Friday night cooking

There is something about Friday night cooking that I’m not a fan of. I just opened the fridge, then the freezer trying to rumble up some inspiration to get the juices flowing for what to cook tonight but as always there was zilch, nudder, nothing.

Someone also made a comment to me during the week that there hasn’t been a lot of go and eat posts of new places on ELG for a while and with no excuses to offer you or reports that I have been in a cave due to hibernation (wrong season!), I honestly put it down to being a mum and having a small fry on the go. After too many stares from people when MM made a small shout during entree or having a fair few people trip over the wheels of the pram even though I have tried to shove it in the corner – I admit I have become one of those mums who just prefers to be at home for meal times, where MM can scream as much as he likes and leave the staring to Mr ELG and I .

But last Friday night, I put that all to one side and braved the outside once again to try my luck at Pizza Moncur…dinner for the ELGs in the heart of Woollahra. Diagonally opposite the Woollahra hotel and next door to the well loved Big Mamas, Pizza Moncur has suburb sophistication written all over it with its black and wooden design. A lovely French waiter pointed us to a table kerbside with plenty of room for MM and his stroller to sit on the pavement. The menu had both the usuals (four cheeses) and the unusuals and between the two of us, we had one of each. Mr ELG can not go past a Quattro Formaggi although I note this one had haloumi which is on the rare side and I chose a Mediterranean style consisting of red peppers, scallops, chorizo and chili jam.

Pizzas were served on a square black slate and the base is thin with texture with extravagant amounts of topping. Both pizzas were in one word; divine. Clear tastes, hot and crisp just out of the woodfired oven and the accompanying friendly service finished off the night. There were no stares from other patrons as MM was on his best behavior and as we ate piece by piece, we noticed that the restaurant also does a roaring trade of takeaway on foot and scooters delivering boxes to the door.

Hmmm and as the clock approaches 3pm, I am still wondering what’s for dinner tonight?

Happy Friday!

Pizza Moncur @ 101 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025

Published in: on March 23, 2012 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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I wish I was here…

Over the last couple of years I have booked many hotel stays through the website Splendia. They specialise in luxury and character boutique hotels around the globe and all of the hotels have been as described; splendid! And if you join as a member, you get freebies at certain hotels. For example, I booked to stay at the Five Hotel and Spa in Cannes and Mr ELG and I both got a free one hour massage.

I also like them on Facebook and for the last couple of weeks, they have been posting these amazing photos where blue skies meet blue waters and the comment is something like “Wish you were here?”

Well on this Friday night, I wish I was on the other side of the world. I wish I was in Nice on the French Rivera where I could walk along the esplanade and stroll through the flower markets counting all of the different colours that the buildings are painted. I could sit down on one of the chairs opposite the beach and stare out to the horizon and then make my way back to the restaurant where I last ate a plate of pasta with fresh vongole, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and parsley. I wish I could get in a car tomorrow and drive along the coastline down to Monaco just because I can.

Oh well, how I do love to dream….

Where do you wish you were?

Published in: on March 9, 2012 at 9:26 am  Comments (1)  
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Just around the corner

It might be a sad and soggy day in Sydney with the forecast set to rain every day in March except the last three days but I’m happy. Because just around the corner is Deus and my favourite salad in the whole wide world that I love to eat…Smoked trout, kipfler potato salad with watercress, fennel, poached egg and hollandaise sauce!!
Happy Friday!

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Published in: on March 2, 2012 at 2:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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