Sample of some goodness to come!

Tacos anyone?

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Well thanks to the gods of the internet a new restaurant/shop stumbled upon my fingers as I was generally looking for inspiration in a sea of great things to do in Melbourne, and what a place this is!

La Tortilleria a small little hole in the wall situated in the industrial sector of Kensington in Stubbs Street, a poky little shop and restaurant dedicated to the all mighty tortilla, and have been assured by one of the partners that this as traditional as a tortilla can get.
I arrived to find myself transported to another world, behind a glass wall, a lady was packaging up the freshly cooked tortillas into bags so I had the great opportunity to purchase a fresh hot batch of tortillas… so it was easy to get carried away when I walked out of there with a kilo of tortillas to take home and play with…

I will have to wait to go back there to try out what they have to offer in the restaurant, but for now I have new vessels to play around with.

So stay tuned for recipes and ideas to come, to go with these amazing tortillas. check out La Tortilleria 

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Michael’s Salted Caramel

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will make about 250mL

Its hardly a secret that i have a sweet tooth, and to see anything with salted caramel makes it a must have. Often I’ll make double batches to keep in the fridge and pull out to finish off or add to desserts.

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You will need;
SAUCEPANS to cook with.
FIRE to heat.
MEASURING CUPS to measure
SUGAR PROBE, or any temperature gauge that you can accurately reach up to 120°C
GLASS DOMICILE to hold your gooey salted caramel goodness

This will take about 15mins of pure dedication… so no TV, Facebooking, or stalking your ex!

Other stuff you will need;
1/2 cup Cream
100g Caster Sugar
1tsp of salt
1/2tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (Half a pod)
1/4 cup Glucose Syrup
30g Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup Cream
1Tbsp Glucose Syrup
1/2tsp Maldon Flaked Sea Salt

BOIL 1/2 cup of cream, vanilla, salt and 1/4 cup of glucose
HOLD set aside
HEAT Sugar in a medium sized saucepan until a even caramel colour
SHOWER scalded cream mix into caramel
BEAT constantly until you reach 120°C and take off heat (it will split if you dont give it love)
TOSS in Butter, 1/4 cup cream and Tbsp Glucose
DRINK wine and wait for it to cool
FUSE 1/4 tsp of flaked sea salt into the caramel
DIP fingers directly into the salted caramel and enjoy its goodness

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Salt has an amazing way of bringing the sweetness and flavour of a dish out and this is no exception. If you can resist even contemplating consuming it all by yourself then we should not be friends…

Make this to impress your friends, its devilish, simple and most of all is killer on Vanilla bean ice cream!

Taco Truck

OK this is the first post for my new blog so this is a tremendous occasion and should be celebrated as such. What better start to this than to talk about the ever so amazing Taco Truck… Wait… What? You haven’t heard of the Taco Truck? Well first of all… shame on you, secondly we need to give you a little background on the Food Van revolution. Made famous in L.A, food vans and pop-up restaurants call upon there many fans through social networks and draw massive flash crowds.

Flash Crowd patiently waiting for their tacos

Flash Crowd patiently waiting for their tacos

The time is 3:30pm on a Wednesday and trolling through post after post on Facebook the ever so hilarious LOL cats and political anarchism has left me bored with life, when I stumble across the Taco Truck’s latest location post for the night. My eyes light up and my mouth begins to salivate as i begin to plot my route for the night ahead…

Today we travel to Mr Wilkinsons Bar in Brunswick… I pull up at 6:45 as I park I can already see the crowd amassed by the Taco Truck outside the pub on a sultry summer evening. The crowd of bohemian hipsters wait patiently some with drinks in hand to help pass the time… The menu for this evening is Fish Tacos, Chicken Tacos, and Potato Tacos.

My mind was made up well before I had arrived, just hoping that they hadn’t sold out already… As I make my order as clinical as if I was in the presence of the Soup Nazi, totally not necessary but in terms of efficiency I am a fantastic customer. The wait time is not an issue when it comes to the taste of these moreish flavour vessels.

Soon enough my name is called and the glorious white cardboard platter is handed to me… My Taco plate has arrived!

Chicken & Fish tacos

Chicken & Fish tacos

2 fresh soft hand made corn tortillas layered with fresh red cabbage slaw, freshly squeezed lime juice, and lightly battered white fish accompanied by zingy poppy mayo with a side of freshly cooked corn chips.
The next decision is always the hardest… to spice up with the Salsa Verde or to go al natural.

Best eaten as fresh as possible but seriously who could wait to stuff these morsels into there gullet.

The fresh taste of the slaw, and crispiness of the fish is welcoming to my pallet, but it’s the mayo and the lime juice that steals the show giving a zingy flavour explosion unlike no other.

With a fantastic partnership of a couple of pots of Kirin from the bar, my night is now complete…

For information where you can find the taco truck and other pop up restaurants checkout wherethetruck.at