La Disfida Haberfield: authentic Italian at Home #ladisfida

Thanks to our friend David who suggested, organised, ordered, picked up and delivered our delicious and old school, authentic Italian dinner from Haberfield to Centennial Park tonight.

These are the real friends we all need when life is at risk of slipping into the mundane, but is surprised back into delight by people like him! The delivery was back door, dark lane, personal and special….we almost felt illegal! 😂

Special delivery..back door, back lane from Haberfield to Centennial Park!

Of course we thought we had over ordered but then we ended up devouring the delicious 😋 food with little hesitation. The potato croquettes went first, while we gave the pizza and polenta chips a quick reheat in the oven.

Next up was the divine thin, crispy pizza with delicious oven roasted beetroot salad and our polenta Chips with Gorgonzola sauce. Might need to do an extra lap of the Park to work these goodies off!

An appropriately Italian made dinner setting from Positano for our Italian dinner!
Polenta chips with Gorgonzola sauce.

Pizza, salad and cheeky chillies provide by La Disfida on the side!

Thanks again David! Your kindness and La Disfida’s commitment to old school Italian flavours made for a very special dinner!

Here’s the link to their menu if you are want to enjoy a similar great experience https://ladisfida.com.au

Nur Marvellous Moroccan Cooking Class #fes #nurrestaurant

So glad we made it to Morocco last year for a wonderful week in the Médina of Fes, and then visiting Rabat and Casablanca. It might be a while until we return now, so the closest we’ll come will be trying out some of the recipes we learnt at Nur Restaurant Cooking school with celebrity chef Najat Kaanache.

Najat was trained in Europe at restaurants like El Bulli and is quite a character, passionate about her restaurant and teaching others. https://najatkaanache.com

Najat welcomes us into the kitchen when we arrived at the restaurant for our 4 hour cooking marathon and explained the courses we would be cooking. She then handed over to her Assistant Chef to guide us through the actual hands-on experience as she had to zip to support a young friend who was in the selections for the Moroccan Soccer team!

Assistant Chef at Nur …our teacher for the day
The menu and courses we cooked!

We began by making a Moroccan spice paste which would be the base for a number of the dishes and salads. Then quickly moved onto making the Mafrouk or Moroccan flatbread from scratch.

Najat shows us the basics of making Mafrouk

We prepared the vegetables for 7 vegetable couscous and learnt how to “massage” and make couscous, grilled eggplants and peppers over the open gas flame, made a fish tagine, cummin carrots .

It was a busy few hours even with two helpers. We were the only people booked in as we had chosen a private class. This was excellent as we got to ask questions and get really hands-on, but then we had to eat it all ourselves as well!

Rubbing the couscous
Grilling peppers over the gas 🔥 flame!

Fish tagine with lemons, red capsicum and tomatoes with spice paste
Our chicken and 7 veg couscous

It was a great experience and the food tasted very authentic even though we had cooked it! The recipes were also all easy to recreate at home which we will now be doing to relive our memories as international travel seems like a thing of the past or a long way into the future right now.

Our fabulous Moroccan feast!

Pick-up #Joe’sTable for 10/10 Tasty #Thai at home

We are trying out our favourite restaurants at home during the isolation period and are discovering that the best know how to transform their dishes for takeaway better than others. One of these is the highly acclaimed Thai restaurant Joe’s Table in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Of course, Asian food is really perfect for take-away but Joe’s food, cooked by the man himself with flair and skill, is better than most!

Thai Fishcakes with crispy shallot, peanut and sweet chilli sauce

In my books, Joe Kitsana’s Asian-fusion classics get 10/10 for travel worthiness and eating readiness! Joe is still running his one-man show, with daily specials and his full dinner menu available, with a 10% discount for pick-up.

Orders can be placed by phone or Joe’s table from noon until 8 PM, with pick up beginning at 5 PM. Dinner menu can be viewed www.Facebook.com/ joestablesydney

While we missed the bizzy-buzzy atmosphere of eating-in at Joe’s Table, enjoying the taste sensations at home made for a delicious dinner at home.

Melt-in-the-mouth caramelised beef rib with pickled mustard greens, chilli and crispy shallots.

Last night we enjoyed Joe’s divine fishcakes smothered in the signature sweet chilli sauce with peanut and coriander topping; melt-in-the-mouth, slow-cooked beef rib with the lingering flavours of masterstock and star anise accompanied by flash-stir-fried crisp Asian greens with ginger and mushrooms.

#Homestyle #Pork #Vindaloo

This is what we’re having for dinner tonight! It’s not as fiery as it sounds and is downright delicious.

The vinegar tenderises the pork and it cooks to a beautiful texture without drying up. It”s not one of my family recipes but it is a favourite now in our home.

Here’s the link to my original post from 3 years ago when I had a lot fewer than 3,395 followers. Hope you try and enjoy!

https://freespiritfood.net/2017/06/11/pork-vindaloo-with-dried-and-fresh-chillies/

#Delicious #Indian dinner #Trishna London #b4covid19

Had a delicious dinner at Trishna In Marylebone on my recent, Pre-COVID-19 shutdown, trip to London.

Their servings were also super generous. The soft shell crab and crabmeat entree was divine and very creative.

I had the 3 course dinner special lamb curry and it came with naan, dhal, spinach and baby corn, and rice. The food reminded me of some of my recipes like my Dhal!

Sadly I was so filled up by this stage, I couldn’t fit in the delicious so7nding desserts! I hope they survive the shutdown so I can go back when London re-opens and I can get there again!

#Lucio’s at Home

I have been self-isolating for 2 weeks after returning from a quick trip to London. And, I couldn’t cook the whole time! I have been very well cooked for by my partner Adrian…and he ordered Lucio’s at home for a lovely dinner last week. I could get very used to that! As they say “nourishing food, prepared by people you trust for you to enjoy at home”!

It was more than nourishing, it was delicious and it all travelled very well! and, it came with complimentary homemade biscotti!

Here’s the link to their website https://www.lucios.com.au

San Daniele Proscuitto with Figs and Fig balsamic and Heirloom Tomatoes with Buffalo Mozarella
Lucio’s famous green noodles and swimmer crab
At Home!
Balsamic roasted half duck with chicory and hazelnuts!