Dear Edible Diary,
We were aimless chilli beans walking around Circular Quay when we spotted the ferry terminal. I knew exactly what I wanted to do at that point and though he wasn't all that keen on my randomness, he was curious enough to join me on the next ferry to Manly! I could feel my water elements gearing up as we jetted across the crystal blue sea! When we arrived, I was really surprised to find that it was warm and sunny! We were chilli beans no more! We decided to check out the Art Gallery but along the way we got distracted by the beautiful scenery...and...
THE PANTRY! I had totally heard about this place a while back but have been crazy busy that I didn't have time to go! But that day was the day that we became oneeeee!
I can't remember what time we went but it was definitely a good time because we were seated immediately with perfect view of the beach!
How cool is this picture right? My sexy bottle chillin on the sexy ledge overlooking the sexy beach.
For starters, we ordered the crumbed baby bocconcini w/chilli jam. Verdict? Well good enough for me to take photos of them chillin on the window sill...
On the table...
Half masticated on my fork...
Ah and that chilli jam was so good, it complemented the salty cheeeesiness perfecctly! I will fight with anyone who doesn't like or tries to steal my thunder with these goodies..
(A little excerpt of our lunch whilst I was obsessively taking pictures of the bocconcinis)
Him: You're so weird
Me: Yes I know, so what?
Him: (action) tries to steal the rest of the boccocinis whilst I was taking photos...
Me: Give them back. Now.
Him: Make me.
Me: I will...
And I continued to give him a very clear rundown of what would be bestowed upon him should he not return them (best left for another tale), to which he unwillingly, but ever so quickly returned the plate back to the table- yep I'm mean.
On a brighter note, he was very happy when his main arrived, the Steak Frites- New York cut, green peppercorn butter and fries. He said it was delicious and after I tried some, I had to agree. It was very tender and tasty!
My dish was the grilled prawn gnocchi w/ goats cheese, pine nuts, peas and tea soaked sultanas. In terms of the gnocchi alone, I found their texture to be nice and bouncy (I like to call it Qyu Qyu in my native language, and anyone who gets that is pretty cool in my books). Despite the nice texture, I found the gnocchi to be quite bland, but together with the other components of the dish, namely the saltiness of the goats cheese and sweetness of the soaked sultanas, it tasted like magic. Yes magic. Sadly, the magic didn't work for him so much, as the dish disapparated before I could quid pro quo!
After lunch, we had more fun with Ben and Jerry :D
Next post baking, and it will be, riveting.