ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL - LONDON TAVERN and BEAU MONDE INTERNATIONAL NEW
Entertainment Book Melbourne special - I am publishing today two new places to go for lunch and fine dining (respectively): London Tavern Caulfield (lunch) andBeau Monde International Doncaster (fine dinning). Was really impressed by the latter - especially their service - (ex-Windsor-Hotel-team that was assigned to look after this place was very impressive: our table was served following the high european standards by Ian, the restaurant manager) will be also happy to give the Beau Monde International 10/10 for delicious, fresh and very good quality food. Photos and your savings with Entertainment Book:
London - Ned ordered chicken Kiev home made with chips and steamed vegetables. I ordered the same but with fresh raw salad. Bill - $30 for two, total saving: $30
Beau Monde International Alex ordered Grilled Black Angus entrecote steak with roasted potatoes, field mushroom and green pepper sauce. I ordered: Oven baked Atlantic salmon with olive and parsley mash, broccolini and lemon butter sauce. Bill: $36 total saving: $32
Tosha: "i am really having a great time with you all but i am only interested in what's next to the cabbage salad on your plates - you can leave the vegetarian part to yourself, Sergey :)"
MEET THE MEAT LOAF STUFFED WITH PORCINI MUSHROOMS plus SEREZHA'S CABBAGE SALAD on the side NEW
Recipe: Salad: 1/4 large cabbage, 2 tomatoes, 4 small dutch carrots, 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 white onion, 1/2 yellow 1/2 red capsicum, 2 stalks of celery, a handful of raisins/sultanas, 1 small parsnip, spices, lemon juice, olive oil and white wine vinegar - to taste Meat Loaf: mix equal parts of 500 g of lamb and 500 g of pork mince, add spices and salt to your taste and flatten the mass on your oven tray, place the mushrooms cut in cubes in the middle and roll it in like sushi. Bake for one hour.
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL - THE DECK BRIGHTON NEW website
probably the best place we went to in the last month: atmosphere, very friendly service, delicious food (I want to find out how the dressing was prepared for the Japanese salad on the side of the fish - it was absolutely delish!) Ned ordered Japanese crumbed local rockling fillets shallow fried and served with triple cooked hand cut chips, creamy house made tartar sauce, lime cheek petite salad plus a glass of Shiraz. I do not know what dressing they put in their salad but it was so Japanesely- nice...I ordered the same fish dish. Our bill was $30 only with total saving of $22 (please ask me how). Photos:
TOSHA, SAY HELLO TO PENNY LUNCH NEW
today's lunch that I shared with Misha : vinegrette - russian beetroot salad, almond meal bread with carrots and avocado. recipe for the salad and the almond meal bread can be found here: russian vinegrette: 3 small beetroots steamed and chopped in cubes 1 carrot steamed and chopped in cubes 1/ small white onion chopped 1 boiled egg 2 small dilled cucumbers green peas - 1/4 cup 1/2 small potato steamed and chopped in cubes 1 tbl spoon of real mayo no salt salt to taste
almond meal bread (my own recipe): 500g (1 cups of almond meal) 2 raw carrots chopped 6-8 XL eggs 1 tbl spoon no salt salt 1 tbl spoon of baking soda mixed with lemon juice bake in 200C for around 55 min or till the wooden stick in the centre of the bread comes out is clear
LITTLE CHLOE AND SO MUCH YUMMY FOOD NEW ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL
now... how do I adore my new Entertainment Book Melbourne? - we did not actually expect too much when we popped in there - but were already pleasantly surprised with some modern spirit in the air - smiling waitress greeting and meeting us at the doors, very contemporary crockery and cutlery, cool chef , very friendly pace indeed... the cafe was full Monday lunch time and no surprise at all - the food and drinks (my long black decaf and Ned's hot chocolate ) were all sensational for every taste bud in my mouth! Little Chloe Malvern cafe http://www.littlechloe.com.au/. Ned ordered: Tasmanian smoked salmon on potato rosti, with mango and green tea chutney, avocado and Persian fetta smash, pomegranate and poached eggs. I ordered big breakfast of chicken and corn sausage, fried eggs, grilled tomato, bean cassoulet, wilted spinach and mushrooms, plus potato rost iin sourdough toast... all home made in the house - and so tasty!!! our bill with drinks got us $23 (saving of 17! - please ask us how-now) and see these photos:
KUMO JAPANESE RESTAURANT - OOPS, WE DID IT AGAIN! NEW
after our first visit to Kumo restaurant we decided that we will be the genuine devotees to Japanese culture not only because or daughter Masha and our son in law Glen are currently there and because we run a Japanese theme event in August 2014 but because we liked it... now I understand why Alex sometimes tells me: Natasha, can I please be a Japanese Zen tday, please...I will only eat lots of small dishes but they all need to be very tasty... I signed up for KUM Restaurant newsletter and here we go: got an invite to their spacial Tempura Night. You pay $19.50 and you order anything from tempuraed vegetables to tempuraed seafood - so yummy you do not want to stand out of the table... I bet Alex was twice as happy - lots of yummy food, great service and pleasant atmosphere - and he is a Japanese Zen.
MY CHILDHOOD RECIPES
I continue publishing my childhood recipes here... There is the first one:
Moscovite (Moskovsky) beetroot salad NEED: 300g raw beets, greens trimmed and root portions intact 1/4 cup shelled walnuts 2 cloves garlic, pressed 2 tbsp mayonnaise freshly ground black pepper to taste you can also add prunes to this salad DO: Boil the beetroots or roast them on a bed of salt until completely done (time depending on the size of the beets, which varies widely). Cool, peel, and shred. Process the walnuts until they are finely broken up but still have not formed a paste. Combine the ingredients, mix well, and chill in a refrigerator before serving.
Green sorrel borscht NEED: 10 cups veal or chicken stock big heap of fresh sorrel, cut into strips 1 large onion, chopped 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed 3 hard boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise 2 tbsp minced cilantro 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1/2 tbsp butter salt and pepper to taste sour cream DO: Saute onions in oil and butter until deep golden in color, about 15 minutes. Bring stock to a simmer and add potatoes. Simmer, covered, until the potatoes are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon, mash them coarsely (they should still be in tiny little pieces, not pureed), and return to the stock. Add onions. Adjust salt and pepper. When the stock comes to a simmer once more, add the sorrel, let simmer for 3 minutes, then take off heat, stir in cilantro, and serve immediately. (Keep in mind that sorrel overcooks very quickly). Place one or two egg quarters in each bowl before pouring the soup. Serve with sour cream on the side.
Rasputin's Codfish Soup NEED: 2 small whole codfish or 500g codfish fillets 1 cup milk 1 cup heavy whipping cream you can also add 4-5 mid size potatoes salt pepper DO: Clean codfish. Remove head and cut fish into fillets. Remove fish bones. Cut fillets into 6cm pieces and place in saucepan. Add milk and whipping cream. Place over medium heat and bring to scalding temperature. Do not boil. Reduce heat and continue simmering until fish is done. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into soup bowls and serve hot. Makes about 1 quart, or 4 servings.
LUNCH. CABBAGE SALAD WITH CHERRIES AND POMEGRANATES AND LEMON CHICKEN
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
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.
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
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 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.