chocolate chip cookies…

Here’s a little treat for your week.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Get this:

125g butter at room temperature – 1/2 cup caster sugar – 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed – 1/2 tsp vanilla essence – 1 egg, lightly beaten – 1 1/2 cup self-raising flour, sifted – 1/2 cup choc bits


Using an electric beater mix the butter, sugar & essence in a large bowl until light & fluffy.  Add egg & beat until combined.  Fold in the flour, then the choc bits.

Line a couple of trays with baking paper.  Shape tablespoons of the mixture into balls & place about 5cm apart on the trays & cook in a moderate oven (180C) for approx 15 minutes until lightly browned.  Let them stand for 5 minutes before turning onto the rack to cool.

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TIP: these cookies flop a lot when cooking, so if you want smaller cookies use slightly less of the dough.  Also the cookies will still be soft when cooked which gives you a chewy consistency once cool – if you prefer a crunchier texture cook them for a few minutes longer.

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They’re pretty tasty but also very handy to have in the cupboard for when the kids need a snack.  They can also be frozen for a couple of months & the dough keeps in the fridge for a few days prior to baking – so you can prep ahead!

Recipe is a cutout taken from a very old Woman’s Day magazine that’s been in my recipe book for yonkers & is well-worn.

Have a great week.


the aviary…

I was a little excited recently when I received an invite to attend a local foodie ‘media only’ event, Western Plains Food Safari – uh huh – a bit of a mouthful there but you did catch the important part right? – ‘media only’.  It was the first time that I had been invited to anything related to blogging or media or even a safari & I panicked of course because I had nothing to wear & although for a moment I entertained the idea of dusting off the old safari suit, in the end I opted for new boots (as you do), which left me without feeling in my toes & shin splints by day’s end – should have gone with the suit.  So anyhow, I was chuffed that the lovely Melissa from Cork & Cheese knew enough to know that if she invited me, I’d probably come!

I have to say, that for a first, this was a very impressive event & if there are ever any to follow it’s going to be pretty hard to top, but start with French bubbles & I’ll take it from there.

The Publican Group own & manage several venues in our CBD & on this particular day our host, executive chef Telina Menzies took us for  lunch at The Aviary, an establishment which houses The Bird Cage Restaurant & roof top bar The Nest.  Needless to say, I had never been.  If you work in the city you probably have.  I can imagine the rooftop bar is a pretty hip place to take in a Veuve & a view on a hot Summer’s eve.

Here’s a little look at The Bird Cage…

The Lounge Bar which adjoins the restaurant offers it’s patrons more casual & elegant surrounds in which to enjoy the views & the company…



Head Chef, Luke Firth serves up some amazing flavours in his Asian fusion inspired offerings.  A group can dine on shared dishes, encouraged to try a little bit of everything & eliminating the dreaded ‘menu envy’ of many dining experiences & many of mine.

The sounds of Wild mushroom wantons, Pork & crab steamed dumplings, Poached coconut & lemongrass chicken, Green tea & smoked candied beetroot & Red roasted duck should be enough to entice but if you need a visual…





Executive Chef Telina Menzies – pardon the bins! We have the same shoes, which I probably should have worn…


It was a bit indulgent for this blogger & beyond what I was expecting, but not being one to complain I decided to just relax & take one for the team – you can thank me later.

Where: The Aviary Perth – Rooftop Bar & Restaurant  1/140 William Street

Have a great week!

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the stables bar…

 It’s the same old city, but yet it’s not.  Perth has never been a place to flock to, never caused a ripple or a stir in the melting pot of ‘must see’ cities of the world & for a long time, I’m sorry to say – there weren’t too many great words used to describe it either.  Perth – it is the same old word but it’s not the same old place.  It’s changed, it’s busy & bustling & growing finally into the big brother of its former self.  True, it might not yet be a city worth flocking to, but if you’re already a part of the herd – you can be pretty happy that after a long dry summer, the grass is finally growing.

This is The Stables Bar, a new venue in our city CBD…


It’s a long laneway that blazes a trail to The Stables Bar & courtyard.  Turning in from the hectic lunch time stampede of Hay Street, you’ll be greeted with a calm landscaped oasis & surprisingly, for a city – space…



The downstairs bar is spacious, dark, stylish & rustic…


The serious business of lunch was taking place in the upstairs dining room, with which I am in love.  In fact, I’m in love with the complete fit-out of this venue.  Where the downstairs bar is dark & edgy, upstairs is bright, airy & classic, with views of the city from the outdoor garden terrace.  The references to the venues history as one of Perth’s original horse stables & residences fuels the imagination.  The old black & white canvas photographs lining the wall & the dark green studded bench seats complimented by lush green velvet chairs are all well thought out inclusions to this interior…


and then of course there’s my love of lights…



Of course you’ll want to know something of the food.  We shared a few items from their all day grazing menu – freshly shucked oysters, eggplant chips & zucchini, pea, mint croquettes with cardamon yoghurt.  For mains we tried chicken schnitzel, pan-fried ricotta gnocchi & a warm salad of beetroot, farro, goats curd & candied walnuts.  All thoroughly enjoyed.


Where:  The Stables Bar – 888 Hay Street – Perth

Any dirt to dish?  The lunch portion sizes if you’re a big burly male might not fill you up – so graze a little longer if you feel the need.

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