Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fruit Salad Baguette [Tutorial]

Today is a food tutorial. HAHA Ever since I gave up on my food blog several years ago, I had never thought of doing a blogpost about a food tutorial - in other words, a recipe! :p

Disclaimer: I learnt this recipe around 6 or 7 years ago from a Taiwanese blogger but I can't find her blog to her original link here. Just so you know that I have modified the recipe a little to match my own liking though it's obviously a nice way to say I'm effing lazy like this.


I called this the FRUIT SALAD BAGUETTE! 

Not only it's easy to make, it looks cute too! Apart from having mayonnaise as one of the ingredients, I would say this thing is pretty healthy because it contains vegetable and fruits and eggs! :D


Now let's get into the ingredients:


(i) Baguette / French Loaf - I used a baguette because french loaves were all sold out when I went to the grocery T_T


(ii) Fruit Salad - cut your own favourite fruits if you wish 


(iii) Mayonnaise


(iv) Hard boiled eggs & Potato


(v) Few leaves of cabbage & Corn

Get everything ready and now we can start preparing WHEE! The fun starts here:

Heat up the corn (I used a steamer here but you can boil it too)


Peel the potato skin off > Cut it into pieces > Boil them till they are soft

Pour out some fruit salad & wash it with water to get rid of the sweetness of its syrup


Get rid of BOTH ends of the baguette


Then cut them into equal sizes (obviously I failed - Fion has bad estimation)


Dig out the centre of the baguette BUT don't make it hollow. Remember to not dig all the way through - leave a base that is thick enough to carry the weight of the ingredients that we are about to put into it!


When you are done, you will have something that looks like this ^^

When the corn is cooked, mix it with the fruit salad (which shouldn't contain the syrup anymore)


When the potato slices got soft after being cooked, mix them with the hard boiled eggs (of course you boil the eggs beforehand and remove the shell of the eggs, duh!)


Add in mayonnaise to the potato slices and eggs


Mash them into small pieces


You shall have a well mashed mixture of mayo, egg and potato when you're done


Pour everything into the fruit salad & corn mixture - basically all the ingredients are chucked into one big bowl (apart from the baguette and cabbage leaves)

Then mix all of them together!!! (Don't do any further mashing - just MIX them)

You MAY need to add more mayo depending on your own preference 


The mixture may look a bit gross at this point of time - but it will taste good, I promise


Now all we have to do is to fill up the baguette pieces with this mixture!

Then top each of them off with a piece of cabbage leaf! 


You can't simply ignore the importance of food presentation :p (Just like how you need to get your eyebrows done when you are doing a full face makeup)



Anyway, this is a super simple and cute snack that you can definitely make without going through too much fuss. Most important of all, it's absolutely instagram-worthy! HAHA

Have fun making them!! ^^


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Top Paddock @ Richmond

Honestly speaking, I am not a huge fan of brunch food. Personally, I like the idea of having brunch in little cafes because I like the cozy ambience but I really don't understand why do I need to pay over 10 bucks for eggs and bacons which are obviously things that I can cook in my own kitchen.

Since most of my friends like going out for brunch, once in a while I don't mind going with them. To me, the people who I am sharing the food with is far more important than the food itself, so there's no point for me to picky by any means.

This time I went with a bunch of girls who I haven't met for over a year. We were from the same college back in 2012 and used to see each other nearly everyday. Even we got into the same Uni, we hardly see each other at all right now. So, we decided to have a little catchup over coffee of course! The final decision was to go all the way to Richmond for Top Paddock.




We got off at East Richmond station and took a tram down because we were too hungry to walk :p



We were pretty late that day so we had to wait in the line.



The pastries weren't that appealing...well, at least to me they weren't.









Instead of waiting stupidly in the line, we decided to take a stroll nearby to take some photos :3




Finally our table for 4 WHEE :3 


Menu!











Coffee art deserved tonnes of photos! 





And of course not forgetting to take selfies while waiting for the food!







Blueberry & Ricotta Hotcake with Berries, Organic Maple, Seeds & Double Cream ($18)

This is something that you have to try out at Top Paddock. The cake's so soft that you could feel it melting in your mouth without even biting it. However, it's a bit too big and sweet to be finished alone; best to share around with friends. 




Top Paddock:Chorizo, Pickled Onion, Peppers, Basil, Bacon, Adelaide Green Tomatoes, Poached Eggs & Relish on Toast ($22)

Frankly speaking, I don't understand why the cafe named itself after this dish (or was it vice versa?! @@). Nothing special about this. The bacon tasted pretty ordinary and the only thing I liked about it were the 2 poached eggs! End of story. 




Fresh Qld. Soft-shell Mud Crab Roll with a Fennel & Dill Salad & Lime Mayonnaise in a Brioche Bun ($21) 

I was the one who ordered this because I thought it would be something like what I had at Hammer & Tong last year :3 Unfortunately it was a little too salty for me. Luckily we split this into 4 as well so it wasn't that unbearable.





Gin & Lime Cured Huon Ocean Trout Fillet with Pickled Baby Beatroots, Potat Galette, Poached Eggs, Leaves, Goats Curd & Toast ($20)

I liked the trout fillet because it's something that you can't go wrong with in any circumstances (Common sense wise, if a brunch cafe can't even handle a fillet well, then it might as well shut it business down, am I right?). The skin of the fillet was rather crispy and we all loved it - in fact, we were quarreling over who should take the very last bite of the fillet skin HAHA!


Lastly, not forgetting another important aim of having brunch - that's to take an instagram-worthy photo!

I stole this from Kayan because I was too hungry and lazy to get my butt up from the stool for the sake of 1 photo :p

Overall, from my very own humble opinion, Top Paddock failed to give me something that could blow my mind apart from its Hot Cake. The other dishes were ordinary but the presentations were awesome. For me, I wouldn't come back here again on my own unless someone were to drag / drive me over, if not, it's not worth all the trouble to travel such a long way for a meal like this and definitely not waiting in a 30-minute line.

Rating: 3.7/5

But then again...I'm not really a brunch junkie to begin with...So I don't think I am qualified to pass judgment on brunch cafes :p


Top Paddock 

Contact Number: 03 9429 4332
Address: 658, Church Street, Richmond
Website: toppaddockcafe.com


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