Tag Archives: Food with friends


Banana and cinnamon tea cake

With the quirks of my oven figured out, and a new Chicago cake tin to test out, it seemed like a good idea to tranform some overripe bananas into a tasty treat for The Loch Ness Monster.

With all the baking I do being donated to friends and work colleagues, I frequently torture him with appetising scents not intended for his consumption.

If baking is my hobby, then surely LNM’s hobby is eating.

So with this in mind I was more than happy to whip up a cake intended just for him.

Another happy memory in the bag.


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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Foody


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Keeping a well stocked supply of baking stuffs means that my mind is often dreaming up things to make.

I had read somewhere recently that I could make chocolate truffles with a ganache made from dark chocolate and cream.

Once the ganache is made and cooled down it can be rolled into truffles or whipped into frosting.


When I tested the ganache after a trip to the market I realised that I should opt to whip it into frosting for a cake.


What resulted was a tasty treat that will be used for future cooking adventures.

The Loch Ness Monster was VERY happy to have this afternoon treat with a cup of coffee and some quality time with me. THIS is how happy memories are formed.

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Foody, wordy


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St Patrick’s Day Madness!!!

One of the true joys of my job is the event planning side of things.
I think of it as HR-lite to keep the natives happy, which has the flow on effect of making me happy.

In every job that I have ever had I always put on food days, morning teas, farewells, birthdays etcetera.
My current job is no exception.

In fact my boss encourages it which just makes him all the more awesome.

He likes to encourage me to buy mille feuille on a regular basis for the office, and recently asked for me to cater our Friday afternoon company meetings.

So as you can imagine he gets extra super brownie points with me.


So when I realised that St Patrick’s day was coming up I decided to amp up some excitement with the food lovers at work to bring in something green to share.


Getting a slushie machine from Daiquiri King was a move that proved popular on the day. The green apple mix kept everyone on a happy sugar high for the day.


There were many contenders for the best food of the day but this mousse cake took out the prize.


Green food dye can make a regular butter cake look VERY scary I decided.


I loved these green chocolate crackles that took me back to my childhood.


The homemade dip was a crowd pleaser with many people asking who made it.


I whipped up some mini quiches and a frittata which did not last very long.


Always nice to have a savoury option which was whipped up by one of my colleagues who I have dubbed as the afternoon tea Queen of the office.


The cupcakes rolled in jelly and coconut were absolutely delightful.


Zucchini and carrot slice with a slightly engineered four leaf clover.


Green tea cakes looked oh-so-pretty in heart shapes.


I adored these little cheesecakes with a dusting of green tea powder.


Overall it was a fun filled day with a vast array of food to show off the many talents of the amazing people that I work with.

I hope everyone else had a great St Patrick’s Day.

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Foody


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Yum Cha Heaven

So with some lovely friends in tow I had my first adventure in Yum Cha since I was about 6 years old.  Some would say 20-something years without Yum Cha is a travesty, and I would have to agree with them!

We decided on visiting Gold Leaf chinese restaurant in Burwood East on a recommendation from one of the group.


We went to the 11am session on a Saturday morning and thankfully I had the good sense to book a table in advance. When I arrived I found that the car park was close to full, with many people running inside when the doors opened.

I was completely mesmerised by the decor and general atmosphere of the restaurant, I simply could not wait for my friends to arrive!


One of the people in the group found that he was quite excited whenever the food came past so the options on the lazy susan were constantly changing.


I was scared that there would be scant options in the vegetarian department, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that I could order additional items that weren’t on the trolleys, and that there were a few options floating around the place anyway.


My happy moments of the meal were the abundance of jasmine tea, chinese custard doughnuts, and the chinese egg tart. Anyone would think that I like custard…..


I was pleasantly surprised at how fun and amazing an experience Yum Cha could be, and decided that this would be a great option to take my Mum out for mother’s day this year.

In fact I am looking for any opportunity to visit this place again and I hope it does not take another 20 years to have Yum Cha again.

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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Foody, wordy


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Food! Glorious food!

Ted and I went on a bit of a food adventure day not too long ago and she introduced me to some wonderful gems.


I had been dreaming about going to Burch & Purchese for some time now, so I was very pleased to find myself drooling in their store.


With the delightful aprons worn by the staff, and the free sample of a concoction that involved pistachios with a mango mousse it was a treat to visit indeed!


I quite happily bought a jar of salted caramel spread for future food adventures.

Try and resist the temptation to eat it straight from the jar with a spoon


Our next venture included a trip to the ever amazing Lux Bite for some tea and treats.


My mouth drooled over this delightful caramel slice with miniature salted caramel macarons.


While Ted had a glorious time with a giant hazelnut macaron made from 100% awesomeness.


I happily bought some salted caramel macarons to take home for the eternally ravenous Loch Ness Monster, who was more than happy to nibble away, and enjoy yet another gastronomical wonder provided by magnificent Melbourne.

If you are a Melbourne foodie, or just someone from Melbourne in general, get out and find yourself in one of these stores. Do it now!


Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Foody


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A visual feast

So my editor (The Loch Ness Monster) is out jogging with friends so I found myself inspired to do a visual post.








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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Foody


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Sweet Treats With Sweet Friends

As a follow up to the ‘Pork Belly Man Date’, I decided to go out for some sweet treats with some sweet friends.

I did receive a late invitation to attend the man date this week, however I politely declined so I could instead spend some time with the girls.


We did consume other lovely treats of the savoury variety, however at Zimt it is ALWAYS about the sweets.


Photos can only do so much justice, so I suggest that anyone reading this needs to get into their car and drive there quick smart!

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Foody


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