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So a couple of weeks ago I wrote about what I called the Australian fluffernutter sammich. I mentioned how I got the idea from Jennifer who is the creator of Little Monster Girl. Jennifer is so kind and generous that she sent me some German Fluff. Well it’s American Fluff but it was imported into Germany. Check out the container, the writing is in German.
So tonight I made a fluffernutter sandwich in more or less the traditional sense. I didn’t have any white sandwich bread so I used some brioche raisin bread.
Combining German Fluff with peanut paste is fantastic.
I’m sorry the photograph is a little fluffy lol
The German Fluff fluffernutter sandwich tasted delicious and constituted a great dessert tonight. If I did have some white sandwich bread I reckon it would taste just as good. I wonder what it would be like if I toasted it or pan fried it in some butter. I may also add some nutella too
Thank you Jennifer so much. I will be having more fluffernutter sandwiches this winter and I reckon the German Fluff will go well in hot chocolate.
Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
In other news I enjoyed some salmon and wasabi for lunch and then some blue cheese and pâté for afternoon tea.
Last week I received an e-mail from Sage dining rooms inviting me to a Good France Dinner to be held on Thursday 19 March.
It seemed like an obvious thing to do to just call the restaurant and make a reservation.
So it’s Thursday night and I have a booking for 7.30. When we arrive the restaurant already has a good crowd seated and everyone is looking happy.
We’re greeted enthusiastically and have at least four people looking after us. The degustation menu is set before us and we’re offered an aṕeritif. I was offered a non-alcoholic drink which is something I’ve never been asked before and I happily said yes. I can’t remember exactly what was in it other than hazelnut. I’m happy to call it Essence of Nutella because it was delicious and made me think of Nutella.
The first food we’re served is the chef’s take on salt and vinegar chips. We’ve had this before and we both love it. The vinegar is subtle, the crispy texture pops and the Hollandaise is so creamy perfect.
I can’t remember all the snacks but one is a leafy green marshmallow with a Spanish ham, the other is a creamy puree and the third is a fried wonton wrap with a fresh bit of tuna in it.
After the snacks, we start with the main dishes. The first is a parfait of hazelnut and pork which includes pâté, crackling, popcorn and hazelnuts. This is unctuous.
The next dish is sea scallops with leek and truffle. Three scallops are cooked in a scallop shell that has been sealed with puff pastry. The leek, caviar and truffle add so much flavour to the perfectly cooked scallops.
Next, we are served a perfectly cooked duck breast with shaved and candied orange. It is served with a ‘two-tone’ caramel which is sweet and bitter.
My favourite dish was the beef cheek that had been cooked for 20 hours. It was the chef’s take on the classic French Beef Bourguignon. The meat was amazing and the onions so cute and sweet.
With a French degustation, we had to have cheese and we were served a marvellous blue vein cheese with honey and homemade Lavosh bread.
The cheese was so creamy and flavoursome.
We were then served a palate cleansing carrot ice cream with liquorice and yoghurt. It was so refreshing.
The final dish of the evening was dessert and I’m happy to say it was spectacularly yummy. It was a large Géant chocolate truffle with a salted caramel soil and the filling of creamy gooey chocolate.
As we’ve said before, Sage dining rooms is a favourite Canberra restaurant. The Good France dinner was fabulous. The service was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. If you get the opportunity to try it, do it. Apart from the Good France Dinner, I’d highly recommend dining at Sage dining rooms at any time. Go for the degustation menu if you can, it’s so worth it.
But for me the best thing about Bowral is the vanilla slice at The Gumnut Patisserie
The day started well with scrambled eggs from Bron. These were so buttery and so delicious. Bron does good scrambled eggs.
The point of going to Bowral though wasn’t so much to enjoy a vanilla slice but to do a little exercise and get some fresh air on a fine Spring day.
After the vanilla slice and a coffee we went to the Bowral Cheese Shop and bought some food for lunch before going for a walk along one of the trails. While we were at The Gumnut Patisserie Bron bought some sourdough and a rye sour bread.
At the cheese store we bought some quince paste, some duck and peppercorn pâté, some Small Cow blue cheese, some truffle brie cheese and some chicken, pork and pistachio terrine. This would be an indulgent lunch.
We drove to the base of the Mount Gibraltar walking trail and walked up the stairs to the Mount Gibraltar lookout. The walk took about 40 minutes and involved some stair climbing, some trail walking and some lookout gazing. I tried to shoot some photographs but most of them turned out badly. I forgot to set my white balance properly and I forgot to bring my circular polariser. It was a very glary day and so most of the shots were not very good. We came across a wombat hole and I didn’t adjust the ISO properly and ended up with a very soft shot with a 1/2 second shutter speed. By the time I was at that point I was huffing and puffing and my heart rate was high so the shot was soft and blurry. Anyway, enough excuses, it was a good day out.
We decided to drive to the Mount Gibraltar Jellore Lookout for lunch. It’s a nice place with a good view of Mittagong.After our strenuous walk to check out a number of the fantastic views around Gibraltar rocks, we set up our picnic at the Jellore look out, which is on a little outcrop and is usually quite serene. Today it was not so, with the arrival of a number of groups, including a particularly large and boisterous family that felt the best place for their numerous selfies was half a metre from where we were sitting. After they left we were able to enjoy some peace and quite looking over the hills around Bowral before heading back to Canberra.
This was a very indulgent but utterly delicious lunch.
Eating the pâté with the rye sour bread was like eating smooth dark chocolate. It was just amazing!
This is where we were sitting for lunch.
Bron and I had a brilliant day. The weather was good and the food great.
Have you been to Bowral? What did you do? What did you eat?
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