In Melbourne, a city full of food and obsessed by coffee, I cook, I eat, I share the good news and the bad. essjay eats

Archive for 2010

Home Cooking: Freezer Challenge

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I love a good challenge!  Don’t you?  So join me on this one and help me with some inspiration. I often cook for one or two mouths, and I don’t really love eating leftovers the next day for work .. so I have a freezer full of odds and sods, bits and pieces, and “that’ll […]

Chicken Stock Recipe

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Now that I have found a ready supply of free range chicken frames I find myself making chicken stock regularly.   It is so easy and lends itself to a quiet Sunday afternoon at home, then to be turned into soup or risotto for an easy Sunday meal.  You can also use up any not […]

Farmers’ Market Round Up: Collingwood Childrens’ Farm

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Saturday 12 June was a chilly and rainy kinda day – with enough sun peeping through to keep a smile on my face. Anorak, scarf, produce bags and carry bags – CHECK! It got a bit muddy as they morning progressed, but it was heartening to see the line up of folk waiting when I […]

Food Inc.: Have you seen it yet?

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Have you?  If not, why not? Yes, Food Inc is disturbing.  But not so horrible that you can’t watch it. Yes it is a bit depressing, but you can feel morally superior because “that’s not how we do things in Australia” … yet. I did think I’d heard all this before, I’ve read Omnivores Dilemma, […]

Jorg North Fitzroy – Updated

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Jorg opened last night (Friday 4 June) for dinner.  EatingMelbourne has already been. Finally with a recognisable shopfront we can tell you a bit more about new bar/cafe/restaurant (?) Jorg. As of Tuesday 1st June they aren’t open yet, but it doesn’t look like it’s far off. “Jacques Reymond’s head chef, Michael Smith, and Church […]

Chestnut and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup : Recipe

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

We recently dined at Circa The Prince in St Kilda, and I was really surprised by the Chestnut soup we were served.  I asked chef, Matt Wilkinson, if he would share the recipe with me. He graciously agreed. The soup I made isn’t quite as refined as the one they serve at Circa but the […]

Circa The Prince

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

On the 25th April 2010 we treated ourselves to lunch at Circa The Prince in St Kilda to celebrate JB’s birthday.  I haven’t written the full post yet, I was lucky enough to  have the opportunity to ask Chef Matt Wilkinson for the recipe for one of the dishes we ate that day, Chestnut soup. […]

Cannelloni Recipe

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

I often just cook “classic” recipes.  Bit of experience, bit of what I have on hand, bit of what I feel like playing around with.  As an obvious result, I tend to forget the really good versions! So, I’m going to start blogging them so that I can retain what I learn along the way.

Supermaxi – a further slice or two

Monday, May 10th, 2010

It’s been a few months now since Rita Micali’s new venture, Supermaxi, opened it’s doors.  I’ve been back a few times now, so lets have a look beyond first impressions. I’ve dined alone at the bar, with a friend a couple of times and with a group including children.

Momofuku Style Compost Cookies : Recipe

Monday, April 26th, 2010

A few weeks ago we got together for a feast of Momofuku themed dinner party.  Master baker Anne brought along some “Compost Cookies” from David Chang’s Milk Bar restaurant.   They were chewy and crunchie and salty and sweet and very very moorish.  I was stuffed full of pork, and there was “Crack Pie” to […]