Chicago Gourmet 2013 // Festival

Chicago Gourmet 2013 // Festival

Having been to many food and wine events this year I can confidently say that once again, the Chicago Gourmet has proven to be the hightlight event of the industry. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in attendance once again, as was many a celebrity chef including Chicago’s Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, GEB), Takashi...
Basic Bruschetta // Cook

Basic Bruschetta // Cook

Everybody loves a basic bruschetta. Sometimes I like to get a little fancier by blanching and skinning the tomatoes or de-seeding them. This recipe is not that. It’s basically dice, grill and throw together! Amazing as a snack or starter and ALWAYS with a glass of Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon....
Fried Spiced Cauliflower // Cook

Fried Spiced Cauliflower // Cook

INGREDIENTS 1 rsp cumin seeds ½ tsp coriander seeds 4 black peppercorns 1 tsp hot smoked paprika METHOD Dry-roast whole spices until fragrant (30 seconds-1 minute), coarsely grind in a mortar and pestle, stir through paprika and set aside. Heat oil 3cm deep in a deep-sided frying pan over medium-high...
Szechuan Roast Brussels Sprouts // Cook

Szechuan Roast Brussels Sprouts // Cook

INGREDIENTS About a kilo of brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise Vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup Szechuan sauce 1/4 cup water 1/4 caster sugar 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander with stems 1/3 cup pistachios, shelled and crushed 1/3 cup shelled pumpkin seeds Lemon...
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Matzah Tofu Schnitzel for Pesach // Cook

Matzah Tofu Schnitzel for Pesach // Cook

The answer to Pesach, as with many of life’s little quandaries, is schnitzel. This recipe is based off my original tofu schnitz recipe but substitutes the flour and breadcrumbs for kosher-for-Passover alternatives. INGREDIENTS Extra firm tofu (I used this 365 organic version, to give you an idea, but you can choose anything with a similar firm texture...
The Aviary // Drink // Chicago

The Aviary // Drink // Chicago

If you have read my post on Alinea, you will know I am unashamedly obsessed. Grant Achatz’s most highly acclaimed restaurant, it is a Chicago must for any food lover, but it does come with a hefty price-tag. Just as much mad science, alchemy, apothecary and liquid nitrogen can be experienced at The Aviary, although...
Lao Sze Chuan Chinatown // Dine // Chicago

Lao Sze Chuan Chinatown // Dine // Chicago

Gung hei fat choy! This 2013 year of the Snake is all about steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline here we come! Lots has happened since last Chinese New Year, including my move to Chicago. 2012′s Chinese New Year was spent at one of Sydney’s best hole-in-the-wall haunts –  Chinese Noodle House Edward Street.  It...
The Publican // Drink // Chicago

The Publican // Drink // Chicago

Of all the districts in Chicago, West Loop has to be the most well-known when it comes to food. Home to some of the city’s best establishments including Avec, The Aviary, Girl and the Goat, Au Cheval and countless more, Publican is nestled cosily amongst them. From the team that created Blackbird and Avec restaurants, The...
Potato Latkes // Cook

Potato Latkes // Cook

These potato latkes are, quite simply, divine. Thanks again to our friend Martha Stewart! Yield Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients 4 large russet potatoes, peeled 1 small white onion, finely grated 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1/4 cup beer 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon coarse salt Freshly ground black pepper Vegetable oil, for frying...
Chanukah Sufganiyot // Cook

Chanukah Sufganiyot // Cook

Happy Chanukah Kiddies! How better to celebrate than a batch of these babies. This recipe is from one of my favourites, Martha Stewart. Yield Makes 20 Ingredients 2 tablespoons active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees) 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, plus more for rolling 2 1/2 cups all-purpose...
Rosewater, Pomegranate and Pistachio Pavlova with Fresh Figs // Cook

Rosewater, Pomegranate and Pistachio Pavlova with Fresh Figs // Cook

There’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia to encourage a bit of patriotism, and what better time than with Thanksgiving coming up Chicago-side. Apologies for you Aussies who use the (much more evolved) metric system, this one was designed for the Yanks! Ingredients: Meringue 8 large certified organic egg whites 1 pinch of kosher salt 2 heaped cups granulated...
SBS Featured Foodie

SBS Featured Foodie

So check it, SBS thinks The Screaming Artichoke is way cool and have made it their Featured Foodie! You can find the article here or read it below. Featured Foodie: The Screaming Artichoke 12th November 2012 | 04:06 AET Kitti Gould, author, eater and creative director behind food blog The Screaming Artichoke, is a lover of...
Flight 1551 // Dine // Chicago

Flight 1551 // Dine // Chicago

Flight 1551 was my first introduction to a wine flight, and boy is this a spectacular idea. When you order a “flight”, or tasting of wine, you are essentially committing yourself to three glasses in one go. Seriously, who doesn’t love getting three glasses (in this case for less than the price of one at...
Bistronomic // Dine // Chicago

Bistronomic // Dine // Chicago

For a French chef, Martial Noguier took to catering my vegetarian self in extremely good humour, which is pretty handy considering his restaurant, Bistronomic, is on the next block from my house. Sans the white tablecloths and attitudinal servers you often find in French restaurants, Bistronomic is the perfect local with cosy booth seating, sexy...
Sammy & Bella's Polish Beetroot and Apple Salad with Caraway Seed, as seen on The Morning Show // Cook

Sammy & Bella’s Polish Beetroot and Apple Salad with Caraway Seed, as seen on The Morning Show // Cook

Hey Screamers. So Chi-town has been one big crazy whirlwind, and with the storms happening in NYC I’m afraid there’s little time to concentrate on writing. Luckily, our favourite tv chefs Sammy and Bella have come up with this magnificent Polish salad and have agreed to let me share it with you! I can’t wait...
Homestead // Dine // Chicago

Homestead // Dine // Chicago

In the ultimate nod to Chicago’s Green Rooftops initiative, brought in by the city’s longest running mayor Richard M. Daley (in office 1989-2011) in 2004, Homestead is the latest pop-up restaurant with a conscience. Located above Roots Handmade Pizza (which they also own), this is the ultimate farm-to-table experience with a 1,000 square foot organic farm,...
Meez Meals // Cook // Chicago

Meez Meals // Cook // Chicago

There are just some ideas that you hear and think “I wish I thought of that first”. Let’s face it, even when we have lightbulb moments most of us still don’t act, but thankfully for us when Jennifer Moore was inspired with the concept behind Meez, she did something about it. Based on the fact...
Chicago Gourmet // Festival // 2012

Chicago Gourmet // Festival // 2012

Food, glorious food! And wine, cooking demonstrations, goodie bags, absinthe fountains, cupcakes, bloggers, macarons, jenga, even the mayor! Honestly, Chicago Gourmet has it all. The only problem? So much to do and so little time. Compounded by the fact that I contracted man-flu in the days prior, I was afraid I wouldn’t make it through...
Tomato, Cucumber and Radish Salad // Cook

Tomato, Cucumber and Radish Salad // Cook

As you have probably noticed, I am obsessed with the farmer’s market. When food is sold off a stall on the sidewalk with a little sign next to it saying “picked yesterday”, you know it’s pretty fresh. When it comes with small imperfections and sometimes even knobbly bits, you know it hasn’t been run through...
Tofu Schnitzel // Cook

Tofu Schnitzel // Cook

Just because I am a vegetarian, does not mean I don’t like comfort food. Over the 19 years I have navigated veggie territory, it has become abundantly clear to me that in the eyes of most chefs, “vegetarian” means “healthy”. That is not to say that this recipe is not. In moderation, fried foods have...
Alinea // Dine // Chicago

Alinea // Dine // Chicago

No words could ever do this experience justice, yet I have so much to say. Let me start from the beginning. At the very same time as I set my mind to celebrating my 27th birthday dining at Chicago’s Alinea, number 7 on San Pellegrino’s “The World’s 50 best Restaurants” list, also winner of three Michelin Stars...
Zealous // Dine // Chicago

Zealous // Dine // Chicago

When you are unashamedly, irreversibly and all-consumedly obsessed with food, you tend to drift towards others who feel the same way. That was the impression I got from chef Michael Taus, self proclaimed “food and booze zealout” according to his Twitter page. Accordingly, Taus named Zealous as a tribute to a reference letter written by...
Hot Red Pepper Cream Sauce // Cook

Hot Red Pepper Cream Sauce // Cook

As part of a Polish-inspired meal I decided would mark fabulously the beginning of my very first “fall” in Chicago, this cream sauce sort of took on a life of its own after I received the most amazing box full of spices from Lezzet. I’m going to have to think of some very special occasions...
Kitti's Mashed Potatoes // Cook

Kitti’s Mashed Potatoes // Cook

I’m not sure I have “a” mashed potato recipe, you know, like “Grandma’s Mashed Potatoes” or “Mashed Potatoes the way my Mum Does it”. I love fries, potato bake, potato scallops, potato and leek soup… The list goes on, however I’m really not partial to a plain baked or mashed potato, unless accompanied by exorbitant amounts of...