Melbourne, the food capital of Australia, where multi-cultural cuisines reign supreme. You've arrived at a food blog where good food has no boundaries - be it restaurants, cafes, takeaway joints and any other eating places. Recipes to try out with successes and failures blogged to no shame. The focus is on authentic Asian (Singapore) food found right here in the heart of Melbourne. Just remember, the best dining experience could surprise your tastebuds when you least expect it. Get ready to be surprised on my food journey. Bon Appétit!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Neil Perry's Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

On Masterclass tonight in the All-Stars version, we were witnesses to the sinful pedestrian food of Macaroni and Cheese getting a slightly more 'atas' twist by Neil Perry.

He of Rockpool Grill let us in on the recipe behind one of their most popular side dishes.

S was salivating and seeing as his dinner portion was woefully small, I decided to replicate Perry's recipe for mac cheese.

The sauce was simple - fresh cream, shredded blends of cheeses, salt and pepper, a tablespoon of paprika and garlic butter.

Half a pack of macaroni cooked al dente stirred through with truffle oil when drained. Sautée and slightly caramelise diced bacon.

Add them all together topped off with gruyere cheese. Pop into the oven at 230 degrees for a few minutes. Voila!

I think the Rockpool version of mac cheese is brilliant with the paprika adding that extra dimension and layer of flavour. Having the truffle oil (he used actual grated truffle) was fragrant and absolutely divine...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's a salad day

Cajun skinless chicken thigh, Caesar salad with baby cos lettuce, anchovies and soft-boiled eggs. Hmm...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sumo Orange

Dear Readers, I present to you Sumo Oranges! Top bun resembling that of a sumo wrestler notwithstanding, the size and Japanese origins are true to its namesake.

The skin might appear tough and rough but it's actually easy to peel. The membranes are also thin enough hiding pulp with texture very much like a grapefruit or pomelo. These oranges are seedless and really really sweet.

The Japanese spent 30 years getting them just right and our Aussie farmers have finally mastered the crops after 10 years of growing them. Effort well worth it. They are much prized in Japan and so they should be here.

You can find them in Thomas Dux and selected Coles and Safeway supermarkets.