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JACKPOT’s visit to Bills and a recipe for healthy banana bran muffins

Hello dear readers!

I apologise for the long delay between blog posts but between extended family visiting from overseas, celebrating mum’s big birthday and getting the flu as well..it’s definitely been a long few weeks and I’m still feeling under the weather…must be the constant cold changes that I’m still not getting used to. I hope I can post more regularly but hopefully you all can wait patiently for everything to go back to normal =)

Since I haven’t blogged in a while, I thought I’d merge a cafe visit and recipe in the same post due to my lack of posting lately.

So as my cousin was visiting from Singapore, my family and I decided to take my cousin to eat breakfast at the infamous “Bills” in Surry Hills. I’m amazed at how packed Bills gets around 9-10am and that the lines are still like this after many many years of being established and with many new cafes opening in Surry Hills. The lines always seem to be quite lengthy but we were lucky to have arrived at a time where a table was available. We were seated next to the window and we had a good view of the street with the sun shining into the cafe. It was a lovely farewell breakfast for my cousin eating scrumptious food while discussing potential trips to visit Singapore sometime soon.

Ricotta Hotcakes

Ricotta Hotcakes, Banana and Honeycomb Butter $19.50

My cousin and I ordered the infamous ricotta hotcakes for our breakfast and I was not disappointed by my choice. Such fluffy joyous soft pillows of goodness demolished in seconds. I wish that there had been many more stacks of pancakes for me to devour but alas I had to settle with the 3 that were served. The hotcakes are a very popular choice at Bills and I saw that most people were ordering this dish on each table. I have always had a massive sweet tooth so I knew that the sweeter option was the best way to go rather than the savoury one although I must admit the scrambled eggs at Bills are quite delicious as well.

Full Breakfast

Full Aussie Breakfast: Scrambled Organic Eggs, Sourdough Toast, Bacon, Roast Tomato, Swiss Mushrooms with a Pork and Fennel Sausage $24.50

Mr Muscles ordered the Full Aussie Breakfast as he prefers savoury food over sweet food. This dish is quite filling with loads of sides to go with the toast and eggs. Mr Muscles soon devoured this dish till there were no remains left. He was satisfied entirely and left the cafe feeling quite full at this stage. The eggs are cooked so well and so very fluffy and was definitely the highlight of this dish.

Me being greedy, noticed some nice looking bran muffins sitting on the table in the middle of the cafe. I knew I wanted to try one so I decided to order one takeaway. The muffin was a ricotta, apple, coconut and bran muffin. At first after hearing the flavours I wasn’t sure how this would taste but after tasting a bit of it, I fell in love with this muffin. It was quite a filling muffin but had a lovely taste to it. I didn’t taste too much of the ricotta but more so the coconut and the bran. After I ate this muffin I knew I wanted to try and replicate the flavours I had tasted in this muffin so hence the recipe post.

I decided to make my own version of Bill’s bran muffins but obviously adapting it to make a bran muffin without using eggs and without using any butter or oil. I was surprised at the results of my muffins and how well they turned out so much so that I’m going to be making another batch quite soon. I didn’t really follow any set recipe as most of it was kind of based on feeling but here is what I used to make healthy banana bran muffins.

HEALTHY BANANA BRAN MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 cup of oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsps of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 generous teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of raw organic honey (you can replace this with agave, coconut sugar or another type of sugar substitute to make them vegan)
  • 2 tsps of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed (I used 4 bananas)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners and set aside.
  3. Mash your bananas in a small bowl using a fork until you have a rather smooth consistency. Doesn’t matter if you still have some small banana pieces left in the mash.
  4. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon) into a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  5. Combine all your wet ingredients together (honey, vanilla extract, soy milk and mashed bananas) in a smaller bowl and whisk for a few minutes.
  6. Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients bowl and using your wooden spoon mix the muffin batter till combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  7. Fill each muffin liner using an ice cream scoop or spoon and fill the muffin liners about 2/3’s full.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until nicely golden brown on the top.
  9. Take the muffins out of the muffin tray and set on a wire rack to cool.
  10. You can enjoy them as they come out of the oven or freeze them to be eaten later on.
  11. Enjoy!

Mashed Bananas

Oat Bran

Flour Mixture

Dry Ingredients

Dry Ingredients 2

Wet Ingredients

Combining Wet and Dry

Filled Muffin Liners

Baked Muffins

Banana bran muffins

Banana Bran Muffins 2

Banana Bran Muffins 3

Banana bran muffins 4

I loved these muffins and was really surprised at how good these muffins tasted. I think the oat bran gave it a really nice texture and I was even more surprised that they weren’t dry. Usually I have to cook muffins for 25 minutes approximately but these were done in 20 minutes. The batter was also very easy to whip up so hence why I will be making another batch soon. The best thing about these muffins is that they freeze well and you can just heat them up in the morning for quick go to breakfast. You definitely get a lot of fibre and nutrition from the oat bran and the wholemeal spelt flour but the soft bananas and the sweetness from the honey really work well together. I love how this recipe doesn’t use any eggs or oil or butter and yet the result was still really delicious. Also I knew these muffins had to taste somewhat nice as Mr Muscles had 2 in one go and that usually means that he really likes it if he asks for seconds ;P

I thought I’d also share with you all some other photos of my baking experiments over the past few weeks.

Steamed Pandan Sponge Cakes

I made these Steamed Pandan Sponge Cakes for my brother while he is visiting however I think I need to work on the texture as they came out a little dry and there was not enough sweetness to it as my brother mentioned a few times. I will definitely need to keep experimenting further with this recipe.

Anzac Cookies Vegan

I also made these Vegan Anzac Cookies on my day off on Anzac Day however was slightly disappointed as they didn’t really taste of anything. I think using rice syrup instead of the usual golden syrup really changed the taste and the texture of these cookies. There was definitely not enough sweetness in the cookie.

Granola

That same day I also made some of my own granola/toasted muesli filled with plenty of ingredients such as chia seeds, coconut, dried apricots, raw blanched almonds, pumpkin and pepita seeds and of course rolled oats. I used honey this time to sweeten the granola and some coconut oil for baking. I was really happy with how these turned out as it had a lovely crunch and I loved the bits of muesli that had stuck together in the process to make big granola clusters.

So until next time dear readers!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT visits YOUENI FOODSTORE CAFE

Hello dear readers!

Hope you all are having a wonderful long weekend! Happy belated Australia Day as well – I hope you all celebrated by doing something Australian whether it be indulging in various Australian foods such as Pavlovas, Lamingtons etc or having a bbq to celebrate with friends and family…I hope you all had a good time celebrating!

As the weekend is usually the time I like to really indulge in foods, I decided to visit a new cafe that I haven’t been to before. I had read a lot of reviews online from various food blogs about Youeni Foodstore and I saw various instagram photos circulating around displaying all the wonderful foods on offer from the foodstore cafe and I knew immediately that this was a cafe I needed to visit. Youeni Foodstore have 3 locations: Surry hills, Darlinghurst and the newly opened cafe at Castle Hill. I decided to try the cafe at Surry Hills as it was the closest to home.

The cafe is situated among various warehouse like buildings nestled in the middle. It is a cosy atmosphere with a few tables and chairs which have been placed outside the kitchen space/counter where you can peer into the kitchen to see what the staff are cooking inside. If you aren’t feeling like eating in, you can easily takeaway coffees, homemade baked goods such as muffins, scrolls and toasted muesli if you are feeling peckish. Outside of the cafe, the owners have placed various boxes of fruits and vegetables to emphasise their use of fresh fruit and vegetables in their dishes. We got to the cafe around 9:30 and it was not very busy so we were able to get a table but as we were leaving, there were a number of customers who were starting to sit down and eat breakfast. It’s probably best to go earlier to this cafe so that you don’t miss out on all the wonderful pastries on offer.

Specials board

New menu items at Youeni

Fruit and Veg

Fruit and Vegetables displayed outside the cafe

Youeni Cafe

Tables and Chairs

Kitchen

The Kitchen

Muffin of the Day

Muffin of the Day: I think this was blueberry

Scrolls

Scrolls

Menu

Menu2

Menu

They didn’t have any green tea on their menu (usually my choice of tea) so I settled for a white peony tea instead.

Tea

My Peony Tea

Coffee

Mr Muscle’s choice of coffee

Mr Muscles decided to order the scrambled eggs as he usually tends to pick the savoury items while I pick the sweeter items on the menu. He was not disappointed by his choice as he raved on about how the very creamy scrambled eggs worked well with the giant kale leaves that accompanied the dish. You could tell the vegetables were fresh. Mr Muscles also ordered an extra side of avocado which had been seasoned with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. I tried a bit of his scrambled eggs and it was really rich and creamy. It was definitely a hearty meal and probably best eaten when you are feeling really hungry.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs, pan-roasted tomatoes, kale, olive oil, toast $12.00

Avocado

Side of Avocado $3.00

I ordered the breakfast crumble which was served with natural yoghurt as I was feeling like some toasted muesli. The breakfast crumble was a lot more dense and heavy than I expected as they had stewed the oats with dried fruits such as figs and fresh fruits that had been slow cooked including peaches and blueberries and hazelnuts and toasted coconut. Although being slightly on the heavier side for a breakfast item, I thoroughly enjoyed my choice of breakfast. I felt that the yoghurt cut through all the heaviness of the breakfast crumble and the softness of the fruits paired well with the crunch of the oats and nuts.

Breakfast Crumble 1

Breakfast Crumble, Seasonal Fruits, Natural Yoghurt $9.00

Crumble

My breakfast crumble close up ;P

After we finished up breakfast, I couldn’t stop eyeing the pastries at the counter so Mr Muscles ended up buying me a cardamon and cinnamon scroll to takeaway. I couldn’t wait and decided to eat it on the spot. It was really delicious and I gobbled it up in a matter of seconds. The scroll was unexpectedly quite light and had some sugar sprinkled on the top of it and I liked that it wasn’t very large in size so I didn’t feel so bad eating it all up. I almost didn’t get a photo of the scroll close up as I was about to bite into it until Mr Muscles reminded me that I should probably take a photo of it before I demolish it whole ;P

Cardamon and Cinnamon Scroll

Scroll close up

 

Youeni Foodstore

Shop 3, 8 Hill Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9380 7575

Website: http://youeni.com/

Trading Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm

Until next time!

x

Jackie

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These are a few of my favourite things…

Hello all!

Since the year is coming to a close, I thought I’d write a post on some of my favourite foods I have eaten over the past year (of course you will only see photos of sweet desserts or breakfast foods i.e. non-savoury foods ;P).

I honestly feel like this year has flown by really quickly and it’s nearly 2013! Where did 2012 disappear to? It feels like this year has already gone within a blink of an eye and while I’m one year older, somehow I feel like all the goals and resolutions that I set out to achieve at the start of the year have still not been fulfilled. Perhaps 2013 will be the year where all my plans, goals and dreams come to fruition…one can only hope!

But back to my favourite things…

My favourite foods of 2012 are as follows:

Pyrama’s Ricotta Pancakes served with Maple Syrup and Berries – Pancakes + Ricotta + Maple Syrup = heaven on a plate! These pancakes are so so good but quite on the heavy and rich side due to the use of ricotta so definitely a dish that you would want to order if you are feeling extra hungry or just feeling like being a bit naughty which is usually what I always say to justify eating them ;P

Chef Gallery’s Piggy Buns filled with Sesame Paste – nothing better than a soft delicate bun with sesame paste oozing out of it as you bite into it and there is the added cute factor to these buns…always too cute to eat but yet somehow always ends up in my tummy!

The Sweet Spot’s Mango & White Chocolate Mousse Cake – Layers of sliced Mango with white chocolate…so more-ish! You may even want to buy another slice because it’s just that good! ;P This place in Randwick has many other wonderful cakes to admire and indulge in ;P

Lynn Shanghai’s Steamed Pumpkin Glutinous Balls – Steamed Glutinous Rice Flour moulded in the shape of a pumpkin with golden lotus seed paste…I love all desserts with lotus seed paste (did I mention I also love mooncakes) …quite filling even though they look quite small in size. I literally could eat a few of these in one sitting (*insert guilty face*)

Birthday Peach Buns – something I need to order every year for my birthday…once again white lotus seed paste in a steamed bun…yummmmm! I’ll never get sick of this!

 

Frozen Yoghurt aka Froyo – still loving froyo especially from Noggi (Strathfield) for their green tea froyo and from Cacao Green (Swanston St, Melbourne) for their original flavoured froyo, wow cow for their black sesame and original flavoured froyo, Azuma for their green tea frozen yoghurt and recently loving taro flavoured froyo…who knew such flavours could work so well…

Anmitsu – Mochi glutinous dumplings served with seasonal fruits, sweet bean paste, clear jelly and green tea ice-cream with homemade brown sugar syrup – nothing better than green tea ice cream and mochi dumplings – soft and chewy and oh so delicious…if only they gave more mochi with the ice cream but I think that’s just me being greedy! This is my go-to dessert at most Japanese restaurants and I will usually always eat lighter so that I can indulge in desserts like this after my meal ;P

Homemade low-fat spelt buttermilk pancakes served with pure maple syrup and berriesalthough I like ordering pancakes as my choice of food when I go to breakfast/brunch, nothing beats homemade pancakes made just the way you like it and with the good wholesome ingredients…Mr Muscles made the ones pictured above…not a bad job and they tasted yummy too!

Cafe XXii’s Strawberry Crunch – Layers of Natural Yoghurt flavoured with Strawberries and toasted muesli…yoghurt and toasted muesli…can’t really go wrong with this combination!

Bread & Circus’s Buckwheat & Quinoa Pancakes served with biodynamic yoghurt and orange maple syrup – as seen in my previous post, these pancakes are so addictive, contain great natural ingredients, so more-ish and definitely something I will always order if I go to Bread & Circus for breakfast/brunch.

Sake’s Buttermilk Pannacotta with Berry Coulis – one of the best pannacottas I have eaten…so smooth and delicate just the way a pannacotta should be…I definitely could have two of these!

Sokyo’s Goma Street – A dessert definitely worth trying consisting of caramelised white chocolate mousse, sesame candies, thin paper-like chocolate and sesame ice-cream on top of some biscuit crumbs – if you love all things sesame and black sesame then you will love this dessert!

Homemade Vegan Coconut Creme Brulee – so decadent and rich that you only need a few bites yet very addictive that you feel you want to eat more at the same time…definitely a dessert I will be making again and again when I’m feeling in the mood for something a bit richer ;P

Luke Nguyen’s Red Lantern Pumpkin Cheesecake – a really wonderful dessert combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and cream cheese with vanilla bean ice-cream however I don’t think it is on the menu anymore but since it was such a memorable dessert, I had to post a picture of it for all of you to see.

Kawa’s Toasted Muesli with Yoghurt and Poached Fruit – I am quite addicted to this breakfast item and often order this when I go to Kawa (see previous post) when I’m feeling like something light.

My most favourite of cupcakes at Ghermz: Strawberry Cupcake with Strawberry icing…the cupcake itself is moist and not dry like most cupcakes I have tasted and the icing isn’t the usual buttercream but reminiscent of the icing on cupcakes I had when I was a kid. Remember Dobinsons anyone? It really reminds me of these cupcakes from my childhood.

Homemade Steamed Sponge Cakes – Over the year I have made many variations of steamed sponge cakes and I love the fact that they are very light and airy, they are very simple to make and don’t take long to steam…the variations I have made over the year consist of: brown sugar & coconut, pandan, chocolate/vanilla marble, green tea and dark chocolate. You can store them in the freezer and steam them when you want to eat them for breakfast or as a snack.

Homemade baked donuts – these are so easy to make and don’t take long to bake. I like to make them in small donut pans and regular sized donut pans. I have made many variations of donuts over the year consisting of banana, vegan Krispy Kremes, chocolate using applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon and blueberry.

High Tea – I have been to a few high teas over the year and some of my favourites are: The Westin Hotel, QVB Tea Room and Victoria Tea Salon in Westfield (pictured above). Nothing better than little finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and a plentiful array of sweet treats and desserts.

Boiled Glutinous Rice Balls in a sweet ginger soup (read previous post) – nothing better than having this on a cold and dreary day or when you are feeling slightly under the weather! The ginger gives a much added kick to the dessert…yum! ;P

Homemade muffins: I have literally made numerous muffin recipes over the year experimenting with different flavours. Some of my favourites have included: cinnamon sugar donut muffin (pictured above), green tea banana muffins, almond and honey muffins, banana and date wholemeal spelt muffins, strawberry buckwheat & spelt muffins, mango & macadamia muffins…the list goes on…what I love about homemade muffins are that they are so versatile and you can make them sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free and add whatever ingredients you like in them…I have even made many successful batches of protein muffins…the possibilities are really endless!

I’m definitely sure the list could go on of all my favourite foods but I figure I should stop at some point…

Hope you are all enjoying your week so far! Nearly the weekend! It’s about time!

Till next time

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT’s homemade maple and coconut toasted muesli

Hello readers!

I thought I would share with all of you my homemade toasted muesli I made the other night.

I usually go through weeks of eating the same breakfast foods day in and day out and then the next couple of weeks I’ll change it up and eat something else for a few weeks day in and day out. My usual breakfasts consist of: Egg white omelette with mushrooms, low-fat yoghurt with raw organic honey and fruit or with toasted muesli, homemade banana bread or muffins I have made earlier on and frozen for future breakfasts. So lately, I have been feeling like muesli for breakfast and while it’s nice to go out and eat muesli at some of the cafes I frequent, during the weekdays I prefer to eat breakfast at home and leave the breakfast/brunch outings for the weekend. I decided to make my own toasted muesli with a wide variety of ingredients. The best part of making your own toasted muesli is that the possibilities are endless and you can tailor the ingredients to what you like eating. I usually find that when I go out to cafes and eat muesli I end up picking at it as I am not a huge fan of sultanas or raisins in my muesli. I’ll usually finish most of the muesli but you will often see a large pile of sultanas or raisins left behind. You definitely won’t find any sultanas or raisins in my toasted muesli ;P

I was really happy with my toasted muesli. It had all the ingredients that I wanted. Whilst toasted muesli has a lot of good fats and is loaded with nuts and seeds, it is quite high in calorie so you only should be eating a handful. I like the fact that it makes you feel fuller for longer so you don’t need to eat too much of it. I love to eat my muesli on its own or with some yoghurt. You could also make a yoghurt parfait with the toasted muesli and plate it up in a tall glass with layers of yoghurt then muesli then yoghurt again and then top with muesli and fruit. You can even serve the muesli with some poached fruit: poached pear or poached rhubarb would pair nicely with the muesli. I know the muesli must have been nice as most of it is now gone and I thought I had might quite the big batch but somehow the muesli monster appeared and demolished half of it already!

Jackpot’s homemade maple and coconut toasted muesli

NB: This makes quite a large batch of toasted muesli as I only used the measurements as an approximation i.e. you can put in more or less depending on your preferences

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Organic Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup  Almonds (Skin On)
  • 1/4 cup Walnut Halves
  • 1/4 cup of Pecans
  • 1/4 cup of Pepitas
  • 1/4 cup of Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup of Fine Coconut
  • 1/4 cup of Dried Apricots
  • 3-4 tbsps of black chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and coconut.
  4. Mix in the coconut oil and maple syrup into the oats mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until the wet ingredients have combined with the dry ingredients
  5. Pour batter onto a lined baking tray spreading across the whole tray (you may need to use 2 trays as I found I had a lot of oat mixture in my bowl)
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, turning the toasted muesli frequently so that it does not burn. (I turned up the heat to 180 degrees Celsius in the last 5 minutes to brown my muesli more but you do not need to do this if you would like your muesli lightly toasted)
  7. Take out of the oven and let the muesli rest until cool.
  8. Transfer your toasted muesli to an airtight container for storage.
  9. Try not to eat it all at once!

Notes:

  • I found that my dried fruit burned a bit too quickly during the time in the oven. So you can opt to bake your dried fruit a bit later on by adding in the dried fruit 10 minutes near the end of baking.
  • Also, I have read on sites that many people like to put the nuts in a bit later so that they do not get that burnt bitter taste. I didn’t notice this when I baked my nuts in the muesli during the baking time however you can try this and see the difference.
  • You can add other ingredients: next time I plan to make this with gogi berries, dried cranberries and coconut flakes
  • You can also make the toasted muesli with fruit juice instead of the maple syrup to sweeten the muesli. I didn’t use much oil so my muesli mixture was quite dry but it didn’t seem to affect the results of the toasted muesli.

Photos:

 

I paired my toasted muesli today with some honey and almond yoghurt…mmmmmmm….nothing better than muesli and yoghurt ;P

“Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first.”  Ernestine Ulmer

Till next time guys!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT’s Weekend Eating Adventures at: Bread & Circus

Hello Readers!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My weekend consisted of a delightful brekkie at Bread & Circus, a housewarming party with plentiful amounts of food and good company, watching NBA endlessly (Go the Houston Rockets!), a baking experiment and a basketball game (where we won!) and some much-needed R&R.

But back to my breakfast on Saturday morning at Bread & Circus. Mr Muscles decided to take me out for brekkie on Saturday morning and despite having a large endless list of breakfast/brunch places that I have still yet to go to, I opted to visit Bread & Circus again because the food is always consistent and great tasting. We have been here for breakfast quite a few times as we always enjoy the breakfast dishes on offer and I like the fact that the ingredients they use are all organic and healthy for you and I always leave this place feeling very satisfied having had such a wholesome and nutritious meal.

The food and drink items on the menu are considered to be quite expensive however it is justified as they use good ingredients and the serving size is quite big so you will always leave feeling quite full and satisfied. The cafe is situated in Alexandria in a warehouse shared with Campos Coffee. Most of the new cafes are situated in similar settings and it gives the cafe a nice atmosphere and feel to it compared to typical cafes you might frequent. The cafe is always busy especially around 9-10am so we always like to get there around 8:30am to ensure that we get a seat. The tables are all long tables where you sit with other customers and share the tables. It gives this cafe a cozy feel to it as the cafe itself is not very big and does not occupy too much of the warehouse space. On each table are various potted plants, plates of cutlery, and quirky looking bowls and drink dispensers. The setting almost resembles a home like appearance with a somewhat rustic and urban feel to it at the same time despite being set up in a warehouse.

On this visit to Bread & Circus, I decided to get the “Morning Jumble” (Full Plate)” – a tasting plate of all things breakfasty. I opted for the crunchy granola with organic soy milk alongside fresh fruit and biodynamic yoghurt. However you can get as an alternative, dairy free bircher muesli, cooked fruit and even vegan coconut yoghurt depending on your taste buds and dietary needs. The granola was really delicious with packed full of oats, dried fruit and plenty of various nuts including walnuts and almonds. I enjoyed it throughly and the fruit and yoghurt was a great accompaniment to the dish. I will definitely be ordering this next time I visit. The dish was served with a side of soy milk however I don’t usually eat my granola with milk opting usually to have it with yoghurt. Next time I might try the cooked fruit and the vegan coconut yoghurt to see the difference.

Mr Muscles on the other hand, decided to get “Jude’s very particular pancakes” mainly because I couldn’t decide between the granola and the pancakes for ages so in the end ordered the pancakes to ensure I would eat a few bites to satisfy my pancake cravings for the day. I love the fact that their pancakes really taste wholesome and nutritious but not too dense. The quinoa and buckwheat work really well together and this is the only place that I have seen where such a combination of pancakes exist. I truly do love their pancakes and wish I could somehow replicate these at home. I will let you know how I go in my attempts.

On a previous occasion, I ordered those same pancakes but Mr Muscles ordered the “Parmesan not-so-scrambled eggs” with real truffle oil and a side of preservative free free-range ham with a side of sourdough toast.” I could tell Mr Muscles really enjoyed this dish as the plate was demolished in a matter of minutes and the plate was left clean albeit a few crumbs. This is definitely a dish to order if you are in the mood for something a bit more hearty and fulfilling. But as always, me having such a big sweet tooth can never resist a sweet breakfast so pancakes is always what I usually order if I’m feeling extra hungry and wanting to treat myself for the weekend.

Photos from Bread & Circus:

Drinks Menu

Breakfast Menu

Drink Special of the Day: Ginger Spiced Chai Tea

Large Daily Juice Organic Orange Juice $8.00

Silver Jasmine Green Tea $4.00

Morning Jumble – tasting plate of all things breakfasty (Full Plate) with crunchy granola served with soy milk, finicky fresh fruit (kiwi, green apple, mango, orange and passionfruit) and biodynamic yoghurt $16.00

Jude’s very particular pancakes – pre-soaked buckwheat, black quinoa, coconut-rapadura wholefood pancakes with maple orange gloss served with a side of orange slices $16.00

Orange & Poppyseed Muffin – I ordered this muffin to take away as they were baked fresh that morning. The muffin however was a bit too orangey for me with bits of orange rind found within the muffin. I also felt the muffin was quite heavy and dense and therefore could not finish most of it.

On a previous visit:

Parmesan not-so scrambled eggs – biodynamic eggs under shaved parmesan with real truffle oil, something green, preservative-free free-range ham and a side of sourdough toast $23.00

Same pancakes as above but served with maple biodynamic yoghurt and grapefruit – nothing better than pancakes and maple…mmmmm ;P

Bread & Circus

21 Fountain Street

Alexandria NSW 2015

Ph: (02) 9698 2939

Trading Hours: Opening 7 days 8am-4pm

Website: http://www.breadandcircus.com.au/

 

Now to see if I can replicate those pancakes…

Till next time!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT eats at: CAFE MORSO, Pyrmont

Hello all!

It was such a nice day last sunday morning and despite the ever-increasing windy weather, it ended up turning into a lovely sunny day. With daylight saving in place now, I think we’ll get to enjoy more sunshine especially during the weekends.

I went to a brunch catch up session with Ms L, Mrs A and Mrs C at Cafe Morso on sunday. I have been to Cafe Morso a few times now and have always enjoyed the food there. The best part is that you also get to enjoy the weather and the nice views if you sit outside the cafe.

Unfortunately as I was coming down with the flu, I was not able to try more of their menu items this time around so I stuck with my usual dish that I order when I’m feeling like a light meal for brunch. I ordered the toasted muesli with fruit, yoghurt and honey and was not disappointed. They make their own muesli and I was tempted to buy some to bring home to eat but I showed some self-restraint and didn’t go through with it in the end. Ms L informed me that the orange pancakes with yoghurt, mixed berry compote and maple syrup is a must order menu item when you visit Cafe Morso however you will need to arrive at the cafe early to ensure they have it, as it is a very popular menu item. I will definitely be trying this on my next visit there as I love all things pancake. She even suggested I order pancakes with a side of bacon? Bacon and maple syrup? It’s an odd combination of sweet and savoury and I’ve never been one to mix my sweet and savoury always favouring sweet naturally as my first preference but she assured me that the combination works very well. Do any of you like mixing your sweet and savoury food together?

Ms L and Mrs C both ordered the french toast with pear compote, mascarpone and warm chocolate ganache and boy did it look scrumptious! Can’t go wrong with french toast and chocolate! They even cut the toast into a round cylinder differing from the normal traditional french toast you get at other places. I think this is another item I’m going to have to try next time I visit this cafe. And of course, Ms L ordered her french toast with a side of bacon. Mrs A on the other hand, ordered the smoked pork and gruyère risotto with poached egg and hollandaise sauce. It reminded me of a western style congee with egg. I wouldn’t have considered this a breakfast item and when Mrs A told Mrs C to order this for her, Mrs C and I were both confused wondering where this was on the breakfast menu but the combination of poached egg and hollandaise clearly ticks all the right boxes for a breakfast item.

After we were done with our meals and busy chatting away whilst soaking up the sun, Ms L and Mrs A felt thirsty so we all browsed through the drinks and dessert menu. Could we really fit in dessert after all that food? Although the dessert menu looked very tempting, we all decided to pass but Ms L and Mrs A both decided to both order a pineapple, mint and blueberry frappe. It looked really good and from what they told me, it was really refreshing on a nice and sunny day. What a great catch up. Looking forward to the next catchup soon with such lovely ladies!

Photos from the brunch:

House made toasted muesli with fruit, yoghurt and honey $14.00

Tea Craft silverleaf jasmine green tea $4.00

French toast, pear compote, mascarpone and warm chocolate ganache $16.00

 Smoked pork and gruyère risotto with poached egg and hollandaise sauce $18.00

Pineapple, mint and blueberry frappe 6.50

Cafe Morso

http://www.cafemorso.com.au

Ph: +61 2 9692 0111

Lower Deck (west side), Jones Bay Wharf,

Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm

Sat-Sun: 8am-2pm/drinks and coffee until 3pm

Till next time!

x

Jackie

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