Al fresco dining Ripples Sydney Wharf

Why waste a day eating indoors when eat al fresco on the wharf overlooking the Harbour Bridge, watch boats pass by and check out exy apartments. On a glorious sunny day half of my family and I went out for lunch at  Ripples Sydney Wharf (56 Pirrama Road Pyrmont) while the other half of my family did their own thang… they missed out big time. Usually I prefer to be seated inside and eat stress-free avoiding the wind, rain, heat and passerby’s but Ripples is in the most beautiful space. (They also have awnings and shelter to keep you dry and warm when needed ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I think this is my new favourite restaurant to eat outdoors for lunch, I’ve ALWAYS found the service perfect – they’re professional, lovely, spot-on and very attentive. What’s even better is their portions – they’re very generous with their servings which makes it even more affordable ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll see what I mean about portions below – my growing adolescent brother could not finish his Fish & Chips main and my entree would have been enough to fill me up if it wasn’t so tasty.

Ripples Sydney Wharf (56 Pirrama Road Pyrmont)

Onion & Cider Soup with Gruyere Toasts

Yamba Prawn Tart with Creamed Leek, Feta Cheese and Tomato Salsa
♥ so crispy and creamy with huge prawns omg LOVE

Seared Scallops with Pumpkin Tortellini, Boudin Noir & Goats Cheese Sauce
I love my carbs… this was my entree and I had the spaghettini for my main but they were both so good.
The scallops were JUMBO size and OH MY GAWWD the Pumpkin Tortellini was perfection to die for. I wanted more!!

Ripples Famous Fish Chips, Homemade Tartare Sauce, Lemon

Vongole and Crab Spaghettini
VERY NICE right amount of everything and I loved how it wasn’t so saucy – too bad they don’t currently have this on their menu

Char grilled Beef Tenderloins with Oxtail Ragout

Will definitely be back here to unwind and enjoy really really great food.

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Easter Show I WANT TO GO!

Blame it on the crazy catchy jingle "Easter Show I want to go!" sung by the cartoon animals. My constant yelling of the jingle finally got to Bill and he caved and took me to the Easter Show during the long weekend – after 5pm of course to save some money ๐Ÿ™‚

Armed with a Jumbo Lemonade, Bill andI hit the Showbag stand and grabbed PC Powerplay for him and Kettles, M&M’s, Starburst and Natural Confectionary Company for us  to share. After quickly walking around the Arts and Crafts Stall we met up with Helen, Jase and Jamie in time for the nightly shows. Must admit, Robosaurus was abit of a let down… I was expecting him to actually eat the cars not just lift up and drop ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The reasons why I go to the Easter Show every damn year…

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010
First stop – a Jumbo Fresh Lemonade $5
(I swear they don’t make it like this anywhere else)
MUST HAVES – Hot Dog on a Stick and Cheese on a Stick $4 each
Turkey Leg $9
Bill Decided to get this after seeing Jase devour his.
Dairy Farmers Fireworks and Laser Show
The Fireworks were AMAZING this year!!
See you next year!

Cooking MAMA! 2

Back from playing house with the bf which was fun – I cooked, he vacuumed, I washed up, he did the laundry and made my bath and made the bed and most importantly made me tea XD

Twice Helen and Jase came over and it was so so so much fun cooking for them and um having Nerf wars XDD
One night Bill wanted to host a Pizza party where he had prepared a "buffet" style table with Pepperoni, Pineapples, Crispy Bacon, Red Capsicum, Roma Tomatoes, Cheese and Teriyaki Chicken – this is Bills type of "cooking". Helen also made her Signature Egg Noodles with Egg in Oyster Sauce.
Prior to that we had a homemade gyoza party and I think we went through close to 100 gyozas and 4 salads between the four of us. The gyoza’s were homemade and we also had  ra-yu gyoza’s too which were PINK – they’re just normal gyoza filling but wrapped in a skin which has been infused with ra-yu (Japanese chilli oil).


I love love love gyoza’s
I could eat them everyday

A few of our eats in the past week…
Ruby Red Grapefruit for breakfast
Garlic Mushrooms and Roasted Tomato on a Toasted Rustic Farmer’s Loaf (from Luneburger)

Homemade Bruschetta Entree
Meat and Three Veg
Rib Eye Fillet, Green Beans and Chilli Tomato
Garlic Butter Kipfler Potatoes
Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie made with last night’s leftovers

Now I’m back to the rents spoiling and feeding me. Tonight we’re having sashimi :9

Cooking MAMA!

For the past week I’ve been playing house with Bill, trial living together and we’ve settled into a nice routine over the past week. But we’re starting to notice things about each other that  we didn’t really care about before such as he likes really flat pillows whereas I need a full fluffy pillow, he’s pedantic about laundry and cleaning the dishes, he probably also finds me putting the toilet seat down annoying.. and constantly hogging the blankets. Anyways he also loves his computer so I’ve been banished to my own area with the computer so I don’t annoy him while he plays games and what not….so I’m finding I have more spare time for myself than I would usually have… which also leads me to cooking more often. It’s one of things I really enjoy about living together is cooking for him ๐Ÿ™‚ though it took some getting used to… the dinners I’ve been making is enough for four people (but we’ve been taking the left overs to work for lunch so it doesn’t work out too badly)

We tried our best to stay in and cook every night… also to save money but that kinda failed… hard.
On Thursday we ate out at Chat Thai (20 Campbell St Haymarket) for dinner. I love love love the Mu Bhing a kind of skewer with char grilled pork omg so tasty!! and we also tried the crisp fried snapper there for the first time – initially we were going to order the Snapper with Red Curry but Bill really wanted Mussaman curry so we ended up ordering the Bpla Lard Prik crisp fried snapper with chilli and it was really really chilli. Most of the desserts were not available so we ended up just getting a small Coconut and Pandan jelly cake… forgot what it’s called.

On Saturday we pigged out and feasted with Helen, Jase and Jamie at the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont (did you hear they may be getting a $40m facelift?!) on three dozens of Sydney Rock Oysters from Tea Gardens and Pacific Oysters from Hawkesbury?! and we also picked out a huge live male Mud Crab from Christie’s Seafoods. We also bought some Prawn Cutlets and Calamari Rings from Doyles at the Fish Market for our deep fried fix.

Oh and we had KFC for lunch on Monday ๐Ÿ˜€ and I think we’re planning on eating out tomorrow night as well…after we do grocery shopping.

Anyhoo, a few photos of the food I DID make for us…

Let’s Cook!
Really simple home food :)) and easy to make
Penne with Roma Tomatoes Boccocini and Basil, Beef Croquette
Japanese style Curry Rice , Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Eggplant Puree
Oyako Don

DIY TanTan Tsukemen Ramen with Chashu
Add noodles, some chashu, watercress and dip it in the tantan sauce!

Also not pictured is a potato bake with the lot – we chucked in chicken, bacon, mushrooms, onions, pasta…

Anyways I’m pooped.. off to bed.