Body Pump..

Has anyone ever done a body pump class? I highly recommend even though it’s quite challenging – its an hour long class that works every part of your body using weights but it’s up to you to choose how much you want to lift. I started with a poor 1kg on each side so 2kg all up and am now on 3.5kg each (7kg all up) but some people there are able to do 10kg EACH SIDE so a total of 20kg!

Liking the teacher is important as to whether you’ll enjoy the class and you’ll be sore the day after but it feels good to do an hour of intense exercise a few times a week.

Says the person who almost didn’t go to the gym today..

Jamie Oliver’s Frozen Banoffee Cheesecake and Mango Rice Pudding

So I have recently been gifted the Jamie Oliver Five Ingredients Cookbook !

The other day I tried two of his dessert recipes because I was feeling sweet 🙂

First off, nice and easy I tried the mango rice pudding. The recipe was super easy to follow but I felt that the end product didn’t have the same texture I usually like in rice puddings and perhaps thats because of the limited five ingredients. So I googled rice pudding recipes and I realised what I think his recipe is missing is the sweetness and creaminess that I love that would come from adding milk, egg, sugar and cinnamon. So at least I know that for next time.

Secondly, I made the Frozen Banoffee Cheesecake. I don’t own a food processor so making the crumbs for the bottom instead consisted of me banging a sandwich bag full of crackers with a rolling pin.. which worked. Then you added some melted dark chocolate and olive oil and patted the crumbs onto the pan. The banoffee mixture consisted of bananas, cream cheese and it was supposed to have DULCE DE LECHE. But I could not find this in any store?! So I improvised with some ready to fill caramel and a bit of sweetened condensed milk – but mainly the caramel (2 containers vs half milk).

In the end the Frozen Banoffee Cheesecake was a much better recipe and now I have a whole lot of leftover cake in my fridge…

 

The Nest – Chatswood

So today my partner and I tried The Nest in Chatswood. It is situated on the top floor of the Westfield shopping centre and is in the middle of the walkway – with the kitchen being tucked away to the side, giving a lot of room for tables..and the place was packed. It took me awhile to decide on what I wanted to eat – I was tossing up between quite a few options, but my partner quickly ordered so I freaked out and ordered the most random combination. I was really impressed with their menu – it was three pages long, and anywhere that has all day breakfast has already won a bonus point for me. Their variety ranged from salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and seafood. Harry had a marinated spiced chicken sandwich with capsicum, lettuce, spanish onion and mayo with a side salad. I – in my panic, ordered a small roast pumpkin salad (props to choice of size as the small was only $7..) which made me splurge and also get the rice arancini balls with napoletana sauce to share.

I didn’t bother to try his food because I was too focused on the beautiful roast pumpkin before me. The dressing and sauce in this salad was amazing and went so well together. I liked the arancini balls too but would probably opt for the large salad next time instead..and hope that means I get two pieces of pumpkin. Honestly hard to fault as well as the food coming in about ten minutes even when it was so busy!

9/10, will return.

Is Starbucks coffee underrated?

I find it quite interesting that starbucks hasn’t had nearly as much success in Australia as it has in other countries such as the US.

I don’t usually go for Starbucks myself seeing as I find the prices a bit too high. But today i felt like trying their special blend which was called something like San tgnechio. It’s a dark and bitter blend and to be honest reminds me of the coffee beans I have at home! I much preferred the last blend I tried there which was a blonde – it’s a lot lighter and smoother to drink, almost creamy. So I personally think starbucks is underrated for their specialty blends however I can make a damn good coffee myself at home so unless they have the blonde blends again soon i’ll probably just being my own cup of coffee with me.

Stella d’italia

Italian food is pretty much inarguably the best food there is. Tonight my partner and I went to Stella d’italia in St. Peter’s. The location was incredibly easy – a 2 minute walk from the train station. We had an amazing deal from groupon which meant that between us our three course meal costed $49! This included a choice of entree; we chose garlic and tomato prawn cutlets. A choice of main; he had the beef ragu and i had pumpkin and goats cheese ravioli in a butter and sage sauce. Then to top it off we both received a house wine and tiramisu. For that price i felt the need to almost physically lick my plate.

The entree was close to perfect with my only critique being that there should’ve been more bread to dip the delicious sauce in.

My main was probably an 8/10 simply because it lacked in size, but the pumpkin and sauce really complimented each other and i loved the sage leaves and roasted pine nuts. I ate every single one.

Overall i would go to Stella D’Italia again and i think they knew that when making such a good deal on Groupon.

A 7.8/10

My Favourite Foods

Let’s just forget about the healthiest foods for a minute..here are my top ten favourite foods (some healthy, some not).

  • baked potato/pumpkin
  • a grilled chicken wrap (hey, at least it’s better than a burger)
  • scrambled eggs/omlette
  • prawn and chorizo paella
  • gnocchi/ravioli
  • mangoes
  • tomatoes
  • vegetable noodle stir fry
  • vindaloo or tikka curry
  • white fish – barramundi, cod, etc.

I know what you’re thinking.. “why are you telling me this? I don’t care!”

Well..you will. Because it’s likely that I will be cooking these dishes or incorporating these ingredients soon. And then if you accidentally click on this blog you’ll get to see pictures of them. Lucky you.

Signing off with sleepy eyes,

Em

The First Post

Thanks for visiting my humble abode. I aspire to post my experiences with cooking, whether or not the recipe was accurate, what I would change or what I found difficult. I’m also going to review restaurants that I visit – however they probably won’t be the most pricey ones in Sydney hopefully I find a couple of gems. I’m very open about my love for dogs so will appreciate any dog stories or photos that are submitted.

A thousand candles can be lit from a single candle, Happiness is never decreased when shared – Buddha