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Suburban Thai – Som Tam

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Good afternoon my Dearest Reader’s hope you’re all enjoying your weekend :) I’m not sure if you remember my friend Garfield, we’ve been friends since high school and he LOVES Thai food. We have gone to countless Thai restaurants and without fail he will order the same items from the menu! That’s why when I got an offer to review Som Tam a new Thai restaurant in Thornbury, I knew it was the perfect excuse to catch up!

Garfield (nickname of course) hates photos but I managed to snap this one and he allowed me to post it as long as it was black and white :P This guy has not changed at all! Just wondering my Dear Readers do you still keep in contact with your high school friends?

Chang Beer $8

Chang Beer $8

Mr Bao came with us as well and the boys decided it was a good night to have a beer or two or actually make that three. And they also stick with a Chang beer when we’re dining at a Thai restaurant.

Complimentary Som Tam

Complimentary Som Tam

The restaurant itself is called Som Tam, and for those who don’t know it mean Green Papaya salad in Thai. We were all given a small dish of complimentary Som Tam which I thought was a nice gesture and palate cleanser.

Son in Law Eggs $7.9

Son in Law Eggs $7.9

I’m a huge fan of Son in Law eggs which are soft boiled eggs fried to give it a crispy skin, topped with caramelised red onion, chilli and herbs. The eggs were cooked well and still remained runny inside, I did find it to be a little under seasoned and would’ve liked some more chilli or onion flavours.

Roti Bread and Peanut sauce $4.5

Roti Bread and Peanut sauce $4.5

Garfield and I are huge fans of roti bread and he’s introduced me to peanut sauce and now I can’t seem to get enough of it. The roti bread was fresh and warm, while the peanut sauce had more pronounce curry flavours than peanut, they paired each other quite well.

Roti bread peanut butter

Thanks Mr Bao for being my trusty hand model. But perhaps next time I can paint your nails too? Hahaha just kidding!

Som Tam  with Soft shell crab $12.90

Som Tam with Soft shell crab $12.90

I am a huge fan of Som Tam so since its their signature I had to try. We chose the soft shell crab salad as I find that more interesting. The Som Tam was made well fresh and crunchy, however, I found it too sour and not as spicy as I’ve had it in Bangkok. The soft shell crab was deep fried, it could have probably stayed in the deep fryer for a tad longer to make it extra crispy especially the thicker parts.

Tom Yum Soup with prawn $9.5

Tom Yum Soup with prawn $9.50

Mr Bao and I also shared the Tom Yum soup with prawns mushroom, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Once again I found it to be amore sour than spicy, but the prawns were very fresh and had good texture.

Pad Se Ew $15.90

Pad Se Ew $15.90

Garfield was the first to introduced me to Pad Se Ew which is a stir fly noodle with beef slices, Chinese broccoli, pepper with a sweet soy sauce. This is his ultimate favourite dish out of all the dishes in Thai cuisine, he can eat this literally every day! He gave a big smile and nod to this Pad Se Ew as it was done right in his books made with beef and we could tell that it was freshly made and still piping hot. His only comment it that there was a little too much pepper for his liking.

Kana Moo Krob $15.90

Kana Moo Krob $15.90

I’m so glad I was dining with the boys, so I can try more dishes, we then shared a stir fry and curry dish. This is the Kana Moo Krob which is a stir fry of Chinese broccoli, crispy pork belly and garlic chilli oyster sauce. I could really taste the “breath of the wok” meaning the wok was heated to a high heat to cook this dish.

Red Curry Roast Duck $18.90

Red Curry Roast Duck $18.90

Mr Bao finally ordered the Red duck curry, he’s been talking about it for a while, but the last couple of Thai restaurants we visited either didn’t have duck or red curry. I was quite impressed that the duck is roasted in house with berries and longan added to the curry sauce to give it some overall sweetness.

Black Sticky Rice $4

Black Sticky Rice $4

The red duck curry sauce went very well with the Black Sticky rice. I’m not sure if I’ve told you this before, but I’m not really a fan of rice, never liked it or enjoyed it. However, I do like glutinous rice and when it’s black it’s even better as it’s got that nutty oat flavour to it. I also found that not many Thai restaurants serve black sticky rice so I was happy that they do here :)

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After all that food I needed a break…so here is a picture of the interior, I believe Som Tam is newly renovated and has a modern casual dining atmosphere.

Sang Ka Ya $6.90

Sang Ka Ya $6.90

The boys downed another couple beers while I was busy choosing what desserts I wanted to try. I couldn’t decide between two or three…so what the heck…I’ll just get all that I wanted! Starting with this Sang Ka Ya which is a egg custard pudding with pumpkin, taro and shredded coconut on top and served with Mango ice-cream. I wasn’t sure how Garfield would take this dessert, as it is a very Asian style and flavoured pudding to my surprise it was his favourite! I really enjoyed the smooth texture of the custard and also the little pieces of taro through it.

Black Sticky Rice with coconut ice-cream $6.90

Black Sticky Rice with coconut ice-cream $6.90

Yay! More black sticky rice for me! This is a very traditional Thai dessert and I remember eating numerous plates of this in Bangkok, however, it was often served with slices of mango, which is what I found missing from this dessert. And perhaps some coconut milk to poured over the black sticky rice would have added some more flavour.

Banana Roti $6.90

Banana Roti $6.90

Then the final dish for the night was this Banana roti with the same fresh buttery flaky roti bread sandwiched with slices of banana, whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. This become my favourite!

I will be honest before visiting Som Tam I was a little wary as I have read mixed reviews about the restaurant. It appeared to be either really good or not so great at all. Even though I do find some dishes lacked chilli and spice. I understand that the chefs are trying to accommodate to the tastes and preferences of locals. I am very glad I came and tried, as we all enjoyed ourselves. I actually found the price of the dishes to be very reasonable, with nothing even mains over $25 while service was quick and pleasant. I would happily return to Som Tam more often if it was closer to where I lived, but I’m sure if I wanted to Garfield would drive again!

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and guests dined at Som Tam as their guest all opinions are my own. 

Lady of Leisure – High Tea Sofitel Melbourne

I think it was last year or year before was when I first heard of this term ‘LOL’ but not the average ‘Laugh Out Loud’, it has another meaning and it is ‘Lady of Leisure’. How cool is that! I’d love to be a lady of leisure, not have to work and just spend my husbands money (no no I’m not getting married anytime soon) hahaha but I would still like to be this type of ‘LOL’.

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So even though I’m not quite a full time ‘Lady of Leisure’ yet, I sure know how to be one on the weekend, I ditched Mr Bao and Cupcake for day. First I had brunch with a girlfriend then I organised to have High Tea with another girlfriend Kaylee. We are both High tea fanatics, when we were both in Hong Kong we use to go all the time, I’ve lost count the number of times we’ve gone to high tea.

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I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve had High Tea in Melbourne together, so I decided to choose something nicer and came across Sofi’s Lounge at the Sofitel Hotel. I’ve heard mixed reviews about their high tea so wanted to try for myself. They have 4 options during the week the Devonshire and Afternoon Tea option which is the standard 3 tier tower. On the weekends they have the Morning Tea which is the standard in this photo and also the High Tea full buffet which is the one we did. It is $69 per person with a class of complimentary champagne and unlimited tea and I think she said coffee.

Sandwich station

Sandwich station

Kaylee and I actually weren’t expecting a full buffet, so I think we were quite impressed with the two large sandwich stations and also the mini quiches and pies. Thanks for being such a great hand model hehe your pink jacket gives the photo some colour :)

Scones - Vanilla whipped cream, strawberry jam and honey lemon curd

Scones – Vanilla whipped cream, strawberry jam and honey lemon curd

There are of course scones, plain and fruit ones served with vanilla whipped cream, strawberry jam but what caught our eye was the honey lemon curd. It wasn’t tart and loved that honey flavour through it. Also how cute is the presentation with the scones in a ceramic bowl, it’s like having high tea in a garden outside.

Dessert buffet!

Dessert buffet!

And of course there was the Dessert buffet section with a good selection of mini cakes and tarts, I would say there were a total of at least 12. Which is a really good variety and I could tell that they were freshly made and not pre-made and have been left outside for a long period of time.

More cake!

More cake!

The sticky date pudding cake on second from the right was definitely my favourite!!! It was moist, sweet and sticky, but I know many will probably say it’s too sweet and rich for them :P

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So this is how we did it, first we got some sandwiches and mini quiche, then we moved onto the scones, pistachio pana cotta and also that lovely strawberry cheesecake with a strawberry jam filling. But we very quickly moved onto the desserts, and there you can see that delicious sticky date cake on the right again!

Crepe and pancake station

Crepe and pancake station

In between the two sandwich stands, there is also a crepe and pancake station where a chef is there to reheat some pre-made crepes in caramel source and also some freshly made mini pancakes. The salted caramel sauce was delicious, however, I would’ve preferred freshly made crepes and pouring some sauce on top with some ice-cream. Nom Nom!

Crepe and Mini Pancakes

Crepe and Mini Pancakes

We didn’t have ice-cream so served it with some whipped cream and more salted caramel sauce ~

Chocolate fountain

Chocolate fountain

Any high tea, buffet or restaurant that has a chocolate fountain with gain brownie points in my books! Now ready for the action shots?!?

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First its putting the strawberries on the skewers, I’m glad Kaylee did this and not me, as I’m rather clumsy and would’ve made a mess and not have been too elegant.

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Then it’s the KODAK moment! This is actually my favourite shot!

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Question time, what do you like dipping into chocolate? I’m actually a huge fan of dipping bananas into chocolate but I guess that would make the chocolate unclean as bananas are quite sticky and turn brown very quickly.

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I really enjoyed the High Tea here at Sofi’s Lounge and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Something I really liked was that the whole experience didn’t feel rushed and that we had to be out by a certain time. Even though the High Tea is only served from 2:30pm to 5pm, no tables were asked to leave or that they must finish in the next half hour. I’ve experienced some other high teas in Melbourne and they have very strict timings, which sort of takes the fun of out sitting around hours on end chatting with friends. We did find the tables to be a little small and it was difficult to fit all our plates, tea pots and cutlery. Thankfully, there was space next to the tables and put our bags there. At $69 per person, it may seem pricey, but I actually used the discount from the Entertainment Book which bought it done to $50 per person which I thought was more reasonable.

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Fried Chicken & Waffles – Mr Big Stuff

Mr Big Stuff

My sister Win Win and I are very close, but given that we live 9 hours away from each other by plane it’s not easy for us to catch up and have a girl’s night out. I have been quite lucky and saw her a couple more times this year, and even though she was 5 months pregnant she still came back to visit me and meet Cupcake for the first time :) Now that’s what I call #sisterlove hehe Anyhow, I got an invite to visit Mr Big Stuff a new American Soul inspired restaurant on Meyers Place. I ditched Mr Bao and decided to bring Win Wing with me.

Mr Big Stuff

I’m a granny eater meaning I like to eat early to give myself enough time to digest and eat two rounds of dessert. We arrived at just past 6pm and it was good, because there was ample street parking and also a large parking station right across the restaurant. As soon as I walked in, I really like the atmosphere with a live DJ playing music in the background playing music that wasn’t too noisy you had to scream on top of each other’s voices to hear.

Wicked Watermelon (Non Alcoholic) $8.5

Wicked Watermelon (Non Alcoholic) $8.5

The menu is designed for sharing with drinks on the first two pages, then entrees, medium dishes and larger and finishing with desserts. We were recommended the cold pressed juices, which can be mode with non-alcoholic or alcoholic. We both ordered the non-alcoholic drink so we can share and try. I chose the ‘Wicked Watermelon’ with cold pressed watermelon, fresh lemon juice and soda water. Usually I steer away from watermelon juices, because they’re always grainy and have a lot of added sugary which makes it taste artificial. However, this one was different, it was fresh and refreshing and tartness from the lemon.

Soarin Strawberry Lemonade $8.5

Soarin Strawberry Lemonade $8.5

Win Win got the Soarin Strawberry Lemonade which is the same with me, however, replaced cold press watermelon with strawberry. It was just as thirst quenching and we both enjoyed it. I think I prefer the watermelon but for strawberry lovers you must try this~

Cheers to girls night out!

Cheers to girls night out!

Cheers to a girl’s night out!!! We should definitely try and do this more often :D

Jumbo Prawns $6

Jumbo Prawns $6

We then shared a couple of small stuff from the menu, this is the Jumbo Prawn dusted with corn meal, cajun spiced and prawn head mayonnaise. The prawn was cooked until tender and I completely understand why people say the flavour is all in the prawns head now! The mayonnaise was so delicious, Win Win asked the to leave it even after we’ve finished so she can use it for other things lol

Grilled Corn $5

Grilled Corn $5

I only recently realised I like corn so much hahaha I probably eat it every day or at least every second day, we tried the Grilled Corn here with garlic and black pepper butter. Let’s just say I regret sharing and wanted one whole cob to myself.

Pork Slider $9

Pork Slider $9.5

*palm face* I had to explain to Win Win what sliders were she couldn’t get the concept of mini burgers haha we shared the Pork Slider with braised pork shoulder and pickles. I felt the pulled was a little under seasoned and would have been better with some more salt and perhaps pepper.

Hot sauce!

Hot sauce!

I added some of the Hot Stuff hot sauce on the table and that really helped bring out the flavour of the pork.

Fried Chicken and Waffle $19

Fried Chicken and Waffle $19

It was then time to move onto the more substantial dishes and I knew I absolutely HAD to order the Fried Chicken and Waffles dish. I have heard and seen this dish in so many American TV shows, it’s always intrigued me, how does it work waffles which I associate as breakfast or dessert with fried chicken.

Mr Big Stuff fried chicken and waffle These waffles were also served with spiced maple syrup so it was definitely a combination of sweet and savoury. So how did my virgin fried chicken and waffle experience go? It was awesome! The fried chicken was crispy and juicy, but what really impressed me was the waffles! It had the perfect texture which I look for in waffles, where it feels light as a feather on the outside, but still retaining its slightly doughiness inside. Highly recommend anyone who would like to pop their fried chicken and waffle cherry to come here!

Tongue & Cheek $34

Tongue & Cheek $34

From the Big Stuff section of the menu, we tried the Tongue & Cheek – veal grilled tongue, braised cheek, sweet potato puree. This was a dish Win Win and I both enjoyed, the braised cheek was melt in your mouth type tender and I really liked the sweet potato puree which added some sweetness to the overall dish.

Corn Bread $6

Corn Bread $6

I know this is a little strange to rave on about the corn bread, and trust me I am no expert but this corn bread served in a little skillet really impressed me.

Mr Big Stuff corn bread

It was so moist that it felt like a freshly baked oven muffin and because I love the flavour and smell so much, I could honestly eat a whole one by myself. Win Win didn’t really understand why I made such a fuss about the cornbread but it’s good! Please try and let me know what you think!

Buttermilk Caesar $12

Buttermilk Caesar $12

My sister will never pass on the chance of ordering a Caesar salad, I’m pretty sure it is the only salad she eat…the rest she calls bird food. Yes we’re very similar yet different haha! The Buttermilk Caesar salad had crispy bacon, white anchovy and buttermilk dressing topped with what I assume to be parmesan cheese. Worked as a good palate cleanser for the other richer foods were consumed, and I liked the lighter how the white anchovy wasn’t as pungent.

Quince & Rhubarb Cobbler $10

Quince & Rhubarb Cobbler $10

They don’t have a large dessert selection here at Mr Big Stuff, which is a shame because I would’ve loved to see a sundae or a cheesecake on the menu. They only have two desserts, first was the Quince and Rhubarb cobbler topped with Vanilla ice-cream. I haven’t had many cobblers but this one felt more like a pudding with not much of a cobbler topping.

Apple pie $10

Apple pie $10

Can’t get any more American than Apple pie in my opinion and these had spiced rum and also cinnamon sugar dusted all over it.These were shaped like little dumpling which I found that they’re called hand pies.

*Warning* Super HOT!

*Warning* Super HOT!

Warning everyone!!! These were super piping hot inside so because when eating them, I couldn’t really taste the spiced rum in the filling but it was warm and comforting none the less. They were also a good sized not too big or small, a good bite size.

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It was a fun night catching up with my sister, chatting about bags, clothes and random things :) We enjoyed most of the dishes we tried. I think if you’re looking for a place for casual dinner with friends or your partner, Mr Big Stuff is a great place. It’s relaxed and chilled where you can let your hair down, have a drink, enjoy the music and most importantly the fried chicken and waffles!

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Win Win dined at Mr Big Stuff as their guest. 

New Venture – Stagger Lee’s

There seems to be an endless list of new cafes always opening up in Melbourne, I do understand because Melbournians love their brunch meals and I’m definitely one of them :) This time Stagger Lee’s a new venture by Proud Mary  a long standing favourite cafe of mine and arguably one of the most popular cafes.

Not far from its sister cafe, Stagger Lee is located on the busy Brunswick Street in Fitzroy becoming a new neighbour of Naked By Satan, N2 Gelato, Babka and many more eateries.

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Mr Bao and I caught up with the always beautiful Sarah (Sarah Cooks), we organised to meet up at 12pm, I expected a super long wait but it wasn’t too bad if we wanted a table inside it might’ve been a 10 or 15 minute wait. We got a little impatient and thought it was warm enough with our big jackets so we took a table outside.

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I could definitely see some similarities of the menu between Stagger Lee’s and Proud Mary, there appears to a few more Asian inspired dishes on the menu here though. Either way, I was hungry and excited to try French Toast! So glad Sarah has a sweet tooth too and we decided to share it after our savoury brunch dish.

Latte $3.8

Latte $3.8

We’ve always liked the coffee at Proud Mary, so we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed here. I ordered a Latte using their house blend flavours were quite subtle with fruity notes.

Magic $3.8

Magic $3.8

Mr Bao’s usual a magic with I’m pretty sure one of the single origins, however, I’ve completely forgotten the origin (sorry fail blogger!), but he does remember the tasting notes to overall be nutty with notes of grape.

Fat Bacon Toasty $14.5

Fat Bacon Toasty $14.5

Sarah ordered the Fat Bacon Toasty which had apple wood smoked bacon, gruyere fondu, fried egg served with winter greens and chutney. Great choice because I was eyeing this dish too, I tried a little bite and was really impressed with all the flavours and have mentally noted that I want this next time I come.

Stack & Billy Burger $16.5

Stack & Billy Burger $16.5

If there’s burger on the menu, Mr Bao is more than likely to order it! This time it was the Stack & Billy burger hehe really liked this quirky name. The patty was made from Black angus shin, topped with bacon, American mustard, catsup, aioli picked and cheddar served with bacon croquettes as opposed to chips. I wasn’t a fan of the patty as I found it to be a little gamey for me, however, Mr Bao seemed to enjoy it and liked the fattiness beef flavour. Instead I really enjoyed the bacon croquettes and think more places should replace their chips with these ~

Buttermilk Fried Chicken $18.5

Buttermilk Fried Chicken $18.5

Recently I’ve been really into fried chicken so couldn’t pass the chance of trying their Buttermilk Fried Chicken with cauliflower rice, jalapeño, lime mayo and kimchi.  The fried chicken was covered in a light batter and deep fried but wasn’t too greasy, I think it was a tad underseasoned, but the cauliflower rice was actually a highlight for me, crunchy and spicy. I’d love to replicate this at home and it into a salad I can take into work for lunch :)

Coco Pop and Salted Caramel French Toast $15.5

Coco Pop and Salted Caramel French Toast $15.5

Who said Coco Pops were only for kids? Now us adults can have Coco Pops as part of this lovely French toast dish :D It sure made me smile and bring back good memories, I remember maybe once a year my mum would let me buy a box of Coco Pops and eat that for breakfast. Going back to the French Toast it consisted of a large piece of brioche bread toasted, covered in salted caramel sauce, vanilla ice-cream and crushed honeycomb and raspberry. This has my name all over it, so I highly recommend you trying!

I really enjoyed our visit at Stagger Lee’s service was wonderful all staff friendly and helpful. Mr Bao seems to enjoy Proud Mary more but I think that’s just because that’s his all time favourite and has that emotional connection. For those who have visited Proud Mary and like their style of coffee and food, I think it’s worth giving Stagger Lee a go, they have their similarities without the crazy long queues, but not sure how long this will last, so get in and try before it gets too busy! Thanks again for catching up Sarah, I had an awesome time and can’t wait to do it again soon!

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RSPCA Cupcake Day – Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

Facebook_Cover_ImageHello Readers :) I’m really excited to tell you that I’ve been asked to be one of RSPCA’s Online Ambassadors for their Cupcake Day this year ~ I’ve always wanted to participate in Cupcake Day, but it makes it even more meaningful now that I have a dog and his name is conveniently Cupcake! It’s pretty simple I was basically I was asked to make a cupcake and share there recipe to help them promote their event.

For those who aren’t familiar with Cupcake Day you can read more about it here, but to give you an overview, on the 18th of August you can get together with some family, friends or colleagues and organise your own Cupcake Day event. Make some cupcake sell them for how much you would like to, and donate the money paid for the Cupcakes.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

I’ve made a couple of cupcakes and looking forward to sharing them with you guys ~ The first one is this Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake. I was going through all my books, blogs, websites looking for a cupcake recipe I wanted try. Eventually, I decided to ask my pregnant sister to see if she had any cravings and she said ‘marshmallows!’ So that’s when I made these Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow frosting.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

These cupcakes are relatively easy to make, the only tricky part would be the marshmallow frosting which requires a sugar thermometer but if you follow Not Quite Nigella’s recipe like I did, it shouldn’t be too hard ;)

Before I give you a recipe, there’s a little surprise in the cupcakes, I not only decided to make marshmallow frosting, I decided to put a marshmallow inside the cupcakes too! It gave it a little more texture and flavour. My sister lives in Hong Kong so

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Make sure you put the marshmallow in while the cupcake is still warm so it will melt slightly! Mr Bao, some friends and colleagues have done the taste test and they give me the thumbs up. I hope you’ve convinced you to make these cupcakes and perhaps have your own little Cupcake Day even on the 18th of August with some friends and family to raise some money to help those animal in need ~

Recipe – Chocolate Cupcake with Marshmallow frosting from Hummingbird Bakery and Not Quite Nigella 

Yields – 10 Cupcakes 

Cupcake
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120ml whole milk
1/4tsp vanilla extra/paste

Marshmallow frosting – From Not Quite Nigella 
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup cold water
4 egg whites (about 120g)
A pinch of cream of tartar

Method
Cupcakes 
1) Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F).
2) Put te flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into an electric mixer with the paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until it reaches a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
3) Gradually pour in half of the milk (120ml) and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
4) Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk (120ml) together in a separate jug for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a spatula). Continue mixing for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth. Be careful do not over mix.
5) Spoon mixture into cupcake until it is about 1/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes, test by using toothpick if it is clear it is cooked.
6) Once cooked remove from oven and let them sit for 5 minutes, then carefully using a spoon scoop a little whole in the cupcake and place a marshmallow inside, and cover with remaining cake to make it smooth for piping.

Marshmallow Icing

1) Place egg whites and cream of tartar into bowl of an electric mixture with the whisk attachment.
2) Place sugar and water into small saucepan without string and make a syrup, cooking until 114C/238F use a sugar thermometer to check precise temperature.
3) When sugar syrup nearly reaches temperature, whisk the eggs on the highest setting until you get soft peaks. Once sugar syrup reaches 114C, with the whisk still on, slowly add to egg whites and continue whisking until thick and stiff.

When cupcakes are cool, you can now pipe the marshmallow icing on top :)

Happy Baking everyone!

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

 

Seasons and Sunraysia Farmers Market – Mildura Part 2

Took me a while but there’s part 2 of our Mildura trip and I’m definitely missing our time there, we had so much time to relax and rejuvenate from our usually busy schedule. Anyhow, I emailed Visit Mildura the tourism board for some tips and recommendations for places to go, they kindly invited me to dine at Seasons’ restaurant to try their dishes with a focus on using local produce.

Seasons

I soon realised that most restaurants were located on Langtree Ave and Ninth St in Mildura, which can make parking a bit of a hassle, but other than that, we had no troubles finding Seasons which is actually part of the Mildura Grand Hotel where Stefanos is downstairs in the basement.

SeasonsWe arrived a couple of minutes late and was greeted by the owner and operator Andy Williams, he jokes “how can a food expert be late for their own meal?” hahaha that is true… I really need to work on being more punctual and not being late all the time :P I noticed that there was another restaurant on the left which Andy explains to me is The new Spanish Bar & Grill which they also operate.

Somerby Cider

Somerby Cider

Andy offered us a drink to start of with and I immediately went the Somerby Cider on tap as it’s one of my favourite ones, light and crisp is how I would describe it ~

Double Press Dry Cider

Double Press Dry Cider

Mr Bao chose the Double Press Dry Cider which we haven’t seen before, and we could definitely taste the difference, much stronger in flavour and not as sweet. Wonder if I can find this in liquor stores in Melbourne.

Rich spicy prawn with local buttermilk pumpkin soup $18

Rich spicy prawn with local buttermilk pumpkin soup $18

To start of our meal, Mr Bao surprised me by ordering the spicy prawn with buttermilk pumpkin soup, because he’s never voluntarily ordered or ate pumpkin. He has nothing against it but simply isn’t a fan of it. I on the other hand, love pumpkin so I was thrilled he ordered this otherwise I would have hehe. The soup was more like a very thick puree with with spicy prawns, dollop of cream and also cayenne pepper which provided the spiciness. And I’m warning those who can’t take spice to reconsider before ordering this soup, I thought it was perfect because I love spicy food and the prawns were so big and so flavoursome.

Local Zucchini Fritters $14

Local Zucchini Fritters $14

I went for a lighter starter and chose the Local Zucchini fritters with garlic yoghurt tzatziki, the fritters were lightly coated and deep fried, giving it that crispiness on the outside but still remaining warm and fluffy inside.

Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon $30

Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon $30

I ordered the Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon for my main and it had all my favourite on one plate The salmon was grilled to perfection with a great crust but still keeping it lightly pink in the middle. It also came with cauliflower puree, green bean and cherry tomato salad and also a little creamed horseradish on top. It was another lighter main but still feeling which meant I still had lots of room for dessert :)

Fillet Mignon $39

Fillet Mignon $39

Mr Bao is a true meat eater, so he got the Grass-fed eye fillet, wrapped in bacon with a potato croquette, crouton and a creamy mushroom sauce with also a bed go green beans. A very hearty dish with a generous cut of meat, the bacon was a simple addition, however, provided so much more flavour! We both agree we should try copying this idea and adding some bacon to our steak next time we have it at home ~

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Sticky Date Pudding with Sesame ice-cream $14

I’m a huge sucker for all puddings especially sticky date! Quite unique for them to pair it with sesame ice-cream, surprisingly worked quite well and gave it a more Asian twist to a very traditional English dessert ~

Chocolate almond cake $14

Chocolate almond cake $14

We also tried the Chocolate Almond Cake with poached Quince on top. These are relatively new fruit to me, because growing up my parents never bought quince, it’s quite interesting to know quinces are actually yellow in colour and have a similar texture to pears. But when they’re poached for a period of time, they slowly turn into a reddish orange colour. The cake was wonderfully moreish and I really enjoyed the thick layer of chocolate ganache.

Owner Andy and Mr Bao

Owner Andy and Mr Bao

Mr Bao and I had a chat with Andy the owner and he said that they use to work at Stefanos before opening his own restaurants and even though it gets busy and tough he really enjoys what he does. Andy and his wife Mandy decided to name their restaurants Seasons because they want to change the menu according to seasons and use as many local produces as possible. I think they’ve done a great job in showcasing local produce. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Seasons and we’re looking forward to returning on our next visit.

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao dined as Guests of Seasons Restaurant and Visit Mildura. 

After all that food, we got back to our cottage to a very excited puppy and we were soon in a food coma. I made sure we set our alarms to get up early because I wanted to visit the Sunraysia Farmers Markets that held at Jaycee Park, 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting at 8am to 12pm.

Sunraysia Markets

Sunraysia Farmers Markets

We arrived at just past 9am and it was already quite busy and it took us a while to find parking, Mildura was colder than I expected so I was glad we had all our big jackets and scarfs on. The market was separated into two sides, one was where all the food stalls were and in the middle were table and chairs. Other side had more art and craft such as handmade paintings, jewellery and some antiques.

Thai Pumpkin Soup $3

We must have arrived at a busy time, there were long queues everywhere, so we decided to walk around the market before we decided what we wanted. We stopped by a stall which sold pre made soups and got a Thai Pumpkin Soup each.

Thai Pumpkin Soup $3

Thai Pumpkin Soup $3

The soup was very smooth and creamy with fresh chives sprinkled on top. If we weren’t leaving so soon, I would have definitely bought a package or two of the soup home with me :) It was the perfect to warm both our stomach and hands.

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The stalls sold a lot of local produce and most Australians would remember the advertising effort in the late 80s and 90s which promotes Mildura for its oranges. So being the tourist that I am, of course I bought a bag back with me hehe

I was also told that Mildura produces the largest quality of almonds in Australia so I stopped by to grab a bag of almond flour and some very addictive smoked almonds which taste like they have been coated in bacon. I also picked up a couple of handmade cookies for our little puppy Cupcake which he appreciated.

Sunraysia Market Doggie

And just in case you were wondering, Sunraysia Farmers Market is 100% dog friendly as long as your dog is on a leash and remains calm I assume :) Cupcake has such a good time sniffing around and making new friends with every dog and person he came across.

Buddhas Hands

Budhas Hands

I also saw some interesting vegetables that I’ve never seen before such as these Budhas Hands. Has anyone cooked or seem these before? I’d love to know what they taste like!

We then wondered back to the main food stall and Mr Bao queued up, while I stayed back to mind our table. For about $9 you can get a full plate of breakfast and a whole table full of condiments mainly homemade chutneys and jams to choose from.

Big Breakfast $9

Big Breakfast $9

I don’t exactly remember how much the big breakfast was, but I’m pretty sure it was under $10 which is very affordable. It came with bacon, pork sausage, baked beans, fried egg, some broccoli and toasted bread. A very a homey and delicious breakfast, we particularly liked the pork sausage.

Muesli with poached quince and yoghurt $8.5

Muesli with poached quince and yoghurt $8.5   Freshly squeezed orange juice $4

I got a toasted muesli with poached quince and creamy Greek yoghurt. Another simple breakfast, but the poached quince was so beautiful so soft and sweet. Mr Bao also got us some freshly squeezed orange juice which wasn’t as sweet as I expected but I guess that’s because it’s 100% juice and no sugar added  ~

All three of us – Mr Bao, Cupcake and myself all had a wonderful time at Sunraysia Farmers Market and would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience life as a local Mildurian :D And don’t forget to bring the little furry kids!

1st and 3rd Saturday every Month
Jaycee Park, Mildura
Telephone: 0439 252 342
Email: info@sunraysiafarmersmarket.com.au

 

Instagram Friends – Millstone Patisserie

Through my 2.5 years of blogging, I have met so many friends through Facebook, Twitter and mainly on  Instagram. Sometimes I feel like I am closer to my new met friends because we all have the same interest and passion about food, they really understand me! Oops…I hope my non-foodie friends won’t take this the wrong way, because you guys are still important to me :)

Millstone Patisserie

Millstone Patisserie

Today’s blog post is about an Instagram friendship I started with Alice Wright, owner and the very talented pâtissier of Millstone Patisserie. Alice and I have been following each other on Instagram for about a year or a little more than that, we like each others photos and leave comments for each other. And sometime last year, we messaged each other and decided it would be nice for us to meet up, have a coffee and put a face to an Instagram account ~

Latte and Cappuccino

Unfortunately, due to some personal reasons and time constraints we weren’t able to meet up. But Alice promised me that she was working on a new project and once it was ready she will let me know. She also said ‘Don’t worry there will be a LOT of cakes for you to indulge in!’ :D Fast-forward 10 months later – Millstone Patisserie is born! And even though I haven’t known Alice for very long, I was and still am so excited and proud of her!

Cappuccino $3.8

Cappuccino $3.8

Millstone Patisserie is a cafe/bakery, in the more residential area of Malvern on Claremont Avenue. Here they are serving breakfast and lunch dishes but most important Alice’s creations from croissants to amazing 5 layered cakes. Mr Bao and I got to the new cafe at around 11am on a Sunday morning and it was already packed with locals and people coming to buy takeaway coffee and cakes. We had our boss hahaha I meant our puppy Cupcake with us. So we were lucky to get the last table outside. Mr Bao wanted something different today and ordered a Cappuccino. They use Proud Mary coffee here and the house blend never disappoints.

Latte $3.8

Latte $3.8

I ordered a Latte and thought it was lovely not too warm or cold, however, I would’ve preferred if it was a little stronger as it felt slightly weak. Excuse my nails hahaha I have been experimenting at home :P

Slow roasted pork belly $11.50

Slow roasted pork belly $11.50

I wondered into the cafe to find Alice and say hi to her in person. Because I’d never met Alice before, I had to ask one of the waiters and he pointed that the girl behind me talking to a table of customers was Alice. I waited politely for her to finish, but Alice quickly noticed I was standing next to her and first thing she did was threw her arms around me and gave me big hug! We both said ‘It feels like I already know you!’ because it does feel like we’ve known each other for a long time!

Grain fed Beef fillet $11.50

Grain fed Beef fillet $11.50

I was a little surprised that Alice was so young, because she has so much talent and already have her own cafe! I commented on the very reasonable price of her brunch dishes especially the slow roasted pork belly and grain fed beef fillet, and Alice said she wanted a cafe that was affordable to everyone and for locals to be able to revisit on a regular basis and not have to overspend. I think that’s very thoughtful as brunch is getting rather expensive with many dishes over $20.

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters $16.5

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters $16.5

We had a dinner party at our place the night before, so I wanted something lighter for brunch the next day. I chose the Zucchini and Sweet potato fritters with poached eggs and homemade beetroot relish. I really enjoyed this dish, the fritter had the perfect ratio of vegetables versus flour and wasn’t too dense. The beetroot relish also gave the dish additional sweetness. Now I want to steal this idea and try making these fritters at home ~

Baked eggs with chorizo and capsicum Spanish $16

Baked eggs with chorizo and capsicum $16

t was a chilly winter morning so Mr Bao opted for the Baked eggs with chorizo, capsicum, shavings of manchego cheese and servers with toasted Baguette. Flavours were wonderful and very comforting which is what he wanted.

Cakes!!! In front Hazelnut Dome $8

Cakes!!! In front Hazelnut Dome $8

Alice was very kind and set aside 3 cakes for us to try on the house. In front is the hazelnut dome with salted caramel, rhubarb and chocolate with a biscuit base. This was definitely one of my favourite, as I’ve a hazelnut fanatic and the slight sourness and the saltiness from the caramel really helped cut through some of the sweetness and flavour of the chocolate and hazelnut.

Cheesecake $8

At the back we have the raspberry cheesecake with rhubarb and topped with raspberry and caramel macadamia. This cheesecake is exactly the way I like it, lightly dense with a more New York Cheesecake texture with that delicious macadamia cookie base. Thumbs up from me!

Tarte Tatin $6.5

Tarte Tatin $6.5

This is a unusual shape for a tarte tartin but the flavours are all those that we are familiar with mascarpone creme patisserie with caramelised apples and a walnut crumble in a tart shell. The tart shell is baked very well and definitely no soggy bottom :) Filling was nice and sweet perfect for someone like me ~

Mork Hot Chocolate $4

Mork Hot Chocolate $4

To wrap this lovely brunch up, I ordered a Hot chocolate they use Mork hot chocolate here and I loved the way they served it in a little milk bottle and you pour it into the mug yourself.

So good it deserves an action shot :P For those who haven’t tried Mork before, its not a rich tasting hot chocolate which might make you sick after drinking it. It’s a lighter more refreshing hot chocolate that doesn’t skimp on the chocolate flavour.

I don’t want to sound bias, but I truly enjoyed Millstone Patisserie and can’t help but repeat am so proud of Alice for opening up her own store and be so successful in such a short period of time. I am so lucky to have met you through Instagram and I’ve gotta come back again and try the cruffins, croissants, Snickers tart and many more! If you’re looking for a new place for pastries, cake and coffee you’ll definitely need to pay Millstone Patisserie a visit!

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