The following is by no means a full accounting of Consider The Sauce’s memorable moments for 2014 – and any absence is not meant as a slight.
Onwards, and in no particular order …
THE CTS FEASTS
How amazing that the Feasts have become an institution!
Happy events were held in 2014 at Pho House, Indian Palette, La Morenita (twice! See here and here), Vicolo, Xiang Yang Cheng and Phat Milk.
Thanks to everyone involved!
These superb, crunchy green olives marinated using lemon rind are from Altona Fresh in Altona.
Even Bennie likes them!
THE CTS FUNDRAISERS
Two events were held – at Kokeb to raise money for Eritrean Australian Humanitarian Aid and at the Plough to raise money for Welcome West Wagon.
This is a new area for us – one we hope to pursue further in 2015.
Truth is, I’m still getting my head around the particular requirements involved.
If anyone runs a community-minded restaurant – or knows someone who does – who might interested in hosting such a fundraiser, please let me know!
ROAD TRIP TO TRENTHAM, MIND BLOWN
The Trentham Food Hub’s Growers, Cookers & Eaters bash was a wonderful event featuring superb produce excellently cooked that was enjoyed by a lovely crowd.
CTS is looking forward to attending the 2015 event with a passel of friends!
It was incredible and thrilling.
Bennie and I did our volunteer thing with many others, including many friends, saddling up for the almost the entire weekend.
We are hoping to have the opportunity to do it all again.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDUARDO!
Many thanks to the Urban Ma and her extended family for allowing me the honour and joy of participating in a very special Pinoy celebration.
Just for a night, our favourite F&C-cum-Japanese joint went swisho and very special.
I am very glad I was there.
MING’S BEETROOT RELISH
I would’ve been quite happy to publish here the recipe for this amazing beetroot relish made by our friend Ming.
But she tells us she hasn’t quite nailed down the final, perfect recipe yet.
Whatever – the batch she kindly gave us was delicious, sweet and fragrantly spicy.
After twice visiting and writing about A1 Bakery in Essendon – see here and here – CTS returned with a handful of likeminded pals just for the sheer pleasure of it.
We agreed on a fee and basically let A1 proprietor Gaby decide what we would eat.
It was amazing! It was a momentous meal!
We earnestly suggest you forget about the association of the A1 brand with Lebanese pies and pizzas and explore instead the superb range of home-style Lebanese cooking on hand.
As this was a non-blogging gathering, it went unrecorded in a photographic sense – except for the coffee!
Ginger-coated sugar cookies baked by CTS pal Christine.
So plain, so very sweet, so dreamily amazing.
By now, CTS has tried quite a few of the places around Melbourne that are serving BBQ.
Fancy Hank’s remains the best we’ve had.
Quite apart from the superb quality of the meats ‘n’ sides, we love the no-frills roll-up-your-sleeves vibe of the place.
FRIDAY CURRY RUN
Yet another big tick for the beaut Sri Lankan tucker enjoyed by Star Weekly fans and provided by Sevandi and the crew at Spicy Corner?
Thanks to Josh, Eliza, Nat, Nicole, Poppy and Ollie for sharing their day with us!
DODGING A BULLET
The troubled times that led me to have a check-up proved to have no physical downside – but my doc spotted something else amiss, so sent me off to a urologist.
In quick time, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and the amazing team at Royal Melbourne whipped that sucker out.
Had events not unfolded as they did, in all likelihood – in every probability, in fact – I may have gone undiagnosed until it was too late.
Happily, despite the major nature of the surgery, I spent only two nights in hospital – meaning I was able to avoid almost entirely having any truck with the hospital food!
More CTS Feasts.
Hopefully, more CTS fundraising events.
Bennie and I are in the preliminary stages of brainstorming questions for a Super Dooper CTS Quiz – and hopefully there’ll be a bunch of really good prizes to be had!
And, no doubt, there will be a whole lot more in 2015!