Sunday, July 31, 2016

Recipes :: Seafood Bouillabaisse recipe that works


The first time I thought I really love seafood bouillabaisse is when I tried it as a restaurant called Graze MCA adjacent to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in Circular Quay. It is a venue not only to go to if you want an excellent view of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House but they do an excellent seafood bouillabaisse too and if they don't already call it as such, I would call it their signature dish having come back to try it a few times. It is one thing to have fresh seafood at hand when making a dish and it's another to give it enough depth of flavour so that the seafood, particularly if using a denser sort of fish like barramundi or salmon, are seasoned and balanced with enough flavour where you are looking for something more than just salt and a squeeze of lemon. After perusing one of my favourite recipe book in my spare time from Depot Eatery, a little establishment run by Al Brown I went back to numerous times when I visited Auckland in New Zealand earlier in the year, I came across a bouillabaisse stock recipe the book suggests, which gave me enough confidence that if I spent the time creating it, I think it would be a pretty damn good seafood bouillabaisse judging from the food I tried at that venue. Having tasted the Graze MCA seafood bouillabaisse, I was a little sceptical on recipes that label a bouillabaisse recipe as 'Easy Bouillabaisse' as I think from tasting the Graze MCA bouillabaisse there is quite some complexity in this broth that an 'easy bouillabaisse' short cut recipe cannot replicate or do justice too.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Recipes :: Slow living Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Walnut Crumbs

Slow living ... a lifestyle emphasising slower approaches to aspects of everyday life (according to Wikipedia). I always look forward to weekends because what I love the most is to slow down from a busy work week and contemplate what to cook, what ingredients to get, and where to get them from.  Just simply appreciating what others see as routine but also it's amazing how new ingredients can freshen up an ordinary dish. Cooking at home allows me to experiment with some fine restaurant quality produce that is readily accessible. A store I visited recently was Vic's Meats Markets at Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont being only a few minutes walk from work. They stock premium pasture fed meats that when you cook them, they are so juicy and tender. Also it is one of the stores where you can get the delicious Pepe Saya butter that has a beautiful aroma when you use it for cooking.

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Singin' In The Rain at the Sydney Lyric Theatre


I
attended the opening night of Singin’ In The Rain last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it - the music, the dancing, singing and acting, the stage, all of it, evidenced by the whoops, the cheers and the standing ovation of a fervently appreciative audience at the end of the show. The original 1952 film, Singin’ In The Rain with the four principal roles and immortalised by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen came to life at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star in Sydney last night. The original film is perfect for a stage musical. It has it all – the catchy numbers, extended dance sequences and the iconic branded moments when Gene Kelly splashes in puddles and tap dances in rain, whilst twirling his umbrella, deliriously happy and in his joyous moment.