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Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Ticket giveaway!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I have to admit, I’m just but a lowly office worker, eating and dreaming of an escape – this blog serves as my little time out of my life where I can fantasise that I work with food!  So naturally, I totally admire people whose lives do revolve around eating, sleeping and breathing food.  There are so many food legends I admire – Peter Gilmore, Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal of course.  Not everyone has had a smooth ride but the common thread is dedication and perseverance.  And so enter Jiro.  A sushi master – the godfather of sashimi, revered by all who know him, with many desperately seeking to eat food that has been cooked under his watch.  So if you haven’t been so fortunate to experience his cuisine, there is now a film made about his passion – Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Here is a link to the trailer to whet your appetite:

I have four double passes to give away to the first four people who comment on my facebook page about who their food idol is! Note, the passes are only valid at Chauvel Cinema, Palace Centro, Palace Nova Eastend, Cinema Paradiso or Greater Union Manuka.  Entry is open to Australian residents.  FoodieChat has sole discretion to determine the winners, which will be the first four comments following the post titled “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.

Winter’s almost here! Time for casseroles!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Dont’ get me wrong – I love summer  - it means tropical fresh fruit, gelato every afternoon and picnics at the beach, followed by sunset cocktails.   But with each new season comes its familiar friends you haven’t seen for a year, and for me this means slow cooking, braises, soups, stews and curries!  What better way to warm your hands and heart after a freezing day at work than over a steaming bowl of <something>?   One thing that I’ve been pondering over the years is – what is the best slow cooking cookware for me?

There’s the traditional french bakeware/stove top ready Le Creuset – top of the range, lifetime warranty.  These babies will certainly help you build up your biceps lifting them to and from the oven and stove!  There are so many gorgeous colours too!  Hot and traditional red, mellow yellow and my favourite – creams.    If you can’t afford to invest in the premium Le Creuset, Le Chasseur is also a great option.  It’s approximately half to 2/3 of the price (depending where you buy it), and is apparently so because Le Creuset uses each mould once, whilst Le Chasseur may use the same mould a number of times.   Can I tell the difference? No way.     But my wallet can!  That’s like saying what’s the difference between the Kitchenaid and the Kenwood.  To some people, brand and prestige matters, but to some, they achieve the same result so why pay more?

Next option is the slow cooker.  Slowly simmering away for hours – prep before work and at a very low heat, your dinner’s ready for you when you come home.    Slow cookers are great if you don’t have time to stand and stir.  But for me, I’m a bit wary of having an appliance turned on all day when I’m out of the house.  I’m occasionally accident prone, and always paranoid as a result! But with the advent of numerous slow cooker simmer sauces, this is a very convenient option that has saved many a working mum!

How about the pressure cooker?  Slow cooking in a fraction of the time?  I haven’t tried one of these, but you know what, I’ve seen shows like Top Chef where contents have exploded! (admittedly, the appliance was faulty).  But what if you accidentally burned yourself with steam?  Have you got one? Do you like it?

Having pondered all my options:  Creuset – exxy, Chasseur – still heavy, Slow cooker – it’s on all day and pressure cooker – me scared! I decided on the ultimate Asian slow cooker, the thermal cooker.  Have you heard of these? Manufactured by Tiger or Thermos, they cook by vacuum.  You simply cook your soup or casserole on the stove in the inner pot for 30 minutes, then put it in the vacuum container and then leave it for 2 -4 hours… and it finishes the cooking off! No joke, my Taiwanese beef noodle soup took 30mins on the stove – I made it at 11am – and by the time I ate it at 8pm, it was still hot – tasty and tender.  Amazing.  It serves me well. No need to have electricity on while I’m out of the house, no need to have it on the stove for hours, in these days of electricity price hikes it’s certainly handy!

Gossip girl

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Spotted – Pete Evans – equal first place for hottest celebrity chef (along with Curtis Stone) – grabbing a quick bite of lunch (linguine) at the bar at Sean’s Kitchen at Star city.

I love Gossip Girl. XOXO.

Christmas presents I bought for ME!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

This year, Santa (myself) was very good at picking up great gifts that will just keep on giving.  Just arrived in the post, I got the New Larousse Gastronomique. A food encyclopaedia that rivals none other. It’s revised every few years and the 2009 edition comes beautifully boxed and hardcovered, weighing in at over 2kgs – it is in the league of Ferran Adria’s cooking manuals and other Phaidon Press anthologies! I can’t wait to dig into it!

I also bought myself the Veggie Twister:—Vegetable—Nut-Tools/Veggie-Twister.html

King of Knives is selling it the cheapest. Dare you trick your kids with carrot spaghetti??

And also I FINALLY found a mini petit four madeline tin from Pantry in Bondi Junction, as well as some crinkled cookie cutters. I can’t wait to get baking once work finishes it.

What’s for Christmas dinner this year? Not sure yet, will definitely include some barbequed king prawn skewers, and turkey, but not sure what else. Really need to get my act together. Perhaps for the family do, I will make macarons or chicken wings?

Anyway, whatever you doing, whatever you are eating, make sure you have a safe, WONDERFUL and holy Christmas.