 1/4 of a large cabbage one spanish red onion 1/2 white onion 4 cloves of garlic 8 pumpkin flowers parsnip root 1 lebanese cucumber 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1 carrot 2 small lemons peeled and chopped 1 tomato small cherry tomatoes cut in half a cup of chopped fennel 1/2 green hot chili salt, white vinegar and olive oil
Do: I do not know how Serezha does it. I only chopped vegetables except cabbage (I a not good in cabbage chopping), then added lots of love, mixing up all ingredients thoroughly. Served with think beef slices, cheese and spinach bureks and tea with some sweets to follow... excellent dinner - merry company, great conversations... if it was not for Tosha I'd stay longer...
BRUNETTI MORNING COFFEE
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL - CNF
11 pet shops searched, 4 of them opened ,the others are either out of business (meaning shut down) or they do not sell puppies anymore. as gold fish would look like a poor substitution for Penny's sister that can play with her underwater only, we stopped first to take our first breath and for coffees at Le Cirque Fine Foods - there was a fine pianist there, Sam Kristy who played lots of French chanson and, as we were the only couple to applaud (they had a full house or should I say::anshlag at the circus!) at the end of each music piece, he asked us what we liked him to play and introduced himself kindly... and to get our second breath - at CNF,south yarra cnfcafebar.com.au ordering 2 barramundi with roasted pumpkin and sweet potato with spinach and lemon - costed us $29 for two (saving $29) - shall you ask me how we save with Entertainment Book Melbourne .I will be happy to let you know... the result - no Maltipoo puppy found,but lots of knowledge gained...
EUROPEAN BAZAAR SHOP NORTH ROAD - KIEV CAKE
Kievski Tort (Kiev cake) is considered to be one of the most delicious on the list of russian taste wonders - topped with sour cherries, middled with soft cream, bottomed with who knows what - something fairy tales made of - like cashews and bize (almost pavlova) it melts in your mouth with one condition: you have to eat it in a very good and merry company - preferably with russian friends washing it down with vodk... no! how could you think about it? ... with the best coffee or best tea in town!!!.. convinced? YES!
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL - GRILL'D
I am publishing some photos from our "Entertainment Book Melbourne special" yesterday: including our trip with Mr Ned to Coco Cubano for coffees (please note the portraits on the background are not Ned's family, just his Coco Cubano multiple friends speaking funny - they might be Fidel Castro's relatives - the man Ned likes not for his beard but for his colorful biography all communists with guns have), Grill'd with Yoshi (that costed us $15.5 for two very nice and light steak burgers (ask us how we do that with Entertainment Book please) and making up our minds later on the day - if we should swim across Yarra to get from the boat houses to Fed Square faster or just use the bridge which looked though longer but safer option...
Alex's "very late and very ate" breakfast... just made to order - fresh green apple juice direct from the Phililps Juicer home factory (hand made with the help pf electricity) - rye bread torchered in the oven for 4 min (2) - cow butter (omg! i cant believe i use it!) - avocado chopped thoroughly (de-lived), - boneless chickens (2), - garden parsley beheaded, - country very tasty potato falling apart under your fork gentle touch (from Kerry Parker's kind garden), and - some german ham (sold by Aldi and hopefully not made out of germans) - no salt salt added - voilá!
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL - ROCKSALT BRIGHTON webiste
I publish some photos from Rocksalt cafe. dinner for two $32 only - ask me how...
LUNCH WITH MASHA AT THE VEGETARIAN CAFE FITZROY
absolutely amazing place - i forgot the name of the place..
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL: CAFE SIENNA CHAPEL STREET
Entertainment Book Melbourne special at Caffe Sienna Ristorante Chapel Street. two mains: baby veal and lamb cutlets with sides salads and vegetables (ordered separately) plus two lattes. the bill was $59 for two of us ($33 discount with your entertainment book voucher). ask us how we save...