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In Dining, Italian on
January 11, 2019

Toki Italian Inspired, Woolloomooloo

Toki Italian Inspired, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Eats

I think I might have found my new favourite Italian place. I don’t really play favourites, but we were so impressed with Toki Italian Inspired that we came back for a second visit shortly after (shortly after) even if it meant an hours drive.

Toki Italian Inspired, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Eats

It’s named ‘Italian Inspired’ as it’s not run by Italians (some customers can get offended over thees finer details it seems). But regardless, it’s a delicious menu featuring many of your Italian classics, with some Asian influences which really make it standout.

Toki Italian Inspired, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Eats

Salt & Pepper Calamari ($12)

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In Other, Recipe on
April 16, 2015

Quick Creamy Pesto Pasta

You always find the good recipes at the weirdest of times, when you’re least expecting it, and most recently for me, this was when I whipped up a quick pasta some 10 minutes before I rushed off to work.

I’ve made plenty of pastas before, and have gone through plenty of pasta recipes which I’ve closely followed and planned ahead but none have quite been quite as good as this one which I threw together in hopes of bringing something edible for my work lunch. Sometimes you can get more than you wish for!

Pasta 3

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In Other, Recipe on
September 28, 2014

Creamy Pasta Bake for Lactose Intolerance

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this, because it’s definitely the most boring course our of the four-course dinner I’d prepared earlier this month. But the recipe certainly wasn’t boring, so it’s worth a mention 🙂 

I was quite excited to have to attempt a recipe modification for therapeutic reasons, and the one I ended up choosing was lactose intolerance i.e. no dairy products (although interestingly, cheddar cheese is low enough to be tolerated for people with lactose intolerance!). I admit, I didn’t exactly come up with the whole recipe myself- I’d seen a recipe for a healthy mushroom gratin and adapted it to a pasta bake recipe, with the result being this!
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In Other, Recipe on
August 9, 2013

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Recipe

The uni semester has inevitably started despite my constant complaints that the holidays are way too short! I know, I won’t be saying that in the future when I’m working full time, but I’ll worry about that when the time comes 🙂

Meanwhile, I’ve been struggling to squeeze in some time for baking and blogging (hence the less frequent posts) as my stash of ingredients in the fridge and pantry edge dangerously close to their expiry date. My freezer is pretty much at full capacity now, with things like leftover pasta sheets from this recipe to use……..for some later time (when I can get around to it!).

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In Other, Recipe on
September 23, 2011

Macaroni Cheese

I was looking at the calendar on Monday, and couldn’t quite figure out whether it was the 12th or if it was the 19th. This month has really flown by much too fast.

Actually, the whole year has flown by incredibly quickly- I find it hard to believe that it was only a year ago that I was graduating from high school! But the past week has been extremely hectic for me, with a couple of quizzes, essays due for uni, a dance exam and to top it all off, I volunteered for the Australian Dance Festival last weekend! Now, I don’t usually talk much about what I do during the week, especially when its unrelated to food, but I want to write about it somewhere incase I ever forget about it- because the festival was simply amazing!! I met many lovely people, even participated in a world record attempt (and managed to hit a little girl in the eye while I was at it….sorry!) and watched many amazing and inspirational performances.

I also managed to dislocate my knee on the weekend (only the day before my dance exam!) so now my knee cap feels like its not attached to my leg and is about to fall off……literally. But I won’t scare you with all the gory details! 😉

Of course, the period following such excitement is often filled with feelings of extreme fatigue so it wasn’t surprising when I found myself very tired and sleepy at uni for the past two days (though staying up until 2:30 in the morning writing up my psychology report may have something to do with that!). And I mean the extreme type of tired, you know, where you’d rather pretend not to see someone than actually go up to them and start a conversation? (hopefully this isn’t only me…)

Luckily, my mid-semester break has just begun and so I’ve had plenty of rest, but today, I have a super easy recipe- perfect for when you’re much too tired to cook anything complex and exciting. I first discovered this recipe when I was in one of my lazy days, but still wanted to make something slightly more interesting than reheated leftovers. I was in a mood for some pasta and I had some yoghurt in the fridge, so this recipe was perfect!

It really can’t get much simpler- boil some macaroni and then mix it with salt, yoghurt, cheese and egg yolk! I also cooked some chicken, covered in cubes of bread and extra cheese (because I was too lazy to blend them into crumbs- not exactly the greatest idea!) and baked it for a couple of minutes to make it more exciting.

I couldn’t quite imagine what yoghurt and macaroni would taste like, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked beautifully! The yoghurt makes for a very creamy sauce, but brings with it a slight salad dresing-like tang which I quite liked. I’ll definitely be making this more often in the future when I’m feeling lazy! (perhaps without the baking….)

Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe from Jose Andre
Serves 4

* 1/2 pound (150g) of uncooked elbow macaroni or your favorite pasta- I used about half that amount but kept everything to same to make one large serving for myself)
* 2 cups of Parmesan (or Manchego or whatever you like) cheese grated using a microplane
* 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
* 1 egg yolk
* Extra virgin olive oil as needed
* Salt to taste
* White pepper to taste

1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
2. While still hot, toss the pasta with cheese, olive oil, Greek yogurt and the egg yolk.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste.