Current obsessions – vegie burgers

I might be a little late getting on the ‘food truck’ bandwagon, but now I am on nothing can stop me.

See, my current obsession is vegie burgers, and it all started after my pursuit of the Vegie Patch van. For the last few weeks it had been at Reverse Garbage on a Tuesday, and I had made plans to meet a friend there for a study break. So the plan was in place for a lovely, sunny winters day. All was going well until we rocked up at Reverse, and no van. But we were not to be deterred! After asking, we found out it was down at Sydney Uni, and so off we went…

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It was definitely worth the drive. I had the hot tip from a friend at Reverse that the zucchini burger was ‘mindblowing’. How can you go past that recommendation? Study makes the body crave carbs (so I believe 🙂 so I also ‘needed’ a serve of the sweet potato chips, and a homemade lemonade. Unfortunately most of the lemonade was lost to the slanting turf, but the small amount I tasted was great, with the classic tart flavour. And check this out for a burger:

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Just thinking about this is making my mouth water… along with memories of the basil-mayo sauce on the sweet potato chips *cue Homer Simpson drooling sound*

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Maybe a little expensive at nearly $20 all up, but as a treat this was totally worth it. The food, great company and inspiring, learned surroundings of Sydney Uni helped get more work done when I dragged myself home, so I definitely can’t complain! As soon as this rain clears, I plan to do it again 🙂

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Passionfruit Butter Cake

Today I am starting #blogjune – a month of updating my blog every day for a month. I’m really looking forward to seeing what other bloggers come up with, and reading some thought provoking, witty and insightful stuff.

I’m not sure if this post is any of these, but I am easing myself in slowly.

May and June seem to be the months of birthdays, and as such, I find myself quite poor when it came to my Dad’s birthday today. Being notoriously hard to buy for anyway, a home made birthday cake seemed like a good way to at least acknowledge the day, and spend some time with him devouring it! Luckily, when I asked what type of cake he would like he opted for passionfruit, which I have been receiving weekly in our vegie box, so I was very happy to have a new way to incorporate passionfruit.

Here is what I came up with, to Dad’s specifications – a plain cake, with passionfruit icing. I ended up using two different recipes from Taste.com – one for the cake and one for the icing.

Passionfruit Butter Cake

125g butter, melted

300g (2 cups) self raising flour

1/3 cup butter milk (or a mixture of yoghurt and milk)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

220g (1 cup) caster sugar

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Icing:

125g cream cheese

50g butter, softened

3/4 cup icing sugar

4 passionfruit

1. Wiz ingredients together until smooth.

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Mix ingredients together, and pour into a loaf tin, lined with baking paper. Bake for 45-50 mins, or until centre is cooked through.

2. When the cake has cooled, ice with icing (obviously!) and refrigerate to set before serving with tea or coffee.

Hopefully, you will end up with something that looks better than this, but tastes just as good!

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Sydney Adventures – Bondi Beach

For the last couple of months Sydney has been enjoying a beautiful, balmy autumn of sunny days and only slightly chilly nights. As an avowed summer lover, it made me very happy to get away with only wearing a cardigan for warmth. It’s called denial – “if it’s warm like this, maybe winter will never come”.

Well, that was last week. This week winter has truly set in, with cold grey days and rain.

I’m so pleased that I enjoyed the last days of autumn with another Sydney adventure – last week it was to Bondi Beach.

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My friend and I had a specific mission in mind – to go and see the amazing graffiti mural of Staffys on the Bondi Beach promenade. As a long time lover of these wonderful dogs, I was thrilled to discover on facebook that an amazing artist, Mr G. had painted a mural of 3 ‘Happy Staffys’ which promotes the work of Staffy Rescue. As soon as I found out, I knew we had to go for a visit, and we weren’t disappointed!

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As you can see, Mr G did a magnificent job of capturing the joyous spirit of the Staffy! And promoting Staffy Rescue is such a worthy cause as they do such important work. If you want to find out more about Mr G, his facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/DOGATHON100  and Staffy Rescue: http://www.staffyrescue.org.au

While in Bondi I also had in mind another mission – a pie mission. I had heard great reviews about Bondi business Funky Pies, and their delicious vegan/vegetarian pies, so obviously, I had to pay a visit 🙂 I decided to take home some ‘Funky Chunky’ pies which I promptly devoured for dinner that night – this was a welcome alternative to a meat pie with mash – the Funky Chunky is chunks of shiitake mushrooms, with a layer of mash inside the pastry. And it went down an absolute treat!

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If you are nearby and need to stock up on other vegan/ vegetarian items (I noticed they also stocked the Tofutti range and also various faux deli meats), this is the place!

Funky Pies is at: 2/144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach 2026  or http://funkypies.com.au

 

 

 

Sydney (food) Adventures – Marrickville

One of my favourite ways to entertain myself on limited funds (as I’m not working while I finish up my thesis, these are even more limited than usual) is to go on, what I like to call, a Sydney Adventure.

Basically this just involves spending time checking out various suburbs, usually involving food. This is particularly fun if you don’t ordinarily spend a lot of time there.

I must admit, I am biased when it comes to my own suburb. I love wandering around Marrickville, and could spend hours doing so. Particularly if I allow myself to stop for food and/or coffee along the way.

Today I had an even more legitimate reason for doing so, when my friend Miss A. said she was coming to Marrickville. Obviously I needed to take her to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant (anywhere, not just Marrickville – a huge call, I know!) Old Thanh Huong.

There are many reasons why this restaurant is amazing, not least of which the variety on the menu. This menu is literally one of the largest I’ve ever seen, easily running 15 pages. And it is not just Vietnamese food here, they also do a full range of Thai and Chinese dishes too. If you have ever dreamed of eating Emu or Crocodile in your favourite Asian dish, this is the place for you! On weekends it is always packed, and Friday and Saturday nights you are likely to have to wait outside for a table.

Going for lunch mid week was a rare treat, but after talking this place up, we felt up for the challenge of deciding what to order. Whenever Miss A. and I are together, we tend to order a. lot. and today was no exception:

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We went with some of my personal faves including the vegetarian rice paper rolls, Vietnamese pancake, vegetable and tofu pho and veggie spring rolls. As usual, it did not disappoint and we both left groaning under the strain of our bulging bellies, and having to adjust our pants (in the best possible way!).

Follow this up with a visit to either the Hellenic Bakery or one of the nearby cafes, and you are in for one delicious, belly busting afternoon, that is relatively light on the ‘ol wallet 🙂

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If you want to try the deliciousness for yourself, Old Thanh Huong is at 356 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville. Ph: 9558 0863.

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