Eat with Melody: Frico Cheese!

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Frico

Hello hello! How have you been? As you can see I’ve just been stuffing my face as usual…..
So, ofc when I heard about Frico‘s cheese campaign, I jumped on it, not wanting to miss out on the chance to eat.

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Being expert cheese makers since 1898, Frico creates a range of high quality Dutch cheeses, all which are made from the milk of Friesian cows (and goat!). I’ve personally never had the opportunity to taste Dutch cheese, so I was very excited when Frico sent over 5 different cheeses for me to taste hehe. Of course, I included Ash in my cheese tasting and we came up with a few different recipes to make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable!

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With the huge range of cheeses available, there was NO way that Ash and I weren’t going to whip up some burgers! But before I get to that exciting part of the post, here are some other delicious concoctions I made with Frico cheese.

Reuben Sandwiches using Frico Maasdam Cheese

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Since Maasdam is the Dutch interpretation of Swiss cheese, we thought Reubens would be a good idea to chuck them in, which was perfect as they were pretty delicious melted over some corned beef brisket. We made these in a hurry (as we were late to something woops), and we were finished in about 10-15 minutes. So definitely recommend giving this is a shot if you’re after a quick and delicious lunch/dinner.

To make, butter up some Dark Rye bread on the outside, then add in corned beef brisket, sauerkraut, russian dressing (or thousand island like us if you live in Aus and can’t find any) and Frico Maasdam cheese. Stack it up and grill in your sandwich press until ready. Easy! (NB: In the picture above, the cheese slices are cut a bit too thick, so if you’re going to give this a shot, we recommend doing it thinner so they melt more)

Baked Pastries using Frico Chevrette Cheese

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This is mild Chevrette cheese, which is in Frico’s premium line of goat cheeses. Now, don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love cheese, but I really just can’t stomach goat cheese ….in fact, I can’t stomach goat anything to be honest lol! THANKFULLY, Ash ain’t so picky so he enjoyed these Chevrette filled pastries by himself hehe.

To make, cut some puff pastry in to squares. Then fill with diced bacon, spinach, seasoning and Frico Chevrette cheese. Fold pastry over in to triangles, then give it a good egg wash! Bake in the oven at 180°c for 25 minutes or until golden.

Chicken Quesadillas using Frico Dutched Spiced Gouda Cheese

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Frico’s dutch spiced gouda was probably one of my favourite cheeses, and thus this meal is easily one of my favourites and I will definitely be making it again (already had it for lunch and dinner the following day lol). The gouda is cleverly infused with aromatic cumin, and thus gives a unique spicy taste. I saw a recipe that paired cumin, chicken and gouda, so I was like HEY, I have two of those ingredients in ONE lol. Anyway..

Spread some sour cream on half of the wrap, then add in some cos baby lettuce, shredded spiced* chicken fillet, chopped tomatoes, salsa sauce (I used a bottle of Old El Paso), and Frico’s Dutch Spiced Gouda. Fold it over, and chuck it in the sandwich press until the wrap is crunchy. Serve hot!

*I seasoned the chicken fillet with corn flour, paprika, chilli powder, oregano, garlic powder and black pepper. 

Beatbox-inspired Burgers using Frico Gouda Cheese

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Now, I must say that these are Beatbox’s Raph-inspired burgers because of a few things. Firstly, Raph doesn’t add bacon but we lovee our bacon so we decided to add that in anyway. He also doesn’t garnish with pickles, but pickles are awesome so whatever! And lastly, we screwed up making Raph’s stereo sauce due to a lack of mechanical whisk and lack of man power to manually whisk lol. Alas, since Frico did supply us with Gouda, and Beatbox burgers use Gouda, we decided to made our own interpretation of the Raph burger anyway.

Before assembly, get your bacon crispy and melt a slice of Frico’s Gouda cheese on your beef patty while grilling it. Starting with your bun, lather some burger sauce*, beef, cheese, bacon (optional), onion, tomato, lettuce, then ending with your top bun. Optional: Serve with healthy-ish fruity drinks that have 50% fruit juice cos this burg has SALAD in it and is therefore considered healthy in our books lol!

*Due to my legal binding obligations to Ash as a girlfriend, I cannot reveal the ingredients to his secret burger sauce.

Very Cheesyburgers and Loaded Cheese Fries using Frico Smoked Processed Cheese

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So out of the pack we received, we were most excited to try the Smoked Processed Cheese, which yes, has been smoked in the traditional way (unlike other smoked cheeses we’ve tried)! Reminiscent of Ziggy and Mr Burger, we attempted to whip up some cheese sauce burgers and, my favourite trucker fries! As this meal was a lot more unhealthy than the previous one, we accompanied it with some good ol’ Dr Peppies.

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Starting with the bun, chuck in your beef patty, bacon, onions, pickle, cheese sauce*, and finish with the top bun.

*Created by melting down some grated smoked processed cheese with corn flour and evaporated milk. Frustratingly, our cheese sauce was a little clumpy due to our inattention to the melting process, and a potentially insufficient amount of evapo milk (read: very insufficient).

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To make these delicious and unhealthy loaded fries, cook your fries until golden and crispy. Season them before drowning them in the same cheese sauce as above, burger sauce and delicious diced bacon.

Verdict? I’m definitely gonna try make these loaded fries again… with more evapo milk haha.

Woah! Now that was a whole lot of cheesy cheesy meals that I just wrote about hehe. If you’re going to grab a packet of Frico cheese, you can head to your local Woolworths to find them in the deli section! Please let me know in the comments below if you whip up something fun and delicious ♥

Eat with Melody: Costco Chicken Buffalo Wings

 Hello hello! I am BAACCKK with another Eating with Melody review post.
I know I intended to do the SFC Bucket, but I actually haven’t eaten it yet lol ..so here’s another chicken review! However unlike my previous post, I didn’t actually buy this one but rather came home to mum proudly saying she bought a bag of frozen Steggles Chicken Buffalo Wings from Costco hahah  (yes, my entire family loves chicken haha)

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I’m not 100% sure, but my mum says she bought the bag for about $12-13 from Costco.
The great thing about buying frozen goodies is that (most of the time) they last for ages so you can eat them whenever you want …which is exactly what I did. It was only a couple of weeks later that I decided to give these a shot, after being completely stumped for ideas of what to eat. (I think Ash called me out for burgers after this though…)

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I know you can’t see it properly, but it says to cook for 20-25 minutes in the oven,
Taking a look at the ingredients, I’m just glad that the chicken percentage is somewhat high hahah. Some other information listed on the package (which isn’t shown on the photo) is that it’s Halal certified, its made by Steggles in NSW Australia, andddd the used by is on 07/11/2016 …so it lasts approx a year!

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I would say I cooked about just under half the bag, which isn’t too bag for the cost.
In comparison to SFC, these were a lot better! If you look at the image above, they’re all reasonable sizes AND even the smallest wings weren’t tiny blobs of WTF haha. They also didn’t stick together at all, so they cooked great.

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I’m sorry. I didn’t manage to get a photo of when they were completely finished, so here’s them nearly done in the oven! The chicken was definitely very flavoursome (read: spicy!), tender and juicy. I’ve only had buffalo wings from a (questionable) bar once so I can’t really compare them to the good stuff, but hey …coming from a chicken lover, it was pretty good.

The packet gives some recommended sauce recipes that you could eat the chickens with, but I’m fairly sure my entire family just had them as it is. The spices from the chicken was good and was definitely enough to flavour them on its own.

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Yeah, I thought I’d end this post with a crazy photo of me eating some chicken.
It was crazy hot so I was repeatedly telling my brother to HURRY UP and take the photo (somehow managed to eat a wing already though as seen from the photo haha). But yes, I would definitely recommend buying this bag if you have a Costco membership (or tag along with a mate) and you’re after some good frozen food. It was definitely very easy and quick to make, so it’s perfect for those lazy days when you can’t be bothered cooking. So yes, GO BUY IT ♥

and… I will also aim not to review chicken in my next Eat with Melody post haha

Easey’s

Sup it’s Ash again to regale you with some Easey readin’ (and Mel too with her text in pink!!!) 

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Easey’s is the place where you can take it easy with an Easey Cheesy and a frothy or four, and that’s the Easey’s motto…
or at least in my mind it is…

Chowing down on some iconic Melbourne foods – burgs, dimmies and potato cakes – could not be done anywhere more appropriate than on that which Melbournians have our most emotional relationship with, our public transport system. Specifically in this case decommissioned train carriages that were inexplicably hoisted up onto a rooftop.

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The concept of the place is that the building is about 5 stories high and each floor offers something different. The ground is a bar with some retro gaems with a wholefoods place out back, the second floor is a pop-up fashion store which was yet to open when we went and the remaining floors are the Easey’s kitchen, the rooftop beer garden and the crown jewel, the train carriages. The linchpin of this mish-mash is that you can eat/drink errythang on erry floor. So if the train carriages are full you’re in luck, you can eat a burger  with a vegetarian friend at the whole foods place and watch them salivate.

We were pleasantly surprised when the elevator from the ground took us straight up onto a train carriage. There’s nothing like overlooking Melbourne from original train seats while smashing some  of our most cherished takeaway foods (except these are much better than what you had as a kid and don’t cost too much more). Follow that up with something  with a bit more of a twist – sexy old school milkshake flavored donuts – and  the resulting culinary experience is sublime.

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Unfortunately, the first time we went was on a Saturday causing a few unexpected problems.

We had booked for a train carriage at 2pm, but due to traffic etc, we were a bout 10 minutes late. Due to their extreme popularity, it seemed that our table was given away. We were told to sit outside, meaning a few outdoor tables between carriages (which was actually pretty sweet, if it wasn’t so cold that day!) until a table freed up. Waited approx 15 mins. 

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The above image is actually their ‘old menu’ now, as after being open for a week, Easey’s listened to some customer feedback and changed up their menu quite some bit. You can check it out here. Not gonna lie, I am slightly disappointed that the Easey Cheese now comes with salad and is therefore an additional $2, but oh well.

If people want salad in their burgers, they’ve now got it.

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We were all very disappointed to find out that their potato cakes and dim sims were both sold out by the time we were ready to make our order. But really, that just meant that Ash and I were going to have to make a second visit…which we actually did, about 4 days later on a Wednesday afternoon. 

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First Visit (Saturday): Easey Cheesey with added 2x bacon, beef patty and cheese ($16)

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Second Visit (Wednesday): Easey Cheesey with added 2x bacon, beef patty and cheese ($16)

While one can get lost in the surreal venue, we have to remember the endeavor in question, the endeavor of burg ingurgitation that is. The outside is a secret recipe potato bun which served as a tasty but perhaps less overbearing substitute for a brioche.  Nestled inside is SOFTNESS. EVERYTHING JUST MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH. Except the bacon, the bacon was crispy like well CRISPY BACON (sorry my metaphors are failing me). Anyway it’s a definitive burger and one that undoubtedly should be at the top of everyone’s ‘to try’ list.

You can wash down all that rocket sauce with Melbourne Bitter on tap (!!), which perhaps not the most distinguished beer is one closely entwined with the heart of this establishment, Jimmy. Melbourne Bitters throughout its unremarkable history has never been on tap.  That all changed conveniently just in time for its most vocal proponent, Jimmy, to serve it at the grand opening of his restaurant.

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First Visit (Saturday): Easey Cheesey with added bacon and jalapenos ($10)

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Second Visit (Wednesday): Easey Cheesy with added bacon and jalapenos ($10)

While I’m quite the burger fan by now, I still sometimes struggle to eat a burger due to size and/or taste. My burger at Easey’s was in fact very easy to eat. The size was perfect for me and the overall taste was so good that I don’t think I put it down once. As a spice lover, I did experiment with the two available Changz hot sauce and can confirm that they’re both good. I personally actually really liked the addition of the Changz Red Habanero to my burger!

Interesting to note, despite the burgs looking diff the second time around, they were just as delicious.

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The milkshake doughnut was hot and crunchy on the outside, reminiscent of a good jam doughnut, and perfectly gooey and sweet on the inside. Despite asking the waitress about the Blue Heaven doughnuts that were advertised on their Facebook page, we were served their oddly green coloured ones. After posting about it on my instagram, it turns out they were Lime flavoured which were still perfectly delicious. 

I knew that the Blue Heaven ones would be A M A Z I N G if these were already so good. 

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YES, THESE ARE “BLUE” HEAVEN DOUGHNUTS

On our second go around, we were promised Blue Heaven doughnuts BUT IMAGINE OUR DISPLEASURE WHEN WE WERE SERVED GREEN DOUGHNUTS AGAIN. So anyway we complained straight away about this ginormous problem, only to be reassured by someone with a certain managerial aura that they were indeed blue heaven, but joked that his cook had gone color-blind (who knows maybe it wasn’t a joke, looks pretty green to me). His words did not lead me astray and I enjoyed the best doughnut like eva, a green-colored-but-blue-heaven-flavored doughnut.

Being the sweet tooth in the relationship, I was incredibly pleased with these. 
I was correct – I liked the Lime flavoured ones, but I LOVED the Blue Heaven doughnuts. I have never enjoyed a doughnut more! They were so delicious that I decided to order another two for takeaway (Ash stole on tho :( )

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On our second visit, we managed to order the potato cakes. I have never had a beer-battered let alone a Melbourne Bitter battered Potato cake. The verdict? Like a normal potato cake BUT BETTER.

The golden batter was delightfully crunchy and it was def one of the best I’ve had.

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On a funny note, when we took the elevator down, we had an extra person try to join us but the elevator beeped stating we had exceeded the maximum KG…..which was 400kg. What even. All those burgers couldn’t have surely made six people total to 400kg, could it?? Either way, the sixth person stepped out and the elevator worked again haha. 

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Easeys are open for the long hours and proudly serve burgs for brekky, lunch and din. They also have an interesting brekky item of deep fried frostie (dat cereal) chicken & deep fried poptarts. As I’m not a morning person I’m afraid I won’t get to try them anytime soon. But then I think of those delectable burgs again and that regret becomes a distant memory. Easey’s is departing platform 1 now and this is one train you really don’t want to miss.

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