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Great Ocean Road Trip (Melbourne)

Published January 6, 2011 by Mary Jane

Afternoon Bloggy Friends, hope this post finds you all well. I’m feeling a little on the crappy side, got home last night with a really sore throat – No! It’s one of the symptoms I often get when I’m coming down with a cold. So while Pandabear was reading the bible to me, I fell asleep this was around 8.30pm and then I woke up around 10pm feeling really warm, slightly high temperature so took some panadol and attempt to go back to bed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t – tossing and turning didn’t go to bed till 4am in the morning so had to call into work sick. Since I’m a contractor, I only get paid for rocking up to work – I didn’t feel too bad calling in sick today. So I thought I’ll take this opportunity to update my post to keep me awake from sleeping during day time so that I can sleep well at night time 🙂

Anyways, I’ve mentioned before my Mummy and my little Sis recently paid us a visit while we were in Melbourne for a week and we decided to take them to the Great Ocean Road Trip. It’s famous for it’s beautiful and amazing 12 Apostle Rocks view and the Ocean. So here’s some shots taken with our road trip drive…

What’s a road trip without a snack, here’s one of my favourite snacks – we had quite a few but this stood out by far 🙂

Came across rolls of hays on the green grass field, from far they looked like brown animals until we got closer and realised they were actually rolls of hays (very interesting)

Then I spotted lots of brown MooMoos (aka Cows) – they seemed so carefree! Strolling around in the green grass field chewing some hay. The scenery was beautiful 🙂

Our first stop over was at Lorne where we decided to have fish and chips for lunch 🙂 The fish and chips joint was a casual dining place – I guess famous for their fish and chips. When we walked into the restaurant, I was entertained by it’s wall decorations of different fish and sardines and their cute fish menu sign boards 🙂 There were 3 handsome fella standing at the counter and you’ll get occasional tanned and toned looking blokes with their tops off arriving for lunch from the beach (not that I was checking them out – LOL). The whole ambiance of the restaurant was casual and relaxing kinda reminds me of cottesloe beach back home in Perth.

We decided to share between the four of us. Some seafood platter with salads, that was really nice – it had a snapper, prawns and calamari to go with the salads. The serving size was a little on the small, but it was tasty. We also had some servings of fish with scallops and calamari separately with some tartar sauce and they served large portions of chips separately which was nice. Overall the food was pretty good, the only criticism I had was that when we reached to the bottom of the salad – it was frozen!! I mean we could have gone back and told them to provide us some more salad but we ate most of it already and just left behind some frozen lettuce and capsicum.

seafood platter with salads

seafood platter with salads

After our fish and chips lunch it was time to hit the road and continue driving to reach our destination of Great Ocean Road! It was sure a windy road along the hill sides but the views are absolutely amazing and breath taking. Here’s one of the amazing and wonderful shot along our road trip…

It took us a few hours of driving along the windy hills and we had to take occasional stops by the petrol station to recover from the dizziness and nausea from billions of turns around sharp corners. We eventually arrived at the 12 Apostles!

We were told the viewing point or look out closes at 5pm and we had 15 minutes to quickly get down and climb along the bridges to view the amazing 12 Apostles. It started to drizzle with rain and the sky was looking very cloudy indeed. We were hoping that it will only remain as drizzle as we didn’t have any umbrellas with us, apart from my hood! It was well worth the drive, the rocks were amazing – a great demonstration of God’s creation. We were trying to count all the rocks but it didn’t add up to 12?! Then we realised there were really smaller ones hidden behind the bigger rocks so all in all it should add up to 12 – hence the 12 Apostles! Here’s some of the shots of the amazing rocks by the ocean side…

Thank goodness the rain started to clear and we were able to walk along the bridges to take photos and view the amazing 12 apostles and it was time to head back home, the sky started to look really gloomy and cloudy and it we made it back to our car with rain started to pour!

It was time to head to checked into our hotel – Comfort Inn in Apollo Bay and have some dinner there…

To be continued…

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Sydney Fish Market

Published February 12, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon, still in the mindset of Sydney – cos there’s heaps of food there. So I’m going to blog about Sydney fish Market, it’s not a restaurant so this aint going to be a review just letting you know if you’re in Sydney must try out the seafood at the Sydney fish market 🙂 There’s so much fresh seafood produce I don’t even know where to start. Fortunately my cousins are locals so they know where to take us. Apparently this seafood joint is really famous for their seafood platters and less oily compared to others..I can’t remember the exact name but it’s got a huge orange sign I think it’s called Deep. Anyways, just watch out for this seafood joint with a large bright orange sign and there’s usually lots of seagulls who hangs around. The yummy seafood includes the seafood platters – fish, abalone, squids, octopus, lobsters, chips and we also had crab claws balls – so cute and round and delicious full of crab meat goodness, and seafood kebabs. Don’t forget the soft shell crabs – they were deep fried and very tasty 🙂 honestly I think we over ordered cos we couldn’t finish all of them. The prices for the seafood was also quite decent probably slightly cheaper than the ones you pay at Fremantle, WA but the variety is huge over there. I’m starting to feel a little sleepy after coming back from Hong Kong BBQ Place.

Fresh Seafood Produce

Fresh Seafood Produce

deep fried octopus

deep fried octopus

Crunchy Soft shell crabs

Crunchy Soft shell crabs

Seafood Platters

Seafood Platters

crab claws balls

crab claws balls

The Seafood goodness

The Seafood goodness

Lobsters

Lobsters

The Seafood Joint with Orange sign

The Seafood Joint with Orange sign

Sydney Harbour House night scene

Sydney Harbour House night scene

Restaurant Review – Bluewater Bar & Grill

Published February 10, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, this week has been one of those weeks. I’ve recovered from the cold and flu symptoms but now I have tummy aches..argh!! Grrr…anyways, I hope it’s not what I have ate for dinner as I’ve been working late I’ve been having to grab some takeaway for dinner rather than cooking some home cooked meals. Anyways, I’m really counting down to the US & Canada holiday trip in March so I can enjoy food & shopping in US & Canada 🙂 only 4 more weeks left to go. Anyways, time for a restaurant review. This particular restaurant is based in Applecross, I went there for my birthday dinner.

Nice city view, a little on the fine dining scale of things. So we got there and were offered whether we would like to sit at outdoor tables or indoors, they recommend for us to sit at outdoor as you can see the beautiful sunset. But, as both Pandabear and myself both don’t like mosquitoes and bugs we figured we’ll sit semi-indoor, 1/2 way between indoor and outdoor and see how we go. That was the right choice as the outdoor people had to constantly wave off little flies and bugs as the night progresses. So the waitress offered us some crusty bread to start with and the seafood platter caught our eyes straight away. It wasn’t cheap, however since it was my birthday we figured let’s splurge abit. So we asked the waitress how big was the serving is it sufficient for 2 people? She was like ‘let’s just say people don’t usually finish the seafood plater as it’s huge!! Sounds great for us 🙂 so we decided to order that as we’re both big eaters (well, actually more like me).

Now when the bread came it was lovely, fluffy and homemade and it even came with some dipping sauces. However, when I stared at the sauces closely I found a little bug in it. So I had to sent it straight back. The waitress apologised and brought another one straight back with ‘it’s now bug free’ I thought that was quite cute. I understand sometimes little bugs do slips into the cutleries and plates from time to time so I was willing to overlook this. When our main course came, it was huge!! 3 sections of it with oysters, scallops, king prawns, fish, salmon, squids and salads. I thought, no worries I should be able to finish this off. However, when I go to the end, I was starting to feel a little full – shouldn’t have eaten the yummy bread. We were so full we couldn’t even fit any dessert in. So overall, very happy with the seafood plater, the waiter came back to collect the empty dishes and said ‘we’ve certainly done well 🙂 ‘

Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it: Yes

Crusty Bread

Crusty Bread

Comfort Food Recipe – Baked Fish

Published February 4, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello again…well, as I’ve mentioned before I’m an animal person so usually when it comes to eating fish, I prefer to cook them in fillets simply because I don’t have to see the fish eye staring at me hehehehe. But, there are times you need to cook a whole fish – they have more flavours than the fish fillets. Whole fish if really hard to cook, because if you over cook them then they become flaky but if you undercook them, even though the outside may seemed cooked the inside is actually raw – more like sashimi hehehehe. So you must take extra care when you are cooking a whole fish. So there’s different variation of cooking a whole fish but here’s mine…

Baked Fish

Ingredients

1 large fish – Snapper
1 large clove of garlic
2-3 stalks of celery
1 Lemon
50g of butter

Instructions

1. To prepare the fish, make sure you knife 3 lines across the flesh, that way it allows the fish to cook faster. Rub in some salt on both sides, inside the cavity pop in some sliced lemon and celery stalks as this gets rid of fish smell and taste. Minced the garlic and rub it onto the fish both sides. Drizzle with olive oil, add some cracked pepper and wrap it with foil leaving some gap for steam to come through.

2. Pop this into the oven for about 180 degrees around 30-40 minutes depends on the size of the fish. Check it after 30 minutes if the flesh falls off, it’s cooked – if it’s hard to take off from the bones, it needs to be in the oven for longer.

There you have it simple and delicious baked fish.

Enjoy…

Baked Fish

Baked Fish

Comfort Food Recipe – Tikka Salmon with Salad

Published January 30, 2010 by Mary Jane

Good evening people, this is my last post for the evening. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I didn’t feel like cooking cos I was feeling tired. Anyways, since I’ve bought the ingredients for tonight I decide I must persist on. Pandabear said ‘why didn’t you buy 2 min noodles then you don’t have to cook much’ Well, I didn’t – 2 min noodles ain’t that healthy anyways. So tonight’s dish is something I saw on Jamie Oliver’s ministry of food, I vaguely remember how its done..anyways, it didn’t have a good start – I found the salmon I bought had lots of bones and I didn’t have tweezers to pull them out so had to use my finger nails strength that was painful and then I found some scales weren’t probably done, didn’t have the scaling metal thing so had to use my knife. Could this be any harder??? Grrr…but eventually my persistance was rewarded…

Here it is…

Tikka Salmon with Yoghurt Salad

Ingredient

1 piece of salmon
1 table spoon of tikka curry paste
2 cucumbers
2 tomatoes
3 table spoon of plain yoghurt
2 pieces of Nan bread

Instructions

1. First slice the salmon into thin slices, rub in the tikka curry paste. You can buy a jar of these in any supermarket stores. Tikka curry paste has lemony flavour that gets rid of fish taste like salmon.

2. Heat up pan with medium heat and put the salmon pieces into the pan. Few minutes on each side. Now, don’t need to put oil because salmon is rich in omega oil. It may look abit charred but it’s only because of the curry paste.

3. Now to prepare the yoghurt salad, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, salt and pepper to season and add yoghurt in. Mix it around. Leave some chopped cucumbers and tomatoes aside

4. Placed your Nan bread in the oven for 200 degrees for 10 minutes. You can buy them in packets in any super market.

5. To plate up, lay the fresh Nan bread out of oven onto the plate. Put salmon pieces in the centre, pour the yoghurt salad over the salmon. Sprinkle the remainder chopped cucumbers and tomatoes on top along with my favourite chopped red chillie and if you are a herb person put some chopped coriander on top and it’s perfect.

What I found is the dish is delicious however the salmon and yoghurt makes the Nan bread soggy, so if I were to serve this dish again I would put the Nan bread aside and eat it with salmon and yoghurt salad.

Enjoy…

Tikka Salmon with Yoghurt Salad

Tikka Salmon with Yoghurt Salad

Comfort Food Recipe – Teriyaki Fish & String Beans

Published January 27, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello again, I’ve just finished eating my fried rice from last night’s left over. So full now…anyways this dish is pretty simple nice and healthy. It’s done Japanese style with teriyaki sauce. Goes really well with steamed rice, however if you are not keen on having rice simply serve with any vegies. String beans goes really well with teriyaki fish. 🙂

Here it is…

Teriyaki Fish & String Beans

1 x piece of fish fillet
1 table spoon of soya sauce
1 table spoon of mirin
1 small piece of ginger
1 teaspoon of sugar
2 cloves of garlic
some string beans

Instructions

1. First marinade the fish fillet in the teriyaki sauce – you can buy one that’s already pre-mixed or alternatively you can make your own sauce – by combining soya sauce, mirin – which you can buy a bottle from any Asian Grocery store, mince the ginger, sugar and mix well.

2. heat up pan with oil and add the marinated fish in leaving some sauce behind in the bowl. Fry until golden brown and add the remaining sauce in. The sauce should thicken up a bit.

3. Mince garlic, heat up pan with some oil – add in the string beans and stir fry – to cook it faster add a few table spoon of water and put a lid on to steam the beans – season with some pepper and salt.

There you have it nice teriyaki fish with some string beans 🙂

Enjoy…

Teriyaki Fish with String Beans

Teriyaki Fish with String Beans

Comfort Food Recipe – Fish Pie

Published January 26, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, as I’ve mentioned earlier I’m more like a chicken person than a fish person but occasionally I would feel like some fish and wanted to learn fish dishes. This dish is very simple, easy to make especially for people who don’t like using knives for lots of chopping or slicing. Everything is grated so no knife skill is required. 🙂

So here it is…

Fish Pie

Ingredients

300g of fish fillet
350g of salmon
100g of prawns
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
150g of cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes
1 x lemon
handful of spinach
1 chilli
6-8 potatoes

Instructions

1. Using a box grater, grate the following – celery, carrots, cheddar cheese and on the finer side of the grater grate in chilli (if you don’t like hot food you can leave this out or only use 1/2)

2. Put the grated items into a rectangular oven baking dish

3. Chop up salmon pieces and fish fillet – you can sometimes get decent fish fillets form seafood place they usually have some off-cuts – which doesn’t have nice shapes but for this particular dish it’s ok. Add in prawns.

4. Chop parsley finely, and squeeze in 1 lemon worth of juices, chop tomatoes into bite size, add in spinach and drizzle on top with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Mix the whole thing around.

5. For mash potato – boil water and pop in chopped potatoes, how do you know when the potato is cooked when you run a knife through it. Drain the potatoes and add a nob of butter, olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper and grate some nutmeg. You can buy balls of nutmeg from any spice stores – they give a powerful taste and smell. A great kick to your mash potato. Mash it all up and pile it on top of the fish Bake it for 40 minutes in a oven on 200 degrees.

The fish taste fantastic cos it tasted like they’ve been steamed under the mash potatoes and the crispy mash potato adds some texture to the pie. Definitely worth trying it 🙂

Enjoy…

Fish Pie

Fish Pie