Tokonoma Cafe and Gallery is a 30 minute drive into the countryside from the beaches of the Gold Coast. It's where I go when I am tired of the noise of cars and construction of Main Beach. The air is crisp and clean, life moves a little slower, birds sing in the trees beside the stream that meanders by Tokonoma....and tourists are rarely seen.
You'll be greeted by Margaret and her staff. Margaret spent much of her life in Japan and uses her fabulous collection of Japanese plates in the cafe.
Take a seat on the deck.
I always order the Tokonoma Don
Bryan always orders the green curry but today he tried the Hibiki Burger.
The best green tea cake with a centre of red bean paste I've ever had and made by the wife of the chef.
Served on one of Margaret's beautiful dishes.
Cheesecake for Bryan.
Everthing is served on exquisite dishes.
Touches of Margaret's time in Japan abound.
Browse the artwork for sale in the gallery
Enjoy the tranquility.
Enjoy it before the tourists discover this little gem on the Gold Coast.
From raw sugar to icing sugar in 15 seconds. After all the interest in the Thermomix following my kitchen on Jen's blog I though I'd start posting a Thermomix recipe each Thursday. If you have a Thermomix and a blog join in and I'll post your link here.
Space saving - I only need to keep one lot of sugar in the pantry now as I can make caster sugar and icing sugar from raw sugar.
Come into my kitchen.......................................
See more pictures of my kitchen over at Use Real Butter. Over the next few weeks Jen is doing a feature on food bloggers kitchens. I'm up first along with Figs, Lavender and Cheese. I'm looking forward to seeing the kitchens of some of my favourite bloggers.
A few months back I received an email from a PR company asking if I'd be interested in receiving products for review on my blog. I agreed on the understanding I would be free to express my own opinions.
Today a package arrived from Adelaide. I got excited thinking it was my copy of Harold McGee I've ordered from my friend Jude. It wasn't. It was two products from Beerenberg.
Reading the information that came with them I was intrigued with their nifty little gadget which allows you to go to their website and track the history of your purchase. By entering the barcode you can find out where and when it was made and by whom, the ingredients and how it was made.
My jar of Strawberry Jam is from batch 9 made on the on 12th January 2009 by Jeff and Allen. The Tomato Sauce from batch 9 made on 27th November 2008 by Peter and Jordan.
Over the weekend I tried the products out on the family. Both passed our family taste test. And my family is fussy and know good from ordinary. The tomato sauce has a much more vinegar taste than regular tomato sauce to the point of being more like a chutney. And the jam was a success on some scones from the freezer.
Chemotherapy targets cancer cells and destroys them. It also targets other cells in the body and destroys them - good cells. The mouth is one place it zones in on fairly early in treatment. My tastebuds are pretty much destroyed at the moment. Luckily they do repair once chemo is finished.
The one thing I can't enjoy because of the changes is a glass of wine. So I turned to beer. And I added lemonade to it. In Australia this is known as a shandy. Like wine not all beers are the same. They vary in taste and texture just like wine. With much tasting and with the help of the bartender at our local bar, Manos I've found Asahi beer makes the best shandy.
If all goes according to plan I will finish chemo at the end of May. I'm halway through the 6 month course. Sitting in the cupboard we call the cellar, is my celebration drink for that day - a bottle of Cristal.
Sam's clotted cream post had me craving scones this week. These were made in the Thermomix, using a recipe from their book. They were much stickier than most doughs I've worked with before. It's probably the reason they didn't rise as high as I'd have liked. They did taste good though.