Tag Archives: Australian

Cool Food Blog

Manu’s Menu is a very cool food blog of a native Italian of Sicilian descent living in Australia.  Her husband is Indian, so her multicultural blog reflects Italian, Australian and Indian cuisine.  It is largely Italian, however, and the recipes are divided by regions of Italy.  It’s on point.  My family’s from Campania, and we traditionally make casatiello, the pastiera (but we call it pizza grano or wheat pie), pizza and rum baba.  There is a large section of Sicilian recipes.  Look at her amazingly gorgeous cassata cake.  I love cassatina, and hers look adorable.  Her St. Joseph’s Day sfinge look perfect.  A recent recipe is purple gnocchi on a parmigiano reggiano fondue, and it looks amazing!  I want to try the Australian damper bread too.

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Weekend Whets 6/21

Japanese Gourmet Fair, through Sunday, June 23, 2013, Mitsuwa, Edgewater, New Jersey:  A Japanese food fair at the popular Japanese grocer featuring ramen, bento and more.

Union Square Wine’s Summer Tapas Party, Saturday, June 22, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Union Square Wines, Union Square: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Montsant, Jumilla and aged cheese, cured meats, and prepared dishes.  Free.

Bacon Bash II, Sunday, June 23, 2013, noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Bowlmor Lanes Times Square, Manhattan:  Tastings of bacon-inspired food and beer.  Tickets $35-$45.

Southern Cuisine Dinner, Sunday, June 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m., La Casita de Porres, Brooklyn:  Dinner of pickled pigs’ feet and okra, buttermilk biscuits, fish dipped in cornmeal, Broadbent Kentucky country ham, poundcake with strawberries and whipped cream and she-crab soup.  $70.

Sunday Brunch, Sunday, June 23, 2013, Noon, Chopsticks or a Fork, Bushwick, Brooklyn: Join other foodies for brunch.  $52.

MDA’s 20th Annual A Taste of Down Under, Monday, June 24, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, Manhattan: Food tastings by NYC chefs and wine and beer from Australia to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Farmhouse Fest, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Alewife, Long Island City, Queens:  Farmhouse style beers, wines and food like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles.  Tickets $65.

Spina’s “Rosato Amato” Dinner Party, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 175 Avenue B, East Village:  Five-course dinner with pairings of rose wines from upstate New York to Greece.  $65.

Brooklyn Eats, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Brooklyn:  Brooklyn’s first food trade show.

Pass the Paella, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  All-you-can-eat paella for $40.

Vosges Haut Chocolate Tasting, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, New York: Waitlist $25.

On the Chocolate Trail, Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Author Deborah R. Prinz discusses the history of the chocolate trade.

Weekend Whets 6/14

Newark Small Business Week 2013, June 14-21, 2013, Newark, New Jersey:  Support local restaurants and other businesses in Newark with discounts.

Chocolate Bar Brownie Eating Contest, Saturday, June 15, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Manasquan, New Jersey:  Presented by SquanStrong during their Tailgate on the Square event benefits efforts to rebuild the shore.

Danielle Gould, Monday, June 17, 2013, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., NYU Chemistry Department, room 1003, 31 Washington Place between Washington Square Park and Greene Street, Village:  Founder of Food+Tech Connect discusses technology in the food industry as part of NYU’s Experimental Cuisine Collective.

Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Writer Martha Rosenberg discusses what goes on behind the scenes at large food companies.

The Food Truck Handbook, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan: Food truck owner David Weber discusses New York’s food trucks.

National Dine Out Day, Wednesday, June 19, 2013:  Eat at participating restaurants and a portion goes to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey relief.

Union Square Wine’s Summer Tapas Party, Saturday, June 22, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Union Square Wines, Union Square:  Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Montsant, Jumilla and aged cheese, cured meats, and prepared dishes.  Free.

Southern Cuisine Dinner, Sunday, June 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m., La Casita de Porres, Brooklyn:  Dinner of pickled pigs’ feet and okra, buttermilk biscuits, fish dipped in cornmeal, Broadbent Kentucky country ham, poundcake with strawberries and whipped cream and she-crab soup.  $70.

Sunday Brunch, Sunday, June 23, 2013, Noon, Chopsticks or a Fork, Bushwick, Brooklyn:  Join other foodies for brunch.  $52.

MDA’s 20th Annual A Taste of Down Under, Monday, June 24, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, Manhattan:  Food tastings by NYC chefs and wine and beer from Australia to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Farmhouse Fest, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Alewife, Long Island City, Queens:  Farmhouse style beers, wines and food like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles.  Tickets $65.

Spina’s “Rosato Amato” Dinner Party, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 175 Avenue B, East Village:  Five-course dinner with pairings of rose wines from upstate New York to Greece.  $65.

Vosges Haut Chocolate Tasting, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, New York:  Waitlist $25.

On the Chocolate Trail, Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Author Deborah R. Prinz discusses the history of the chocolate trade.

10 Christmas Cakes from Around the World

While I was looking up Christmas cookies from around the world, I found some cakes too, so I thought I’d post on Christmas cakes. These are also from blogs.

Argentinian Pan Dulce

Australian Christmas Fruitcake

British Christmas Cake

Chilean Pan de Pascua

English Christmas Fruitcake

Filipino Bibingka Cake

Japanese Christmas Cake

Kerala Christmas Fruitcake

Norwegian Christmas Cake/Julekake

Polish Poppy Seed Strudel