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Kafiene Balmain

Balmain is a delightful suburb just a few kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD. Darling Street is a Hub of activities, with weekend markets, florists, cafés and eateries.

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Kafiene is a pumping café on Darling Street. With a cool and funky décor, a front window drenched in sunshine, serving Campos coffee. Kafiene was the place to be.

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Sitting at the bay window at the front, staff couldn’t see us past the crowd waiting for take away coffee.

Our coffees arrived swiftly, they were on point! The milk nice and hot, well textured until velvety smooth. With nice woody tones, no acidic after taste, I would recommend coffee lovers give Kafiene a try.

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The black rice porridge was a generous portion of black rice served with your milk of choice and a medley of fruits. The dish is not what I would have expected, cold strawberry with the warm stewed fruit and poached pear was not the balance I was looking for. The milk was served cold, on a chilly winters day the porridge did not stay warm for long. I would have liked a richer rice cooked with the milk, cinnamon, spices so it was nice and aromatic served hot.

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The omelette had loads of great flavours. I would liked to have seen the flavours cooked with the eggs so that every bite had some of the gorgeous caramelised onion and chorizio.

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Kafiene has an eclectic menu, with a broad variety to meet your dietary needs, serving scrumptious coffee.

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Ironwood café and coffee roasters at Woolwich

Ironwood café

Located on Woolwich Point,  Ironwood café has a great view of Clarke’s Point Reserve and some magnificent harbour and CBD views.

As you walk into the café, the array of coffee beans and tea is vast. You’ll have to make it past the cake and sweet counter to grab a table.

IMG_3744Staff are super friendly and happy to spend some time with you going through the menu. The ambience at Ironwood is great, the tables are large and the restaurant isn’t over crowded.

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The coffee … The coffee is house roasted, you will definitely grab more than one. The coffee is full of flavour, nice earthy tones and balanced on the palate, no acidic aftertaste.

IMG_8947Ironwood has an extensive breakfast menu, with a Mediterranean influence. I really enjoyed the dukkah eggs, two eggs served on a generous portion of bacon, stacked on toasted sourdough, topped off with crumbled fetta, dukkah, honey and some mint. This was the waiter’s suggestion, I thoroughly enjoyed it!! I was pleasantly surprised with how complimentary the sweet element was to this dish. The mint really added some freshness.  I would have liked it thinly sliced so I could have had a little mint in each mouthful.
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The haloumi BLT, was a huge portion and super scrumptious. The Turkish roll was fresh, soft, fluffy and smeared with Aoli. The haloumi BLT came with a generous amount of bacon, haloumi, and salad. It was well seasoned and scrumptious.

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The greek baked eggs were divine. Packed full of flavour, great herb, garlic and tomato undertones. The house roasted tomatoes are delicious.

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The desserts. For once I’m actually a little speechless. The desserts are house made. The fruit tart was excellent, the short crust pastry shell was light and crunchy, a generous amount of custard and had loads of fresh berries on top. The Nutella croquembouche was rich and indulgent.

IMG_3746With a huge range of sweets you’ll definitely save room for dessert and visit Ironwood more than once to get through them all.  Portions are generous and menu items are all well priced. 

I cannot wait to go back to Ironwood to grab a coffee, try the dinner menu and sample a couple more desserts. 

Shisha Bar Croydon

Shisha Bar Croydon
On a busy corner of Croydon Rd is Shisha Bar an Industrial inspired cafe. The corner location mixed with a full crowd can make the Shisha Bar a noisy place. Staff was helpful and obliging, making the Shisha Bar a welcoming place. Serving an eclectic menu, with inspiration from the Middle East, America and Modern Australian cuisine.
Sumac calamari is delicious. Sumac is popular in Middle Eastern adding a little tang to the light and crisp calamari.

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The ‘frisky mint lemonada’ is a mint based mocktail that is light and refreshing loaded with mint.

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Shisha bar serves a fabulous Knafeh. A warm, baked cheese dessert soaked in sugar syrup, sprinkled with some pistachios which are a great crunch to this smooth and creamy dessert. The Knafeh is an excellent portion, served at the dream temperature. The perfect dessert to warm the cockles of your heart as the temperature begins to drop.
Shisha Bar is a fabulous place to a late night bite ‘n drink with friends. They have an extensive breakfast menu (that’s available until 2pm weekends!) which I look forward to trying.

Knafeh

 

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The Grumpy Barista Petersham

The Grumpy Barista Petersham

What a quaint corner café!!! As you walk into the café; the awe and wonder of ‘what’s in the glass box’ will excite your tastebuds. You will be faced with traumatic dilemmas, what panini and/or cronut will I have? The variety of cronuts does change regularly the Nutella injected cronut seems to be a favourite, and is regularly sold out! the Honey and Pistachio, maple syrup and macadamia, white chocolate and raspberry with pistachio brittle.

Cronut filled with custard, topped with Nutella, sprinkled with cookies and served with a Nutella syringe shot AMAZING !

Cronut filled with custard, topped with Nutella, sprinkled with cookies and served with a Nutella syringe shot AMAZING !

Toby’s Estate coffee is served. Despite its name – ‘Grumpy Barista’ – the coffee is superbly crafted and has a superior taste and delicate smoothness. Staff were friendly and obliging.

Toby's Estate beans used to craft my delicious Latte

Toby’s Estate beans used to craft my delicious Latte

The ‘Green Smoothie’ was filling and delicious, packed full of super foods to counterbalance the cronuts, heaps of non coffee drink options available.

Uber delicious and super healthy green smoothie

Uber delicious and super healthy green smoothie

The Rueben – A super delicious and filling sandwich, was divine – the perfect amount of mustard, generous amounts of corned beef, smothered between some sauerkraut and rocket.

The Ruben

The Ruben

You need to make sure you save some room for the Cronuts – a light and flaky ball of goodness. I chose the Nutella Injected Cronut with custard filling, with a Nutella syringe very yummy and definitely a winner
The café has ample indoor and outdoor seating so you should always find a spot to savour all of the scrumptious goodies at the Grumpy Barista.

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Prato Cafe Diner – Abbotsford


Prato Café Diner

Prato

There is never a dull moment when dining at Prato. In the extra large café, the constant bustle of clients can be heard.  The wait staff are uber friendly and attentive that they even remember you name and order. The kitchen staff busy creating, baking and preserving.

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The décor is warm, cosy and has a gorgeous garden outlook from the back veranda; it can, however, get a little noisy when it is a full house.

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Most of Prato’s products are made in house, the bread, kefir, muesli, cakes and cookies just to name a few! Campos coffee is served and perfectly crafted each time.

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The food at Prato is superb! Every dish is impeccably seasoned and presented; the passion the kitchen team has for food is evident in each dish that is served. The banana bread is the cake of choice, made on sight and super delish!azimuth:0.000000||elevation:0.000000||horizon:0.000000

The breakfast/brunch menu has loads to choose from; the house made muesli or quinoa porridge are my favourites. The sautéed mushrooms on toast are amazing, as is the house smoked bacon and egg roll.Bacon and egg roll

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Try the available bruschetta’s; they make a robust meal packed with flavour combinations which include beetroot ‘n fetta and hommus ‘n roasted cauliflower.
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Sourdough is made on site, the pistachio and fruit loaf is perfect, bacon is house smoked, kefir is fermented on sight, the guys in the kitchen are passionate about creating good quality whole food.

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What is Prato missing? A big breakfast plate – the quintessential Sunday option. You can assemble your own by ordering the eggs and adding extra’s as you wish. Prato’s service can be a little sluggish, during busy periods.

I am a Prato breakfast/brunch fan; it is my go to place in the Inner West. Parking is ample and untimed.

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Molecular Gastronomy

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What is Molecular Gastronomy?

Molecular gastronomy is the science of cooking. It focuses on the reactions of ingredients and chemicals when cooking. It’s a fantastic combination of chemistry and cooking classes.

What can you do with Molecular Gastronomy?

Molecular Gastronomy is used by famous chefs, think Heston Blumenthal and home cooks alike.  Using tubes, syringes and precision measuring you can create:

  • noodles from any liquid e.g. curry sauce chocolate ganache or fruit puree
  • sand from food products with a fat content e.g. chorizo oil, peanut butter or Nutella
  • encasing a liquid into a solid shell, e.g. cocktail spheres
  • turning a liquid into a solid e.g. solid soup or smoothies

These are just a few of possibilities that you can create when mixing science and food with molecular gastronomy.

Cocktail sphere

What could you do at home?

Spherification, or the process of encasing a liquid in a solid sphere is an example of molecular gastronomy. To do this you need a high calcium content in your liquid and a sodium alginate bath. Do not fear if your liquid does not have a naturally high calcium content as you add  calcium lactate gluconate. The liquid becomes encased in a jelly-like outer. This works well for cocktails, giving you a fantastic pop in your mouth as it is consumed.

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Measuring a cocktail sphere

Making the perfect sphere

Custom flavoured noodles, imagine making chocolate noodles, fruit noodles or green curry noodles! All you need is some simply noodle powder, a syringe and some small plastic tubing. It works by placing the simply noodle powder in a liquid above 85c, filling the syringe with the liquid inserting it into the tubing and placing it into an ice water bath, rinse the syringe out fill it with water and flush the noodle out of the tube with water.

Making noodles

Chilling in an ice water bath

using water to push out the noodles

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Prawns with thai green curry noodles

Flavoured soil; imagine serving the chocolate noodles with peanut butter and Nutella soil or prawns on a chilli chorizo soil. Mixing half Maltodextrin and half your choice of fat stir to incorporate, push the mix through a sieve to create a sand.

Chorizio sand

Scallop with chorizio sand

Are you interested in doing some molecular gastronomy at home or for your next dinner party, watch this space for more molecular gastronomy cooking and some recipes!

For molecular gastronomy products contact Brian via Under Ground Gourmet www.undergroundgourmet.com.au

The BeeSting Cake ! The most delicious cake I have ever made !

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BeeSting cake

the last piece of the BeeSting cake

After sitting around with some of my colleagues discussing our favourite cakes, I decided I wanted to create my own version of the BeeSting cake.

This is possibly the most multi-faceted recipe I have tried to blog, this one you may need to print out and follow as it has several components. Each component takes a little bit of time to create, however, each component is rather simple, so do not be afraid to try this recipe.

The yeast gives this cake a wonderful and light texture and will fill your house with the most mouthwatering aroma.

I hope you enjoy this recipe make sure you share it with your families and your guests, allowing them the privileged to try and to savor each morsel of the BeeSting.

Cake

1 sachet instant yeast (8grams)

¾ cup full cream milk

¼ cup caster sugar

2Tb Honey

2 ¼ cup plain flour

2 large eggs

80 grams butter (softened)

You will definately want more than 1 slice
Almond Crunch Topping

120 grams butter
1/4 cup caster sugar

¼ Cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons honey

5Tb thickened cream
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds

Custard Filling

1 cup full cream milk

2Tb thickened cream

3 large egg yolks

¼ Cup caster sugar

2Tb honey

½ tsp vanilla bean paste

3Tb cornflour

A slice of the Bee StingMaking the cake mixture

Heat milk in the microwave for 30 seconds until warm; add the yeast and caster sugar, set aside until it is slightly foamy, approx. 5-10 minutes.

In a large bowl mix all of the remaining ingredients until well combined, 2-3 minutes, I did this with my stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size, this may take an hour, using a spoon pierce the surface and allow the mixture to rise again whilst you prepare the tin and topping.

Grease a 9inch deep cake tin with butter.

Pre heat oven to 180C fan forced.

The last piece of the BeeSting who wants it

Making the almond crunch topping

Place the butter, sugars, thickened cream and honey into a medium sauce pan, allow to melt over a medium heat, allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes it should turn a pale brown, stir through the almonds, remove from the heat.

Baking the cake

Pour the cake mixture into the greased tin. Dollop teaspoons of the almond crunch topping across the top of the cake.

Wet a tea towel wrap it around the cake tin and tie a knot, if you tea towel isn’t long enough tie it in place with cooking string. Place cake on a lined tray as some of the almond crunch topping could ooze over *

Cook for 23-28minutes, until a skewer comes out with no cake mixture on it, it may have some caramel on it.

Remove from oven, allow to cool in tin for 10-15minutes or until almond crunch topping has hardened. Once hardened transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.The BeeSting

Making the custard filling:

Mix egg yolks and sugar until fluffy and pale. In a small bowl place the cornflour,  whisk in 1-2Tb of the milk to make a paste, making sure there are no lumps. In a small sauce pan, place the egg mix and gradually add milk and cream add the cornflour, make sure the mixture is well combined. Place onto stove on a medium heat and stir constantly in a figure 8 motion until it thickens add honey, set aside to cool. **

Assembling the cake

Cut the cake in half horizontally, place the bottom half of the cake onto the plate you will serve it on. Place the custard filling into the centre, leave 1cm from the edge. Place the top on and enjoy ***

Cutting a wedge can make it a little less oozy

*wrapping a wet tea towel around the cake tin prevents the centre of the cake rising and will help you to achieve the nice flat top.

** I make the custard the night before so it is nice and cool

*** if you want to serve the pieces to without the custard oozing out, cut the top into wedges and rearrange on top, prevents the oozing.



No guest complained


LemonRind Cafe Drummoyne

LemonRind café Drummoyne

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In the heart of Drummoyne away from the hustle and bustle of busy streets is a little find; the LemonRind café.  A revamped old school butcher shop with ample indoor and outdoor seating.

Coffee Alchemy beans served at LemonRind CafeLemonRind has super friendly and helpful staff willing to help you through the array of coffee or food choices available. The café has a range of daily specials as well as an excellent assortment of dishes on the fixed menu. Meals are freshly made to order and well-seasoned.

Big breakfast

The big breakfast, mushrooms, eggs, sourdough, bacon, sausages and spicy salsa $16.50, on my second visit I swapped the sausages for some wilted greens

Medly of mushrooms in the big breakfast

A medley of mushrooms, a delicious component of the big breakfast $16.50

Croque Madame with freshly cracked pepper

A well made croque madam with oozy Grueye cheese $15.00

Coffee Alchemy beans are used. LemonRind makes superb coffee nice and smooth with a slightly nutty after taste with no acidic undertones.

Capuccino

Cappuccino $3.50

Soy latte

Soy Latte $4.00

LemonRind café is a fabulous spot for a coffee or a bite to eat, I definitely recommended for a breakfast or lunch in Sydney’s Innerwest.

54 Thompson St, Drummoyne NSW 2047

Mon-Fri   7:00AM – 4:30PM

Sat-Sun  7:30AM – 4:00PM

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Steamed Ginger Lemon Lime puddings

Steamed Ginger Lemon Lime puddings

Ingredients:Steamed ginger pudding

12 Tsp Ginger lemon lime marmalade

60 grams butter (softened)

1/2C white sugar

1/2C brown sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ SR flour

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 pinch dried ginger (powder)

Optional to serve, cream or ice cream

METHOD

  1. Pre heat combination steam oven to full steam.
  2. Cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes, add vanilla bean paste.
  3. Lightly whisk egg, add into mixture fold through flour and dried ginger.
  4. Spray a 12 hole silicone muffin tray place onto a biscuit tray. Place 1Tsp of the marmalade at the bottom of each muffin hole. Fold the remaining fruit into the cake mixture.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly into the 12 hole muffin pan.
  6. Place into oven, cook for 12 minutes.
  7. Invert a pudding onto each plate. Serve with cream or ice cream if desired.

Would you like to win a Buderim Ginger prize pack?

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Buderim Ginger prize give away enter to WIN!

Buderim Ginger prize give away enter to WIN!

Would you like to win a Buderim Ginger prize pack?

Head over tohttps://www.facebook.com/2foodwithlove

For full details and T&C of the competition!

Go Ginger!

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Buderim Ginger has released a new boutique Ginger Beer, which is sure to get your taste buds tingling.

As well as ginger beer, Buderim makes a great range of products; the Ginger Lemon & Lime marmalade is my favourite.

In honour of the #goginger launch, I am running a prize pack competition, so you can have the opportunity to try some of the brand new Buderim Ginger products!

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The prize is packed full of Buderim Ginger products:

1x Buderim Ginger Refresher

2x Buderim Ginger Beer

1x Buderim Ginger, Lemon & Lime Marmalade

1x Buderim Ginger Beach Ball

1x Buderim Ginger Frisbee

1x Buderim Ginger Bears

1x Buderim Naked Ginger

Many thanks to Buderim Ginger for supplying this awesome prize.

The competition is open to Australian residents and postal addresses only.

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The page https://www.facebook.com/2foodwithlove and https://www.facebook.com/thegingernet must be liked and shared.

Competition is open 30/10/14 – 8/11/14. Winner will be drawn at random. Entries close midnight 8/11/14.

Winner be announced via the Facebook page midday 9/11/15. A Facebook message will be sent to the winner, be sure to check your other folder.

Buderim Ginger prize give away enter to WIN!

Would you like to win a Buderim Ginger prize pack? Just like and share the page (not post)!

Buderim Ginger has released a new boutique Ginger Beer, which is sure to get your taste buds tingling.

As well as ginger beer, Buderim makes a great range of products; the Ginger Lemon & Lime marmalade is my favourite.

In honour of the #goginger launch, I am running a prize pack competition, so you can have the opportunity to try some of the brand new Buderim Ginger products !

The prize is packed full of Buderim Ginger products:

1x Buderim Ginger Refresher

2x Buderim Ginger Beer

1x Buderim Ginger, Lemon & Lime Marmalade

1x Buderim Ginger Beach Ball

1x Buderim Ginger Frisbee

1x Buderim Ginger Bears

1x Buderim Naked Ginger

Many thanks to Buderim Ginger for supplying this awesome prize.

The competition is open to Australian residents and postal addresses only.

The page https://www.facebook.com/2foodwithlove and  https://www.facebook.com/thegingernet must be liked and shared.

Competition is open 29/10/14 – 8/11/14. Winner will be drawn at random. Entries close midnight 8/11/14.

Winner be announced via the Facebook page midday 9/11/15. A Facebook message will be sent to the winner, be sure to check your other folder.

#goginger #competition #prize #giveaway