Archive for July, 2010

July 28, 2010

Tomatoe-y Penne w. aubergine and mozzarella

This schtuff schmells scho gooood! So for the menu, I thought I could turn it into a lil pasta bake dish for easy re-heating… Hope you like it!

And, yes I really do think life is analogous to a dish of pasta smothered in tomatoe-y-ness and, its stringy bits of mozzarella and random pieces of basil leaf and aubergine.

July 26, 2010

Brioche french toast w. blueberries & banana. & maple syrup. & yoghurt.

I know cereal/porridge will give you a good start to the day, packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, blah blah. But it doesn’t put a smile on your face does it? And nobody wants to walk around without a smile on their face… You should try having Brioche French toast for breakfast!

And forget about fancy, this is going into my dessert menu! With ice cream!


French toast

3 eggs
3/4 milk
1/2 t vanilla essence
2 t sugar
5 thick slices of a brioche loaf/or any toast


  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar. Transfer to shallow dish the better for dipping the brioche.
  2. … Dip the brioche into the mixture on both sides until soaked.
  3. Put a bit of butter into the pan on med heat until it bubbles/froths. Pan fry brioche 1 min on ea side until golden brown.
  4. Serve with maple syrup and fruits. 

And here are the sounds to go with it…

July 25, 2010

Facing the music [pg. 23 of the Story]

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As children we’re told to say please and thank you. And as we grow up not only do we develop an expectation of this gesture of appreciation but sometimes take offense if it is missing…

Truth be told, if you’ve spent (quite some) time putting a meal together, even if you don’t say it or expect it, the first thing you’d think you’d get is some show of appreciation, the last thing you’d want is harsh criticism.

The reality is, a customer pays for their meal and rightfully has certain expectations. And if certain expectations are not met, the customer will make a complaint and tell, on average, 16 other friends or acquaintances about said bad dining experience. The restaurant will lose business and close down.  End of story.

Since embarking on this menu writing project Hayley has morphed into Simon Cowell and Micah, well, Paula Abdul (minus the bizarre behaviour)?

I have weekly targets to hit – a dessert, a feature dish and a tapa/small dish over a 9 week project schedule to get a potential 27 items. Potential. This week only the shellfish pasta pot was passable, it’s too easy to get wrong.

This week, I learnt to take criticism well-ish… and not to serve slightly undercooked potatoes.

This menu writing thing is harder than expected!

Until next week…

I promise this, promise this
Check this hand cause I’m marvelous

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