Sunday, August 14, 2005

A weekend food fiesta

i have eaten so much this weekend i feel like i need my stomach pumped.
Firstly, there was this fantastic Birthday BBQ at my girl friend's place on Saturday. It was a potluck and everyone brought their little contribution to the table.

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Friands for The Birthday BBQ
I of course had volunteered to bring dessert, and the birthday girl (my yoga buddy) had requested for friands - something i had never made before. In short, friands are like mini muffins - except that they don't contain egg yolk (only whites) and have an important ingredient- almond meal. I was later told by another Australian girl (they seem to be very common in Australia) that they have special friand moulds which are oval in shape (i had baked mine in a round mini muffin tin instead).

The ones i made were White chocolate friands that i had coincidentally found in a friend's old gossip magazine (they include the token recipe for the domestic gossip goddess in you!). It involved a shockingly large amount of icing sugar (and a strangely small amount of flour), grated white chocolate ( i bought a big block of Cadbury's) and a generous slathering of white chocolate icing (the recipe called for heavy cream melted with white chocolate, but i didn't have cream, so i just made do with melting white chocolate in the microwave, which still turned out fine!Tip: don't think you can melt chocolate directly in a pan over heat. It starts to burn!)

The recipe only made 9 friands (the recipe said it would make 13!) so i didn't get the chance to try it (there were at least 15 people at the BBQ) and as a result, everyone seemed to be keeping an eye on a piece of this mysterious white chocolate coated treat throughout the afternoon, with many grabbing one even before they were finished with their mains. The appreciative 'Mmmms' as people took their bites were enough for me.

And the ultimate icing on the cake was when one of the guys there took a bite and said 'God Bless You' with a smile. I am not religious and he is not a priest, but it was enough. Who needs to try a home made friand when you get appreciation like that!

I'll post the recipe and pic in a sec!

An original salad

I tried a delicious salad at the BBQ that i want to write down before i forget
It had the perfect combination of crispy and crunchy, sweet and tangy. It was gorgeous:

White Cabbage, thinly sliced
Crispy egg noodle, crushed (the dark mustardy yellow type you find in a circular shape)
Spring Onions, chopped
Sunflower seeds
Pine nuts


Soya Sauce
Olive Oil
Finely chopped shallots

(I think that was it! he had told me verbally as i was chomping away)
Combine all ingredients -EAT!


  • I've tried a very similar cabbage salad for a christmas dinner in Perth last year and it was like you said it - delicious!

    By Blogger Steffles, at 8:54 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:20 AM  

  • Babe i forgot to mention that the salad i ate used chinese cabbage instead.

    By Blogger Steffles, at 8:00 PM  

  • yeah, i think the version i had was chinese cabbage too! lets try it someday.

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