Cauliflower and leek soup

As the temperature dips in Australia, it definitely feels like soup weather. I was supposed to post this earlier for a friend but since tomorrow is forecasted for possible snow in Canberra, this might be the perfect timing.

Cauliflower and leek soup

Serves 4 (10 minutes prep, 45 minutes cooking time)


  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 cups (500mL) of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup (125mL)of thickened cream
  • salt and pepper
  • deep pot
  • stick blender
  1. Thinly slice the white part of the leeks (yes it needs to be said for some people)
  2. Heat a pot to medium/high heat
  3. Add some olive oil and sauté garlic and leeks until translucent
  4. Add florets of the cauliflower and diced stem to the pot and stir fry for 5 minutes
  5. Add the vegetable stock
  6. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes
  7. Take off heat and blend the soup with the stick blender until smooth
  8. Return to low heat, add cream and then salt and pepper to taste
  9. Ready to serve when it is hot again (but not boiling)


For a smoky bacon flavour, crisp up 250g diced smoked bacon and blend most of it in step #7. Top with remaining bacon bits when serving.


This is a picture of the bacon version, I didn’t top mine with bacon because I ate the remaining bacon. Let’s keep that a secret between you and me.

New Star Charcoal Chicken

The body wants what the body wants, there is no logic to it. So when I was craving chicken, I found myself in Dickson shops looking for something chicken-y. I came across New Star Charcoal Chicken which opened up about a month ago.1/2 chicken, chips, garlic, soft drink can ($12.90). The chips were freshly fried, topped with chicken salt (by request) and were very addictive. The garlic was so good I wanted to put it on everything. Unfortunately, the chicken wasn’t freshly cooked (it had been sitting under heat lamps), the breast was dry and the limbs were a bit overcooked. It is a shame because the place smelt really good. Maybe I’ll have to go back during a peak period and get a fresh chicken.Have you been to this place?

Venue: New Star Charcoal Chicken

Address: Shop 1/4-20 Dickson place, Dickson, ACT

Keep Calm and Curry On

Get your diary and cross out whatever you thought you were doing this weekend and write ‘CURRY FESTIVAL’ all in caps.
The World Curry Festival will kick off this Friday 8th from 5:00PM with free entry. There will be curries (obviously) from around the world, curried beer and spiced cider, entertainment and of course you will have to check out what unusual ice cream flavours Frugii has concocted for this event.
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VenueWorld Curry Festival
Address: City Walk, Civic
Dates and times
8th July 5:00PM – 8:00PM
9th July 11:00AM – 8:00PM
10th July 11:00AM – 6:00PM
In the case of bad weather the event may be postponed, please click attending on the Facebook event for all the latest event updates.

Cold weather. No problem, it’s the perfect time to have a hot apple strudel from @movenpick.kingstonforeshore paired perfectly with their vanilla bean ice cream. #dreamingofdessert #applestrudel #kingston 

I remember when I was eating a cheese and bacon pie while order my chicken schnitzel burger with gravy and onion for breakfast. That was a very good day. #hungryhungryhippo #breakfast #burger