Monday, August 24, 2020

An Indian Feast at Johnny's Kitchen!



Johnny's Kitchen
56 Glen Osmond Road
Parkside
SA 5063

Hi guys! I was recently invited to try out Indian restaurant Johnny's Kitchen, which is located on Glen Osmond Road, right near Kublai Khan. I immediately felt a hit of nostalgia, because we've had many a romantic night at this Mongolian BBQ restaurant, but it was time for a new adventure! I love Indian food, so I was excited to sample some flavourful Indian curries and see what else they had to offer. We were met by Jany, who was warm and welcoming. She's married to Johnson, aka Johnny, the Chef and Owner. They were happy to pose for this cute photo for me!





The inside of the restaurant is decorated with beautiful paintings and a large wall mural, that's both colourful and gorgeous. The tables are absolutely stunning, and they are so unique! I spent a while looking at them all and deciding where to sit based on lighting and how the glass-topped table looked for photos! I even swapped tables, because I just couldn't decide (this might be a food blogger thing!).





Johnny's Kitchen is a home-style restaurant, serving authentic Indian dishes with local ingredients sourced from the farm or markets. This ensures fresh dishes, prepared simply so the food shines. They pride themselves on using quality ingredients, less oils and absolutely no preservatives or food colours.

Have you heard of a Lassi before? No, I'm not referring to the pretty Collie dog, I'm talking about the Indian drink! We tried the Mango Lassi's and wow, were they yummy! Think a mix between a tangy yogurt drink and a thick milkshake. The Lassi is a traditional chilled Indian drink that is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and fruit. I'm so glad we tried these, as it really enhanced our Indian experience at Johnny's Kitchen!




For entree, we chose Samosas and Chicken Tikka. The samosas were tasty flaky parcels filled with seasonal potato, peas, cumin seeds, and were deep fried to perfection. I love this type of food! The chicken tikka was such a vibrant orange colour and came with some fresh salad. This boneless chicken dish is marinated overnight with yogurt, ginger, garlic and Johnny's Kitchen blend of special herbs and spices, then roasted in a charcoal tandoor. These dishes were all the yum!






We were all set with our main course choices of Butter Chicken for me and Lamb Vindaloo for my husband, but Jany generously surprised us with more of their delicious curries and a beautiful bowl of saffron rice, so were were really able to get a taste of more of their dishes. We also ordered garlic naan bread and cheese naan bread, because you can't have curries without naan!





The Butter Chicken was so creamy and bursting with that familiar butter chicken flavour. It's my favourite Indian dish and Johnny's Kitchen version does not disappoint! I would order this again and again and highly recommend you try it if you pay them a visit! Hubby's Lamb Vindaloo was pretty spicy but I loved it. The thing I love about Indian dishes is that they are bursting with flavour, and these curries sure nail that brief.






We also tried a couple of vegetable-based curries. The Dal Tadka (which I admit, I'd never heard of before) is yellow lentils cooked on a slow heat and seasoned with butter, onion, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and garnished with coriander. This one was a bit milder and a welcome reprieve from the vindaloo. The Palak Paneer, the dark green coloured curry is cottage cheese cubes cooked with spinach, spices and a dash of cream. I'm not a huge fan of spinach, so although I tried this one and didn't dislike it, I mainly left it for my husband!






I absolutely loved both the cheese and the garlic naan breads and the fluffy and fragrant saffron rice was the perfect accompaniment to the delicious curries. I love that this restaurant caters to vegetarians, with a large range of non-meat dishes on their menu, too. Whether you eat meat or not, there really is something to please all tastes and diets. We had an amazing experience at Johnny's Kitchen and would highly recommend you go check them out! They currently have a number of specials running, and if you subscribe to their emails, you get a generous 25% off your food bill in August, dine in or takeaway!






You can check out the Johnny's Kitchen website here, like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram here!

Thanks so much to With Eric's Help for facilitating this visit. Go check out his page if you're in the market for a Marketing expert!



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Monday, August 17, 2020

Cooking with Foodee: Mee Goreng!



Hi guys! I'm so excited to tell you all about Foodee, because, drum roll please ..... I made Mee Goreng! And it was a roaring success! Foodee was created by Jenn, Miss Foodee, a home cook who aims to simplify the grocery shopping and dinner cooking experience and take the stress out of the age old question 'what's for dinner?'. Foodee is an Adelaide-based meal kit experience at grocery store prices. You simply choose which meals you want to cook, and Foodee packs all the necessary ingredients and delivers them to your door! I'm thrilled to have collaborated with Foodee* and think it's a fabulous service.

Currently there are six meals to choose from:
~ Beef Pho
~ Curry Laksa
~ Satay
~ Rendang
~ Mee Goreng
~ Asam Laksa

More recipes will be added in the coming weeks too! So whether you are an experienced cook or a novice like me, there are choices to suit your tastes and skill level. I chose Mee Goreng because it looked super-straightforward, enabling me the best chance to obtain a nice photo for my foodie Instagram account and a delicious dinner, haha. Win win!




Delivery is available to the the Adelaide metro area and it's free on orders over $30. As long as you order by 11:59pm on Wednesdays, your delivery will come the following weekend. You can even add in pantry items and fresh vegetables as optional extras. Think anything from garlic, bok choy and kaffir lime leaves to red onions, fresh eggs and oyster sauce. I added in a generous jar of fried shallots and they really elevated my dish with a crunchy flavourful texture. And now I have the remainder to add to other Asian dishes I make, which is great because fried shallots are something I would never usually buy!

My Foodee experience was easy and fun! Included in the box is a recipe card for your chosen meal, with clear instructions. Up the top is the ingredients, then it says the amount of people the dish serves and the cooking time. I love a set of simple directions, and when there's only seven things to do, I'm like "YES, I can do this!". The only preparation for Mee Goreng was chopping the chicken, cutting the bok choy and chilis up (an optional extra I added) and cutting some lime wedges for garnishing. Then it was just simply a matter of frying the chicken until it was brown, adding the bok choy, the Mee Goreng sauce and the Singapore noodles. Check out my photos below for the cooking process.












The only thing not included in the pack was the eggs, but I had eggs in the fridge, as most people do, so I fried a couple to add to the top of the dish. I did have to Google 'which part of the bok choy do you eat' (lol) and apparently it's all of it, so I chopped up and added the whole thing. All of the ingredients provided were super fresh and great quality! The sauce was Ayam brand and the chicken was Lilydale. As an added bonus, the instructions said to use only half the chicken thighs, so I had leftover chicken which I used for dinner the following night!





Overall, I am really impressed with this Foodee box and my experience, and would highly recommend it if you're in Adelaide! The customer service was friendly and professional and Jenn was a delight from start to finish. Please check them out on their website and give them a follow on Instagram as well!

As a special offer to my readers, use the code 'IMHUNGRYMAXAUG2020' at checkout to receive $5 off your order! This code expires at the end of August.


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Monday, July 27, 2020

Monday Mani: Furless BITCH



Hi guys. It's been a hot minute, but time for something dark, it's BITCH, a black lacquer from Furless Cosmetics. I looked them up on Instagram and apparently they've closed down, although they did reply to my Story, so I'm not sure what's happening. Let me know below if you know.



I'm loving this colour for something a bit edgier. What do you think of baby-faced Leo? We've been cleaning up and I found some vintage magazines. Hope you have a fun week.





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