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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!

Sumac Barramundi with Tabbouleh

So, tonight’s dinner from HelloFresh was too nice to wait to share!!

Sumac Barramundi with Tabbouleh

I had no idea what sumac is, though Bruce thought it was something like a stinging nettle, but I trust that the version we had was the milder spice version ;)

Sumac Barramundi with Tabbouleh

Making my own tabbouleh with fresh mint and parsley, and hot red onion, and all the rest is awesome. I got a hot flush from this, with the onion and lemon. But I could have just eaten the bowl of this alone!!

Sumac Barramundi with Tabbouleh

I may have bled on the tomato….

Sumac Barramundi with Tabbouleh

I love their FRESH ingredients! This week, we got our box before 11am (expected between 12 and 6, and we’ve been getting it after 6:30), So i believe the bosses have given our delivery driver some extra time since Newcastle delivery has expanded so much with all the new subscribers! (I think we were first instead of last this week!)

If you wanna try a HelloFresh box, you can get a 3-day box for two people for just $34 (usually $64) if you use my referral code R3CDUQ.

Sumac Barramundi with Tabbouleh

Loyalty oil!

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

A late lunch over the weekend at the fairly new (opened in November) Merewether Surfhouse. I both hadn’t realised that the original clubhouse had finally been torn down nor that this gorgeous new building with stunning views was just down from the Beaches hotel.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

With a rare break in the rain for the day, and the waves still deeming the beach closed, lots of onlookers were just standing and watching the waves come in, and the brave bunch of surfers out beyond the break.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Our friendly and helpful waitress brought out break and warmed olives to start us off. Nice, meaty little olives :) These were nommed away on while we each ordered something different :)

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

The catch of the day – Whole market fish from the grill with shellfish butter, crushed potatoes and a leaf salad ($33.50). The fish was cooked beautifully I’m told, however Liz wasn’t a fan of the sauce.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

120 day grain fed rump from the Rangers Valley, NSW. 300 gram ($29.50). All of the available sauces are gluten free.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Pasture fed New York sirloin sources from Gippsland, Victoria 350 gram ($34.50). The steaks came out with double fried chat potatoes with rosemary
and pancetta salt and green beans.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Crisp skin pork belly with seared scallops, mandarin, star anise glaze and herb salad ($19.50)

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Surfhouse ‘surf and turf’ – slow cooked glazed beef short rib and grilled half lobster tail with crushed potatoes, spinach and a horseradish dressing ($39.50)

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

And my order – a piece of delicious ocean trout with creamed cannellini beans, braised fennel, roast truss tomato and lemon thyme oil ($29.50).

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Two of the Lemon and lime creme brulee with toasted coconut macaron ($14.50) were ordered. I scored one of the sweet sweet macarons and a few spoons of a tarty brulee.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Washed down with a (very large) pot of peppermint tea ($4).

Do you prefer your surf or turf? x

Philips Airfryer fish and Chips

I don’t deep fry very often. I’ll do prawn crackers (noms), pappadams, and I think that’s about it. I occasionally eat oven chips, but I’m doing that less and less. So when I was sent the Philips Airfryer to review, I was looking at it more along the lines of doing my home made chips and the like in a quicker and more efficient way than heating up the oven for a single portion of chips for me.

Phillips Air FryerPhillips Air Fryer
I love the colours, and the hideaway cord!

So I decided to first give some homemade chips a go. Simple enough, and then if they’re leftover you can heat them up in the airfryer and the recrisp! (take that, microwave)

Phillips Air FryerPhillips Air Fryer

Then, a few nights later, I got all adventurous with the fish and chips. Coated some (half price! what timing!) cod fillets in egg and gluten free flour batter, then added some corn chip crumbs (the homebrand ones are naturally gluten free) and used the divider to cram the chips and fish in the airfryer all at once…

Philips Airfryer fish and ChipsPhilips Airfryer fish and Chips
Mmm unappetising…

About 20 minutes later (I can’t remember, but it’s easy enough to give it a few more or less minutes) we had fish and chips all crispy and ready to plate up with salad.

Philips Airfryer fish and Chips

Will have to say that the basket was a PAIN to clean the batter out of… may have not been its purpose, but I gave up, and Rish found he had to scrub a lot and got a fair bit of green scourer sponge stuck in the wire. The black part was easy to clean though, and I’m sure if we whacked it in a dishwasher (which we’re lacking in and I miss!) like the manual says you can it would come off.

Philips Airfryer fish and Chips

Next, I tried something easy that’s been sitting in our freezer since a vegetarian came to a BBQ at our place, and the closest thing to chicken nuggets I had on hand..

Vegetable fingers

Birdseye Vegetable Fingers, it was. I preheated the Airfryer to 200 degrees for 5 minutes (might have taken less time, but my house is freezing, so I popped it on till it pinged), then whacked a handful in for six minutes.

Vegetable fingers

Look at that! That worked well. And I’m surprised at the amount of vegies in the finger :) With the amount of fish fingers I ate as a kid, this would have been super handy. Which is why I think its new home may be with my sister (if she wants it, I’m yet to ask), who has a toddler, and husband and a bub on the way, I’m sure it wold make chicken nugget cooking more energy and time efficient ;) And with the cost of electricity, and our time poor ways, it may be worth your while… For the rrp of $329 I would say weigh up your options though, it sounds like an expensive nugget cooker. (But who pays retail these days? Shop around, look at sales if you think this is for you, if you find it for say $150 and you do all the stuff that would be cooked in it then go for it, but personally I’m sticking with my regular oven).

Disclosure: I did not receive payment for this review, however I was given the Airfryer to keep and review. The opinions are mine or those of my awesome partner who had to do the washing up.

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