Sunday, April 20, 2014

Chocolate brownies for Easter!

The team at Food Obsession wishes everyone a very Happy Easter! We hope that you have had a good long weekend and a well-deserved break with the company of all your loved ones (surrounded by food of course!).

It has been a chocolate-filled week for me (chocolate Easter eggs, chocolate hot cross buns etc.), and to make matters worse, I've had this craving for chocolate brownies for awhile now. So, when I found this recipe, I just had to make it!

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Brownie Squares

What do you think? Nothing better than some homemade brownies, yes? Make some and have them a bit warm with some ice cream, maybe?

Recipe (adapted from sortedfood.com) 
Chocolate base:
140g butter
200g dark chocolate 
225g caster sugar (I used a lot less than this!)
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs 
60g plain flour 
60g cocoa 

Orange cream cheese filling 
75g cream cheese
50g caster sugar (once again, I didn't use as much sugar) 
1 egg
75g plain flour
zest of 1 orange

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a rectangular baking tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Melt butter, chocolate and sugar in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so.
3. Crack in the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth and glossy.
4. Add the flour and cocoa into the chocolate mix and beat well.
5. Pour into the lined baking tin. 

6. Beat the sugar and vanilla into the cream cheese, then beat in the egg, flour and zest of the orange to create the cream cheese filling.
7. Spoon the cream cheese mix into the brownie in blobs and use a knife to move the mixture around, creating a marbled effect.
8. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes and allow to cool fully in the tin before cutting into square pieces to serve. 

A big thank you to the guys at Sorted Food for coming up with this recipe! The only thing I might do differently next time is reduce the flour content for the cream cheese filling. Other than that, it would have been a perfect brownie.

This has definitely satisfied my brownie craving, even though it means that I will need to find a way to burn away all these calories. Meh, maybe another day!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The gift of food this Christmas

The team at Food Obsession wishes all our readers a very Merry Christmas, and an awesome new year ahead! Hopefully you have had a wonderful holiday season, celebrating with family and friends (and also celebrating over some food!)

As mentioned in an earlier post, we've been working on various number of projects this summer. One of my personal projects is making food gifts as Christmas gifts.

I stumbled upon this recipe at sortedfood.com and could not resist making them as they looked so easy to make. These Cranberry Florentines also made really cute gifts for colleagues and friends.

 
Cranberry Florentines fresh from the oven.

 
All these cookies are packed and ready to be gifted!

Recipe (taken from sortedfood.com)
75g butter 
75g caster sugar (I used less as I am not a fan of cookies being super sweet) 
2 tbsp honey
75g plain flour 
75g dried cranberries 
50g glacé cherries (chopped, optional)
50g mixed dried peel 
50 flaked almonds 

1. Melt butter, sugar and honey over simmering water.
2. Stir in the flour to create a batter. 
3. Tip all of the dried fruit and flaked almonds into the batter.
4. Mix well. 
5. Spoon mixture with a teaspoon onto baking trays and press slightly to flatten a little. 
6. Bake for 10 minutes at 180°C, then cool for 5 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

Enjoy and happy baking!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Meetings over lunch

All work-related meetings should be done over lunch, especially if it is a meeting which the parties dread, for example, performance reviews.

We did exactly that; a semi-formal meeting where discussions about career progression took place over delicious food (and a glass of wine or two) at The Olive Tree Restaurant.

 
 Chicken Schnitzel with Seeded Mustard and Cheese Sauce and Fries

The Olive Tree Restaurant may look like a tiny, cramped cottage from the outside, but inside, it is spacious and its decor provides such a good ambiance. There is definitely more space out the back for larger groups (and even wedding receptions). The food has always been delicious and it is a good lunch spot for something different than the usual grub from the food courts.

Why not check out the menus when you plan your next luncheon? They have set menus and also serve dessert!

The Olive Tree Restaurant
20 Emerald Terrace
WEST PERTH WA 6005

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Late, impromptu dinner at Terrazza

It has been ages since our last update - we are so sorry! There have been other priorities this year and somehow we have neglected our blogging passion. However, a lot has happened (including eating and travelling, of course) and we will be bringing a lot more exciting projects to Food Obsession starting this summer.

In the meantime, let me fill you in on a fairly recent impromptu food adventure.

Terrazza was discovered because my friends and I:
  • planned for a later than usual dinner time; 
  • had no idea where to eat;
  • needed to eat at somewhere close to the cinema; and 
  • did not realise that the initial restaurant we wanted to go to was not opened! 
We were lucky that Terrazza was opened and because it was a (very) late dinner, it wasn't packed at all.

 
My Penne Alla Vodka and a side of Cajun Spice Fries for the table! 

My thoughts? Service was excellent and our meals were not only served within 15 minutes, but they were delicious! The only thing was we were late running so very late for our 9:15 pm show, we scoffed everything down, burning our tongues in the process. If we had more time, I am sure we would have enjoyed the meal more. 

This just means that I have an excuse to return to Terrazza again, right? Next time, I am staying for dessert! =P

Terrazza Cafe and Restaurant
767 Canning Highway
APPLECROSS WA 6153