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Meat FREE Monday’s – ANY ONE?

does any one else enjoy Meat FREE MONDAYS as much as we do?

it is seriously a family tradition in our house now. We don’t eat any where near as much meat as we used to, and have easily been able to incorporate plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes into the rest of our week.

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these little babies were super easy to make and so awesome for the summer weather.
If your anything like me, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven in the heat – and heat the house up even more.
So when you see a window of cooler weather, switch on that oven and get creative.

Frittatas are awesome and can include any thing! they are all about the eggs, and the veggies are what ever is left over in the fridge or in some cases – whats on special or in season at the market!

in the picture above i’ve made zucchini and corn, but remember the eggs are the star of the dish!
ingredients – method :
2 small zucchini’s grated
1 can of corn kernals drained
1/2 a large onion diced
10 eggs
3/4 cup of grated cheese
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tsp curry powder
mix all ingredients together well (if you have any herbs add them!

I love using my pyrex dishes, and in this instance i used a square one.
baked in the oven on 180 degrees fan forced for 40minutes
Once cooled i cut it into large slices and placed in a container in the fridge.
I sliced them into bite size pieces because they were appealing for the kids. But you could do this for a dinner party dish! top it with a half cherry tomato. you could also place a piece of smoked salmon, capers and dill on top. everything works with a frittata!

Good luck – Leia

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The Brighton Espy – Hot or Not??

Seriously this place used to be “the hang out” about 10years ago when it had been newly refurbished and all done up with a fancy cafe and great new pub atmosphere. The bistro area was absolutely awesome complete with built in playground for the littlies as well. Sooooooooooooooo did it hold up to the expectation of 10 years ago??

The food was pretty awesome in the cafe area, but with so much on the same street offering amazing food also – i think it made the good ol’ trusty Espy a few notches below what it used to be.

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This Pie with smashed peas and buttery garlic potatoes was super tasty – and such a huge serve, it was so unfortunate i couldn’t eat it all!!

the potato was probably a little bit grainy, and not silky smooth. the meat in the pie was divine, but the pastry was soggy on the bottom. Mushy peas! whats not to love… only there was sooooo much on the plate, it probably could have been a smaller serve.

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Vegetarian burger
a burger that was just lacking that LOVE that everyone expects to see on the plate made for a 5/10.
The burger patty was pretty tasteless, the beetroot on the burger gave it a nice flavour, but otherwise it was just a carb over load of miss matching, not well seasoned burger. And it’s about time you guys got your selves a few new plates! The plate was marked all over from cuts into the plates and they had dark grey line work from cuts over time. Looked like 1000 meals had been eaten off that plate. chips, were crunchy and good.

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a Kids MEAL!! i’m so serious when i say kids meal! this was a huge serve for a kids meal pizza. and it came with chips on top! it would have been great if this was the size kids meal for my 9 year old, but not for my 5 year old. she only ate one slice of pizza and about 4 chips, the flavour was pretty basic – i suppose thats what most kids want, but in this case it didnt really hit the spot for miss 5.

All in all, i probably wouldnt rush to go back here any time soon. it is lacking a lot of attention to detail, and the staff need a good turn around to make this place as fun and inviting as it used to be. with it now surrounded by amazing cafe’s it would be hard work to keep this place enticing, but it would be such a shame to see this place go further down hill.

Our empty plates sat on our table for over an hour while we sat and chatted after we had finished. not one staff member came to offer us any more drinks, nor did they come past and take away our dirty dishes. the staff were certainly not the typical “great waiting staff” that you would usually expect in a cafe environment.

5 years – BEST of the BEST desserts

So a little birdy told us that Eggless Dessert Cafe was celebrating their 5th birthday – and in celebration they were holding a standing ONLY night with $5 everything!

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The favourite of the night
Pictured above – moroccan cheesecake, white chocolate cheese cake with rose cream, topped with pistachios, pomegranate and Persian fairy floss
Breath taking, delicious. Creamy texture with an amazing base. This combination was a huge HIT when it was first released and was voted in the top 10 desserts by the general public.

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Time to party!!

So the line up was a long way into the carpark… We arrived at 7.15 for an 8 o’clock open time. The anticipation was killing us!
But when they opened their doors it was a smell of incredible things to come.

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dessert nachos
Made up with these awesome crispy puffed rice crisps, topped with strawberries, chocolate sauce, toasted hazel nuts, avocado mousse and vanilla ice cream.
Every mouthful was like you were eating something new an refreshing with every bite.

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vietnamese banana bread pudding drizzled with a to die for salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

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alcoholic durianmisu made with durian mascarpone cream, durian sponge cake, with toasted coconut.

As we’ve said before, if you’ve never been to Eggless Dessert Cafe – YOU SIMPLY MUST! It is just one of those places that is fun to visit because they’ve thought of the unthinkable.
Well done on reaching 5 years guys! Many more to come I’m sure XXX big love

Taste of the Himalayas – Brighton

Not every one would know this place is here, it would probably go un-noticed being a small place on a busy street. Unless you lived in the area, or were passing here frequently. It certainly shouldnt go un-noticed considering the food is great, and the value even better.

Here are a few dishes from our last visit:

Every one loves a Samosa

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Chicken Hot Pot

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Nepalese Spiced Lamb Cutlets

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Milk dumplings

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Mango and Pistachio icecream

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Who knew a Winter Soup could be such a winner?

Ok, so i know winter is over now, but if any one can offer a wholesome winter food for lunch. Light meal, but still filling? Where, NEVER? i hear you say… Well yep! we know where. Devour Patisserie, thats where!

here we have – Ham hock, lentils and root vegetable soup with toasted ciabatta

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superb flavour, with wholesome vegetables. a real hearty flavorsome soup that was not lacking any HAM! seriously, i could easily complain about soup from many, many cafe’s/restaurants from just being a boring ol’ soup with not enough flavour or texture – you know the ones that you have to add lots of salt and pepper to? well not this one! this was delicious.

this was accompanied by a honeycomb milkshake

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and then dessert:

To finish, an apple, almond & milk chocolate stack…..oh and a snickers flavored macaron

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Have you ever had a Cronut?

a Cronut you say? whats a Cronut! OMG one of the newest fads here in Adelaide has been discovered by Matt and his 5 stomachs. This Cronut is proudly bought to you by Milkaholic, located at – 61A Edward St, Norwood.

This is a great little joint to go to when wanting a meal followed by an awesome dessert. they have top quality food in both forms – entree, main and dessert!

For some time now we have been on the hunt for the BEST cronut, and although all have been very tasty and enjoyable its not always what they are topped with or stuffed with. it is sometimes coming down to the freshness and how perfectly made it is.

This Cronut is Nutella Chocolate Sauce, with chocolate ice cream and pistachios.

It certainly was divine, but we will still be on the hunt for more cronutes

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Chocolate Taperia – North Adelaide

Chocolate Taperia is an awesome place to take a friend or date night. Its also great for those people you know who dont like to go out for anything other than a schnitty and chips for a meal – so instead you take them out for JUST dessert. I’ve been known to take holidaying friends here and they love it! the best place they usually visit the whole time they are in adelaide. I guess after all the regular coffee shops, and cafes, and bars, restaurants and pubs people like to find that something thats a little different.

We even visited here for mothers day earlier this year. it was AMAZEBALLS! and the chef certainly well over catered the glass slabs it was all served on.

Here is a view on the MOTHERS DAY dessert spread – this was for a table of 5 adults and 3 kids

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it was just divine and it was an intimate setting that had to be prebooked/paid for. So we would highly recommend taking interstate/overseas guests here and also place a booking for the next special occasion they have! it will be well worth every dollar, not to mention less hassle and stress when planning a birthday, xmas gathering or even mothers/fathers day. It is just brilliantly executed and such playfulness of food makes for a great talking point when being served these amazing dishes.

for now, i will leave you with a recent picture of the “movie night” dessert. its a mixture of flavours, and types of dessert from caramel pop corn, little sorbet/icecream, macaroon, strawberry thick shake and of course some delicious churros with cinnamon sugar.

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Butter Fingers – North Adelaide

Sometimes dessert comes 1st…

Meet Matts 2nd stomach! the dessert stomach. We have been here a few times in the past month and just to get our blog up to date with our instagram and facebook accounts we are posting a few visits into the one blog post.

I wont dribble on too much about how fantastic this place is – i’m sure if you visit you will see how the pies can truly blow your mind with flaky-ness! wholly mother of food gods, you have not had a pie until you’ve had a PIE from Butter Fingers.

Turkish chicken, capsicum and tumeric pie featured below

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then there is the to die for cakes and slices, milk shakes and freshly squeezed juice

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Brunch is always nice to enjoy a toastie and waffle

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Eggless Dessert Bar

When someone can say “new menu every month” and live up to those words, you know your onto a good thing.

although sometimes they do re-live and re-create popular old desserts, this is one husband and wife that work hard to achieve the best of the best and not only in the food sense but also in the customer service side of things also.

We will touch more on Eggless through out the blog – as we visit every month and sometimes weekly if given the chance

If you have NEVER been. Seriously, do your self a favour and take your friends or family on an intimate yet playful dining experience and try a tasting plate to indulge your taste buds. Enjoy every BITE xx

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The perfect snack

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Seriously a simple snack idea just in time for the school holidays!
How easy is this?

it has all the elements to make a perfect treat for kids and for us adults too.

Spread as best you can peanut butter all over your banana. you might also like to use Nutella. Roll your banana log in a plate full of rice bubbles. slice on a board and ENJOY