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Home made granola

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Do you know exactly what goes into your breakfast cereal ? The regular supermarket cereals tend to be full of sugar and additives, and the more sophisticated cereals are expensive for what you get.

Making your own granola is easy and cheaper. You get exactly what you want and it tastes great with yoghurt and berries on top. It’s portable – you can put some granola, yoghurt and berries in a jar and take them into work for an easy desk breakfast. I have a long journey so I pop some frozen berries on top (cherries, blueberries) and by the time I get to work the berries have thawed.

Start by lining an oven tray with baking parchment and set your oven to approx 150 deg C.

Now the fun bit – you can make it up as you go along. If you are allergic to nuts, leave the nuts out, if you are allergic to oats, leave the oats out. Choose from any of the following, but don’t add any chocolate chips or dried fruit at this stage because they will melt and burn. You just need nuts seeds and grains at this time. Generally, oats form the major part of the base, but if you are allergic to oats try something different like plain puffed rice. Grab a large bowl and get mixing – I generally use the following:

Porridge oats (steel cut) 1-2 cups
Puffed rice with no added sugar 1-2 cups
As much as you fancy of:
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
pine nuts
chia seeds
flax seeds
sliced almonds
shredded coconut
peanuts
walnuts
pistachios
hazelnuts
pecans
This is just a guide – you can use any nuts and seeds that you like

Stir through some coconut oil and honey (approx 4 tablespoons)
Spread it all out on the baking parchment  – the thinner the layer, the quicker it will toast – and stir through every ten minutes. It should take about 30 minutes to toast nicely, and it will be a lovely golden colour. Leave to cool.

Now you can transfer it to a plastic cereal container but beforehand you can stir through any of the following, or you can add them each time you get your breakfast ready depending on how you feel. Chop them or leave them whole :

plump dried apricots
prunes
dried peel
sultanas
craisins
cranberries
dried banana chips
dried figs
dark chocolate nibs

When you serve your granola, use a luscious thick greek style yoghurt like Gippsland (greek yoghurt has good protein content) or alternatively use ricotta cheese, marscapone, or soy/coconut yoghurt.

Top with fruit compote (really easy to make with frozen berries – just put some in a saucepan with a splash of water and a spoon of honey or sugar and heat gently for 5 minutes), or use tinned fruits, or fresh fruits like pineapple, peaches, strawberries and banana. A yummy good quality breakfast.

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Typika Artisan Roasters – Claremont

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Typika is nestled in the Claremont shopping complex just off Stirling Highway. There is plenty of parking but it can get busy and Typika is definitely a hit with the locals.

The cafe is airy, buzzing, with coffee roasting machinery on view. Unsurprisingly, the coffee is excellent. They roast the beans in house which makes for optimum freshness as old beans can give coffee an overly bitter taste. They also refuse to take bookings, so sometimes there is a bit of a wait, but when we visited for Saturday brunch we were seated straight away.

The wait staff are helpful and friendly, and happy to point out the specials of the day.

I chose an iced mint tea with apple sorbet float which was quirky, refreshing and delicious.

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The menu has something for everybody with a selection of breakfast and brunch favourites that are all very tempting.

I fancied something sweeter so chose the poached pear, strawberry, nut and buttermilk pancakes. They were nicely balanced, not overly sweet and felt quite nourishing to eat.

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My companion chose the Eggs Benedict with bacon – a brunch staple – and he reported that everything was nicely flavoured and that the ingredients were good quality.

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Other items on the menu included: Angry Bird, which sounded quite tasty – fried chicken with guacamole, corn and a waffle; Char siu pork belly buns; Pulled pork quesadillas; Caramelised pork ribs; Vietnamese pork and prawn meatballs.

My only criticism of Typika is that for the prices, the portions are a bit on the small side. Almost $20 for an eggs benny consisting of one slice of bread, two small eggs and two slices of bacon is a bit expensive. I observed another diner who had ordered two breakfasts – maybe he already knew about the portion sizes.

All in all, it was very tasty, and I will be tempted to go back, but I will also bear in mind that it’s not the place to go if you are ravenously hungry. The ingredients are top quality, and the staff are great.

 

 

Pablo, New Farm

Pablo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Pablo is a nice trendy little cafe in Brunswick Street, New Farm just by the junction of Merthyr Road. There is a selection of tables inside and out, and the vibe is quirky – it’s a little cramped in places, but that’s all part of the charm.

Every dish is cooked fresh to order and the place was packed so we were advised by the waitress that we may have a wait on our hands. She was right, we waited around 20 minutes, but it was okay because our expectations had been met and we could see the quality of plates emerging from the kitchen.

Persuaded by the board outside which said ‘Number one hot cakes in Brisbane’, I chose the ricotta hot cakes with lemon curd ice cream, berry compote, cacao nibs, and coconut crumb.

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The plate was a work of art, garnished with flowers, and the hot cakes did not disappoint. They were light and fluffy and not overly sweet with enough natural sweetness coming from the fruits. the ice cream was smooth, tangy and creamy – a lovely complement to the dish.

My companion chose the breakfast chilli.

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The chilli was made from slow cooked beef cheek, speck bacon, red beans and chorizo – it was rich, tasty and nicely spiced. The corn bread had a smear of honey which added a hint of sweetness, the egg was superbly oozy, and the guacamole and salsa a nice smooth contrast to the substance of the chilli.

We also chose some drinks – I had freshly squeezed orange juice and my companion had a large flat white which was nicely smooth and well rounded, the only criticism was that the coffee could have been a bit hotter in temperature.

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Pablo is a real neighbourhood gem, and somewhere that I will come back to. It’s easy to see why the locals love this cafe – it has a menu that makes you want to taste every option and the food definitely delivers. Well worth the wait for delicious, fresh, inspired dishes.

Thomas Corner Eatery, Noosaville

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We popped in to Thomas Corner Eatery for breakfast on a rainy Noosaville day. We were seated fairly quickly – the restaurant is large and airy with indoor and outdoor tables.

The menu was quite extensive with lots of nice choices. I settled for the locally hot smoked salmon, poached eggs, horseradish, lemon, capers, and watercress. The eggs were perfectly cooked and the salmon was very tasty, but I couldn’t detect the horseradish and I suspect that it was missed. It was still very nice, but I love horseradish, so I was a little disappointed not to taste it.

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My companion chose the Farmer’s Market breakfast. This was attractive to look at and tasty, but he would have preferred traditional pork sausages instead of the Bangalow pork sausage that was provided.

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Thomas Corner Eatery has a nice menu, friendly staff, and uses high quality ingredients. Definitely a nice spot for breakfast.

 

Reuben Hills – Sydney

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I love Sunday brekkie/brunch, and keen to find a good place in Sydney for a Sunday brunch I came across reviews for Reuben Hills. About a 15 minute walk from our hotel to Surry Hills, we found this quirky little place with quite a queue outside. We only had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table.

The waiter was really helpful. I wanted a non dairy based milkshake and he veered me towards the lychee, lime and coconut flavour because it was based on coconut sorbet. I loved the shake. The coffee was also very good quality.

For my brunch I chose soft baked eggs with jamon, spinach, ranchero and rye bread. This was a lovely if little spicy brunch, and it was nice to have the bread to mop up the little bowl of ranchero and egg.

Soft baked eggs

My companion chose achiote pork n beans with soft fried egg, tortilla chips and chimmi churri. This was mildly spicy, full flavoured, and the textures worked well.

Pork n beans

Yes – Reuben Hills was a great choice for brunch. I wish I lived in Sydney so that I could work my way through their menu.

A quirky cafe with fun wait staff, not your average menu, and great coffee. Yes it works.

Gordon Street Garage – West Perth

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In need of some brekkie/brunch on a Saturday morning, I decided to go to Gordon St Garage, having heard a lot of comments about this place. It is almost opposite Harbourtown, so if there’s no parking nearby, there’s always the Harbourtown car park.

It is a large place, quite quirky, with an emphasis on coffee and all the different ways that you can make it, and there is lots of coffee paraphernalia for sale. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table.Gordon St Garage kitchenGordon St Garagecakesmore cakes

The menu contained a lot of vegetarian options, and looking around it looked like the most popular items were the baked beans with poached eggs and the scrambled eggs with herbs and sourdough.

If you are looking for a traditional fry up, this is not the place for you, no sausages or bacon on the menu.

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We went with the majority and ordered the beans and the scrambled eggs, accompanied by a coffee and a fresh orange juice.

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Fresh baked beans, pimento, pancetta, poached eggs

Fresh baked beans, pimento, pancetta, poached eggs

Scrambled eggs, rocket, soft herbs, sourdough.

Scrambled eggs, rocket, soft herbs, sourdough.

So what was the verdict ? Both dishes were very nice, but could have done with some extra seasoning. There was no salt or pepper on the tables. The coffee was nice, but only came with one size option – a ‘large’ option would be good.

The beans were a nice mixture of haricot and kidney, with plenty of bread to mop up the sauce and egg. The scrambled eggs were tasty, the herbs and rocket added a nice dimension to it and it looked like a 4-egg portion, so quite substantial.

Would I come back ? Well yes, next time I am in Harbourtown I will plan a visit to Gordon St Garage as part of the trip, but I wouldn’t make the trek here especially for breakfast. It was nice, but it didn’t rock my world.

 

 

Voyage Kitchen, Hillarys

I have been to Voyage before for breakfast, I remember it being a smaller restaurant so wondered if they had extended into the shop next door.
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The staff were lovely. It was exceedingly busy but we were assured that a table would be available within 20 minutes, and they were right, we didn’t have to wait long.

The menu contained most of the regular breakfast options, including bircher muesli, buttermilk pancakes with mixed berries, an interesting breakfast board containing a choice of options, full breakfast, mushroom bruschetta, eggs on toast and herby braised beans.

I chose a local favourite called Norma’s Salsa, which is poached eggs on ciabatta with truss tomatoes, avocado, wilted spinach and marinated fetta:

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Norma’s Salsa

Wow this was really good, everything on the plate was packed full of flavour and the eggs were cooked to perfection, just dippy enough to run over the bread – I enjoyed mopping up the egg with the other ingredients. The fetta was very flavoursome and probably the nicest fetta I have tasted. Voyage use only genuine free range ingredients and you can taste that on the plate.

The coffee was perfect, not a hint of bitterness, and probably the best soy latte I have tasted in a long time.

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Voyage coffee – soy latte

Will I go back to Voyage – you betcha. It’s right on the coast road, just south of Sorrento beach – there’s nothing like having breakfast just a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean.

FortySevenKirwanStreet Floreat

Always on the look out for new and interesting breakfast venues, I had heard a lot about FortySevenKirwanStreet and thought it was time to give it a try.

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When I arrived it was buzzing with people – a few long tables, a group of cyclists outside on the grass having coffee, noisy, lively but not chaotic.

Like Sayers there is a delicious array of goodies on the counter – savoury tarts and sweet cakes, and many people were popping in for a takeaway.

All of the breakfast favourites were on the menu and I had a hard time choosing between a traditional Paddock breakfast and a crab, leek and artichoke omelette. In the end I chose the Paddock brekkie and a fresh orange juice.

The orange juice was lovely – faultless. The coffee was also delicious, no hint of bitterness, smooth and rich.

Paddock breakfast

Paddock breakfast

I liked the breakfast, but I thought that it could have delivered a bit more in flavour. The eggs were nice, but not as tasty as eggs at other cafes. The sausages were pale (but cooked) – maybe they had been microwaved? Okay sausages, but not the best. The bacon was lovely, the tomatoes sweet and flavoursome, and the mushrooms were good. The star of the dish was the potato rosti – perfectly cooked, really good texture and nice to mop up the egg with.

Will I go back to FortySevenKirwanStreet ? Well if I am in the area, I would dine there, but in my opinion there are at least 3 other cafes which offer a better breakfast – Sayers Sister, John Street Cafe and Sayers.

Sayers Sister

I have heard a lot about Sayers Sister, so decided to give it a try for Sunday breakfast. It is in Northbridge at the Bulwer St end of Lake St. I haven’t been to this area before and was quite surprised to stumble across some other places that I have heard of such as Tarts and The Dizzy Witch.

Sayers Sister was the only of these restaurants with a queue, so we persevered and queued up. The restaurant is not quite as chaotic as Sayers in Leederville, the whole layout is better, and the staff allocate tables, so it is a much fairer system.

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We were seated at the long  central communal table, which has lots of sweet treats in the middle that you can graze on while you are waiting – you just put your payment in the little jars on the table. I think it’s nice that you can do this in Perth – you wouldn’t be able to get away with it in London – those coin jars would disappear on the first day!

I chose the potato rosti with bacon, poached eggs, rocket, spinach, parmesan and bramley apple/thyme chutney.

Every mouthful was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You could really taste the quality of the ingredients.

Potato rosti with eggs and bacon

Potato rosti with eggs and bacon

I also had a white peach and passion fruit lemonade to accompany it.

My companion had a coffee – which was really delicious and smooth with a caramel richness. He also had a full breakfast which was equally enjoyable – lots of nice quality ingredients, and a lovely cumin mousse/sorbet on the beans which was unusual and tasty. It consisted of home made beans, crusty bread, eggs, bacon, bubble and squeak, mushroom and pesto.

Sayers Sister full breakfast

Sayers Sister full breakfast

Sayers Sister also has a very attractive selection of home made cakes – if I were not on my January diet, I would have tried one (or two).

I will definitely be returning to Sayers Sister. I think it is slightly better than Sayers, but they are both good quality restaurants that I will always be happy to dine in.

Mends Street Cafe

The Mends Street Cafe always seems to be busy when I go next door to La Galette de France. I even saw Manu Feildel in there once when the Good Food show was on at the Convention Centre.

Today I went to La Galette de France for a last coffee and almond croissant before the New Year diet starts and was disappointed to find it closed. I decided to go next door to Mends Street cafe for something brekkie-ish.

The area around Mends Street is very nice – it’s a little bit of a cafe strip with a quaint nearby arcade, and the South Perth foreshore at the bottom of the street, and the Transperth ferry jetty close by. It is usually a very good photo opportunity and today was no exception – a lovely sunny New Years Day.

South Perth foreshore

South Perth foreshore

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I chose a soy chai latte and a plate of blueberry pancakes. My companion chose a full brekkie and a flat white.

The waitress brought the wrong drinks to the table, and when we said that we had not ordered cappuccinos, she looked at us as if we must be in the wrong. Eventually the correct drinks were served.

The coffee was a little bitter (which usually means that the beans are not fresh), but I was pleased to see my chai latte served in a glass with a handle. Nothing annoys me more than hot coffee served in a glass with no handle. You then have to wrestle with the glass and a napkin to avoid burned fingers – in my opinion glasses are for cold drinks (unless they have a handle).

Chai latte

Chai latte

I did have to send the chai latte back though – it was incredibly weak and tasted like hot milk. I didn’t get any kind of apology – the waitress just said that the chai they use is a very weak one…. hmm…. why not use more of it then ? or use a stronger version?

Blueberry pancakes

Blueberry pancakes

The pancakes were nice – I could have had cream, but as I am minimising my dairy intake, I chose syrup alone. Nice, but not wow. I know when food is delicious when I already start planning my next trip to the restaurant, whereas today, I was just reinforcing my disappointment that next door’s cafe was closed.

My companion’s full brekkie was underwhelming too – the eggs were nice, but one was a bit hard, the fried potatoes were a nice touch, but the bacon and sausages were average and the whole dish underseasoned.

Will I rush back to Mends Street cafe ? Not really – there are way better cafes in Perth – it’s time that Mends Street picked up their game.

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