I went back to Sydney after 8 years since I moved to Middle East (and now residing in Singapore). Caught up with good friends, rekindled with nature, got harassed by cold winter, and soaked up the city I once called home.
In My Kitchen
I managed to quickly grab some wonderful goodies. Wish I had more chance to buy more gourmet stuff but somehow something simple just what’s needed to remind of how wonderful food produce in Australia is. Highlight below in gallery – feel free to hover over for details and I’ve provided link to the supplier too:
- Cherry Ripe – Never tasted this before but it is popular down under. Good coconut flavour mix with cherry. No regret for buying it.
- Citrus from backyard – Went to good friends’ house at Epping for a lovely dinner. At about 11pm before head off, my friend dashed out to his backyard and picked some very ripe lemons and oranges from their trees. I treasured them so much that I brought home – because after life in the sandpit and now on a tiny tropical island which does not grow these fruit trees, nothing tasted so good like fruits that just being picked. Fresh produced at its best.
- Nut Granola – Not an ordinary granola I must say. It delivered what being promised on the packaging ‘the best granola you ever tasted’. On side note, it’s great to know how Irrewarra won the trademark ‘granola’ battle against giant Sanitarium. Contain only natural ingredients, no additive sugar and a product of a slow baking process – just how I make my own granola. Love the crunchy of nuts selection in the mix from this biggest granola producer in Australia.
- Macadamia Nut Spread – Grabbed this at the airport. Simply creamy and nutty with buttery goodness, I’ve smeared good portion on toast for breakfast and a spoonful on slices of apple for snack. What a gourmet treat from a company based in Byron Bay, who aim to produce wold’s best macadamia products.
- Wildflower Honey – Come in beautiful floral gift box from the airport, this unique honey gathered from the native wildflower flora of Eastern Australia. Tasted light and pleasant gathered from 100% flowers of white box flowers or eucalyptus trees.
- Baby’s food in tubes – Didn’t buy this for any baby but for my own consumption while on endurance race of 24 hours which I yet to test. I sometime crave for salty stuff while racing, so hopefully this tuna + rice and spinach + pumpkin + ricotta pasta will fix this. But after reading review of product pulled from shelves and product not as healthy as presented – I might just not risk myself.
- Adriano Zumbo’s vegetarian quiche – Not in my kitchen technically, but I took it on plane to consume during my journey (flying with Scoot need to pay extra for food). Bought spinach, goat cheese and blueberries quiche as it lured me when I visited the Zumbo’s Balmain store (first time there so was very thrilled) as last stop before head to the airport.Thanks to my friend (Yuz) who brought me here.
- Gluten Free Weet-Bix – Made with sorghum, this Weet-Bix fill much denser and I felt fuller in the morning that lasted a bit longer before tummy starts growling. It came with coconut and rice puffs plus hint of cinnamon.
Out Of Kitchen
Been to amazing friends’ kitchen – very privileged to spent time over delicious meals. Also attended Ayu and Roger’s Eid celebration function in Leura, Blue Mountain – we sort of crashed in since we are friend of friend. In this function I met Ellen (from Wellness Mum) which I was glad that we exchanged details.
Feel free to connect via my Instagram as I’m active in sharing pictures when out of kitchen – more recent one on Sydney such as below.
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What you normally bring from Australia to fill your kitchen (or tummy)?
I am positive for rest of August – few weeks left to train, fine-tuning, preparation physically and mentally for my big race in Europe. Hope your August is going fabulous.
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