Aah June. You have been good to me. I only worked the first week of you, and it was stressful but it was filled with cake. Lots and lots of it. It seemed like every day that week I ate cake - all presented to me as a farewell cake. Not a bad way to end work! For the rest of the month, I just chilled out and relaxed, making the most of some quiet me time before Lil A arrives. I had lunch date after lunch date, never-ending errands to run, and did what seemed like a million loads of laundry - washing all of Lil A's new clothes in preparation... and let me tell you, her wardrobe is now even more extensive than mine thanks to the generosity of our nearest and dearest, especially her godmother!
So how was everyone else's June and what yummy things did you eat? For me, my stand outs were so easy to pick...
Spicy Chicken Xi'an Burger - Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Town Hall
I went here and blogged about it back in May which you can read here. But then I went back again this month, and tried the Spicy Chicken Xi'an Burger. Let me tell you, Seabay is now dead to me. Do you hear? DEAD TO ME.
This humble little $6.50 burger captured my heart at first bite. The bread is fried on either side, so it's nice and warm and crunchy. The chicken has a kick but wasn't too hot, it was perfect. The slivers of shallots added an extra textural element. Goddamn I want one now.
Apple & Blueberry Crumble - Me!
Sometimes, chocolate isn't the be all and end all for desserts. Sometimes, all I want is warm apple crumble, fresh from the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream over the top.
And now that I have time on my hands (for a very short while), that's what I did one weekday evening - because weekdays now mean nothing to me. I had apples and blueberries in my fridge, and so in a quick half an hour, I had whipped this up. And oh my God it was good. For the recipe I use, check it out here - just add the blueberries / raspberries if you have any!
Cake, cake, cake!!
Like I said at the beginning of the post - I had a lot of cake this month. The two standouts for me were ones that were thoughtful, home made and made with a lot of care and consideration. The first one was a cake that Tina from bitemeshowme made for my baby shower. Check out this baby...
That is a gorgeous purple ombre cake - the coconut buttercream frosting (which she made with coconut milk!) perfectly complimented the light as a feather pandan chiffon cake that it was hiding. It was appropriately oohed and aahed over by everyone, and then subsequently demolished because it was as delicious as it was pretty!
The second cake that was a standout for me this month was this gorgeous creation by someone at work. This girl is doing cake decorating classes, and was too shy to present me with the cake that she had made, and so it made an appearance on my desk when I was off at meetings. When walking to my desk, I seriously thought it was a bouquet of flowers, until I realised that it was even better - IT WAS CAKE! I fell in love with it on sight - I loved the bright happy colours, the glitter, the ribbon around the chocolate finger biscuits that made the basket. It was just way too gorgeous to cut into, but when I did, I found FOUR layers of vanilla cake, held together with white chocolate ganache. I can't even begin to comprehend the effort that went into this.
Nutella Bomba - Pasticceria Papa, Haberfield
I was cruising along Parramatta Road, heading home after my weekly ob appointment when I saw the sign for the turn off to Haberfield. Haberfield = Pasticerria Papa. So I took the turn!
I only had the ricotta cheesecake in mind - as you do when you think Papa's. I was surprised that there was still a queue, even on a quiet mid Tuesday morning, but I was grateful that the queue was nothing like the ones that are evident on the weekend. Another bonus to living the life of leisure! I was patiently waiting in queue when the man in front of me ordered "four Nutella bombs" - my interest was piqued. I watched the lady behind the counter extract these doughy balls sprinkled with cocoa and when it came to my turn to order, I just had to have what he was having... plus the ricotta cheesecake!
The Nutella bomba... oh my goodness. Nutella doughnut is basically what it is. So damn delicious. I think I will make a point of dropping into Papa's every time I go visit my ob!
Beef burger - Chur Burger, Surry Hills
I'll do a proper post on this one, I promise, but until then, trust me that the burgers are really good. I went on opening day with Ramenraff and M, and it was a hive of activity. There were some minor teething issues on the first day (no milkshakes, no diet Coke and no eftpos) but at the end of the day, you're there for the burger. And the burger didn't disappoint.
Priced at $10 for a burger, this juicy concoction, served on brioche bun, is delicious. Sides will set you back $5 apiece for fries, etc and $10 for other items like CRACKLING. We ordered sweet potato "fries" which weren't really like fries at all (i.e. not cut like fries nor crispy) but were still delicious nevertheless, and Raff had the crackling which was gone in 60 seconds... so I assume it was good, hehehe!
There are more than burgers at Chur Burger so check out the menu here - but I definitely recommend the beef burger!
So much good food this month... baby in belly must be very happy!