Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Quay to a Great Meal

Well I guess I gave the game away in the title so no need to ponder the question any longer!

I fully admit that I was reluctant to dine at Quay. In spite of the many positive reviews and members of my own family calling it their favourite restaurant, year after year, I would look at their menu and ask myself whether any meal, and particularly what was on their menu at the time, was worth $220 per person - without drinks. Even when Masterchef featured the gorgeous and now famous Snow Egg, I resisted, and not only because it was the one dish I was confident I couldn't have due to its egg content.Well I was finally persuaded to give it a go and I am very glad I did.
Quay has to have the best location for a harbourside restaurant. Even better, we were in what I would call the Captain's cabin, a small dining room upstairs from the main restaurant which I imagine could be hired for private functions with the right numbers. With sweeping views of the waterfront and Bridge, what more could you want?
We decided on the degustation menu, of course, with whatever substitutes required by my egg and my friend's nut allergies.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Library Cookbook

Or to be more precise, the St Andrew’s Cathedral School Library Cookbook!
This blog doesn't usually show advertisements (notice the lack of annoying popups and stuff - so just think of this as a community announcement) but the wondrous Connie W. author of the recipe for Tamarillo, Vanilla and Rosewater Jam was associated for some time with the SACS Library Team who have spent almost three years collecting, writing, testing and revising over a hundred mouth-watering recipes for their cookbook, which boasts the following features:
  • An international selection of traditional dishes
  • Spectacular food for special occasions
  • Simple satisfying meals for the whole family
  • All recipes tested by home cooks
  • Step-by-step instructions written by educators
All profits from the sale of The Library Cookbook will be used to support the work of  Room to Read - a global organisation seeking to transform the lives of millions of  children in the developing world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in  education.
Founded on the belief that "World Change Starts with Educated Children",  Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organisations and  governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and to ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education. Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of more than  four million children in Asia and Africa and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015. 
If you would like to support this cause and order a copy (or more) of The Library Cookbook, you can:
  1. Visit the library in person and place an order at the front desk (address below),
  2. Email the SACS Library Team at: with “Cookbook  Order” as the subject or
  3. Ring the library on 02 9286 9554.
Each copy of the cookbook costs only $25. If you require the library to post your order to you, please contact them to negotiate postage options.
*Unless you have requested postal delivery, we understand that you will pick up your order at the Library Workroom (St Andrew’s Cathedral School Library, Sydney Square, George Street Sydney 2000) but hurry as the library will only be open for the week beginning December 5th before closing for the holidays.
Email: Telephone: 02 9286 9554
Please note that YaYa's Yum Yums has no association or relationship with SACS. All enquiries should be directed to the contacts given above.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What's in a Name?

Cabins & Gonz - Cupcakes!

I honestly thought there was nothing new to say about cupcakes but then Lobo came across an offer from the Deal Me! people (one of the many and growing organisations which markets discounted deals as long as a minimum number of people buy it).

I was intrigued because not only was the price amazing (24 cupcakes in four varieties delivered for $35.00) but two of the four flavours on offer were unusual and one must never say no to chocolate!