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Lemon Chicken, Tomato & Haloumi Salad …

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Serves approximately 4.

What you need:

• 2 large chicken breasts, cut in half length ways
• 100g of haloumi, thinly slices
• Bunch of asparagus, cut into 4cm
• Punnet of mixed cherry tomatoes, all cut in half
• 2 large lemons
• 4 eggs
• 2 sprigs of rosemary
• 1 cup of basil leaves
• 4 cups of baby spinach

What you need to do:
• Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place chicken in an oven try and top it with one of the lemons sliced into pieces and rosemary and a dash of olive oil and place into the oven for 30-35mins
• While the chicken is cooking, blanch the asparagus and toss it with the basil, spinach and tomatoes
• Grill the haloumi until golden brown, squeeze with lemon juice and place it into the salad and dress the salad with the remaining lemon juice and serve into 4 bowls
• Once the chicken has almost cooked, poach the 4 eggs so the yolk is still running
• Remove the chicken from the oven and slice before serving into each bowl and placing the poached egg on top
• Enjoy!

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Truffle Pig.

Mexican beef and black bean dip recipe …

Mexican beef and black bean dip recipe …

Mexican beef bean dip

Hosting a party and want to wow your guests with a dip that tastes like desire? Well you have stumbled across the perfect recipe.

What you need

  • Can of black beans, rinsed
  • 100g of minced beef
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • ½ – 1 cup of grated cheese
  • Half a cup of sour cream
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • Jalapenos (optional)

What you need to do

  • Preheat the oven to about 160 degrees
  • Brown the mince in a pan on medium heat and once cooked, add the beans and salsa, stir and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Place mixture in an shallow, oven proof bowl, cover the dip with cheese and place it in the oven for about 15 minutes
  • While the dip is cooking, mix the sour cream and shallots in bowl
  • Once the cheese has melted on the dip remove it from the oven (depending on your oven you might want to wack the dip under the grill for a couple of minutes)
  • Lather the sour cream over the dip and serve with corn chips
  • Listen to your friends “mmmmmmmm” with delight

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Truffle Pig.

Best Salads in Bondi Beach ….

Best Salads in Bondi Beach ….

Best salad in bondi beach

Summer is a comin’ and if I know one thing for sure, it is that beer battered chips and burgers do not make for a good bikini body (god damn it!). So, here is a list of some beach-friendly salads around Bondi’s beach ….

Smoked Trout – Lox Stock and Barrel

This salad is as colourful as it is delicious. Rocket, mint, zucchini, cabbage and shaved fennel create a light and crunchy base with wedges of beetroot and crunchy candied walnuts adding to the texture. The warm, flaky trout is cooked to perfection with the honey buttermilk dressing lightly coating the ingredients to bring it all together.

Chicken Caesar – Le Paris Go

Sometimes the basic meals are the best meals. This salad is a standard Caesar with crunchy cos lettuce covered in a creamy dressing with Parmesan, bacon and juicy grilled chicken stirred through with a boiled egg on top. Crisp, creamy, filling and delicious.

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Meat Ball Salad – The Shop

These huge, plump meat balls are served with melted cheddar on stop and a leafy green salad in the middle with a generous helping of avocado. This is the epitome of a balanced meal – comfort food teamed with a bunch of healthy greens.

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Sashimi Salad – Soy Japanese

Leafy greens mixed with the signature Japanese salad of silky seaweed noodles make up bulk of the dish with thinly sliced sashimi of tuna, king fish, tuna and prawn on top drizzled in a miso sauce. Light, cold, fresh and healthy.

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Brown Sugar Salad – Brown Sugar

Roasted pumpkin and beetroot with crispy polenta tossed with lentils and goat’s cheese tumbled together and dressed with balsamic. The option is there to add a range of extras – the grilled chicken or haloumi get my vote.

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Truffle Pig.

Best Bloody Mary Recipe …

Best Bloody Mary Recipe …

Bloody Mary recipe

If you’re feeling hungover or after a cocktail that isn’t sickly sweet… Bloody Mary is the drink for you.

What you need:
4 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup vodka
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ice cubes
4 celery sticks
Tabasco sauce to taste
Ledge of lemon
Cracked pepper on top
A pinch of sea salt

What you need to do:
Combine the juice, vodka, tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in a jug.
Place plenty of ice in each cup with with a celerey stalk and wedge of line then pour the cocktail in
Crack pepper on top and add a pinch of salt.

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Truffle Pig.

Coogee Pavilion …

Coogee Pavilion …

 

Merivale have done it again – another stroke of genius and another stunning venue.

The Pavilion is HUGE and located right next to the beach at Coogee, a suburb desperate for a good restaurant and bar.

Whether you’re looking for a lazy brunch, a place to hang out with your kids or some cool afternoon cocktails, The Pavilion has it all. Out the back there is a floor to ceiling scrabble game, board games and ping pong tables – the ideal games room and kids entertainment area. Along the beach side of the restaurant there is a standing bar, to the left a huge open kitchen, in the middle an abundance of dining areas and an old school pizza oven, and the front of the restaurant is home to Sydney’s busiest coffee cart.

The menu features over 10 pizzas which are made from fresh dough served thin, crisp and full of flavour. Unsurprisingly seafood is also a big focus on the menu featuring fresh oysters, classic fish and chips, sashimi plates and lobster rolls. The salads read well, but were a little underwhelming.

There is  only one coffee machine being serviced by two manic baristas serving all the patrons dining in and taking away, so if you’re in a rush or desperate for a coffee I would go elsewhere as you will probably receive your coffee 30-45mins after you order it. The meals also come out when they are ready so you might be finishing your meal by the time others are getting started – not helped by the fact the the staff are likely to kick you off your table to make room for another booking. But they will be incredibly polite about it, the staff were incredibly friendly, end when they have red wine accidentally spilled all over them.

All flaws aside, Coogee Pavilion is the perfect place for a post-beach beer – I am definitely looking forward to more visits over summer.

The bitter: The wait time to get seated and then the wait for the food and coffee
The sweet: The interiors and set up – it is the ultimate place to settle in an afternoon after the beach
The damage: Pretty standard – main meals range from $20-$30 each.

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Truffle Pig.

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Review: The Crown Metropol ….

Review: The Crown Metropol ….

Metropol

Southbank is a great alternative if your visiting Melborune to explore the city because you get to admire the views of the city and other Melbourne landmarks like Flinders Street station, the Yarra River and Federation Square from your room. Crown has plenty of hotel options in close proximity to their casino which is home to some of the biggest names in Australia’s restaurant scene (Rockpool, Spice Temple and Heston Blumenthal ‘s Fat Duck to open there soon).  The best thing about the Metropol is that it is brand spanking new as far as hotels go, so no feeling like you stepped back in time into a bad 80’s movie set here. The views are incredible, especially if you are awake for the sunrise and watching the hot air balloons descend over the CBD.

The service: Professional and friendly
The food:  Fantastic. Not just your normal room service here, you can order selected items from the resort’s restaurant menus and the breakfast buffet is -Off. The. Charts.
The rooms: Generous with space, open bathroom lay out with separate toilet and showers with an open large bath tub, a good variety of magazines and TV channels. Great modern design, natural light and comfortable interiors, definitely a room you want to spend a bit of time in.
Amenity: my favourite part of staying at the Metropol is doing early morning laps in their roof top pool with double height ceilings with views spanning across the city. The roof top bar and gym are also get the nod of approval from me – nothing better than working out and drinking on top of the world.
The Lobby: Huge, grand, modern and it features a stunning piece of colourful art I would love in my own home.
Best for: Work travel or Melbourne weekender.

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Truffle Pig.