Churros with white chocolate

The ultimate dessert for cold winter nights.

Oreo Cupcakes

Everybody's favourite cookie in a delicious cupcake.

Hungarian Beef Goulash and Herb Dumplings

A Family favorite and competiton winning recipe.

Upside Down Pinnaple Cake

Tropical "Deliciousness" disguised as a cake.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I met friends the other week for lunch and we decided to go somewhere that has a voucher from the Entertainment Book. We chose the lovely RiverBank Estate.

I've never been to RiverBank before and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful rolling vines which went on for ages and backed onto the Swan River.




We decided to sit underneath the beautifully designed veranda outside seeing as though it was a nice sunny day. The newly sprouting vines overhead gave out plenty of light shade and was lovely to sit under.

We chose the RiverBank Tasting board which is a selection of bites chosen by the Chef that particular day.

The Tasting Board consisted of an array of gourmet delights prepared by Head Chef  Darren King. We had a Light Prawn Salad, Pork Rillettes, Aranacini Balls, Potato Salad, Duck Liver Pate and Chorizo, Olives and Crackers.



We also ordered Pumpkin Arancini Balls and the Tempura Prawns with Wasabi Mayo.

 
 

All the food was faultless and we had fun picking our way through the dishes as we sipped on The Celebration White which is a dry blended white and was very easy drinking both my friend and I took a bottle home each!



After lunch we had a few tastings and I must say all of the wines I tried were so good, literally one after the other!

With the Entertainment voucher we saved just over $20 off the total bill. I'll definitely be back here with my Hubby for a beautiful lunch one day very soon.

They also have an Entertainment Voucher for 30% all Cellar Door Sales up to $500, so big savings all round!

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I love the crepes and custard combo, and this recipe makes a lovely dessert for dinner parties or anytime really.



Crepes
2 eggs
1 1/4 Cup Milk
1 TBSP Sugar
1 Cup Plain Flour

Sift dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk in combined wet ingredients until smooth. Rest for 5 mins before using.

Crème Patissiere (microwave version)
1 Egg 1 Egg Yolk
4 TBSP Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2.5 TBSP Cornflour
2.5 Cups Milk

In a Pyrex jug whisk eggs, yolks, sugar, cornflour and Vanilla until thick. Whisk in milk and microwave for 1 minute then whisk.
Then microwave for 30 sec at a time stirring in between until you have a thick custard. Place cling wrap on top of the custard to stop a skin forming, refrigerate until cold before using.

Macerated Strawberries
Half a punnet of strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tsp caster sugar
Juice from 1/4 of a Lemon

Mix everything together and leave at room temp.

Assembly

You can stack the crepes on top of each other with the custard in between or you can spread the custard over and fold then in quarters like I've done in the photo.

Spoon over the strawberries.

Enjoy!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Chilli-Garlic Tomato Sauce Recipe



800gm Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 brown onion, diced
2 TBSP garlic, chopped
1 TBSP small hot red chilli's, chopped
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp pepper
1 clove
 
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours and low for 4-6 hours. Blend with a stick mixer and pour into hot sterilized jars, seal and cool.
 
Makes approx. 3 cups. These make great gifts for Christmas etc!

Monday, September 29, 2014

We visited Homestead Brewery on the very first weekend they opened. It was a lovely warm day and we were greeted by a friendly staff member who gave us a quick run down of the Menu.

We started by having small tastings of the 4 Beers they had on tap. I chose to drink the Thunderbird IPA which went down very nice and didn't leave that heavy feeling in my stomach that I usually find with craft beers.



We took a seat on the veranda in the beautiful sun over looking the newly sprouting green vines whilst looking over the menu.

 
 
The menu is great, you can order some tapas and cheese platters to share with friends over a few drinks. Light and main meals are also available, kids meals and a pizza menu where the wood-fired pizzas are made using house-made dough.

Out the back they have a new, fully fenced playground with soft-fall and shade sails. The grassed area is huge, it has heaps of bench tables, is shady and is a great place to bring a picnic rug and sit under the trees or in the sun. The outdoor bar serve beer and wine to the grassed area and they also have a little deli to the left where you can purchase cheese platters and add some charcuterie meats and fresh baked rolls to your platter. Pizza's are also available here and come out in a take away box so its easy to dispose of.

 
 
 
 
 
The outside also backs onto the river which would be a great spot to tie up your Kayak or boat and walk up and grab a drink and a bite to eat. Just note that the Jetty there is Private and belongs to Sandalford!

After watching our daughter play on the playground for a bit we ventured back inside and walked past the Mandoon Estate Fine Dining Restaurant which was lovely and fancy, I'll be back to try this one day soon.

For lunch my daughter chose the kids Margherita Pizza and ate it all! Love the homemade dough.



I had the Pork and Fennel Tacos which were tasty, light and filling.



Hubby ordered the Fish and Chips and A friend had the Wagyu Burger on a Brioche Bun .






The meals came out within a reasonable time frame and were presented nicely. Next time I think ill try the Mussels, they sounded so good.

There's plenty of seating around the place, tables, lounges and picnic benches and if this place is bustling you'd still be able to grab a seat somewhere and enjoy a drink or 2 without feeling crowded.

Photo credit J Staniforth
 
 


They had a live band playing outside when we finished our lunch and it was so nice enjoying a glass of red whilst listening to classic Aussie live music.


Photo credit J Staniforth
Whilst inside looking through the glass walls at the shiny new brew tanks, we spotted a Taxi Phone. How great is that! And being not that far into the Valley I can probably guarantee you wont be waiting too long for a cab too.

We also had the General Manager come over and ask us how our food and general experience of the place was. After a little chat we told him we look forward to becoming regulars.



Homestead brewery at Mandoon Estate are open 7 days a week. No more wondering through the valley thirsty on a Monday/Tuesday, head on down here!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I made this lovely side salad to have with dinner last night. Asparagus has just come into season here in Australia and I purchased some from my local supermarket.

This salad would go very well with some grilled fish!



Warm Potato, Asparagus & Dill Salad

A big handful of small chat potatoes (sliced in half)
A bunch of asparagus (ends trimmed, chopped in thirds)
1 Carrot (julienned)
A few red radishes (sliced thinly)
Half a punnet of cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
Half a red onion (thinly sliced)

Dressing:
4 TBSP EVOO
2 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp fresh chopped dill

Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well, set aside.

In a salad bowl combine the carrot, radishes, tomatoes and red onion.

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and boil the potatoes for 10-12 minutes until tender. Blanch the asparagus in the water for 1-2 mins.

Add the drained potatoes and asparagus to the mixing bowl and pour over the dressing. Stir

gently to combine.

Enjoy!