Category: Food & Drink

Food and drink in Williamsburg

When you have only a few days in New York City, the foodie options can be fairly overwhelming and it’s easy to fall into the tourist traps. So, equipped with some TimeOut reviews and local recommendations, we dove into the culinary scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and here are the tastiest morsels for your dining and drinking delight. Smorgasburg Stunning, outdoor food market with unbelievable views over the water to the classic Manhattan skyline. Brave the cold for tasty freebies, hot mulled wine and hot, salty fries. Roberta’s Roberta’s is a little tricky to find, tucked down the end of...

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Hoisin Lamb Ramen Soup

Summer takes a temporary break here in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. Suddenly the rains arrive with daily thunderstorms and temperatures plunge. It’s the perfect excuse to make a warming, spicy soup. This aromatic, easy to prepare soup combines tender lamb back strap with the goodness of buckwheat noodles and home grown or market fresh greens. Left to right: grated fresh ginger, minced fresh garlic; finely chopped long red chilli, finely sliced spring onion. Clockwise from top left: home grown greens – silver beet, thinly sliced roast lamb back strap tossed in hoisin sauce, shredded spring onion greens. Gently...

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Yoghurt and Apple Vanilla Cake

Here in Australia, we are bracing for another long hot summer ahead. Our strawberries have just been harvested and market fresh Granny Smith apples – ideal for baking – are in plentiful supply. This delightfully moist cake combines yoghurt with vanilla, apples and sultanas, and is topped with the crunch of flaked almonds: an ideal contrast to sweet ripe berries. Serve this cake with créme fraiche, yoghurt, or dollop cream as a dessert, or on its own for afternoon tea. Those of us with a sweet tooth have been known to enjoy a slice at breakfast time, topped with...

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Pear & Raspberry Soda Bread

Spring is in full bloom in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. I have switched over from the wood fired stove to the fan forced electric oven, where I have much greater control over baking temperatures. This soda bread rises during baking to a light texture, and the addition of yoghurt and two fruits keeps it incredibly moist and naturally sweet. I have added a topping of flaked almonds and light brown sugar to provide a contrast of texture. Serve with your favourite brew of tea or coffee as a mid morning or afternoon pick me up, or add it...

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The Spirits of New York

One of the joys of fall in upstate New York is apple picking time. New York is a huge exporter of apples, with a multitude of orchards that offer “pick your own” apples. We’re fortunate we can enjoy an apple picked right off the tree, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, apple…well, you get the idea. What I wasn’t aware of and learned in my travels today, is two things: first, that those same apples can be used to make vodka, brandy, and Applejack, and second, that those spirits were being made right here in New York!...

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Apricot and Almond Wholemeal Loaf

On the first day of our Australian spring, it’s time to soak up the warm sun, so I’m looking for a bake that takes hours all by itself, while I am outside planting the first spring vegetable seeds into punnets. Do you have a bread oven at home, languishing in the cupboard, hardly ever used? This recipe will have you dusting it off and reaching for the bread mix! Filled with the goodness of dried apricots, organic sultanas – and slivered almonds, this wholemeal loaf is ideal for a mid morning low GI pick-me-up, or a hiker’s mid-afternoon backpack...

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