Friday, October 28, 2011

Something BitterSweet at Wolves

I wasn't much, actually I wasn't a beer drinker at all before my Eurotrip earlier this year. But when in Copenhagen, do like the Danish and have a Tuborg. I now find I have acquired a taste for a beer that is bitter, slightly strong but still light.

I do enjoy the Brewers&Union and the StephWeiss (yellow label) beers. Though the Weiss is very light so definitely a girly beer. Because I'm all about balance it definitely needs something sweet to go with it, like a slice of cake. A moist slice of rich, deep, dark, chocolate cake with ganache icing to be exact!

Lucky for me Wolves (on Corlett) was more than happy to oblige. 
I love the Wolves! It has a great hipster, kinda kitsch but not, feel. With their mismatch cups, saucers and side plates. During the day bring along your laptop and do a couple of hours work over a good coffee or beer, and a great slice of cake.

 I'd recommend the chocolate cake, the chocolate vanilla layer cake with marshmallow icing and the hummingbird, which is a great surprise, of banana pineapple walnut cake with cream cheese icing.

Wolves does get busy on Thursday and Friday nights, when they stay open late, as the hipsters come out to listen to live music.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday night quickie: Carbonara

I'm sure we've all had a craving that just won't be shaken. For me it's been spaghetti carbonara this week. It came to me on Monday and the smokey, salty flavours just whirled around my head till the end of the week.

So yesterday I said enough was enough and carbonara for dinner it was! The great thing about it is that it's one of the quicker pasta dishes, but there is the trick of not making scrambled eggs.

Super simple boil spaghetti as normal, while that's on the go fry pancetta or smoked streaky bacon till crispy and set aside on paper towel.Then mix eggs, double cream with grated pecorino chopped chives and parsley olive oil salt and pepper.
When the pasta is done with super quick hand motion place in a bowl and stir in the egg mix, quick as you can. Or else you'll end up with a breakfast pasta spaghetti ala scrambled egg, bacon and cheese.

We served it up with a green salad and heat& eat olive loaf, totally satisfying! I love the salty smokey-ness of the cheese and bacon just cut by freshness of dill and parsley. One of my favourite favourites. And it tastes good reheated for lunch the day after.

Maybe next Thursday's quickie will be spaghetti Puttanesca (literally means whore's style spaghetti in Italian) wink

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Must have: Onion Marmalade

This weekend I realised, after running out of it, that Onion marmalade has become one of the most used and loved item in our pantry. Why you ask? It has that balance of flavour that  we all crave; the savoury, sweet deep caramelised onion flavour.
Although it's exterior probably does not look as appealing, as it is to a foodie like myself who likes all things preserve, it is a gem in the kitchen.
  1. Great accompaniment for beef, lamb and pork
  2. Uplifts most left overs, especially roast beef sandwiches with rocket and tomato
  3. Cheese accompaniment, camembert or brie and even a cheddar
  4. Adds a depth of sweetness to salad dressings - olive oil, balsamic, mustard, salt, pepper and teaspoon of onion marmalade
  5. Topping cheese tartlets
Do yourself a favour and get some onion marmalade, it's stocked at your nearest Woolies