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JACKPOT visits Me and Art

Hello readers!

Hope you all are having a great week so far and thank goodness it’s Thursday meaning it’s nearly the end of the week! Looking forward to relaxing on the weekend with some good weather, good food and catching up with friends, celebrating a 1 month for a cute baby girl and of course some basketball in between!

Last weekend I wanted to grab a few things from Thomas Dux in Surry Hills as I do from time to time when I have a chance to stock up on baking ingredients and food for the week ahead. As Mr Muscles and I had not eaten breakfast at this point in time, I thought this would be a good opportunity to check out another café on my list. I love going to vegan cafes to try out the various foods on offer whether it be savoury or sweet food.

My top vegan places in Sydney at the moment are:

  • Sadhana Kitchen – great for breakfast and lunch and of course if you feel like indulging, they do some really great raw cakes
  • Nourishing Quarter – great little dinner place serving fusion Vietnamese food with a modern take on it – love their tofu and quinoa dumplings, their quinoa rice paper rolls and their noodle salad served with crispy tofu and they also do raw cakes here if you are feeling like something a bit more sweet after dinner

I have yet to try Earth to Table in Bondi Junction which I have read many great reviews and am keen to hopefully try this vegan place out on the weekend…blog will follow shortly after of course =)

I’m always worried about taking Mr Muscles to vegan places as I am always worried he will never be full or won’t like what is on offer on the menus. Mr Muscles however happily guided me along the way as we searched for the café. We ended up walking from Thomas Dux a few blocks down in Surry Hills and finally found the café after a nice walk through Surry Hills.

Me and Art is quite a small café with some seating provided outside the café, some tables and chairs found inside the café and out back in their courtyard. As it was a nice day, we decided to sit outside their courtyard and take in the nice weather. It was chilly but the sun was shining and it turned out to be a really nice day.

The café is known for their Japanese artwork which hangs inside the café. I didn’t get to take a picture of this unfortunately but will next time I visit. Apparently these pictures are not just for show and that they are available for purchase for anyone interested with new artwork coming in every few weeks. It’s a very quirky café with even tables that have been sourced by the owner from various places.

The one thing that stood out about this café were the friendly staff who were quick to assist wherever needed. Mr Muscles had no idea what he wanted to drink as he was feeling like some juice and one of the staff decided to make something on the whim from the flavours that Mr Muscles had told them he wanted. It was this attention to detail and their great service that really makes this café different to other cafes we have been to.

Courtyard

Courtyard 2

Courtyard 3

 

Courtyard 4

Menu

Breakfast Menu

Menu

Lunch Menu

Green Tea

Lemon Water

Juice

Mr Muscles Juice – I think this had beetroot, carrot, ginger, apple and other flavours (it was meant to be some sort of detox juice – it was very delicious!)

Avocado Toast

Mr Muscles’ meal: avocado on toast: avocado with special herbs & spices heaped on crunchy sourdough $9.00

Mr Muscles wasn’t feeling too good so decided to get something small to eat. We were both surprised at how generous they were with the avocado which was lovely, ripe and smooth. The sourdough had a nice taste to it with the toast still quite crunchy despite the amount of avocado layered on top of the toast. Mr Muscles really enjoyed the dish however didn’t really care for the ground turmeric which had been sprinkled over the top of the avocado. He felt it overpowered the taste of the avocado and so decided to remove this and eat the rest of it sans turmeric. All in all a very healthy and filling breakfast in which Mr Muscles left feeling rather full.

Buckwheat Pancakes

My meal: cocoa and cinnamon buckwheat pancakes topped with banana, berries, nuts & seeds served with maple syrup and shredded coconut $12.00

I ordered the pancakes as I really can’t say no to pancakes and the fact that these were healthy pancakes…this was already a win win situation to begin with. The pancakes were not as soft as I had imagined but rather a bit more dense as the buckwheat flavour was quite predominant. I couldn’t really taste the cocoa or cinnamon but I found the pancakes really lovely and not too heavy to eat that I managed to finish the whole dish. The banana and the nuts and seeds were a nice side to the dish as you got a bit of crunch, a bit of sweetness from the maple syrup and banana and a bit of tartness from the berries. I felt healthier just by eating this dish. I’ve tried recreating buckwheat pancakes at home but have never been successful. Now that I have tried these pancakes I am on a mission to try and create some wonderful buckwheat pancakes that don’t taste like rubber!

Mr Muscles and I left the café feeling full and satisfied. This café is definitely an up and coming café as I’m sure that more and more people will come to visit as they also serve lunch and if not for the dining experience then to view the lovely art hanging on the walls of the café. I know I’ll be back to try their nachos with tofu cashew sour cream and vegan cheese and of course their vegan pies which I have heard are really good!

Stay tuned for a recipe post…I know it’s been awhile but I’ll be posting one soon…

Here are my recent baking pictures:

Vegan Banana Bread

A new recipe experiment: vegan banana bread made using applesauce – surprisingly turned out better than I expected and the applesauce gave the bread a lovely moist texture

Vegan Chocolate Banana Donuts

Vegan Baked Chocolate Banana Donuts made with spelt flour and coconut sugar

Raw Brownie Balls

Raw Brownie Balls made with raw cacao powder, walnuts and dates

Chocolate and Vanilla Layered Banana Muffins

Vegan Chocolate and Vanilla Layered Banana Muffins made with wholemeal spelt flour and coconut sugar

Mini Vegan Chocolate Cakes

Recipe experimenting with Mini Vegan Chocolate Cakes made with applesauce, spelt flour and coconut sugar – surprisingly tasted light and moist without too much of an applesauce taste

Me and Art

62 Mary Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Website: http://meandart-sydney.webs.com/

Until next time!

x

Jackie

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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

Bread Rack

Pantry

Kitchen

Bakery

Dessert

Bread Loaves

Garlic Bread

Tarts

Cafe

The Menu

The Menu

Green Tea

My Green Tea

Coffee

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

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

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Brasserie Bread

1737 Botany Rd

Banksmeadow

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!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT’s visit to Bills and a recipe for healthy banana bran muffins

Hello dear readers!

I apologise for the long delay between blog posts but between extended family visiting from overseas, celebrating mum’s big birthday and getting the flu as well..it’s definitely been a long few weeks and I’m still feeling under the weather…must be the constant cold changes that I’m still not getting used to. I hope I can post more regularly but hopefully you all can wait patiently for everything to go back to normal =)

Since I haven’t blogged in a while, I thought I’d merge a cafe visit and recipe in the same post due to my lack of posting lately.

So as my cousin was visiting from Singapore, my family and I decided to take my cousin to eat breakfast at the infamous “Bills” in Surry Hills. I’m amazed at how packed Bills gets around 9-10am and that the lines are still like this after many many years of being established and with many new cafes opening in Surry Hills. The lines always seem to be quite lengthy but we were lucky to have arrived at a time where a table was available. We were seated next to the window and we had a good view of the street with the sun shining into the cafe. It was a lovely farewell breakfast for my cousin eating scrumptious food while discussing potential trips to visit Singapore sometime soon.

Ricotta Hotcakes

Ricotta Hotcakes, Banana and Honeycomb Butter $19.50

My cousin and I ordered the infamous ricotta hotcakes for our breakfast and I was not disappointed by my choice. Such fluffy joyous soft pillows of goodness demolished in seconds. I wish that there had been many more stacks of pancakes for me to devour but alas I had to settle with the 3 that were served. The hotcakes are a very popular choice at Bills and I saw that most people were ordering this dish on each table. I have always had a massive sweet tooth so I knew that the sweeter option was the best way to go rather than the savoury one although I must admit the scrambled eggs at Bills are quite delicious as well.

Full Breakfast

Full Aussie Breakfast: Scrambled Organic Eggs, Sourdough Toast, Bacon, Roast Tomato, Swiss Mushrooms with a Pork and Fennel Sausage $24.50

Mr Muscles ordered the Full Aussie Breakfast as he prefers savoury food over sweet food. This dish is quite filling with loads of sides to go with the toast and eggs. Mr Muscles soon devoured this dish till there were no remains left. He was satisfied entirely and left the cafe feeling quite full at this stage. The eggs are cooked so well and so very fluffy and was definitely the highlight of this dish.

Me being greedy, noticed some nice looking bran muffins sitting on the table in the middle of the cafe. I knew I wanted to try one so I decided to order one takeaway. The muffin was a ricotta, apple, coconut and bran muffin. At first after hearing the flavours I wasn’t sure how this would taste but after tasting a bit of it, I fell in love with this muffin. It was quite a filling muffin but had a lovely taste to it. I didn’t taste too much of the ricotta but more so the coconut and the bran. After I ate this muffin I knew I wanted to try and replicate the flavours I had tasted in this muffin so hence the recipe post.

I decided to make my own version of Bill’s bran muffins but obviously adapting it to make a bran muffin without using eggs and without using any butter or oil. I was surprised at the results of my muffins and how well they turned out so much so that I’m going to be making another batch quite soon. I didn’t really follow any set recipe as most of it was kind of based on feeling but here is what I used to make healthy banana bran muffins.

HEALTHY BANANA BRAN MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 cup of oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsps of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 generous teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of raw organic honey (you can replace this with agave, coconut sugar or another type of sugar substitute to make them vegan)
  • 2 tsps of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed (I used 4 bananas)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners and set aside.
  3. Mash your bananas in a small bowl using a fork until you have a rather smooth consistency. Doesn’t matter if you still have some small banana pieces left in the mash.
  4. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon) into a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  5. Combine all your wet ingredients together (honey, vanilla extract, soy milk and mashed bananas) in a smaller bowl and whisk for a few minutes.
  6. Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients bowl and using your wooden spoon mix the muffin batter till combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  7. Fill each muffin liner using an ice cream scoop or spoon and fill the muffin liners about 2/3’s full.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until nicely golden brown on the top.
  9. Take the muffins out of the muffin tray and set on a wire rack to cool.
  10. You can enjoy them as they come out of the oven or freeze them to be eaten later on.
  11. Enjoy!

Mashed Bananas

Oat Bran

Flour Mixture

Dry Ingredients

Dry Ingredients 2

Wet Ingredients

Combining Wet and Dry

Filled Muffin Liners

Baked Muffins

Banana bran muffins

Banana Bran Muffins 2

Banana Bran Muffins 3

Banana bran muffins 4

I loved these muffins and was really surprised at how good these muffins tasted. I think the oat bran gave it a really nice texture and I was even more surprised that they weren’t dry. Usually I have to cook muffins for 25 minutes approximately but these were done in 20 minutes. The batter was also very easy to whip up so hence why I will be making another batch soon. The best thing about these muffins is that they freeze well and you can just heat them up in the morning for quick go to breakfast. You definitely get a lot of fibre and nutrition from the oat bran and the wholemeal spelt flour but the soft bananas and the sweetness from the honey really work well together. I love how this recipe doesn’t use any eggs or oil or butter and yet the result was still really delicious. Also I knew these muffins had to taste somewhat nice as Mr Muscles had 2 in one go and that usually means that he really likes it if he asks for seconds ;P

I thought I’d also share with you all some other photos of my baking experiments over the past few weeks.

Steamed Pandan Sponge Cakes

I made these Steamed Pandan Sponge Cakes for my brother while he is visiting however I think I need to work on the texture as they came out a little dry and there was not enough sweetness to it as my brother mentioned a few times. I will definitely need to keep experimenting further with this recipe.

Anzac Cookies Vegan

I also made these Vegan Anzac Cookies on my day off on Anzac Day however was slightly disappointed as they didn’t really taste of anything. I think using rice syrup instead of the usual golden syrup really changed the taste and the texture of these cookies. There was definitely not enough sweetness in the cookie.

Granola

That same day I also made some of my own granola/toasted muesli filled with plenty of ingredients such as chia seeds, coconut, dried apricots, raw blanched almonds, pumpkin and pepita seeds and of course rolled oats. I used honey this time to sweeten the granola and some coconut oil for baking. I was really happy with how these turned out as it had a lovely crunch and I loved the bits of muesli that had stuck together in the process to make big granola clusters.

So until next time dear readers!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT visits Plunge Cafe

Hello dear readers!

I’m sorry about the delay in blogging but it has been a really jam-packed week starting on sunday where we won a semi finals and then on Tuesday where we won another semi finals in basketball…it’s been a great week so far full of really great matches and I’m really looking forward to the finals this weekend and next week.

This is just a short post on a cafe I visited last weekend on my way to basketball training. Mr Muscles and I didn’t know where we should eat as time was limited before training. We decided to go to Summer Hill as Mr Muscles had heard from his workmates that there were a few good cafes in the area. We decided to try our luck at Plunge Cafe.

Plunge cafe is a small cafe located among various shops in summer hill. It’s quite a small cafe so you might blink and miss it if you drive too quickly. We were in luck as we were searching for parking, we coincidentally found the cafe right in front of where we parked the car. Plunge cafe has quite a cozy settings with quite a few chairs and tables but you can tell the place gets really packed quickly. We were lucky to get a table as it was still rather early. What I liked is that they serve home-made muffins at the front near the counter so you can either take them away or eat them there. As we sat down, we noticed a diner who was eating a muffin at the table. I noticed how large the muffin was and knew I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish it off so decided to not order one. I think the diner was thinking the same thing because shortly after she took her plate to the counter and asked to takeaway the rest of her muffin.

Mr Muscles and I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy so we decided to eat light. Unfortunately, as soon as my eyes scrolled the menu I saw the word pancakes and knew I could not resist. Damn my sweet tooth! ;P Mr Muscles stuck to the original plan and ordered some eggs with toast but he agreed to share some of my pancakes to lessen my guilt ;p

Plunge Cafe

Plunge Cafe

Plunge Cafe

The great thing about this cafe is that breakfast is served all day just the way I like it. It’s quite a short menu for breakfast but with quite a bit of variety. They also do specials of the day and I think on the day the specials were a slice of their banana and blueberry loaf or the choice of salmon Benedict instead of the usual ham Benedict.

Menu

Menu

Coffee

Mr Muscles coffee

Green Tea

My Green Tea

Eggs and Toast

Mr Muscles meal: poached eggs with toast with a side of sautéed button mushrooms $16.00

I could tell Mr Muscles wasn’t too happy with his meal choice due to the portion size of his food. I think he was hoping for a much larger serving size. He gobbled his meal up quickly but eyed my pancakes shortly after so I was more than happy to share my serve of pancakes with him. He said that he enjoyed his meal however there was nothing too special about his dish.

Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes served with Peaches, Cream and Maple Syrup $16.00

I was so excited about ordering pancakes that I couldn’t wait to dig in once the dish was placed in front of me. Once again I had similar remarks to Mr Muscles. The dish was quite enjoyable however there was nothing memorable about it. I think I’ve become more picky after eating so many different kinds of pancakes at various cafes across Sydney. These pancakes reminded me of the short stacks I used to order at Pancakes at the Rocks. The fruit was fresh though and it paired nicely with the hint of maple and splashes of cream. I gave Mr Muscles a pancake to try and he agreed with me. Whilst the pancakes were lovely and light, they were missing something compared to other pancakes I have tried.

We left the cafe feeling just full enough but not quite satisfied. Perhaps it’s one of those cafes we will need to come back and try again when we aren’t so rushed for time.

Look out for some upcoming recipe posts…I’m definitely planning on baking on the weekend when I have time…and Mr Muscles birthday is coming up next week..so look out for a restaurant post next week!

Plunge Cafe

46 Lackey Street

Summer Hill NSW 2130

Ph: (02) 9799 9666

Breakfast & Lunch: 7 Days

Dinner: Thu, Fri & Sat

Website: http://plunge46.com.au/

Until next time!

x

Jackie

 

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JACKPOT celebrates Valentine’s Day with some Vegan Strawberry Pancakes

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY dear readers!

I hope that this special day is one filled with plenty of love, happiness and of course an excuse for you to all indulge in various foods especially dessert or at least I know I will be ;P I know that most guys and maybe most girls don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day as they think it is a holiday conjured up by the people at Hallmark so that people spend various sums of money on their loved ones whether it be insanely expensive roses or taking your boyfriend or girlfriend out to a fancy dinner…I still naively think it’s a nice day just to remind your loved one that they are special and treasured by you. They say every day should be a special day and that is completely true but why not once in a while celebrate your love and care for all your loved ones by just doing the little things =)

I decided to make Mr Muscles pancakes for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to make him heart-shaped pancakes but unfortunately it did not turn out that way as my batter was too thin and as I was pouring out my batter into the pan, the mixture would always spread too quickly. I made some deformed heart pancakes at the start but decided to just settle on normal round sized pancakes. I made this pancakes vegan and used wholemeal spelt flour as the base then added in mashed strawberries and a bit of maple syrup to sweeten them up. I was really happy with the way they turned out albeit a few odd-looking pancakes from the first few batches. Mr Muscles seemed to enjoy the pancakes which I served with some chopped strawberries and some pure maple syrup.

I loved the fact that with each bite of the pancake, there was a lovely burst of strawberries in your mouth. The pancakes weren’t too sweet and I liked that as you got most of the flavour from the strawberries itself. Next time I might process the strawberries in a food processor as I found it very difficult to mash the strawberries with just a fork. This also added problems during cooking the pancakes as the strawberries would spread in lumps on the pan and therefore it was harder to cook the pancakes more evenly for each batch.

Vegan Strawberry Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 Cups of Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  • 2 Tsps of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Vegan Buttermilk (1 1/4 Cups of Buttermilk + 1-2 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 Tbs of Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbs of Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbs of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of Mashed Strawberries

Method:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Make your vegan buttermilk in a smaller bowl by placing some apple cider vinegar into the milk and leave it aside to let it curdle for a few minutes.
  3. Add in the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract into the buttermilk mixture and whisk.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine being careful not to overmix the batter.
  5. Add in the mashed strawberries by folding them in gently.
  6. Put your pancake batter mixture into a pancake pen or a snap lock bag with one side snipped off for easy pouring.
  7. Heat up an oiled fry pan on low heat and once the pan is hot, pour your batter into the pan (usually about 1/4 cup worth of the mixture depending how small or big you want your pancakes)
  8. When you notice bubbles forming on your pancake and the sides starting to cook, flip your pancake over and cook the other side for a few minutes. Each side should only take a few minutes.
  9. Place your pancake on a plate and cook the rest of the pancake batter until there is no mixture left.
  10. Serve your pancakes with chopped fruit of your preference and some maple syrup if you want them slightly sweeter. ‘
  11. Enjoy!

Flour Mixture

Wet Mixture

Pancake Batter

Mashed Stawberries

Strawberry Pancake Mixture

Pancake Pen

Vegan Strawberry Pancakes

Vegan Strawberry Pancakes 2

Here are a few cute valentine’s day themed food pics I found on the net:

heart macarons

love candies

love pancakes

PANCAKES

valentines cheesecakes

valentines day cupcakes

Until next time!

x

Jackie

 

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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 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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