Fabulous Fava Bean Hummus

Had this delicious Fava bean hummus at Nomad restaurant in Surry Hills in Sydney last night. The hummus is served with vivid green parsley oil and crispy split and fried Fava beans on top. It is a visually spectacular dish filled with flavour and texture.

Fava bean hummus at Nomad Restaurant, Surry Hills Sydney

Making it at home would indeed be a “labour of love“ as Stephanie Mary says in her blog on My Tiny Laguna Kitchen. Her recipe looks great but the double peeling of the Fava beans is the time consuming part.

But it would make for a stunning starter especially if paired with yummy wood fired flatbread like it is at Nomad.

Wood fired flatbread at Nomad Restaurant Sydney

And here’s a link to making the bright green parsley oil from Delicious.com.au

Parsley oil recipe from delicious.com.au

Some inspiration for the future or if you are lucky like us, back to Nomad for more!

Certainly was a great way to start to what was a delicious dinner.

Delicious #Koi desserts

We were spoilt with these beautiful artisan desserts at a lovely Sunday lunch we went to yesterday.

One of the other guests thoughtfully went to Koi Dessert Bar in Chippendale, Sydney to pick up these delicious treats that were perfectly complimented with a divine fruit platter. The Basqu cheesecakes were my favourite.

Desserts from Koi
Scrumptious summer fruit platter

A perfect ending to a long, lazy Sunday lunch…or anytime.

Koi Dessert Bar also has in-house dessert degustation menus and experiences that look amazing too.

Awesome #Auckland #NewZealand

We had some great meals out in Auckland on our stopover on the way to the Cook Islands.

Lunch at Giraffe Cafe was delicious featuring beautiful New Zealand produce overlooking the buzzing scene around the harbour and viaduct. We loved the slow cooked lamb shank and the duck Caesar salad, enjoyed with a delicious Greywacke Pinot Gris. Great service and local knowledge from our friendly waiter Herbie too!

Slow cooked lamb shank on creamy mash
Duck Caesar salad

Dinner at one of our favourites in Auckland Baduzzi stood up to its huge reputation for excellent roman inspired dishes including their famous meatballs. We ate everything from ox tongue to venison meatballs and delicious steak with creamy polenta! Bellissimo.

Ox tongue with a heirloom tomatoes, asparagus and salsa verde
Broken cannoli of yellowfin with nduja and Burrata
Lamb meatballs
Inside skirt tagliata with creamy potato and lettuce with parmigiana reggiano and balsamic

Korean lunch at Gochu in the new Commercial Bay shopping centre and food court was a welcome spicy and delicious detour. Everything from the milk buns with spicy pork and Kim chi filling with amazing beurre Blanc sauce to the cucumber salad with cashew cream, ssam and fried garlic to the brilliant crispy fried chicken doused in gochujang sauce and the crispy fried eggplant was cooked to perfection and impeccably presented. A great find in a shopping centre!

Cucumber with ssam and cashew cream
Milk bun with spicy pork and kimchi filling
Milk bun with beurre Blanc sauce
Crispy fed chicken with gochuchang sauce
Crispy eggplant with doenjang glaze, tofu cream and sesame

Our final lunch at Amano which started when we enjoyed a breakfast coffee and croissant in their bakery earlier on our trip did not disappoint. Delicious cheesy focaccia, mussel fritter and Burrata shared between us followed by individual mains including agnolotti with slow cooked beef shin and asparagus, smoked Warehou pate, grilled chicken with kale and chittara with scampi and chilli.

Agnolotti stuffed with slow cooked beef shin with mustard seeds and crunchy asparagus
Agnolotti with slow cooked beef shin
Focaccia with cheesy cow’s milk mozzarella filling
Burrata, sweetcorn, fermented chilli and chervil
Mussel fritter with pickled onion, preserved lemon and shaved fennel
Chittara with scampi, tomatoes and chilli
Chargrilled chicken with kale and chilli
Smoked warehou pate with green olive and sourdough

Great way to end our wonderful 2022/23 summer holiday.

There are so many other places we would have loved to have tried but we ran out of time on this trip. Auckland is definitely a foodie heaven that could do with much more exploration!

Remembering #nye #bali #mozaic #ubud

As another New Year’s Eve and another year impacted by COVID looms, it has made me remember some of the most special experiences we have had over the years.

One of our most memorable new year’s Eve celebrations was at the wonderful Mozaic restaurant in Ubud, Bali in #2016.

Here’s the review from that night….that I posted at the time:

NYE Foodie Nirvana

On that same trip I did the Mozaic Cooking Class and had a go at replicating some of their famous dishes.

It seems like another lifetime ago now.

We have been back to Mozaic over the years many times and we’re never disappointed. Always a great atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food and drinks.

The cooking class I did there was also a wonderful insight into Balinese herbs and spices that inspire the fusion cuisine of Founder and Chef Chris Salans.

Mozaic Cooking Class
Mozaic Lounge

So great to see that Mozaic and Chris Salans are still going strong and promoting their NYE 2022 experience…

NYE 2022

Just wish we could be there!!

A trip down memory lane #Barcelona #Tapas #barcanete

Saw this mouthwatering photo of the classic Catalan tapas dish chickpeas, spinach and raisins and the story on the famous tapas bar El Xampanyet in Barcelona in Gimme Some Oven Brought back great memories.

My version of the recipe is here Catalan Chickpeas with Spinach and Raisins …so quick to make if you use tinned chickpeas and delicious as a side dish!

In particular the photo and story transported me back to the wonderful tapas dinner we had at Bar Canete on our last trip to Barcelona in September 2019, Pre-Covid 19.

A bustling, hectic Tapas bar in El Raval area, Bar Canete is a Barcelona classic. We were lucky to get a table in the back room with a view of the kitchen and able to watch the chefs through a very busy dinner. despite being so packed and busy, the atmosphere was relaxed, fun and friendly with all of us joining in to sing happy birthday to a guest at another table and lots of laughs with the waiters.

Busy Bar Canete Barcelona
Iberico Hams hanging in window in Bar Canete, Barcelona

We had saved our appetites to ensure we could try lots of different dishes. Here’s a copy of the Menu which we perused while enjoying a traditional Spanish aperitif Vermouth and then a bottle of beautiful Spanish red wine.

We tried the following dishes: anchovies in sherry vinegar, squid sandwich, Iberico pork with mash, Galician scallops and tripe with chickpeas. It was all delicious and accompanied by super friendly and efficient service confirming all the rave reviews we had read. A must try when you are next in Barcelona.

Fabulous Japanese fusion #Kisume #Melbourne

Fine dining Japanese at its best. Wagyu Truffle Balls, Tuna Tataki, tempura kingfish, glazed tooth fish, deep fried Moreton bay bug in rice paper wrapped roll….imaginative and delicious Japanese fusion meal at Kisume in Flinders Lane in Melbourne this week. Highly recommended.