Tuesday, January 24, 2012

marbled chocolate & zucchini bread

The stall holders are almost giving zucchini away at the farmer's markets, yet there is only so many fritters one can put away in a lifetime. Behold this moist vegan loaf that is cheap, easy and won't scare the children.  If you really want to hide the zucchini, peel it first so there is no trace of green.  I forsee a marble cake revival, evoking memories of childhood birthday parties, without the questionable pink swirl.  You can safely double the recipe (and cook for another 20 to 25 minutes) and use a 20cm springform tin to make a large cake.  

Monday, January 23, 2012

wild poppy, fremantle


2 Wray Avenue

beans :Dark Star
leaf : organic leaf
soy : Vitasoy, extra 50c
caffeine free : old fashioned milkshakes in aluminium tumblers
dunk : fresh daily pastry
fork : macadamia and pecan tart
spoon : gluten free chocolate & almond torte
knife : waffle with strawberries, dessert yoghurt & maple syrup

footprint : comfortable orthopeadics, knitted slippers or kitten heels
latte price : $4.20
service : happy & welcoming
open :  Mon to Sat 7.00am - 4.00pm, Sun 8.00am - 4.00pm, dinner Fri & Sat 6.00pm - 10.00pm (breakfast daily until 11.30am)

buzz : The large interior is divided into three zones, with relaxed lounge areas at either end of a central dining room.  The informal and welcoming style is shaped by nana crafts & vintage collectables, from the era when plush red velvet and crocheted knee rugs were de rigueur. Patchwork and thrift store paintings are spunked up with dark grey walls and shiny black wooden chairs around standard issue white tables.  I’ve never been able to muster up a love for mustard yellow upholstery,  but I won’t hold that against them.

Noting my fascination with the whimsical lace lampshades, the owner, Graeme Shapiro, encouraged me to return for dinner to see the patterned light dance on the walls.  Yes, I would very much like to do just that.  Staff acknowledged regulars by name, were friendly to newbies and seemed to be enjoying themselves.  A snappier uniform would be more flattering and up the overall style.

Footpath tables and an expanse of south facing glass provide a viewing platform to watch the passing Wray Avenue parade.  Lively at any hour, the activity peaks with a loyal lunch crowd and the ever increasing Freo weekend breakfast scene. 

Fresh pastries are swooped up in the morning, and the pick-and-go lunch display including cibbata, quiche & salad is popular with nearby hospital employees.  The menu clearly states there are to be no changes as to “expediate orders”, which is understandable but regrettable for vegans or others with different dietary needs.  On this occasion I only had coffee, which could have been stronger, and I frown at the extra charge for soy.  The food is widely praised with the quality and serving sizes offering good value for money.  Look out for a return visit with an appetite in the near future.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

peach & walnut muffins

Summer time and the farmer's markets are replete with stone fruit. A tray of peaches for $5 and buckets of white or yellow flesh nectarines for $4.  While there is nothing better than four, or five, or nine peaches eaten as a mono-meal, Auntie Nelly might raise her eyebrows when you present her a bowl of fruit for morning tea.  In that case, add the blush of sunshine into these easy vegan muffins and show off your inner compassionate chef.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

breakast corn bread

A slightly sweet vegan version of cornbread with a satisfying grit thanks to the cornmeal.  Delicious unadorned or with jam, fresh pear or nut butter.  If there is any left after breakfast, toast it lightly for afternoon tea.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

new year kickstart

The first coffee of the year award goes to this little beauty at 10am on New Years Day at Duende, Leederville. Made with locally roasted Dark Star beans and Vitasoy. Good morning 2012. We hadn't planned to be here, we were plugging along freeway north and the lure of Leederville and the thought of coffee drew us onto the exit ramp.  Most places were closed, leaving all those chasing a caffeine injection, juice or greasy cure to descend on a couple of cafes.  The place was packed, order dockets were streaming out of the black box, the grinder was working up a sweat and the three group machine ran hot under the direction of two blonde baristas.  We were glad to be perched at the bar watching the show, flicking a magazine and rejoicing in the gift of another year. 

Best wishes for a relaxed and joyful year. May your espresso be smooth and your milk hot.


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