Recipe: Fig and Persian fetta salad

I am currently loving pairing fig with Persian fetta! #canberra #cooking #cbr #food #foodie #foodblog #salad

Another dish that I loved from Podfood so much that I had to recreate it. Obviously not much to it, the main ingredients are in the title.

Ingredients~

  • Persian fetta (I bought one that was marinated with lemon and capers)
  • Salad green mix or rocket
  • Fresh figs (currently available at both farmers markets for $5 a bag

Method~

  1. Wash the salad greens, dry in a salad spinner and arrange in a salad bowl.
  2. Wash figs and cut them in half and arrange evenly across the top.
  3. Using two teaspoons drop small chunks of Persian fetta in between figs. I usually dress the salad with some of the oil from the Persian fetta.
  4. Don’t bogart the salad

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Chez Frederic

One particularly lazy Thursday, with my head being preoccupied with other thoughts (still food based of course), I felt particularly drained and thought it was the perfect time to try out Chez Frederic as they do gourmet take away (you can also dine in).

I wasn’t in any rush at all when I headed to Braddon around 6pm, I drove up and down the street three times but all the car parks were taken (even the dodgy ones) all along Lonsdale street and the perpendicular streets as well. I was forced into lots of U-turns and finally gave up and drove to the outside car park of the Canberra Centre across from the petrol station. It was a quick stroll just past the construction site next to the Civic pub before I walked to the front of the restaurant.20140324-213844.jpgSimple clean decor with a nice concise menu.20140324-213902.jpg

20140324-213934.jpgIt was empty when I got there but there were plenty of ‘reserved’ signs on the tables.20140324-214000.jpgAn easy to change specials board.20140324-214041.jpg

20140324-214059.jpgI adore their creative use of ladles and tea light candles.20140324-214134.jpgI was greeted by a friendly face and made the very hard decisions of what to order and before I knew it, there was a packed bag ready for collection. I walked back to my car and when I looked at my car park ticket I was only gone for 18 minutes including travel/deciding time! I was home not long after and couldn’t wait to dig into my dinner! You may have noticed that I was tempted into two desserts as well.20140324-214158.jpgPork spare ribs marinated in a honey & plum sauce ($19.00). I couldn’t decide between the pork ribs or the duck ravioli (filled with duck, mushrooms and leek in a creamy mushroom sauce $18.50) but the waitress suggested if I was hungry to go with the ribs and she wasn’t kidding! When I went to pick up a rib to sample, the meat was so tender it tore away from the bone and I picked up nothing but a clean rib bone. The sauce was a bit overall sweet, I know there is a lot of sugar in BBQ sauce but this was the type of sweetness that comes from the plum/honey sauce. I thought this is was pretty cheap for ribs, the meat was ridiculously tender but I didn’t like the marinade too much. I really enjoyed the mix of vegetables and the different colours they have chosen.20140324-214221.jpg

20140324-214232.jpgLasagna ($13.50). I had read on another blog that the lasagna was worth getting and TimmyC loves himself a good lasagna but unfortunately this was not. There wasn’t a rich béchamel sauce, the tomato sauce was a bit bland and even the cheesy top (which I usually save til last) wasn’t great. I kept on taking bites in hopes that I would like it but it wasn’t going to happen.20140324-214248.jpgTiramisu ($6.00). The tiramisu tasted very bland which is odd for a dessert that is supposed to be packed with coffee, masala and mascarpone. It was the coffee soaked biscuit portion was the main let down, it was extremely soggy with a watered down coffee. There was a pool of liquid built up and it was probably the coffee mixture but it tasted like brown water. The top just tasted like a subtly sweetened cream rather than of a rich mascarpone. I love tiramisu so it didn’t take much convincing to order this but I can easily say it was one of the worst ones I have eaten, even the Domino’s version of the tiramisu has more flavour than this.20140324-214323.jpg

20140324-214338.jpgThis was the unexpected dessert. When I saw the sign for profiteroles with a salted caramel centre ($7.00), I thought the decadence of reading the description alone would give me diabetes. The profiteroles weren’t stale which gave me a big sigh of relief, there is nothing worse than stale choux pastry. The ‘cream’ in the middle could have been sweeter but it was whipped to a very light texture which gave the dessert an overall ‘light’ feeling.20140324-214414.jpg

20140324-214402.jpgDespite my disappointment in a lot of the food, I still think this place has potential and I would be excited to try more from the menu, if only I could get a park easily close by…

Venue: Chez Fredric

Address4/14 Lonsdale st, Braddon ACT 2612

Phone6248 0044

Opening hours: Open 7 days

Lunch 12 – 2pm

Dinner 5 – 9pm

Websitehttp://chezfrederic.com.au/

 

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