HelloFresh Flavour Generator

So today, I finished work an hour later than what I was initially planning to. Exhausted and hungry, it would’ve been so easy to just walk to our favourite take away and order our usual chicken pad thai and crispy pork belly (not that there’s anything wrong with them – I love them!). But we were determined to eat a freshly cooked meal at home. The only dilemma was: what to cook?

In comes HelloFresh’s Flavour Generator.

Say goodbye to playing the “I don’t know what I want but no I don’t want this this or this” game (and yes I’ve been known to play this game ALL.THE.TIME).

With the Flavour Generator, you pick the flavour and cuisine you fancy, including if you’re after something sweet, spicy, tangy, herby, or feeling a little bit more adventurous with a random taste. And voila! It gives one, two, or three recommended dishes, and even a chance to spin again just in case it wasn’t what you were after. Another great thing about the Flavour Generator is you don’t have to be a HelloFresh customer – if you’re out of ideas for what to cook, just hop on the Flavour Generator and it’ll literally do all the “thinking” for you.

Tonight, I wanted a lot of flavour because hey, it’s Thursday aka almost the weekend (yay!). So I picked Mexican Flavour, and something Tangy. The Flavour Generator gave a few recommendations which I wasn’t feeling, so I kept spinning until I found the one I was after. Chicken. Rice. Flavour. Big tick.

A quick look at the meal box HelloFresh sent through this week along with the recipe book, and we decided to have Cajun Chicken with Roast Veggie Rice Bowl. The ingredients and preparation were so simple and easy, using the freshest ingredients, with the least amount of work, and maximum taste.

I’m so stoked to find super fresh ingredients in my meal box. Everything I needed were there, which made preparing dinner even easier.

I quickly pre-heated the oven, chucked the basmati rice in the rice cooker, and started chopping the vegetables. Meanwhile, Mr J pan fried the chicken which he pre-seasoned with the cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. 15 minutes of prep work, 20 minutes of cooking time, a couple of minutes of plating (and taking photos… ahh the life of a foodblogger), and done.


A delicious, freshly cooked meal that used the freshest ingredients, with a right balance of rice, chicken, and vegetables, and loads of flavour (and look at that colour!), was ready in less than 45 minutes.

This post was a collaboration between HelloFresh and Sugarlace. Thanks to HelloFresh for the fabulous meal box and for introducing me to the Flavour Generator. Thinking about what to eat will never be the same again!   

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Two Sis and Co Cafe, Pyrmont

I always love that anticipation when you walk past a construction site, and after taking a peek, you realise it’s a commercial spot for a future restaurant or cafe. And then you find out that it finally opened, and discover it’s a quaint cafe with so much potential. You schedule in your first visit. You take a seat, marvel at the cute and crazy 60’s wallpaper that reminds you of the Beverley Hills Hotel, pick up the beautiful gold cutlery, and order your coffee. You take a look at the menu, one side for breakfast served all day, the other for lunch (from 11am onwards). You look at your watch. It’s 1pm, so definitely lunch (although I have no issues over having bacon and eggs at midday).

Two Sis Pyrmont is the sort of place you expect to find lots of millenials who are crazed-up about their Instagram feeds, and you do find them there. I can’t blame them. The place is cozy, pleasantly designed, and with lots of good lighting for that money shot. But what keeps me coming back is the food and the service. Mem, one half of the 2 sisters, serves the best coffee and cake made in house, and the food is not only presented beautifully, but tastes amazing too. The Asian influence seeps through the dishes, and you only have to look at the menu to spot some classic comfort food: Quinoa Goreng, Ramen Bowl with tonkotsu broth, and the Poached Salmon Bowl with salad and an amazing Ikura & Wasabi Vinaigrette dressing. We returned the following week for the breakfast menu, and the humble bacon and egg roll did not disappoint.

I’m ecstatic that a new cafe opened just minutes from my front door, and one that serves great food and gives amazing service. This one is definitely for keeps.

Cheese Burger with maple bacon, American cheese, served with sweet potato wedges
Ramen Bowl with tonkotsu broth, 63C egg, bacon dashi, ginger, bamboo and nori
Poached salmon bowl, boiled egg, broccolini, kale, wakame, edamame, sesame, avocado, ikura and wasabi vinaigrette
Freshly squeezed juices – this one is apple, ginger, celery, lemon

Two Sis and Co Cafe
306 Harris St Pyrmont
Open Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm and Sunday 7.30am – 5pm

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Wagyu Beef Range Burgers at Ribs & Burgers

So my husband probably thinks that burgers are a food group of their own. He adores burgers so much, it’s become a weekly staple. (Don’t worry, he cycles, exercises regularly, and follows a pretty healthy diet throughout the week. Plus he’s super skinny!). But burgers. Yes. Burgers. Give it to him any day of the week, pile it high with ingredients, or stick to the original BLT – as long as it’s a burger, he’ll take it.

I was so grateful to receive an invite from Ribs & Burgers to try on their newest burger range. They’ve just launched 3 brand new burgers as part of their Wagyu beef range: the Wagyu Big Cheese, Wagyu Chimmi Swiss and Wagyu Tower. I’ve always loved Ribs & Burgers for their ribs (one of the best), so last Saturday we decided to try out their burgers. We ordered 2 out of the 3 burgers, and they were legit tasty, quite generous portions, and literally dripping with flavours.

Thanks to Ribs & Burgers for the amazing burger feast. Trish & Mr J dined as guests of Ribs & Burgers.

The Wagyu Big Cheese had a classic, original burger flavour with all the usual ingredients, plus gotta love the American cheese, caramelised onions, and Aunty Joan’s pink sauce over it.

Wagyu Big Cheese

The Wagyu Chimmi & Swiss is a hunker of a burger – the meat was oozingly tender and so flavourful, and with an elevated flavour profile thanks to the swiss cheese, egg and chimichurri mayo.

There are numerous Ribs & Burgers restaurants throughout Australia. Apart from the burgers, I also highly recommend the smashing ribs! Check out the rest of their menu here.

 

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