Nov 082014
Abruzzese Rice and Celery Minestrone

Italian food is characteristic in its use of so few ingredients and simple cooking techniques to produce some of the most flavoursome dishes known. This hearty Southern Italian soup dish is a perfect example, and is something I keep going back to when I’m in need of a quick but very filling meal. Ingredients (serves 4 to 6) 200g celery, chopped 150g short grain rice 1 onion, finely chopped 1L beef stock 4 tablespoons tomato sauce 20g butter 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Plenty of Parmesan cheese to serve Preparation Heat the olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Add the onions, cooking over a low heat until they become soft. Add the celery and the tomato sauce and allow to cook for 5 minutes Add the beef stock and bring to a boil. continue reading

Sep 132014
No. 4 Blake Street - Perth

Father’s Day breakfast at No. 4 Blake Street in North Perth. The dishes were generally unique, tasty, and looked amazing! Enjoy this brief photoblog of some of the unique dishes on the menu.

Sep 072014
Pasta with Pesto alla Trapanese

Mention the word “pesto” and it conjures up images of the very well-known Pesto alla Genovese, the bright green basil and pine nut condiment from Genoa in the northern parts of Italy. Less known, yet equally as tasty, is its southern cousin – Pesto alla Trapanese, from the fishing town Trapani in the western parts of Sicily. Unlike its Ligurian counterpart, the Trapanese version is formed on a base of tomatoes and almonds, with some basil and garlic thrown in for an added level of flavour. Used as a sauce for pasta, this recipe makes for a great weeknight meal – simple, cheap and incredibly quick to make. Selecting the appropriate type of pasta for any dish can make a difference to the final product and how enjoyable it is to eat. My preference for continue reading

Aug 312014
The Old Crow - Perth

Hungover after a heavy night out, sometimes nothing pleases more than a nice, heavy, soul-comforting meal to satiate the morning’s hunger. Although I was not at all hungover (perhaps a little tired from nearly thirty hours of travel from the USA), The Old Crow in Northbridge was certainly a welcomed treat. Unlike the Tuck Shop just down the road, with people brimming out the door, there was no wait for a table – straight in and seated in the back corner. The Old Crow serves a menu of dishes inspired by the far south of the USA, so naturally smoked and braised meats and deep fried goods are quite prominent. In fact, if I were to hazard a guess, I’d say the name of the restaurant comes from the infamous Kentucky-based Old Crow bourbon – continue reading

Apr 242014
Big El's Latin American Fusion - Perth

Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru. Big El’s Latin American Fusion is one of the newest eateries to pop up in Northbridge, bringing to Perth some much needed Mexican and South American food. Headed by stockbroker-turned-restauranteur Logam, Big El’s presents a menu of modern dishes from the far south, bringing together flavours and techniques from different parts of Latin America. Belinda from Why Yes I do Eat Constantly and myself went one night for dinner, which turned out to be a pretty substantial feast. Upon walking in, the first thing that caught my eye was the wacky interior decor. There was no avoiding the freaky paintings on the walls seemingly inspired by the mexican Día de los Muertos, but the most obscure thing of all was the plethora of coloured milk continue reading

Feb 192014
The Fat Duck - Bray

What can I say, my lunch at The Fat Duck was by far the most spectacular, and expensive, dining experience I’ve ever had – I still get excited just thinking and talking about it, and cannot wait to go back the next time I go to the UK. The Fat Duck is the restaurant that brought fame and fortune to arguably one of the most famous and talented chefs of the modern age – Heston Blumenthal. Heston has a somewhat unconventional biography as far as Michelin starred chefs go. He is almost entirely self-taught and places a lot of emphasis on really understanding food and cooking in a scientific sense, which has formed the basis of his many collaborations with scientific departments of universities. His cooking philosophy can be succinctly described in two points: Question continue reading

Feb 172014
Osteria Francescana - Modena

There is no doubting that the food scene in Emilia-Romagna is quite spectacular, and there is no need to fork out large sums of money for a very decent meal. A great lunch or dinner can be had at one of Bologna’s many trattorias, for example, for less than 20€. Sometimes, though, it is nice to visit a restaurant that is a little more upmarket, a restaurant that serves food a little differently to the typical trattorias. For this, one can’t look past Osteria Francescana, the Emilian creation of Massimo Bottura and recently placed as the third best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine. After having booked one of the twelve tables months in advance, I was pretty excited to visit this world class osteria, and it marked one of the cornerstones of my continue reading

Jan 192014
A Foodie Day Trip to Modena

Of all the cities to visit in Italy, one of the ones I was most excited about was Bologna, sometimes known as the food capital of Italy. The great food in Emilia-Romagna doesn’t stop with Bologna, though. Only a short train ride of less than 30 minutes away is Modena, home of balsamic vinegar, and birthplace of names such as Luciano Pavarotti and Enzo Ferrari. I hadn’t originally planned on writing about this day trip, but it turned out to be one of my favourite days so far in Italy, and one that I wanted to share. As mentioned previously, Modena is the home of balsamic vinegar; that sweet, acidic and fruity condiment that goes perfectly with a piece of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano or sweet vanilla ice cream. Most people know only of the balsamic vinegar continue reading

Jan 142014
A Few Things to Eat in Rome

I’ll get to the point straight away: Rome is an amazing city in every regard, from some of the most delicious Italian food found in many of the trattorias, to the rapid segue from stunning architecture to ancient Roman ruins as you walk around the city. I spent six days in Rome, however I think I could spend a lifetime there. Six days isn’t nearly enough to sample all of the food offerings, however here is a list of some of my favourites. Cacio e Pepe There are a few pasta dishes that are found consistently on the menu of just about trattoria in Rome, one of which is spaghetti cacio e pepe, which literally means cheese and pepper. It is pretty much the Roman answer to Kraft’s Mac n’ Cheese, and an answer that continue reading

Dec 252013
Lluerna - Barcelona

Another day, another Michelin starred restaurant. Difficult life eh? Headed by Victor Quintilla, winner of the Young Chef Award 2012 awarded by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, Lluerna restaurant was given a star by the Michelin Guide in 2013. The night started with a rather unusual appetiser, the solid mojito. The name pretty much describes exactly what it is – a little frozen gel with the flavours that would be typical of the Cuban cocktail. The fresh mint garnish added a nice touch, and it certainly got me salivating in anticipation of the meals that would follow. A second appetiser, also inspired by an alcoholic beverage, soon followed. Inside two big plump green olives was a mixture of Campari and orange juice. Bitter, sweet, salty, perfect. Just when the cocktail themed dishes were finished, out continue reading