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Wok on Inn, The Rocks

Reviews January 6, 2014

I was recently invited along to Wok On Inn at the Rocks to sample some of their dishes.

Funnily enough I actually spent several months working at a friend’s company a few minutes’ walk away, so it was a good opportunity to visit one of my old haunts.

Please note that I was served ‘half size’ dishes, so expect a larger size for yourself when you visit. Given this in mind I would expect that double sizes of the dishes I sampled would be quite massive and filling!


Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

Recipes July 25, 2013

I just wanted to start this post with a bit of an apology to all the lovely bloggers who read my blog – I am so sorry its taking me so long to get back and read everyone else’s at the moment. Some of you may know I’m tying the knot in approximately 88 or so days and I’ve had heart attacks and disasters all over the place with last minute makeup artist cancellations and insurance issues with my caterers. Additionally I was sick all last week from work with an awful cold and am only just getting better now but I promise I’ll get back into reading all your lovely blogs again soon! Thank you so much to each and every one of my readers – I really appreciate each and every one of you lovelies!!

Now on to the recipe!

This is one of those great, budget-friendly recipes that’s easy to throw together from cheap ingredients that I often have in the fridge/pantry. You could also try throwing in extra herbs or veggies you have on-hand to mix things up a little – peas, corn, grated zucchini, a finely diced onion. Coriander or parsley would also be great additions to the mix. Whatever you have on hand, the most basic version of this recipe is guaranteed to satisfy.

I created this recipe in an attempt to make a simple, low-fat lunch recipe on weekends, so that I’m ready to go for the week. These patties go great with homemade roasted tomato sauce, sweet chilli or even a garlicky cucumber-yoghurt sauce. I usually serve them with a side salad or a side of steamed or roasted veggies.

These are pretty much pretty impossible to stuff up. Microwave the sweet potato, mash, add tuna, eggs and seasoning. Shape into patties and bake until set and you’re all done!

Only three main ingredients – sweet potato, tuna and eggs.

Cubed sweet potato.

Microwave until fork tender, drain and set aside to cool.

Mash sweet potato, add tuna. Beat eggs and add seasoning and garlic flakes, herbs, peas/corn or any additional ingredients you’re using. Pour egg mixture into sweet potato and mix thoroughly.

Shape into patties and bake.

Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

Makes: 12 patties.
Time to prepare: 1 hour

Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (or 4 cups cubed sweet potato)
  • 425 gram can of tuna in brine, drained
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • (optional) 1/2 a teaspoon of garlic flakes, or 1-2 garlic cloves, minced, half cup of peas/corn, half an onion diced, chopped herbs (coriander, parsley, chives)

Equipment needed: 1 microwave-safe bowl, 1 measuring jug, wooden spoon, a lined baking tray


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the cubed sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and cover with boiling (or hot from the tap) water.
  3. Microwave for 10-15 minutes on high, or until fork tender enough to mash.
  4. Remove from the microwave, drain and allow to cool. Mash with a potato masher/fork and add tuna. Mix well.
  5. Crack three eggs into a jug and season with seasoning and add garlic flakes or mince.
  6. Pour egg mixture into sweet potato and tuna mixture and stir well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Using wet hands, shape sweet potato mixture into patties (use about enough mixture to fit in the palm of your hand per patty to make 12, or you could make smaller ones if you prefer, just bake them for a bit less.)
  8. Bake patties in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until well browned and completely cooked through.

These patties are great served with a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce, and I bet they would be great with a raita or tzaziki dipping sauce as well. You could also try adding a minced onion, extra herbs or shallots for a bit of extra flavour.

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Ladies Who Lunch at The Village: Potts Point

Reviews July 1, 2012

Half day Fridays at my workplace are a weekly little blessing. They are also a great excuse for myself and my workmates to indulge in FAD (or as we like to call them, Friday Afternoon Dates). The Ladies who Lunch (LWL) at the Village was a perfect excuse to grab lunch with a workmate and enjoy our Friday afternoon in style. At $39 per person for the delicious sounding LWL menu, who could resist?

We start off with an antipasto plate to share.

Herb crispbread, marinated olives, capsicum, eggplant, cured meats – salami, proscuitto, beef bressola and house made beetroot dip and hommous
I loved the combination of the herby crispness of the bread with the saltiness of the marinated vegetables and a smear of beetroot dip adding some sweetness. Yum!

Next brought out is a jug of fresh looking Pimms and lemonade with seasonal fruit

Crispy salt and pepper squid with sea salt, rocket, lemon and chilli aioli

Sicilian arrancini with spinach and smoked italian parmesan
This was absolutely delicious. I’ve only ever had arrancini once or twice in my life before and they weren’t great experiences. These warm cheesy rice balls went deliciously with the rich tomato sauce and the saltiness of the cheese – so good, it had me reaching for a second in no time!

Roast pumpkin salad with pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated feta
This is a classic salad – can’t go wrong with this one.

Caprese salad with Italian buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Having just returned from two weeks in Italy, this Caprese salad was a welcome sight and I have to say they did this salad justice. The tomatoes were fresh and flavourful and the combination of the fresh tasting cheese and sweetness of the balsamic is an unbeatable combination. Love that they used buffalo mozzarella as well 🙂

Margherita pizza
Another great classic Italian dish on the menu, can’t go wrong with a Margherita pizza!

Finally moving onto to dessert, we had some more classics on the menu.

Apple and Raspberry crumble with Vanilla bean anglaise

Chocolate Fondant with Raspberry Coulis and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

It didn’t take us long to dig into these delicious looking treats, and they did not disappoint.

The desserts were simply excellent – probably my favourite items on the whole menu. The crumble had a sinfully rich buttery crust which matched the tart sweetness of the berries and apple well. The creaminess of the vanilla bean anglaise finished it off perfectly.

I also loved the chocolate fondant, which did not have an overly cloying sweetness I often find in those sorts of desserts – and the vanilla ice cream really helped to cut through the sweetness. The addition of the tart raspberry coulis was an unusual addition, but I have to admit really added another lovely note to the chocolate and vanilla flavours.

In summary, I had a lovely time at the Village – $39 is a great price for a meal including starters, salads, pizza, dessert and drinks, especially in the city. It has a great atmosphere and would also work well for bigger groups, after work drinks and functions. It’s a great excuse to use to catch up with some girlfriends and I would certainly love to visit again. For those who are interested, the Village also caters for functions, bigger groups looking for a night out with some dinner, drinks and dancing and also caters for coeliacs (they offer gluten free pizza bases in all of their pizzas) and they also work towards pleasing even the most discerning vegetarians and vegans.

To see more pictures, including the function rooms and more of the Village, check out my facebook album by clicking here.

The Village has three set menus – the Ladies who Lunch menu ($39 per head), the banquet menu ($35 per head) and an a la carte menu. These can all be checked out online on their website.
Click here to check out The Village’s website

Cuisine style: Italian / Modern Australian
The Village is located at 1 Kellett Way, Potts Point NSW 2011
Phone number: 8084 6057
Chef: Tristan Johnson
Sous-chef: Peter Wade
Parking/Getting there: There isn’t a great deal of street parking in Potts Point, but there is secure 24 hour paid parking nearby. Alternatively, Kings Cross Station is approx a 3 minute walk away.

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Hope you have a fab week!



Asian-style Chicken Salad

Uncategorized April 12, 2010

I got the inspiration for this one from Anh’s food blog, specifically her recipe for roast hoisin chicken and I came up with this chicken cashew nut salad.

I made a chicken marinade using hoisin sauce, grated ginger, sugar, some maple syrup and some soy sauce. I used about 1/2 jar of hoisin sauce, a couple tablespoons of soy, about 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar, a good sized heaped teaspoon of grated ginger and a dollop of maple syrup. I poured everything into a lee kum kee hoisin sauce jar I had leftover and shook the whole mix up, ensuring the sugar would incorporate with the mixture. After shaking it for about a minute, I marinated chicken thighs in several tablespoons of it (so they were thoroughly coated) in a glass bowl for about an hour, then roasted them in a shallow dish for about 1 hour at about 170 degrees in a hot oven until they were a lovely dark golden colour and cooked through. Keep the rest of your marinade in the fridge for next time!

I allowed the cooked chicken to rest for about ten minutes, then I sliced the meat into strips and placed them on top of a green salad (I used a simple Coles bag o’ salad, but you could just use a mixture of rocket, spinach and whatever else you fancy. I also added one chopped up cucumber.) Dress the salad with a simple mixture of balsamic and honey and sprinkle with cashew nuts. Serve. Yum-yum! Low-carb, high protein 🙂

Give this one a try!