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JACKPOT visits Brasserie Bread

Hello dear readers!

I hope you all are having a good week so far! I had a nice and relaxing weekend after a long week of work last week despite having to work on the weekend.  As a treat, Mr Muscles took me out for breakfast before I had to start work on Sunday so that I was happily full by the time work commenced and indeed I was…perhaps even more so ;P

I got to choose the place to eat breakfast so I ended up choosing Brasserie Bread as Mr Muscles had never been there before and I had not visited this place in a very long time so I was keen to see if the food still tasted the same from what I remember. We got to the cafe around 9:30 and I was surprised at how busy the place was with many people eating breakfast or lining up to buy bread loaves and pastries that were baked fresh that day. We waited in line for a few minutes for a table and whilst Mr Muscles waited in line, I ventured into the bakery section of the cafe to stare at all the wonderful treats on offer from decadent desserts to drool worthy pastries and to even taste some of the bread samples on offer. Everything was so tasty and it made me want to buy literally everything in the bakery. I made a mental note of all the things I wanted to buy after I finished breakfast…the list was long but I knew I definitely wanted to take something home with me…whether it be a bread loaf or one of their lovely desserts on display.

I wasn’t sure how I was feeling that day…whether I was in the mood to eat sweet food or whether I was in the mood to eat some savoury food but of course as always sweet won the battle and I ended up ordering pancakes ;P

Brasserie Bread

Brasserie Bread Testers


Bread Rack





Bread Loaves

Garlic Bread



The Menu

The Menu

Green Tea

My Green Tea


Mr Muscles’s Coffee

Smoked Trout and Fetta

Mr Muscles’s Meal: poached eggs with smoked trout and feta on sourdough toast with an extra egg $18.00

Mr Muscles decided to get a savoury dish as he doesn’t have as big a sweet tooth as I do. The dish looked very appealing from first glance and Mr Muscles seemed to enjoy it as he dug into his breakfast. The flavours all worked well together however the ratio of bread to trout to feta was uneven and Mr Muscles said that the feta ended up overpowering the other flavours on the plate. He had hoped that they had given another slice of toast to go with the meal as this would have balanced it all out but nonetheless he thought this was a really nice dish overall.

Sourdough Pancakes


My meal: sourdough pancakes with banana and pure maple syrup $15.00

I naturally leaned towards a sweet meal to start my day and I was not disappointed. My first time visiting Brasserie bread I also ordered the sourdough pancakes but with berry compote which was nice but I felt that the berries were a little on the sour side and I was looking for something a bit more sweet and this time the pancakes were just right. It was such a decadent meal, carb heavy and the oh-so-bad-for-you-but-you-just-can’t-stop-eating-these-delicious-pancakes. I really loved that they had grilled the bananas so that you get that slight char on the bananas and with each bite the bananas just melted in your mouth. The maple syrup added a nice bit of sweetness to the meal that complimented the soft bananas. I didn’t really care for the coconut flakes however so pushed them aside and concentrated on the pancakes. These pancakes definitely sit up there with my other favourite pancakes: Ricotta pancakes from Pyrama, orange pancakes from Cafe Morso, ricotta hotcakes from Bills and the quinoa pancakes from Bread and Circus. I think I should be worried about my pancake obsession…

After breakfast, Mr Muscles and I lined up at the bakery section of the cafe and ended up buying a nice harvest grain loaf – I’ve had this bread before and I really enjoyed it and the fact there were all different kinds of grains and seeds in the bread. I also bought a freshly made sandwich for lunch and a pistachio friand to eat later. I knew I could have bought a lot more but I showed some self-restraint and made another mental note that I would be back for more pancakes and of course more freshly baked goodies!

Stay tuned for my upcoming baking experiment: Gluten Free & Vegan Raspberry and Banana Quinoa Muffins


Brasserie Bread

1737 Botany Rd


NSW 2019

Ph: 1300 966 845

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7.00am-3.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8.00am-2.00pm

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

Until next time!



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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 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 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


15 Howey Place

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9671 4030


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…



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JACKPOT bakes: Walnut Banana Bread

Hello Readers!

Such a miserable and gloomy day today! Don’t know where all that sunshine from the weekend went but I hope it comes back soon so we can all enjoy another nice weekend ahead.

Something you should all know about me is that I always have a plentiful supply of bananas in my kitchen because I love baking with bananas. Whether it’s baking countless banana breads, steaming banana cakes or making thick and fluffy banana pancakes…the possibilities are always endless, the recipes are always plentiful and the countless experiments and creations appear never-ending. What I love about banana is that it is so versatile and that you can make a cake or muffin using banana to replace the oil and butter in the recipe. I usually tend to go a bit overboard and always put in plenty of bananas to make my cakes quite moist but mainly because I like the taste of bananas in my baking. When I look at many recipes in books or online I am always so alarmed at the amount of oil, butter and sugar that goes into common desserts such as cake, muffins and cookies and even if it is one loaf or one cake which requires 1 cup of oil or more, I still find that to be quite a lot. That’s why I’m always looking for ways that I can reduce the amount of oil, butter and sugar in a recipe if the recipe requires it and so I find that bananas are always a good substitute for the oil or butter. I also tend to find that natural organic applesauce works great to replace most or all of the oil/butter in recipes as well. I have even experimented with natural and greek yoghurt as replacements so that the cakes still remains moist and soft in the centre.

I had some bananas lying around the house that were quite ripe and a bag of walnuts in my pantry so I decided to make a walnut banana bread. I usually slice up my banana bread loaf and freeze the slices so that I can eat them for breakfast. I based my recipe on a banana bread recipe I found at Chocolate Covered Katie (http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/10/10/fat-free-banana-bread/). I love her recipes as they are quite easy to follow and she even makes single serving desserts so you don’t have to make too many at one time and can just enjoy the one serving. I adjusted her recipe by using different flours to create a different texture to my banana bread. I used one cup of white spelt flour, 1/4 cup of wholemeal spelt flour and a heaping 3/4 cup of natural almond meal. I really love the taste of almonds and bananas together and wanted to taste the almond in the banana bread so chose to use more of this compared to the wholemeal spelt flour. I love that the recipe is oil free and gets its moisture from the bananas and replaces all the oil with soy milk. I added in 4 large bananas to the mixture. I didn’t really measure the mashed bananas out and more went by texture and feel of the batter. If the mixture appears too dry, you can always add more milk to the mixture. I also decreased the amount of sweetener by using a bit less than 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup and it was just right for me. I love the combination of pure maple syrup with bananas. You could even add pitted dates into the mixture to avoid using maple syrup if you do not like the taste of it. I added some walnuts on top of my banana bread for extra crunch but you can always add berries or chocolate chips to the mixture to create a different type of banana bread.

The recipe was really easy to make. I love making banana bread because it doesn’t take long to whip up the batter. I was quite surprised with the end result as the banana bread was quite moist and the bread did not turn dry at all. The almond meal and spelt flour worked really well together along with the bananas. And the walnuts provided the extra crunch in contrast to the moist bread. I was very worried that the banana bread might burn with the walnuts on top but I put foil on top in the last 10 minutes to ensure that it wouldn’t burn. The top of the banana bread turned a nice brown colour. The recipe says bake for around 50 minutes. I took out the banana bread just shy of that time but next time I might put it in for another 5 minutes with the oven temperature turned off just to ensure that the insides are well and truly cooked. I don’t mind my banana bread soft and a bit gooey but if you want it to be a bit more cooked in the centre you can leave it in the oven for longer. Banana breads usually cook for an hour, so anywhere around 50-60 minutes is a good indication of time to bake the bread. You can also put a skewer in to test if the bread is done. If the skewer comes out clean then the bread is done. I let the banana bread cool on a wire rack and then sliced it up into even proportions and put it into the freezer. I gave Mr Muscles a few pieces to try for feedback and he throughly enjoyed it. He said he could tell there were different flours in the mix and that the walnuts gave a nice texture to the bread. For someone who doesn’t really like desserts, I’ll take that as good feedback as he demolished his test serving immediately. Did I mention though, I gave him the end parts of the loaf as well? Gotta keep the rest of the loaf for myself for any other personal feedback…ok thats a lie..I just want to eat it all myself…and lucky Mr Muscles doesn’t really like dessert or sweet things ;P

The dry mixture

Mashed up bananas

Adding wet to dry

Mixture in the loaf tin before putting it into the oven

Banana bread in the oven during baking

End result ;P

Letting the banana bread cool on a wire rack

Slicing up the banana bread into slices to freeze – Yes that end bit was served straight away to Mr Muscles without complaint ;P

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 
Charles M. Schulz

Till next time



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