Thursday, April 2, 2015

EwE - Pasta Fagioli with Zucchini

It was my pick for Eating with Ellie this, week, and I selected Pasta Fagioli with Zucchini.  This dish is a soup with a little bit of pasta and lots of veges (zucchini, tomatoes) and beans.

I used wholemeal macaroni rather than elbow pasta. 

I really enjoyed this dish - I would make it again, which says a lot as I don't much like soup.

To see what the other EwE cooks, thought, visit the LYL section of the EwE website.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WWDH - Ricotta and herb rigatoni

For Wednesday with Donna Hay this week, Margaret chose ricotta and herb rigatoni from Modern Classics Book I.  There is pasta (I used shells, not rigatoni), ricotta, basil and olives in this very simple side dish.

I served my pasta with roast beef, asparagus and mixed veges.  This pasta was quick, easy and tasty - a nice alternative to potato mash.

To see what the other WWDH members thought of this recipe, visit the LYL section of the WWDH website.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ripples Seafood and BBQ Restaurant, Malvern

Recently, Tim and I went for dinner at Ripples Seafood & BBQ Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant in Glenferrie Road, Malvern.  This was our third visit to Ripples, and as ever, the food was good, but the service was a little indifferent.

Here is a glimpse of the interior of Ripples, bedecked with white tablecloths and fancy folded napkins: 

Each time we have been to Ripples, we have ordered different things just for fun.  They make a fine beef brisket, but we opted not to order it on this occasion.

For entrée, we ordered satay prawn skewers ($7.50) to share:

These were as delicious as they looked.

We ordered two mains to share with steamed rice.  The first was BBQ pork with vegetables ($15):

The other dish was beef with ginger and spring onion ($15):

Both dishes were good to eat (though not spectacular) and healthy-ish.   I hate ordering dishes without vegetables so both of these dishes satisfied my requirement for some greens.

On finishing our meal, we were served with a palate cleanser of a small fruit plate each.

Ripples is good value and serves decent food in close proximity to the Malvern Central shopping centre, but don't expect enthusiastic service.

40-42 Glenferrie Road
Malvern VIC 3144
Ph: (03) 9509 5365

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Whiskey poached pears in chocolate cake

I mentioned recently that for the first time ever, I made four recipes from a food magazine that I had bought, making me feel that the subscription was justified.

The fourth of these recipes from the March issue of Taste magazine was originally entitled Fireball Pears in Chocolate Cake, which is a much catchier title that Whiskey Poached Pears in Chocolate Cake.  However, the name relies on you poaching the pears in Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, which I did not have - I just used some other generic brand of whiskey to poach the pears.

You can find the recipe for this cake online here.  The cake itself was dense and deeply chocolatey, and the pears added some welcomed moisture.  I didn't think that the whiskey syrup added much - it didn't really thicken up, and it just tended to make the cake a little stodgy when poured on top: 

Overall, this was a really nice cake, which showcases pears nicely.  However, if I made it again, it would be sans syrup on top.  It also tastes better the next day, once the flavours have developed.

Friday, March 27, 2015

FFWD - Next-day Beef Salad

For French Fridays with Dorie this week, we made Next-day Beef Salad.   In my case, it was a misnomer, because the beef was roasted especially so that I could use part of it for this dish.

This salad comprises, cubed roast beef, cherry tomatoes, apple, chilli, cornichons, capsicum, spring onions and capers in a mustard mayo dressing, resting on a bed of greens.  I used spinach for my greens.  Instead of mustard mayo, I used Greek yoghurt flavoured with Dijon mustard, as I don't buy mayo.  I left out the capers for no reason other than that I couldn't find them in my pantry.  I have cornichons left over from another Dorie recipe, but these are also something I would not usually buy.

I fully expected to hate this salad.  I am not a huge salad person generally, and the combination of strong flavours and myriad raw components seemed quite offputting.  However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this salad. In the future, the only change I'd possibly make is to skip the spring onions, which I found to be rather piquant in their raw state.

To see what the other Doristas thought of this dish, visit the LYL section of the website.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EwE - Zucchini, Spinach and Corn Saute

For Eating with Ellie this week, Chaya chose Zucchini, Spinach and Corn Saute.  This is a mixture of zucchini, corn and spinach, sautéed - just like it says on the tin.

There's not a lot to say about this one, other than it made a pleasant side dish.  It would be great with a little chilli for kick, I think.

To see what the other Ellie cooks thought of this dish, visit the LYL section of the EwE website.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WWDH - Chicken Poached in Coconut Curry

This week, Kayte chose Chicken Poached in Coconut Curry for Wednesday with Donna Hay.  You can find the recipe online here

I really liked this dish - if I had bothered to make rice,  it would have been perfect to mop up the lovely coconut red curry sauce. I wish I had also used more sweet potato than I did.

To see what the other Donna devotees thought of this dish, visit the LYL section of the WWDH website.