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JACKPOT makes Vegan Matcha Banana Pancakes

Hello dear readers!

Happy Shrove Tuesday i.e. Happy Pancake Day! In honour of pancake day I decided to post my new recipe for vegan pancakes. There is nothing better than enjoying a nice stack of pancakes on your weekend of indulgment but who says you can’t enjoy a pancake or two on a weekday ;P

I love experimenting in the kitchen with various healthy desserts so when I noticed that my bananas in my kitchen were starting to turn quite spotty, black and not that very appealing, I decided to make some vegan pancakes for breakfast on Sunday morning. I wanted to make matcha (green tea) pancakes for quite some time so this gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment and see whether the flavours would all work together. I’ve made vegan green tea banana muffins before too so I figured the flavours would be quite similar.

I was very happy with the way my pancakes turned out. While I probably need to work on the presentation of my pancakes, taste wise they were very flavoursome contrasting the slightly bitter taste from the green tea powder with the sweet ripe taste of the bananas slightly sweetened with some pure maple syrup. I’m definitely going to make these again as it is so simple to make and it doesn’t take long to whip up the pancake batter mixture. Plus it’s very healthy and you won’t feel bad after eating 2 or 3 of these pancakes. I found that the ripeness of the bananas made these pancakes a lot softer than most of the fluffier pancakes I have eaten but the fact that this is vegan and that it doesn’t require any eggs was even better as I usually find I run out of eggs so this is a good alternative.

Who am I kidding…any excuse to eat pancakes…green tea and bananas and a bit of maple syrup…I’m definitely in heaven! ;P

JACKPOT’s vegan matcha banana pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of White Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Whole Wheat Spelt Flour
  • 1-2 Tbs of Green Tea Powder (Matcha) – you can adjust this to your preference (I usually go by the appearance of the green colour – too dark a green colour means you have put too much matcha in the mixture)
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Vegan Buttermilk (3/4 Cup of Soy Milk + 2 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 1 Tbs of coconut oil
  • 1-2 Tbs of Pure Maple Syrup (depending on how sweet your bananas are you may not need to add too much sweetness to the batter) + extra for topping (optional)
  • 1 Tsp of  Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 Bananas Mashed with a fork (I used 2 bananas because I love bananas and I wanted more banana flavour in my pancakes)

Method:

  1. Combine the flours, matcha powder, baking powder and salt in a big bowl and set aside.
  2. Mash the bananas in a smaller bowl with a fork until the bananas are pureed. If you want your pancakes to be more chunky with bigger banana pieces then you do not need to mash the bananas too much with your fork.
  3. Measure out 3/4 of a cup of soy milk (I used almond milk) and place 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the mixture and stir briefly. Leave this milk mixture aside until the milk curdles.
  4. Add the vegan buttermilk mixture to the bananas along with the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix together.
  5. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  6. Heat up a fry pan or pancake pan with a bit of oil and wait till the pan is hot. I usually put the heat on low so that the pancakes don’t end up burning on the bottom which tends to often happen when the heat is on too high.
  7. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan and smooth over the mixture in the pan with the back of the spoon.
  8. Once the pancake begins to bubble slightly and the edges start cooking, flip your pancake over and cook the other side. This should only be a few minutes on each side. Be careful not to burn your pancakes by watching the pancake pan often and ensuring the bottoms are not burnt.
  9. Place the cooked pancake on a plate and repeat the cooking process for the rest of the mixture until the mixture is finished.
  10. Serve the pancakes with maple syrup or other sweeteners or you can just enjoy the pancakes as is like I did.

Photos from my pancake experiment:

Flour Mixture

Mashed Bananas

Wet Mixture

Wet Mixture 2

Wet and Dry Ingredients

Pancake Batter

Matcha Pancakes

Matcha Pancakes 1

Until next time!

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 cheats with: Sugar Hits & A Mad Hatter High Tea

Hello all!

I thought I would write this post and share with you all, the photos from my eating adventures this month i.e. the desserts I have consumed of late being good food month and all. Not only has this month provided plentiful amounts of celebrations for my birthday but considering it also coincides with good food month…this has meant more eating and eating and eating on my behalf…yes food comas galore! I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated the month of October than indulging in such wonderful foods.

Now you all probably know by now that I have the biggest sweet tooth so much so that sometimes I can’t resist dessert when it is on the menu. I’ll even eat a small main at a restaurant to ensure that I can eat dessert without feeling too guilty. You will often see that on my cheat days on the weekend, I will always indulge in a sweet treat or two to take a break from eating relatively healthy during the weekdays.

So far this month I have been to two Sugar Hits firstly at Azuma Restaurant and then at the Intercontinental Hotel and recently to a Mad Hatter Themed High Tea at the Westin Hotel. The funny thing is that previously to this I had never been to a sugar hit and it must seem quite odd for someone who has such a big sweet tooth. This year I thought I would try to go to a few restaurants to see what the Sugar Hits were all about.

AZUMA SUGAR HIT

The first Sugar Hit I went to was at Azuma Restaurant. I was quite excited to go to this Sugar Hit as I had read several food blogs on this and saw many pictures of the dessert. The dessert was an “East meets West – Dessert Bento Box” consisting of a Japanese style Panna cotta made from soy & cow’s milk with a bottom layer of brown sugar jelly served with seasonal fruit on top shaped into a face and served with buckwheat soba noodles to make up the hair. The bento box also had some homemade Yuzu Sorbet with popping candy, a Gateaux Chocolate served with cream, fruits and candied violet, 2 Marble Gateaux Cookies (Chocolate & Vanilla) and a Sake Sample which was either Yuzu or Rose Sake or a Plum Wine. The bento box came with either a choice of Japanese Green Tea or a glass of Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso (a sweet and fruity sparkling wine).

My favourite dish from the bento box was the Panna cotta. I love Panna cotta and this one in particular went really well with the brown sugar jelly as you scooped further into it. They definitely tried to make it more creative by making the fruit and noodles into a face with hair. I was hesitant about the Yuzu sorbet as I had tried Yuzu sorbet and ice cream before and feel it is a bit of an acquired taste but I was quite surprised as it was very refreshing and light. As you delved further into the sorbet and ate it, you would get a whole different texture in your mouth from the popping candy. The cookies were nice and crumbly but were not a stand out for me. Also I was quite disappointed with the Gateaux Chocolate which was basically a very dense and dry chocolate cake. I’m not a fan of cream so I chose to eat the cake without it but the cake on a whole still was definitely not a memorable dish.

While you get a lot for $20 than most places offering Sugar Hits, I felt that the Bento box was a bit of a hit and miss. There were some great dishes but also some not so great dishes as well. The dessert didn’t really leave me wanting more. You will need to book Azuma if you want to try their sugar hit dessert as they usually are booked out.

Photos from Azuma:

Menu from Azuma

Glass of Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso

Azuma’s Special Blend Japanese Green Tea

The Azuma dessert bento box

Kawaii Panna Cotta – Japanese style Panna Cotta made with soy & cow’s milk, with Brown Sugar Jelly, Seasonal Fruit Face & Buckwheat Soba Noodle Hairstyle

Home-made Yuzu Sorbet with popping sparkles

Gateaux Chocolat with fresh cream, seasonal fruits & candied violet

Marble Gateaux Cookies – Homemade chocolat & vanilla marbled Gateaux cookies

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL SUGAR HIT

I wanted to try the Intercontinental Hotel Sugar Hit after hearing from Miss J that it was one of the best Sugar Hit’s this year. So I was in luck last saturday night when a bunch of friends wanted to try this sugar hit as well. This year’s Sugar Hit at Intercontinental consists of a homemade ivory chocolate cheesecake, with salted chocolate caramel, poached strawberry and berry soil made from freeze-dried blueberries and raspberries and some red pieces of sponge cake. This dessert was served with a glass of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora.

I really liked the dessert but did not think it really resembled a cheesecake, but moreso the texture was almost reminiscent of a soft and airy white chocolate mousse. Despite this, I really enjoyed the texture of the light and airy cake in contrast to the crumbly base. The berry soil was surprisingly nice due to the crunchy texture. This contrasted the soft spongy pieces of cake served on the sides of the cheesecake. The soft poached strawberries provided another different taste texture to the dessert when eaten together with the berry soil and cheesecake. All in all I quite enjoyed the dessert as I demolished my plate clean. Mr Muscles complained that whilst the dessert was nice, he thought there could have been much more on the plate. Others were saying that while it was nice, it wasn’t very spectacular or memorable for the price. Me being me, I was just happy to consume some cake to get my dessert fix for the night. I thought that this sugar hit was better than Azuma taste wise even though Azuma provided more components to their dessert.

Note: You can’t book the Intercontinental so you should try to get there earlier if you can around 9pm. We got there at 10:40pm and were lucky to get seated as a group was just leaving at that time.

Photos from Intercontinental Sugar Hit:

Homemade ivory chocolate cheesecake, with salted chocolate caramel, poached strawberry and berry soil

 A glass of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora

THE MAD HATTER’S AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

Yesterday Mrs Papparazzi and I went to a Mad Hatter themed High Tea at The Westin Hotel. I was very excited to go to this as I love High Tea – combining finger sandwiches with scones and dessert, I can’t think of anything better! I thoroughly enjoyed the High Tea and could see their attempts in trying to be creative with their sandwiches and desserts by thinking outside the box and serving up some original looking savoury and sweet dishes to go with the theme.

The savoury dishes on the high tea menu were all visually appealing and decorative. My favourite savoury item was the Alaskan crabmeat salad on double bread which had been cut into a flat cylinder with the crabmeat filled inside. This was then wrapped with slices of cucumber. It tasted very light and refreshing. The roasted beef sandwich was not as memorable mostly because I am not that big of a fan of roasted beef however the beef was cut thinly and rolled around the fresh asparagus so the sandwich felt quite light. To be a bit different, as part of the savoury menu, there was also a cherry bocconcini and tomato salad boat which was a nice change from the sandwiches usually served at high tea. This was served with some crunchy pieces of pastry (not quite sure what it was exactly) as garnish to the salad and to provide a certain crunch to the dish and it was also served with a light dressing.

But onto dessert…my favourite part of high tea! I loved the raspberry dessert and it would have had to be my favourite item on the high tea menu. The dessert consisted of layers of raspberry buttercream with chocolate ganache and raspberry jelly moulded into a heart shape with a heart-shaped jelly on top. The raspberry and chocolate paired well together. I loved the texture of the dessert from chocolate to jelly but was sad that it was such a small serving for such a nice dessert. Mrs Papparazzi agreed that this was her favourite dessert as well. I also quite enjoyed the dark chocolate mud cake encased in chocolate icing. I don’t know how you can go wrong with chocolate covered with more chocolate and the fact that it was moulded into the shape of a hat was very clever. I wasn’t a fan of the purple macaron with blueberry cream filling as I do not like macarons in general. Mrs Papparazzi told me she has had better macarons than the one served at this high tea so I took her word on this. The macaron however was quite creative in appearance as they had stuck a piece of edible fondant on the macaron in the shape of a clock.

The scones came out well after we had finished up the sandwiches and desserts. I was getting quite full at this stage but there is always room for some scones right? And I was happy to see that they were much smaller in size than most places that serve high tea which meant that I could just fit them in. The scones were accompanied with homemade strawberry jam, a raspberry chocolate jam and clotted cream. I really liked the strawberry and raspberry chocolate jam. Although you could not really taste the chocolate in the raspberry jam as much.

The high tea was served with some sweet wine which was quite fruity in taste and a tea of your choice. I chose green tea as I usually do and mixed in some honey that they provided while Mrs Papparazzi chose to have an English Breakfast tea with milk.

Overall I really enjoyed the high tea utilising a cute and arty theme whilst also trying to resemble the theme into savory and sweet dishes by thinking of unique and imaginative ideas for each dish. The desserts were more the standout of the high tea for me and it’s always great catching up with friends over good food and indulging every now and then. I’m still thinking about that Raspberry dessert dish right now – yum! ;P

Photos from the Mad Hatter’s High Tea (Photos courtesy of Mrs Papparazzi – her photos always turn out so good! Thank you!)

Glasses of sparking white wine

Savoury Dishes

Roasted beef and fresh asparagus roulade on mini laugen

Alaskan crabmeat salad on double bread

Cherry bocconcini & tomato on a fresh green salad boat

Sweet Dishes

Layers of raspberry buttercream, chocolate ganache and raspberry jellymmmmmmmmmmm my favourite!

Dark chocolate mud cake encased in chocolate icing

Purple macaron with a blueberry cream filling

Scones served with homemade strawberry jam, raspberry chocolate jam and clotted cream

Green Tea served with honey

Azuma Japanese Restaurant

Level 1, Chifley Plaza

2 Chifley Square

Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: (02) 9222-9960

Website: www.azuma.com.au

Intercontinental Hotel – Cafe Opera

117 Macquarie Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9253 9000

Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental

Sugar Hit Hours: 9pm-11pm

The Westin Sydney

No. 1 Martin Place

Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 8223-1111

Website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1183

Till next time!

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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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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