Saturday, November 22, 2008


One of the great olden days bogue memories is when you would order the number 42 beef and black bean (now replaced by XO sauce), sizzler from your local chew’n’spew Chinese establishment.

Nothing. No, NOTHING is more impressive than brown food coming to your table sizzling and smokin’ like a peppy Paul Licuria dance routine. Nothing.

It’s pizazz.

It’s pizizzle.

But wouldn’t it be mighty fine to sizzle at home?

Well folks, I got me a set of these babies- each individually wrapped in their original cardboard boxe. When me mum bought them she was infected with pure and fabulous genius.

Though she hates them now and wants to get rid of them. Something to do with space in the pantry to put more cake decorating accouterments.

It’s not going to happen. Hell. No. These Gourmet Sizzlers are mine oh mine for life and I fricken well love them.

And here’s my favorite Sunday night watching bloody good period drama on the ABC Gourmet Sizzler dish.

Stephanie Alexander’s Spanish Ham and Eggs
Serves 1

It’s in Stephanie's big book if you got it. You gotta have her big book by the way. Don’t have it and you’re a dumby.

2 chunks of ham (especially tops if taken off the Christmas supply)
2 eggs broken and emptied into a coffee cup
1/4 cup of vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 sprig of parsley chopped up a bit
Olive oil
1 cup of love
1/2 a cup of tenderness

Cook both bits of ham in a big splash of olive oil until both sides until they’re brownish. Transfer the ham to a plate. Sprinkle the sugar in the oil until it bubbles like a mad bastard and starts to caramelise. Pour on top the vinegar and wait half a minute until all hell breaks loose. Drop the ham back into the Gourmet Sizzler, get excited and then carefully drop the egg on top and around the ham. Cook until the egg consistency impresses the hell out of you. Get it off the heat and serve with the parsley, love and tenderness evenly sprinkled on top of the fine production.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Om Nom's First Special Guest Star!

Mate and invitee at our recent Melbourne Cup BBQ, Matt Strempel is funny bastard photoshop genius.

He was frustrated readers didn't get a good look at my gaypron on the day.

So he did this.

Click it for a bigger version.

Anyone else wants to do some stuff like recipes or restaurant reviews on Om Nom Nom Nom Nom, bail me up at a party or send me a message via the facebook and email box over there to the right hand side of this page.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Let's Work Together: The Melbourne Cup BBQ

Sous chef to the stars, Katia Zanutta, is the only human on this earth I can tolerate in the kitchen when I cook. Anybody else should get the fuck outta my way. If you so much as pierce the meniscus of my paella while it's cooking, I'll at least, stab you repeatedly in the throat.

We work well together. There's yelling and swearing and accusing and shit and we love it. Okay, the time we made Teague Ezard's prawn paper rolls, things got a little testy but we did eventually get the job done. Spectacularly.

Every six weeks or so, we put on a big themed meal for 8-10 lucky invitees.

The most recent: A Day At The Races: The Melbourne Cup BBQ.

This is not how we do it.

On Cup Eve I suggested to Katia we add to the menu, the AMAZING fairy bread with Nutella I learned a couple weeks ago from another lovely young chef, who I reckon I could almost tolerate in my kitchen.

Katia's SMS reply?
"I am mortified by that suggestion."
So here's the line-up we agreed on.

Moro's White Gazpacho. Yeah, chilled Spanish blanched almond soup with lotsa garlic, sherry vinegar, ice and grapes, yes grapes in soup ferfucksake!

Home made falafel (Katia excelled with this, with cries of "best falafel ever" coming from the stands), with tahini (which I thought was great but unfortunately Katia copped a grilling from the one fine Muslim fella at the table who claimed it was "nothing like what my mum makes.")


Salads: Beetroot, goats cheese and leaves; black bean and corn; and asparagus, avocado and crazy leaves.

Pork and fennel sausages and Greek sausages (Kokkoretsi i think).

Spanish marinated overnight (smoked paprika, lemon, fresh thyme, dried Spanish oregano, garlic, olive oil, salt and red wine vinegar), lamb cutlets.

Also marinated in all the salad dressings and some brown sugar, some bbq calamari, followed by a fruit platter.

There was also this delightful tiramisu made by guest, Pere who being Spanish shouldn't be permitted to nail a tiramisu like this.

Here's the marvelously bourgoise eating scene, reminiscent of Stephanie Alexander's Shared Table TV series when we om nom nom nom nom the food while discussing Proust's earlier work, whether opera goers will ever dig Massenet's stuff again and homosexual drinking establishments that permit and encourage sex on the premises.

Two of our guests, who I had executed by firing squad, crossed the kitchen border "just having a taste" and one guest had the temerity to suggest I might have been overcooking the cutlets. He was cut to pieces and fed to Milo the cat.

So apart from a few quibbles with me making a mess while grinding the almonds for the gazpacho, and the little blow up over the nutella fairy bread which could have got quite nasty, Katia and I again teamed nicely in the kitchen.

Note: The people in this photo are actually friends of ours and not actors hired to make it look like we have mates. Hello Jamie Oliver!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Some Days Life Is Right

Today at Oakleigh Cakes, Oakleigh after a chicken souvlaki nearby at Orexi.

Click on the picture for a ridiculously mouthsharting, detailed image.

Om nom nom nom nom zzzzzzzzzz.......

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Chicken schnitzel, lettuce, margarine, salt and pepper from the milkbar around the corner (click image for the full experience).

$5.10, thank you very much.

And a further $7,365 ambulance and hospital fees for my imminent heart attack.

Old favorite, the mixed grill at The Rose, Fitzroy.

What's under the egg?

More meat, that's what's under the egg.

First course at a footy function last week in the club rooms at Windy Hill, the home of the Essendon Football Club.

The menu described it as:
"Roast Lamb served with Roasted Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables."
I described it as:
"Gee, she's stodgy. Thank Gawd for the mint sauce. What the fark's going on with this potato?"
I didn't get to finish the "carrots".

The pavlova wasn't too bad, especially the passionfruit sauce.

Well, the passion was good but the fruit, ordinary.

There's a Very Good Reason Coleslaw Rhymes With Coldsore

Via SMS, Jack asks:
"Dear Om Nom Nom Nom, Is coleslaw bogue unless it is homemade?"
Jack, I'm glad you asked. Even if you had Canadian hipster recording artist, Gonzales make it for you in his Paris apartment, ALL COLESLAW IS BOGUE.

Add cheese to your coleslaw and you'll get your meal so bogue, Shannon Noll will use his magic, teleporting Leyland P76 to make an unscheduled stopover and nom nom nom nom all the old condiments out of your pantry.

It's a pain in the jatsy when he does that.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sage Advice

Now that I mention sage, fry a few leaves of the stuff in a big knob (!) of butter and a little olive oil. Once the leaves go crispy, pour over just a minute ago fried, white fish fillet.

Serve with good bread for sopping up the stuff.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Salt is Confusing Me

I think Nigella Lawson penned these thoughtful words when she was really really drunk on sake.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pedro's Dirty Chorizo Omelette

Serves one bastardo gordo.

This is a tasty breakfast dish I picked up from Seville’s cult bistro, El Canario Deslizadizo. Thanks Pedro for letting me publish. I owe you one. Come to think of it, I think you owe me a couple more. Nurse!?

1 chorizo sausage
1 big anchovy or sardine
3 eggs
1 handful of fresh and chopped parsley
red wine vinegar
olive oil
salt & pepper
1 Ween Chocolate & Cheese album
1 slice of bread (for toast)

Heat pan. Turn on Ween record and return to kitchen. Slice chorizo sausage thick and put into hot, oiled pan. Lightly beat eggs with some of that parsley. Don’t toss too much or you’ll go blind. When Ween start Can’t Put My Finger On It, its time to add a big splash of red wine vinegar and the anchovy or sardine. And when the song finishes add the egg mix and put the toast on. When the toast pops up, hassle the omelette a bit with a blunt implement and then serve on top the toast. Sprinkle more parsley, salt and pepper and put it on a table ready to eat. Go to the record player, switch to Buenas Tardes Amigo and enjoy Pedro’s Dirty Chorizo Omlette!

For ‘clean’ version, omit the fish bits.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


When killjoy nutritionist Rosemary Stanton saw me about to tuck into this fried scallop stuffed hamburger with the lot, she tried to punch me in the man breast. Because her punching bones weren't ready for action after the transplant with the punching bones of a retired fighting cock, Rosemary's attack was hilarious.

Humiliated, she floated away.

Like a ghost.

In the frenzy some fat dripped out of the burger, burning a hole into my trousers.

Om nom nom nom nom.

An unfortunate use of the inverted commas.

Bill Grainger's Mysterious Reducing Hair Trauma

Sydney celebrity chef, Bill Grainger disturbs me.

His books and cooking shows check out. Bit prancy but mostly easy to follow recipes. Saw him live at one of those cooking shows. He did scrambled eggs. Use cream, butter and a hot pan. Don't muck around. Fry eggs quick, flip and get the hell out. Good advice.

Nope, there's nothing wrong with Bills (his books and restaurants don't use an apostrophe) cooking.

It's Bills hair that winds me up.

Bills paranoid about balding. Pick up any of his books, look at the photos and I'll guarantee you won't see the top of his head. The shot is either from a strange upwards angle, from behind, in a strange light, far away or even cropped at the forehead, chopping off the top of his head altogether.

Watch his cooking shows and the same thing happens. He comes across onscreen as almost effete but sheesh, he must run his shoots with anger a la Monsieur Mick Malthouse.

"If you so much as show a teaspoon sized bit of my bald spot I will shove this spatula so far down your cakehole you'll be ordering porridge everyday until first day of cherry season!"

A Dud Root (Vegetable)

Grown by a proud Mrs Hilary Nellist of Bedford, this parsnip is Britain's ugliest vegetable.

Via Boing Boing.

The Man Who Inspired Om Nom Nom Nom Nom

From Sad Guys on Trading Floors

Let The Noms Begin

Peters'/COCK BRAND Fish Curry
serves 2
two fish fillets chopped up to big pieces
salt & pepper
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne or paprika or cajun spice mix
1/4 cup flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4cup shopped spring onion greens
1/2 cup green beans
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
1 teaspoon chopped lemon grass
1 or 2 kaffir lime leaves chopped up all nice
1 small green chili seeded and chopped or 1/2 teaspoon crushed green chilli
1/2 teaspoon bottled crushed ginger
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 can of coconut cream or milk
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 splash of COCK Brand fish sauce (optional)

Prep by cutting everything up. Thai curries should be cooked real farken quick with the vegetables still a bit crunchy and fresh tasting, which means prepping is super essential. Remember, not prepping is bogue.

Season the fish with cayenne or paprika, salt and pepper, and dust lightly with flour. heat the oil in a pan and fry the fish until lightly golden on both sides and cooked through (about 4 minutes, depending on thickness of fish). Remove fish with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Drain out the oil, wipe out the pan and return about 1 tablespoon of the oil. Saute the greens, herbs, chili, lemongrass, lime leaves and ginger for about 30 seconds. It's good when the lemongrass gets crispy so put in the lemongrass first.

Add the ground coriander, coconut cream and water. Splash in a bit of COCK brand Fish sauce if you want. Simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring, until the herbs are all fucked up, add the lemon rind and if you want you can puree in a blender to a smooth sauce. Add water if needed.

Return sauce to pan and check seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste. Place fish in the sauce to warm gently (don't fully submerge), then serve over white rice.