All posts tagged: food blog

Gluten Free Roasted Beetroot and Tomato Tart

I am typing this to you as we sit on the beach in Lombok sipping on a fresh coconut, definitely worse ways to start the day. Whilst we put together our first proper post on our adventure so far here is a little post we forget we had about a dinner we rustled up before we left. Enjoy… After watching an episode of Masterchef the other night I decided they make cooking look deceptively easy, I mean if these ‘everyday people’ can create a masterpiece Gordon would be proud of in under 5seconds then surely I can attempt a gluten free tart? No? You don’t believe it either? To be fair I don’t blame you. I’m not talking about no ready made pastry tart, I’m going for the full works, and trying to adapt it in our own little way. I mean all that butter? No thank you. Surprisingly the hardest part wasn’t making the dough for the pastry, this was pretty straightforward despite missing a rolling pin I’d say we did an alright job. It was …

Smith & Daughters

I haven’t been very well recently, but don’t worry that’s a whole other story I won’t bore you with, annoyingly what it does mean though is that I have to be even more careful with what I eat, making dinner dating slightly hard. Trying to find a restaurant that will be a safe choice is a bit of a mission, Jonny being stubborn (*sweet) refuses to pick somewhere he’d like to go because apparently that’s not sensible, bless him. Queue a hasty last minute google to find somewhere we hadn’t yet been and there it was, I’m annoyed I hadn’t thought of it immediately, Smith & Daughters. This incredible looking vegan eatery that I have been wanting to try for weeks. So we wrapped ourselves up in more layers than style because now the lovely Melbourne is creeping so quickly into winter you’d be mistaken in thinking we were back in the tropics of London. That wind is brutal. But Smith&Daughters definitely eased my winter mood. As soon as you walk in the vibe here …

Gluten Free Banana Cake

When you are stuck on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Australia you have a lot of time to fill and a lot less options available to you. Those three months aged me in ways I will never forget but one good thing came out of it, I have perfected my banana bread skills down to a tasty T. This is the easiest recipe to make and I want to throw it out there that compared to most this one is relatively healthy with a few sneaky additions and changes. Give it a go this weekend, so simple. The hard parts not eating it all in one go and I commend anyone with the willpower to resist. What you need: – 3 bananas – 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil – 1 egg – 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon – Dash of vanilla extract – 140g gluten free flour – 140g brown sugar – 3 teapoons bicarbonate soda What you’ll need to do: – Heat the oven to 180c …

Beetroot and Coconut Soup

Over here in Melbourne it’s slowly creeping into winter and god it’s getting horribly cold. This type of weather is what we ran away from London from and if one more person says to me ‘you’re from England, you’ll be used to this’ they’ll get drop kicked all the way there to find out… I am a bit of a broken record when it comes to soup at the moment, what can I say, I’m addicted, there is literally nothing more comforting when its cold and windy outside than curling up with a nice warming bowl of soup. I can’t dunk a big chunk of bread in it like Jonny so my vice is usually a nice gooey layer of cheese. Today it’s a bit different than my usual combinations it’s all about the beetroot and the coconut. Great little pairing and with a few chillis to give it that little kick. But I’ll be honest, half the reason I make this one is for the colour. Reminds me when you were a kid and …

Manchester Press

I think we owe Manchester Press an apology, this place has been on our hit list for over a year now yet every time we are deciding on somewhere to go for Brunch it always got overlooked until today we finally ended up giving it a go and we loved it. Shame on us for not trying it out sooner, the guys do a great bagel and I found a new favourite dish. Do you do what we do and keep a running list of places to try out on your phone? Every time I hear someone talking about a decent meal or see a picture on Instagram that makes my mouth water it goes straight on the list. Can’t risk forgetting and missing out on a good meal right? And Manchester Press has been a solid member of this list for way too long and I don’t really have a good reason for why it took us so long. Blame all those other brunch places for luring us in with all those fancy options …

GF Raw Lemon Cheesecake

If you have a food allergy then you’ll know what I mean when I say that learning to deal with a food intolerance/allergy is like dealing with a break up. At the time it’s horrible – heartbreaking even, you miss them, you can’t imagine a life without them in it and there’s a few times when you cave and crawl back for one final trip down memory lane before you pull yourself together and realise enough is enough and you sever ties completely. Come on we all know what I mean right? When I found out I couldn’t eat gluten, jesus my life almost stopped, the thought of not being able to order a pizza from Franco Manca in London nearly made me weep. And I’ll hold my hands up I pushed my limits with my intolerances to the point where I was in hospital. But there will be a point where you sit back and you realise that nothing, no matter how tasty is worth the pain, it is because of this that I’m trying to create recipes …

Top Paddock

You’re probably thinking, ‘O look another brunch post’. But what can you do when there’s so many places crying out to be visited and we will happily volunteer to eat our way around Melbourne or any place for that matter. First things first though is getting to grips with the local places near by and luckily for us one of these places is the very popular Top Paddock. And by popular I mean a good 40 minute wait outside on the curb popular. I always think a queue outside a place can almost be a bad thing, it’s obviously good because clearly it means the place is popular but then it builds up your expectations which is dangerous because then you’re expecting big things and the slightest fault and you’re let down. Just me? But luckily Pillar of Salt are well prepared for the constant crowds for brunch. The lone barista was serving up coffees quicker than people were ordering, Jonny was suitably impressed and the coffee passed his critical taste test. One tick. The …

Radio Mexico

For some absurd reason when we went to a Mexican restaurant in Richmond the other week they refused to put cheese on the nachos. Erm sorry what? Nachos without cheese? That’s like Kanye without his ego, its just not comprehendible. When I want nachos, I want a plate that is drowning in cheese and all the trimmings. In fact I want more cheese than chip, so to not serve the two together just doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s craziness I tell you. We should have got up and left there and then. Thankfully we have a Mexican restaurant that never fails to deliver. (more importantly they don’t bat an eyelid when I stress the levels of cheese I’m after) Radio Mexico in St Kilda is always a winner, the food here is incredible and even better the price is almost as good as they’re Margheritas. The menus pretty straightforward, order some chips and dip, and then try and decide between all the tacos. Luckily for me, most things can be done GF and …

King KONG

Yep. I went there, with a pun and also for dinner, I’d be pretty disappointed if we missed a chance for that reference don’t you think. And do you know what it deserves it’s little crowning because these guys know their stuff, they dish out some tasty food over at Kong. Jonny’s been banging on about going here ever since we first went to Chin Chin and let’s be honest from the sounds of it what’s not to enjoy, a Korean BBQ. Worth a little visit. So after blitzing every possible vegetable over the last few days and living off a soup free-for-all it was time to get back out and join the dinner scene, and Jesus we did it in style. Safe to say you’d think we were ordering as if we hadn’t seen food in decades. Huge food coma going on over here right now. But so so worth it. And trust me our expectations were pretty high since this is a relative of Chin Chins after all but thankfully they’re definitely working off the …

Chin Chin

You almost want to hate this place because it’s that popular but I actually can’t fault it, the food is some of my favourite in Melbourne. Not even the inevitable hours you’ll have to wait for a coveted table can dampen your addiction. It’s infamous, this is the place people always ask if you’ve been too, and pity you if you haven’t. It was top of my restaurant hit list when I arrived in Melbourne and I decided that as soon as I had a decent amount of money to dine in style that I was heading straight there to feast. The talk about the notorious waiting time is slightly off putting, I was told on a weekend you are looking at 5 hours wait minimum, and this is just expected. I’ve been twice now both during the week and I think both on Mondays and still it was an hour to 2 hours wait. But you just have to understand this, get over it, put your name down on the list and go for a …