Roasted #Cauliflower with Bacon, Olives and Crisp #Parmesan

This looks very interesting. Might try a version of it with Brussel sprouts tomorrow. Thanks Spades, spatulas and spoons

Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon, Olives and Crisp Parmesan I am very partial to roasted vegetables of any type. Vegetables in the family Brassicaceae …

October – Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon, Olives and Crisp Parmesan

#Seafood Boil — Fetty’s Food Blog

A good shrimp boil up is a healthy but filling meal. this version looks great. Thanks My Meals on Wheels and Fetty’s Food blogs. My version below is much simpler list of ingredients but very still very tasty.

This seafood boil is loaded with shrimp, crab, mussels, potatoes, corn, and sausage. All boiled together in one pot with some of the best flavors and…

Seafood Boil — Fetty’s Food Blog

Here’s my version…

Cajun boiled shrimp and corn – Sydney style

Portugal 2019

Another reflection on a trip that inspires some of my recipes like Portuguese Pork and Clams

Our trip to Portugal in 2019 was short but sweet. We arrived in Lisbon staying in an air bnb apartment in the buzzy neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, soaking up the local vibe.

On our first night we has dinner at Belcanto …a two Michelin star restaurant by famous Portuguese chef Jose Avillez. It was definitely one of the best dinners we ever enjoyed….the friendly and funny staff, the atmosphere and brilliant food. Truly a night to remember. Here’s the link to my review of the full experience. Belcanto Lisbon Review

Belcanto, Lisbon

Lisbon is a foodie paradise with so many unique taste sensations to explore and the Time Out Markets are a great place to nibble your way through local delicacies and to try out menus from top restaurants in a more casual way. We went to the markets on a few occasions buying a few goodies to take home and also trying out a few of the restaurants. One of these was Chef Kiko Martin’s restaurants O’Surf and Turf…..quite experimental and very interesting seafood and meat combinations.here’s the link to my original story Time Out Markets Lisbon We also had a delicious breakfast and coffee at Fabrica Cafe

Time Out Markets and Fabrica, Lisbon

Of course any trip to LIsbon would not be complete without visiting the home of Portuguese tarts down at Belem. We caught the tram from just near the Time Out Markets enjoying the trip through the suburbs of Lisbon down to the old fort town. We were amazed by the queue for the tarts and opted for exploring the town and fort in the morning, returning to Pasteis de Belem, the historic cafe started by the nearby monks to sell their famed tarts. They certainly lived up to their reputation and after our very hot walk, we enjoyed them with an icy cold Sagres!

Pasteis de Belem, home of Portuguese tarts

Our other days in Lisbon were spent exploring Castel San Jorge, churches, parks, the harbour and experiencing the glamour of bars in Palazzos, Fado and the food of traditional tabernas. As we were staying at the top of the hill in Bairro Alto trips on the finicular and trams were a practical form of getting around. One of the excellent late dinners we had was at Taberna Da Rua Flores amd we enjoyed a very different lunch of Mozambican food at Roda Vida in the colourful Alfama district.

Lisbon sights and taste sensations
Evenings in Lisbon 2019
Fado in Lisbon

From Lisbon we headed to Cascais on the coast for a ver special stay at the Hotel Albatroz. Our visit to Cascais which is only about a 40 minute drive from Lisbon was so relaxing and revitalising but also gave us an insight into the coastal lifestyle and vibe. I wrote about our time there in this post Cascais Being there at the end of the summer season meant it was busy but not overcrowded and we got to enjoy a wonderful free outdoor pop concert featuring Fernando Daniel,the winner of The Voice Portugal! Dancing with the crowd of mainly locals going crazy was so much fun!

Fernando Daniel concert!
Coastal cuisine and colour

In Cascais we tried and loved Azeitao cheese, a sublimely soft and gooey sheep’s milk cheese that I have yet to find in Australia…but writing this has reminded me to find it for our next cheese adventure!

Here’s a link to the story behind the cheese Azeitao Cheese

We also enjoyed lots of relaxed lunches and dinners at places like Cantinho de Avillez, a local Taberna and at the Hotel Albatroz restaurant.

Cascais was a real highlight and a relaxing, fun wind-down spot on our 5 week trip before we went on to Morocco. Would love to go back someday.

#Parchment #Roasted #Chicken

Roasted a whole organic chicken in a “parchment“ (baking paper) parcel after tucking slithers of garlic and butter under the skin and filling the cavity with Fresh Thyme and Rosemary.

Liberally rubbed with salt and pepper.

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Made a parchment “packet” by using baking paper double the length of the roasting pan, and placing a piece to overhang the pan horizontally. Then place chicken on the paper and wrap up the parcel, allowing some room above the chicken like a small tent. Make sure the grill is not on and the paper doesn’t touch the top of your oven when you put it in.

Roasted for 1.5 hours and checked that it was 83 degrees Celsius with meat thermometer. (If you like your skin super crispy, you can return chicken to oven, removing pan juices first, and cutting baking paper back so it won’t burn. Turn on top grill and grill until skin is crisped to your liking but make sure you don’t forget it in there!)

Our roast was super juicy. The juices left in the parchment made the perfect base for a quick gravy thickened in a pan with some flour mixed with water, cooked out in a pan. Serve with roast vegetables and salad. Simple and delicious.

#tempuraoysters make it to #brunyisland

A friend and loyal follower of freespiritfood.net sent me these great photos of making the Tempura Oysters with Wasabi Mayonaise recipe on her current sailing trip around Tasmania, our beautiful Island State off the coast of mainland Australia.

Freshly shucked Bruny Island oyster!

Seems that my recent post of the recipe neatly coincided with their fresh haul of famed Bruny Island oysters so they made do with just cold water, no ice in the batter and they still turned out well. Apparently the hosts have added the recipe to the boat’s standing menu now. Yay!

Tempura Oysters #brunyisland
A haul of fresh Bruny Island oysters

Thanks so much for sending through the photos! Made my day and wish I was there in such a beautiful part of the world with you too!

#Pondicherry #Prawns

Haven’t made this dish for ages and no Zucchini in the house tonight, so am going to substitute a cucumber salad on the side instead.

It is a delicious combination of ingredients as is, but lots of bits and pieces can be substituted within reason….for example I’m going to use a red chilli instead of green. You can also swop out the ghee for salted butter.

The preserved lemon and herbs are definitely musts though! That’s what really defines the dish. Here’s the link to the original dish.

Pondicherry Prawns with Preserved Lemons, zucchini and Herbs