Recipes: Best Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are perfect for the spring-summer season – sweet, chilled, refreshing, easy to digest and packed with nutrition. Here are some of our favourite recipes…

Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl by Running on Real Food

Besides the regular ingredients, such as coconut juice and almond milk, this smoothie bowl also contains veggies like zucchini and cauliflower. But don’t fret – it’s still sweet and creamy as a smoothie bowl should be!

 

Mango Smoothie Bowl by I Heart Naptime

Get tropical with mangoes! You can top off the bowl with chia seeds, almond flakes and/or other chops of your fruit of choice.

 

Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie by Good Life Eats

Breakfast that looks and tastes like a dessert? Yes please! If you like chocolate, this one is not to be missed.

 

Clean Green Smoothie Bowl by Downshiftology

Gorgeous without the fuss, this bowl’s got its pretty colours from leafy greens and avocado.

 

Berry, Peach and Coconut Smoothie Bowl by Life Made Simple Bakes

Instead of coconut milk, this recipe uses Greek yogurt to create a fulfilling bowl. Top that with the varied flavours from peach, strawberry and pineapple chunks, and you’re good to go!

 

Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl by Healthy Grocery Girl

Tangy and juicy with a touch of crunchy texture from the pumpkin seeds and buckwheat groats.

 

Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl by Floating Kitchen

As the name suggests, apple is the main star of this bowl – and it’s supported by dates, granola and caramel sauce to make for a great morning meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipes: Best Bars

Bars are the most versatile food for all occasion – breakfast, dessert or afternoon snacks. Here are some of our favourite bar recipes for your inspo and enjoyment…

Lemon Bars by Live Well Bake Often

live well bake often classic lemon bars

A beautiful combination of soft shortbread crust and sweet, tangy lemon filling – every bite is lovely!

 

Raspberry Crumble Bars by Pinch of Yum

If you think store-bought raspberry jams are too sweet or artificial, this recipe is for you. The fresh, juicy filling of raspberries and lemon juice is complemented with soft buttery crust made of rolled oats.

 

Apple Pie Oat Bars by My Kids Lick the Bowl

These soft granola bars don’t need a lot of added sugar, thanks to the natural sweetness from the applesauce.

 

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars by Friday is Cake Night

A classic. You can also try this with other fruits like strawberries, raspberries or cherries.

 

Coconut Bars by Sofia von Porat

This one is so simple, you don’t even need flour, butter or eggs. Perfect for quick, guilt-free snacks.

 

Cinnamon Roll Blondies by A Latte Food

Cinnamon rolls in a bar form? Sign us up! The cinnamon roll filling in the bars gives it a snickerdoodle touch.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars by the Recipe Critic

Buttery, soft in the middle while firm on the outside – it’s like brownie, but with peanut butter instead of cocoa powder. Enjoy with milk!

 

Which one will you try this weekend?

 

 

 

 

Recipes: Best Tofu Dishes

Tofu has long been known as vegans’ ultimate protein source. However, it is also severely underappreciated as an ingredient on its own, despite its great taste and versatility. Tofu is not only nutritious, but it also can be used in every dish, from appetizer to (seriously) dessert. Here are a few recipes to get you started…

Crispy Baked Tofu by Cookie and Kate

This simple recipe requires only four ingredients. Perfect for party nibbles, or simply serve with rice.

 

Vegan Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls by Delish Knowledge

Paired with fresh chopped vegetables and peanut-lime sauce, these rolls are healthy without sacrificing the taste.

 

Tofu and Chickpea Sandwiches by She Likes Food

BBQ doesn’t have to be all meats and steaks. Sloppy but tasty!

 

Spicy Ramen with Tofu by Pinch of Yum

The firm tofu will absorb the flavours of the thick, spicy miso soup. Paired with the soft boiled egg and the sleek ramen noodles, this dish is heaven in a bowl.

 

Silken Tofu Panna Cotta in a Cherry Chocolate Sauce by Exceedingly Vegan

Silken tofu has been a substitute to cream in vegan recipes for a while now, but it’s definitely not inferior. The mixture of tofu and agar agar flakes creates the perfect wobbly texture that would please every panna cotta enthusiast.

 

Vegan Chocolate Pudding by Kathy Patalsky

Another dessert recipe using silken tofu. The recipe takes less than seven ingredients – simple and practical enough for even the absolute beginners to follow.

Recipes: Most Indulgent Pastries

Pastries: great breakfast food, wonderful companion to coffee, a snack to unstuck you from afternoon rut. Not only are pastries versatile, but there are also a range of types to choose from, varying in texture and taste. Here are eight pastry recipes that you can try at home:

  1. Croissant
Source: Ambrosia Baking

Plain or filled with chocolate, the choice is yours.

 

  1. Cinnamon Roll
Source: My Name is Snicker Doodle

With spices and sweet frosting, nothing could go wrong with this pastry.

 

  1. Cronut
Source: Deliciously Yum

For the unacquainted, cronut is the lovechild of donut and croissant – the ring shape with the buttery, layered texture. It’s perfect to dig in!

 

  1. Puff Pastry Cannoli Cone
Source: Campbell’s

Nothing better complements your tea time than cannoli cones a.k.a cream horns.

 

  1. Cream Puffs
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Eat as is, or mix it up with chocolate sauce and strawberries.

 

  1. Sausage Roll
Source: RecipeTin Eats

These hand-sized delights are great for parties and picnics.

 

  1. Apple Struddle
Source: All4Recipes / All4Women

A classic choice. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the most indulgent dish.

 

  1. Tart
Source: Sarah L. Bolla / The Daily Meal

Sweet, small and easily customisable.

Lune’s Croissants Now Available at Four Melbourne Cafes

Lune’s croissants, which are dubbed “the best in the world” by the New York Times, are coming to a number of Melbourne cafes.

Lune Croissanterie’s pastries will be available outside its Collingwood store for the first time, starting the week of February 6.

The participating cafes are Cumulus Inc., Higher Ground, The Kettle Black, and Top Paddock. These four places will sell a small number of Lune’s traditional croissants, twice-baked almond croissants, and lemon-curd cruffins.

Founder and director of Lune Croissanterie, Kate Reid said the wholesale supply to the four cafes would not increase Lune’s production rate significantly.

“We have purposely done this to ensure quality and consistency… as we have done with everything else with Lune,” Reid told Broadsheet. “We will grow slowly and sustainably.”

Lune Croissanterie | 119 Rose St, Fitzroy

Cumulus Inc. | 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Higher Ground | 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

The Kettle Black | 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne

Top Paddock | 658 Church St, Richmond

A Day Out In Surry Hills: For Beginners

As described by local residents, Surry Hills is ‘a melting pot of cultures’ located in the inner city eastern suburb of Sydney. Picture a second cousin of Newtown fused with a few industrial, commercial and residential areas. It’s also a creative hub where hipsters from all around the city gather to Instagram their visits. From the borders of Elizabeth and Chalmer’s Street to the outskirts of Crown, Surry Hills is a thriving destination for food with its many choices of restaurants and cafés and a fantastic place to go shopping. To kickstart your own visit, I’ve crafted a short list as a guide to help you explore the best of Surry Hills:

1. Firedoor, Mary Street (https://www.firedoor.com.au/): 
If a community of pyromaniacs were to come together and create a restaurant, that restaurant would be the Firedoor. A place dedicated to cooking premium Australian food in the purest form using, you guessed it, fire.

Source: http://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/the-nine-woodfired-dishes-you-must-eat-this-winter-in-sydney-20150521-gh6pic

2. Bishop Sessa, Crown St (http://bishopsessa.com.au/): 
For an affordable pseudo-fine dining experience, Bishop Sessa offers a delightful dinner with a choice of an a la carté menu or the degustation course (six dishes for only $77 pp), a recommended place for a romantic date.

Source: https://enzovivo.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/257510.jpg
Source: https://enzovivo.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/257510.jpg

3. Porteno, Cleveland St (http://www.porteno.com.au/)
Porteno is a popular Argentinian restaurant in the heart of Cleveland St that only produces the finest culinary creations with variations that cater to meat lovers, vegetarians, and seafood lovers.

Source: http://www.porteno.com.au/images/uploads/porteno/galleries/gallery_01.jpg

4. Suzi Q Coffee & Records, Hutchinson St (http://www.suzieqcoffee.com.au/):
For the musos of Sydney, Suzi Q is your sanctuary for tune-age and great food. It’s not only an homage to musical artists and jazz players but also a fine place for a cup of coffee.

Source: https://www.broadsheet.com.au/media/cache/fa/69/fa694e1a859d0f117eb030906b1270eb.jpg

 

5. Bills, Crown St (http://www.bills.com.au/):
Bills is the ideal place to take your friends for a great brunch on a Saturday morning. I would highly recommend trying their infamous Scrambled Eggs or Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter.

Source: http://hollylinfood.weebly.com/#/
Source: http://hollylinfood.weebly.com/#/

6. Bodega Tapas, Commonwealth St (http://www.bodegatapas.com/):
Bodega is Porteno’s trendy little sister –  an experimental latino restaurant that is well known for its top-knotch plating and stylish variations of tapas.

Source: https://www.timeout.com/sydney/restaurants/bodega-tapas-restaurant-bar#tab_panel_2
Source: https://www.timeout.com/sydney/restaurants/bodega-tapas-restaurant-bar#tab_panel_2


7.
 Blacksmith, Chalmers St (https://www.facebook.com/blacksmithsurryhills/):
Blacksmith is a local watering hole for Surry Hill residents – from the workers to the creatives. A great place for coffee, lunch with friends or even a place for a few beers after work.

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8. Beresford Hotel, Bourke St (http://merivale.com.au/theberesfordhotel): The Beresford Hotel is more than just your average pub on a Saturday night. It’s a gorgeous venue with a courtyard with food served at the front and a whole lot of partying in the back. A great place to bring your friends for a bite to eat, a few drinks and maybe a post-dinner dancing sesh.

Source: http://www.sydneynightlife.com.au/wp-content/uploads/venue/profile_image/full/faccc_Bero_prof.jpg
Source: http://www.sydneynightlife.com.au/wp-content/uploads/venue/profile_image/full/faccc_Bero_prof.jpg

9. Mum’s Table, Elizabeth St (http://www.mumstablesh.com/): For a cheeky Vietnamese fix, Mum’s Table on Elizabeth gives you an authentic home-made style lunch filled with an array of Vietnamese staple dishes such as pho and vermicelli. Take your friends there, it’s almost un-PHO-gettable.
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10. Shakespeare Hotel, Devonshire St (http://shakespearehotel.com.au/): To eat or not to eat, that isn’t really a question at the Shakespeare Hotel. It’s a quaint little antique space offering a choice of reasonably-priced daily lunch specials and cheap drinks during happy hours.
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Home-made Pancake Recipe

Put down that pre-made pancake mix bottle. You are not serving that to your family. I can teach you the simplest way to treat you and your loved ones to a quick home-made style pancake breakfast.

Ingredients:
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp of vanilla extract
– 2 cups of self-raising or all-purpose flour
– 1/3 cup of caster sugar
– 1  3/4 cup milk
– 3/4 baking soda
– butter (melted)

Method:
1. Dry ingredients: Sift flour and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
Wet ingredients: whisk together egg, milk and melted butter.
2. Create a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and put your wet ingredients in the middle and mix well with a whisk until lumps disappear.
3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and grease with cooking oil. Scoop mixture in a 1/4 cup per pancake onto the pan and cook pancakes for 2 minutes or flip when bubbles appear.
4. Repeat with remaining mixture by spray cooking oil between batches.
5. Serve your pancakes with a choice of fruit, maple syrup and maybe ice cream. Enjoy!