In Healthy, Recipe, Salad, Vegetables on
May 17, 2018

Raw Pad Thai Salad Recipe

For a dietitian, I don’t talk about nutrition on this blog an awful lot. But when I do it’s almost always about eating more veggies!

You’re probably sick of me going on about it but it’s for good reason. So when I’m choosing healthy lunch options to prepare for the work week, I always make sure I choose recipes that are loaded with veggies- and what better way than to start off with a vegetarian recipe like this Raw Pad Thai Salad?

Raw Pad Thai Salad Recipe

Although I’m not vegetarian or vegan, I’m always quite intrigued by vegan/vegetarian foods. It can be difficult to achieve the depth of flavour that’s often found in meat based dishes, so I find that vegan/vegetarian dishes which work well involve some degree of creativity. This often involves a lot of oils in Asian vegetarian dishes, to impart flavour. But since I’m going for something healthier and lighter as a daily lunch option, veggie options from cafés serve as a better source of inspiration. And with so many vegan cafes which seem to be popping up, there’s no shortage of inspiration!

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In Asian Treats, Dessert, Pastry, Recipe on
May 15, 2018

Hong Kong Style Coconut Tarts

Hong Kong Style Coconut Tarts
It wasn’t until I was writing this post that I noticed that this isn’t the first time I’ve posted a recipe for Hong Kong Style Coconut Tarts on my blog.

Oops?

It’s been that long I’ve forgotten I’ve made them before!

Hong Kong Style Coconut Tarts

Actually, maybe don’t click on that link- there’s some cringe worthy writing during my high school days (yes it’s been that long!). And if you’re after a good coconut tart recipe, you’ll find it on this page anyway!
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In Café, Dining on
May 8, 2018

Auvers Cafe, Rhodes

Auvers Cafe Rhodes

We think we’ve got the Rhodes cafe scene pretty well figured out by now. We’ve tried just about everything we’ve wanted to, picked out favourites to rotate through and have spaced out our work lunch dates so that by the time we next revisit a cafe, the menu has most likely changed.

Amongst our favourites is Auvers Café. It’s tucked away, amongst the residential high rise apartments, but manages to draw a sizeable crowd on weekends ready to try out their colourful, beautifully presented dishes.

Auvers Cafe Rhodes

Smashed Avo ($16)

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In Burgers, Café, Dining, Lunch on
April 30, 2018

Basket Brothers, North Parramatta

Mocha, Basket Brothers North Parramatta

Mocha

It must be great to live in an apartment complex like the one that houses Basket Brothers. I can totally imagine taking the lift down to ground level each weekend and only needing another 10 or so steps to enjoy a delicious brunch at this quaint cafe.

It’s located right next to the ever so popular Social Hideout, and truth be told we were much more drawn to the colourful dishes and cutely decked out interior of the Social Hideout than the more simplistic menu and decor of Basket Brothers. But we did give them both a go, and are glad to report that Basket Brothers is well worth a visit.

Or two!

Smoked Brisket Hash, Basket Brothers North Parramatta

Smoked Brisket Hash ($17.5)

Even if it wasn’t Basket Brothers’ most Instagrammed dish, the Beef Brisket Hash would be my first pick from their menu- and it’s not difficult to see why it’s so popular! The combination of tender smoked beef brisket on toast is something different to your usual avo on toast options, and if that’s not enticing enough, the yolk porn from the fried egg on top seals the deal for me!

And the photo doesn’t do justice for the size of the dish- it is a massive serve- you’ll want to be sharing this with someone!

The smoked beef brisket is as tender as it looks and sounds, and is cooked with carrots in a tomato-ey sauce which makes it more like a hearty beef stew. The slice of toasted sourdough it’s served upon seems tiny in comparison to the pile of meat, so it that’s not enough carbs for you, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s also potato in the beef mix too.

Truffled Mushroom, Basket Brothers North Parramatta

Truffled Mushroom ($17)

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In Cake, Recipe on
April 26, 2018

Matcha Black Sesame Cake

From my many years of bringing in sweet treats for colleagues at the Chinese restaurant I used to work at, I’ve realised that there is only really one compliment that you can get:

‘It’s not too sweet’

Never mind the time spent icing the sides perfectly on the cake, or the effort put into getting the perfect texture for the mousse. It’s the sweetness that really matters!

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