Monthly Archives: April 2015


Sunday afternoon view Dine out

A friend was in town so I chose to go for Sunday lunch at the Coogee Pavilion Rooftop. The owners of this restaurant/bar, The Merivale Group, are big in Sydney and I had read a lot about the different spaces, style and feel of the place as well as the quality of the food so I had high expectations. We negotiated our way through the throngs of people on the lower level and made it to the safety of the stairs. The lower level was “buzzing” but it was far too busy for me to want to eat there. We climbed the...

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Breakfast which isn’t really breakfast Dine out

Some of our family were in town over the weekend and they were staying in the city so we met them at the Paramount Coffee Project for breakfast. It is in Surry Hills, walking distance from the city and set in the foyer space of Paramount House. It’s a lovely open cafe with soaring ceilings, concrete  floors and many different areas and seating options to suit their customers. They also have a variety of business which share the space. Last time we visited there was a bike shop, this time a bustling market stall with people leaving with calico bags overflowing...

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My imperfect, perfect tart Dine in

The recipe comes from my go to cookbook Plenty which I have written about before. The recipe in the book is amazing, but I need to modify it for more every day baking. The original recipe is special for two reasons. The first reason is because it is rich – buttery pastry, creme fraiche, double cream and about 200g of quality cheese. The second reason is because beautiful cheese is expensive, so it isn’t something you can make every day. Yottam uses both hard and soft goat cheese in his recipe which we bought at our local fromagerie, but I think you can substitute...

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Thai red pumpkin soup Dine in

It was a cool day in Sydney yesterday, and cool days mean warm bowls of soup. I had 1/4 of a pumpkin, and a bit of left over coconut milk but no jars of Thai red curry paste and no desire to leave the house. Fortunately, I had all the ingredients I needed to make it from scratch. It took all of 5 minutes in a whizzer and was absolutely delicious. The surplus went into small containers in the freezer for another meal. I am already planning when I can make red chicken curry! Ingredients Paste 3 tsp white pepper...

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Wandering in The Rocks Dine out

The Rocks is a lovely part of Sydney to wander through the cobbled streets. I love to imagine what life was like for the settlers who lived here in the 1800s, the wealthy and the poor, all trying to eke out a living in this tough and foreign land. Mum and I visited the National Museum of Contemporary Art with the intention of seeing an artist Mum had encountered in France, but unfortunately the exhibition he is in does not start until later in April. After our stroll through the galleries, we needed to refuel on a dreary day so we...

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