It certainly is frightful outside here in Sydney, though I'm sure some in the northern hemisphere were wishing that it wasn't quite so cold. Festive season is upon us (and was in shopping centres two months ago), and as things start to get frantically busy, here's some miscellany for the Christmas stockings.
|Lemon and herb ricotta stuffed chicken|
The result is beautifully moist chicken with the added bonus of cheese that's fragrant with lemon, thyme and rosemary. Alongside duck fat roasted potatoes, it's a simple roast meal made a little special.
|Drinks served in jars at Grasshopper,|
Temperance Lane, Sydney
Already served up with awards and accolades is Temperance Lane's Grasshopper; a hidden bar in a similar vein to Melbourne's laneway bars, incorporating a small restaurant too.
Quirk seems to be the name of the game, with drinks served in jars, wine measured in beakers and bar tabs on old cassette tapes. I'll be back for the Argentinean wine I tried, and to sample the restaurant.
|Scallops, chorizo and asparagus|
|Japchae from MillioRe, Capitol Square, Haymarket|
MillioRe in Capitol Square unfortunately doesn't have a fighting chance, although there's absolutely nothing wrong with the japchae of chewy potato starch noodles with loads of vegetables. I found the banchan at MillioRe inferior in flavour, presentation and variety.
|Pork bone hotpot|
|Whatever your heart desires|
|Homemade pizza with button mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella|
I think my preference would be vegetables over meat, although I admit carrots and Chinese vegetables are a bit tougher to deal with pizza-wise. Fresh basil leaves from the new outdoor pot are also going to help, as are the tomatoes if they ever ripen. All I need now is a bocconcini tree - please Santa?