Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Good Lunch

Baked Atlantic Salmon in Thai Caramel Glaze with Coconut Rice

It seems in my family that all the birthdays fall at once. Just a week ago it was my grandmother and that called for a good lunch. With my grandmother living in small-town, virtually no decent food Albury we had to look for somewhere good. Of course, in small towns, news travels fast and we heard about the Stanley Pub. Attached to the pub is a quaint little restaurant serving Mod-Oz cuisine, with a heavy focus on seafood. The menu was reasonable and they have a good selection of daily specials. The atmosphere is warm with a fireplace running and a good light space. It wasn't too busy for lunch but still felt nice and cosy.

We had the Baked Atlantic Salmon, Sweet Chilli Prawns, Ocean and Earth and Prawn and Scallop Pesto Linguini as our mains. They were all tasty and cooked well. The Salmon came across with the best flavours, a good Thai flavour with subtle caramel coming through. The pasta was also good, made with homemade pasta and with fresh seafood. The other dishes were well prepared and quite fine. Overall, a well balanced set of mains, which appeared to sum up the menu as a whole.

Bailey's and Butterscotch Schnapps Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis

Desserts at the restaurant are also excellent. While they are never the same any two times you visit they are wonderful. We had the Bailey's and Butterscotch Schnapps Cheesecake and the Chocolate Brownie Pudding. Both were tasty and not overwhelmingly sweet. The cheesecake had a beautiful texture and was served with a good dollop of unsweetened cream and an intense raspberry coulis. The brownie pudding was also good.

As a sum of its parts the experience was great and well worth it. Reasonably priced and tasty food in a comfortable environment.

The Stanley Pub
1 Wallace St
Stanley VIC
(03) 5728 6602

Monday, June 26, 2006

Birthday Cupcakes

With tomorrow being my Mum's birthday I thought I would make her some chocolate truffles for her birthday. While that was fun and tasty, you can have too much chocolate. So I decided that for her birthday cake I would go non-chocolate for this first time in about 7 years. Last time was when I decided to be different and go with the Icecream cake trend. Well this time I was inspired and used a wonderful recipe for Carrot Orange Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Orange Peel this recipe was found here at Cupcake Bakeshop. So off I went, I decided to cut out the pecans, as I'm not a huge nut fan where not essential to a dish or baked product and I chose not to use anything fancy on the topping. So I came out with a nice fluffy cupcake/muffin (it was sort of in between). I added some minced orange zest to the frosting to add a bit more flavour. Once out of the oven I resisted the urge to pop a couple in my mouth, waited for them to cool and added the wonderful frosting to them and topped with a couple of pieces of candied peel.

Carrot Orange Cupcake with Zesty Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Orange Peel

Quite enjoyable overall. Also seems like something Mum will enjoy as she has always been into the Carrot Cake thing so this will be a nice take on it. Come to think of it, it may be nice with a very light dusting of that Valrhona cocoa powder I have lying in the cupboard. Mmmmm.

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