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Clevedon Village Farmers Market, 20.02.2011 March 13, 2011

Posted by Sarah in Auckland, bread, holiday, markets, New Zealand.
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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

The Caterer July 1, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, bread, business, butter, cake, catering, chocolate, custom order, food, fruit, green, home made, homemade jam, jam.
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I had a catering job yesterday.  12 people for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.  Of course, although I took my camera with me, I managed to forget to take photos of most of the food I provided.  Here’s what I did manage to capture:

The olive oil dough resting before being cut into Panini buns.

The cooked Panini buns.

You’ll just have to imagine them filled with Free Range Roast Pork, my home made Harissa, crisp Lettuce and fresh Tomato.  Or Free Range Roast Chicken, Avocado, home made Basil Aioli and crisp Lettuce.  Or Rare Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream and Rocket.

This fruit platter looked so pretty I had to take a photograph of it, even though it was all secured in plastic wrap.  This platter accompanied a platter of freshly baked scones, home made jams and whipped cream.  A very lavish start to the day.

Double chocolate and toasted walnut brownie.

A close up of the decadent brownie.

The afternoon fruit platter to accompany said decadent chocolate brownie.

If you’re in Sydney, and are interested in having me cater your next function send me a message or comment on this post.

You might as well face it you’re addicted to Buns April 7, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Addicted, baking, bread, Easter, food, friends, funny, home made.
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I received an email from my friend Marcus this morning regarding his Hot Cross Bun day experience, and I thought it was worth sharing.  Quite possibly the funniest email I’ve ever received.  If I ever open a bakery, this is going on the wall:

Good morning Sarah,

Originally this email was supposed to be a ‘thank you’ email for having us over for your fantastic hot cross buns last Friday.

However, as it is now Wednesday, the hot cross bun withdrawal has fully set in and I can no longer remain in a positive state of mind regarding your rather kind invite. In fact, the more I consider the happenings of the day, the more I realise that it was all a diabolical plan. Much like the drug dealer, you went with the “the first one is free” approach to get your victims hooked until they are willing to pay large amounts to get there next fix.

Let me take you through the last few days. After visiting your place (which is rather lovely by the way), Cassandra and I left feeling rather happy, and content – filled with tasty hot cross buns and fresh orange juice. I have come to believe these to be magical hot cross buns, because, after eating them we felt no desire to have any lunch, and were actually content not have any dinner either as we were filled with hot cross bun goodness – a truly magic food I must say.

By Sunday however, things were beginning to sour a little. All of a sudden hot cross bun regret kicked in. Why didn’t I have another hot cross bun? It’s not like I could get them whenever I want them, it’s a once a year affair…. I should have taken greater advantage of the situation when it presented itself to me…..

I was not prepared for the real trouble though. Little did I know, that after the warm satisfied feeling Sarah’s hot cross buns left me with, that I would no longer be content with other ‘ordinary’ food. Where was the magic?

So now, much like in the gremlins, my problems are multiplying. Where-ever I look, I see hot cross buns. I often return to reality to find myself chewing on an umbrella or a lamp post, which I could have swore was a giant hot cross bun. On top of that, no matter how much food I seem to eat I never feel full! I can eat and eat and eat, but something is missing….. And that something is a magical hot cross bun……. My suit and belt are unimpressed with this situation. I wake up at night, in a cold sweat chewing on my pillow with tears in my eyes longing for another hot cross bun… even half a one! I am beginning to feel like a zombie, limping around the house repeating “buns…..”. If I turn up bleary eyed at your window at the middle of the night drooling – you have no-one to blame except yourself.

Regards

Marcus

P.S. Thank you for inviting us. We had a wonderful time.

Hot Cross Bun day April 3, 2010

Posted by Sarah in apron, baking, bread, butter, dining in, Easter, food, friends, fruit, holiday, home made.
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My Hot Cross Bun making efforts yesterday…

I got up early, popped on a festive frock and my Nana’s apron, and made 4 batches of buns.

My own homemade candied peel was studded throughout

I soaked the currants, sultanas and candied peel overnight in a couple of good slugs of Brandy

I even made the butter that accompanied them

They were devoured with gusto by everyone that came by, a most successful day indeed!

8 of the buns are on a flight to Adelaide with my friend Emma, I hope our friends in South Australia like them  :)

More photos on my Flickr page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahmcmanus/sets/72157623756983546/

Sourdough baguettes February 13, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, bread, cosy, dining in, food, home made.
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I’ve just pulled these beauties out of our oven, my first ever batch of Sourdough Baguettes!

Clotilde from the wonderful blog Chocolate and Zucchini wrote a wonderful post about her Homemade Sourdough Baguettes a few days ago.  I made a sponge for bread last night, and made my dough this morning.  I decided to shape and rise the dough as baguettes at the last moment, rather than make my regular rustic weekend loaf.

I used a combination of wholemeal and white flours, about 2/3 white to 1/3 wholemeal.  The baguettes have a beautiful, tight crumb and an excellent crust.

I would suggest that we eat these outside with a picnic lunch, but judging by the crazy storms we’ve had in Sydney the past few days I don’t think that will happen.

J has just pulled the most magnificent field mushroom, thyme and blue cheese pizza from the oven, so I don’t think we’ll be going hungry anytime soon.

Baguettes for breakfast anyone?

Book goodness September 4, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, book, bread, butter, cake, chocolate, Craft, gift, sewing, soap.
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Thanks to a very generous birthday voucher to Kinokuniya bookstore, i’m now the owner of three very cool books!  I can’t wait to get baking and bread making this weekend.

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Thank you Brian and Helen!!!

Homemade Strawberry jam September 1, 2009

Posted by Sarah in bread, butter, food, fruit, home made, jam, preserving, strawberries, thrifty.
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I snapped up some bargain strawberries at the supermarket yesterday.  They were perfectly ripe, so i decided to make them into jam.

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I checked out my trusty old copy of the Edmonds Cookbook to see what they said about the ratio of sugar to fruit.  Usually I work on a 1:1 ratio, but this time I used 1.140 kgs of strawberries to 1kg of sugar.  The instructions on how to actually make the jam cracked me up – such matter of fact language.  I especially like the sentence “The juice of 1 or 2 lemons added just before taking jam off element is an improvement.”  It sounds like this particular author didn’t really care for strawberry jam very much at all!

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When I took  my jam jars out of the cupboard and the very first one that I took out of the box just happened to be an old Strawberry Jam jar from last year.  It was meant to be.

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I love this old preserving pan!  It’s almost identical to the one that Mum uses, I have so many childhood memories of a pot of marmalade bubbling away on the stovetop.  My sister actually found this one for me through her work – and I brought it to Australia with me.

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And these are the lovely jars of ruby coloured jam.  I can’t wait to pop open one of these to go with some homemade bread and butter later in the year.  Yum!

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Self employed July 20, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, bread, cake, cheese, chocolate, food, vegetables.
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I did my first paid catering gig last week.  The company requested round food to go with their theme of “The Wheels on the Bus”.

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Rosewater meringues, chocolate brownies, chocolate cupcakes.

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Oatcakes with blue and cheddar cheeses.

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Falafel with yoghurt dipping sauce, and lamb meatballs with tomato dipping sauce.

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Chicken and watercress crositini, and tomato and dijon tarts.

My business cards are ready and so am I!

Photos by my good friend Elizabeth Clarkson.

Sunday lovely Sunday January 4, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, bread, cheese, dining in, food, knitting, organic, vegetables, wool.
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Joh and I had the most lovely day at home today, pottering around the house.  We had three separate offers to go out to see our dear friends for afternoon drinks, but we decided to stay here and spend some quality time with our house (and each other, of course!!)

For breakfast we had the last two slices of our sprouted rye bread with organic avocado, tomato and fresh coriander from our garden.  Half way through mine I decided to try out some of our new alfalfa sprouts, and they were delicious!

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I can’t wait for our deliveries from Lettuce Deliver to start again.  We’ve been shopping at Fratelli Fresh while the Lettuce family are on a much needed break.  The quality at Fratelli Fresh is some of the best in the city, but it still doesn’t even come close to our beautiful organic deliveries.  We did pick up some Tasmanian walnuts, which I cracked with my monster of a mortar and pestle.  I’ve popped them in the freezer until I decide what to do with them.

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I did a bit of knitting, finishing off a monolith of a blanket that I’ve been using for months in it’s incomplete state.  Photos and gory details to come in another post.

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Joh and I had some cheese in the fridge that needed using, a Polish style cottage cheese.  Joh made a wonderful organic wholemeal bread dough and left it to develop for a few hours.  I made some organic caramelised onions while the dough did it’s thing.  Joh kneaded and rolled the dough to a wonderful carpet of carbohydrates on the kitchen bench.  Then we scattered olive oil, caramelised onions, polish cottage cheese, parmagiana reggiano, olives and basil leaves.  Joh rolled the whole thing into a log, and then we decided it would be best to slice and cook the pieces individually, kind of like the broiche dough we used to make when I was a cook in Auckland.  They worked beautifully!  We cooked half of them on our pizza stone, and half in muffin tins.  The verdict?  Joh prefers the look of the muffin tin variety, while i like the more rustic feel of the pizza stone cooked rolls.  Either way, they are delicious, and will make a great lunch for us tomorrow.p1040008

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