What a year it has been!
Just over a year ago, Emily sent our technical expert Mr M an email, which in its entirety read as follows:
Sas and I want to start a blog called “it pleases us”. Provide.
And he did.
We’ve had lots of fun over the last year sharing all kinds of foodie finds that make us happy (and a couple that haven’t)! As a little tribute to our first year of writing on the interweb, in this post we have listed a few of our favourite things from the blog this year. Interestingly enough, this is post number 201.
Our favourite recipes
One recipe that has struck a chord – and has received some fan mail – is Gobi dhal. This simple dish has been appearing on our dinner tables for years!
Here are a few other perennial favourites:
- Hummus – Saskia called herself the ‘Queen of dips’ and this one is certainly a crowd-pleaser. Consider serving the hummus with our new (and delicious) discovery, Labne balls.
- Chickpea salad – this is another one that we keep making again and again. This simple, healthy and filling salad can be enjoyed on its own or as an accompaniment.
- Saskia heavily researched her opus on risotto and it is well worth a read. A few simple techniques, plus the secret weapon of Carnaroli rice, can elevate your risotto from blah to woah. Seriously.
- Lamb stuffed with preserved lemon, bread, pinenuts and herbs – Emily discovered this recipe in May and has made it four times since then. Don’t have any preserved lemons? Make them yourself!
- Chocolate-banana muffins – we always seem to have all the ingredients on hand and these are delicious and dead easy.
- Choc-chip cookies (36 hours) – this is the cookie that has its own following. Try them out – we won’t judge you if you can’t bear to wait 36 hours!
- We’ve baked a lot of cupcakes in the last year. A winning gluten-free recipe that is Emily’s mother’s standby is the flourless orange (scroll to the bottom of the post). This little delight is extra special when paired with white chocolate cream cheese icing.
Our favourite places
This is a very tough list to compile, but we will do our best:
- For breakfast – Birdman Eating is an old favourite and Mixed Business is a new contender. For breakfast in the CBD, we still haven’t found anything better than The European.
- For a macaron – it has to be Duncan’s macarons at Liaison, followed closely by La Tropezienne’s at Famish’d. Check out the full macaron round up.
- For a hot date – Coda. The space is dark and sexy, the menu combines Asian and French influences, and you share all your food.
- You can’t book but it’s totally worth the angst – Gigibaba (also a good contender for ‘hot date’).
- Mid-priced and fabulous – Bar Idda hasn’t disappointed us yet. Next Door Diner is a new discovery and we’ll definitely be back.
- Fine dining – We had a lovely meal at Embrasse, but best meal of the year has to go to the Royal Mail (and yes, we realise that it is technically ‘out of town’).
- A lovely local – the Gem has cracking food and great live music, what’s not to love?
- Out of town – Sunnybrae, Birregurra. Get on the train, enjoy an extended lunch and pick some asparagus between courses. Loam is pretty special too. If you are in Queensland, Wasabi is the bomb.
Our favourite foodie experiences
- Emily will probably never get over the joy that was macaron making with Adriano Zumbo.
- Saskia learnt a lot about wine (minus the wanker factor) at Wine tasting at the Prince Wine Store.
- Saskia also loved foraging for ingredients and cooking up a storm at her cooking class at Sunnybrae.
- The pair of us also enjoyed meeting producers and restaurateurs at Taste of Melbourne.
And there you have it: a few of our favourites. Thanks to all of you out there in cyberland for reading and occasionally contributing! Your feedback is always appreciated and we still feel a buzz when someone responds to one of our posts. Keep the comments coming please!