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What a week in food. Stay in the loop this weekend with unlimited Sri Lankan curries, croissant cannolis and a French food film. Here are the top headlines… #WeekendBinge
By
Camellia Ling Aebischer

6 Sep 2019 - 12:04 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2019 - 2:04 PM

Since you’ve been so good all week, we have a few treats up our sleeves to binge on this weekend. Feel like a cooking project? You bet we’ve got the right dish. Want to venture out for a new snack? We've got your back. In need of a social clip to laugh at? Even better!

Hope you’ve got an appetite because here is your weekly serving of what to read, eat, watch and feed this week in the world of the food-obsessed. Just bring yourself.

Read

How brunch staple French toast swept across the globe

It’s French in name but global in nature. In Spain during Lent, families make torrija with stale bread soaked in milk or wine, honey and spices. Hungarians refer to their iteration of French toast as bundáskenyér, or furry bread, to be enjoyed as an evening snack. 

Hong Kong French toast.

PLUS

These food movements are trying to change the way we eat

The mooncake’s modern makeover

Acknowledging an invisible pillar of our food system


 

Eat

An all-you-can-eat Sri Lankan buffet in Melbourne’s north

At this family restaurant, $15 gives you unlimited rice and serve-yourself vegetables and curries. Just one look at this plate and you'll be making dinner plans.

A colourful plate served from the buffet.

PLUS

Cheeseburger rice bowls at a Japanese milk bar

Every Friday this migrant group serves up a world of flavours


 

Watch

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola’s narrative directorial and screenwriting debut stars Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humour, wisdom, and much more.


 

Feed

Spinach, feta and pine nut parcels

Time to get baking.

These triangular pasties are based on a Lebanese speciality called fatayer, and use soft bread dough, rather than pastry, to enclose the filling.

PLUS

33 salads that say “hello spring”

Hong Kong French toast


 

Trending

This croissant-cannoli hybrid from Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne.


 

What in the world?!

Last week: Sticky vanilla and coconut sago cakes that look like cute mythical sea creatures.

THE BIG REVEAL
Vanilla-scented sago cakes (cantik manis)

These simple-to-make cakes are popular in Indonesia, especially during Ramadan as part of a fast-breaking spread. Cantik means “pretty” in Bahasa and manis means “sweet”, although they are not so sweet as the name might suggest. Their prettiness comes from the deployment of pink and green dyed sago pearls, which you can easily find an Asian grocer.

Now, the fun part. Can you guess this dish? The answer will be revealed in next Friday’s installment of Weekend Binge.

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Pineapple tarte tatin

This golden tart has the elements of the French classic - a crisp pastry base and sticky caramel topping, but replaces apples with pineapple laced with Cointreau and chilli. 

Hong Kong French toast

A few unconventional elements are the secret to this fragrant French toast's appeal - crunchy peanut butter, plum jam and five-spice.

Char siu sausage rolls

Umami-rich yellow bean sauce adds to the meaty juiciness of these sausage rolls, and a handful of fresh and powdered spices bring an aromatic spin on tradition.