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The Gallery Soho, Coorparoo August 20, 2012

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Back in Brisbane, and back into the breakfast scene…something that I didn’t really indulge in when I was in London…but something I just can’t seem to live without back here.

Last weekend, I decided to visit the Gallery Soho, in Coorparoo after driving past it numerous times.  It always looked inviting with green cushions with bench time seating with a wide window into the standing room only (orders only) interior.

The menu was extensive with the usual fare of eggs, toasts, sandwiches and burgers.

Having recently had brilliant avocado toasts at the Vintage Kitchen and Closet – across the road from the Gallery (post to come) I decided to order the same, cheaper than Vintage Kitchen and Closet at $8.50.  I also ordered an ice coffee (counter service).

Coffee was nothing remarkable…but arrived quickly.  Food also arrived quickly.  Excitement soon turned to disappointment when I was presented with buttered Turkish toast with anemic avocados, sans wedge of lemon.  I prodded the avocado a few times, and yep, definitely, they were so un-ripe as to be melon like. Completely inedible.  I ended up just eating the buttered toast, can’t say I’ve every paid that much for plain toast before. They do poached eggs, but I didn’t try any…but was told that they do their scrambled eggs in the microwave.

Other order of marinated steak sandwich ($12) looked apetizing enough, but again, same anaemic avocados were used and hardly any steak. 

I desperately wanted someone to ask me how my food was, but no service was forthcoming…and I won’t be forthcoming here anymore either.

The Gallery Soho | 07 3397 0020 | Shop 11, 342 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo
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Afternoon tea at Claridge’s Hotel, Mayfair October 23, 2011

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I’ve now had a few ‘traditional’ afternoon teas now…I haven’t blogged about most of them.

I’ve had a few simple afternoon teas not at top London hotels so haven’t really blogged about them. Ones worth noting was at Dean Street Town House. It was cheap, £15.95, sandwiches were good, scones were good, and the top cakes tier were pretty good.

I recently went to Claridge’s for their afternoon tea…it was hard to get a table, I booked back in August, and couldn’t get a table until October.

This is a quick post as I didn’t take any pictures.

We were ushered into a beautiful room, with a huge fresh roses arrangement in the room. Somone playing a grand piano on one side and a celloist next to them.

The service there, absolutely incredible, if we so much as edge our hand towards the teapot, someone would magically appear to pour for us.

The sandwiches were very delicious, their flavours distinct and I would say that I had the best egg and cress sandwich there compared to anywhere else. The egg was boiled, but boiled to perfection – that state when the york is no longer runny, but bright orange, and not yellow.

The scones, an apple scone and a sultana scone were one of the best I’ve ever head. It beat Lanesborough. It was buttery and absolutely moorish and the Marco Polo house made jelly was light and not too sweet. The desserts were pretty good too…consisting of some varieties including a fig tart, a yoghurt, a lemon cheesecake.

Once we finished each tier, they would ask if we wanted more, as I’d starved myself all day (no breakfast, no lunch) for the 5pm sitting, I was famished and I got a second round of sandwiches AND a second round of scones. We also got another round of cakes, but not the full array. We were also given the option to change teas…and as our sitting came to an end, we were both given a small canister of their house blend.

What a nice touch, for £38.95 (they will also automatically add 12.5% gratiuity at the end, it was well worth it. It is without a doubt the best of the traditional teas I’ve had so far.

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My holiday in dot points! March 4, 2010

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So, I took a 3 and a half week vacation to South East Asia and today is my first day back.  I will probably, at some point, when I get the time, when I get over my post-travel depression and when I’ve sorted out my life, blog my experiences…but here is a brief overview of my vacation…in dot points:

  • Three girls, three and a half weeks, three countries: Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam & Thailand
  • Highlight: Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Mekong Delta and travelling back to the city by speedboat, they allowed me to ride on top of the speedboat illegally, so it was me and the sunset as it sailed into the city.
  • Mode of transport: Airplane, Bus, cars, row boat, speedboat, elephant, bamboo raft, white water rafts, long boats, tuk tuks, bicycle and motorcycle (for about 100 metres – too scared to ride one by myself without a helmet!)
  • Near Misses: Stepping out of an elevator because it got stuck, having to take the stairs and then a minute later, the carriage crashes to the ground; rickety bamboo hut that I stayed in nearly gets burned down by wild fires and village men and our guides have to douse the hut in water, falling down a mountain, stopped by a tree that thoughtfully ripped through my shirt, gave me a gash and a bruise from armpitt to elbow
  • Gained 5kg and 4 pairs of shoes
  • lost a wallet, two credits cards, my drivers licence and $500
  • smashed my iPhone
  • Experience: Priceless
 

Chocolate Souffle: Take 1 July 11, 2009

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Chocolate Souffle Souffle is one of those things that I think every one thinks will be really difficult to make, so no one ever tries to make it and just end up ordering it restaurants.  I love them, I like how they are light but is full of sweetly goodness.  The last great souffle I had was at Mondo – please read my Mondo post – which was pistacio souffle, really enjoyed that.  I’ve had chocolate souffles as well, but I didn’t like it as much as it tasted really bitter.

It was actually a really simple recipe.  I gave my 7 year old nephew the task of grating the chocolate.  This turned out to be a huge mistake because he ended up grating some of the foil encasing the chocolate and I had to dump half of it out.  All the other ingredients were really easily accessible too – no wheat flour either, only corn flour, something I think is in every Chinese kitchen.

Ingredients

For the dishes

  • 25 g unsalted butter for greasing
  • finely grated Chocolate – no foil preferably

Crème pâtissière

  • 20 g Cornflour
  • 200 ml Milk
  • 200 g Dark Chocolate 70% cocoa solids, chopped
  • 80 g egg yolks

Egg white mixture

  • 200 g egg whites
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder for decoration

1. Oven is at 180 degrees.  I brushed the ramekins with softened in an upward stroke and then poured grated chocolate in so that it was all coated inside.

2. I whisked the cornflour with the milk and put it on heat, once it started boiling, it started looking like sticky, claggy paste – did not expect that, with my nephew’s help, I added all the chunks of chocolate in (off heat) and once smooth (as best as I could get it, given I was mixing it with glue) and then added the egg yolks.  Then I transferred it into a big bowl to cool.

3. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks stage and then I added the sugar and whisked in three parts.

4. Added a big dollop of whites to the choc mix and stirred it around and then added the rest of the whites and folded it in.

5. Poured it into the ramekins, tried as best as I could to clean up the ramekins and stuffed it in the oven.

6. On the recipe, apparently you bake it for 6 – 8 minutes. I took it out, I rose, but not significantly, it wasn’t really set…it was like warm chocolate mousse-pot things, my nephew looked pretty pleased when he was eating it.

I shoved it back in the oven and gave it a bit more time, and it came out, tasting deliciously light, sweet, chocolate but not heavy.  I was a bit disappointed, I want it to rise so that it’d look really impressive!

For next time, I’m going to try:

– Using a piping bag to pipe the souffle into the ramekins – no mess

– cleaning the edge more so it doesn’t ‘stick’

– giving it more time in the oven so it rises – or a even a hotter oven.

I’ll keep you posted on the next attempt, meanwhile, do you have any suggestions on how I can improve the rise of the souffle??