i am susan thye. aka chocolatesuze. sydney, australia. gemini. married to noods. this is a food and lifestyle blog. i like cheeseburgers, cake and fried chicken.
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23 November 2014, 22:11
It’s that time of year again! Helen and I organised the 6th annual Sydney food bloggers Christmas picnic and it just so happened to be the hottest day of 2014 haha oh boy was it hot! But that didn’t deter a whopping 74 bloggers who rocked up bearing delicious food and drink!
The drinks table was super popular! There was jugs of Sangria, Pimms, wine, cider mixers, soft drinks and iced teas galore! Some of us cough milkteaxx cough resorted to hugging bags of ice in an attempt to cool down heh
But the foods! Oh my! Pistachio and thai milk tea macarons, chocolate cake, lemper, brownies, cupcakes, cookies
Chicken wings, salads, home made donuts, Oreo chocolate cake & custard layer cups
Pull apart bread, strawberry tart, empanadas, pandan waffles, burger cupcakes, croquettes, brownies, Rudolph cake pops
Pate, red velvet cake, leg of ham, chilli kale chips, chocolate brownie cookies, spicy crackles, biscuits, chips and chocolate :D
And of course our traditional Evil Secret Santa where we’re able to steal other peoples pressies haha the waffle machine, donut inflatable, cheese plate and camera lens mugs were super popular :P
Choose wisely my friends
[Photo credit: Rosa] THE END! Thanks everyone for coming, was such a blast putting faces to blogs!
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15 November 2014, 01:31
So word on the street is that Maslow’s (1116 Pacific Highway, Pymble) is a hidden gem on the North Shore. Eager for a trip out of the CBD, Raff and I took a Friday off to get our brunch on. Side note: to get to Maslow’s google Pymble Ave instead because you won’t be able to stop on Pacific Hwy.
If you took the train, take the underpass which leads to Pymble Ave so you don’t have to walk the long way as we found out haha
The Draco Mille Feuille ($17) is so fricken pretty it made up for my sadness that the Trout with Pea Soup was taken off the menu. Gooey 62°eggs begging to be stabbed, slices of caramelised black pudding and a ridiculously tasty grilled onion reduction that totally tasted like french onion soup and kinda had me wishing for melty cheese… There were a couple of sheets of buttery flaky pastry but I would’ve loved either ten times more pastry or a hunk of bread to mop up the sauce.
With a name like Mr Pig ($10) how could we resist? There was slabs of tender braised pork, a 62°egg and baby salad leaves. I wasn’t too keen on the brioche buns which was a tad on the dense side so in my attempt to wrap my jaws around this baby I had to squish everything which led to leakage of precious hot sauce.
I love a good scone and the Victoria’s Secret ($10) scones were super light and fluffy and the accompanying passionfruit curd and cream was gleefully slathered inch thick.
By the time we’d demolished everything, the lunch menu had just begun and Raff the eating machine reeeeally wanted to try the Cheeky Frolick ($24) which set my heart a flutter from the very first bite. The Northern Rivers braised beef cheeks were tender and I kinda wished there was mash to make the perfect comfort food. We dunked the accompanying slices of sourdough into the carrot and miso sauce/soup/puree which fulfilled my vegetable requirements for the day.
All the baked goods are made in house, except for the
cronuts brewnuts which are from Brewtown.
There’s communal tables inside Maslow’s with a couple of small tables and seats next to colourful mural outside. I’ll definitely be back to try the Balmain Bug Salad! Oh and bonus sighting of Yeeza!
9 November 2014, 03:35
I drink a lot of juice. I know it has a lot of (natural) sugars but I figure it’s better than drinking soft drink and at least I’m getting some kinda nutrition right? I’d been toying with buying a juicer for a while now but have always canned the idea because everyone always says juicers are a b!atch to clean and you’ll use it once before you shove it to the back of your cupboard.
But then the lovely people at Crazy Sales offered to send me a juicer and I get to give one away to my readers and I was like, well hey, awesome! So this Stainless Steel Slow Juicer (RRP $129.95) has been given one helluva workout these past couple of weeks, basically I’ve been juicing everything in sight! Keep on reading for your chance to win!
So this juicer uses low speed extraction method which basically means the juicer extracts instead of grinding and ‘retains all the nutrients and enzymes for a healthier natural juice.’ The juicer is only 6.25kg so it’s super light to lift and store but has non slip silicon suction feet so it won’t move while you’re juicin’.
So first I made a giant batch of fruit punch because it’s almost summer folks and I can’t wait to drink bucketloads of this stuff at the beach! Watermelon, pineapple and oranges ftw!
Aaaaand a can of lemonade to make it fizzy (because I didn’t have soda water) and a generous glug of vodka :P
Fresh oranges juice is da bomb. I bought 5kg of oranges, peeled and halved them, chucked into the juicer and boom enough juice to last me a week.
There’s separate containers for the juice and for the pith which is awesome and just enough pulp goes into the juice.
I hate eating green apples but for some reason I love them as juice.
To make it super healthy you could probably chuck in some cucumber, kale, spinach or other green things but I’m not quite there yet haha
The parts are ridiculously easy to wash. No blades to cut myself on, the juicing screw and the strainer wash out super easy and there’s a toothbrush sized scrub brush in case anything gets stuck in the chutes.
So are you ready to win this awesome Stainless Steel Slow Juicer from Crazy Sales? All you gotta do is leave a comment on this blog post answering:
What would be the first thing you juice with the Stainless Steel Slow Juicer AND why?
The most delicious sounding entry will win this prize! You can enter as many times as you like, but you must be an Australian resident. Please enter a valid email address, it will not be made public and you will only be contacted if you win. Competition closes Monday 24th November 2014, 10am AEST. Good luck!
Congratulations to Mary for your entry! I will be emailing you shortly to get your details to send you the juicer!