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.
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 …
I was advised that I HAD TO GO HERE … HAD TO
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’.
But next time I am near I will likely go again, yep .. It could be my guilty, guilty pleasure.
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.
Oh yes … The pressure cooker is back!
We have had one for a while, sitting in it’s box waiting for the love it deserves.
And today was finally the day.
At the local Farmers Market there was a stall selling goat meat, including $5 packs of belly. A light went off in my head and we bought some to try in the pressure cooker.
And OMG… Very awesome results.
The only challenge I had was not being too nervous of the pot blowing up! Oh, and adapting the recipe to suit my other halls allergies … No deadly. Night shades, chilli, dairy or any food fun it sometimes feels like!
Anyway, I found a recipe that seemed easy enough to alter here;
The only changes I made was … Reduced the oil, no tomato or chilli and adding sweet potato and chick peas.
I put the lid on with some small prayer and waited. Well, the result was amazing. The meat was fall off the bone and the taste full and rich, all in about 30 minutes!
I will now take to this new gadget with zeal and a variety of recipes!
Oh and it turned out too be about 270 calories a serve …nice one.
By pure chance I discovered that there is a new kid on the block (notice hipster 90s reference) whilst out walking one lunch last week.
The Harold Holt Espresso Bar has been open for 6 weeks now, taking over from the old Boat Restaurant.
First test was the purchase a coffee … there is some stiff competition in the area and I was hopeful it would work out well … mostly as it is about a half block walk from work.
I was advised by Todd, the barista, that the blend was from Zest and was a mixed blend with a slightly acidic edge, rather than single origin. They use A2 milk which was good news for me also.
Toby was right, the coffee was on the bitter side in taste with a definite acidic edge.
So, decent coffee = tick
Next trip will be for breakfast, which I take very very seriously. I will report back.
You can read about the cafe on their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/haroldholtespressolounge
One item of note: It looks like the new owners have taken over the old Facebook page and also Twitter account, there are reviews from before the Harold Holt had a soft launch in June, there are tweets under the Tweitter account BoatRestaurant that are the same as are posted on the Harold Holt Facebook page … and the old Boat Website is still up and running. Does make me wonder whether there are truly new owners or this is a re-brand … will investigate.
First food tasting this morning … the chef very kindly made me a traditional toastie off menu and to my specs … it is everything you would want, buttery bread, good quality ham and cheese (but not too overpowering). This will see me through to lunch, although a gym session might be needed at some point, this is not a low fat option!
I have been assured that the owners are new and there is no re-branding occurring and they are the same owners of the popular Kew Cafe Percy’s Aeroplane, read the reviews here.