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Friday, 24 April 2015

BLAXLANDS ESTATE - HUNTER VALLEY, NSW

Blaxlands Inn
2198 Broke Rd
Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW

Blaxlands Inn is clearly a pretty place in a lovely location. What's not to like about the Hunter Valley and this place is right smack bang in the middle of everything.

First things first, Blaxlands Inn  has had some mixed reviews. We were actually reading them while we were there - and it made us a bit nervous.

Price was said to be high - but it is the Hunter Valley people, and if you're not used to the area then it can really surprise you. True there were some pricier dishes on the menu but there were also some reasonably affordable ones too - and we were only after something light.

Next was food quality and serving sizes - well for us both were fine. Again true - the food arrived within and instant of ordering and we had very basic dishes - but it was fine and a decent size. Service was attentive as well.



















Anyway, Mlady had a basic salad and a coffee - we weren't overly hungry and this was sufficient.





















Sir had a Caesar Salad and a coffee. Again the serving size was decent and even tough it perhaps wasn't presented as well as it could have been, it tasted fine.




















Blaxlands Estate is a pleasant place. The rustic building has a lot of charm with plenty of stone and timber and a bygone age appearance.

It's perhaps hard to comment on the food much, as we really didn't have a full meal.

While we ordered fairly basic dishes, what we got was what we expected.

The food itself was decent with good serving sizes.









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Saturday, 18 April 2015

BAHBQ - CROWS NEST, SYDNEY

BahBQ
35 Albany St
Crows Nest, Sydney

Ever been to a Brazilian BBQ or churrasco? We hadn't for ages so we jumped at the chance to visit BahBQ at Crows Nest to revisit meat on skewers in all shapes and sizes.

We had of course been warned to bring our appetites as it was going to be a big meal!

The founders of BahBQ grew up in Brazil and learned grilling skills that had been passed down from generation to generation. The word Bah is an expression for astonishment - so BahBQ was named in honour of their amazing barbecue.

Tucked away upstairs on Albany Street in Crows Nest is this spacious restaurant that's open 7 nights a week.

Parking was extremely easy for us and we nabbed a spot almost outside.

It's a popular place for locals, South American ex-pats seeking some home-style food and of course those venturing out to visit or revisit this lovely cuisine.

BahBQ is a sizable place, seating around 100. The whole place also has a great indoor outdoor feel too - very relaxing!































Okay - so there's a lot of meat at BahBQ which really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone - based on the name. There are plenty of other choices there too - but most people choose the churasco. So what is a churasco you ask? In simple terms it's kind of like a meat and seafood buffet - but it comes to you with the goodies on these huge skewers. They tell you what it is, and if you want some they slice a chunk off for you. There's a huge variety too - including beef flank, lamb with chimichuri, pork, chicken, pork sausages, spicy chorizo, prawns, ribs etc etc etc - the list goes on and on. Take a look below at some of them.


























































The meats here are cooked to perfection - it was all so nicely done.

The condiments went perfectly too. At first we just couldn't help diving in to the meats alone, but then we started eating it with the condiments and it was even better.

It's probably best to start with small servings, because that way you still have space for everything else that will arrive.











For dessert you have to try the spiced pineapple - juicy, sweet and refreshing. It's all part of the churasco too. By this stage of the meal, like us, you're probably extremely full - but it's essential to save a little space for this! 



BahBQ is a lovely experience. The food comes to you - and so much of it and all so good. It's a lovely theme - kind of like dinner and a show with the showmanship involved in how it is served. 


Sir and Mlady dined as guests of BahBQ. Special thanks to Marcelo, Rafaelo, Maurico for looking after us so well and a big thank you to Rafaela for arranging our visit.




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Friday, 10 April 2015

MALAYSIAN DESSERTS

Malaysian Desserts

Our journey through Malaysian food, both in restaurants and at home, brought us to the inevitable place of dessert. We wanted to try to put a Malaysian flavour to some more local sweets for some of our friends. The challenge was - what?

After some soul searching we decided upon pandan.

Pandan is a type of plant very common across Asia and it is used frequently in Malaysian desserts and drinks. The green leaves are ground into a paste that is both sweet and fragrant.

We started with a pandan cake - not that unique as pandan is often used for this. It's a delicate matter making though as the cake is extremely light and can easily collapse.

We simply used a recipe from the Internet - and fortunately it worked!







We also decided to use some of the cake mix for some pandan cupcakes. Was this successful - they were. We do think it works slightly better though in a larger cake but they were just as tasty.

For the larger cake we decided to ice it with pandan icing as well - to keep the theme going. 






We had plenty of pandan cake. Trifle seemed like a good use for some of it.

Pandan Trifle - a first for us - but so easy. We simply mixed chunks of our green cake with scoops of jelly, dollops of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and for added texture some marshmallows.

We dressed the dish with some crumbled Flake for effect - and some added chocolatey taste.












We did buy some extra treats as well. In our journeys we discovered several Malaysian jelly pods and puddings. They were inexpensive and so we grabbed them. The mango flavour was by far the most popular.

Sir and Mlady's Malaysian Desserts was supported by the Malaysian Kitchen Programme.