Friday, September 5, 2014

The Meatball Stand : Pop-up Meatball stand making an appearance at Gunnedah's Annual Porchetta Day

Hello dear poppets! This is my latest project. 

From the depths of a food filled imagination, The Meatball Stand sprung to life. It's very purpose is to tease taste-buds all over town and to give YOU the chance to experience Meatball induced nirvana.

SO ...what is this very great thing, The Meatball Stand? 

It's a pop up stall coming to Gunnedah's ultra famous Annual Porchetta Day.

At this magical stand you can buy Panini con Polpette: the loveliest meatball sub you'll ever taste. There's a crusty bread roll w peppery rocket, melted provolone cheese and pork and veal parmesan, herbed meatballs in rich tomato passata.


If you are a discerning eater, meatballs will be your thing. 
Go to www.facebook.com/themeatballstand for more info !

Sunday, August 3, 2014

You did WHAT?! in Tulum, Mexico. The tale of G.G. And Casa Banana

So, I know the blogs have been slowly coming, or rather not coming at all. I've been too busy doing other writing but wanted to share this story with you. The events all unfolded when I was in Mexico a couple of months ago. Read on, dear Reader x


Reclining in the large cane chair, I look around and breathe in the air; it’s heavy with salt but refreshing. There is sand underfoot and lanterns are dotted around the treetop canopy roof, swaying in the late spring breeze. To the right sits apalapa toppedrustic bar sighing under the weight of mountains of limes and tequila glasses. heavily tattooed Mexican stands cheerfully shaking the first of (no doubt) a million margaritas for the evening.



To the left is the impressive open clay fire with embers glowing, sending waves of heat toward usHere we were, Mum and I, in a beautiful restaurant in Tulum - Mexico’sversion of tropical paradise, and all I could think about wasthe heat. The penetrating, suffocating, unrelenting heat,blasting out of the oven.



Now usually I’m not too fazed by the weather, but it had been a rather intense day. A three hour round trip on local public transport and battling hordes of tourists in a concrete enclave under the Mexican Caribbean sun meant a tiring start. The rest of the day didn’t pan out too well either. In fact, I was feeling like a dried up leather bag after ordering what I thought was a light lunch, but instead turned out to be coconut crusted, cream cheese filled prawns submerged in a sticky mango puddleEven though I could barely eat two shrimp, it was enough to give me a good old mild dose of food poisoning.And so after the day’s events, combined with a balmy night and the open fire, I was feeling decidedly fragile.  

We ordered some drinks and water for me, so I could slowlysip and try to enjoy the breeze that Mum insisted was existent and “actually quite pleasurable.” They took a while to arrive, because nothing happens quickly in Mexican restaurants. In fact, the time in Mexico is often referred to as ‘Mexican minutes’ because everything happens at an extremely relaxed pace.

At first, it’irritating, especially after being used to service where we expect water to be placed on tables immediately and a constant flow of dishes to follow, but once you get the hang of exhibiting patience, it’s rather endearing. Mexican wait staff will not bring you the bill unless you ask for it as they think it’s rude to push you out. When you realise there is nothing you can do but go with the very slow flow, it becomes infinitely more pleasurable. Even tonight, feeling precious was soothed by Mexican hospitality.



And maybe slowing down was just what I needed. Eventually, after sitting for a while, I was able to tolerate the ridiculously warm temperature ancalmed down after the fresh tasting gin and tonic ‘with a tropical twist’ hit my lips.

I didn’t feel like a big meal, so Mum and I decided upon two dishes to share. The food arrived rather quickly and I watched it being taken straight from the depths of the oven, stopping to be dressed by a chef (salt, pepper, garlic crisps) then bought to our table. The smell was half nauseating, half tantalising. Given that everything I’d already eaten earlier in the day had been forcibly expelled from my body, I was hungry, but didn’t feel like I could stomach anything.

A salad of grilled asparagus, goats cheese and garlic chips and a stack of Argentinian beef short ribs piled onto cheesy cauliflower and potatoes proved too tempting to abstainI took a small bite of the asparagus, nice enough, swallowed down. My stomach immediately started gurgling but I had ataste for food back.



Next, I cut off a small chunk of rib, aiming to get a bit of meat, and a bit of salty crust. Again, tastybut a little bit chewy, and as I swallowed, I realised it wasn’actually going downStuck. I swallowed a few times, attempting to send it down to my stomach, but it really wasn’t going anywhere. Right, so maybe it would have to come back up. I flexed my throat but failed to spit up the meat.
As I tried to discreetly mime to Mum what was happening, the panic was rising in my stomach. Gulping, gulping, gulping,coughing quietly, trying not to cause a scene, but I wasbecoming more panicked as time passed, excruciatinglyslowly.

Standing up from my chair, I turned to exit the restaurant. Mum was looking at me, clearly confused. Part of me didn’t want to alarm her, but at that point my anxiety was through the roofHow the hell was I going to get this fucking lump of meat out of my throat!?

Halfway across the floor, the situation worsened and I lost my inhibitions, not caring if I caused a scene or not. I put my hand into my mouth, thrusting my fingers into the back of my throat to attempt to dig it outI could feel my throat starting to pulse, making an ungodly hocking noise- contracting andexpanding, contracting and expandingstraining desperately to get air down into my lungs. As I threw my fingers into the back of my throat again, I felt my body changeMy throatjerked involuntarily and then finallythe lump hurled violently up my throat and landed, along with the warm chunks propelling it, right into the hand that was waiting at my mouth.

For a brief moment, the relief was liberating, I guzzled down air, trying to recapture my breath. It almost felt like a spiritual moment until I realised I was in beautiful Mexican restaurant,surrounded by diners, enjoying a delightful evening under the night sky and I was standing with a pile of vomit IN MY HAND. I had just vomited, in public, INTO my HAND, and now, said puke, was sitting, warmly, in my palm.

Becoming aware of my surroundings once again, I was relieved that somehow, thankfully, during the last few eventfulminutes, I managed to get to the edge of the restaurant, and was standing in the darkened entrance with my back to the majority of the restaurant when the upchuck occurred. Upon glancing for the fifteenth time at my mess in my palm, I took a deep breath, and could feel stinging in my throat. I staggeredoutside and tried to slop the spew into the garden.

Mum was still sitting at the table, looking at me with a concerned but perplexed look until I motioned for her to come over. As I was gesturing toward her through the doorway, the maître d subtly sashayed towards Mum and they had a brief chat.

Obviously Mum, even in the face of this minor, very embarrassing emergency, was also operating on Mexican time. She ambled leisurely around, gathering a few items from the table, finally sauntering 
over, passing me a glass of water and napkins.

Mum: “Are you alright? What happened?”
Me: “I just choked.”
Mum: “Seriously? On what? Are you okay”
Me: “I am now, no thanks to your prompt action.”
Mum: “Well everything is alright now, isn’t it. Maybe go and refresh and sit down”
Me: “ARE YOU KIDDING?! I just vomited, into my hand, in a restaurant, with other people watching. I’m not going back in there, it’s mortifying. We need to LEAVE, right now.
Mum“No, we really don’t, in fact I don’t think anyonenoticed, except for the maître d who was fine, and just came and asked if she could help. When I told her I wasn’t sure what had happened, she said that she thought you spewed.”
Me: “She said that?! Oh my GOD. She saw me spew!?! That is beyond embarrassing, surely she wants us to leave!?”
Mum: “Nope, she just asked if she could help and walked away. Didn’t seem like a big deal.”

And with that, she turned around and walked back to our table. Apparently she wasn’t budging on this one. I really didn’t have a choice. Looking around, I noticed that in fact,she was right. No one was paying any attention to me. Or at the very least they were trying to look like they weren’t looking. Everyone was happily chatting away, and the staff were seamlessly drifting between the tables and everything was… normal.

And so, after cleaning myself up (luckily it hadn’t gone everywhere), I put my head down and scurried back to the table, sitting down, extremely self-conscious, continually checking around to see if anyone was watching me. They weren’t.  

No one is looking at you, just relax” said Mum, aware of myinsecurities
And so, the dinner progressed as most do. We eventually called for the bill, I left a larger than usual tip, and we left.Because that’s how things happen in Mexico. You get heatstroke and food poisoning, recover enough to go to a charming restaurant, take two bites of your dinner, choke, spew into your hand, no one really notices, you then clean yourself off, sit back down and finish your dinner, and then leave and go home to bed.

A very odd, somewhat traumatic and rather embarrassing evening made infinitely less so because there was no overwhelming response, no assumption that I was drunkno fussing at the table. And so, as is so often the case in Mexico- a few margaritas, a few Mexican minutes and some sweet Mexican hospitality and the experience faded into the night.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Short Hiatus

Hi Guys,

I'm currently taking a short hiatus while I attend to the pressing matter of Uni. I'm also waiting on some blog development ideas to come through from my IT peeps and have a few assignments to get ahead of. Stay in contact with me via my instagram or twitter accounts! Blog ya later x

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Shock closure of Sardine Tin and Piaf, South Bank

Things have been a little quiet here at G.G. As I've said before, life sometimes gets in the way. I hope to rectify that soon and transform this space, but in the meantime bring you snippets of relevant news.

G.G. Readers will know that I had a bit of a love affair with Sardine Tin, a South Bank gem where I spent many happy hours, eating delicious morsels and sipping on the good stuff. It was one of the places that you could always go back to. I had a love/hate relationship with the ever changing menu, longing for some familiar deliciousness, but loving being forced to try new tasty things. 

I fondly remember the steak sandwich being one of the best I've ever had and trying desperately to recreate at home with lashings of butter.

Sadly, today it has been revealed that Sardine Tin and it's sister restaurant Piaf are closing as liquidators have been called. My condolences go out to the staff, and to Simon Livingston whom, in my opinion, is a pretty great restaurateur who has obviously and sadly fallen on hard times. I'm also offering condolences to my stomach and my sense of nostalgia, as I won't get to visit again.

It's been a tough week for Brisbane restaurants as Bistro One Eleven and Ortiga also ceasing trade. The restaurant scene in QLD is constantly evolving, but it's never warming to hear of closures of such loved premises especially under the circumstances. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Inspiration to get into the garden

I've been sitting in the garden but haven't been in the patch just yet. Alas, life is still getting in the way. We have had a few cold days.



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Inspirational trees and other cute things


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The patch is out.of.control.

It's fair to say that the vegie patch could be classified as a 'right royal mess' and is perhaps about to be declared as a natural disaster zone. The garlic plants are in and growing reasonably well, but... the weeds have started to slowly extend their sly tendrils and have populated, spreading, unchallenged by my usually keen hands, that would pluck them out and place them far away from the burgeoning shoots. Such is life sometimes.





Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tea

Little known fact: My birthday is on the same day as the Boston Tea Party, only the Boston Tea Party is a few years older than me.... Does that account for my love of tea and rebellion? Perhaps.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Food Manifesto

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Donut Star Signs?

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