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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Harbour Bar and Kitchen | First Post of 2017

Transitions. Changes. A journey.

These are just some of the many things that can aptly describe the last year and a half. I have been absent for quite some time, posting one or two things here and there, but absent nonetheless. I needed time to figure out a lot of things, mostly on my own, mostly with people surrounding me. I’ll spare you the details dear readers, but suffice it to say that there were good times and bad, but in the end it’s how you handle them and what you make of yourself (all against adversary). Also, adulting is bloody hard! But we got there in the end with rainbows and flying unicorns and sprinkles and flowers 🙂

So for my comeback post, my first one for 2017, I am hoping that the happiness of our first meal in 2017 (waaaay back in January) with my parents and siblings, will be the light that will rekindle the fire inside me. To capture moments. Take photos. To write. Share.

We decided to enjoy the beautiful summer that we’re having in Sydney by taking the parents to Darling Harbour, which is quite close to our apartment. It was January, the sun just setting behind us, the harbour buzzing with summer activities and eager tourists, and us? Craving for some cerveza (Mr J), cocktail (me!), and good old fashioned ribs. Harbour Bar and Kitchen recently opened and offered the perfect vantage point for this one beautiful summer afternoon. The beer was cold, the lychee cocktails were exciting, the cheese platter was humongous, the ribs were smokey perfection, and the fish was amazing. It was definitely a great start to a promising year ahead.

Beer and Lychee Flyover (Soho lychee and chambord with pineapple juice and strawberry purée)
Cured meat platter (for two)
Full rack beef ribs and woodfired chargrilled barramundi with saffron rice

Harbour Bar and Kitchen
Shop 437& 447, Level 2,Harbourside Shopping Centre 2-10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour
9280 2029
Open Monday to Sunday 9am til late

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Philippine Food Week at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Pork belly lechon carving station

Did you know that last Thursday, 1st of October, was the 40th anniversary of Ali’s and Fraser’s Thrilla in Manila match which was held in, guess where, but Manila?! Well, today we toasted a Thrilla in Manila cocktail and celebrated everything Filipino at Shangri-La Hotel’s Philippine Food Week. 1 whole week of Filipino food fair at Cafe Mix in Shangri-La Sydney to celebrate all 7,000 islands of the Philippines. A few of us Sydney Filipino food bloggers do a pilgrimage to Shangri-La every year for this particular event, and this year’s is definitely bigger and better (ping Raff and Christine!).

Thrilla in Manila cocktail

Got your kare-kare cravings in tow? CHECK. Kilawin? CHECK. Lechon, BBQ, buko salad, halo-halo and leche flan? CHECK CHECK CHECK! It was a beautiful ode to Filipino feasting! And what better way to celebrate the start of this beautiful warm weather than to sip refreshing coconut water straight from the coconut itself, and feast on the delicious Filipino dishes that the chefs, who came all the way from Shangri-La Makati, Philippines, have prepared for us. Food really brings people together – and it was a beautiful scene to see different people from different backgrounds and cultures come together and enjoy the dishes from my own motherland. Let the fiesta feasting begin!

The Philippine Food Week buffet lunch is available at $55 per person from Monday to Friday, noon to 2:30pm, and from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The buffet dinner is available all week from 6pm to 10pm for $75 per person. For bookings or enquiries regarding this event, please contact Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney on (612) 9250 6206. Book quick because this event is only here for 1 week (2 – 10 October 2015) and spaces are running out fast.
Thanks to Shangri-La Hotel Sydney & Makati (and Raff of RamenRaff) for the invitation, and the beautiful lunch, conversations and experience. Trish dined as a guest of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.
Chef Darel Pajarito from Shangri-La Makati, Philippines
Entree section
Kilawing Talaba (Oyster Ceviche)
Tokwa’t Baboy (tofu and pork)
Embutido (pork meat loaf)
Lumpiang Sariwa (Fresh Vegetable Spring Roll)
Itlog na Maalat na may Kamatis (Salted egg with Tomato)
Chicharon – crispy fried pork skin
Ihaw-Ihaw (BBQ) pork and chicken skewers, chicken inasal, baby back ribs, lamb chops, boneless beef ribs “Tagalog” (the pork BBQ were absolutely AMAZING!)
Dinuguan – pork stew with congealed pork blood
Pancit palabok – rice noodles with shrimp sauce
Kare-Kareng Buntot ng Baka (Stewed Ox Tail in Peanut Sauce)
Biggest bowl of bagoong for the kare-kare!
Bopis (Pork Innards cooked in Vinegar and Radish)
Dila ng Baka Mechado (Slow cooked Ox Tongue in Tomato and Soy Sauce)
Pinaputok na Apahap (Baramundi Wrapped in Banana Leaf)
Pata Humba (Pork Knuckle cooked in Sweet Soy Sauce)
Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid with Tomato and Onion Stuffing)
Lechon pork sisig station
The dessert station
Buko salad
Sans rival – King Oscar cake
Leche flan (creme caramel) & Biko (sweet sticky rice)
Turon – fried sweet plaintain spring rolls
The halo-halo station

 

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