Cheap Eats Around Sydney

Picture this. You’re hungry with only ten dollars in your pocket. You turn to your mate and ask what he wants to eat. He shrugs and then asks you, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” And with the same remark of uncertainty and indecisiveness, you return his answer with the same annoying shrug. This exchange goes on for another ten minutes before you both surrender and settle for Maccas. This doesn’t have to happen of course. I can save you with my Cheap Eats Around Sydney guide list. Don’t worry, I’ve been poor before.

Dove And Olive (Surry Hills) http://doveandolive.com.au/
For affordable hipster pub-style food, Dove And Olive is the cheapest by far. For only $9.90 you can grab: 2 for 1 Chef’s specials on Mondays, schnitzels on Tuesdays, ‘Rump Day Hump Day’ steaks on Wednesdays and delicious cheeseburgers on Thursdays.
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Soda Factory (Surry Hills) http://www.sodafactory.com.au/
Who in their right mind would sell gourmet hot dogs for only a dollar? Well the Soda Factory does…every Tuesday night. Grab your mates and head down to Soda for a cheap feed and a great atmosphere. Regular hot dogs cost only $10 on normal days and for only $8 you could grab yourself a basket of chilli fries!
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Mappen Sydney (Sydney, CBD)
For an adorable authentic Japanese lunch or dinner, Mappen takes you on a journey to the streets of Japan. In the heart of Sky View Shopping Plaza, Mappen sits in the centre as a cafeteria-style self-serve noodle bar. They offer a range of delicious udon and soba noodles served with a broth of your choice and a variety of tempura side dishes to add to your tray. All dishes usually range between $5-$15, on average under $10. Seating is communal but it’s all worth the taste and price!  I highly recommend adding an ontama (their signature poached egg) with your noodles!
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Top Choice, Market City Food Court  (Haymarket)
$10 is all you need for a good Asian stir fry. Top Choice offers an array of different Chinese-style stir fry selections served on a sizzling plate, with all choices accompanied with rice. It’s ridiculously cheap, filling and hits the spot.
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J’s Kitchen (Cabramatta)
Eating a steak doesn’t have to be so expensive. J’s Kitchen located in Cabramatta has built itself a reputation for serving ridiculously large portions for an unusually low price. For only $10 you can get a large steak or any other selections such as schnitzels, calamari and kranskys, all served generously with chips and salad. Bonus – all of their drinks only cost only a dollar. Now that’s a steal!

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Blueberry Pie Recipe For Your Pie Hole

Do you love pies?

Oh no, not like that. Do you enjoy more than just eating a pie reheated from a frozen food box? Well put away your savoury meat pies and ketchup packets, because I’ve got a delicious sweet pie recipe for you to try out.

Ingredients
6 cups of fresh blueberries (washed and dried)
2 (prepared) 9-inch pie crusts
3/4 – 1 cup sugar
3 – 4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 large egg yolk whisked with 1 tablespoon warm water (for glaze)

Method:

  1. Roll out one of the pie crusts to a diameter of 12 to 13 inches and transfer it to a 9-inch pie. Tuck it into the corners of the pan. Place the pie pan into the fridge and chill the crust for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°c while the crust is chilling.
  3. Mix blueberries, 3/4 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, lemon zest and lemon juice together in a separate bowl. Stir until sugar dissolves into a goo and let the berries soften on the counter for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Remove pie crust from the fridge and pour berries inside. Roll out the second pie crust to a diameter of 11 to 12 inches and gently lay it over the top of your pie. Trim the edges to make them even, then tuck the edges under themselves and crimp. Slice a few vent holes (in the shape of an ‘x’)  in the top pie crust and brush egg yolk on the top.
  5. Place the pie onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 180°C and continue baking for another 30-40 minutes, until the berry juices are bubbling and the top crust is golden brown.
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    7. And voilá! Enjoy your crusty blueberry creation with 8-10 of your friends (or enjoy all of it by yourself).

Thai-riffic Thai Restaurant Names

Thai food is amazing. Nothing quite satisfies that spicy MSG craving like Thai cuisine. But there seems to be a reoccurring trend amongst Thai restaurants that we all seem to quietly enjoy, and that’s the guilty pleasure of discovering hilariously pun-filled restaurant names. They’re cringeworthy as hell, I don’t know if they’re being ironic, but they still make me laugh. So here is an amazing list of the Thai-tastic and punny restaurant names that I’ve collected around Sydney:

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Eating healthy seems hard. It’s inconvenient, it’s time-consuming and often complicated. You have to cook and harvest your own ingredients but also burden yourself with the task of analysing the nutritional value in everything you eat. Ordering fast-food or takeaway just seems like the easiest option. Well, it doesn’t have to be.

Being healthy doesn’t have to involve guzzling down disgusting protein shakes, munching away on kale every day and bragging about your detox on Instagram. It just means treating your body with the respect it deserves without having to take extreme measures such as fasting, practicing wacky food diets, or ingesting pills.

In fact, by choosing to improve your lifestyle and eating healthy, well-balanced meals, you are doing yourself a huge favour. You’ll receive benefits such as improved brain activity, good sleep quality, you’ll have more energy, a glowing complexion and also you’ll be in a much better mood.

 Here are some tips on how to implement good food into your daily routine:

  • Plan your meals. Yes, there’s a bit of thinking required. But side note- it’s also a great money saving tip! Research simple recipes online for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between (morning and afternoon tea) and jot down the easier ones first so you can work your way up from beginner level recipes to intermediate. Use a diary or a calendar and track your daily intake.
    Aim for 5-7 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Grocery shopping. Filter through the aisles by avoiding the artificially processed stuff. Find fresh ingredients that can be used together in the same week and include something different weekly to explore your taste buds (the key is to be open-minded)! Be sure to include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds, dairy products and refined grains in your shopping cart. Enjoy your delicious green haul!
  • Cooking. Cooking your own nutritious meal could improve your culinary skills as well as earning yourself a Masterchef title amongst your friends and family. Avoid using too much salt and trade in regular oil for olive oil. Additionally, you will get a lot more out of your bags of groceries than you would with containers of takeaway (more food for you) and quite honestly, nothing beats a home-cooked meal.
  • Stick to the plan. Believe in yourself and stay committed. Try your best to discipline yourself from having unhealthy withdrawals. Eating healthy should never be treated as a punishment but as a natural part of your diet.

The solution does seem very obvious, but it’s rewarding and you’ll definitely feel lighter and fresher. There are no secrets, magical potions or shortcuts to it. Clean eating isn’t just a fantasy or a concept created by dieticians or something that only athletes or celebrities do. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll love treating yourself to a healthy diet, give it a go!

To kickstart your new clean eating lifestyle, try this Roast Pumpkin Salad recipe:

Ingredients:
– 1 (Butternut or Japanese) pumpkin, chopped into large dices or chunk pieces
– 100g of spinach leaves, or any green leaves of your choice
– 200g of traditional Greek feta cheese
– 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
– olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)

Method:
1. Heat olive oil in frying pan over low-medium heat.
2. Add chopped pumpkin chunks and stir until pumpkin starts to brown and texture softens. You may add a pinch or a teaspoon of salt during this process according to taste.
3. In a serving bowl, combine cubes of Greek feta cheese onto a bed of spinach leaves.
4. Remove pumpkin pieces from pan and add to serving bowl and combine.
5. Lightly drizzle olive oil and lemon juice sparingly over salad for dressing and gently mix together.

Serves:
– 3-4 people or one very hungry person, enjoy!

Cake Scraps Fudgy Brownie Recipe

When you make a large carved cake you end up with lot of off-cuts, which are known as ‘cake scraps’. This recipe turns these scraggly off-cuts into crazy, good, fudgy brownies. They are delicious served warm with ice-cream, or cold at any time of the day.

To make my cake scraps brownie recipe you will need:

Makes 25cm (9.84 inches) x 17cm (6.69 inches) brownie
100g (3.53 ounces) or 1/3 cup plus 2Tbsp margarine or butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 cup or 108g (3.81 ounces) sugar
1/4 cup or 30g (1.06 ounces) cocoa powder
3 1/2 cups or 350g (12.35 ounces) cake crumbs
chocolate chips and nuts (optional)
Place the cake in the food processor to make crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and process again until the mixture is smooth and thick.

Pour into a lined baking tin and sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Bake in a moderate oven 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit) until a knife inserted into the centre comes out cleanP2110354-550x413