Real Food Round-Up 2/12

Rice paper roll ingredients

I’m down in Melbourne yet again, but for a very special reason. My sister got married on Saturday afternoon in a lovely ceremony at Melbourne Zoo. As well as being a lovely setting for a wedding, the food was fantastic!

Before I left Brisbane I was trying to eat up all of the fresh food I had in the house, so had to get creative. Since flying down to Melbourne I’ve been eating very well!

Monday – Rice paper rolls with chicken, egg, avocado, carrot, cucumber, spinach, capsicum and mint. The picture is of the ingredients, because I still haven’t been able to master the art of rolling them, and they always tend to fall apart!

Pumpkin soup with bread

Tuesday – Pumpkin soup with homemade buckwheat bread.

Fried cabbage with veggies

Wednesday – I was trying to use up leftovers, so made fried “rice” using cabbage as the rice, duck eggs, bacon and all of the veggies I had in the fridge.

Chicken wings with corn

Thursday – Jamie Oliver chicken wings with sweet corn, salad greens, asparagus and mushrooms. My mum had bought the chicken wings on special for half price (see where I get my frugality from!), and we both agreed they were pretty tasty.

Turkish food

Friday – Turkish food from the restaurant I worked at throughout my undergrad degree. I love the food and try to eat there or get takeaway food every time I visit.

Beef cheeks wedding

Saturday – The wedding meal. I had a gluten free meal, which had smoked salmon with dill as the entree, and beef cheeks with greens, pumpkin puree and potato crisps. We had vegan cupcakes for a cake (and we’re still eating the leftovers!).

Beef stir-fry

Sunday – Beef stir-fry (another half price Jamie Oliver meat) with rice noodles and veggies.

What was on your menu last week?


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  1. Ooh. It all looks tasty. I’ve been wanting to try pumpkin soup for awhile–maybe this is the week?

    • One tip about the pumpkin soup – make sure you have a stong-flavoured variety of pumpkin, otherwise the soup can come out bland. Good luck 🙂

  2. I just marvel at the amazing variety of dishes you post. The wedding meal looks lovely. We used to go to a Turkish restaurant in Brunswick St often…haven’t been there for years…we should go back.

    • Aww, thanks Fiona. I haven’t been able to find a Turkish restaurant that’s as good in Brisbane, so I make the most of it when I visit Melbourne.

  3. We’re in cold weather now and the gardens are done so I am salivating over your fresh corn. Oh well, just another 6 or 7 more months to go until we have it here again.

    • It’s funny, I don’t really cook corn much at home, but it was really nice when my mum cooked it. I must put it on the menu more often this summer 🙂

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