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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

Wedge Espresso1

Wedge Espresso 2

Wedge Espresso 3

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

x

Jackie

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JACKPOTEATS instagrams…

Hello all!

If you are all interested in seeing more of my food and baking experiments you can come view my pictures @jackpoteats on Instagram or you can come visit my facebook page and like my page to see more delicious food at www.facebook.com/jackpoteats. ;P

My instragramming of late…

Vegan Baked Banana Donuts

Vegan Baked Banana Donuts

Pandan Marbled Sponge Cake

Steamed Pandan & Vanilla Marble Cake – second attempt

Healthy Almond Cookies

Healthy Almond Meal Cookies

Steamed Banana Sponge Cake

Steamed Banana Sponge Cake

Oat Bran Muffin

My Oatbran & Banana Muffin eaten for breakfast

Cous Cous Salad

Cous Cous Salad made with Spanish Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Danish Fetta, Coriander, Mixed Herbs & Capsicum for my weekday lunch

Thomas Dux

Some ingredients I picked up from Thomas Dux from the Weekend – Loving Earth Coconut Sugar, Loving Earth Dark Agave Nectar and some Medjool Dates

Black Star Pastry

Some Black Star Pastry Treats I picked up for Miss Puff from the other weekend ;P

Kit Kat Green Tea

Obssessed with Green Tea Kit Kat – so small but soo delicious!

Chanoma Cafe

Finally visited Chanoma Cafe for some Japanese Sweets – Anmitsu with green tea soft serve, red bean paste & jelly – think I have a new place to eat dessert and just when I thought I was going to cut down ;P

More photos to come…

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT visits the Tea Salon at the Victoria Room

Happy Monday dear readers!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with plenty of rest and relaxation! I feel like the weekend has gone by in the blink of an eye and if anything I feel more exhausted than ever trying to pack everything into the weekend before the week starts again. I’m hoping to catch up on some sleep this weekend.

Besides playing a lot of basketball over the weekend, I managed to catch up with Mrs Papparazzi yesterday for lunch. It’s been awhile since we last caught up so it was a good to catch up on what’s been happening. We decided to try our luck and see if there were any tables available at the Victoria Room Tea Salon in Westfield Sydney as usually it’s quite busy. We were in luck as we were able to get a seat not long after we queued in line for a table. We were seated in the corner so it was good to get a somewhat private area to just chat amongst ourselves without being too disturbed by the other customers.

There is the option of having the normal high tea menu or ordering from the main menu. Mrs Papparazzi and I were quite indecisive that day so we chose to go for the easier option and opted for the Classic High Tea to eliminate any decisions and choices that had to be made. However the choice of scones was difficult in the end for me…so many to choose from and with only the choice of one scone ;P

Menu

The Menu

Tea Menu

The Tea Menu

Green Tea

Plate

Love the old fashion teacup and plate designs

High Tea

The Classic High Tea Set for 2 $38.00 pp

Sandwich Tier

The Sandwich Tier – Chicken & Wild Herbs, Smoked Salmon, Rocket, Lemon & Capers, Cucumber, Creme Fraiche & Dill and Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream & Baby Cress

Mrs Papparazzi and I started off the high tea with the bottom tier of finger sandwiches. There is quite a few variations of finger sandwiches made with either white bread or wholemeal brown bread. I loved the chicken & wild herbs sandwich despite it being on white bread and the smoked salmon on brown bread. Mrs Papparazzi loves white bread whereas I love brown bread so in the end it worked out as I ended up eating most of the brown bread sandwiches except for the roast beef as I have never been a fan of it since I was young. I liked the lightness of the sandwiches so that there was still room in my stomach for the rest of the sweet treats and scone.

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The Scones Tier

Date and Orange Scone

Date and Orange Scone

White Chocolate and Cranberry

White Chocolate and Cranberry Scone

Jam and Cream

Scones served with Cream, Strawberry Jam and Orange Marmalade

I decided to try a different scone this time as I had tried the Lavender scone on the previous time I visited and wanted to try something different. There were so may choices from savoury to sweet scones with various different flavours. I ended up picking the orange and date and was hoping that the orange wasn’t too overpowering and I was in luck as the orange flavour was subtle but paired well with the sweet dates. Mrs Papparazzi ended up choosing the white chocolate and cranberry scone which I have heard is really lovely. There is also a rose scone that they serve with bits of turkish delight inside the scone or if you have gluten intolerances, there is also a gluten-free scone which you can request for. I think I will try the gluten-free scone next time I have high tea here. My scone came with some orange marmalade however I’m not a fan of marmalade and ended up eating my scone with the classic strawberry jam instead…tasted really good! Scones and Jam – I can’t think of anything better!

The Assorted Sweeties

Assorted Sweeties – Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse & Strawberries, Seasonal Fruit Short Crust Tartlet (Rhubarb), Classic baked lemon cheesecake with Pistachios & a Vanilla Cupcake with Fresh Passionfruit Topping

Fruit Short Crust Tartlet

Rhubarb Fruit Custard Tartlet

Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse and Strawberries

Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse, Cream and a Strawberry

Cheesecake

Classic Baked Lemon Cheesecake with Pistachio Pieces

Vanilla Cupcake

I loved all the sweet food on offer. My massive sweet tooth ensured that I sampled each and every one of the desserts…yes I know I really need to stop eating so much dessert..I’m planning on eating healthy throughout this week hopefully ;p I loved the taste of the cheesecake. Rich and decadent and luckily served as a small portion because I’m pretty sure I could have eaten 10 of these in one sitting! Also I really loved the texture of the cupcake…it wasn’t dry and the frosting reminded me of the cupcakes I used to eat when I was a kid. I have to thank Mrs Papparazzi for taking some of the photos for me on my camera as I had eaten the sweet food before taking any close up photos of them…yep my big sweet tooth once again! ;p

It was a good catch up over a lovely high tea…I’m sure that I’ll be seeing Mrs Papparazzi again for another food adventure soon!

The Victoria Room Tea Salon

Westfield Sydney

Level 4 (Designer Gallery), Cnr Pitt Street Mall and Market Street

Sydney CBD NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9357 4488

Website: www.theteasalon.com.au

The Tea Salon Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – 6:30pm (except Thursday 9:30am-9pm)

Light Refreshments served all day & Lunch and High Tea from 11:30am-4:30pm

So until next time everyone!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT celebrates Miss Puff’s 30th at Graze

Hello dear readers!

Hope you all are having a good week so far despite the gloomy weather today!

Just to recap my weekend, Mr Muscles and I were invited to celebrate Miss Puff’s (formerly Miss Pen) 30th birthday at Graze in Pyrmont. I was really excited about this dinner because I hadn’t eaten here before and was really keen to try out all the various dishes on offer which I had read on various blogs. We had told Miss Puff that this restaurant might be a nice place to celebrate her birthday with her friends and so we were happy when she decided to have her dinner there.

The restaurant had given Miss Puff the top floor of the restaurant so that we basically had the top floor to ourselves with a large table in the middle of the room. It was a really nice setup and it was even better as it made the dinner feel a lot more private and intimate. Miss Puff and Mr Kecap Manis Boy chose dishes from the menu before the dinner for everyone to share. They ordered a few entrees, mains and 2 desserts for everyone to share. I was so blown away at how good the food was so much so that I really want to go back again and try the other dishes on the menu. I really enjoyed all the dishes that they chose and usually that doesn’t happen often when I go to a restaurant.

It was great catching up with Miss Puff (who looked lovely on the night by the way) and everyone seemed to really enjoy the night catching up with each other and of course enjoying the food together. Thanks again Miss Puff for inviting us and to Mr Kecap Manis Boy as well for organising the whole night. It was a lot of fun and we can’t wait to catch up again soon!

Setting

Setting 2

Street View

The Food:

Cauliflower Milkshake

Cauliflower Milkshake, Jamon & Cheese Toasty

I have to agree with all the other bloggers and say that this was such an amazing dish! It was rich and decadent yet so moreish that it made you want to keep drinking that cauliflower milkshake (similar to a creamy cauliflower soup) and that toasty was amazing where most of us decided to keep dunking it into the cauliflower milkshake to add more flavour. This was definitely one of the highlights of the night and I could tell that most people were thinking the same because the dishes soon disappeared in a matter of minutes.

Croquettes

Blue swimmer crab croquettes with chilli jam

We were all confused as to what this dish was. I asked people around me and we finally found out that the filling was crab. Besides the confusion at the beginning, once we bit into the croquettes everyone thought it was a really lovely dish. It was nice and crumbly on the exterior of the croquettes and creamy and soft on the inside. Once again, this was another enjoyable dish and I didn’t mind it being deep-fried as it wasn’t overly oily.

Ocean Trout

Wood fired Tasmanian Salmon served with cucumber and lemon myrtle creme fraiche

This was another really stand out dish. Mr Muscles and I both agreed that this was another favourite dish of the night for us. The salmon was served on a black wooden board and I loved the charring on salmon. The salmon had been wonderfully cooked and was quite tender and pink still once you cut into it. It just melted in your mouth with each bite and it left me wanting to eat more. I would definitely order this again next time I come here. Ms S next to me really loved the creme fraiche and thought it paired really well with the fish.

Risotto

Wild Mushroom Risotto with herb chantilly

The Mushroom Risotto was another great dish…rich and decadent but really flavoursome too. It was good we got to share a lot of these dishes as I think that a whole portion would have been too filling so I was happy I got to try a bit of everything and  small serving each time meant there was still room for dessert ;P

Chicken

Local flathead fillets, pan fried with serrano jamon, roasted carrot puree, beans and parsley oil

This was a really well executed dish and I loved the saltiness from the jamon which didn’t overpower the flathead fillets but complimented it really well. The roasted carrot puree was really addictive that I went back for seconds of just the carrots.

Beef

Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Shin served with a Black Pepper Jus

The slow cooked beef shin was another stand out dish of the night. The beef shin was unbelievably tender and just melted in your mouth with every bite. Each bite was so rich that you could really taste each tender piece and the bits of fat laced within the beef. Obviously not so good for the diet but definitely something to eat for a cheat meal ;P Mr Muscles really enjoyed this dish and thought it was a highlight from the dinner.

Innards

A shot of the innards…look at how tender the beef is!

Pork Belly

Confit of Pork Belly, Almond, Broccollini, Ginger, Orange and Prawn Foam

I didn’t try this dish as I am not a fan of pork belly but the lovers of pork belly on the table seemed to really enjoy the dish.

Truffled Potatoes

Crispy Truffled Potatoes with Parmesan

A dinner isn’t a dinner without some fried potato goodness well more in the case of Mr Muscles who cannot go a week without indulging in some fried potato of some sort whether it be hot chips, wedges or hash browns so you can imagine the look on Mr Muscles face when he saw this dish come out. Suddenly it was as if he had built a second stomach and was eyeing down the potatoes eagerly awaiting his turn to try the truffled potatoes. I assumed they were good as he went back for seconds and thirds ;P

Eton Mess

Eton Mess, Strawberries, Meringue and Double Cream

Although I’m not a fan of cream I didn’t mind this. Usually the Eton Messes I have tried are full of too much cream or way too much meringue but I thought Graze did this dessert really well with a good balance of meringue, cream and strawberries. I didn’t want to fill up on this as I knew there was a second dessert to try and also the birthday cake.

Chocolate Parfait

Iced Chocolate Parfait, Orange Foam and Mint Oil

I really liked this dessert as it wasn’t too heavy. The chocolate parfait paired well together with the oranges and the mint oil. This was a really nice dessert and all the flavours seemed to work well together.

But none of these desserts compared to the actual birthday cake for Miss Puff which was the infamous Gelato Messina’s “Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom” Cake consisting of dark chocolate gelato, peanut cookies and dulce de leche topped with layers of vanilla cream, chocolate sponge,  a red ganache and white chocolate buttons to finish. The stalk itself is filled with dulce de leche caramel surrounded by dark chocolate gelato. The mushroom then sits on grass made out of popping candy and crushed biscuit…basically a very rich and decadent birthday cake that tasted soooo amazing! Although it was so rich, I found myself wanting more. And the popping candy as the grass was really cleverly done and tasted really nice once we were able to break it apart. It was a great way to end the night with such a delicious cake!

Messina Cake

I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with your friends Miss Puff! We had a wonderful time celebrating with you and we hope that your birthday was a really memorable one this year! Best wishes xx

Graze

182 Harris Street

Pyrmont NSW 2009

Ph: (02) 9518 5025

Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 5pm-10pm and Fri for Lunch 12pm – 3pm

Website: http://grazepyrmont.com.au/

Until next time everyone!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT bakes gluten free paleo carrot cake muffins

Hello dear readers!

Happy Wednesday! Wednesday means it’s time for a new recipe post. Sorry for the delay in posting but it’s been another busy week and after all the birthday celebrations, I have come down with the cold and flu so have been trying to overcome the sickness despite lacking quite a bit of sleep.

I baked some gluten-free paleo carrot cake muffins for Mr Muscles last week for his birthday. Mr Muscles loves carrot cake so I knew I wanted to bake carrot cake and I thought why not make them into muffins as then he could share them with all his friends and workmates on his birthday. I searched on the net for a few recipes as I’m only starting to bake paleo as I can see a new trend towards this and more and more people seem to be interested in eating paleo. I found this recipe at Multiply Delicious (http://www.multiplydelicious.com/thefood/2011/08/gluten-free-carrot-muffins/) and adapted the recipe from this. I wanted to bake the muffins using my natural blanched almond meal so I just subbed this in for the almond flour in the recipe instead. Mr Muscles put these on a plate for his co-workers to try and he told me that once he went back to the kitchen, they were all gone. Always a good sign when a plate full of muffins disappears in no time at all. I can safely assume that his coworkers enjoyed the muffins. Mr Muscles even checked the rubbish bin to see whether anyone had chucked out the muffins but upon inspection, he noted that there were no appearances of muffins in the bin. I’m definitely going to keep trying different paleo recipes to mix things up a bit and Mr Muscles seemed to really like the muffins so I was more than happy that they were enjoyed by the birthday boy himself =).

Gluten Free Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins (adapted from Multiply Delicious)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of natural blanched almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1-2 tsps of cinnamon (I like the taste of cinnamon in carrot cake so I added a lot more) + additional cinnamon for the topping
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 2 tbsps of organic coconut oil
  • 1 ripe banana mashed with a fork
  • 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup (I used more maple syrup as my banana wasn’t that ripe and I was scared that the muffins wouldn’t be sweet enough)
  • 3 medium-sized carrots grated
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts broken into pieces

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line your muffin tray with muffin cups and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all your dry ingredients together: almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together and set aside.
  4. In another bowl, mix your wet ingredients: eggs, oil, mashed banana and maple syrup and whisk until combined.
  5. Add in your grated carrots and walnuts into the wet ingredients mixture until just combined.
  6. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  7. Using an ice-cream scoop or a large spoon, fill up your muffin cups 3/4 full and then add a bit of cinnamon to the top of each muffin.
  8. Bake your muffins for around 25 minutes.
  9. Take your muffins out of the pan and let them cool on a wire rack.
  10. Enjoy!

Grated Carrots

Dry Ingredients

Mashed Banana

Wet Ingredients

Wet Ingredients Combined

Carrot Mixture

Carrots and Nut Mixture

Carrot Cake Muffin Mixture

Muffin Mixture

Carrot Cake Muffins

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Carrot Cake Muffins 3

I think the banana really helped with keeping the muffins moist. The muffin itself is packed full of goodness with the bananas, carrots and the almond meal. I think this muffin is perfect for a hearty filling breakfast or a small snack on the go. I’m definitely going to try and tweak this recipe a bit more. I was a bit concerned at one stage because I thought I had put in too much carrot as the mixture was very orange but luckily it didn’t affect the end product. My only qualm about this recipe was how long it took to grate the carrots. I didn’t realise how long it takes to grate one carrot let alone three carrots and by the end of it, I think I had covered most my benchtop in orange grated carrot as some of it kept falling over the bowl and after all that grating,  I really felt I got a good workout done in the process. I love using almond meal as well especially when I’m making banana bread or banana muffins. If you weren’t doing the whole paleo diet thing, I’m pretty sure you could sub the almond meal with spelt flour or wholemeal flour, obviously bearing in mind the texture would be a bit different but I’m sure still tasty nonetheless ;p

So dear readers, what’s your favourite type of cake? Are you a carrot cake lover like Mr Muscles? Happy to hear some comments from all of you! =)

Until next time!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT visits Cafe Morso (2nd Visit)

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m feeling a bit of the Monday-itis today after what seemed like a really short weekend! Another working week ahead but I hope you all got to relax and enjoy the weekend despite the ever cold weather and the constant rain which did not seem to disappear over the weekend. I had a good weekend catching up on many missed tv shows over the week, celebrating a 2nd birthday for a friend’s child and playing a bit of basketball to get the heart rate pumping…and of course indulging in some good food along with good company as always!

I was very eager to visit Orto in Surry Hills on Saturday morning but come saturday morning I found myself to be still asleep in bed in the late morning so therefore I decided to change my plans around but I definitely intend to visit Orto this weekend if I have the chance. Mr Muscles and I decided to visit Cafe Morso instead for a late brunch to catch up with dear ol’ dad. Dad had been raving on about how good the orange pancakes were at Cafe Morso and because Miss L had told me the same thing previously, I knew I had to order these.

Unfortunately the weather was miserable on Saturday morning and we found ourselves sitting outside the cafe as most the inside tables were taken. I think we all did not expect the weather to be so cold so I knew some warm food would be the solution to our problem.

Latte

Mr Muscles Coffee $4.00

Green Tea

My usual drink of choice: Green Tea $4.00

Scrambled Eggs with Baked Beans

Sauteed wild mushrooms with truffled scrambled eggs and Sonoma Sourdough Toast with a side of baked beans with onion jam and relish $19.00

Mr Muscles thoroughly enjoyed his meal. It’s quite a dense and rich dish with the creamy eggs and the truffle oil drizzled all over the eggs. His only gripe was that he had imagined house made baked beans instead of the tinned variety which he received but nonetheless he still really enjoyed the dish.

Dad decided to order the same dish sans baked beans and he was very happy with his choice. I could tell they both were happy with their meal choices as they both demolished it leaving barely any crumbs on the plate. I think we were all feeling quite full after we left the cafe.

Scrambled Eggs

Dad’s choice: Sautéed wild mushrooms with truffled scrambled eggs and Sonoma sourdough $16.50

And finally……

ORANGE PANCAKES! ;P

Orange Pancakes

 Orange pancakes with yoghurt, mixed berry compote and maple syrup $15.00

I loved the orange pancakes!!! As soon as I dug into them I was amazed at how soft and fluffy they were compared to a lot of other pancakes I have eaten for breakfast before which are usually quite on the dense side. Although the pancakes were deliciously light and fluffy I was quite full after the meal. The yoghurt, berry compote and maple syrup in the glass cup paired really well with the pancakes. I ended up eating most of the pancakes without the side accompaniments as it was so light and so airy that it didn’t really need the side toppings. I am definitely coming back to order this dish again! Next thing I knew…I had gobbled up all the pancakes in a matter of minutes…yes it was that good ;P

For more dishes that you can order at Cafe Morso, you can read my previous post on my first visit there (http://jackpoteats.com/2012/10/10/jackpot-eats-at-cafe-morso-pyrmont/)

I thought I’d also post a few food pictures from the 2nd birthday party I attended. It was such a great party with kids running around playing with toys and getting very excited over the pinata full of lollies.

Car cake

The awesome “Cars” Cake that was made especially for the birthday boy – I think it was chocolate mud cake inside and by the time they had cut the cake I was too full to eat it though it looked really delicious!

Cupcakes

The cupcakes that went along with the cake in the theme of “Cars”

Stay tuned for more cafe reviews and hopefully a few new recipe trials.

I intend to experiment over this week making healthy valentine’s desserts. Hope Mr Muscles doesn’t mind trying out all my valentine’s day baking experiments in the meantime ;P

Aren’t these love candies cute!

love candies

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

Until Next Time

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT’s eating adventures at: Cornersmith Cafe

Morning all!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend especially with the weather getting a lot warmer now. I definitely felt the heat yesterday and while it’s nice change from the unpredictable weather Sydney has had recently, I am pretty sure we are in for some even hotter weather by the end of the week…I’m told it’s going to hit 40 degrees by Friday! Better pack on that sunscreen if you plan on heading to the beach!

But back to my eating adventures from the weekend. I really wanted to try a new cafe on my list of breakfast places that I have yet to visit. I had read many great things about Cornersmith Cafe at Marrickville on various blogs and I knew that this was somewhere that I had to visit to see what the food was like and I definitely was not disappointed. The food was fresh and light and you could tell that the kitchen used a lot of good produce to create their various dishes on their menu.

The cafe itself is quite small so if you want to get a table you will probably have to get there early. Mr Muscles and I got there at 8 on the dot when it opened and we noticed that there were already some customers sitting inside. By the time we had sat down and were sipping our coffee and tea, the cafe was already quite full with most of the tables full. I can only imagine what lunch would be like as I can tell this place gets packed pretty quickly and that you most likely will need to wait in line if you are trying to visit here for lunch. I know I definitely will come back to try their lunch menu as I have heard that their Ploughman’s Plate is really good using fresh ingredients. The menu is written on a black board that has been mounted on the walls of the cafe. After you decide what you want to order (I took forever as there seemed to be so many choices) you then order at the counter.

Mr Muscles decided to order the Poached Egg Roll with Pasture Raised Ham, Garlic Aioli, Apple Chutney, Watercress and Red Cabbage upon my recommendation after reading various blogs and he was not disappointed by his choice. He could not stop raving on about his roll saying that the roll was really delicious and that the apple chutney (which you can buy in a jar from the cafe and is homemade) provided an extra flavour texture that made this roll less than ordinary. His only qualm about the dish was that the poached egg was not really poached and slightly more cooked but he overlooked this as he said that the flavour combinations worked well together regardless. Also, the watercress and the red cabbage provided a nice crunch with the ham and egg. The roll itself was crispy but soft in the middle as a good roll should be. Mr Muscles said that he would come back just to have this again.

Cornersmith also offer sides to go with your toast and eggs so as a side, Mr Muscles also ordered the Yellow & Green Beans with Quinoa, Nuts & Orange. The Quinoa salad looked very appealing and bright with the contrast of the oranges against the beans. I looked at his salad and wondered how Quinoa might work with Orange but somehow the flavour combination worked well together. The citrusy tang with the crunchy but soft quinoa and then the extra crunch from the nuts and the blanched beans. This is definitely a dish that you would want to order if you are feeling like eating something light and not too heavy.

On this visit, I decided to order the Open Toast – Local Ricotta with Mulberry & Rhubarb Compote with Nuts & Seeds served on Organic Harvest Grain Toast. This was sooooo good! So much so that I demolished the plate clean within minutes. I loved the contrast of the savoury ricotta against the mulberry & rhubarb compote jam (which is homemade as well by the cafe). The flavours all worked really well together. I loved that they had served this dish with sunflower seeds and flaked almonds as it paired well with the ricotta and jam. I will definitely order this when I come back to visit for breakfast again. I loved this so much that I bought their mulberry & rhubarb compote jam to take home with me so that I could try and replicate this dish at home. Whilst mine was not as fancy and did not really look the same, I was able to recreate and replicate my own homemade version of the dish and I was not disappointed!

All in all I thought that the cafe was really great and that the prices for the food justified what you got: good produce, fresh ingredients and quality food. The service was also very good with friendly staff who were always attentive to the customers’ needs…so much so that when Mr Muscles accidently left his sunnies at the cafe, one of the staff ran out of the cafe to bring back his sunnies to him.

Photos from my visit to Cornersmith:

 

The blackboard menu

 

Homemade Condiments & Jams

Cornersmith’s Mulberry, Rhubarb & Apple Compote $12.00

My drink of choice: Green Tea

Mr Muscles’s Coffee

Poached Egg Roll with Pasture-Raised Ham, Garlic Aioli, Apple Chutney, Watercress & Red Cabbage $12.00

Open Toast: Local Ricotta with Mulberry & Rhubarb Compote with Nuts & Seeds served on Organic Harvest Grain Toast $10.00

Side: Yellow & Green Beans with Quinoa, Nuts & Orange $5.00

My demolished Plate – Yes..it was that good ;P

After our meal, I decided to also take home some cakes that I saw on display (pictured above). I ordered a gluten free chocolate & rhubarb cake and Mr Muscles ordered a carrot cake. The chocolate cake was light and airy surprisingly and not too dense however the same can’t be said for the carrot cake which I found to be very dry and difficult to eat as a result.

I thought I’d also post a dessert I ate over the weekend while catching up with Mrs Papparazzi before we went to watch the last Twilight movie. Nothing better than green tea pudding. Sushi Tei’s Green Tea Pudding is smooth and creamy with a slight bitterness from the matcha. I wish there was more of it…it was demolished very quickly! ;P

Cornersmith

314 Illawarra Road

Marrickville NSW 2204

Ph: (02) 8065 0844

Trading Hours:

Tue – Fri: 6:30 am – 3:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

Until next time!

x

Jackie

 

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