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The Cooking Chook does Belgian chocolate truffle making

How does a chocolate lover test the strength of their will? Take a chocolate making class! My cousin messaged me a couple of weeks ago asking me if I wanted to take a Belgian chocolate truffle making class with her at the Adelaide School of Chocolate because there was a 2 for 1 deal going for the month of June (it’s normally $99 per person). I’ve never really worked with chocolate before, apart from making the odd ganache for a cake, so I thought this would be a good a time as ever to have a crack. Read more…

Red Spice Road – Melbourne

Red Spice RoadSo, my final day at work is drawing ever closer and a quick work trip to Melbourne saw me treated to a wonderful farewell dinner with some of my work colleagues at Red Spice Road located smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD. I always like to do my research in regards to places I’ve never eaten at before so I Googled the restaurant, and to my delight, I found out that Red Spice Road specialised in South East Asian cuisine. I was even more excited to see some Vietnamese style dishes on the menu. Read more…

Steel Bar and Grill Sydney – Review

December is that time of year when the corporates get into the Christmas spirit and take their clients out for Christmas lunches/dinner. One of the corporates I deal with very closely took my team out to lunch at the Steel Bar and Grill in the CBD of Sydney. As always, I did a little research on the place and discovered that the owner and one of head chefs there is none other than Damian Heads, who I watch ALL the time on ‘Ready Steady Cook’ on Channel 10. This little tid-bit of information excited me as it represented another opportunity to possibly get some celebrity chef photos (unfortunately Luke Nguyen wasn’t at Red Lantern), not that I’m the stalky-stalky type or anything… Read more…

Red Lantern on Riley Sydney – Review

Red Lantern on RileyExcited didn’t even describe how I felt when I made a reservation for Red Lantern on Riley Street. I had already eaten at the original Red Lantern on Crown Street in Surry Hills and was quite taken with the food there. Each dish that my friends and I had ordered reminded me so much of the food that my Mum makes. It was like being transported back to my Mum’s kitchen. That being said, I had high hopes for the Darlinghurst restaurant, which is situated on Riley Street towards the City Cross Tunnel end. The menu at each restaurant is mostly different, with a couple of dishes being the same but the Riley Street menu offers a few mid courses giving you more dishes to choose from. Read more…

Cafe Saba Adelaide – Review

Whenever someone tells me that there is a new Pho joint in town, I always say “take me there post haste!”. Pho is one of my favourite Vietnamese dishes, and my Mum makes the best Pho that I have ever tasted (biased? – maybe). As you can imagine, because of the high standards that my Mum has set, I’m super critical when it comes to trying other people’s version of the dish. This is especially true if I have to pay my hard earned cash for it. My Manager at work was raving on about how she had found a great Vietnamese eatery, called Cafe Saba, in the Eastern suburb of Norwood that served really delicious Pho. Really? In Norwood? Gotta check this out for myself…. Read more…

Pâtisserie course at Mulots Pâtisserie Adelaide – Review

Being a massive Francophile and a lover of food, I’ve had a love affair with French pastries ever since my first trip to France a couple years ago. There’s something about French pastries (probably the massive amounts of butter and sugar) that immediately takes me to my happy place. *sigh* Since then, I have always wanted to do some sort of pâtisserie course but had no idea where to find one. As with everything I do, I decided to do a bit of research (I am a scientist at heart after all) to find what was available in Adelaide. I wanted something casual; no need for a recognised certificate or diploma, but I wanted to learn from a true Pâtissier. That’s when I came across Mulots Pâtisserie located just south of the CBD in the trendy suburb of Hyde Park. Read more…

Est Pizzeria Adelaide – Review

Last night marked a momentous occasion, as a bunch of my girlfriends and I celebrated the pending nuptials of our dear friend Jo with a hens day/night. The day started with a session in nature drawing (code for gratuitous perve at a naked man), then we went on an impromptu 1.2km (0.7mi) pub crawl down to Est Pizzeria, for dinner. I’ve never been to Est Pizzeria before, but I’ve heard good things about the place and I was excited about having pizza for dinner after working up an appetite during the nature drawing session. Read more…

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