Marrickville’s Barzaari to Open a Second Restaurant in Chippendale

Inner West’s beloved Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Barzaari is opening a new branch in Chippendale.

The Marrickville joint will open the doors of its new branch at the former Kensington Street Social space in the Old Clare Hotel on October 30.

Barzaari Chippendale will be a 120-seater with “raw and exposed” interior.

Just like the original Addison Road place, the Chippendale eatery will bring a modern take on Cyprus, Syrian, Lebanese, and Egyptian cuisines with a menu of shared small and large plates. The bar will also have its own menu, covering snacks such as oysters, sliced bottarga and stinging nettle and white-pepper parcels.

“People can pop in for snacks or drinks and then move to the table for a larger meal,” Darryl Martin, executive chef and co-owner of Barzaari with Andrew Jordanou and hotelier Loh Lik Peng told Broadsheet.

Kensington Street Social will be closing on October 21, around six months after the departure of British chef Jason Atherton.

 

Best School/Work Lunches

Preparing lunches for school or work is great for many reasons – it not only helps you save money, but you can also enjoy homemade nutritious food that are tastier than any takeaways. Here are a few failproof recipes that you can try for your next lunch.

Strawberry and Yoghurt Loaf by Bake Play Smile

This oven-baked loaf is made with strawberries, Greek yoghurt, desiccated coconut and a generous amount of lemon zest – sweet and juicy!

 

Zucchini Slice by My Kid Slick the Bowl

It’s a little like quiche, but with grated zucchini mixed into the eggs. The addition of bacon also adds more protein, keeping you fuller for longer!

 

Fruit and Veggie Muffin by Super Healthy Kids

Picky eaters can still get their nutrition from these sneaky muffins! Made with broccoli, zucchini, carrot, apple and banana, they’re also fortified with protein from Greek yoghurt. Staying well-fed has never been so easy!

 

BLT Pasta Salad by EazyPeazyMealz

Bored with your regular BLT sandwich? Try them in a pasta salad form, mixed with ranch dressing and grape tomatoes. You’ll never go back!

 

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl by Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Oldie but goodie. You can cook this in just 20 minutes, and keep the rest for future meals – just heat and eat!

 

Lemon Roasted Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini by Little Spice Jar

A wholesome, hearty meal that’s also packed with nutrition? Yes please! Keep the potato skin on to get that crisp, oven-roasted texture, and switch the broccolini for something else if that’s not your favourite veggie.

Recipes: Best Salmon Mains

When it comes to healthy fish, we all know salmon is the top contender. Being an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps reduce risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. However, it might get a bit boring to just serve salmon plainly. Here are a few ideas to spice up your salmon dinners…

 

Miso Glazed Salmon with Soba Noodles by Chopstick Chronicles

As the salmon is marinated overnight with miso, mirin and sake, this dish will bring deep Japanese flavour to the table.

 

Salmon and Quinoa Bowls with Kale and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe

Hop on the health train with this recipe! The lightly seared salmon is paired with kale and tahini, carrots and Greek yogurt-based sauce.

 

Salmon Gratin by Contemplating Sweets

Make your salmon more indulgent with mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and milk-based sauce.

 

Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon by The Healthy Foodie

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. The blend of walnuts and salmon skin creates a texture to remember.

 

Quick Salmon Patties by Zen and Spice

If you don’t have the fresh kind, this is a great way to peruse canned salmon. Put them in burger buns, serve with rice or eat as is!

 

Salmon Quiche by Frugal Mom Eh

It’s a great comfort food all-around – egg-y, creamy but still full of nutrition. Experiment with the depth of the quiche for thicker, more fulfilling portion.

 

Pan Seared Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce by Eatwell101

Fragrant and rich in flavours, this will be a big hit at dinner parties.

Event: Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, Sydney

For a week this month, you can enjoy scrumptious Taiwanese food from some of Taipei’s best chefs.

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney presents Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, where you can enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine at their Café Mix.

Guest chefs from Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei will be presenting their signature dishes such as Gua Bao, spicy hotpot, and oyster omelette. Taiwan’s signature sweets will also be present in the form of fruity bubble teas and a traditional Taiwanese dessert station.

Taste of Taiwan Food Festival menu will be available at lunch and dinner from October 20-28 for $55 per person.

For more information, visit Shangri-La Hotel’s website.

October 20-28 | Café Mix, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Recipes: Best Tofu Dishes

Tofu has long been known as vegans’ ultimate protein source. However, it is also severely underappreciated as an ingredient on its own, despite its great taste and versatility. Tofu is not only nutritious, but it also can be used in every dish, from appetizer to (seriously) dessert. Here are a few recipes to get you started…

Crispy Baked Tofu by Cookie and Kate

This simple recipe requires only four ingredients. Perfect for party nibbles, or simply serve with rice.

 

Vegan Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls by Delish Knowledge

Paired with fresh chopped vegetables and peanut-lime sauce, these rolls are healthy without sacrificing the taste.

 

Tofu and Chickpea Sandwiches by She Likes Food

BBQ doesn’t have to be all meats and steaks. Sloppy but tasty!

 

Spicy Ramen with Tofu by Pinch of Yum

The firm tofu will absorb the flavours of the thick, spicy miso soup. Paired with the soft boiled egg and the sleek ramen noodles, this dish is heaven in a bowl.

 

Silken Tofu Panna Cotta in a Cherry Chocolate Sauce by Exceedingly Vegan

Silken tofu has been a substitute to cream in vegan recipes for a while now, but it’s definitely not inferior. The mixture of tofu and agar agar flakes creates the perfect wobbly texture that would please every panna cotta enthusiast.

 

Vegan Chocolate Pudding by Kathy Patalsky

Another dessert recipe using silken tofu. The recipe takes less than seven ingredients – simple and practical enough for even the absolute beginners to follow.

Recipes: Best Vegan Pasta Dishes

Pasta is one of those rare dishes that are fulfilling, indulgent and yet still full of healthy nutrition. However, often pasta dishes are not very accessible to vegans, thanks to the frequent use of cheese, cream and meat. Fortunately, there are a lot of tricks that you can do to make your pasta delicious and vegan. Check out these recipes to get inspired!

Ratatouille Spaghetti

Source: Wallflower Kitchen

Give your pasta a bit of a French taste with this one. You can use regular spaghetti or change it up with chickpea/corn spaghetti to make the dish gluten-free.

 

Mushroom Stroganoff

Source: Natural Girl Modern World

When it comes to pasta topping, nothing beats some juicy button mushrooms.

 

Mediterranean One Pot Pasta

Source: My Vibrant Kitchen

Tomatoes, olives, capers… With all these rich flavours, who needs meat?

 

White Mac and Cheese

Source: This Savory Vegan

Mac and cheese needs not be a carnivore meal. Add some red pepper flakes if you need an extra ‘kick’.

 

Vegan Cannelloni

Source: Cilantro and Citronella

The pasta is not filled with meat like usual, but root vegetables (sweet potato, carrots and turnips) and romesco sauce.

 

Which one will you be cooking this week?

Recipes: 8 Best Pizzas

Comedian Henry Rollins once said, “Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.” And who could blame him? Whether you’re alone in bedroom or out in a house party, your night would not be complete without pizza. The doughy crust combined with the various topping mixed with hot cheese and sauce makes everyone come back for more.

But instead of picking up the phone to order some, why not try to make your own pizza? Here are eight recipes to inspire you.

  1. Italian Pizza / Pizza Margeritha
margeritha
Source: Walks of Italy

Wondering how authentic Italian pizza tastes like? Well, wonder no more with this native recipe.

 

  1. Chicken Pesto Pizza
Source: Ciao Florentina

With a touch of Genoese pesto sauce, this pizza will bring Italy to your mouth.

 

  1. Calzone
calzone
Source: Delallo

Channel your inner Ben Wyatt with this calzone recipe. A portable delicious meal that is its own container? It’s a game changer indeed!

 

  1. Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks
Source: Sugar Apron

This garlic bread pizza recipe is perfect for house parties and picnics. Pair with tomato sauce dip for that extra goodness!

 

  1. Pizza Ring
pizza ring
Source: Kiss My Apron

This tear-apart pizza is sure to be a popular appetizer among your guests. For a healthier alternative, replace the pepperoni with mushroom and broccoli.

 

  1. Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
deep dish pizza
Source: King Arthur Flour

You don’t have to go all the way to Chicago to taste the city’s signature pizza. Famous for its thick, pie-like filling, this one will fill you up.

 

  1. Pizza Cupcakes
pizza cupcake
Source: Plain Chicken

Opting for something more portable? Get your muffin trays out and get your hands on this recipe. You can also customise each pizza cupcake to suit your guests’ preference and dietary requirements!

  1. Raw Strawberry Chocolate Dessert Pizza
chocolate strawberry pizza
Source: Oh My Veggies

Who says pizza can’t be sweet? With healthy, all-vegan ingredients, you can eat this one without guilt!