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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…

These are a few of my favourite things – Gusto Ristorante

As my partner and I were driving home from having dinner at a restaurant, I thought to myself that there are so many things that I consider as ‘my favourite’.  I have favourite foods, favourite places to eat, favourite items of clothing. Any category of ‘thing’ you can think of, I probably can name a “favourite”. So, why not start sharing what I consider my favourite things? If it’s good enough for Julie Andrews, it’s good enough for me *insert Sound of Music reference here*. Read more…

The Cooking Chook cooks a Chook

I love roast chicken. It’s one of a few regular dishes that my partner and I indulge in when I can’t be bothered cooking. We’ll go down to our local chicken shop and buy ourselves a whole roasted chook and chips….YUM! Even though roasted chook is a favourite dish of mine, I have never actually roasted one until recently when I noticed that the price for a whole chook at our local chicken shop was getting rather pricey. Being the thrifty person I am, I decided that it was high time I learnt how to roast a chook and save myself several dollars while I’m at it. I researched for a while before before coming across a suitable recipe because I wanted to be sure that The Cooking Chook was going to cook a really nice chook. 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…

Challenge alla carbonara

Earlier this week I was asked by another blogger, Jennie (check out her blog at Ohh, honey!), to post a carbonara recipe. I’ve never made carbonara before so I took this request as a personal challenge. I thought to myself that if I was going to honour this request, I better bloody do a good job of it, so I started doing a little research. But what I found was a bunch of recipes with a conflicting mash of ingredients. Not really off to a great start. That’s when I turned to my wonderful Manager at work (who just happens to follow my blog – hi!) for advice. Read more…

Cure-all chicken soup Vietnamese style

Chicken soup, the magical dish that is supposed to be able to cure all ills. The Vietnamese have a version of chicken soup, called cháo gà, but it has rice in it instead of noodles.  My Mum made this for me every time I was sick, and until recently, I didn’t actually know how to make it.  I have been fortunate enough to be a healthy adult that rarely gets really sick, but at the start of the year, I came down with a severe cold that resulted in me staying in bed for an entire week. It also meant that I was too sick to eat any of the usual foods I would eat if I was well. So, I called my Mum to ask her how to make cháo gà, but for some reason that day she wasn’t answering her phone. In a bit of a pickle, and yearning for this particular dish, I was on a mission to find a recipe. Read more…

My big fat Greek-style pasta bake

Life in the modern World is all about being up at sparrow’s fart, rushing to work, working late, rushing home, wonder what the hell you’re going to have for dinner and then open your fridge only to find there’s nothing in it. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is cook (despite loving it so much), but I really don’t want to go out and get food either.  That’s when cooking in bulk comes in handy.  I’m all for economies of scale, so I will make the time to cook a huge batch of something to shove in the freezer.  That way, I can still have a home cooked meal when I’m in a ‘meh’ mood, but not have to make the effort. Read more…

Spaghetti alla hussy


– an impudent or immoral girl or woman

Also known as spaghetti alla puttanesca (or as I sometimes call it, put-it-in-Vanessa), when translated into English means ‘whore’s spaghetti’. Apparently, this quick and easy dish was invented by the Napolese ladies of easy virtue so they could ‘eat and run’.  As they say, “time is money!”.  Indeed, this dish is incredibly quick and easy, and is one of my favourites to make when I’m low on time and/or motivation to cook dinner. You could easily make and serve this dish for four people in 20 minutes. Read more…

Tandoori lamb with vegetable curry and cumin raita

I’m a big fan of Indian cuisine, especially when the weather is a bit dreary and cold.  There’s something about an Indian curry that makes me feel content and warm on the inside (maybe it’s the curry paste!). So, even though I like to eat Indian food and I do eat it often in winter, I have never made it before……until now.  Doing the usual flick through my cook books/magazines and surfing for recipes online, I found a couple of recipes that tickled my fancy. Lamb is really in right now (just like floral fabrics and colour blocking), because spring is upon us and I think veggies are amazing in curries so I decided I would give tandoori lamb and a vegetable curry a go. Read more…

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