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Snowy Mountains rainbow trout

Snowy Mts rainbow trout

A simple dinner with fabulous ingredients, from the Marrickville markets. The star of the dish was the very fresh Snowy Mountains Trout and the inspiration for my meal.

All the fish needed was a simple sauté of leeks and fennel with thyme cooked over a low heat until soft and amalgamated, then a dash of cream to add richness, such a perfect match to the moist fish!

Whilst the vegetables were cooking away on the stove top I popped the lovely fresh trout  into a pouch of greaseproof paper with some dill and lemon slices and a knob of butter, I also put some soba noodles into a pot of boiling water.

Only minutes later all the elements are ready and I plate up a delicious dinner of rainbow trout with creamed leek and fennel served with soba noodles.

rainbow trout

I’ll definitely be heading back to visit their stall at the Marrickville Markets and hopefully some day I’d like visit the farm and see their production inperson.

Here’s the link to the provider of the fabulous trout


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Superb Coffee, industrial/vintage decor and fabulous food..definitely worth travelling for!

I have recently discovered a new and fabulous cafe …it is so,o,o,o,o good that I seem to now invent reasons to visit that I ‘need’ to travel to the Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, so that I can somehow excuse the 30min journey from my home to frequent The Grounds.

Although, I have needed to do a few a pick-ups/drop-offs of interstate family members from the airport recently and given that this is reasonably close to Alexandria I have revisited The Grounds a few times!

…hmmmm,  I don’t really feel that the previous 6 visits in the past month are toooooo many food miles to be travelling for the fabulous coffee, charming service and the well presented and tasty food!

I first heard about the fabulous location through the very talented photos of Katie Quinn Davies at her blog What Katie Ate, The Grounds cafe hadn’t yet opened their doors… and I was already dying to visit!

Needless to say I will be frequenting them a lot more over the next few months!

For some great pics and recipes head to:

A note to remember though, the weekends are chaotic with a wait of 35mins or more for a table , so relax by ordering a takeaway coffee and stroll through the plentiful raised garden beds and check out the chook-run [yes, they have chickens too!] …or sit at the many outdoor tables until your breakfast/lunch table becomes available. The food is certainly worth the wait!

Address: Building 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria; Phone (02) 9699 2225
Food: Contemporary
Drink: BYO (Licensed pending)
Hours: Daily Mon-Fri 7am-4pm; Sat-Sun 8am-3pm
Price guide: Dishes $7-$19

Looks can be deceiving…

Ritual Restaurant has served me one of the best meals that I have ever eaten, twice….a big call I know!

Jewels of the sea, Ritual Restaurant

The location and decor of this unassuming restaurant really had me a tad concerned the very first time that I visited, it is tucked away in a very ordinary and somewhat dated suburban shopping strip some distance away from Nelson Bay’s marina. …this may have also been because I had invited a group of friends from Sydney and given that it is over 3 hours away we all were staying in Nelson’s Bay for the night at a new modern apartment with a seaview…..No pressure whatsoever for the weekend to live up to my rambling, glowing renditions of the chef Kenzler’s take on molecular gastronomy techniques!! 🙂

Be aware that this is no ordinary food, so come with an open mind, prepared for textures, flavours and delivery you could never have anticipated. The ten-plus course ‘tasting journey’ will take your tastebuds where they have never before ventured. …A menu inspired by Dorothea McKellar’s poem “My Country” was the most memorable of the meals that I’ve enjoyed at Ritual…especially Carl’s interpretation of ‘ a land of sweeping pains’ portrayed as a dessert!

‘My Country’ – Ritual Restaurant Menu

I have also been surprised by dishes as varied as crocodile in white chocolate sauce, emu with passionfruit and lavender, warmed tom yum ‘ravioli’, wasabi ice-cream… the list is endless!

Relying on matching mainly organic and biodynamic (and often local) produce according to its chemical composition – often employing unusual combinations – without exception the result is mind-blowing but delightful dining experience.


REVIEW BY SALLY HAMMOND “I am the scientist and Carl is the chef,” says Kelie Kenzler, from perhaps NSW’s most ground-breaking restaurant.These brave and talented people, who describe their cuisine as ‘avant-garde’, are pioneering culinary boundaries in the style of molecular gastronomy experts such as Spain’s Ferran Adrià and the UK’s Heston Blumenthal.Chef Kenzler’s experience on the Sunshine Coast and his wife’s science degree makes this a unique partnership.

Dine here soon as the space is limited and by dinner any night is by reservation only. As Winner of Best New Restaurant, 2008 (Newcastle & Surrounds) Ritual Restaurant is beginning to get a lot of attention!

Average cost of main course: $85 for a 10+ course Tasting Journey

$115 with matched wines (tasting glasses) ..highly recommended!!

Ritual Restaurant, Armidale Avenue, Nelson Bay, NSW  Tel.  02 4981 5514