Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Recipe: Grilled Fish Tacos

I made the most DELICIOUS dinner tonight using a recipe I found in the February Gourmet Traveller.  My goodness it was delicious.  REALLY delicious. I can't wait to have them again.  I thought I had better stop reminiscing about them and share:

Serves 4
400gm fresh skinless white-fleshed fish fillets (eg flathead, barramundi, mulloway) cut into large cubes.  (I used barramundi and it was a good choice)
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
8 soft corn or wheat tortillas (I used low GI ones which were delicious)
1 cup of shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup of Japanese mayo (bought from our local fish shop).  You can use normal mayo but the Japanese mayo is a bit sweeter and was delicious with the tacos.

Tomato Salsa
3 ripe tomatos, diced
2 tbsps of coarsely chopped coriander
2 tbsps of lime juice
1 small red chilli finely chopped (optional) (I didn't worry about the chilli)
2 tsp olive oil

2 avocado, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup lime juice
3 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp coarsely chopped coriander

1 For tomato salsa, combine ingredients in a bowl, season to taste and set aside.
2 For guacamole, coarsely mash ingredients in a bowl with a fork, season to taste, set aside.
3 Meanwhile, fire up the bbq or char-grill pan over high heat (I just used fry pan).  Season fish to taste, drizzle with olive oil and a little lemon juice, then grill, turning once, until just cooked (8-10 minutes).
4 Meanwhile, quickly toast tortillas on the bbq, turning once, until warmed slightly (1-2 minutes). Top with grilled fish, red cabbage, guacamole, a squeeze of mayo, and tomato salsa, then wrap and eat!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Winner Of Worldwide Market Guide Competition

We are very pleased to announce that Kathryn Saducas is the lucky winner of our Worldwide Market Guide Competition for her wonderful entry about the Udaipur Spice Market in India.   Thankyou so much to everyone that sent entries in, we had heaps of fun reading all about the wonderful markets you have all visited.

As the winner Kathryn will receive a $150 gift voucher which she will be able to spend on unique and handmade gifts at Robin Street Market.  Here are a few suggestions Kathryn.   Happy Spending!!
Just a little reminder that our free worldwide shipping offer ends on the 31st March, so there is still a couple of weeks to take advantage of our introductory offer.  We have added heaps of fantastic, new, handmade goodies to the nest so drop by and check them out soon.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


We love brooches at The Nest.  Especially if they are handmade! And these are some of our favourites... Click here to see more of these gorgeous accessories...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Competition Entry: Xintandi Market in Shanghai, China

Our favourite competition entry in the past week is this one by Margie.  It sounds very exotic and interesting, sometimes it is those local markets that you just stumble upon which leave you with the best memories.

We announce the winner of our competition on our blog next Monday morning so stay tuned!!

Xintandi Market in Shanghai China by Margie

I love markets; we discovered this awesome market in Xintandi of Shanghai. We were taken to an insect market and right opposite this was a local market. It was totally brilliant, there was a huge buzz and it was not commercial in any way. Designed for the locals, we were the only westerners in the whole place, just loved it! You can explore the most amazing antiques and interesting bazaar items.
This is a total must for anyone in Shanghai, I highly recommend it. The only thing I would suggest is to make sure you are careful getting out of the taxi as our taxi door was driven into while open. Fortunately we were not near it, actually we had no idea what was going on, the taxi man was yelling at us to close the door and sped off in a huge rush, no insurance in China apparently??
After this just go over to the insect market, a huge eye opener, I am not up to locking up the animals or animal cruelty in any way but some of them were the most amazing critters I have even seen.
I totally guarantee you will have the most interesting experience. We actually had no idea where to go, we just said to the taxi driver "Xintandi animal market" and he took us straight there (and of course the other market is right opposite). Just ask the taxi man and I guarantee they will know where to take you. Interestingly enough, China has so many more markets that we saw, just brilliant ones!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Competition Entry: West End Market, Brisbane, Australia

Our favourite market entry for the week just gone was this one by Michelle Lane.  Her description of the West End Market in Brisbane really struck a chord with us. 

Our Worldwide Market Guide Competition only runs for another week so email those entries in to us to be in the running to win a $150 gift voucher to spend on unique and handmade gifts from our little online market.

The Westend Market, Brisbane, Australia by Michelle Lane

I haven't travelled anywhere amazing yet in my life. I plan to this year and I am extremely excited about visiting Spain. I know a lot of people might respond with magical tales of exotic markets around the world, but for now I can only say that my favorite market is the West End market, Brisbane. I used to live a few blocks away and it was the most romantic way to spend a Saturday morning, by myself. Fresh produce, live folk music, happy, smiling, local faces down by the beautiful Brisbane river.

I miss it so much.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Long Drive Home...

We've done the drive from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Melbourne, Victoria many times now, and believe me, it doesn't get any shorter the more times you do it! Nevertheless, we have it down to a fine art now and we break up the long drive with stops to admire the incredible Australian landscape like this lake above, food stops (of course!), short walks for our beautiful pooch Lola, and occasionally if we are really lucky we stumble across a cool market or art and craft shop. David is a bit obsessed with old Holdens, so often he will talk me into stopping to take photos of them if he spots them by the side of the road. I thought this photo was kind of pretty...

On our last drive home we met this lovely man, Bob, who was selling big boxes of delicious cherries out the back of his van at a truck stop.

Of course there was no question about whether we would indulge. Between this box of cherries and the box of huge Queensland mangoes we picked up, our car smelt like a fruit shop by the time we arrived in Melbourne. I think Lola would have been more impressed if we had picked up a box of something meaty, she looks a bit sad. Don't worry, there were plenty of doggie treats for her on the way home...

We stumbled across this old Holden dealership at Peaks Hill - a local told us a really interesting story about the man who used to own the shop. Apparently one day he just walked out and locked the doors behind him and has never returned. There are brand new 1960s Holdens still on display, gathering dust. David was chomping at the bit to get in there to get a closer look at all of those lovely old cars.

We stopped in a small town called Henty for some yummy bbq chicken and while there we took a snoop around and discovered the Henty craft co-op at the old train station. Check out these cute bags, made by Henty locals with love.

Cute bag with hippo button

Cute bag with ladybird button

Monday, March 1, 2010

Competition Entry: Udaipur Spice Market in India

There is no better way to spend Monday morning than reading a bunch of interesting competition entries that arrived in our inbox over the weekend, thanks to everyone that sent in entries for our Worldwide Market Guide Competition over the last week. One of our faves was this one sent in by Kathryn Saducas from Sydney.  How amazing, colourful and vibrant does this market in India look?  We have to get over there to check it out for ourselves asap... Congratulations Kathryn, you are now in the running to win a $150 gift voucher.  Keep those entries coming everyone, only a couple of weeks left!

Udaipur Spice Market in India by Kathryn Saducas from Sydney

We recently travelled to India and stayed for 7 days in Udaipur – known as the Venice of India. Not quite Venice perhaps, but it is definitely cleaner than most of India, there’s not much hassle, and it’s a great place to relax and hang out for a while to embrace India. One thing is hard to find in India and that’s a map. But on a laminated map in our Hotel Mahendra Prakesh I saw the words ‘spice market’ and was determined to find them. You won’t find the spice market advertised in many travel guides because there are so many other more important sights in Udaipur, but if you want the real deal, you have to find these markets – which isn’t so easy.

Head along Lake Palace Rd towards the City Palace and turn right at the Jagdish temple, walk towards the clock tower and you will be close. As you wind through the packed little streets full of people, odours, stores spilling onto the streets with goods and produce you will get lost a few times before you find the spice market. All the streets are packed with locals doing their shopping in bright coloured saris. You will find loads of jewellery, kitchen wares, grocers, chai shops, what looks like store after store of $2 shops – all piled high and spilling onto the tiny streets winding like an ant farm through the back of Udaipur. Don’t bother asking for directions as no one will know what you are saying, but eventually you should stumble across the food and spice market.

There will be people haggling, ladies carrying vegetables high on their heads, piles of coloured turmeric, chilli powder, spices red, yellow, ochre, brown... you will find bars of handmade soaps, coffee, salt, strange vegetables, drinks, cows, people, rickshaws, cars, bananas, vegetables, saris, children, goats... all squeezed into tiny streets. People smiling and waving you over, thrusting corn cobs and chilli towards you. It was fabulous – one of my most memorable days – Incredible India!