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July 31, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: Baxter’s Bakery

Although we’ve ticked off the ‘eating a meat pie in the outback’ off our list of things to do whilst we’re here in Broken Hill, we’re not sure last time counted since it was in a cafe instead of a bakery and we did get the fancy flavours which technically doesn’t count as a ‘meat’ pie.  So this called for another meat pie for lunch, and we sneak out to the bakery around the corner to have a real meat pie.
Cheese and Bacon Pie ($5)

From what we’ve heard, there’s two main bakeries in Broken Hill- Mac’s and Baxter’s. We’re keen to try both but Baxter’s is much more convenient for us, with their bakery just round the corner from where we’re working and their cafe in the only major shopping complex.

The bakery itself is a small building sandwiched between a couple of houses. Blink and you’ll miss it. It’s a tiny bakery with only one pie display cabinet and one cakes display cabinet, but business is good as we notice plenty of locals driving over just to purchase pies and pastries for takeaway for lunch. It’s more of  a takeaway style business but we’re lucky enough to snag the only table outside the bakery to chow down our treats!

Cheese and Bacon Pie ($5)

They close quite early so when we arrive at 1pm, there’s only about 3 different varieties of pie to choose from. I almost ordered a normal meat pie but couldn’t resist the cheese and bacon one, with the delicious layer of melted cheese on top.

I’d imagined the pie to have a bacon filling, but it makes much more sense the way they’ve done it, which was to have the normal meat filling with bacon bits dispersed within. The filling is quite tasty, although a little too salty for me (as was my friend’s meat pie!). The pastry was extremely light, flaky and crispy, although it was also quite oily!

All in all, a pretty solid pie though I think we prefer the ones at The Caff!

And although we’re here just to try the pies we couldn’t leave without trying at least one of their many tempting cakes and pastries. Choosing only one was the difficult task, as there was plenty of delicious looking options on display! I eventually settled on the mocha cheesecake and was glad I had a spoon in my bag as they didn’t have any plastic forks or spoons at the time!

The cheesecake itself was a little blander than I’d expected- there’s only a hint of coffee flavour, and it’s not too sweet either. The sweetness is just right when you combine it with the rich chocolate layer (my favourite part of this cake!) and the cheesecake layer was nice and light, though I did wish there was a bit more coffee flavour!

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July 22, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: The Caff

 Mocha (large, $4.5)

We’ve been told that most of the food in Broken Hill is pretty good- the reason being that the town is so small that anything that isn’t can’t last for too long. We haven’t been here for long, but we have tried three restaurants/cafes so far and are yet to find one we don’t like.

Right across from Broken Hill hospital, where we are based for my placement is The Caff, which we’d been hearing rave reviews about since the day we got here. So naturally, we had to make time for a visit to check it out.

 Red Wine Beef Pie with salad, $10
Their coffee is apparently very good, but not being much of a coffee drinker myself, I can’t comment on that, though I did enjoy my mocha which was a good balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and bitterness of the coffee. 
The menu mostly consists of sandwiches and breakfast/brunch options, but as exciting as they seemed, we’d been having eggs for a couple of days so had to give that a miss. We’ve had ‘eating a meat pie in the outback‘ on our list of things to do whilst we’re in Broken Hill, so when we saw the homemade pie display in the cafe, we were sold. 
 Red Wine Beef Pie 
There’s about six different varieties of pies when we visited, each of which sounded delicious but I settled for the classic red wine and beef pie. It was surprisingly differently to how I’d imagined it, as it tasted really fresh, as there was quite a bit of tomato in the filling and not an overly strong red wine flavour. 
The housemade tomato chutney it was served with was also great, with the freshness of tomatoes and a little bit of sweetness from the addition of sultanas. It was just a bit unfortunate that it tasted so similar to the filling that it didn’t compliment it too well, but my friend did enjoy hers with her pie! We also quite enjoyed the shell as they use puff pastry for the base and the top, which was nice, buttery and flakey. 
Tandoori Chicken Salad 
The tandoori chicken salad comes with a generous serve of tasty tandoori chicken. There’s no dressing in this salad, as there’s plenty of spice in the chicken sauce to flavour the whole salad. The pairing of tandoori chicken with the pearl couscous was quite interesting with the couscous playing the role of the rice I’d normally have with the chicken, except softer, creating much contrast between with the texture of the meat.
Chicken and Leek Pie with Greek Salad

The chicken and leek pie is equally as delicious as the beef one, though not as leeky as we’d imagined. The greek salad was a little bit of a disappointment though, as its serving size was rather small, and the cheese was a little too hard and salty.

Quiche with Linguine Salad ($10)

We’re back the next week to try their quiches which we heard were pretty good too. Similar to the pie deal, you can get yourself a slice of  quiche with a side salad for just $10. The quiche is quite tasty, with a nice smooth eggy filling, and a nice mix of bacon, spinach and tomato inside although we would have preferred it to be heated up a little more. There’s only two salads on display today, so I chose the linguine salad.  It’s quite similar to my pesto pasta, except with linguine instead and served cold. It’s definitely enjoyable, although I would have liked a little more spinach leaves so that it’s more like a salad!

With its location being so convenient for us, we’ll definitely be back over the next couple of weeks to sample more of their menu!

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July 24, 2014

Shepherd’s Pie

Sheperd's Pie

My sister laughs at me when I spend a while taking photos of food, because she knows that most of the time I only ever upload one out of the many that I take. So today, I give you two pictures!

Most of the time I’m just super lazy when it comes to photographing food, especially food that is hot and I eat right away because I’ve got to all the effort of making it- I’m not waiting for it to go cold just so that I can get a good picture!

Sheperd's Pie

I’ve been making these pies for years, my family absolutely loves them- they’re demolished every single time I make it! But I’ve never had a chance to post this on my blog because I’ve never managed to take any presentable photos of them. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever taken any picture of it….except that time we miraculously had two left over (I made a double batch haha) and I tried to take a photo of it before I reheated it in the oven, but it looked terrible because you could tell the pies were cold so I gave up 😉

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Recipe based on one found on (but has been tweaked significantly)

1kg (around 5) potatoes, chopped coarsely
30g butter
1/4C milk
30g shredded cheddar cheese
10g finely chopped onion
salt and pepper, to taste

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Medium Brown onion, chopped finely
5 Carrots, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
450g beef mince
15g plain flour (2 Tbsp)
3Tbsp tomato sauce
1C water
1.5C frozen peas/vegetables
30g shredded cheddar

  1. To prepare the potatoes: bring pot of salted water to boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but firm (around 15 min). Drain and mash. Mix in butter, onion and shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 190degC. Blanch carrots in boiling water
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are clear. Add beef and carrot and cook until well browned (around 5 minutes). Pour off excess fat and then stir in flour and cook for another minute. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, gravy mix and water. When it starts to thicken, add in the frozen vegetables.
  4. Spread the beef mixture in an even layer in a casserole dish (or I use 6 ramekins for indiviudal servings), then top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.