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User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 18, 2018 8:41 AM (UTC)
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#EATHCRecipe I've discovered something wonderful, vegan mac n' cheese. I really love macaroni cheese but it doesn't pass the family dinner health criteria (I save all the junk quota for eating out) so I stumbled upon this vegan mac n' cheese recipe (that I adjusted) where you cook potato, sweet potato, onion, carrot, cashew nuts in water with a bit of vegetable stock powder, blitz it into a beautiful creamy sauce and flavour with smoked paprika and garlic powder. Of course, I added peas and a thin layer of mozzarella cheese and bake. So Not Quite Vegan Macaroni Cheese after all.

Not Quite Vegan Macaroni Cheese
Serves 4-6

200g potato, cubed
200g sweet potato, cubed
1 onion, quartered
1 cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 small carrot, cubed
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Vegeta gourmet stock powder (or vegetable stock of choice)
Mozzarella cheese, grated
1-2 cups frozen peas depending on the amount of pasta

Cover all ingredients, except peas, cheese and pasta, with water and boil until the vegetables are tender. Drain out half of the cooking water but reserve the rest. Blitz the sauce, add more cooking water as necessary until you get a creamy cheese sauce consistency. Taste and adjust draining as necessary.

Meanwhile, cook pasta of your choice (elbow pasta is the traditional choice but shells, bow ties or spirals work just as well) and the last minute before their are done, add frozen peas to cook.

Mix the sauce through. You can stop here or you can top it off with mozzarella cheese and grill at 180°c for 10 minutes the cheese has coloured.

The sauce keeps pretty well but will need loosening with some water next time. #eatallthehomecooking
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 17, 2018 7:21 AM (UTC)
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Fried chicken banh mi at Bao & Bun in Camberwell for the kiddo. She likes it very much. I object to it being fried chicken but then I'm a traditionalist when it comes to food! But only for $6 in Camberwell for a kid's dinner option, it's a complete bargain. #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 16, 2018 9:28 AM (UTC)
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Happy Chinese New Year, everybody! I followed @ieatblog's example and made dan dan noodles using @thewoksoflife's recipe. It was so good although I didn't have enough chilli oil which was always a pity! Next time much more chilli oil is required. Chillies make everything better! #eatallthehomecooking
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 15, 2018 9:57 AM (UTC)
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So I've been introduced to roast pork from Glenferrie Gourmet Meats by @my_bloody_clementine and I can't decide whether it's Very Good or Very Bad. The roast shoulder is amazing. The meat falls apart and the crackling on point. So much flavour. I got half a kilo and turn it into sandwich and of course, this Vietnamese vermicelli salad. I can't be addicted to this stuff I just can't. Their lamb ribs were also amaze. #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 14, 2018 6:04 AM (UTC)
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#EATHCRecipe Words cannot express hummus I love you. Happy Valentine's Day! 😘 .
Jalapeño Hummus
Thanks to @my_foodtrail
For inspo! .
1 cup dried chickpeas (or 2 tins of chickpeas)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
About 1 pickled jalapeño (6-7 slices or to taste)
Smoked paprika powder to serve

Soak chickpeas in water overmight. Drain and rinse. Cover the chickpeas with more water, bring up to pressure in pressure cooker, cook for 10-20 mins under pressure. Drain and reserve about 2 cups of cooking water.

Process chickpea, salt, lemon juice, tahini and olive oil. Add a little bit of water and blitz until you get the consistency you like. Add jalapeño and blitz again. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve with a dusting of smoked paprika and more extra virgin olive oil.
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 13, 2018 10:27 PM (UTC)
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Duh brain, I was meant to post these pictures together with the last post. Anyway this is the close up of the jelly noods, the next one of the whole lunch set. See my last post 😊 #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 13, 2018 11:38 AM (UTC)
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What do you do when you live in a white bread Eastern suburb, don't have much time, crave Xi'an cuisine but you have to do your weekly shopping? You go up to Village Crepe in front of Coles in Burwood One, of course. Today's cumin beef 'pancake' (that's what it's called, I'm not calling it pancake because it's Pancake Tuesday, promise) was extra good with the beef being really tender and flavourful. I also tried the jelly noodle salad for the first time. Love it. It's essentially (I think) jelly noodles with Sichuan chilli oil with crispy soy bean (I have a jar in the fridge), sesame paste, peanut butter and vinegar dressing tossed with cucumber and coriander leaves. Soo good! I think I know how to make this at home. Both of these items and a drink of cold soy milk makes up a lunch set which is an absolute steal for $12.20 (non-Australian, don't be laughing, this is cheap by Melbourne standard). Other thing that I really liked from here are crispy crepe and chicken kimchi roll. #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 12, 2018 11:45 AM (UTC)
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Pho at my newly discovered, super close to home joint. Can't stop, won't stop. #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 11, 2018 10:44 PM (UTC)
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Do you know how happy I am to have gaprow growing in my garden and I can make pad gaprow whenever I want? Ask any Thai abroad 😁 #eatallthehomecooking
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 11, 2018 9:26 AM (UTC)
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Salted egg sauce fries @omiaustralia in Chadstone which I heard is now closed down for renovation until the end of the year. It was good - particularly for ~$6 - though I prefer their truffle fries. #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 10, 2018 8:57 AM (UTC)
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Yesterday, dinner was homemade bun cha (Vietnamese rice vermicelli salad with meatballs) with homemade pickled carrots, homegrown Vietnamese herbs and salad. We are going to be eating a lot of this stuff to keep up with the rate the herbs are growing! #eatallthehomecooking
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 9, 2018 9:29 PM (UTC)
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Dim sum for breakfast? These Chinese doughnuts wrapped in rice noodle rolls are the business. PS. Most of the folks at Grain Asian generally don't speak English so it's really useful to show them pictures when ordering - particularly this dish because on the menu, the English and the Chinese are not in the same position so pointing to this dish in English often gets you the wrong thing 😂 #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 8, 2018 11:21 PM (UTC)
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Happy Friday! Here is #yolkporn.
Now that we've talked about nice things, let's get into serious stuff.
A couple of days ago my friend got hit by a car on his bicycle on his commute home from work. As a commuting cyclist in hiatus (because baby - so not actually commuting) and someone who has a husband who is also a commuting cyclist, this news is a lot more personal for us, not as much as to his wife and three young children, but it does definitely hit home. Another friend also had a near miss because, again, driver just did not pay attention.
So please pay attention. Watch out for cyclists and share the roads. We are all doing the best we can for the environment and our health. The fact that we are on a bike means we don't take a car space on road or on a packed train is tram. Do you know there is a day a year where Melbourne cyclists don't cycle and drive their cars to work instead to show how much HELL the traffic becomes without us on our bikes? Yeah that day. So please share the road. Simple sharing mindset like we were all taught in kindergarten. Check your blind spots by doing simple head checks like we were all taught to do in our driving lessons. Simple distraction can mean serious consequences for cyclists. Please make an effort to learn road rules in regards to cyclists because there are many discrepancies in actual rules for bikes and public knowledge and this often creates misunderstanding and friction between drivers and cyclists. .
Also, quite irrelevant but I want to get this off my chest, yes, there are asshole cyclists out there but I can assure you that asshole cyclists are asshole drivers are asshole pedestrians. They are the same people. The common factor isn't the mode of transport, the common factor is asshole. So, just like most drivers and pedestrians aren't assholes, neither are most cyclists. Please watch out for us. Thank you and have a good weekend 😊 #eatallthehomecooking
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 8, 2018 5:07 AM (UTC)
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#EATHCRecipe Sometimes Mini brings home friends after school and they clean me out of food so I bake scones because it's the cheapest, easiest ways to feed these hungry kids and their parents. And let's face it, everyone is impressed with homemade scones and people believe I'm one of those good mothers. Delusion FTW. #eatallthehomecooking

Easiest scones ever
Makes 12 scones

4 cups self raising flour
300ml cream
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste (optional)
250ml water

Preheat oven to 200°C

Mix flour, salt and cream together. Slowly add water and mix to bring to a wet dough.

Turn out the dough onto floured surface. Knead the dough gently and lightly until it comes together. Roll it out to about 3cm thickness. Use scone cutter to cut out the scones. Flour the scone and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Be very careful about not over kneading the scones as this will activate the gluten and your scones will turn hard.
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 7, 2018 10:17 AM (UTC)
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It's 38°C and who can be bothered with making dinner since you spent the whole day with a screaming baby? Hooray for having a good pho ago near home FINALLY! I took Mini with me and she had fried chicken banh mi and of course she loved it. Yes, I eat a huge bowl of pho on 38° days. #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 7, 2018 1:06 AM (UTC)
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All-together-now pic from our delicious lunch @omiaustralia the other day. I tried the truffle fries which I really quite like but then again I actually like truffle oil - almost as much as I like truffle 😆 #trufflebogan #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 6, 2018 6:50 AM (UTC)
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Despite having moved four times back and forth across two suburbs in the last 12 years, we always go back to Surrey Hills Fish and Chips on Riversdale Rd because they do the best chips. Golden and crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Dusted with chicken salt. Yummm. #eatallthethingsmelbourne
That awesome meal at Dainty Fish & Grill where we ordered a whole grilled baramundi and it came bathed in amazing 'fish-flavoured' sauce in this gigantic ornate metal tray with burning coal underneath to keep the whole thing 🔥The other side dishes rating mention are the fried school prawn, cumin lamb skewers and chilli beef entree (sooo good!). Washed down, of course, by the kumquat lemonade. Thanks for excellent company as usual @ieatblog @angieeatsncooks @syc008 @ryannjr #eatallthethingsmelbourne
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 3, 2018 10:39 PM (UTC)
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Nasi lemak is one of my favourite all time breakfast dishes. Except I made it for dinner last night and who doesn't love brenner. I used @pohlingyeow's recipe on @sbsfood website for the coconut rice and it was beauuutiful. I also made Nyonya chicken curry using packet curry sauce (it was really good!) With plenty of curry leaves from the garden, fried peanuts(that Josh burned), crunchy fried silver fish that mum brought, jarred nasi lemak sambal (which was also really good) and of course hard boiled egg and cucumber. Such a good, impressive but really easy dinner. #eatallthehomecooking
User Image eatallthethingsmelbourne Posted: Feb 2, 2018 2:24 AM (UTC)
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FINALLY a proper pho restaurant in Camberwell. Got myself a takeaway between doctor's and post visits. The broth is mild but with a distinct lovely spice fragrance. The beef, though not rare because of it being taken away, was lovely and tender. Can't fault it and it's so close to home. They also have other Vietnamese items on the menu like beef in betel leaves. Will go back and try them all. Yay! #eatallthethingsmelbourne