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Monday, 17 September


Australian Magpie "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However, not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been visiting my yard - I think it is a male.

 More often it sees me coming with the camera and  takes off. I am hoping that it will get more used to me as time goes on.
 In my opinion these are some of the smartest birds around! I came to this opinion some years ago when living in New South Wales. My house was next door to my parent's house but about 300 meters down the hill. There were magpies nesting in a big tree behind their house. We found out later that some teens who lived close by had made a habit of throwing stones at the birds and their nest. I think this was what had initially made these birds so very aggressive. But not to Mum! She gardened close under their nest and when she saw the birds she talked softly to them.  They used to come to her back door and 'warble' to her until she came out with some crumbs. But not me!! I had only to open my door to walk up to her house and they would aggressively swoop down and threaten to  attack me. My solution was to borrow Mums floppy blue hat that she always wore out in the yard. It worked As long as I had her blue hat on my head those birds ignored me. Smart birds!!   Hopefully the one now visiting my yard will get as friendly as Mum's birds became.                             

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VeganMoFo 2018 #17: Menu: From The Voluptuous Vegan Kittens Gone Lentil

I've been pulling out a lot of my older, under used cookbooks this year to start working my way through. One of them was The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld. This book has three parts - soups and stews, a chapter of menus, and then desserts. I have only made a couple of things from it before. The menus themselves don't have names, this is the menu that is found on page 171.

Orange-Ginger Tofu Triangles: I pressed my tofu and marinated it for 24 hours to get the maximum flavour! I found the marinade itself quite oily, it has a quarter cup of canola oil in it, which I think was too much? Once marinated, the recipe says to tip off some of the marinade to leave the tofu half covered, as it is meant to absorb what remains. But even after 50 minutes at 200 degrees C (instead of 180), only a little bit had been absorbed. Still, it had a nice orange flavour that I enjoyed.
Rating: :)

Orange-Ginger Tofu Triangles

Arame Salsa: I made just 1/4 of the original recipe, which made enough to serve with the rest of the menu. Arame is soated in water, then simmered with apple juice. Cucumber, coriander, garlic (I used powder), and scallions rounded it out (I left out the jalapeno), a nice fresh accompaniment.
Rating: :)

Arame Salsa

Citrus-Scented Basmati Rice with Cinnamon and Cumin: Those of you who know me won't be surprised to learn that I totally made this in the rice cooker. I love my rice cooker! It makes things so much easier, and frees up a burner on the stove. I cut the recipe way down... 2 cups of dry brown rice cooked to serve 4 people... that is so much rice! I used 3/4 cup of rice, with 1 cinnamon stick and a little less than a teaspoon of cumin seeds. It did not have a strong flavour, but had a lovely scent.
Rating: :)

Citrus-Scented Basmati Rice with Cinnamon and Cumin

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Sunday, 16 September


When is mynameisFood. back? More food? Next destination? my name is Food.

.As you all know, due to various reasons, I have had to take a bit of a break on blogging however, my eating and drinking delicious and not-so-delicious food has always been ongoing to date. So, please be patient, as in October 2018, there will be more foodporn, good and bad reviews coming soon! The time off has been longer than I intended it to be, but one can't help that I do have a full time job as well as a lot going on within the last year, aka. tying the knot this year!, so hope y'all understand.

Please note that some or many of the upcoming reviews will be a 'delayed' post so menus may have changed since I dined there, but instead of wasting my opinions and the food images, I thought why would I not share it to you all? So, I will. It'll not only consist of Brisbane but also Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hong Kong and after that.... Germany and France, from my recent trip. So a lot is coming, and I'll try to put in more time for all this, as it does take up a lot of time to be honest just to upload, write, edit, review and blabla.

Next stop in the travel itinerary will be 'The Golden State', yes.. you've guessed it, CALIFORNIA, USA.

So, for those of you in the US, please send me an email or comment below on your recommendations for food either cheap eats, mid-range or higher up, I'm open to any and will try to visit as much as I can without going overboard in the 'eating' scene during my time there.





Six Acres - Bowen Hills Espresso & Matcha

Having seen quite a few photos of the very popular Six Acres Restaurant situated in Rydges along King Street, a friend and I decided to check it out after work one day for a quick mid week dinner. The walk from the CBD to King Street provided good exercise, and I was there 5 mins before our 6pm reservation. 

The setup was modern but rustic, with the exposed lightbulbs really adding to the vibe. Service was friendly, however waitstaff were severely understaffed. Throughout the majority of our meal, there was only one very overworked waiter attending to the needs of everyone. The poor guy was very flustered by the time a waitress came out to help him.



VeganMoFo 2018 #16: Menu: Show Them Your Curry from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook Kittens Gone Lentil

Welcome to week three of MoFo! This week, my theme is menus. These are similar to recipe round-ups, except they focus on a specific menu suggestion from a book, and how it all comes together. Some may be more elaborate, some may be quite simple, but hopefully all are delicious.

I always make my parents a special dinner for their birthdays, and also for Mother's and Father's dad. My dad loves Indian, so that normally forms the theme of his dinners. Last year for his birthday, I made the 'Show Them Your Curry' menu from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. It is actually in the Valentine's Day chapter, but whatever! Here's what I made, and stay tuned at the end for bonus cake! You can see what else I have made from this book here.

Potato Samosas in Phyllo: As I was serving only three people, I cut the recipe in half and ended up with nine samosas... which still only used half of the filling that I had made! Was I making them too small? I saved the rest of the filling and just ate it as leftovers with some rice and chutney another day. Confession: phyllo is one of my least favourite things to work with, and as you can see my rolling certainly needs practice. About half way through I was wishing that I had made a samosa strudel! Oh well, practice makes... not perfect but adequate? As well as potato they have onion, carrots, peas, and lots of spices in them.
Rating: :)

Potato Samosas

Pistachio Lentil Biriyani: I made this in a rice cooker for ease, first sauteeing the garlic in a pan before adding it. I also only used two and a half cups of water rather than three and a half cups, based on the instructions with my rice. This was a nice, fragrant rice dish, with lentils, pistachios, and raisins.
Rating: :)

Pistachio Lentil Biryani

Cauliflower Tikka Masala: I made a half recipe of this as well, baking it in an 8 x 8 inch pan rather than a 9 x 13 inch one. This is really easy to make ahead, but I gave it an extra 10 minutes in the oven to bake as it had cooled a bit before I put it in. I didn't have fire crushed tomatoes, so I just used a tin of regular...

Wednesday, 01 June


The new Gold Coast playground "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gary Opit, Yelgun.

Gold Coast relatives invited us to view the new renovations at Pacific Fair shopping centre and we obliged, hoping to get an impression of the future of Byron Bay.

Decades ago on rare occasions we had visited Pacific Fair with our children, who enjoyed the little tram ride around the large water lily lagoon, surrounded by a couple of streets of frontier-style local shops. Beyond that were two-level shopping arcades and department stores.

At that time a large brightly coloured open area had been set aside for children encircled high above by a metre-wide train line with an engine and carriage that carried fibreglass figures of comical animals. We dined in a cafe on an island with a large timber water wheel, revolving and splashing, surrounded by colourful goldfish.

In that same location I had played as a child in the 1950s and 1960s before the caravan park was built and then replaced by the shopping centre and casino. My brother and I explored the forests, crossing the wetlands on fallen paperbark trees, walking to the quiet beaches through groves of ancient giant banksia trees and cypress pines.

The large lagoon and childrens playground has now been filled in and replaced with multi-level shopping arcades, but a sliver of open space has been retained. An arcade-width of imitation grass and shallow rectangular tiled water features with lounge chairs in pavilions, which resemble prison cells, timber and rope replacing iron bars, are the new playground. People were sitting within them enjoying the splashing of the imitation waterfalls.

Children were still evident. Several small groups of a dozen ten-year-old girls were following women on what may have been some kind of a school outing. All were well mannered and fashionably dressed in hot pants and wearing small amounts of tasteful makeup. They were earnestly viewing the window displays of exclusive and world famous international brand names featuring $50 knickers and $3000 handbags. Air-conditioning kept the simmering heat of early winter away and the sound of traffic muffled the breaking of waves of the coral-dead Coral Sea.

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