August 28, 2015

Ricotta hotcakes, Bills, Surry Hills

Ricotta hotcakes

Full Aussie breakfast
  • Ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, $21.00, number 4 on the top 100 Sydney dishes to die for list (The Sunday Telegraphy, Dec 14)

Bill's ricotta hotcakes are an iconic Sydney breakfast dish so it's no surprise they rated so highly on the top 100 Sydney dishes to die for list.

Having had Bill's hotcakes in the past I was looking forward to eating them again, though this time with a toddler just as excited by hotcakes as her mother they didn't last quite as long.

With a generous amount of banana, honeycomb butter and jug of maple syrup (not pictured) these ricotta hotcakes are fabulous.

A lover of eggs and anything meaty Mr FPL ordered the Full Aussie breakfast ($25.00), and full it was with scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, cumin roast tomato, miso mushrooms and pork and fennel sausages.

To drink I had the Sunrise, a smoothie made up of berries, banana, yoghurt and orange juice, it was good.  Mr FPL had his usual latte and freshly squeezed orange juice and Gabby had some water in a small coffee cup with a straw, very cute!

If you haven't tried Bill's ricotta hotcakes than get down to Surry Hills or Bondi and order yourself a plate!

359 Crown Street
Surry Hills, NSW

August 24, 2015

Hello Fresh

Several weeks ago Mr FPL signed up for a trial of Hello Fresh. For the discounted price of $44 we received the Classic Food box (for omnivores) which contained three days of meals for two. 

One week later, delivered to our home was a box full of fresh produce (pictured below) and recipe cards.  

Looking through the recipe cards and expiry dates I choose to cook the dish with the prawns first, followed by the chicken dish and lastly the beef dish.

 Day One - Tom Yum Prawns and Vegetables

This dish was quite enjoyable, it was flavorsome. Adding twice the recommended amount of vegetables, in error, the dish contained a generous serving of vegetables, making it quite nutritious.

Day Two - Chicken enchilada's.

This dish was my least favourite, the main reason for this was the cut of chicken, which was chicken thigh. Having used all the capsicum the night before it was omitted from the filling, which was a shame. Portion wise there was a generous amount for two. It was unfortunate the cut wasn't breast and that I didn't have any capsicium left over as I believe this would have been an enjoyable dish.

Day Three - Baked potato's with mince and salad.

A dish I usually wouldn't cook, this meal was quite tasty and filling. Par boiling than baking the potatoes, followed by frying the mince and vegetables, I placed them on a bed of mixed leaves and topped with sour cream and cheese. Out of the three dishes this was my favourite.

Overall I found Hello Fresh to have both positives and negatives. Being a working mum with a toddler I tend to spend a lot of my spare time meal planning, shopping, preparing and cooking meals. Hello Fresh removes the need to plan and shop for evening meals. With the correct amount of portions there is also little wastage.

Looking at the ingredients and the time saved not needing to meal plan or shop I found the trial price of $44 for three meals reasonable, however at the full price of $69 it's a little too pricey for my budget.

Have you tried Hello Fresh or are you a regular user of Hello Fresh? What are your thoughts? Please share.

August 17, 2015

Bridal high tea at The Sebel, Windsor

High tea stand
Close up of petit fours
Goodie bag filled with fudge
The table
Coconut ice used to dress up the table and for the guests to enjoy

Cupcakes to take home
Guests were encouraged to share their best date idea for the future Mr and Mrs.

Centre piece
Each guest was given a tea bag cookie, the recipe found on Pinterest is from Not quite Nigella
Yesterday I spent the day at The Sebel in Windsor celebrating a dear friends bridal high tea.

Being one of the bridesmaids it was an exciting day. Arriving early the other bridesmaids and I helped the bride to be decorate the room with flowers, teacups and saucers and an assortment of sweets for the guests to take home.

The high tea package included a glass of bubbly, juice or soft drink, assorted sandwiches and wrap, a  curry puff, scones with jam and cream, petit fours and a selection of tea or coffee if preferred.

I choose an Organic Lady Grey tea which was quite nice.

To entertain the guests there were a number of games. 

Starting with a guessing competition, my guess of 72 teabags in the jar wasn't even close, there were only 43, which was a shame I would have loved to take home the jar filled with bags of T2's Melbourne Breakfast!

The next three games which we played seated required a pen, paper and brain power. A quiz on how well you know the bride, guess the movie quote and name the household items brought about many laughs. I regret not taking a photo of the household items to show you, some of them looked very strange indeed!

As the last game ended the tiers of food arrived and we got down to the serious business of eating, sipping tea and chatting. Before we knew it, it was time to play the last game, the ever most popular bridal shower game of dressing a few of the guests in a wedding dress made of toilet paper. Like the other games it brought on many laughs.

With plenty of left over food on the tiers and around the room, nobody left empty handed.

Overall it was a lovely day, the location with views of the Hawkesbury Valley was pretty, the privacy of having our own room away from other guests was great, the company and the food enjoyable! It was one of the best bridal showers I have been to!

August 10, 2015

The Good Food and Wine Show, Sydney

Yesterday's food journey took the Fizzy Pink Lemonade household to the Good Food and Wine Show held at Sydney Olympic Park. 

Having been three years since I last attended I was amazed by how much the show had grown in size and crowd numbers. 

Starting from the entrance and slowly working our way through the crowd we spent about three and a half hours sampling and purchasing food, wine and condiments from various stalls.

What we ate:

Tapa's plate $13, Bella's Kitchen

Barramundi burger $10, Crown Street Fish Shop
Assorted arancini balls $10, Arancini Art
Assorted dumplings and Taiwanese chicken $5 each, Mrs Mi

Stalls of interest:

Berenberg stand

Yummia yoghurt, perfect for fussy kids, with fruit and veggies hidden inside!
Gabby approves of Yummia!

Roza's Gourmet sauces
Yum yum Ritter sports chocolates!
A selection of condiments and chocolates from the show
Overall it was an enjoyable day spent sampling various foods and drinks.