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JACKPOT celebrates Easter in Melbourne Part 2

Time for part 2 of my extra long blog post about my Easter in Melbourne.

Miss G and Mr D took us to Lux Bite after lunch so we could have a look at the desserts on offer there. I had read a lot about Lux Bite so I was really eager to check out all their desserts plus their macarons which I had heard were the best in Melbourne. All the desserts looked so intricate that they almost looked too pretty to eat. I could tell that these desserts were nothing but indulgent and rich. I was super sad that by the time we got here I was still so full that I couldn’t fit in any dessert. I’m going to have to come back next time on my next trip down to Melbourne. Everything looked so delicious as I gazed intently on the cabinet full of desserts. Mr Muscles knew deep down that I wanted to try one but I showed some self-restraint and said no this time…I regretted it about 10 minutes later after we walked out of the shop ;P

LuxBite

Lux Bite Quote

Love this quote of theirs – so true! ;P

Desserts

How cute are the Easter Bunny Macarons ;P

Desserts 2

Easter dessert

I really wanted to get this but my stomach was still suffering from a massive food coma =(

Dessert 2

Macarons2

Macaron Dessert

Macarons from Luxbite

Macarons from Luxbite2

Lux Bite’s infamous macarons – how cool does the freckles one look on the very far right hand side – definitely trying one next time!

We visited the Prahran markets for the first time as Miss G and Mr D needed to get a few things from there. Going to the markets was such a wonderful experience and I only wish that there were more markets like this open for longer in Sydney. Most the markets I go to on the weekend usually close early so I never get a chance to go to some of the markets. There were so many stalls at this market ranging from people selling honey, organic foods, a deli, fish and meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, flowers and the like. I honestly probably could have spent a lot longer at this market i.e. all day because there was just so much to look at. And what was even better was at the back of this market, I found an Essential Ingredient where I dragged Mr Muscles with me to go exploring in the shop. I spent ages looking around trying to find new baking equipment and recipe books. In the end I picked up a really cool asian dessert recipe book which I plan to filter through and draw ideas from.

Markets

Honey

Spreads

Eggs

Nuts

Flowers

Deli

Deli

To finish off our Melbourne trip Mr Muscles and I decided to have breakfast at Cumulus Inc the next day as I had really wanted to try one of Melbourne’s popular breakfast/brunch places. We got up quite early so we were the first customers for the day and had preference to sit anywhere in the cafe. The cafe is modern and has a large kitchen where you can view the chefs in the kitchen preparing your food. I had read about this place in many blog posts and was keen to try the crumpets and madeleines that a lot of people had blogged about.

Cumulus Inc

Cumulus Inc Door

Tables and Chairs

Tables and Chairs inside

Interior

Kitchen

The Menu

The Menu

Coffee

Mr Muscles’s Coffee

 

Green Tea

My sencha green tea

Mr Muscles wanted to eat something a lot heartier for breakfast as he had a big night and was feeling under the weather so to speak so he decided to order the beans and egg dish.

Beans and Egg

Grilled Lyonaisse sausage, smoked hock, braised beans and 65/65 egg $19.80

Mr Muscles didn’t really enjoy his breakfast. He thought the food was ok but didn’t really like the sausage they used for the dish. I think he was expecting something different and so it didn’t really satisfy his hunger. Also he thought it was quite a pricey meal for what he got.

I decided to order the crumpets instead of the madeleines as I wanted something slightly savoury and the madeleines take longer to make so I figured I should stick to something that didn’t take too long.

Crumpets

Crumpets close up

House made crumpets, whipped ricotta & rooftop honey $11.00

Honey

Rooftop Honey

Inside of the Crumpet

An inside shot of my crumpets

I was very surprised when my crumpets came out. It looked so different to the crumpets I used to eat when I was a kid that you get from the local supermarket. Not at all soft but rather crunchy on the outside and chewier on the inside. It was a very different experience of eating crumpets. I loved the honey and ricotta as they both paired wonderfully together with the savoury taste of the crumpets to give that slight savoury sweet flavour that I was after. I think I prefer the softer version of these as I thought these had been fried a bit too much in the pan. The crumpets itself were not filling however and Mr Muscles could see I was hungry still so he ordered the granola for him and I to share.

Granola

Toasted Honey Granola & Poached Rhubarb with Vanilla Yoghurt $11.00

I really loved this dish and probably should have ordered this instead of my crumpets as this is my usual go to breakfast when I dine out for breakfast or brunch. The granola had a lovely crunch with various nuts, seeds and sultanas and it paired really well with the yoghurt and the tart flavour of the rhubarb and the sweetness of the strawberries.

I would like to go back to Cumulus to try out their dinner menu as I know this place gets really packed out for dinner. Also, I have yet to try their madeleines with lemon curd so that’s something I will come back for when I have more time.

All in all, it was a great way to spend most of the long weekend before Mr Muscles and I had to work on the Easter Monday. Great catching up with friends, exploring new places to eat and indulging in various foods which meant massive food comas for most of the trip ;P

Prahran Markets

163 Commercial Rd

South Yarra VIC 3141

Ph: (03) 8290 8220

Trading Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 7am – 5pm
Wednesday  Closed
Thursday 7am – 5pm
Friday 7am – 6pm
Saturday 7am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 3pm

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

Cumulus Inc.

45 Flinders Ln

Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph: (03) 9650 1445

Trading Hours:

Mon-Fri: 7am-11pm

Sat-Sun: 8am-11pm

Website: http://cumulusinc.com.au/

Until next time Melbourne,

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT’s Weekend Purchases

Hello all!

I thought I would share with you all what I purchased on the weekend. My routine on a normal saturday morning usually consists of going to the markets whether it be Eveleigh markets or the Pyrmont Growers Market. I love that you can buy so much fresh produce at the markets whether its vegetables, fruit, cheese, bread, sweets or whatever takes your fancy. However if i’m not at the markets on the weekend, you will always find me scrounging around the organic/health food grocery stores. I’m pretty sure I could spend a good one hour going through each aisle of the grocery store and inspecting each product reading up on the ingredients and nutritional content. I’m always keen to try new health products for baking and cooking. Most my family and friends will know that when I find something new to cook or bake with, my eyes light up instantly and most times their reaction is a confused puzzled look as to why I’m so happy I found say “raw organic honey” or “spelt flour”. I think they are used to it by now though ;P

So to my purchases:

I am currently loving this yoghurt at the moment. I think I go through so many yoghurt phases but this is one I really like at the moment. Country Valley Yoghurt don’t really have many stockists in Sydney. I bought these from Eveleigh Markets but recently found they sell them at Thomas Dux so I’ll definately be going there to purchase some if I can’t make it to the markets. Their naturally sweetened plain yoghurt is my favourite as its not too sweet and you can have it for breakfast. I usually eat it with either chopped fruit such as strawberries or blueberries or with homemade stewed rhubarb. You could also have it with muesli or on its own. I bought the traditional handmade natural yoghurt for baking. I’ve made a vanilla yoghurt cake before with spelt flour which tasted pretty nice and so will be looking to make another yoghurt recipe soon.

I also bought this Almond Bread made by GUMNUT Chocolates and Biscuits from Eveleigh Markets. I liked this so much I decided to make my own version at home using white spelt flour and whole blanched almonds. My version turned out a lot darker than the one I bought from the markets and I think its due to the flour and also my oven temperature. I’m guilty of having this as a snack from time to time when I’m feeling like I deserve a snack but everything in moderation right?

I was very excited to see that Thomas Dux now sell Loving Earth products. I have used their Agave Nectar before but am now keen to try their organic coconut sugar and raw organic coconut butter which I have heard is much better than using normal butter. Will update you all on how the baking experiments turn out using these products.

I have been looking at this pure vanilla extract for awhile. It’s sold in quite a few organic grocery stores and I finally purchased it on the weekend to use in my baking. It’s a lot more dearer than most pure vanilla extract but I’m excited to try it out. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot more vanilla baked cakes and cupcakes in my upcoming posts ;P

x

Jackie

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