The Honey Thief Bakery's Lemon & Wattleseed Cheesecake // Recipe @ Saturday, January 16, 2021
16th January 2021
Like most I'm better at saving recipes than actually using them, and so when I came across The Honey Thief's Lemon & Wattleseed recipe (after buying a cheesecake of course) we took a pictured and filed it away. Then recently we were sent an experience box by Foodie Trails featuring Australian Native ingredients and it was the perfect time to create these amazing cheesecake. A dense rice creamy NY style with nutty tastes compliments zesty lemon, topped with a praline that I could eat like popcorn!
This is the original recipe, found in Bulla's Spring/Summer 2017 recipe book. It's important to use Bulla sour cream as unlike other we looked at they didn't contain geletine to help it set.
We made about 1/8th of the original which gave us 6 cupcakes + 1 20cm/8" inch high tart. In hindsight we should have done just all cupcakes.
Let us know if you make this at home, or have been to the bakery.
Have you had wattleseed before and cooked/baked with it?
Mama Chef Thai Cuisine (Hamptons) @ Thursday, December 10, 2020
Charlie dined as a guest.
Tues 24th Nov 2020
About two miles (2.4km) from Hampton station on a strip is Mama Chef, a new authentic family restaurant, opening just a month ago. Mainly takeaway but there's a couple tables under exposed bulbs, which looks lovely in the evening, perfect for coffee/dessert while waiting for your order.
Vegetarian Curry Puffs - Combination of potatoes and vegetables wrapped with puff pastry
Thai Milk Tea - When it comes to drink I only order drinks that you can't get anywhere else, so always thai milk tea. This was very sweet, crazy coming from me! L says it's authentic being crazy sweet.
Scallops on a fun 'basil tomato bocconcini' twist.
Chicken Satay - Traditional Thai style chicken satay served with our homemade peanut sauce.
We started with light fun curry puffs, dipped in a sweet and tangy sauce. Fresh scallop stack, with an even spicier sauce! And crowd pleasing satay chicken skewers with a peanut sauce, a favourite of ours'.
Som Tum Pla (Barramundi Salad)
Grilled b served with a Thai papaya salad, Thai level hot, fodmap friendly.
Green Curry - Traditional Thai green curry with coconut milk, herbs and vegetables.
Salmon Sashimi Papaya Salad
Ordering to share, the green curry salad had depth and was just right for Lina, while I found it spicy! Just a little but still, spicy ice is a real thing to me. The crispy fish was nice, fried contrasted with a refreshing salad. I had the same salad with salmon sashimi, alas the papaya salad too spicy for me.
Dessert can't be spicy though, always a better choice. My go to for thai is actually pad thai, but we couldn't order that as one of my dinning companions tonight makes an excellent pad thai.
Pandan cendol with jackfruit in coconut.
So good, my favourite dish tonight (other than satay skewers).
House made coconut ice cream, so smooth using fresh coconut. L's fav.
A lovely family restaurant, perfect for takeaway, order dessert while you wait. Surprisingly vegan friendly. If you like things hot L advises to ask for 'thai hot".
P.S. Delivery via menulog is $2 with no min.
Open Tues - Sun
Lunching @ Dari Korean Cafe (Hardware Lane) @ Sunday, November 29, 2020
24th November 2020
Charlie & Co dined as guests.
Said guest took some of the pictures too.
Finding dishes that can't be found anywhere else in Melbourne is one of our favourite things, and when it comes to sandwiches Dari is the king of ultimate multi stacked sandwiches, not just a snack but a meal! A man-which and challenge to finish.
Dal-go-na Coffee (left, bottled)
Sweet Soy Rice Cake Toast - Original Rice Cake Toast
The most traditional taste - we make our own injeolmi (Korean Sweet Soy Rice Cake) paste to bring out traditional Korean rice cake taste. Honey and condensed milk gives different kind of sweetness and toasted peanut gives perfect mount of nuttiness to rice cake.
>Injeolmi base + honey/condense milk + brown sugar toasted peanuts
Rice cake toast with Injulmi paste + honey and condensed milk + plenty of brown sugar toasted peanut.
Adi's pick, a toastie like no other. Injeolmi is something I've only had once before, it's a nutty bean powder that in this case went with the rice cake (see inside pic) chewy, glutenous like mochi but savory. Paired with crunchy toasted crushed peanuts and the adjustable sweetness of both condense milk & honey. *bring wet wipes*
Dari's is a must visit lunch spot, with sandwiches unlike any other place. Open for lunch except on Fridays. We can't wait to return for the idol again, equipped with lots of wet wipes.
Birthday Cake from BonBon Bakery (Burwood) @ Friday, April 17, 2020
First time visit to BonBon Bakery at the 24hr Kmart in Burwood, we're familiar with them as we like to stop by the Box Hill franchise whenever we pass by. Their swiss rolls are amazing. There was one in the city on Flinders long ago too.
Always take a picture before leaving the shop, cause I have dropped stuff before. :P
We were super busy last year so didn't have time till now (with all my events cancelled) to get a cake. Delighted to get this durian one, it's lighter in colour than in the catalog. So fluffy and light! Loving this sponge and the perfect layers of cream. It's like those typical Asian birthday cakes.
While I can smell the durian it's actually very light on the durian. There was more durian chunks, but being chunky it was all in one area... needs to be blended into the cream and spread evenly.
I'd prefer the fruit sponge from Bonbon. This is your starter durian cake. If you love durian I'd get a different cake. This with a coffee cream would be awesome too. Would definitely get another sponge cake based cake from Bonbon, but I found the durian too light as someone would loves it. For my durian cake needs we go to HS Cakes, he waits outside XD
Cost $40, sorry I don't recall what size it was. Service was friendly and required two days notice.
Papparich @ The Glen @ Thursday, April 16, 2020
Tuesday 17th March
It's been 5 days since events were cancelled and soon after all the theatres, museums and libraries closed. But here it's Day 3 at PappaRich upstairs in the new outdoor dinning area at The Glen, after just opening three days ago.
Papparich used to be on the main street, packed with tables very close just like at QV. But here it's large and airy, I love that the four groups and literally spread out across the restaurant and not in one section for easy service (it was the start of rona at the time). As it's new it's super clean! Modern and not QV hawker style crowded (from what we've seen on tv) at all.
Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken
Infused steamed coconut rice served with curry chicken, fried anchovies
& groundnut, hard boiled egg, cucumber slices and our spicy savoury sambal.
Celebrating 8yrs they're doing $8 offers daily and today it's nasi lemak, they out of coconut rice so we got chicken rice with the curry chicken. Tender chicken with lots of flavour, hold the chili, it was perfect. Definitely going to return for other offers.
When we got there at 6.30pm there were only four other tables though by 8pm it was a third full. I do feel like you have to know it's here to find it, as it's not really advertised much, sadly not a good time to have an opening party. .
A waitress took my order, as it was quiet, but they have ipads at each time, and a door bell and pad. The layout is completely different from the QV food court feel and Nunawading one, you could actually take a date here.
Hainan Toast with Kaya Butter
Back on a Saturday night for the $8 offer of the day, kaya and butter toast dipped in soft boiled egg was a new experience. Counter guy says it's a personal experience where some like to add salt, pepper and soy sauce to the egg. Andy suggested dipping the toast in condense milk but then I think the flavours of the kaya would be lost as it's so sweet?
I really like the toast, though don't think I'm going to drink soft boiled egg again as much as I do love egg and soldiers (when le beau makes it). It was a weird combo...
9pm last orders on a Saturday night with staff to diner ratio was close to 1:1.
Service was very friendly.
GW Eats // The Pancake Parlour @ Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Glen Waverley Location
The place to go for pancakes that doesn't cost a $20 for a short stack. Should note that we never pay full price here and only a fool would do that. We always use docket offers (back of supermarket receipts) or offers on the app. When we buy short stacks (2 pancakes) it's always BOGOF $12 for them both. Sadly we have paid full price ($60 for 2) on a date but that was around a decade ago.
We frequent two locations these days, the one city one that's unfortunately in the night club/pub area on the weekend (don't use the bathroom there) and our local much more quiet, but still open late Glen Waverley location on the main street.
Cheese and Potato Pancake $24*
...with a crust of golden melting cheese, topped with
whipped butter and served with a side salad.
Lately there's been a $5 Friday offer, a choice from three savory offers. The cheese and potato pancake is my favourite, it's much bigger than you think. I know sometimes they do an entree and meal sized option, but this one is definitely meal sized, we could barely finish it. Rich and comforting contrasted with a fresh and crispy salad, the perfect meal. It's normally $24 which is pretty crazy, brunch price.
Shove Tuesday - Pancake Parlour were giving away single stacks, though is it called a stack if it's just one? The perfect serving size really.
Service is always friendly, and they're often open late for a post-movie snack.
Richmond Eats @ Vinh Ky @ Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Weekend in March
Dinner at Vinh Ky, I suspect this place is fusion. He chose it without looking up reviews. A bit after 10pm on a Saturday night not much is open other than bars on Victoria St. I had the prawn spring rolls with vermicelli, it was good though this dish is standard so it's kinda the same everywhere. The Jackfruit smoothie was nice (got takeaway so no picture).
Service was good. Not too keen on returning as it was average, and there are better places on this strip, just not open later on a Fri/Saturday oddly.
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