Archive for December, 2007

Christmas Turkey

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

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Ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve purchased a 7kg frozen turkey 2 days before Christmas, and wondering how you’ll ever have enough time to thaw it, let alone cook it?  Well I did, and here’s some wisdom/tips I can share.

1. Even though the turkey packet says that each kilogram requires 18 hrs to thaw in the fridge, and not to thaw it on the kitchen bench, it doesn’t actually say that you shouldn’t thaw it by sitting it in a bath of water :) On my estimationg 18 hrs x 7 kgs is around 5 days. And I only had 2. So in the water it goes.  Did you know that it actually floats? No problem. Anchor it down with a 2L bottle of diet coke.  the next morning, I found that it started to seep some yucky pink liquid, so I took it out, ripped open the packet, and washed my turkey. Seemed thawed enough (after 24 hrs) so I put in my fridge just in case. (more…)

Chocolate haute couture

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Is it couverture couture? Check out these sweet designs from SMH.  I don’t understand how they don’t melt – the models must have to stand in the fridge before putting them on! But will they be eaten at the end??

Restaurant Sojourn, Balmain

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Drive all the way down Darling Street – past the park, past the roundabout and you’ll find Sojourn – a newly hatted restaurant in a sandstone terrace which has one of the ex-Banc boys in the kitchen so I read.  The restaurant’s website showed an amazing rolled mini pork roast which I was dying to try – and the site wins top prize for most interesting website – a reflection on the innovativeness and attention to detail of the food.   We were lead up a staircase to the very intimate upper floor, and presented with sourdough rolls that had been warmed in the oven. The staff are very discrete but helpful too.  Soon after ordering we had an amuse bouche of the most intensely flavoured delicious soup sip of creamy leek soup I’ve ever had.  It wasn’t heavy or thick either, but captured the flavour of the ingredients in a concentrated little burst of flavour.  Definitely whet my appetite for what was to come.   I then tried the seafood broth with ravioli and scampi ($26).  This picture actually makes it look really large but no more than a few spoonfuls.  I personally didn’t like the flavour which was again strong and well defined because it reminded me of bonito, but my more seasoned dining companion loved every spoon.  

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We then both opted to have the pork eye fillet ($38) – which was the most amazing pork – the intense flavours a definite trend, yet didn’t ruin the integrity of the quality of the meat.  The garlic and herbs infused the light, tender meat, with the juices still in tact to make it so moist.  We each got a side of condiments – caramelised apple sauce, jus in a mini beaker, and a square of perfectly crunchy crackling. (I’m sure that people could hear us crunch crunch in Victoria!)

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 We deliberated over whether to have one of the desserts ($14) or to have coffee with petits four ($7).  We opted for the latter, and out came a platter of bite sized lemon tart, discs of meringue with delicate fruit salsa, dark chocolate truffles, and a sugared mini friand.

This is a place to go if you really know your food and don’t mind paying for top quality. At the time that we went, before it had its star, its website listed mains as $30 each – we were just after an inexpensive quick dinner, so was disappointed to see they were $35+ when we got there.  Not complaining too much – we instead got an intimate fine dining experience with attention to detail – which is what you’ll get if you come here.  (more…)