Archive for the ‘Food & Drink’ Category

Castle Mudcake

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

I finally managed to buy a castle-shaped Bundt cake tin today. My experiments with my cathedral-shaped Bundt cake tin have twice ended with crumbs instead of a shaped cake. But I used the cake tin spray on oil supplied by the shop and voila! It worked! Welcome to Castle Mudcake. But danger is ...

Social Networking Site Spam

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

They nearly caught me, until I realised I'd have to give them my e-mail address... I'm talking about a new social networking site that shall remain nameless because they don't deserve promotion. They contacted me through Flickr, asking for permission to use one of my pictures: People have used my images before. ...

www.beerstore.com.au

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Just ordered two bottles of Floris Chocolate: and two bottles of Redoak Chocolate Stout: from www.beerstore.com.au. I chose them because their freight is less than half of the other online Australian beer store, though they don't have Young's Double Chocolate Stout in stock, and won't have for two weeks (they answered my ...

Thousand Layer Wind

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Thousand Layer Wind Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Thousand Layer Wind is a thin-sliced Chinese terrine of pig skin, served with very garlicky-salty sauce at the Yee King in Sussex Street. Brian, Chris and I went to the city last Sunday especially so ...

Mosman Geocaching

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Rosherville Lighthouse Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Lunch At Don Adan's Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Belinda, c.j.b. and I attempted a few geocaches today around Mosman. The lighthouse is Rosherville Lighthouse, where the geocache "Forgotten Lighthouse" ...

Ice-cream bean

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I've got to get me one of these: Ice-cream bean (Inga edulis) A large nitrogen fixing tree which produces bean pods up to 1 metre long which contain sweet, juicy, white pulp that has a soft cotton wool texture and tastes of vanilla ice-cream. Comes from Central and Southern America. I wonder ...

Death by chocolate

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Belinda gave me a combined Christmas and birthday party last night - a Chocolate Appreciation Evening at Lindt Concept Store and Cafe. It's not often that you get to eat the best chocolates, hot chocolate, and cakes in the world until you literally cannot bear to be in the same ...

Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Today we tried Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale by Baron's Brewing Company. Brewed in Australia, with roasted barley and wattle seeds, this has a fragrant, floral scent, with undertones of chocolate and roasted grain. It pours a deep, reddish brown, with a white head that rapidly disappears. The taste ...

Blanche de Namur

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Got my hands on some Blanche de Namur, a beer from Belgium, brewed with orange peel and coriander. A nice drop - cloudy, with a light, fragrant taste and very little fizz. Despite the orange peel, this beer has very little bitterness. It's a refreshing beer for a hot (34 ...

Wetland Centre London

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Today I went to the Wetlands Centre London. They were adapted from Victorian reservoirs five years ago and they're the biggest wetlands project in Europe. If you like ducks, you should visit. Especially in Summer - I couldn't count the number of ducklings I saw today. They've done a wonderful ...

Regents Park

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Can you spot the Dickens novels in this memorial? It's near Baker Street Station. Had lunch at Eat and Two Veg again. Schnitzel with a cream sauce, spinach and chips. Delicious and completely vegetarian. Had Pinkus vegan lager, and that was delicious as well. I'd never thought of lager containing animal ...

Launch party

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Celebrated the launch of BlueBoomerang.com, Haymarket's new directory website, at a fabulous party at Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, London W14 8DJ. What a mansion! It was covered, inside and out, in opalescent blue-green tiles and it was utterly beautiful. The entrance hall was domed and had a ceiling covered ...

Goat curry

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

There's an all you can eat buffet selling Indian and Chinese food on the way to the station. One of the dishes it sells is goat curry. I've never eaten goat before and I have to admit that I shudder at the thought...

Supermarkets

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Why don't supermarkets in the UK bag your groceries? It's so efficient in Australia. As the checkout person scans your item, they drop it into an open plastic bag, then drop the full plastic bag so you can put it into your trolley. This doesn't happen in the UK. To start ...

By the Thames

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Call me oversensitive but the last two words I want to hear in the same sentence are the words "Crypt" and "Cafe". The thought of sitting on a recycled church pew and drinking a cappuccino six feet above desiccated corpses puts me off my lunch entirely. But I must be ...

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill and Baker Street

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

One last photo from last weekend. Here's a squirrel eating a pistachio in St James Park. Now to this weekend. Went out to a pub called The Old Fire House on Friday night with work friends. Old is right, they have a memorial to the victims of the Great Fire of ...

British Taste Tests #4 and 5

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

British Taste Test # 4 - Cherry Brandy Ice Lolly In Australia, water ice blocks on a stick are icy poles or ice blocks. In Britain, they're ice lollies. There was an ice cream van near the park where I had lunch and I bought a cherry brandy ice lolly. If ...

Contrails and British Taste Test #3

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

It's a stunningly beautiful summer day. About 25 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. It makes it easier to notice all the contrails. London is such a busy place that it is impossible to look at the sky without seeing a contrail or ten, some in the process of ...

Paddlepops

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

At work there are three Australians, me, Nat and Michelle, sitting fairly close to each other and naturally, we talk about Australian things. The current discussion is Paddlepops. Nobody else knows what we're talking about as you can't get them over here. (In case you don't know, Paddlepops are Australian ...

Queen’s Head

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Damn, the British drink a lot. But they're generous drinkers, I'll give them that. I haven't paid for a drink since I started work at Haymarket. Whenever the sales team go out, the managers buy me gin and lemonades. It's rather a good thing when you're a skint Australian trying ...