Monthly Archives: June 2013

Gone Fishin’…

Hello all!

I haven’t forgot about all my wonderful readers but it’s that time of year again EOFY where work is super busy and unfortunately this means less time spent blogging.

I’ll be back before you know it with new recipes and restaurant/cafe posts shortly!

Feel free to drop by my facebook page www.facebook.com/jackpoteats or follow me on instagram @jackpoteats for all my recent baking pics ;P

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT’s eating adventures of late…

Hello readers!

I haven’t been posting regularly for a while now due to a busy schedule so I figured I would pack everything into one post. My eating adventures during last month and the beginning of this month have been really fun as I try to explore and try new and different foods…there’s still so much to try and yet I still feel like I haven’t tried enough of the places in sydney especially all the new brunch spots…I’m sure I’ll get through my ever-growing list soon enough ;P

CORNERSMITH

Mr Muscles and I had a lovely catch up with Miss Baller and Mr Baller over a brunch at Cornersmith. This was my second time visiting this cafe and I was not disappointed. The food is fresh and always uses such great produce that it makes you want to try everything from their menu. The menus have changed since we last visited and I was disappointed to find that they did not sell the same types of jams I purchased from my last visit as I was ready to stock up on more jams and preserves. I definitely know I will be back again and hopefully there will be some more variations of jam for me to try =)

Poached Egg Roll

Poached Egg Roll 2

Poached Egg Roll

Miss Baller and Mr Muscles both ordered the poached egg roll and they both really enjoyed their meals. Mr Muscles had a similar meal the first time we visited Cornersmith but this time the poached roll had sliced radishes, and a mint salad. The ingredients were fresh and the crispy bun contrasted to the crunch of the salad and the softness of the poached egg. Mr Muscles and Miss Baller had no complaints and devoured their meal shortly after.

Poached Eggs on Sourdough

Mr Baller’s Meal: Poached Eggs served with Sourdough Toast, Pickled Beetroot, Buckwheat and Horseradish Labna

Mr Baller decided to order something different from everyone else and opted for the poached eggs served with sourdough toast with an accompaniment of various fresh ingredients. The meal looked really good on the plate with a variation of ingredients so that you could make your own sandwich or top your toast with all the different ingredients on the plate.

Carrot and Hazelnut Loaf Slice

My meal: Purple Carrot, Hazelnut, Ricotta & Honey Loaf Slice

Me being me had to eat something sweet compared to everyone else eating something savoury. Miss Baller pointed out this menu item to me when she was reading the blackboard and immediately I knew I had to order this. The loaf slice was so delicious I wish I had eaten two of them. The purple carrots paired really well with the hazelnuts and the ricotta which it was served with. Each bite crumbled and melted in my mouth and every so often you would get a piece of hazelnut which gave the bread a nice crunch. It was that good, that I decided to eat it more slowly towards the end, only to savour all the flavours. It was such a great meal that I definitely would go back to Cornersmith just to eat this again. And because it had carrots in it, I didn’t feel as guilty consuming it whole but of course anything that tastes this good can’t be good for you ;P

We had a lovely time catching up with this lovely couple, that we have discussed another double date brunch soon…can’t wait! =)

THE WEDGE ESPRESSO

Mr Muscles and I visited the Wedge Espresso in Glebe finally last weekend as I had really wanted to try out their breakfast plate after seeing so many pictures of it on Instagram (this is what I do lately, stalk food pics on Instagram and hope that eventually I’ll get to visit all these awesome cafes in Sydney one by one…here’s hoping ;P).

The Wedge Espresso is quite a small cafe situated in a small narrow street in Glebe close to the Glebe markets. The cafe itself is not set up in the type of setting that a cafe usually is in. This cafe is narrow and long with a few tables and chairs inside with the option of sitting on stools and eating on a bench off the side of the cafe. The cafe is cozy and small but is known for its sandwiches.

Mr Muscles and I got to the cafe around 11:30 and by this time there was one other group in front of us waiting for a table. We waited about 5 minutes and we were able to grab a table inside. Although everyone was ordering sandwiches as it was nearing lunch time, I knew I had to try the breakfast plate. In my mind, I knew I would come back to try the sandwiches again at a later date.

The Wedge Espresso

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Wedge Espresso 2

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Menu

Food Menu

The Menu

Drinks Menu

Drinks Menu

Breakfast Plate

Breakfast Plate: Avocado, Toast, Tomato & Basil, Boiled Egg, Prosciutto and a Mini Toasted Muesli Cup $14.00

I ordered the breakfast plate and was surprised at the size of it. I think in my mind I had imagined it to be a lot bigger though this did not deter me from trying out the food. The food was nice but difficult to eat as I found myself trying to bite the toast continuously with great difficulty. I think that the toast was just a tad bit too hard for my liking and the extra crispyness made it hard to eat.  The ingredients all went well together but I was hoping for more. The muesli on the otherhand, was a nice bircher style muesli – chai soaked oats, green apple, dates, figs and cinnamon. What I liked about the breakfast plate was that I could try a bit of everything and I was able to create my own toast and its toppings to what I liked. However the difficulty in eating it made me wish I had ordered a sandwich instead. I definitely want to try the smashed egg and ham roll or the poached chicken sandwich on my next visit. I ended the brunch feeling slightly peckish still so Mr Muscles took me to the Glebe Markets where we shared some dessert together there. Dessert always fixes everything! ;P

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich: Spring Onion, Mint, Coriander, Plum Sauce and Black Sesame $9.00

Beetroot Salad

Beetroot and Goat’s Curd Salad with Rocket, Walnuts and a Red Wine Vinaigrette $14.00

Mr Muscles ordered a sandwich and a salad on the side. The pulled pork sandwich looked pretty good when it was served in front of Mr Muscles and he was really keen on trying it. Once he bit into it and ate a few bites he didn’t seem to enjoy it as much. He said that the plum sauce seemed to be a bit too sweet which made the sandwich too sweet overall so that that was all he tasted. It really overpowered the pulled pork and the savoury flavour he was expecting. He regretted not ordering the poached chicken sandwich so I’m sure that we will be ordering a few different things next time we visit. The beetroot salad was nice and fresh and a good accompaniment to the sandwich.

Mr Muscles and I left the Wedge Espresso feeling that the food was a bit of a hit and a miss. The food had lovely flavours but nothing that left us wanting more. We definitely will have to try the cafe again to try out all the other sandwich offerings for next time.

KURTOSH

After the Wedge Espresso, we visited the Glebe Markets and found that Kurtosh had a stall there. I was extremely excited as I had read a lot about this and wanted to try the food at their Surry Hills store so I was in luck when we were wandering the markets that we were able to find this. Mr Muscles and I decided to share 1/2 a kurtosh which had roasted hazelnuts on the outside of it. Kurtosh are basically round circular chimney like rolls reminiscent of a donut/bread and baked in a special type of oven. You can get all different types of flavours and toppings such as cinnamon sugar, almonds and even nutella inside the actual kurtosh. We shared the kurtosh as we walked around the Glebe Markets and I wished we had ordered more as it was extremely addictive and we couldn’t stop eating it. It had a nice crisp texture but it was really smooth on the inside like bread and I loved the novelty factor of tearing apart each part of the “chimney”. I didn’t take a picture of the kurtosh we ate because we ate it too quickly…you know me and desserts ;P

The next day I was determined to go and visit the Surry Hills store to buy us some more Kurtosh fresh from the store.

Kurtosh

Kurtosh 1

Kurtosh 2

Kurtosh 3

Kurtosh 4

Kurtosh 5

Kurtosh 6

I was in awe of all the cake slabs and various desserts on offer at Kurtosh that if I wasn’t in a rush I would definitely take my time to see which cakes I would like to try. There were a few cake samples on the top of the counters for customers to try and also some kurtosh samples to try as well if you do not feel like having any of the other desserts.

At Kurtosh, everything is weighted so you can cut as little or as big of a slice of the cakes to your preference. I will definitely be coming back to this cafe to try out their cakes but I was on a mission at this stage and that was just to buy a kurtosh.

The Kurtosh are made fresh to order and the dough is rolled out and placed on a mould to rest there before it is baked in the oven. As soon as you order, the Kurtosh is placed into the oven to bake and once baked, the toppings of your choice are placed on the kurtosh.

Once again I don’t have a picture of my kurtosh (see photo of one I found on the net below) as Mr Muscles and I quickly ate it on the car ride to basketball and back. I did manage to get a few photos of the Kurtosh on display before it has been baked and the ones that have been baked already. Definitely will be back for more Kurtosh soon enough so hopefully more pictures to come ;P

Kurtosh 7

Kurtosh 8

A picture of what the Kurtosh looks like and the one I ordered – a cinnamon sugar Kurtosh…YUM!! ;p

So as you can see, the eating adventures have been plentiful as always…I’m thinking I need to cut back on the sweet food at some point in time…perhaps next time ;P

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Jackie

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JACKPOT bakes vegan wheat bran banana muffins

Hello all!

Since it’s Wednesday and we are half way through the week, I thought I would post a recipe from one of my latest baking experiments. I made vegan oat bran muffins last time but was keen to try wheat bran this time as I really like the texture of the muffin that comes from utilising wheat bran in place of some of the flour in the muffin mixture.

I was really happy with the results of my muffin experiment as I kind of just improvised and experimented with what I thought would work well in the muffin and the flavour combinations. The resulting muffins were moist, packed full of goodness from the bananas, wheat bran, coconut oil and sweetened with coconut sugar and a dash of agave nectar. I was surprised at how well these muffins turned out so much so I know that I will be making these again and probably putting in other various fruits in the mixture such as blueberries or strawberries.

The muffins were very light and airy to my surprise as I thought that using wheat bran and wholemeal flour would lead to a really dense and heavy muffin but it was definitely the opposite once I bit into one of the muffins to trial them. The bananas give it a nice sweetness and you can taste a hint of coconut from the sugar and the oil which pairs nicely with the bananas.

I gave these muffins to my dad and sister to sample and I was surprised at how quickly my dad scoffed down the muffin. My sister on the otherhand seemed to think it was a bit too wheaty for her liking as she is used to eating things a lot more sweeter and a lot more indulgent when it comes to desserts and muffins. But the fact that she finished the muffin, means it can’t have been all that bad. I had to stop myself from eating more after I trialled the first muffin after it came out of the oven as it was way past my bedtime…curse my late night baking…I understand now where all these extra calories are coming from ;P

So onto the recipe….

JACKPOT’s Vegan Wheat Bran Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Wheat Bran (you can use oat bran if you can’t find any wheat bran)
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1-2 tsp of cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 1 cup of vegan buttermilk (1 cup of almond milk or soy milk with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 tbsps of coconut oil (I used a bit less as my bananas were quite large and so I subbed the bananas for some of the oil)
  • 1/4 cup of organic coconut sugar
  • 1 dash of agave nectar (can add more if you want your muffins to be sweeter)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celscius.
  2. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners or coat your muffin tray with oil if you are not using any liners and set aside.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into a large bowl except for the coconut sugar (wheat bran, wholemeal spelt flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt) and combine with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  4. Mash your bananas in a smaller bowl with a fork until relatively smooth. You can leave a few pieces in there if you want your muffins to have some banana pieces when you bite into it.
  5. Make your vegan buttermilk by measuring a cup of almond milk and adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Whisk gently and then let it curdle for a few minutes.
  6. Once the vegan buttermilk has been set, you can add the buttermilk mixture into the mashed bananas bowl.
  7. Add in your coconut oil, coconut sugar and agave nectar into the wet mixture (you can always add more or less sugar depending on your taste buds)
  8. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine with a wooden spoon being carefully not to overmix the batter.
  9. Using an icecream scoop or a spoon, spoon in the mixture into the muffin liners about 3/4’s full.
  10. Place the muffin tray into the oven and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until you see the muffin tops turn a nice golden brown colour.
  11. Take the muffins out of the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  12. You can freeze the rest of the muffins for an easy go to snack for breakfast or when you are feeling peckish.
  13. Enjoy!

PHOTOS:

Dry Ingredients

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Mashed Bananas

Wet Mixture

Wet Mixture 2

Wet Mixture 3

Mix Wet and Dry

Muffin Mixture

Muffin Mixture into Lined Muffin Tray

Vegan Wheat Bran Banana Muffins

Vegan Wheat Bran Banana Muffins 2

Close Up Muffin

And as always some random food quotes:

So until next time!

x

Jackie

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