Hi guys!! Welcome to my blog!! Here you'll find an array of random posts (mainly about food), so if you're a bit of a foody & would like to see where I like to eat out, what I do in my spare time, or what I've been up to work-wise, make sure you keep coming back for more!  Click the right arrow to begin...

Hi guys!! Welcome to my blog!! Here you'll find an array of random posts (mainly about food), so if you're a bit of a foody & would like to see where I like to eat out, what I do in my spare time, or what I've been up to work-wise, make sure you keep coming back for more!

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Fratelli Fresh (Bridge Street Sydney CBD).

Fratelli Fresh (Bridge Street Sydney CBD).

An overcast Sydney day made for a good excuse to head-out for an Italian-inspired feast at Fratelli Fresh (Bridge St)... 

One of my very favourite places to frequent was actually the old Fratelli Fresh on Danks St, so I was really looking forward to visiting this one... 

I have to say (& dare I say that this was probably purposeful to add to the restaurant's character) that the signage or restaurant itself is not obvious... You could easily walk past & not even notice it`s there! After you've finished playing Sherlock Holmes, you'll see the large door... This door opens out onto a set of stairs, which lead you down & into the underground restaurant... 

There are no fruit & vegetable sales or forklifts buzzing around like the old Dank Street site, but the atmosphere here makes up for that. The dimly-lit room is surprisingly enticing. It was like entering a private den, whisking you away from the heavy hustle of the city!

With plenty of tables scattered around & a long marble bar overlooking the open kitchen, you're already spoilt for seating choice...

We were greeted by a friendly waitress who let us sit/prop at the bar. (I like to watch the chefs in action & see a few dishes go out before making my selections)... It`s like free entertainment watching an open kitchen. If they are not too busy, I sometimes get chatting to the chefs to ask what they are putting in things- Always good to pick up a few new tricks over lunch! 

We ordered the pork special, ($22) which was a decent sized salad of mixed shaved cabbage, slices of crisp roast pork belly, caramelised pear & seeded mustard dressing- A lot like Christmas all rolled into one (in salad form) !! Great taste / texture & was a nice, light take on pork belly- which can at times be very heavy.

The second item we ordered was the mozzarella with grilled vegetables, fresh mint & chilli ($15). This sounded great on paper, but lacked a little when it arrived... I was imagining brightly coloured grilled vegetables with fresh mint & creamy, stringy buffalo torn over the top. What arrived was a small plate of dull coloured grilled mushroom & eggplant, with a few strips of buffalo torn over the top. It wasn`t terrible, just not what I had imagined reading off the menu. 

After sitting & watching the kitchen for a while, I had seen many plates of the meatballs leave the kitchen. I have also heard many people rave about them & thought it was time to give them a go...

The infamous FF meatballs came on a bed of fettucini, however as I'm not super keen on pasta, (or having to burn off the carbs, truth be known) the chefs kindly sent us 3 large meatballs (minus the pasta) in a pool of rich tomato sauce drizzled with shavings of parmesan cheese... They were as good as everybody had said!! Super tasty & very juicy...Full of flavour! I don't have a Nonna, but if I did, these would be the meatballs I compare all others too!!

I was keen to know what made them so good, so I got chatting to the chef (who was actually busy mixing-up another batch for their dinner service)...  Loads of fresh hard herbs & plenty of Parmesan cheese in the mixture apparently!! Yum!! I also think some fresh ricotta helped keep them so light... I shall try this out one day.

We washed down our lunch with a few very nice glasses of red wine, (we were having Italian after all) not to mention...Why drink water when the wine's only $3.50 a glass!! Madness... 

To sum it up, I loved the underground atmosphere, the hustle from the open-kitchen & the quirky low-lights. The service was both quick & friendly (perfect if you're rushing back to the office) & I even got a few cooking tips from the chefs so I'll definitely be returning to Fratelli Fresh- & not just for the cheap red wine! 

8 / 10

'Bring It To The Table'

'Bring It To The Table'

I'm proud to announce I’m an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW campaign: 'Bring it to the Table' !

'Bring it to the Table' is a great way to bring your family and friends together to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and bring up the topic of dementia to raise awareness in the community.

I have some great news for everyone who is fundraising for 'Bring it to the Table' in NSW. You can win a dinner for yourself and 3 friends prepared and hosted by me, with all the ingredients supplied by Coles.

So, join me this June in the fight against dementia and 'Bring it to the Table'! To find out more go to:

 www.bringittothetable.com.au

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Courtney at work

Courtney at work

One of Courtney's many jobs is cooking for the Sydney Swans AFL Team. HCF came to see her in action at work- check out her video on the link below: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afmGrF4U9jw&feature=youtu.be

Courtney's on the telly!

Courtney's on the telly!

Watch Courtney cook up a delicious bacon, roast pumpkin & sage quiche with Sonia & David on Channel 9's 'Mornings'! 

Click on the link if you fancy a yummy gourmet breaky on a budget:

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/mornings/videos/3879734348001/

Chef's table Judging Panel: Clubs NSW

Chef's table Judging Panel: Clubs NSW

I'm delighted to involved in this amazing event... Want to find out more? Make sure you click on the link below:

https://youtu.be/kX8viZkWr90

I love Coles!!

I love Coles!!

Watch out for me in May & June across all Coles Supermarkets! I've put together several little recipes that you can find on my recipes page here, in store, on taste.com.au, or in Coles' monthly magazine... My gorgeous Chicken Schnitzel recipe is just one of a few!! Be sure to check them out!! Yummy :)

Taste of Sydney with IICONIC & Benfatti!!

Taste of Sydney with IICONIC & Benfatti!!

Check out me cook-up a couple of storms, together with the gorgeous team at IICONIC & Benfatti Foods whilst at TASTE of Sydney!! What an awesome day!! Thank-you all :)

Click below to see me in action: https://vimeo.com/iiconic/review/123369827/e92ddcc22e

Daily Telegraph Visits Swans Kitchen HQ!!

Daily Telegraph Visits Swans Kitchen HQ!!

Visit the link below to view the full story!!

http://goo.gl/cQwCd5

My new cookbook: The Salad Kitchen

My new cookbook: The Salad Kitchen

I'm so pleased to annouce that I've released my very own book of recipes, 'The Salad Kitchen'. All of you that have been asking for my recipes can look forward to an array delicious meals, made especially for you.

 Follow the link below to purchase one:

http://newhollandpublishers.com/au/cooking/1501-the-salad-kitchen-9781742576244.html