Sunday, May 24, 2015

The informal foodie is BACK!

Hi Guys. Well it has been a while since my last post....almost 4 years..... In case you were worried I have still been eating and cooking, but now for two more mouths! a three year old boy and one year old girl stopped my blogging.

Keep watching for new recipe's and reviews starting now!

Harry, my son cooked today. 100's and 1000's pancakes!


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Taste at own risk!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mum's Chocolate Chip Biscuits

These biscuits were something I loved eating when I was a kid. A simple recipe that is easy and quick to cook, and taste sensational. A good tip would be to make a double quantity as they get eaten pretty fast!!!

I guess 'technically' these are actually cookies and not biscuits, but we always called them biscuits as the term cookie sounds so awfully American!! Just before we get into the recipe, don't message me asking why the weights are so ridiculously specific....they have been converted from ounces to grams!! Also you could replace dark with white chocolate and add some macadamia nuts....You are only limited by your imagination....although I would steer clear of gherkins!!


114 g (4 oz.) Dark Chocolate [Old Gold, Lindt 70%] chopped roughly, leaving some good chunks
2 Tablespoons sugar
170 g (6 oz.) self raising flour
114 g (4 oz.) soft salted butter
2 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk


Cream the butter, sugar and condensed milk. Add the self raising flour and chopped chocolate and combine. Roll into balls, about the size of a small golf ball, put onto a baking sheet and press down with a fork allowing some space for them to grow!

Cook at 180ÂșC for about 12-15 minutes, but be guided by them being just golden at the edges.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


454 Whitehorse Road
(03) 9873 0268

Having recently moved into the area we though we would try one of the local restaurants. I had eaten at this place years ago, and it was a 'La Porchetta' style suburban Italian place. Very casual and inexpensive. We decided to walk up and try it. Dressed in jeans and t shirts we walked in to find the place had changed. It was a bit 'fancy'!!

The waiter gave us a funny look and asked if we had reservation...It was a Tuesday night at about 6.30pm and the place was pretty much empty so it was an interesting question. I said no, and he found us a table. Service was quick and efficient, an the meals were good. Chicken Parmagiana and Lasagne were both good, but not amazing, The salad was fresh and the Garlic Focaccia from the adjoining take away pizza bar was great. Meals were less expensive than the Mitcham Hotel, just down the road, and the service was much better, the ambience was good, and it had the feeling of a bit of a special occasion restaurant that served non special occasion food!!

On returning on another night it was pretty busy and again we had good service and the meals were good, although the duck risotto with olives was a little weird. Unfortunately the duck flavour was overpowered by the olives, however the vegetable risotto we tested on the same night was very good.

Overall a good find in the suburbs, with fast service, and an over attentive owner, who was wandering around looking like he owned the place.... but I guess he does. His intent was good, but sometimes unnecessary and to be honest a little distracting.

Rating: 11/20

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