Yum cha….The Golden Orient

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Today was yum cha day again, our first for the year. This time we visited a Chinese restaurant in the south east suburbs, Fountain Gate. We have been here before but a long time ago so thought we would revisit it. They seem to have a big emphasis on pork dishes here. We have noticed over the years that yum cha restaurants tend to have a main meat or seafood ingredient. Service was pretty good although after a few times of not taking anything from the trolleys, one lady just walked straight past us without offering us a dish. They offered us a lot at the start so needed a break to get through what we had chosen. All the dishes were really nice although the spring rolls had a lot of mushrooms so I didn’t eat those.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

 

 

 

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The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for March 13th was Wall.  This photo is of Melbourne Town Hall’s Christmas projection.  Each loop rang for eight minutes.  It was very spectacular.

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Melbourne is well-known for it’s street art. Although it is still shunned in many areas, in Hosier Lane it is embraced.  It’s the sort of place you need to visit regularly because it changes every few weeks.

Malteser Bunny cupcakes

 

 

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My friend saw these Malteser Bunny Chocolate Cupcakes on Facebook and shared it.  I wanted to make them for some friends that love these little Malteser bunnies that are only available at Easter (or should I say the three months leading up to Easter).  I should say I was inspired by them because I didn’t follow the recipe.  I have a delicious plain cupcake recipe that I love so I made that then made a basic buttercream icing with cocoa for the tops. I then put the bunnies on the cupcakes when I was ready to serve them.  They were a real treat.

Feta and sundried tomato dip

feta and sundried tomato dip

I found this easy dip recipe on the internet the other day.  I  needed a quick and easy dip for a morning tea we were having at work and wanted to try something different. I came across this recipe so I thought I’d try it. I’m a sucker for feta and sundried tomatoes. Put them together and I’m in heaven.

It is such a simple recipe that all you do is mix olive oil, greek yoghurt and the crumbled feta cheese with a spoon.  It took a few probably five minutes to get it to a smooth, even consistency. The final step is to add the chopped tomatoes and put in the fridge overnight so the flavours can blend together.  Many people at work commented on how nice it was. I think it the base would be nice to add whatever you wanted to it such as smoked salmon, olives. You could pretty much put your stamp on it.