A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

Staying awake with Seafood Paella & Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Finally, I can sit down and bring some life back into this neglected spot! I was in Sydney during the Easter long weekend and then battling an onslaught of assignments, tests and practical assessments; all of which were due in the same week. I definitely have a backlog of cook-ups and my Sydney pig-out sessions to write about but for this entry, I’ve decided to start with the most recent thing I cooked and that was dinner on Saturday night of seafood and chorizo paella accompanied by a dessert of flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake. Although a pretty much impromptu affair, dinner was made all the more awesome with the company of my sisters, cousin and his girlfriend. We dined, we laughed and even conducted a  spontaneous and ridiculous blind-taste test on different brands of Ginger Beer/Ale.

Saxby’s Ginger Beer took the winning crown; spicy, gingery with a kick-factor of 10/10 while a well-known brand ( I’m not telling which one) tasted and smelled like the toilet cleaner and it isn’t Home Brand.

But I digress. My paella was ok as I made it on a whim; I had no time to make a fish stock and simply tossed in chorizo, mussel meat, green prawns, chopped capsicum, tomatoes, paprika and medium grain rice, cooked in chicken stock and coloured it with turmeric because I was too cheapskate to buy saffron, which I will only splurge on when I decide to cook it the proper way in a proper paella pan. 🙂 It was ok considering I had been awake for more than 24 hours after finishing my kitchen unit assessment during the first half of Saturday.  But the flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake was a blast! The recipe is from Citrus and Candy ; a divine treat for chocoholics. The combination of grounded hazelnuts and luscious bitter chocolate made it a gorgeous treat. Mind, you, it is a very rich cake so a small wedge or slice  is enough to send your eye-balls rolling back or so I think that was the effect it had on me. I did not make the sexy oozing ganache but I added a generous tablespoonful or two of Frangelico into the cake batter.  On Sunday, we went raspberry-picking at Kinglake and brought home a tub of lovely raspberries so I decided to decorate this leftover cake slice (pictured above) with our bountiful pickings and guess what; it was definitely a match made in heaven! The burst of slightly sweet and sour flavours of the berries complemented the bitter-sweetness of the chocolate. Love it! Love it! and Love it!

And with all that; good food, good company and great entertainment, I stayed up for a record, 40 hours!!

Insane!!

speak to me, you sexy thing!

1 person likes this post.

4 comments to Staying awake with Seafood Paella & Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

  • Moyang

    Speak to you sexy thing?
    AM i the one? Haha..yeah was fun taste testing all that ginger beer/ale. Left my tummy feeling a bit too gassy though. Lol

  • Vyanne

    U bet the cake is sexy! I have goosebumps just thinking about the combination of chocolate, hazelnuts and raspberries. It is the little black dress in cake world. 🙂

  • shirls

    wow.. the food looks heavenly, babe.. as per usual 😉 do share ur recipe of the seafood paella! i’ve had the best seafood paella back in malaysia. can’t seem to find any good ones here though =( perhaps i should attempt one on my own! lol

  • Mei Sze

    When I make it the proper way, I will document the recipe. I too have not tasted awesome paella in melbourne. The best one I ate was in Spain but that was eons ago. The key is the fish stock, fresh seafood and of course the prized saffron…hehehehe