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Tuesday, 2007-02-27

Man’s gotta eat…

Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Rants,Recipes — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 9:54 pm

Greetings y’all.  I had a killer couple of weeks at work, but had some time on the weekend and got a few things done.  Sorry, no photos, I was focusing on getting the food out there.  Plus my Char Siu was brown rather than red 🙂  Here’s a quick rushthrough of the past few days.  I’d really like to type each of these up properly, but I’m short on time.  They’re all on the “someday/maybe” file.  Either FGI or drop me a line if you need more / specifics.

Brown beef stock

The fridge was getting overloaded by beef bones, chicken bones, duck bones and my vege draw’s onions were liquefying, so first thing Saturday morning, I threw them all into a low oven.  About lunchtime (3-4 hours later), all went into the pot for the rest of the day.  I topped up the water occasionally, but basically forgot about it.  I got drunk and remembered about midnight.  Not a problem.  If I wasn’t so nackered, I’d let the thing go overnight.  Ended up with about 4 litres of good stuff.  Not as brown as I wanted, but I’ve frozen it in big and little portions (ziploc bags and takeaway containers), so I’m pretty happy.

Magic Bullet

I blew up my blender a few weeks ago and replaced it with a Magic Bullet (50% cheaper on eBay).  Boy are they fun!  Got myself WHACKED OUT on Saturday night on strawberry / blueberry / vodka / gin / rum / lemonade / soda things, and pulverised a whole bulb (yes bulb) of garlic the next day.  For about $100 with postage, this is WAY more fun than a video game or 2 trips to the cinema.

Char Siu (BBQ Pork)

You’d be hard-pressed to go too much better than Sneff’s* recipe on for Char Siu  I was looking for a few dishes for lunch that I could cook “easily” while doing other things in the kitchen (like gettin’ a stew on).  I had half a jar of LKK Char Siu sauce in the fridge, and got myself a kilo of pork neck.  I started out, but immediately had existential crisis and knew I could do better, so I whacked in a bunch more garlic, 5 spice, dark soy, (red food colouring, *SHH*) and star anise and let it go overnight.  Cooked it the next day (I tend to glaze 4-6 times), and it was brilliant.  I think one needs to measure five-spice by the tablespoon, rather than by the teaspoon and the dark soy made it a weird brown colour (will try using “light” plus colouring next time).  I’ve eaten better… from about 5 restaurants (2 of which are in Hong Kong), I’ve eaten worse from… about a hundred places.

*Sneff is a genius and has done 100 times more for the Intarweb than lonelygirl15.

Beef Bulgogi

I’ve got a thing for beef ribs at the moment.  Locally, they sell them cut about 2″ across with a huge salve of meat on top, in sets 5-6, weighting about half a kilo each. Sometimes called “Asado”.  Cheap as chips.  I get out my boning knife and cut off the top meat, trimming it of all fat and sinew, then do wonderful things with it, but that’s another post.  Then throw the actual ribs (and some of the meat) into either a fierce marinade, or a STEW.  I’m having trouble getting the ratios right, the closest I’ve got is:
KOREAN soy sauce (KOREAN, I said KOREAN soy sauce, go to your KOREAN grocer and forcrissake buy the KOREAN soy sauce, do you hear me dammit, KOREAN soy sauce), where was I?
KOREAN soy sauce / “alcohol” / sugar = 1/1/1 plus a Nashi or Kiwi fruit for tenderisation, a little sesame oil and some shallots:
Close.  Quite close. Slightly salty, must be sure to wipe the pan each batch, lacks some character.  Might need more “blood”, less marinade, charcoal or something.  But, man it’s tasty.

Bulgogi Burgers

I tend to make ridiculous amounts of bulgogi at once, simply so I can have these the next day.  Almost gets me out of bed at 6am on a Sunday.
Bread Roll, egg mayo, bulgogi, some pieces of cold kimchi, cold marinated bean sprouts, optional cheese (melted), warm bulgogi.  *ROCKS*.


That’s beef with potatoes, Japanese style (think sukiyaki taste).  Apparently, there’s a Japanese saying that this is a dish that will win you a husband if you cook it well enough. I was basically craving the flavour, had a bunch of leftover beef and some spuds, and had the stuff sauteing before I hit the web looking for a recipe (and realised the name of the dish was Nikujaga).  Of course there’s heaps of recipes, similar to Bulgogi, the ingredients are “standard”, but there’s variants on the ratios.  Again, beware of American websites with recipes, at best they tend to tone things down a little to adjust to the local palate.  This is what I’m going with:
(Japanese) Soy Sauce / Mirin / Sake / Sugar = 2 / 2 / 2 / 1.  Tablespoons if you’re going a small one, plus about 2 cups of dashi (Bonito stock).  Packet goldfish food should do, or go a “Broth of Vigour” if you like.  Pretty close.  There’s heaps of variants.  Yeah, you’re supposed to use a finer cut than rib meat.


Chaos, but I love it.  Sometimes I feel I should stop by the emergency department at St. Vincent’s (hospital servicing the red-light district of Sydney) on a Saturday night for a little quiet downtime :).  No, it’s not that bad, I absolutely love…90% of it 🙂


I’m getting a couple of games of poker in a week, and I’m messing about with blindfold rubik’s cubing.  I am not making this up.



Wednesday, 2007-02-07

Master Stock Tripe (Failure)

Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Recipes — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 11:46 pm

Greetings all y’all

I got through my first month of “not buying anything at a supermarket” with ease.  I’m healthier, wealthier and full ‘o’ MEAT!  I think I’m now considered a “regular” at my local butcher, noice.  I’ve been buying a lot of the rest at “Ashfield Fruit World”, a gigantic place, full of fun.  I’m still looking for a half decent poulterer and deli, the ones I’ve been going to seem to have lost the will to live.

This week I’ve got a bit of a whacked-out schedule, day trips to Newcastle, 2 sets of workshops in the evening, and a full workload in between.  So I decided to wake up the master stock from a few weeks vacation, throw in a bunch of meat and set myself up for the whole week.  I’ve been waking up very early, and if I put my rice cooker on the night before, I can start the day with an Omurice (rice omelet) while watching “Hey Dad !” at 6am, make a meat-cabbage-rice pack for lunch, and if I totally run out of time, have another one for dinner.  If I’ve got a couple of types of meat in there, I can easily go for a week like this without getting tired of it.

On the streets of Hong Kong, there are many tiny, tiny restaurants specialising in one thing or another, sometimes with exactly *one* dish on the menu.  Something, which I’ve mentioned previously is the slow-cooked briskets, tripe and other beef innards, in a “perpetual” stew.  Similar principle to master-stock cooking, but instead of soy / sugar / star anise / tangerine, it’s milder, beefier, and you can eat the resulting stock as a soup with your meats and some noodles.  I’ve got an ambition to do this, but for the moment, I thought I’d practice with my now six month old master stock.

You really expect us to swallow this tripe?

Cheap as chips.  Actually, not as cheap as you might think.  There’s not a lot of demand for tripe, a lot of what a butcher will buy will the thrown away and it’s labour intensive as you have to clean it like mad.  You should try and find a butcher who has at least a moderate turnover of tripe.  Although you may not think it, offal freshness is often more important than for other meats, as you can’t really tell two day old tripe, unlike a steak which will be moving from red to pink/grey.  Still, this stuff is under $5 a kilo, and there’s no bones or trim.  And yes, I’ll admit, when I was a kid I used to have nightmares about this stuff.  It took me many years to work out that it’s wasn’t the tripe, but the microwave white sauce (clag) that I was scared of.


There she is.  This week is extra licorice root, extra star anise, all the tangerine peel I could find, rock sugar, rice wine but no dark soy as the thing was getting too black.  I had 3 large pieces of brisket (about 2kg) and half a kilo of tripe in there for 3 hours, took them out and threw in a kilo of mid-wings for a 10 minute boil and 10 minute steep.


BZZT!, failure.  The brisket and chicken were great, in fact, the colour of the chicken was the best I’ve ever got it, but the tripe?  No.  I forgot that tripe acts like a great big sponge (like a mushroom or tofu), and in 3 hours, turned a very interesting jet-black.  But it was salty, and the licorice flavour too concentrated.  Although I did get the texture / cooking time pretty close.  Oh yeah, excuse my cutting board, the meats were straight out of the pot and got soy sauce on everything they touched (live and learn).

Next time for sure.  My master stock (I think it needs a name, send in your suggestions) is spending a week in the big fridge, and will get a skim and be back on duty next weekend.  I’m going to try a 1-2 hour boil in plain water first, and a 15 minute soak in the master stock (and then might fry a bit).  While it’s out there… who knows.  If you throw six chicken wings in for twenty minutes, someone will definitely end up eating them 🙂

Chow down dudes ! “New” Japanese episodes of Iron Chef on SBS this week, and a new series of the US “top chef” is on lifestyle food.  Valentine’s day coming up, be finalising your menus and planning your shopping by this weekend. Unless of course, you’re going to a restaurant this Valentine’s day, in which case, as usual, you’ll get exactly what you deserve.

Monday, 2007-01-08


Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Recipes — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 10:34 pm

I’ve got so many other things to do, but here’s just a quick one on a first attempt at a cassoulet. It was brilliant, and although technically the process took three days to complete, there was onlt about half an hour of actual effort. I only meant to make a little one, enough for a couple of portions, but ended up completely filling the big Le Cruset pot (6 lites?). I just sort of saw some stuff I had for later in the week, and just though “screw it, throw it all in”. Here’s the recipe, by no means canonical. I couldn’t find/afford any duck, but had some duck fat.

Firstly, soak a kilo of dried beanz overnight. DO NOT ADD SALT. Next day, drain, rinse then boil the beans for 30 mintes, skimming the scum at boiling point and then throwing in an onion. NO SALT.

In the main time, heat up your casserole, throw in some duck fat (or olive oil, you wuss) and fry your meatz. I had 2 large chicken Marylands, 300g of diced lamb (originally planned for something else), 2 thick pork sausages. Season as you go.

Remove the meat as it gets done (fry in batches), and fry off your base, I had 2 onions, 2 carrots, 6 cloves of strong garlic, and 200g of smoked speck (garlic minced, everything else diced), seasoning as you go. In the mean time roughly chop 4 Roma tomatoes. I layered the dish like this: Deglaze with a little white wine, and throw in a third of the beans. Add half the meats and half the tomatoes. Add another third of the beans, the rest of the meat, then cover with the last of the beans. Season after each addition of beans. Don’t be afraid of the salt, remember, you’re cooking a whole heap. Finally, throw in a bouquet garni (or dried herbs if you’re short) and top up with either stock or “bean boiling water”, just to the top of the beans.

At this point, I let it cool a little and threw it in the fridge (it was Sunday night and did all the work while cooking something else for dinner). The next day I put the whole thing in a low oven (140 degrees) for 4 hours, and voila. Serve with great, great bread and cheap red wine.

Cost – About $15, plus bread and cheap wine. Serves 5 people who will end up belt-looseningly stuffed.

Improvements / next time:

  • Need to cook it longer. Normally the 3-4 hour cooking time starts with the stuff at boiling temperature. Mine was at fridge temperature, was pretty close though.
  • Similarly, finish the dish uncovered for maybe an hour, possibly putting some breadcrumbs on top for a crust.
  • Using stock instead of water may improve things, but again, so would reducing the liquid.
  • Better sausages, these ones were very cheap, but still great.
  • Some pork!
  • variants of the mirepoix base, include celery? Exclude carrots?
  • More fat!

Monday, 2007-01-01

Greetz! Eatz!

Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Recipes — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 11:36 pm

Happy 2007 all y’all.  Even though I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions (one day a year is far too few to get some ambition and some steam up yo ass), I happen to have a couple of things that happen to start on the 1st of January.

Firstly, I’m attempting to go a whole year without purchasing anything from a supermarket.  I did make a fairly sizable order from shopfast last night as a bit of a weaning (cola, detergent, glad wrap, soap, TP and dog treats), but that’s it.  At times it’s going to be very tough.  But I expect that while I last, I’m going to be saving a bunch of coin and losing a lot of weight. 

Although not a resolution and something that I’ve brought up before, I’m turning my back on the whole scene and avoiding restaurants as much as possible for the next year.  So far, so good.  I spent the last week in Brisbane with my folks, and had a great time at Yum Cha.  Something I couldn’t get enough of (and everyone else avoided) was some delicious tripe.  People, the sooner you all get over it and start eating tripe, liver, kidney, arsehole etc, the happier you’ll be, the more money you’ll save and the healthier you’ll become.  A double chicken breast costs MORE than buying the entire bird.

Finally, I’ve had a craving for a while and had a shot at making Western (Western China / Inner Mongolia that is) dumplings.  Yes it’s lamb and yes it’s from Mongolia, but it ain’t farking “Mongolian Lamb”.

I’m totally broke for the next couple of weeks, Christmas and a week without wage is always a bit tough, but I’ve got a freezer full of congee, glutinous rice wraps, dumplings and porky treats, so I’m going to be fine.

Sunday, 2006-12-17

One hundred (and two) potsticker dumplings.

Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Recipes — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 6:44 pm


I love these things and have made them a few times in the past.  Making the dough is a beeyatch.  Hard physical work, tricky and messes up your entire kitchen.  I did it a couple of times just to say that I did it.  Bought a few packets of gow-gee skins (call them what you like, Gow Gee, JiaoZi, Potsticker dumplings, or even gyoza), which made things so much easier.  Not wonton skins, that’s a different thing.  It had been a while since I’ve done this, but I did pretty well.  Recipe for 60 (I ended up doubling the recipe, and had some leftover filling).

Start with 500g of pork mince, not too fatty.  If you’re game, you can get an incredible result if you mince the meat yourself using two cleavers, enabling you to control the texture.  Add half bunch of shallots, and finely sliced and half a Chinese cabbage (aka Napa cabbage or wombok or whatever).  Add the seasonings on top of that to ensure good distribution.  A tablespoon of light soy sauce, a tablespoon of dark and one of rice wine.  I resorted to the jars and added 2 teaspoons of garlic, and one of ginger (careful on this one, it’s strong).  Finally full teaspoon of white pepper and one of sugar.  No salt, the soy should cover you, and no chilli, use it as a condiment if you want some.

Before stuffing, fry a little bit in pan for a taste test, adjusting seasonings if you need to.  The flavour should be fairly mild.  Add teaspoons of the mixture to each wrapper (and I mean “teaspoons”, tiny amounts) , dampen one edge, fold in half and seal.  Lay on a floured or silicon papered tray.  Filling 12 at a time seemed to work well for a one-man team, and it took me around 45 minutes.  Having something good on the TV and a tasty beverage makes this not an unpleasant task.

If you have leftover wrappers, deep fry them and eat them as snacks.  If you have left over filling, stuff some pieces of bell pepper, or hollowed out tofu, or make an eggplant sandwich, or make into patties and enjoy a Chinese style burger. 

Freeze them on floured or silicon papered trays, and store in zip-lock bags in groups of 15 if you eat a lot, or groups of 10 if you don’t eat so much.

Variants include: different types of meat; adding water chestnuts for crunch or bamboo shoots; using garlic chives as the vegetable, or even kim chee; adding diced rehydrated shitake mushrooms; adding coriander for a nice fresh taste.  If you want to try making the dough, there’s recipes out there.  I used to use wheat flour and hot water, but there’s recipes using iced water as well.

You can cook them by frying them straight from frozen in a non-stick pan (there’s a reason they’re called potstickers) for a couple of minutes, throwing a cup of water in, putting a lid on and steaming for about 10 minutes.  Or boil, steam or nuke them and throw them in a pan to crisp up.  Eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  You can cook some in the morning while you’re making breakfast, take them to work and nuke them at lunchtime. Serve with a dipping sauce, or just pour it all over the top.  Suggestions include black vinegar (aka caramel vinegar), red rice wine vinegar, brown vinegar, soy sauce, chilli oil, chilli sauce, sesame oil, worcestershire sauce, mayo, tabasco sauce, Dave’s insanity sauce, sweet chilli sauce, Vietnamese dipping sauce, any combination of the above, or nothing at all.  I’ve no particular favourite, just whatever I feel like at the time, but I most often use black vinegar, sometimes with a little chilli oil.

Full pics at:

Saturday, 2006-12-16

G’Day. What’s in the pot this weekend ?

Filed under: Cooking / Eating — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 11:12 am
  • Lamb chops fried in olive oil
  • Potato Gratin
  • French onion soup with big croutons
  • Freeform lasagne with ragu, spinach thing, ricotta and pumpkin
  • CHEAZ !
  • Potsticker Dumplings (I promise only a single batch)

Big exam on Monday (Managing eBusiness), an Assignment to write, preparing for Christmas and getting ready for my employment contract review.  And Borat.  Is nice.

Thursday, 2006-12-07

Tasty treatz from David Jones food hall.

Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Web "Thing" — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 11:31 pm

It always happens.  Every time I go into that damned place, I completely go nuts and end up spending WAY too much.  I only wanted a block of parmesan and a little bit of goose fat (or a leg portion of duck to render myself).  As usual, I went nuts.  I’ve banned myself from “The essential ingredient”, I should just buy the whole damned shop.  Thankfully, I tend to get a lot of things that I can use a lot of times (Maldon salt, oils, blocks of parmesan etc).  Here are some pics.  I’m trying to get some more info on this incredible ham that Dr. Rodd put me on to.

Photos courtesy of picasa (a Google thing), which I like very much so far.  Full sized pictures at:

Test of something

Viva Olive Oil (Early harvest, extra virgin). Cheap La !

Viva Olive Oil (Early harvest, extra virgin). The only olive oils that I’ve tasted better than this cost $25 for a small bottle. This one is about $7 for half a litre. Cheap enough to splash all over the place. Available at some large supermarkets or online. Must be “early harvest”, Viva’s other olive oils are not so great. Source? Choice magazine did a very extensive taste test. This came #2 out of 30 or 40 extra virgin brands tested. The one that beat it (by a tiny margin) was $30 a bottle. Buy it !

Treatz from David Jones food hall.

Yeah, it’s all over-priced, but you’ll find none better. There’s some Maldon sea salt, which I always have on hand, some duck fat for roast potatoes (or chips), white truffle flavoured oil, “real” parmesan, and some very good looking garlic. All of these are going on the very very high shelf.

Rib eye steak (with the bone in)

I’m a complete sucker for these steaks. $30 a kilo, this one was 600g. 20 day dry aged, grain fed. I justify it by saying that for $18 for a steak in a restaurant, you’re looking at something nasty. Plus, supermarkets charge more than this per kilo of some pretty crappy stuff.

I cook these on the rare side. They have quite a strong flavour, which may surprise you a little. These days I cook one and split it with the missus (and the little doggie gets the bone).

That’s actually a dinner plate.

I have eaten a whole one of these on my own before. WOW ! That’s a lot of meat. I tend to blast it in a black iron pan for a minute each side, cook it in a hot oven for a an extra 2 minutes per side, then rest for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes I’ll make a pan sauce. Sometimes I’ll have some good BBQ sauce on the side. Shut up and fuck you.

This cut has a bunch of different names, depending on your country/butcher. Some call it a “scotch fillet”, I call it “a rib-eye with the bone in it”.

Mad Spanish Ham

This was some WICKED good ham. Dr. Rodd gave me a tip about this he got from some dude who works at the Rockpool. It’s some crazy spanish cured ham, made from pigs who gorge themselves on acorns or something. It’s all about the fat, which starts melting at room temperature, so you need to eat it soon after you pull it out of the fridge. Seriously, it GUSHES grease.

Mad Spanish ham close up.

Tastes incredible. Though at $380 per kilo (or about $5 a slice) *shudder*. It’s a very strong flavour, my missus did not like it all. It’s all about the fat. It tastes buttery, and has a certain type of sweetness about it. If you want some, get in FAST, it’ll only be there for a few more days. Order just one, or two THIN slices (get them to wrap it seperately). Eat on it’s own, or on a sandwich (to make it last longer), with NOTHING ELSE on it. No butter, no salt, no mayo, NOTHING. Man it’s good.

Yes, I’m looking for more info on what this stuff exactly is.

I’m giving a couple of slices to Dr. Rodd for putting me on to this, and have frozen the rest as individual slices (S.T.F.U). Don’t bother cooking with this, the fat will gush and you’ll lose it all. Think of it as foie gras or kobe beef or wagyu or something. Don’t even think about cutting off any of the fat. If you’d like to cut off some of the fat, phone me up, I’ll come straight over and eat it out of your garbage can.

Thursday, 2006-11-30

The perfect lunch food

Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Hong Kong,Zen — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 12:04 am

New page on “the perfect lunch food”.  I’m still working on how to combine site with blog.

Saturday, 2006-11-25

Food theme for 2007 – Cut the sheeyat, back to basics.

Filed under: Cooking / Eating,Hong Kong,Zen — by Toast d'Béchamel @ 1:12 am

Those of you who’ve read some of my previous work know that I have some very strong opinions regarding cuisine.  For the past few years, I’ve had a few different themes regarding the sorts of things I’ve been working on (cuisines from different areas, or concentrating on stocks/sauces or whatever).

And I just found out that Gordon Ramsay (my goddamned hero) was in town when I was overseas.  I am really spitting chips.  Strap yourselves in.

I’ve been quite disheartened at a lot of the food I’m seeing these days in Sydney.  There’s an awful lot of pretense out there.  So much fusion/frusion, crap service, high prices, lack of knowledge and generally inedible stuff out there, that I’m compeltely fed up with the whole scene and am turning my back on it all.

Yes, a lot of this is based on my recent stay in Hong Kong.  In Hong Kong, I didn’t really have the ability to cook, so I had to eat out almost every meal.  In short, I came home healthy, stronger, vibrant, satiated and without killing my finances.  I never got sick once (save an allergic reaction I gave myself that ended up with me in the back of a police van, but that’s another story), no diarrhea, no food poisoning, nothing.  Restaurants (and eateries, food courts, “holes in the wall”, blokes with cart) realise that food is for EATING, not looking at, not just tasting, not trying to outdo someone, just EATING.

If you were to eat out every night for a year (or even a month) in Sydney, you would end up:

  • Broke
  • Dead
  • Still hungry
  • Pooping

It’s a vicious cycle as well.  The food is pretensious, expensive and not satisfying.  So people don’t go out to eat as much.  When they do go out, they want something “special”, forcing the industry to go even more pretensious, weird, more frusion, cheaper staff (even more stupid), worse service, more expensive meals, causing people to go out even less.

That’s the upper half of town.  The lower half seems to have an obsession with so called “value for money”.  Sure a schnitzel and chips is now $30, but it’s bigger than the dinner plate.  This is value ?  Sure you can take the left-overs home, eat deep-fried cold chicken for the rest of the week, give yourself a nice dose of the runs, whatever.  Or just chuck it.  No point in changing, I’d pay $30 for something nice and corn-fed, with a nice drop of wine, some nice turned vegetables, some fresh bread and a little cheese, but the punters wouldn’t.

Who do I blame ? Most everyone:

  • The restaurants, for playing the game.
  • The punters, for putting up with it.
  • The media, who have turned cooking shows into the new pornography.

So, in 2007, I’m turning my back on the whole thing.

  • No restaurants where humanly possible.
  • No fusion/frusion.
  • No truffles, no foie gras, no quince paste, no saffron, no lobster.
  • Less ingredients, more love.
  • More cheap cuts, more offal, no frozen vegetables.
  • NO CHICKEN BREAST.  Whole chickens only, or wings, gizzards, arseholes and beautiful, beautiful BONES.
  • More BONES.  Sweet nourishing, delicious, wonderful, beautiful BONES !!!
  • Waste NOTHING.
  • Don’t use the supermarket as a basis for food purchase (although, they can be a goldmine for things that the everyday folk leave behind).

Who’s going to help me ?

  • My local butcher.  I can see he suffers with me, but there’s plenty of hope out there.
  • My local fruit and veg market.  There’s love there.
  • My local delis.
  • My local ethnic food purveyors.  They stay clear of the scene BS.
  • My local supermarket.  I hate a lot of what they are and do.  I love a lot of what they are and do.  The main thing is that they’re fast and responsive.  If the public want it (or don’t want it), it’ll be changed the next day.  Sometimes within hours.

I’m not looking to change anything or anyone.  Just avoiding the mess.  Let them do what they like.

So, what happens now then ?  Well, I’m itching to head into Ashfield tomorrow and see what’s about.  Grab a nice Vietnamese pork roll with chilli.  Get the stuff I need for making congee and lotus leaf rice wraps at home.  Find some good garlic, buy a nice yellow chicken, some choi sum if it looks good, a bunch of spring onions if I can find them for less than a buck, a little piece of blue cheese and some heavy, heavy bread.

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