Category Archives: Culinary

Denmark House, final dégustation

First, let me give you the most important details,

Denmark House

428 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Now that I have informed you where they are, let me tell you a little about them. Denmark House is a small place in the middle of Melbourne’s busy city, offering the ultimate experience of Danish hospitality. I was there by pure chance of having a wonderful foodie friend, but when we went there on the last time the restaurant’s served their dégustation menus to the public. They will be serving dinner as per usual, a la carte instead. Let me show you the five-course meals experienced I had at the Denmark House,

Appetiser

Crispy Chicken with Danish remoulade

Nordic crisp bread with seeds and creme fraiche

Entree

Croquette of salted cod with ‘mormor’ salad and herbs

Smoked duck breast with pickled plum

Main

Sous vide lamb rump with new season carrots, charred spring onions and rosemary sauce

Large whole king prawns with asparagus, hollandaise sauce and cracked pepper

Desserts

Rye bread ice cream with brown butter

Compressed strawberries with cream and crushed meringue

Til kaffen

Marzipan lollipop with chocolate

Each dish serves are flavourful and a delight. Personally, not the biggest fan of Nordic crisp bread, but the sous vide lamb… got me thinking, I should get myself a sous vide machines or something. The service was brilliant with ever so friendly and knowledgable waitresses. Aside from the flavours, the experience overall was nothing short of Scandinavian coziness.

I hoped you all get a chance to have a little taste of “hygge” Danish style at the Denmark House when you visit Melbourne. If you’re Melbournian and a foodie, please take a chance to pay a visit. You will not be disappointed.

Until next time lovely people, don’t forget to follow my Instagram if you want to see more of my food/beauty/art adventures.

-k.m.

Bangkok & Ayutthaya Culinary Photolog

Eat Well… Travel Often…

The one and only agenda during my travels to Thailand is food!

Off course catching up with my best friends are important but I love the flavour of Thai cuisine. The flavour of their dishes are what I love, sour, savoury and spicy hits you all at once. Although I couldn’t show you EVERYTHING I had in Thailand, here are a small serving of what I had…

The Crux & Co, Melbourne

The Crux & Co.

35 Albert Road, Melbourne
Mushroom patty on Matcha Bun? Who knew a humble mushroom can be turn into a delicious burger patty? Who knew that Matcha, which regularly enjoyed by many as a liquid goodness that sooth your soul, can be a burger bun?


Obviously… I didn’t but the crew at The Crux & Co. knew and they made a wonderful dish out of the combo. To be completely honest, Melbourne’s brunch places are popping up left, right and center. Whatever combination of breakfast/brunch food you can think of, well… they’ve got it! Hence, The Crux & Co. is such a gem for me! Not only they offer such creative menu, the food are absolutely delish! Oh… I’m starving as I typed this…

– k.m.

Recipe Idea: Roasted Vegetables Open Tart

  
I have been trying to shift to a vegetarian eating meal plan and discovering new recipe ideas have been so enjoyable. The only tip is, you have to be organised with your meals. 

But, off course, busy weeks happened and you have to compromise. This recipe is my compromise, super easy open tart courtesy of store bought puff pastry…

  
Ingredients

1 sheet of store bought butter puff pastry

1 eggplant

2 tomatoes

1/4 butternut pumpkin

1/2 cup of mozarella cheese (optional)

1 teaspoon tumeric

1 teaspoon paprika, mild

1 cup tomato passata

1/4 cup of chopped basil, save a pinch for later

1/2 teaspoon chilli flake (optional, I always put more)

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan to sprinkle on top (optional)

Salt & pepper to taste

  
Method

  1. Preheat oven 200°C 
  2. Chop all vegetables roughly the same size
  3. Mix chopped vegetables with spices, cheese and tomato passata, add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Place the puff pastry on baking tray, place vege mix on top and fold the pastry edges over
  5. Brush olive oil on to the puff pastry
  6. Pop in the oven for 45 minutes, make sure pastry is golden brown
  7. Sprinkle basil and parmesan (optional) on top
  8. Serve as soon as the tart comes out of the oven. Enjoy!

Crunchy pastry, delicious vegetables… Perfect for a healthy lunch or anytime snack. Give it a go 🙂 

-love Karina. 

Elk Espresso, Broadbeach QLD

Elk Espresso

16 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach QLD 4218

(07) 5592 2888

   
 

Coming from Melbourne you think, hmmm… Maybe we do live on the best state for food. However, Melbournians, be afraid, cause other states around Australia are coming up with some delicious offerings, like this gem on Gold Coast’ Broadbeach,

   Ice Latte (my current obsession)

 Avocado & Feta Mesh

  Potato Hash

It’s a quirky place that can comfortably pop-up on Brunswick St, Melbourne. The amazing mural on the wall, the 5 minutes walk to the beach, this place has it all. Most importantly, Elk Espresso served delicious food and absolutely mint Ice Latte

-love Karina.

Miss Margarita, Byron Bay NSW

Miss Margarita Mexican Cantina

2 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2482

(02) 6685 6828

  
Sunny weather, seaside town, with sand on my feet… Mexican food is the only way to go! Lucky enough to visit Byron Bay over the weekend, and this place came highly recommended,

   
 
First of all, love the quirky decor. I love the amount Frida Kahlo self portrait on the walls. The food are so delicious! And so happy with the lunch taco plus beer deal, yummy…

   
   
We had the Crispy Fish Tacos and Mexican Pulled Pork, and they’re so so good! The wait staffs are fun, relaxed and helpful with menu choices, and they are so many good choices. Must visit if you’re in Byron Bay area…

-love Karina.

Avocado Toast, recipe ideas

  

 I am obsessed with avocado toast, or as us Aussie called it, avo toast! Been trying out few different avo toast variations, here are some of my favourites, 

 The ultimate! Classic Smashed Avo toast with sea salt and chilly flakes! Super quick and easy!  

 

Smashed Avo Toast with soft cheese, my favourites are ricotta or goat’s cheese. The cheese gives such a velvety finish to the smooth avocado texture… Yummo!

   

 Smashed Avo Toast with Eggs, scrambled, poached or sunny side up! Super yumm! Quick to prepare for a speedy healthy breakfast…

    

 

Smashed Avo Toast with tomatoes and cheese combo, super delicious with soft cheeses such as ricotta. This combination can also be a delicious starter, use cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, basil and drizzle of balsamic vinegar… Voila! Caprese Avo Toast! 
There are a few other combinations that you can do, some includes strawberries or peaches. I haven’t tried these combo yet but excited to test it out! 

-love Karina.


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