Thursday, March 6, 2014

Recipe: How to make Mixed Berry Compote and Ricotta Blinis

I've said it once, and I'll say it a million times... anything small is always cuter, more appetizing, more appealing, more fun than the larger version. At least I think so anyway :) So after I tried the most amazing mixed berry compote and ricotta pancakes, I was determined to share it with the rest of the world! I took my wonderfully good friend 'A' to also try it.. and she agreed that it was pretty darn good.

SOOO.. basically when deciding what delicious morsels of goodness I would have at my kitchen tea party (39 days and counting!!!!) I NEEDED to serve these! So I came up with a really awesome way to serve them which is quick to assemble and looks so cute and appetizing, you almost don't feel too guilty if you have one or two more than you should ;)

Mixed Berry Compote + Ricotta Blinis
Just a note: When I make compote I use whatever fruits I had and add sugar and lemon to my taste, but I've included a basic recipe for you.

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1½   cup frozen mixed berries 
  • vanilla essences 1 tspb
  • Packet of Pre-made blinis - you can make your own if you wish, but I was pressed for time. I bought my pack of about 60 from CostCo. 
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Fresh berries to decorate
  • Whipped Cream - I used canned (again... pressed for time! Don't Judge!) but you're more than welcome to whip your own!
What you need to do:
  1. In a pot, dissolve sugar into the water, lemon juice and vanilla.
  2. Add the frozen mixed berries to the pot and stir frequently over a low - med heat. 
  3. Continue to stir occasionally until the fruit has started to break down and become thick and syrup-y.
  4. Take the compote off the heat and let it cool.
  5. Pour the compote into a jar and store in the fridge for (up to 3 days) until you need to use it.
  6. To assemble the blinis, place a spoonful of ricotta onto the blini, drizzle the berry compote over the top, add a dollop (1/4 tsbp) of whipped cream and top with a berry. I used blueberries. 

To make the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese blinis, all you need to do is:

  1. Mix 1/2 a packet (you might want to add more, depending on your tastebuds) of Continental Spring Vegetable Soup in to 250g of cream cheese. 
  2.  Spoon mixture onto a blini add a piece of smoked salmon and a chopped scallion to garnish.
  3. EAT!
Both are really good and don't require too much time or attention! I'm keen to try other different flavour combinations - HMM.. I wonder.. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Adagio's | Rabaul Rd, Georges Hall (Bankstown)

I've got such a sweet tooth! If I could wish for anything, it would probably be having the ability to eat anything and not put on weight as easily as I currently do. Unfortunately, I wasn't created that way, so I need to be selective, making sure that what I eat, is worth the calories!

I love pancakes! You can eat them with anything! I like them nice and fluffy, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. That will definitely satisfy my sweet cravings any day! One cold winter afternoon, my dad and I decided to go out to family favourite cafe restaurant in our local area for coffee. Adiago's is great because it's open later than the other cafe's in the area - staying open until 10pm on week nights.

Because of my dad's recent hospitalisation (involving 2 major surgeries in 2 weeks) mum has him on a beyond healthy diet. Adiago's does fresh fruit juices which is perfect so he chose the Morning Glory ($6) - beetroot, ginger, apple and carrot. I opted for a pot of peppermint tea and one pancake with berry compote, ricotta cheese and vanilla ice-cream. The only annoying thing was the wait for our pancake. We were the only ones in the whole place and it took almost 40mins for our pancake to arrive. But when it did, it was Ah-mah-ZING! The berry compote is slightly tart, but perfectly balances out the sweetness of the ice-cream and with the added flavour from the ricotta, it was just a delicious mouthful every time!

Pot of Peppermint Tea - $4 | I love how BIG this pot of tea is! For $4 it's great value for money! You get like 5-6 cups of tea. I was easily pleased. You could even share it between 2 people :) PS: look at the colour of the juice!! Love it! 

Small Pancake with Berry Compote, Ricotta Cheese and Ice Cream - $10 | Pancake is a perfect circle, fluffy and thick - I actually took a bite out of the back and realised that I had forgotten to take a photo. I always do that! 

If it wasn't for the long wait, it would've been perfect afternoon tea time! Hopefully they figure out how to serve the food faster. I'd hate to imagine the kinds of waiting time in a full house! 

But the food is good and if you're in no rush it's a nice little place for a catch up with friends. The menu is quite extensive - lots to choose from. You'll be able to find something for everyone. 

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