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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 makes: Homemade Raspberry Frozen Yoghurt

Hello dear readers!

TGIF! Sorry for the delayed post but this week has felt like a constant pattern of exhaustion and to top things off I haven’t had a chance to bake anything as yet…perhaps I’ve got some baking block? But I hope to relax this weekend and start baking again. Thanks to my wonderful friends, I am the proud new owner of a red Kitchenaid so I cannot wait to try out new recipes with it.

So last night I looked inside my fridge and found I still had a tub of Country Valley Natural Yoghurt sitting there that had not been open and because of all the birthday festivities of late, I had completely forgotten about it. I was going to bake a french vanilla yoghurt cake or a steamed yoghurt cake but instead decided to do something completely different and make frozen yoghurt. I love froyo as mentioned in my previous post and while this homemade froyo does not compare at all to the likes of Moochi or Noggi, I was still quite happy with the results.

Once again I didn’t really follow a recipe and decided to wing it instead. I took out my trusty Vitamix which is a really great kitchen appliance. You can make ice creams, smoothies, soups etc with this appliance. I have even made raw brownie bites quite successfully in this Vitamix.

The ingredients I used were:

  • 1 tub of natural yoghurt – you can use greek yoghurt as well, or a flavoured yoghurt with vanilla or yoghurt for added flavour but I used a natural yoghurt so that I could add my own flavours and control the sugar content in the froyo
  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries – you can feel free to use any type of fruit. I chose raspberries as that was that I had in my freezer but feel free to try this with blueberries, mixed berries, strawberries, peach, mango
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla paste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of agave nectar – you can add more as I don’t like my froyo too sweet but since the raspberries are quite tart you may need to increase the amount. You could also substitute the agave for sugar or other types of sweetener. You can even try using Stevia but do not put too much as you do not want the taste of Stevia to overpower the taste of your frozen yoghurt.

I put all these ingredients into my mixer and blended for a minute on low-speed then put it to the highest speed for another minute or so.

Once the mixture was done, I poured it into a container and put it straight into my freezer to set further.

I was really happy with the taste of my froyo. I think I went a bit overboard with the raspberries though as my froyo mixture turned out to be quite a dark pink. If you want your froyo to be a bit lighter in colour and have less of a raspberry taste, you can reduce the amount of raspberries to 1/2 a cup. Also, my froyo was a bit on the icy side as my freezer is quite cold and because I didn’t make this froyo in an ice-cream maker to churn it, I think the texture was different to typical frozen yoghurt. Regardless, I like that I know what is in the frozen yoghurt and that the sweetness only comes from the agave nectar.

I am keen to try a mango or strawberry frozen yoghurt next =)

Pictures:

“Learn how to cook–try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”

Julia Child, My Life in France

x

Jackie

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Jackpot celebrates 28 Part 1…

Hello all!

The tiredness and exhaustion is slowly starting to sink in this morning. I’m definitely feeling some Monday-itis as I was busy taking in all of the celebrations from the weekend. Birthdays always mean lots of good food, plenty of cake and catching up with lots of wonderful people and this weekend involved all of that and much much more. This is probably going to be a long post showcasing all the food I consumed over the weekend but all that calorie intake was well worth it!

FRIDAY

Friday night involved a surprise birthday dinner with friends and family at Umi Sushi, Darling Quarter unbeknownst to me. I really had no clue whatsoever. I was under the pretence that I would be celebrating turning 28 with the BF at Sepia in the city but little did I know that he had sneakily organised a big birthday surprise dinner for me. I had a wonderful time catching up with everyone and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a birthday than with all your loved ones.

Some photos from the night:

A red velvet cupcake from Cupcake Bakery from Ms S and Mr H

One of my favourite dishes: Tiger Roll: Crabstick, Avocado, Cucumber wrapped with Prawn and Avocado

Salmon and Avocado Salad with Sesame Dressing

My birthday cake: Adriano Zumbo’s New Raspberry V8 Cake

Flavour layers consisting of: black sesame, raspberry, liquorice, lychee and rosewater. You can really taste each layer as you eat it with the layers of jelly and cream contrasting the crunchy biscuit base.

Inside shot of the Raspberry V8 cake

SATURDAY

Saturday day and night were spent in Melbourne eating wonderful food, catching up with friends and just walking around Melbourne CBD. The weather was typical Melbourne weather with sunshine, clouds and rain all in one day but that didn’t put a damper on the celebrations.

Mr Muscles and I visited Degraves Street in the city for breakfast. We were both feeling quite hungry and wanted a hearty meal to start of the day so that we could walk around the city feeling energised. Degraves Street looks like a little alley way but it is filled with little cafes on each side. Melbourne is all about the little alley ways where lots of cafes, restaurants and bars can be found.

We chose to eat at Degraves Espresso Bar. The Cafe was very small but very crowded and the cafe is well known for its assortment of paninis and breakfast food. You have to wait for a seat inside or try your luck for tables outside in the alley way. We were lucky enough to get a seat sitting in front of the window staring out at all the people eating their breakfast and sipping their coffees in the alley way. Mr Muscles chose to eat eggs benedict with sourdough toast as he usually does at most cafes we go to for breakfast whilst I chose to eat scrambled eggs on sourdough toast. The food came out very quick once we placed our order with the waiter. The food was good but wasn’t spectacular that I would come back again for it. It did the job though by filling our stomachs with enough energy to continue our walking adventures around the melbourne CBD.

After Degraves we visited my very favourite organic Cafe/Store at Degraves Street, The Organic Food and Wine Deli (TOFWD) to buy some vegan banana cake. If you love all things healthy, all things, vegan and gluten free – this is a place you must visit. They sell all types of sweet and savoury foods. Sweet food ranging from vegan banana cakes, carrot cakes and poppyseed cakes, banana breads, muesli slices, raw cheesecake slices, cinnamon scrolls, vegan muffins and so much more. Savoury foods consist of various pies made with spelt flour, an assortment of sandwiches, spelt pasta dishes and salads. Whenever I go to Melbourne, I always try and visit this place to get my organic food fix for the day.

Photos from Degraves Espresso Bar:

View of the alley way from inside the cafe

View inside the cafe

Blackboard Menu

Scrambled Eggs with Sourdough Toast $8.90

Eggs Benedict with ham served with home-made hollandaise sauce on sourdough Toast $16.00

I think i’m too addicted to green tea ;P

Another place that I always visit when I go to Melbourne is Cacao Green. I love frozen yoghurt (also known more commonly as Froyo). I became so addicted to froyo when I visited Jakarta, Indonesia many years ago where the fad was just starting. Jakarta have some really good froyo places such as Sour Sally, Red Mango and I’m sure a lot more now since I last was there. The craze has been quickly rising in sydney and around australia. I love Noggi in sydney for its Green Tea Froyo. I prefer my froyo to taste more yoghurt than icecream and they do a really good green tea frozen yoghurt compared to Moochi which is another popular frozen yoghurt chain.

Cacao Green is quite similar to Red Mango from Jakarta. They started Red Mango from a franchise in the US and Cacao Green really reminds me of the froyo from there. I prefer the original flavoured froyo here but they also sell Green Tea, Chocolate and Blueberry flavoured frozen yoghurt.

We also visited another frozen yoghurt chain to see the difference in taste and texture. At QV they have a frozen yoghurt place called Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt. The difference with this frozen yoghurt is that it is self service and you can put as much frozen yoghurt and toppings into your container as you like and it is priced on weight. I didn’t think that the frozen yoghurt would taste nice but to my surprise it was pretty good. We got a mixture of taro froyo and green tea froyo with some pearls, nata de coco and mochi balls. I think I will visit this place again when I go back to Melbourne. The Taro froyo was so good that me and Mr Muscles were fighting for the last bite of it. I won in the end of course ;P

Cacao Green

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt: Taro/Green Tea Froyo with Mochi Balls, Lychee Pearls and Nata de Coco

I visited Phillippa’s bakery in the CBD. I have seen their biscuits sold around sydney in DJ’s and various cafes so I was excited to find the actual bakery in Melbourne. They sell breakfast and lunch food with freshly baked bread, pastries and biscuits/cookies. I was like a kid in a candy store wanting to buy everything I saw but once again I restrained myself to just looking at the food in awe. I ended up buying spelt muesli cookies which I hadn’t seen before. I am yet to eat them but they look so very tempting!

Bread Loaves and Baguettes

The assortment of biscuits and cookies

Assorted Pastries and Muffins

The variety of biscuits, biscotti, jams and cake slices

My purchase of Spelt Muesli Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

Umi Sushi + Udon

Shop TR10, Darling Quarter, 1 Harbour St

Sydney, Australia 2000

Trading Hours:

Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm

Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm

Sun 11:30am-10pm

Phone: (02) 9283 2006

Website: www.umisushi.com.au

Degraves Espresso Bar

25 Degraves St

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9654 1245

Trading Hours:

Sun 8am – 5:30pm

Mon-Wed 7am-9:30pm

Thu 7am-10pm

Fri 7am-10:30pm

Sat 8am-6:30pm

The Organic Food and Wine Deli

28 Degraves Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone:  (03) 9654 5157

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

Opening hours:

Mon-fri 7am – 7.30pm

Saturday 8am – 6pm

Sunday 9am – 5pm

Cacao Green – Swanston

285 Swanston Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

(03) 9654 9674

Trading Hours:

Sun – Wed 11am to 10pm

Thurs – Sat 11am to 11pm

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt

Shop 1-034, QV Urban Market, QV Building

210 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: http://www.tuttifruttiyogurt.com.au/default.aspx

Phillippa’s

15 Howey Place

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9671 4030

Hours

Monday to Friday 8.00am – 5.30pm

Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm

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

To be continued with Lunch at Taxi Dining Room at Federation Square and Dinner at Ezard…

x

Jackie

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