what Ive been eating

After spending the Festive Season eating & drinking with abandon, the past couple of weeks I thought I’d get back on a better track before entering the zone of austerity when 12WBT starts with gusto in a couple of weeks.

Although I’m not sticking to the usual strict diet of 1200 calories a day, I am back to eating healthier. Here’s the fruits of my excess of late…

midweek BBQ

To say Jay enjoys barbecuing would be an understatement. Any day that it’s sunny and warm he’s straight out on the grill to BBQ up a storm. I don’t mind; I play prep-chef and he does the cooking! We usually do lean meat (lamb fillet, beef steak, chicken or fish in foil packages) with an array of veggies (corn, zucchini, capsicum, mushrooms, onion, etc) and often a nice zingy salsa. This particular weeknight we did lamb chops with corn and zucchini.Yum!

brekkie at Fountain77 Cafe

I’ve placed a 3-month embargo on our regular cafe (FFF). Jay is a total creature of habit and I am not, so the only way to get him to try new places to eat weekend breakfast is to do it by force! Fountain77 is also local and on a rainy morning we stopped in for some sustenance. I had poached eggs, rocket, bacon, ricotta & avocado on sourdough. The serving is huge but the coffee is decent and the food really fresh!

lunch back at work

I am one of those people who naughtily never take a lunch break. I’d rather just motor through my work and eat at my desk. First day back last week I had a homemade poached chicken salad. At my desk.

half a burger & chips

You know I’m obsessed with burgers. They really are my favourite food but since I’ve adopted Michelle Bridges as my guru they’re generally not on the meal plan (unless they’re the Cheeky Charlie version), but I’ve found that if I share a burger with a like-minded friend I don’t have to go without! My work friend Mands & I discovered the ‘OMG Burger’ at The Brooklyn in the city. It really is Oh.My.Gosh. (or OMFG) and we split it! 


This is my hubby’s fave dinner….you take these ingredients:


and create a ‘haystack’ of joy! Yum!

brekkie at Frames Cafe

Yay for FFF embargo! We went to Frames Cafe in Surry Hills for a spot of brunch. I ate sourdough with poached eggs, bacon, avocado & haloumi. The coffee was exceptional!

Japanese sake at Goen

Gracie, Jay & I went for mid-week dinner at Goen Japanese resutoran in Glebe. We ate gyoza, edamame, sushi, sashimi, beef teriyaki and drank Asahi and sake.

another alfresco BBQ

Another weeknight BBQ and Jay cooks up delicious scotch-fillet steak with corn Mexican-style (chargrilled with spicy herbs).

weekend delights

Now this is my kind of treat-meal! Goats brie and goats cream-cheese with chives, sausage, figs, strawberries, dukkah with olive-oil/balsamic for dipping, chickpea chips & olive bread. Served with sparkling bubbles of course!

marinated 'roo
veggies & feta

Inspired by Mich to eat the leanest & highest-protein meat, I decided to reattempt a past failure of cooking Kangaroo, for dinner the other night. I marinated Skippy Kangaroo fillets in rosemary (from my garden!), garlic, pepper and olive-oil. I seared them on the skillet and served them with corn, steamed beans, avocado, greens and feta. Yum!

sushi & sashimi platter

I regularly eat at Tomodachi in Broadway shopping centre. It has my fave sushi train but I tried the small sushi and sashimi platter there while running errands.

Now all this talk of food is making me hungry! Time for a snack…


Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

5 thoughts on “what Ive been eating

  1. This all looks so yum! I’m so amused you have put an embargo on FFF. I get it though, I’d try a new place every week if I could (says she who just blogged about going to the same cafe three times in a row!).

  2. I’m intrigued by the haystack… must try something like that (though cornchips are a huge danger food for me!).

    1. think of it as a healthy nachos without all the melted cheese & sourcream (there are some of that but its only a few tablespoons). give it a go, maybe it can be the way you eat your corn chips (in portion control)!

  3. Ah, haystacks. It reveals your hidden past! There is nothing that says Sabbath lunch more than haystacks. I believe they were invented by some midwestern Adventist wife, because they are the universal food of Adventists. In fact, I had them for lunch last Sabbath. With Leighton Heise. Don’t get more SDA than that.

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