Monthly Archives: March 2011

Recipe: Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

I love granola clusters. That’s how I get addicted to the granola boxes they sell at Woolies. Oats with honey and nuts in a cluster, pick up one, pop it into your mouth, burst of sweetness and crunchiness, proceed to take more clusters. Total bliss :) But they do not come very cheap and considering my bulk consumption + my efforts to save some $$, I decided to make my own! Cheaper and more practical option right? NOTTTT! Because it was my own recipe so I was able to put all the ingredients and nuts I liked, I ended up finishing the entire tray! :( My throat is so going to die and I am going to lose my voice. Im sorry dear housemates, I finished everything before I could let you 2 try some :( :(

Note to self in future: Take out a portion for the housemates to try first before proceeding to clean off the baking tray :D

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 bottle of crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of fruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup natural almonds (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates (cut into small pieces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the , peanut butter, oil, sugar, honey, fruit juice, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk until well-mixed.
  3. Pour wet ingredients over oats and quinoa flakes and stir until evenly coated. Spread mixture on the prepared baking tray in an even layer. You do not have to spread the granola out completely if you like them in clusters like me :)
  4. Bake for 20-25 min until the granola is golden brown and crisp.
  5. Remove granola from the oven and cool completely. Eat on its own or add some yoghurt! Peanut butter heaven =D

Adelaide Eats: Au Matin Calme

One of the newest French patisseries on Hutt Street! :) This is a compilation of 2 visits there. We went there the first time for the launch of their savoury crepes but it did not happen so we came back today and it was definitely worth the trip! Im sorry dear readers but we are back to amateur photos because these were taken by me. Hee

Smoked salmon, Avocado topping, Sour cream and an egg with Crispy Buckwheat Crepes $11.50

Definite YUMS! :D Check out that sour cream on the smoked salmon and the egg in the crepe. Amazing and delish!

Goat Cheese with Blood Orange Salad with Crispy Buckwheat Crepes $11.00

The saltiness of the goat cheese with the sweetness of the orange.. WINNING COMBINATION!

French Orange Crepes with Caramelized Bananas, Ice-cream, Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Chantilly $12.80

Got to try the orange infused crepes and they were so gooood! Considering I do not really like orange flavoured items. The girls really enjoyed the caramelized bananas and the ice-cream :)

French Orange Crepes with Chestnut Puree $11.00

Was not a big fan of the chestnut puree but Aakriti loved it so personal preference I guess :) I only like chestnut nuts =P

Loved the layout of the place. Very bright and airy. Makes you feel happy sitting there having heart to hearts. Will definitely go back to try their high-tea at $20/person after Easter! :D Oh and they will be opening a second branch on 100 King William Road in May! Look forward to that :)

Shop 1 / 210 Hutt Street
Adelaide, 5000
(08) 7225 2707

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Adelaide Eats: Bartons at Caledonian Hotel

Because Darren Koh’s photos are just plain awesome! The reason why the photography is exceptionally amazing in this post is because they were not taken by me! Credits to Darren Koh! :)

We went to Caledonian Hotel on Friday night to visit Ian since he was the chef there! Had to try his cooking! So among the group of 7 of us, we ordered a couple of mains and starters to share! Here they go:

Capesante e maise $16.90- Seared scallops with sweet corn puree, black truffle butter and baby watercress

I am starting to like seared seafood. Especially after the Aburi Salmon at Wasai and now these yummy scallops that just melt in your mouth. The sweet corn puree was a perfect match as well! Should have been given some bread rolls alongside to dip!

Linguine e granchio $34.90- Linguine with blue swimmer crab, bug meat, shallots, garlic and spicy shellfish bisque

Ian’s recommendation that was fantastic! Havent had such good seafood linguine in a while and the crabmeat was tender with the subtle spiciness of the bisque.

Anatra e arancione $34.90- Crispy skinned duck breast with shallot fritters, asparagus, fennel, rocket and burnt orange vinaigrette

The rest thought this was really good and tender as well. I thought the vinaigrette was pretty awesome.

Pesce e gamberi $32.90- Roasted barramundi with king prawns, crispy pancetta, salt cured olive tapenade and saffron veloute

Fresh barramundi that melts in your mouth. Couldnt ask for more :)

Pollo salsiccia anatra $27.90- Pan roasted chicken breast with duck sausage and pistachio stuffing, creamy potato mash and rich chicken jus

Darren thought that this chicken breast wasnt as dry as normal breast meat was supposed to be. I liked the creamy potato mash :)

Maiale con masala $31.90- Murray Valley pork, pancetta and date involtino with a pecorino and parsley salad and Marsala jus

Another of Ian’s recommendation.

Gnocchi e funghi $28.90- Baked gnocchi with wild mushrooms, crème fraiche, pine nut pangrattato and parsley pesto

Loved the garlic crumble at the top. Not a huge fan of gnocchi though!

Di cioccolato fondente $12.90- Soft centred warm chocolate pudding and vanilla bean gelato

Hmmm everyone thought this fondente was very well done but the quality of chocolate used was not that fantastic :(

Crostata di agrumi $12.90- Caramelized limoncello tart with white chocolate cream and orange toffee syrup

YX’s favourite dessert. She thought that it tasted a lot better than it looked!

Semifreddo e fragole $12.90- Native honey semifreddo with balsamic caramel strawberries, pistachio soil and praline

Prettiest dessert ever :) The guys had fun trying to break the biscuit at the top but I think in the end someone just ate it up…

Overall bill came up to about $327 between 7 of us? The portions are really small though. But that’s with fine dining I guess, quality food in small portions. The place is also quite small so do remember to make your reservations in advance! Service was also great but be prepared to wait quite a while for your food. If you do come, definitely try the linguine and the scallops! You wont regret it :)

219 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
(08) 8267 1375

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Recipe: Quinoa Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

It’s Saturday again and Central Market day! Love walking there after church and just looking at all the fresh fruits and produce on the shelves :) I found blueberries on sale today for $3.95 a punnet so I decided to make blueberry bars for next week’s breakfast! Dont you just love it when cooked blueberries burst and pop out of their skins in your mouth? :)

Dry ingredients:
1 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 cup oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Whisk the dry ingredients together. Add in the following ingredients and mix well.

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup rice, hemp or nut milk/ vanilla yoghurt
1/4 teaspoon apple cidar vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Beat until smooth. The batter will be thick and sticky.

Add in:
1 cup wild blueberries

Stir to distribute.

Plop the batter into the cake pan and using a rubber spatula press the batter into the corners and smooth the top.
Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or so, until firm. The edges will be golden, the center should be firm to the touch.

Makes 9 large bars or eat straight out of the pan like me :) Was supposed to keep it for 1 week of brekkie next week but Im only left with 2 bars :( Whoops!

Im going to make Peanut Butter granola next! :D

P.S. Thank you for being such a good friend and calling up regularly to make sure everything is fine even though you are so busy with work! :) Very much appreciated! xx

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Cake

Im sorry I had no other name for this because I came up with the recipe myself..LOL! I just needed to use my leftover egg yolks and my new cake tin. I did however notice that every part of the name started with a ‘C’! =P

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of plain flour/oat flour/whole wheat flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Shredded coconut
3 egg yolks + 1 egg
1 tbs Lemon juice
2 cups of Caster sugar
1/2 cup Olive oil/butter
Handful of Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix the wet ingredients together and mix the dry ingredients together but in 2 separate mixing bowls. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet one and mix throughly but do not over mix the batter. Either scoop out little balls and put on a baking tray as cookies or fill your cake tin with the mixture, sprinkle with chocolate chips and put it into the oven. Bake for 25-30min, remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting. The outer part should be crispy but inside moist :)