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10th Blog Anniversary & Give Away!

We’ve finally done it! We’ve hit our Blog’s Diamond Anniversary! 10 whole years of sharing stories, recipes, reviews, and adventures. We can’t thank you enough! So here’s a small token of our appreciation. Read on to find out more!

Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe

What better way to enjoy leftover wine (what is this concept you ask) and pears? Poached pears of course! Perfect for a busy household as it can be made in advance, this dessert will look stunning and taste delicious too!

Bali: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort and Dinner at Cut Catch Cucina

Bali, the unofficial 7th state of Australia, is a quick getaway for many Aussies wishing to enjoy some sun, sea and sand during the colder months of the year. Only 6 hours away by flight, the island of Indonesia welcomes visitors and caters to travellers of all budgets. We decided to embark on a luxurious escapade last year and stayed in Sofitel Nusa Dua Beach Resort.

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 What a great Babi Guling feast at Pande Egi in Ubud. Crispy crackling, delicious pork, spicy condiments, great sate.. everything you could wish for. We had ours "pisah" (separated) so we could easily share the dishes amongst the group. @babigulingpandeegi @thebalibible @balifood @bali_eats #babiguling #babigulingpandeegi #ubud #bali  Dining Out: Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, Bali. Milk & Honey - Buttermilk, Yoghurt, White Chocolate & Honey. The honey comes from local bees and is fermented & infused with vanilla beans, cinnamon & hibiscus. The first milk component is the yoghurt panna cotta which is then followed by a milk crumble made from buttermilk sponge, dehydrated coconut & milk powder. The dessert is then topped with some frozen white chocolate, dehydrated yoghurt crisps, honey gel & buttermilk ice cream. Finally, it is finished tableside with a snow of spiced vanilla and honey. @aperitifbali @alexandermckinstry @thebalibible @bali_eats @balifood #aperitifbali #ubud #bali #desserts #milkandhoney  Dining Out: Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, Bali. This was definitely the "dish of the night" for me. Chef Nic Vanderbeeken's Venison Wellington with Foie Gras, Truffle, Shimeji & Rendang was simply astounding. The golden pastry was sliced tableside to reveal a moist and juicy-looking venison with foie gras tucked in the centre. And to finish off, a mushroom rendang reduction was drizzled over the Wellington. @aperitifbali @nic_vanderbeeken @thebalibible @bali_eats @balifood #aperitifbali #ubud #bali #wellington
 Dining Out: Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, Bali. The final dessert of the night, PB & J. This definitely brought back childhood memories  @alexandermckinstry brings a playful take on PB&J with Aperitif Cacao by Chocolate Monggo, Peanut Butter, Meringue, Berry Sorbet, Daun Sumsum & Mushroom. After desserts, the petit fours were presented to us. The "Snickers" was the absolute winner! Now, I just need a whole box of them to take home  @aperitifbali @thebalibible @bali_eats @balifood #aperitifbali #ubud #bali #dessert #chocolate  Dining Out: Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, Bali. With the savoury courses completed, it's time for the cheese & dessert courses. 1) Bubur Injin - Black Rice, Mango, Coconut, Sesame. Pastry Chef Alexander McKinstry brings his reinterpretation of the traditional bubur injin dessert (black rice pudding) to the table. 2) "Goats Cheese" with some non-traditional accompaniments. The goats cheese is mixed with burratta and covered in milk skin. The accompaniments included brown butter cake, brown butter ice cream, apples in rosella, cashew & raisin puree with cinnamon, and candied olives. @aperitifbali @alexandermckinstry @thebalibible @bali_eats @balifood #aperitifbali #ubud #bali #dessert #mrmilkskin  Dining Out: Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, Bali. Next up on the menu we have the red meats. 1) Iberico Pork with Beetroot, Horseradish, Apple & Rawon. The pork was nice & tender and went beautifully well with the beetroot. 2) Duck Magret with Fennel, Carrot, Orange Betutu & Consomme. The duck had a nice smoky finish to it. @aperitifbali @thebalibible @bali_eats @balifood #aperitifbali #ubud #bali

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