Extravagant Exquisite Baking Adventures (nothing good happens after 12.30 am)

Oooh baby! Tonight’s the night we had a ball of fun… no not like “that” you sly character… fun with baking! Red velvet cupcakes, scrumptious chic choc chick cookies. Jay’s “special” brownies, warning label on that, and soon to be incarnated echidna slices. Yeah baby!

Lastly I’ll leave you with a few secret kitchen secrets. Things I’ve learned today. Always shut the door so your cupcakes cool slowly. Butter doesn’t magically melt by itself, chuck some hot water under that good thing. Don’t get yourselves into a mess with a broken beater, cube your butter so it becomes soft like a cushion or your friend’s bosom. After sifting, discard the unsifted part, don’t go a-shovin it back into that mix. Don’t sleep while the cookies are in the oven, you’ll miss out on all the action.

Yours lovingly Ana. No just kidding it’s everyone’s favourite pal, Otis.

Kailis Brothers Fish Cafe Review

Rating: 3.5 / 5

I love fresh seafood. The kind that you know had been wriggling around a day ago. I actually hadn’t found a really fresh seafood place (other than catching it myself that is) until three days ago when I finally got around to eating at this place. See I usually go to greens and co next door for dessert and every time i go there I always want to try kalis. Thank goodness I finally did because their seafood is mmm delicious.

So lets start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start, when you eat you begin with…… (sorry was just watching Sound of Music, couldn’t help it). Oysters!!!! We had oysters Kilpatrick – unfortunately we didn’t try them raw, but regardless they were fantastic! Plump and juicy and …oystery, you could tell they were sooooo fresh, there honestly wasn’t enough for all of us to share. I think the produce here really speaks for itself, and they know how to dress it perfectly, bringing the best out of the ingredients.

The fish of course was fantastic, there was no need for fancy cooking. It was perfect on its own with a delicious chunky tartare sauce that had me asking for more. It again depends on the type of fish that you like, we went for the whiting and the cobbler. I honestly prefer whiting as it doesn’t taste as …mushy, and just feels much mores substantial, I know that’s an odd analogy, but hey I’ve had only 4 hours sleep and I have a cold so… ! The one thing about these dishes was that their portions, for that price were quite small, – maybe it was because of the produce freshness but even so…we ordered like 7-8 dishes between 5 of us and it still wasn’t enough so we had to order again.

We also ordered the whitebait which was delicious, but you’ve got to eat it quick, as once it goes cold like any whitebait, it goes kinda gross.The chilli mussels were of course next on the agenda, and while they were good, there wasn’t anything extra special about them. The sauce didn’t have that wow factor, and it it was less chilli more thin tomatoey(I’m in a bad spelling/grammer/make up your own words mood!) but again the fresh mussels were fantastic, I seriously think their produce is what sells the dishes not how they cook it. I mean it was cooked fine, don’t get me wrong, but their seafood was just so unbelievably fresh that it just shone throughout he cooking….if that makes sense.

Anyway regardless, I love the food and would definitely go back soon …if it wasn’t for the high price tag and not so brilliant service (I honestly don’t think their waiters know how to smile). Maybe I’ll try it again next year!

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Jus burgers Subiaco -Review

Rating: 1.5 / 5

ok so I know its been a very long time since my last post, but I have been busy and weirdly enough…actually wait its not that weird for me…… I’ve been having a bad luck streak! It all started off why the chain of my cross breaking, then I managed to whack my leg on a chair- massive bruise, accidentally crashed a date and ended up playing fifth wheel, nearly got hit by a car on  a zebra crossing, car broke down and actually started steaming from the hood (it was quite hilarious actually), got placed into a tute group that normally finishes early except when I joined it decided to finish really late, and my phone died. This was all in the span of a couple of days, sooooo odd. I must have broke a mirror, or karma is catching up to me!

Anyway been so freakishly busy that I’ve barely had a chance to eat let alone cook, so instead I think you’ll probably get quite a few reviews instead of recipes for the next week or so. This isn’t the best picture as we were outside and it had started to rain, so we all scampered into a dark corner, I’m pretty sure it’s my hand in all those pics as well- I was starving!

So onto the food- sorry if this sounds manic I’ve had like three hours sleep again! The burgers were……….hmm not fantastic for that price, honestly they were actually a bit dry. It’s not the first time I’ve eaten there, and I actually prefer Grill’d, but they have awesome onion rings! We ordered a couple of burgers and all in all they pretty much needed something else. One of my mates even ordered extra mushrooms, but they were just too sweet! All in all bit of a let down, but at least I got my onion rings out of it!

Anyway I wouldn’t really recommend going again….. unless you feel like onion rings!

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Chocolate chunk cookies!

I love this recipe! It is by far the best cookie recipe that I know, It gives you those fantastic cookies with the slight crunch on the outside but with that gooey filling in the middle. you seriously will be restraining your self from eating these while they cool! I came about this recipe quite perfectly due to the presence of the chunks. See I stored my chocolate chips at the top of the cabinet next to the fridge. Now idiotically enough I didn’t take into consideration that the fridge heats up! So I ended up with a bag of melted chocolate! I of course then completely forgot about the bag, and so it re-solidified but with that lovely white coating that shows you’ve been an idiot and accidentally melted the bag. I didn’t know what the hell to do with the chocolate chips until I stumbled upon this recipe and immediately fell in love with it. So before I go completely off track again here’s the recipe!

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 10-15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 160 gm melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (raw sugar will also work)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups chocolate chunks! (chocolate chips are fine, or feel free to buy a block and chop away!)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. In a bowl ift together the flour baking powder and salt
  2. in another bowl beat together the melted butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and then add the vanilla essence and mix till just combined
  3. slowly beat in the dry mixture until just combined (do not over add, it the mixture has come together do not add any more)
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips, then roll dough into 3cm diameter balls.
  5. Place on a lined baking tray and make sure you leave enough space between each ball so they don’t melt onto each other ( at least a 10cm diameter for each cookie) and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet (do not remove to a drying rack or it will disintegrate on you!

Enjoy!

Pancakes at Carillon Review

Rating: 2.8 / 5.0

mmm have I mentioned I love pancakes.

Stick any pancakes in front of me at any time of the day and I’ll be happy. It doesn’t matter if its dinner, lunch, or that random midnight snack, pancakes always make me smile 🙂 I eat here quite regularly because….well i like pancakes and this is one of the only places in the city that does pancakes at lunch. I know its odd, but seriously when am going to wake up in time for breakfast!

So to the food, it’s not extravagant or out of the ordinary, what you see is what you get. It’s a hearty pancakes, bacon and eggs meal. If you go before 11 you can choose one of their many breakfast plates, and it’s the perfect brunch spot. They make lovely fluffy pancakes and the mayple syrup (flavouring- it’s never going to be real maple syrup!)is add your own, with no limit on how sugary sweet you want it. I must say their scrambled eggs and sausages aren’t brilliant, but they’re still ok to eat, and does anyone else love banoffee shakes- in case you don’t know what that is it is a thick gooey banana and coffee shake which is delicious. I also love how colourful and open it is, with Jamie Oliver always blaring on the TV, old style booths, and the staff are always friendly. There are of course other meals to get beside pancakes, and they do great crepes (but in the end I always go back to the pancakes!), also their desert pancakes are nice- a little sweet for me most of the time, but that’s just personal preference.

Anyway after a full morning of shopping this is the perfect place to crash, and regardless of the calories I can’t help myself and keep going back.

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Three layered chocolate feather cake

This is my absolute favourite chocolate cake in the world. Its the first cake picture I ever posted on Facebook and one of the reasons I decided to write this blog, it’s also become my gravatar for  this blog.  I made this for a movie night and I love that it’s so easy to cook but looks great 🙂 It went over great and the best part was if your layers aren’t even  -like mine was that night, because its so dark no one can tell!!! Anyway I’m procrastinating studying so instead I’m writing this up. I’ve had a sleepless week- hence the delayed posts, I think I’ve been averaging like 4 hours a night, culminating in a 13 hour sleep on friday! So hopefully this post sounds more energetic than the last 😛 So here it is!

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

for the cake

  • 200gm dark chocolate
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb
  • 250gm soft unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200ml light sour cream

for the filling

  • 250gm soft unsalted butter cubed
  • 500ml icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

for the ganache

  • 100gm dark chocolate
  • 75 mL pouring cream

Method:

for the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. in a bowl mix together the hot water, chocolate and bicarb
  3. cream the butter and beat in the sugar until light and fluffy!
  4. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time and stir in the vanilla. Then gradually beat in the chocolate.
  5. Fold in the flour mixture alternating with the sour cream until just combined.
  6. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form, and mix into the batter.
  7. Divide between 20cm tins ( or if you have two add 1/3 in one and 2/3 in the other then cut the later in half)
  8. Bake for 30-45 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Place on a drying ram and allow to completely cool

for the buttercream

  1. Cream the butter, and then gradually beat the icing sugar and cocoa powder in until well combined.
  2. Add the lemon juice and beat until smooth.

for the ganache

  1. On a low heat, mix the chocolate and cream until the mixture is smooth, shiny and mmm chocolatey

To assemble the cake

  1. Divide the butter cream into two and spread over one of the three cake bases. Add another cake layer on top and repeat with the remaining buttercream and cake.
  2. pour the ganache over the top and allow to drip over the edges.
  3. Cut, serve and mmm enjoy

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