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My Chili December 12, 2010

Filed under: Casual Eats,Home Cookery — Dobsessed @ 8:01 pm
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This is definitely not an authentic recipe, it is just how I make my Chili. I like making a huge pot of chili and then keeping it in individual containers and then eating it with rice and cheese or topping it on a tray of corn totillas for some quick nachos. I also add a lot of extra veggies to mine because I like to make it healthy.

I don’t measure anything, I just throw it all in so it’s a bit of testing and tasting.

Ingredients
– 600g of Heart smart Beef mince
– A can of kidney beans, drained
– A can of corn kernels, drained
– 2 or 3 medium carrots, diced
– 2 zucchini, diced
– 1 – 2 large red capsicums, diced
– 3 medium onions, diced
– 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
– 1 – 2 Chorizo sausage
spices are approximate:
– 1.5 tsp of ground cumin
– 1.5 tsp of ground coriander
– 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
– 5 cardamon pods, bruised
– 3 – 4 bay leaves
– quarter cup of sweet chili sauce
– salt to taste
– 10 small red chili or dried chili flakes (to taste)
– 1 cup of red wine
– olive oil
– butter
– 1 – 2 jars of chunky tomato pasta sauce

Method:

1. Fry the garlic and the onions in some olive oil and butter, I used a good chunk of butter, I love butter, and a good pinch of salt to stop the onions burning.
2. Add the chorizo, once it starts to brown, add the mince, brown it.
3. Add half of the red wine until it’s all absorbed.
4. Add all the spices and cook for a further 5 minutes.
5. Add all the vegetables, beans and add the pasta sauce
6. Once it’s bubbling nicely, drop the heat down, add the rest of the wine and simmer for about 3 hours stirring occasionally to stop it from burning.
7. Add sugar, salt, chili to taste and you’re done!

 

My Favourites List December 5, 2010

Filed under: Casual Eats,Fine Dining,Food — Dobsessed @ 2:52 pm
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I’ve look at my last few blog entries and other than a recipe blog entries, I seem to hate every single restaurants out there!!

That’s not true by the way, I love lots of restaurants!  I just gt the urge to blog a lot more when I’ve had a bad experience.  I guess I just need to get it off my chest, or I want to make sure people don’t make the same unfortunate mistake that I did.

To prove it, here’s some of my favourite restaurants in BRISBANE:

Breakfast:

Flute

4/380 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo – (07) 3324 0999

I have never had a bad breakfast here, the food, the coffee, everything is excellent.  It’s on the pricey side (breakfast wise), ranging from about $16 to $24 or something.  They have an interesting menu too, steaks and polenta for breakfast anyone?? Yum yum! Never been disappointed and I’m pretty picky.

Restaurant

Anise

697 Brunswick Street, New Farm QLD 4005, (07) 3358 1558

Very small restaurant and only seats 15 people, all at the bar! It’s really great, serving Modern Australian/French cuisine and the menu changes all the time.  One of the best duck confit, the best quail, best duck fat truffle potatoes.  EVER.

Their desserts aren’t anything special but everything else is pefecto.

Best Gluten Free Pizza

Hell Pizza gluten pizza are pretty good.  I think they taste pretty much exactly like normal crust (in my opinion).  Great gourmet toppings too, but a bit pricey.  Their pizzas are about $18 – $20 with $3.50 surcharge for gluten free crust.

I also like getting gluten free Pizzas from Dominos Pizza.  I’m not above eating fast food hehe. Their gluten free pizzas are $2.95 surcharge and it’s like their classic crusts.

Sushi

I loooooooooooooooove sushi, I eat sushi at least once a week.  At least!  And my favourite is:

Hanaichi Sushi Bar & Dining

Shop E128 & E129/171-209 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000 – (07) 3221 1450

I love it here…my favourites are Seared Salmon Scallop, Salmon Belly and Avocado (yuuuum), Soft shelled crab hand rolls, Crab Claws, Kani Korokke…list goes on.  And you HAVE to try the black sesame ice-cream, it’s seriously the best.

Japanese

Azabu

Taringa Central Shopping Centre, 165 Moggill Road, Taringa, 4068
Only tried this place once and it is pretty awesome.  Feel of Izakaya with authentic Japanese food.
Vietnamese
Quan Thanh
5/75 Hardgrave Road West End (Brisbane) QLD 4101 – (07) 3846 3849
Thai
Golden Buddha
3 The Corso, Seven Hills QLD 4170, (07) 3902 0005
Bow Thai
14 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, (07) 3216 1700
Indian
Punjabi Palace
135 Melbourne St, West End (Brisbane) QLD 4101, (07) 3846 3884
Mint Indian Courmet
394 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, (07) 3252 0300
Bakery
Chouquette
1/19 Barker Street, New Farm QLD 4005, (07) 3358 6336
Chinese
My mum’s  (HA).
That’s all I’ve got for now, I’ll add to it as it comes to me! 🙂

 

Worse High Tea: Joseph Alexanders | Milton December 4, 2010

Filed under: desserts,Fine Dining,Food review — Dobsessed @ 4:38 pm
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So, went to Joseph Alexander’s for high tea for a friend’s Stepford Wives themed birthday today.

*SIGH* What can I say, Joseph Alexanders isn’t how it used to be. They used to be my favorite place for high tea, but I can now say that it’s probably the worse that I’ve been to.

Joseph Alexanders is housed in a pretty nice space, wooden floor boards, big windows that overlook the Brisbane River with bright sunlight streaming in. Linen tablecloths, with floral China (all mismatched)…that’s where all the nice things ended.

The table were lined with paper (…ok, I can overlook that) but they didn’t even give us linen napkins. We got paper napkins, not the nice thick ones, oh no…we got these flimsy, rough napkins that you would usually get from surbuban food courts.

I was very hungry (no breakfast) so I was excited when the three tiered plates came. I ordered the gluten free high tea and this is what I got for $36.90.

Not very pretty right, let me describe everything from the bottom plate up.

First tier Sandwiches (not finger sized):
Smoked Salmon with cucumber and tomatoes:
This was alright, the bread was pretty bad. I could tell that the bread were the ones you get in package and it’s very, very crumbly, like they’ve had it for three days. The bread actually completely fell apart and I couldn’t actually physically pick it up to eat. This sandwich was OK…I was hungry and I snaffled it up.
Chicken and Avocado:
Same stale, crumbly bread, but this time, the chicken tasted like cold rotisserie chicken and had absolutely no flavour at all. Not appetizing.

Second tier Almond cake and Macarons:
Once again, the cakes tasted like it has been sitting around for three days, the cake was very, very dry and very crumbly. Taste wise, it was OK, nothing spectacular, I would expect to buy an almond cake like this from the local coffee shop with my $3 coffee. You know those cakes that are pre-ordered from like a catering company. Once again, not very impressed.
Now the macarons. I know macarons ok, and these LOOKED nice…but macarons are made from almond meal and egg whites, they’re supposed to be light, airy and slightly chewy…these were as hard as rocks. Like the texture of Violet Crumble, but hard. The flavor was OK, nothing spectacular but once again, very disappointed.

Top tier, Petit Fours:
The chocolate mousse cups were nice. Just a thin chocolate casing with soft chocolate mousse inside. It tastes nice, like chocolate mousse, but it wasn’t really anything exciting or interesting. Probably one of the only faultless thing that I had on my plate though.
Now, I saved the creme brûlée for last because I looooove creme brûlée. When I went to eat it, I was very pleased that the top gave a resounding crack, but was very curious about the green.

Yes.

GREEN.

Creme Brûlée.

You know what it was? Avocado.

Yes, Avocado flavored creme brûlée and it was disgusting. The texture was perfectly smooth actually, but I felt like I was eating sweet (too sweet) guacamole. It was gross, I felt like asking for some corn chips and salsa, didn’t even finish it. Seriously one of the worse creme brûlées I’ve ever had. But…good job for trying to be creative. Too bad it failed.

Now, with the tea, they didn’t bother asking for our tea orders until after about 30 minutes so half of us had finished nearly two of the tiers before the tea even came. We all got our own individual pot and the tea list was very small.

I ordered a Chai and it was pathetically weak.

They didn’t give us a tea strainer each, and because we all ordered different teas, we had to share tea strainers which is just wrong.

Milk that were provided was skim, (how thoughtful, is it because we were women?!) and when we added it to the tea, it gave this weak, palid colour. Not impressed.

So anyways, we had some good chats, and the service was fine…but overall, the food, the tea was just pathetic and all I can say is…I didn’t choose the spot.

I have to say though, everybody there looked LOVELY and I think the birthday girl had fun…but food wise…disappointing.

I guess I can’t talk for the normal high tea, but the gluten free one was just bad. I really can’t say much for restaurants that is OK with serving subpar, stale cakes even if it’s for their gluten free patrons.