With knowledge of the empty void of my WordPress has come waves of guilt and sadness I guess as a blogger of food I should say I’ve let my WordPress ‘feed’ ‘starve’?? On top of that there must also be an apology and some obligatory explaining for my prolonged absence from the blogging scene.
Once again university charged at me with a number of challenges this semester. Every possible hurdle was presented, including an unexpected 2 day stint overseas! Thus came about the limited time to post and well… engage in any food-filled activities. Sadly and quite embarrassingly I embarked on an ‘eat to live’ rather than ‘live to eat’ mantra!
Now being the end of my first semester of second year I have somehow reached the half way mark in my degree without even realizing – apart from when I looked in the mirror after exams to see dark rings around my eyes! It was a very stressful semester indeed, which ultimately led to a very rushed and crammed study period. Nevertheless, I await my results in complete fear but take comfort in my time to begin renewing and refreshing the life of this blog while I do the same personally over this break.
I do have quite an overflow of photographs scattered between my phone and camera with a few eats that I had while slightly procrastinating and I can safely say that I have found some great places which I returned to numerous times and will continue to visit! Posts to follow!
Time has certainly flown by as this blog has reached its 1 year mark, thus it is rather appropriate to bring it back to life with a Birthday post!
For as long as I can remember, my ‘Godfamily’ has been part of my life and many traditions have formed over the years, one of them being a meal that we share to celebrate my Godfather’s birthday. As cliche as it sounds it honestly feels like it was just yesterday when we were celebrating last year and a familiar feeling of the crisp Sydney winter accompanies it! This year there was a new addition to the family with my Godbrother’s little bundle of joy adding to the headcount as Lil’ Bro, Ip Girl (my godsister who is really just like my little sister J) and I are well and truly journeying away from the ‘children’ label! It is quite scary yet awesome to think that my Godbrother, who I can still remember in his teens has now become a father, my Lil’ Bro is on the verge of finishing high school and Ip Girl who I used to feed in her high chair is about to become a ‘senior’ in high school……wow…
This year we made a trip to Black by Ezard at The Star – another tick on my ‘to try’ list! The atmosphere there was rather special, as the floor to roof glass windows paneled across the restaurant to reveal a wonderful view of Pyrmont and the bright lights being channelled over from the CBD, which contrasted perfectly with the more intimate lighting of the restaurant itself.
Now onto the main attractions of the meal! Funnily enough, all eleven of us ordered roughly the same dishes!
Appetite curbing devices in the form of brioche were presented and oh my they were divine! Perfectly crisp on the outside coupled with sweet cloud like innards. I still daydream about this brioche…mmmmmm…. brioche…..
OYSTERS freshly opened yuzu and wakame jelly
Out came a platter of oysters…how could I resist. Fresh and garnished with lemon and a great textural jelly component.
SASHIMI of hiramasa kingfish, sesame custard, edamame puree, chardonnay and shallot dressing
The sashimi entrée was absolutely delicious with the wonderful freshness of the king fish really shining. My Godmother ordered hers without any lemon or lime (ah the joys of allergies!), which allowed us to make a comparison in flavours. Mumma and I were in complete agreement that the king fish truly shone without the lime….interesting……
I was rather confused as to what those black crusted spheres were, so I decided they had to be taste tested. The suspects were Bocconcini rolled in what I suspected to be the special Black Salt, which complemented the dish more texturally as to not overpower the sashimi feature. The presentation was superb and such a genius idea!