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Sonido! South American Cafe August 19, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Arepas, beef, bread, dining out, food, holiday, Meet Me At Mikes, Melbourne, Sonido! South American Cafe.
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I had been on the look out for places to eat and drink while we were in Melbourne when I came across this blog post by Pip from Meet Me At Mikes.  Turns out, this sweet little cafe is just around the corner from her store, so it worked in well with our shopping plans.  The first day we just dropped by for a coffee, and the second day we stayed and had the most delicious lunch.  Highly recommended if you’re in the Fitzroy area.

Josephine had the Ropa Vieja (Old Clothes beef) – $11.50

A lovely slow cooked beef dish, served on a crispy arepa.  The menu says that this is an old Cuban recipe.

This was really delicious, especially with the guacamole and salsa that was provided to serve with it.

I ordered the Arepa con Huevo – $9.50

A delicious combination of soft scrambled free range eggs, with spring onions and tomatoes.  Served on a crispy Arepa.

The combination of crispy hot arepa, and soft scrambled eggs was just wonderful.  I would be eating this all the time if I lived in Fitzroy.

Below is their contact information, taken from their website.

CONTACTO

Address: 69 Gertrude Street Fitzroy VIC Australia
Phone: 0404621946 / 0406850341
Email: info@sonido.com.au

Trading Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 8:30am – 4pm
Satuday and Sunday: 9am – 4pm

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Spring is here! October 4, 2008

Posted by Sarah in beef, food, markets, organic, Uncategorized, venison.
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This whole week has been hot hot hot, so I was looking forward to getting down to the Pyrmont Good Living Growers Market this Saturday. Sadly we woke this morning to find that it had been raining all night! A quick check of the weather made my mind up for me. I wasn’t going to miss another of these markets just because of a little rain.

We arrived later than we normally would, so that meant that we had to deal with a few crowds. A lovely bratwurst on a soft white roll with caramelised onions and homemade barbeque sauce from Eumundi Smokehouse made the headache from the night before’s overindulgence subside.

You know its spring when you see asparagus and broad beans. The asparagus was picked yesterday morning, and it still had the soil it was grown in clinging to it. Lovely!

The aroma of mangoes and strawberries from the kitchen table, the promise of delicious meals all weekend, lets just say I’m glad we braved the weather this morning.

We also purchased Venison, Organic Free Range Pork and Pasture fed beef.

Happy weekend everyone!

A less than lazy Saturday November 9, 2007

Posted by Sarah in baking, beef, bread, chocolate, dining in, food, home made, markets, organic, recipe, vegetables.
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I like to spend time filling my larder.  Preparing for future culinary sensations.  Modern housewifery.

The weather here has been appalling for the last few weeks, and I love it.  I love the opportunity to stay indoors, don my apron and create.  This Saturday just past Joh and I embarked on a somewhat mammoth cooking bonanza.  Here’s what we achieved with our 10 hours.

First of all we had to do some shopping for ingredients.  Down to the markets for lemongrass, ginger, red capsicum, coriander, limes, chillies.  Off to the butcher for some beef bones.  To the supermarket for wholemeal flour and onions.  Back to the Thai supermarket later for tamarind and more lemongrass.  The first thing we did when we got home from our shopping trip was to heat the oven up to roast the beef shin bones.  This is to release the flavours of the bones to make really good home made beef stock.

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Joh prepared some capsicums for roasting while I got to work on some homemade bread.

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The bread was put on top of the computer to rise, then the beef bones and capsicums went in to roast.  The next step for me was to make some home made mince meat for my christmas mince pies.  This year I made a traditional fruit mince mixture, and also another mix made from figs, chocolate and ginger.  The second mixture is great for people that don’t like traditional fruit mince pies.  The recipe can be found here.  I tweaked the recipe slightly and used organic where I could.  I also used half white chocolate and half dark chocolate for a point of difference.

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The bones came out of the oven and went into the stock pot along with spring onions, brown onions and ginger that Joh prepared.  The stock was left to cook over a low heat for about 3 hours.

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The capsicums came out of the oven, were peeled and bagged in portions and popped in the freezer.

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I kept the organic apple peels from the fruit mince from earlier and made some fruit tea too.  This takes some time in the oven on a very low heat so we got to work on that while we waited for the bread to cook.

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Now the reason we wanted to cook today at all.  Chilli Jam.  This is a thai-style chilli jam, full of fish sauce and sprimp paste.  I love to have it in the fridge to give stir fries a lift, and Joh will just eat it by the spoonful whenever I’m not looking :)  We also made up a batch of Red Curry Paste so that we can make our own Massaman Beef Curries at home.  Thats the chilli jam on the left and the red onions and lemongrass dry frying in the right hand pan for the Red Curry.

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This is the finished chilli jam.  And the baked bread.  And the two types of fruit mince.

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The beef stock was cooled overnight and the thick layer of fat was removed.  The beef stock is now happily waiting in the freezer.  We froze the Red Curry Paste in ice cube trays so that we can just take out as many as we need to make a meal.  It’s 7pm and we’re both really tired and can’t be bothered cooking for ourselves after a huge day in the kitchen, then a big clean up.  We contemplated going out to eat but resisted the temptation and stayed in.

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The photo really doesn’t do this meal justice.  Organic scrambled eggs with coriander and organic tomatoes.  Organic sunflower sprouts, mushrooms and asparagus, and our own homemade bread.  Perfect, simple and easy.   We gobbled this down in five minutes, both very happy we didn’t leave the house to eat someone else’s food.

Monday night feast June 4, 2007

Posted by Sarah in beef, cosy, dining in, food, markets, vegetables, wagyu.
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Some pictures of tonights dinner:

Wagyu beef roast

Celeriac, potato and pear mash

Caramelised onions and pan juices, reduced to a sauce.

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This little alpaca went to the market… June 4, 2007

Posted by Sarah in beef, cheese, dining in, food, home made, markets, vegetables, wagyu.
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Here are a few pics of the purchases I made at the SMH Good Living Markets in Pyrmont on Saturday.

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The last two photos are:

Venison sausages with apricot and pinenuts

Wagyu beef topside roast