Rachel Pupazzoni

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Adelaide: How to put on 2kgs in 4 days

I’m sure you know that feeling after a holiday.  The world seems like a wonderful place, those annoyances at work don’t seem so annoying anymore, the sky is bluer and everything tastes sweeter.  For about 6 hours after you get back.

So the happy post holiday feeling has pretty much worn off and now I have those lovely memories to file away forever.  (And some tough sessions at the gym to work off the extra kgs)  Here are some of the highlights of my recent trip to Adelaide.

Jam Face:

I’m a huge Poh fan.  So naturally the first stop was her cafe at the Adelaide Central Markets.  She was there!  Oh the excitement. I took a lame I’m-not-taking-a-photo, photo of her.  Then ignored my lactose intollerance and dug into a milly filly.  Heaven!


Poh’s Milly Filly!


We hired a car and drove the 30 or so minutes to Germany.  Well not really Germany, obviously, but a sweet little town pretending to be plucked from Germany and dropped in South Australia.  A stroll down the high street took us to bakeries, candle shops, sweet treats shops, German tourist stuff shops and a bunch of pubs and places to eat.  We settled on The Haus Handorf.  The pork belly and beef cheek were suitably rich and filling.  A quick stop for a candle on the way back to the car and we were back on the road.


German merchandise as far as the shelves can contain it.


Sugar anyone?


Lunch at The Haus

Windy Point Cafe:

A high vantage gives diners – like us – at this restaurant or cafe (we opted for the cafe) a spectacular view of the city at night with lights twinkling in the distance.  Oysters were a must (hello, South Australia!) and they were delish. So we ordered more.  A little weird though that they came in serves of 5 or 10, not the standard dozen or half dozen.  Is that an SA thing?


Oysters at Windy Point


The best way to visit any wine region is with someone else driving.  So that’s what we did.  It pays to have good friends.  We visited Seppelt Winery and tried the sparkling Shiraz (let’s be honest, we tried more than that).  Cue photo session among vineyards on the way back to the car.  Penfolds cellar door was a fun spot.  Lots of tastings (it costs $10 to taste, so obviously you’ll be like us and get your money’s worth).  Last stop was Yalumba.  Our driver (actually our friend Hugo) is a regular there.  The staff recognised him.  So we felt very VIP when we were given numerous wines to taste that were not on the standard list. It worked.  I spent $100 on 2 bottles of wine. (FYI – that’s not my normal budget).  Last stop was what we’d been promised months earlier – the best pizza in Australia at the Roaring 40’s cafe.  It was good. But I had been drinking so anything would have been good.  I would not call it the best pizza in Australia though.


Barossa vineyard


My pick of the Penfolds


The terrace at Yalumba

McLaren Vale:

We joined some more friends in the Vale for a very long table lunch at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant.  20+ adults and 6 kids under the age of 4.  Just think about how that could have turned out.  But actually it was great. Canapes were served to us on the lawn (arancini and bruschetta) with more at the long white cloth-covered table (stuffed olives and bread) I chose the lobster and crab ravioli entrée (to die for!) and Salmon for main. Roasted vegetables and salads spread along the table ensured I was full to the brim.  Out on the verandah we were served dessert.  I inhaled the chocolate ice-cream/chocolate fondant serving.  Hello deliciousness!  A massive photo was taken of us all.  I’m looking forward to seeing it.


The view from our long table lunch


A dessert fit for a chocolate lover like me!

Rundle Mall:

To be honest, my main priority about our final day in Adelaide was a visit to Haighs.  Rest assured we bought half the shop while we were there.  I’m not even home a week and one packet is already gone.  Yes, there are plenty of Haighs shops in Sydney and I am a regular visitor, but come on, when on holiday…

Osteria Oggi:

We ate our last lunch at Osteria Oggi thanks to a recommendation from my friend and food writer Max Veenhuyzen (on Instagram as @maxveenhuyzen – look him up).  It was the best meal I’ve had in a long time.  A great decor and perfectly attentative service.  We shared grilled squid for entrée.  Yum!  Main was a couple of pasta dishes with sausage and crab.  Add a glass of crisp white wine or a G&T and you’ve got a couple of very happy customers.


Osteria Oggi grilled squid


Sausage and fennel pasta at Osteria Oggi


Crab and corn past at Osteria Oggi

Four days of overeating and drinking was definitely enough. Thanks for a great visit Adelaide.  Muchas gracias also to our hosts Hugo and Natalia.


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Eat: A short restaurant review

Have you been to Bistro Gavroche? Hands down, it’s the best meal I’ve eaten in a while.

I have a special place in my heart for French food. So special, I attempt to ignore my food intolerances and eat until my heart’s content!

I stumbled upon BG last weekend after cocktails at The Old Clare with some lovely ladies from work. We went up the stark, office like stairs and found ourselves transported to a little bistro that could happily sit in the centre of Montmartre. 

We sipped a delicious French Sauvignon Blanc-Viognier while we waited for a table. The wine wasn’t our first choice, but the South Australian wine we chose (because it was the cheapest at $55 – we work at the ABC ok guys!) was sold out. Lucky it was, because the $60 French we had instead was delish!

A delicious drop

Once seated we were brought bread. Delicious French baguette with chilled salted butter. I could have feasted on that all night. No one does this simple combo better than the French. 
But the menu called us. 

Naturally, we started with the charcuterie board. Our SBV pretty much demanded we get it. ($28)

It was everything you’d expect. Terrine, a selection of meats, cornichons and more. Oh, and another basket of bread thanks!

You must start your meal with this

Choosing my main was a little harder (refer to earlier mentioned food intolerances, cream is not a good idea, even if I’m living dangerously). I settled on Onglet a l’echalotte et pommies Lyonnaises. Holy moly it was melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.  Eating the
beautifully medium rare cooked meat took me right back to the steaks I had in South America a couple of years ago. I would highly recommend this dish. ($37)

This photo does not do my main justice

My dining buddies also had delicious meals. 

Selle d’agneau ‘Bultarra’ et legumes racines ($35)

Entrecote frites, sauce Bearnaise ($45)

Of course, who dines at an incredible French restaurant and skips dessert?  Not us!!  Trois suzette crepe s’il vous plaît.
Totally worth the $15 each for a bit of flambé, Grand Marnier, and flour. 

Warming up


Flambè x 3!

We were stuffed. Three very happy, full bellied ladies. 
Before the bill was brought out, a tray of freshly baked madeleines shimmied by, ready for the taking. What a way to end a perfect meal!

Gold pillows of cake goodness

The service at BG was impeccable. All the staff were French, of course. Our wine glasses were never empty, neither was the bread basket. Everyone came to check on us to make sure we were having a great night. We were really made to feel at home. 

I could not fault Bistro Gavroche. 

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Recipe: I made soup

It’s winter so the meal choice is obvious.  Soup.  It’s always nice to try something a little different so I created this the other day and thought I’d share it with you.  I’m by no means a chef, just a wannabe home cook.  But please do let me know if you make this soup, or a variation, and how it turns out!


You’ll need a leek, sweet potato, half a pumpkin and a bunch of coriander

Start by cutting up one leek, one sweet potato and half a butternut pumpkin.  Saute the leek in about a tablespoon of butter with a pinch of garam masala in a large pot for about 3 minutes.


The makings of a yummy soup


Chop all your veggies first up

Add the cubed pumpkin and sweet potato and cook on a high heat for about 5-6 minutes.  This bit is important because it creates lots of flavour.  Ensure you keep stirring fairly regularly so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot and burns.


Butter, garam masala, chicken stock


Start soaking your saffron in hot water early

Meantime, dissolve 2 chicken stock cubes in boiled water from the kettle and in another bowl put a good pinch of saffron with some boiled water and let it sit.


The longer it soaks the more colour and flavour comes out


Cook all the veggies in water

Add the stock to the pot and about 3 cups of water (I just added water as I went along depending on how thick I wanted it).  Cook on high for about 3 minutes then turn it down and simmer for 10-15 minutes.


Add half of the fresh coriander

Add a handful of chopped coriander and salt and pepper to season.  Pull out your stick blender and blend away.


Blend away

Keep the soup on the low heat for a few more minutes.  You may want to add more water here.  Finally add the saffron and the water.


This is the yummy cheese I sliced for on top

I served this steaming bowl of comfort with a few slices of triple cream brie and a good pile of fresh coriander.  Enjoy!


The finished product


The cheese will melt in the hot soup


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Colours of Carriageworks

Have you paid a visit to the Carriageworks Farmers Market?  I recently took a look.  It’s a great little produce market.

The really healthy and organised people do their grocery shopping there.  I just bought treats to eat.

The markets are every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.  It’s also undercover, which is great if it’s a rainy day.

Take a look at some of the snaps I took while there.  It’s worth a visit if you find the time.