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I think I have just discovered my signature dish? Perfect, on the healthy side, low in sugar and I made it! Yes I made it! It’s my Moroccan Chicken with Coconut Rice, Lemongrass, Kidney Beans and Chickpeas. I’m just impressed I made the coconut rice all on my own! Well, I had a little help from a fabulous friend of mine who told me how to make it but the fact that I did it counts, right?

Ingredients:

Chicken breast (cut into as big or as small chunks that you prefer)
2x teaspoons of mustard powder
2x teaspoons of mixed spice
2x teaspoons of ground cloves
2x teaspoons of turmeric
pinch of salt and pepper
Half an onion
1x garlic clove
1x quarter of lemongrass stick
1x can of chickpeas
1x can of kidney beans
1x can of coconut cream
1x cup of rice
1 1/2 cups of water

Method:

Combine, the rice, water and coconut cream in a pot and bring to the boil. Once it’s boiling, bring it down to a simmer.
Slice the onion and garlic as you prefer then brown in a frying pan. In a bowl combine the turmeric  salt, pepper, ground cloves, mixed spice and mustard powder.
Add chicken and cook.
Once chicken is cooked add lemongrass, kidney beans and chickpeas.
Immediately after add the combined spices and cook for 5 mins.

Vola!

Moroccan Chicken with Lemongrass, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas and Coconut Rice

Moroccan Chicken with Lemongrass, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas and Coconut Rice

For a fine dining experience one simply cannot go past KoKo Teppanyaki in Melbourne’s Crown Casino. There you will witness some of the greatest chefs perfecting the Japanese cooking art of teppanyaki, throwing crockery and food.

Mister and I spoiled ourselves one evening to this great cuisine where our chef, Kevin, who perfectly cooked our chicken and fish meals right in front of our eyes followed by a delicious cocktail. Hay, when in Rome!

Our selection of food for the evening included squid, beef, chicken and prawns were perfectly seasoned and served elegantly on our plates. Watching Kevin literally throw his cooking utensils and catch them without fail was an amazing sight. It’s a kind of “dinner and show” experience for the whole family and if you’ve never had teppanyaki before I highly recommend this for your bucket list!

Go on, spoil yourselves on evening. And I personally recommend their “Hallucination” cocktail!

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Our chef Kevin

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The lovely Hallucination cocktail

It was Saturday afternoon and I was exhausted. Mister could see how tired I was and knew the last thing I wanted to do was think about what we would have for dinner and then actually cook it. He suggested we go out. Ok, where would we go? We live in the middle of Melbourne city, so the possibilities are endless. Well so we thought, every place we rang was booked out. It was a 38 degree night so chances are everyone in Melbourne thought it would be nice to go out as well.
We had a look inside the Entertainment Book (best thing ever!) and came across Pacific Rim Thai Restaurant. To me, you can’t go wrong with Thai. It’s a little piece of heaven on a plate. Mister rang and made a reservation for us to go.
Inside the restaurant, it is gorgeous. It must have been a house at one point but now we found it to be a welcoming restaurant with attentive and friendly staff. Ok, now for the best part.. the food. It was brilliant! I always order Thai Green Curry with rice but this time we went for something different. Our entre was Roti with Satay Sauce (it was gobbled in seconds!) and we shared the mains of Seafood Hot Plate and Chicken and Cashew Nut with rice. It’s moments like these where I thank God for being alive to taste such exquisite food! The Roti was cut into four pieces (good because it looked amazing and I was hungry, therefore I didn’t really want to share!) ready to be dipped into the satay sauce. After my first bite, I wanted more. Mister and I lapped it all up perfectly and I could have probably eaten it all night long. The satay sauce was lovely, tasted like real peanuts and a smooth texture.

The Seafood Hot Plate was a combination of prawns, squid, scallops and vegetables cooked in red curry sauce. It was lovely to eat at first but once you swallowed it the spice kicked in. The squid was cooked to perfection. Sometimes it can be rubbery but this one melted in your mouth! I’m not usually a fan of scallops but I sure ate these. They really took to the red curry sauce and did not have a fishy smell or taste to them. And the prawns? Well you can’t go to wrong with prawns, they were amazing.

The Chicken and Cashew Nut dish was complete with vegetables, however, a lot more simpler but in a good way. It had what I think to be a slight soy sauce cooked with the chicken, vegetables and cashews and the food lapped up the sauce perfectly. Usually I always find pieces of fat on chicken when I eat out, but the chicken in this dish had none. Score!

Clean and a relaxing atmosphere Pacific Rim Thai Restaurant, you will be seeing me again soon! The best part is if you don’t want to eat there they do take away and home delivery.

For more information: Pacific Rim Thai Restaurant, 68 Bridport Street, Albert Park VIC, 9690 5948 or www.pacificrimthai.com.au

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20120305-144855.jpg Chicken and Cashew Nut

What is it about Asian cooking? It’s just always awesome! I have never experienced a bad meal, food poisoning, rude wait staff or what not. Asian restaurants and Asian food to me is a little piece of heaven on a plate.

I grew up in Footscray, Victoria which makes many people think that I’m a hardcore homie. I’m actually the opposite. I don’t do anything illegal, never been in trouble with the law, I talk in a professional manner and I always like to dress properly. Not that I’m bad mouthing Footscray, it’s just, well, sometimes many of the people that you see there probably need some sort of welfare assistance. Not that that’s a bad thing either. I’m proud to be from Footscray, I love it and it will always be home to me. I also enjoy watching it on The Footy Show (AFL version, thank you very much!) as it makes me laugh like a hyena and I know exactly where each scene is filmed. It didn’t help my homesickness though when I moved to Perth!
Footscray is also home to the most spectacular Asian food gastronomy in the country as far as I’m concerned! Hopkins Street is filled with restaurants and while I can’t tell you which one I like the most (they’re all pretty darned amazing), I have never experienced a bad meal. Of course I’m a thrill seeker so I leave alot to chance such as, if a particular restaurant is packed out, it’s a genuine indication that the food and service will be good.
Some restaurants have failed over the years but there will always be another one to replace it with a better menu. If you haven’t tried it yet I thoroughly suggest you do at least once in your life.
Parking is a bit of a hassle there, so unless you want an early dinner, catch the train to Footscray. It’s just two short streets away so you don’t have to walk to far. Catch either a Sydenham, Williamstown or Werribee line and you’ll be on your way to a fabulous feast!

If you’re after something sweet instead, there are many Asian themed bakeries to indulge in. The cakes and bread rolls are simply to die for. Pick some up and take home for desert. Or a popular new thing is Bubble Tea. It’s tea just more interesting. There are many different choices on the menu so many your way to Footscray…right….NOW!

If you’re a bit strapped for cash (hay, who isn’t these days), head over to the Footscray Market, or there are many Asian supermarkets to wonder through. Many of the grocer’s sell Asian produce, spices and sauces where you can get creative at home.
I must admit, I’m a big fan of buying jars at the supermarket all ready to go in the frying pan mixed with chicken. But now you really have to watch what you eat and it’s not just only for the fat content. Many “low-fat” products have a high quantity of sugar and sodium but there’s also another threat in the mix. Watch out for those nasty numbers and added MSG. I don’t really know what MSG stands for and I don’t think I want to but I had it once and it really makes you loopy!
At the back of any jar you will come across the ingredients list with all these preservatives and their numbers, unless you’re a scientist or food technologist you really don’t know what you putting in your body. It takes a bit of hard work but go the extra mile, do some research and visit an Asian supermarket and speak to the staff who can give you advice on how you can make your own curries and spices at home. Rather than buying just one jar, purchase many different condiments to add to your chicken, meat, seafood, what not plus veggies to add in the mix. It may take you a bit more time to prepare but you will be amazed at how good the food tastes and the peace of mind, that you won’t be putting anything bad in your body.

Today is Saturday. Head over to your local market and get inspired! Food is there to be eaten, not just looked at. Unleash your creative side and if you fail, it’s ok, it means your human and try again.

I could never be a model, I’m an Italian girl with a love of food, any food. Carbs are not evil, it’s ok to eat fat occasionally, put some salt on your food and enjoy life!

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Hello!

Welcome to my first ever blog. I am really excited to be doing this. Lately I’ve been thinking, I need a hobby. I used to collect keyrings and seashells as a child and then it was perfumes when I was a little older (and it got quite expensive!). But now I’m 26, in a committed (I hate the word defacto!) relationship with mortgages and I’m a full-time uni student (don’t ask how we manage, but we do). There needs to be something more to my life other than studying and cleaning a house.

Enter the relishing world of travel! And following travel comes the awesome food one can experience. According to my family, I’ve always been a fussy eater but I don’t think that’s the case. However, my palate has certainly changed over the years and since moving interstate (Perth) and then back to Melbourne and purchasing our own home, I had to learn to put up with foods I didn’t think I liked. Turns out I do!

Ok enough about that. And more about me! Name is Louise, my favourite colour is pink, proud Melbourian, I have the most amazing and supportive boyfriend in the world (sorry ladies, I took the last one), let’s just call him Mister for the blog, I have travelled to many places and eaten lots of food. I also lived interstate in Perth for two years as that’s where Mister is from. It was there that I enrolled at Edith Cowan University to study public relations (PR). I completed my Certificate at TAFE in PR and actually woke up one morning and decided to go to univeristy. BEST DECISION EVER! Now I’m enrolled at Victoria University, I love university (yeah I know!), I love PR and, most importantly it applies to this blog, I love writing. I hope this introduction didn’t bore you, enjoy my blog and hopefully you’ll get some tips and tricks (hmm, I’ll have to work on this one) from it.

Enjoy! 🙂

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