Middle Street Food and Coffee

It’s how you deal with difficulty that sets you apart …

Having been told about this cafe by a friend I decided to mosey on across to Hadfield to check it out. Set in a tiny shop with enough room for a couple of tables and a window bench seat, Middle Street Food and Coffee is pleasantly decorated, including a small selection of items for sale.

I chose the meat dish of the day, noodles with crispy lamb with greens and a broth. I advised the server that I do not eat gluten (short term situation) and was advised that Quinoa noodles could be substituted so all good.

The meal comes out and the noodles are wheat … it is quickly whisked away and the quinoa noodles added … only for me to discover that they also contain wheat … Much to the surprise of the chef, who apologised profusely, saying that he would cook some more greens.

I was happy with the meal without the noodles and proceeded to enjoy it. The chef then brought out some more vegetables, grilled and wrapped in a rice paper sheet.

To call them simply ‘more veg in rice’ would be doing them a diservice, they had full flavour and were perfectly cooked.

The lamb dish itself was soooo delicious, the broth came in a separate teapot for you to pour over the meal as you liked. I polished off the whole pot with relish. There were two kinds of lamb, some meat ‘pulled’ style and some crispy cooked lamb ribs which I am still drooling over.

Even with the hiccups with my meal, I was so impressed with the food and especially in how the issue was dealt with. Things happen, mistakes are made, but it is how a business deals with it that matters.

On the way out I noticed the Sunday roast poster and am trying to plan which Sunday we can make it back … hopefully as the weather gets better the outside tables can be utilised in comfort.

I did head back a couple of days later with my 4 1/2 year old to try out breakfast. We were the only diners at the 8am opening time but a steady stream of coffee punters kept the place feeling busy.

My daughter was very keen on a dish we had tried in Canberra of green eggs and ham … and when she asked for it Middle Street Food were happy to make a version for her, going out of their way to make our experience a nice one.

I am happy to see such a nice little place in the West Street shop precinct, where it can be a little patchy.

 

Paleo – Sex in a Pan

Trying to find new treats that are low carb … you usually end up in the Paleo section of the web.

This one from Grok Grub appealed as it had a number of layers and looks rather lush. How can you go past a recipe called Sex in a Pan!

It was pretty amazing, but so so rich … we could only have a small amount a time due to the amount of fats. We are talking Shortening, Coconut Milk, Cashew butter.

I calculated that each serve would be 148 calories … and these are small pieces, definitely a ‘sometimes’ food.

Paleo chocolate mousse

So very simple … So very yummy … The only trick with the paleo stuff is the high fat content … My opinion is that you really need to follow it most/all of the time otherwise if you eat carbs plus the coconut milk/ avocado raw foods you are likely to stack on weight.

But as a treat … Currently chilling in fridge … I bring you …

https://iquitsugar.com/recipe/the-best-vegan-chocolate-mousse/

2015/01/img_0107-0.jpg

Awesome resource discovered

I have discovered a great new food blog full of great low sugar recipes for kids … Named www.sugarfreekids.com.au … Pretty straightforward title ;)

I am planning on trying out the marshmallows this weekend … Rather excited.

Carrot cupcakes minus the sugar

On the lookout for a way to use up some soft oranges I was trawling through sugar free recipes for orange and almond cakes and stumbled across I Quit Sugar’s Carrot cupcakes .

I abandoned my orange cake search purely as the carrot cakes had the word ‘frosting’ in the title.

I used organic flour rather than the gluten free one in the recipe… Mainly as I only had the one option in the pantry … Other than coconut flour which reacts rather differently to the average flour options.

Anywhooo … The mix was very wet but baked rather well, they are solid but not hard … Next time I would mix it less and try a different flour.

They are not very sweet at all, I used less than the recommended amount of the Rice Malt Syrup but there is enough there to make these a little treat after dinner.

One to have in the repertoire …

20140722-201255-72775827.jpg

Garlic V Honey – Ashmore Seafood and Steak

I was advised that I HAD TO GO HERE … HAD TO

2012-07-02 20.33.362012-07-02 19.47.132012-07-02 19.46.392012-07-02 19.46.43

So I went … I am not too sure what I can say … it is a total experience. The menu is MASSIVE and filtered by categories such as ‘Garlic Vs Honey’ and ‘From the Stockyard’.

I have read the reviews on Urban Spoon and Tripadvisor (with Tripadvisor being rather more positive than Urban Spoon, maybe most people on TripAdvisor are tourists and in great holiday moods?).

But next time I am near I will likely go again, yep .. It could be my guilty, guilty pleasure.

Plenty of Joy

I have fallen a little in love … With a cookbook … Plenty.

It is vegetarian but feels very sumptuous and just reading the recipes gives you the dribbles.

As mentioned previously we are reducing our red meat consumption in our house, for a number of reasons.

We have had a growing education and awareness of the practices employed and the treatment of the animals in the slaughter and processing of meat. Our other reasons are environmental concerns regarding the deforesting of large areas to cater for cattle production and general personal health.

This book has given us so many lovely options and new ideas. It can be challenging converting some to cater for my other half’s dietary restrictions such as no deadly nightshades, dairy, chilli … Well you get the idea. He usually gets the basic version before a the fun stuff is added … Or missed out completely and an alternative option created.

I am flexible but there are some things you should not mess with, like how can you leave the feta out if spinach pie … And do not try to tell me soy cheese is a good alternative.

I will add in new recipes as we try them, if I can get a photo before it is gobbled up.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 32 other followers