I have never cooked pavlova. It always seemed something that was quite tricky and difficult. I always put it in the too hard basket. The one element that always seemed the hardest was the meringue (one of the main elements!). I think everyone either has or has heard of meringue disasters.

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Cook with grapefruit? I am sure some of you are wondering if this is possible, but I can happily report that it is.

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Welcome to week two of what I ate when J was away!

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I headed into the city the other evening to catch up with friends at Wagamama in Flinders Lane. Wagamama is a global noodle chain, whose ethos, according to their website, is “to combine great, fresh and nutritious food in an sleek yet simple setting with helpful, friendly service and value for money”
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When J is away I try to get out of the house and catch up with friends at least once a week. This gives me some social contact and means I get to eat something that hasn’t been reheated or came out of a jar.

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J has been travelling a lot in the last year for work, and that leaves me catering for one. Which means I get lazy, I can’t be bothered coming home from work and cooking anything too exciting if it is only going to be me to appreciate it.

 

As there won’t be any interesting cooking to blog about in the next few weeks I thought I would document what I eat for dinner when J is away.
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J’s cousin, H, was in town and we caught up for dinner at The Grand in Richmond. The Grand is a true gastro pub, and has two dining options; the bar/lounge or the dining room. We have eaten in the bar many a time as both J and I used to work down the road, and we still have friends that work nearby.
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When we were recently in Tassie we wanted to take Dad for a nice lunch for his birthday. I had originally booked Strathlyn, a restaurant at the Ninth Island Cellar door in Rosevears, down the East Tamar where we have been before and always had a good meal.

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J and recently had a weekend in Tassie. We try and do this regularly so as to catch up with my parents. Qantas had a sale on, which is always a good excuse to go, and we picked the weekend that coincided with my Dad’s birthday. Flying to Tassie from Melbourne is easy, the car trip from home to the airport can take longer than the flight time. We take-off, get to the required cruising altitude and level out for 10 minutes, before starting the descent into Launceston airport, all of which take 45-60 minutes.
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J and I were off to see his uncle in a play, and as it was in Lygon street we decided to try a restaurant up that way. As we had been discussing George Calambaris’ restaurants with people recently we thought we would try Hellenic Republic, which George opened with his mum Mary.
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