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Ora Café – Kew

Ora Café – Kew

156 Pakington St, Kew,VIC 3101

We arrived for breakfast and the café was buzzing full of customers and lots of foot traffic for take away coffees, my first thoughts were this place must be good.  We were greeted by a friendly staff member who showed us to large wooden table where we took our seats, the café is small but full of atmosphere, lots of chatter from the nearby tables and the sounds of coffee being made in the background, with lovely smells coming from the kitchen. The waitress came with the menus and took our coffee order at the first glance of the menu and I was excited there were so many different choices for breakfast, homemade muesli, black pudding but the one that took our fancy was the walnut eggs in a nest & scrambled eggs on seed bread and cold smoked salmon. The walnut eggs were amazing they had a light walnut crust and were perfectly cooked and served with a relish and toast.

This was such an amazing find in Kew, and will definitely go back again soon.

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Wholemeal Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

I have only recently fell in love with eating sticky date puddings, I think that the times I have had it before it has been a little too sweet for my liking. I have added a little twist with this recipe and used wholemeal flour to give it a more homely feel. I find this recipe to be very addictive and I seem to easily eat two servings for desert. I especially like it how it’s a quick no fuss one pot and bang it into the oven kind of dish, very easy to make on a week night when you are a little time poor to create something beautiful and elaborate, these puddings are best served with  a rich butterscotch sauce & pouring cream.

Recipe makes 9 – 12 depending on the size of the muffin tray

Wholemeal Stick Date Pudding

250g of pitted dates

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cup water

1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour

2 egg

80g butter

½ cup brown sugar

Butterscotch sauce

3 tbs butter

¼ – cup brown sugar, depends how sweet you like it

¼ cup cream

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees, lightly grease a 12 pan muffin tray

Chop the dates and put into a pan with 1 cup of water, bring to the boil and reduce the heat cook for about 5 min until the dates soak up the water, take off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of bi-carb.

Chop the butter and add into the mixture, along with the egg, brown sugar and flour. Mix the mixture until all ingredients are mixed through.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin trays and bake for 20-25 min depending on how large the baking tray is. They will be cooked when the pudding springs back when touched.

Butterscotch sauce

Add the butter and brown sugar to a pan and cook on a medium heat until the sugar dissolves, add the cream and simmer for 2 minutes stir the mixture so it does not burn.

Place the pudding onto a plate and drizzle the butterscotch over the top, serve with cream.

These keep well in the freezer, just wrap them individually with cling wrap when you are ready for a treat take them out and let them defrost, to serve zap the puddings in the microwave for 15-30 seconds until they are warmed through.

Summer sun and shaved ice

 

Hawaii is just such a magical place, lots of sun, surf and sand. While we were there we got off the beaten track and headed over to the island of Kauai and stayed in a small town called Waimea, I just loved the town it was quiet and sleepy there was a lovely steak house where we had the best tasking stake on the trip and I also discovered a cool tucked away shaved ice shop called Jo Jo’s, it was small on the inside but had a massive range of flavours, and wonderful service. The colours are super cool and the ice was fluffy which makes a nice treat while strolling along the water front on a hot afternoon.

 

 

Have you ever tryed shaved ice?

My first loaf of bread..

I have only recently become obsessed with baking bread, I always felt it to be too hard or too time consuming. It was not until I baked two loaves, one in the bread maker and one in the oven at the same time that really changed my perception about bread making. The loaf made by hand was out of the oven before the bread maker one and it tasted 100 times better. After that I was sold on baking bread by hand, after all it wasnt hard at all, just 10 minutes kneading time and waiting a few times for it to rise and that’s it.

I tried the Laucke Barossa sourdough rye bread mix the first time I made bread it was easy to make and tasted good.

Banana and coconut loaf

This is a very quick cake to make and the coconut gives the loaf a fresh summer taste, best part of the recipe is that it has only a little bit of butter, while the banana gives it all the moisture it needs. I like to have this hot fresh out of the oven with a little butter and a cup of coffee.

Makes one loaf

Ingredents

50g butter

½ cup caster sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup self raising flour

¼ cup milk

1 ripe banana (mashed)

½ cup shredded coconut (and a little extra for the top of the cake)

Method

Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees

Melt the butter in the microwave or stove top, then add into a large bowl.

Stir in the egg, milk, vanilla essence, and sugar. Sift in the flour and mashed banana until mixed.

Chop the shredded coconut a little to break it down and then stir this into the cake mix.

Pour the cake mix into a greased loaf tin, and sprinkle a little extra shredded coconut on the top of the cake, put into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Cookies

I just can’t resist these delightful dark chocolate biscuits. I just love dark chocolate and on a cold winters day these go down a treat with a hot cup of coffee. These biscuits are crunchy on to edge and soft in the middle.

Makes 12 big biscuits

  • 100 g dark chocolate (I used 85% dark lindt chocolate)
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder

Pre heat the oven to 180c

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water, cream the butter and sugar in a second bowl. Add the egg and combine.

Add the melted butter and stir

Sift in the flour and baking powder and combine the wet and dry ingredients until well mixed

Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking try lined with baking paper, with your hands press down on the spoonfuls of mixture to form flat biscuit shapes.

Bake for 15 mins or until firm, transfer onto wire rack to cool

Soda bread

Whenever I feel like having freshly hot cooked bread for breakfast or even a little bread to go with mouth watering winter soups I head state to the cupboard and get my supplies out to make a soda bread, it’s so quick simple and easy and no needing required which is a bonus. My little girl just loves soda bread for breakfast its super yummy toasted with a little butter and jam or in my case I like to have mine with vegemite & coffee.

Ingredients

  • 500g plain four
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 400-500 ml butter milk

Pre heat the oven to 190 degrees & grease a baking tray with a little butter

In a big bowl add the four, mix in the salt and bi-carb. Add in the butter milk and bring the dough together into a round loaf shape, you want to handle the dough as little as possible. Place the dough on the try

Bake for 45-50 min