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Latest Hello Fresh Meals

by Fiona on August 27, 2015 · 0 comments

Had some money sitting in my PayPal so thought I’d spend it on some healthy Hello Fresh meals. Use my code R3CDUQ to get $35 off your first order!

Oven Baked Ocean Trout

Oven Baked Ocean Trout with fennel and lemon

Za’atar Chicken Bowl

Za’atar Chicken Bowl

Chorizo with Spanish Chickpeas

Chorizo and Chick Pea

Vietnamese Pork Salad

Vietnamese Pork Noodle Salad

Steak with Field Mushroom & Purple Fries

Steak with the biggest mushroom in the world and purple sweet potato fries.

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So, I’m one for convenience and a bargain.

Here we go… Convenience:

jamie oliver fish bake

The Jamie Oliver range at Woolies is actually quite good and not too overpriced. Seasoned lamb shoulders, spiced chickens, finsh abkes, like below. Ready to pop in the oven and enjoy in and hour…. like this bake!

jamie oliver fish bake

kylie kwong dumpling kit

And there’s the Kylie Kwong range… I’m only had these dumplings at a drastically reduced price, but I love them!

kylie kwong dumplings

Wouldn’t pay full price though, there’s too many awesome frozen dumplings for that!

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Coles Asian Meal Kits

by Fiona on July 11, 2015 · 0 comments

Coles Asian Meal Kits

I was just going in to get some more miso soup sachets when I saw these meal kits on special at 2 for $8 (usual price $5.99 each) and I thought I’d give them a go. Inside each is the bare basics – the Pad Thai one only had the noodles and the Pad Thai sauce, so at $6 would not have been worth it as a kit (you think they could have stumped up the crushed peanuts, right?), while the Mussamum was better – rice, marinade, paste and coconut milk… though again, a small sachet of nuts would have been a nice addition rather than having to buy a full bag, and the coconut milk wasn’t enough for my tastes (both heat and creaminess wise) so I added about a third of a tin extra when I cooked it.

Pad Thai

The Pad Thai was rather tasty, though again, there are better value kits out there, or you you just buy the noodles and sauce for cheaper individually at the supermarket or Asian grocer.

Mussamum Beef Marinating

Tasty, and did inspire me to try different things this week, but next time I Mussamum, it’ll be in a slow cooker with tamarind paste and loads of coconut cream with the curry paste. I did like that I used potato along with sweet potato. A moment of inspiration from the potato drawer!

Mussamum Beef and Rice

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pork noodles

So I was wandering in the “international” aisle at Coles, mostly just planning on getting some instant miso soup, but I got a bit distracted by some of the new products on the shelves…

singapore and hokkien noodles

And one thing was the shelf-fresh noodles, at $1.80 a packet. Bargain my dears! No wonder I rocked up some ingredients and made a thing!

singapore noodles ingredients

Noodles, eggs, potk mince, onion, sauces, oils and veges. What more do you need?

omelette

Got the omelette happening first.

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Isn’t it pretty with a dash of soy? Remove this then fry up your mince, then any eveges yiy need cooking.

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I fried up the onion and mine, then added the veges

Stirred them up good til cooked then added the egg and noodles

pork singapore style noodles

Eat me.

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**Warning – Food porn ahead!**

There’s a new Indian restaurant in the next suburb, and my boyfriend decided to spoil me with a meal there last night – The Grand Pavilion, known for their authentic and delicious Indian and Indo-chinese meals on the Central Coast, has just opened a location in Warners Bay.

I suppose I start from the start!

Pappadams  and raita

It took us forever to order – because there are so many options on the menu…. Old favourites and new (to us) twists and variations. All sounding delicious. We didn’t order it, but the $35.90 per head banquet for 2 or more is AMAZING value for entrees, mains (which are all Gluten free btw), sides and desserts. Next time, Gadget, next time.

So we settled on our order, and were presented with complementary poppadoms, along with a mild and spicy mint sauce (raita would be what I called the milk youghurt one) while Bruce went back to the car for our bottle of $7 Aldi Shiraz (amazingly smooth btw) because they are BYO only ($3/head). There is the usual Coke brand and Lassi selection for drinks.

one road shiraz aldi

And then it was onto the entree – The Veg Grilled Platter for 2 – $18.50

the grand pavilion entree veg grilled platter

This impressive creation came out on a sizzling plate, with veges adorning and enhancing it (it you have room – eat the sizzled up capsicum and other veges. Wow!)

Onion Bhaji and tandoori mushroon

First we had the Onion Bhaji and Tandoori Mushroom, which both had a little kick as far as I was concerned! Great texture on the Bhaji, and the mushroom was a different twist for me, with sooo many flavours!

vegetarian seekj kebab  paneer tikka

Next, because they were under the other two, were the Vegetarian Seekh Kebab (the vege sausage thingy) and the Paneer Tikka. Wow, I loved the two of them – the paneer had a nice marinade and was cooked to perfection, and the Kebab was so full or herbs and flavours I nearly fainted with joy.

(and then, we rested, while our mains were prepared)

We chose two meals from the Chef’s special mains, and we were blown away. Both we “mild” heat wise, but the combination of spices and cooking style was enough to have me eating way more than I should.

The Grand Pavilion - Masala Lamb Shanks

The Lamb Shank Masala is, according to the menu – “Lamb shanks cooked int Indian style with special spices until the meat in tender and falling off the bone”. Wow. These were amazing. The meat inside was purple and so soft and melty! I half-heard the owner/chef explain to the table beside me the process they go through cooking these, and yes, worth every cent! – $23.90

masala lamb shank indian danger mouse

(not the classiest way, but omg they were delicious!!!)

Mughlai Chicken

The other dish we selected was the “Mughlai Chicken” – Tr traditional cashew nut, almond based sauce flavoured with cardamom, cloves and bay leaf with a touch of fresh cream. This was also melt in the mouth stuff… My unsophisticated palate likened it to butter chicken but without the tomato and all the damn sugar. but, for sure, this was a milk chicken curry that was actually full of flavour.

mughlai chicken

Oh and there was a hardboiled egg in it!

We also had rice and naan (but of course!) but given my level of stuffed-ness from the entrees I had a little bit of both, not much.

The meal and service were amazing – and the British girl next to us proclaimed it to be the only real Indian food she’s had since moving to Australia. We will have to go there many times again!

The Grand Pavilion
452 The Esplanade
Warners Bay
NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0092

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She Who Rocks CD

(play all the clips on the post. if not now but this week, because these women are AMAZING)


(Love Outside Andromeda should have been on the list)

duck pancake

So, we went down to Sydney for an AWESOME CONCERT fronted by some amazing rock chicks (The Super Jesus and the Baby Animals!) And, since we were in Sydney proper, we HAD to have decent Chinese food (since it’s not really a Newcastle thing).

duck sung choi bao

So, we had a whole duck, firstly in pancake and then in San Choi Bao at Emperor’s Garden BBQ. We were soooo stuffed and happy, but we also managed to finish a delicious Tasmania Pinot Noir with our meal.

pepik pinot noir tasmania

So light and smooth!!!!

So, the concert was awesome, from the warmup til we left.

The warmup act was so cool an all chick four piece punk/rock act called BANDINTEXAS. I wanted to jump on the drummer and take her home.

And the rest of the night was awesome. Rocking out to Sarah McLeod and The Superjesus? Was it 1998 again? I was in HEAVEN!!!

So, I seem to have a spare cope of the She Who Rocks compilation album, which by the way, is a charity thingy that give $1 to Cervical Cancer research if you opt to buy it?

TRACKLIST!!!!!!
Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie
Devil Gate Drive – Suzie Quatro
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
When I Grow Up – Garbage
Barracuda – Heart
Early Warning – Baby Animals
Malibu – Hole
Joey – Concrete Blonde
What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes
Weak – Skunk Anansie
Kids In America – Kim Wilde
You Are Beautiful – Dallas Frasca
Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
This Is Love – PJ Harvey
Brass In Pocket – Pretenders
Gravity – The Superjesus
The Look – Roxette
Plastic Loveless Letter – Magic Dirt
The Best – Tina Turner

but if you wanna win it, use the widget below and let me know YOUR fave female artist

Australian addresses only, because I’m broke and posting it out myself.


xoxox <3 (I am not at all affiliated with the She Who Rocks tour, I just love the concept and wanna spread the love)

She Who Rocks Album

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jamie oliver woolworths lemon herb chicken

Okay, there’s two reasons that I bought this Lemon and Herb chicken from the Jamie Oliver range at Woolies….
1. It was the day before I get my centrelink payments and I had limited funds
2. I wouldn’t pay a markup normally for something I can easily do myself (put herbs on a chook and shove cut lemon up its butt)
3. (three?) I was on my way home from a fairly intense (as they have been lately – we’re getting towards the end of the block I’ve been allotted so trying to cram some stuff in) psych session and my brain wasn’t working, so doing anything beyond throwing things in the oven was beyond me.

So, a half price, already seasoned chook (though they expect you to put salt on it and a sploosh of olive oil before you throw it in the oven) was perfect. Plus there were spuds and the like at home for a quick roast dinner (yeah, should have had greens, but whatever).

jamie oliver woolworths lemon herb chicken with roast veges

Simple and yummy dinner.

But wait, there’s more!

chicken and vege with honey mustards

Since this dear chook afforded us some leftovers (we ate the breast meat the first night), I stripped it down, got a soup pack from the farmers’ markets at Speers Point Park on Saturday, and made what could maybe be called a honey mustard chicken.

simmering vegetables

For us, it was a little over-sweet, as I think the carrots gave enough sweetness without adding the honey, but warm and delish all the same!

chicken and vege honey mustard

I served it with a pouch of quinoa and rice for added roughage. When I cleaned up Mum’s pantry on Mothers’ day, there were a number of these to slowly work through. Think I’m doing a good job at it!

rice and quinoa

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Gluten Free Pasta dishes via Orgran Pasta

May 17, 2015

I received the Orgran products as samples So…. I got a couple of Gluten Free pastas to try from Orgran just in time for the wintery weather! Wanna see?? First up, is what I call “Chicken Pie Pasta”. My dear Bruce makes a wonderful chicken, mushroom and leek pie, so I co-opted the ingredients for […]

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A (rather) short history of STUPID

May 10, 2015

New book! By @HelenRazer and @BernardKeene who i saw talk tonight with the lovely @narrante! So, I was meant to head along to the talk with Helen Razer and Bernard Keane about their new book – A Short History of Stupid with my dear friend from the high schoo days, Bronwyn. Unfortunately Bron was sick, […]

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Beef Chow Mein with Fountain “Good Choices” Sauces

April 14, 2015

This post is for Product Talk by Nuffnang There’s nothing like a meat pie with tomato sauce. And I’m always happy to try new sauces on my pies and in my dishes, so when it was suggested I try the new Good Choice sauce range from Fountain, I was more than keen. Products with no […]

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Apple Marinated Pork Chops with Garden Vegetable & Quinoa Tilda Rice

February 8, 2015

There is a Mumma possum and a bub sitting on the shelf in the carport. Right outside my bedroom door. I think it got too hot for them in my roof today, so they wandered out for a bit of breeze. We gave them water, they eat the oranges off our tree, and I think […]

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