Anzac biscuits

Recipe: Better (gluten-free) Anzac biscuits

It’s been ages since I’ve eaten Anzac biscuits because they are definitely not gluten-free and. I know there are several paleo versions floating around in the interwebs but oats are such an important ingredient in this particular cookie that IMO they don’t deserve to be called Anzac biscuits at all.

Back when I reintroduced oats in my diet to follow the Chinese doctor’s nagging recommendations, I tried a few brands of gluten-free (by US standards, which are less strict than Australian) and uncontaminated oats. I didn’t have any issues with any of those so I use them regularly. For this recipe I used this brand of Australian uncontaminated oats. To learn more about oats, gluten and contamination click here.

I also bumped up the protein content by adding some whey protein powder and used a relatively low amount of unrefined sweeteners (coconut sugar and maple syrup), hence the name “better Anzacs”. Don’t be fooled though, these are still treats!
Hope you’re having a great Anzac Day!

Better (gluten-free) Anzac biscuits
Yield: about 14 medium chunky cookies

Better Anzac biscuits

Ingredients

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup uncontaminated oats
  • 1/2 cup plain whey protein isolate
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Wet ingredients

  • 75g butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (fan-forced works best).
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients in a saucepan and melt on the stove (or place them in a bowl and melt in the microwave).
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix well with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  5. With your hands, make golf-sized balls with the batter, pressing firmly to make sure everything sticks together. Place on a tray lined with wax paper and flatten with your hand.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on your taste (20 minutes will yield darker and crunchier cookies).
  7. Let cool down and enjoy.

Product review: Healthy Everyday meals by Pete Evans

Now that some Woolies shops are stocking Healthy Everyday meals, I took the opportunity to buy a couple and sample them without committing to a big online order. These meals have been designed by Pete Evans and made by Paleo Cafe, which means they are free of gluten, added sugars, etc.

Healthy Everyday meals

One thing that had caught my eye from the website is that the meals stay good for way longer than other ready-made meals we sometimes purchase. This is because the meals are packed in vacuum sealed bags, which make them look less sexy (think hospital food) but increase their shelf life. This also meals that the range includes only foods that can keep well in this type of packaging, so things like salads are off the menu.

Healthy Everyday meals

We tried the BBQ pulled pork with pickled cabbage & sweet potato mash and the cottage pie with sweet potato mash & rich vegetable gravy. Despite the aforementioned “meh” look, both meals looked way better when plated and heated, and tasted even better. We found the serving sizes were decent (each one weighs ~400g, definitely smaller than our usual meals) and provided a good amount of protein and fibre.

BBQ pulled pork

I paid $13.50 for each meal at Woolies, more expensive than the price per meal if you buy directly from their website, but not necessarily if you consider shipping costs. I think the extra dollars over say a takeaway meal are worth paying considering the quality of ingredients and flavour.

Cottage pie

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About Life

Review: About Life (Bondi Junction)

I had shopped at About Life before, I had eaten their food (at an event they catered for) but I had never sat down at one of their in-store cafes for a meal. These work as a canteen/cafe, with salads, breakfast items (e.g. yoghurt, fruit, muesli) and hot dishes served up in cold/hot food displays for you to fill up a container, pay for your meal and go. There is also a menu with breakfast and lunch items you order like you would normally in a cafe.

We grabbed two small boxes with ready-made miso chicken slaw (white cabbage, carrots, shallots, chicken, red onion, miso and coriander dressing) and steamed vegetables. They were pretty filling and were much more interesting than your typical pre-made salad. Even the steamed vegetables, as boring as that sounds, came with the novelty of steamed cabbage and radishes.

Steamed vegetables, miso chicken slaw

Small boxes of steamed vegetables and miso chicken slaw ($7.90 each)

We also ordered a grass-fed linseed beef burger with cheddar, cheese, tomato, grilled onions, raw tomato relish & greens and a pulled pork paleo sandwich free-range pulled pork slow cooked in bone broth with raw tahini slaw & greens. You can swap the bread in any of the burgers for paleo bread (the pulled pork paleo sandwich comes with it by default). I liked the beef burger much better. The patty was huge and pink in the middle (the way I like it) and I liked how its meatiness was complemented by the cheese, relish and onions. Yes, eating with your hands would be a challenge. Use cutlery.

Pulled pork paleo sandwich

Beef burger (10.90) in paleo bread ($2.00)

The pork sandwich was good and had heaps of pork (everyone else: please note this is the right amount of meat to put in a sandwich), however I liked the flavour of the burger better. As I said before, the paleo bread is included by default so you won’t have to pay extra for it.

Grass-fed linseed beef burger

Pulled pork paleo sandwich (10.90)

Alvaro ordered a coconut water iced coffee that was so good, I ended up drinking half of it.

Coconut water iced coffee

Coconut water iced coffee ($6.90)

About Life Bondi Junction
31 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction
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The End of King Cafe

Review: The End of King Cafe (Newtown)

This venue, located close to St Peters station, has been the home of a few different businesses in the time we’ve lived in Sydney. I’m not sure how long The End of King has been here but it sure gets good reviews.

I gotta be honest and say that, besides the reviews, we came for the free wifi. Fortunately, food, drinks and service were great.

I had a macchiato for a change, which didn’t disappoint. I also tried Alvaro’s pineapple and mint frappé which was refreshing and not too sweet.

Macchiato

Macchiato ($3.50)

Pineapple and mint frappé

Pineapple and mint frappé ($6)

We ordered a couple of dishes from the specials menu, the chorizo stack (grilled chorizo, Black Forest bacon, scrambled egg with chilli and feta, avocado salsa on toast) and Sal’s Brekkie (sautéed mushrooms with kale, free range poached eggs, goat cheese, almond and hazelnut dukkah, polenta chips & toast). Both normally come with white sourdough and there’s a (small, from memory) fee to swap for gluten-free toast.

Chorizo stack

Chorizo stack ($17.90)

Both meals were great and very filling. If I had to pick a favourite, I’d go with the chorizo stack just because it was lighter on the carbs.

Sal's Brekkie

Sal’s Brekkie ($18.90)

Looking forward to trying more dishes, especially the salads and the coffee frappé.

The End of King

The End of King Cafe
609-611 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 8021 3486
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Nomad

Review: Nomad (Surry Hills)

Last week my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary #10 (!). We’re not into big celebrations so we (I) prefer to splurge on a nice but not too fancy dinner on occasions like this. I had a few options lined up and asked for the infallible wisdom of my fellow Sydney food bloggers. I ended up with even more appealing choices and ended up booking one of my original ones: Nomad.

Pickles

We changed our booking time due to unforeseen circumstances and got seating at the window, which was perfect for us. The bench is decorated with jars of house pickles to distract diners from whatever is happening on the street. Just kidding. We were offered drinks but I had been drinking since lunchtime (it was my last day at my old job) and Alvaro couldn’t drink because he had to work the next morning. As much as I hated not trying any of the wines, I was happy to note in the bill that the endless supply of sparkling water costed a fraction ($4.50) of what a glass or three of wine would have. Alvaro ordered a pomegranate and cinnamon soft drink. And that, kids, is how an old couple celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Pomegranate and cinnamon soft drink

Pomegranate and cinnamon soft drink ($7)

Even though I had been eating all afternoon, I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We started with a charcuterie board with duck breast, pork & fennel salami, coppa, pastrami and another cured meat that escapes my mind, all top notch. I also had a single oyster with Nomad Worcestershire.

Nomad Charcuterie

Nomad Charcuterie ($29)

Oyster with Nomad Worcestershire

Oyster with Nomad Worcestershire ($5)

Our main was the wood roasted Melanda Park pork with romesco and potato, guanciale and sage. The pork was perfect (can’t go wrong with roasted pork shoulder with crackling) and the potatoes, outstanding: crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The fatiness of the guanciale paired well with the crispness of the potatoes and the fried sage.

Wood roasted Melanda Park pork with romesco

Wood roasted Melanda Park pork ($47)

Potatoes, guanciale & sage

We also ordered the spiced cauliflower with cashew and wild rocket as a side. Awesome dish that deserves to be upgraded to “vegetarian main”, IMO.

Spiced cauliflower

Spiced cauliflower ($17)

Nomad
16 Foster Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9280 3395
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Recipe: Puré de espinaca (spinach mash)

This is such an easy and middle-class recipe that I’m almost ashamed of posting it. But it brings warm memories of my childhood and of food from home. Eat with roast chicken, burger patties, fried eggs… whatever you fancy!

Puré de espinaca
Yield: 4-5 servings

Puré de espinaca

Ingredients

  • 0.5 kg potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 0.5 cup chicken broth or milk
  • 1-1.5 cups spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Peel, cube and cook potatoes.
  2. Mash potatoes while hot, add butter and mix.
  3. Heat up broth/milk, pour over spinach in a blender and blend until puréed.
  4. Add spinach mix to potatoes, mix well and season.
The Stinking Bishops

Review: The Stinking Bishops (Enmore)

Cheese, charcuterie, wine. I’ve been itching to come eat to The Stinking Bishops literally since they opened their doors but life (and once, a fully booked dining room) got in the way.

We finally managed to visit for a special occasion lunch that justified the expense and a glass of sparkling at mid-day.

Cheeses, meats

We ordered a meat board and a cheese board. The meats were easy to select (smoked Wagyu beef and Pamplona chorizo), but we needed help with the cheeses. We did know we wanted something hard or semi-hard, preferably made of goat or sheep milk. They were out of the truffle Pecorino, so we got the suggested Wyngaard goat milk Gouda and the Coolea (similar to a cheddar), both fantastic and served with gluten-free crackers on request.

Meat board, cheese board

2 cheese board ($21), 2 meat board ($19)

We also ordered the chicken liver paté with blueberry & tarragon jelly (sans croutons), which was equally delicious and came with a tangy radish and sprout salad (I think in lieu of the croutons).

Chicken liver pate

Chicken liver paté ($18)

I intend to visit as frequently as possible to sample more cheeses and meats.

The Stinking Bishops
Shop 5, 63-71 Enmore Rd
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9007 7754
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Recipe: Jugo surtido (“assorted” juice)

The funny thing about this juice is that the name tells you nothing, however everyone in Lima (possibly in Perú) knows exactly what to expect. The taste of a classic jugo surtido is, I’m sure, ingrained in the memories of millions of limeños who have ever set foot in a juguería (juice bars). When I was growing up, the best juguerías could be found in mercados (markets). Popular flavours were papaya, lúcuma con leche (lúcuma and milk), fresa con leche (strawberries and milk), plátano con leche (banana and milk), surtido and especial (surtido plus algarrobina and egg). I hated lúcuma until my mid-20s, the other single-fruit ones were common at home and especial was too intense for me. Therefore, surtido was my go-to choice.

Jugo surtido
Yield: 2-3 servings

Jugo surtido

Ingredients

  • 1/4 papaya
  • 2 slices cooked beetroot
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 6-8 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2-2.5 cups water

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients, pretend you are in a Peruvian mercado and enjoy.
Macelleria

Review: Macelleria (Enmore)

I love the concept of this place. I’ve been twice in three days. Enough said.

Dining room

Macelleria is basically a butcher shop where you can do the normal thing and just buy some (great quality) meat and snags to go, or you can order your meat of choice (mainly beef but also some lamb, chicken and fish), get it cooked to your liking, throw in a couple of sides and a drink and eat in.

Steaks

Steaks

The steaks (Cape Grim and Angus) are excellent and they do a good job at cooking them to required specs. Most sausages are gluten-free and way above supermarket quality.

Sausages and skewers

There’s a good variety of salads (all $5.90), which are pre-portioned in takeway containers for easy grab-n-go. Roasted veggies are kept warm in a bain marie and chips are cooked to order.

Salads, sausages, wines

So far we’ve tried a couple of excellent steaks, some sausages, chicken skewers, coleslaw and roasted vegetables. We’ve enjoyed every single bite.

Rump steak

Steak

Cape Grim rump steak ($16.90)

Roasted vegetables

Roasted vegetables ($5.50 small – pictured, $8.90 large)

Chorizo

Chorizo ($3.90 each)

Duck sausages

Duck sausages ($3.50 each)

Coleslaw

Coleslaw ($5.90)

Chicken skewers

Chicken skewers ($2.50 each)

There’s a full bar offering the usual suspects and a short but interesting wine list (featuring a few organic Italian drops) and little known (to me) beers. If you have trouble deciding, the friendly French bartender will help you out. There’s also kombucha available. Did I mention I love this place?

Wines

Italian red

There’s also a variety of burgers that can be ordered naked (i.e. no bun). Burgers are great but the patties themselves are on the small side.

Macelleria
73-75 Enmore Rd
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 0465
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Stoneground Espresso

Review: Stoneground Espresso (Enmore)

Facade

The premises previously occupied by Bravo Coffee are now home of Stoneground Espresso, a clean modern space offering great (slightly expensive?) brews.

Menu

The minimalist menu reads: “Filter $5-10, Black $4, White $4”. There are a few croissants and cookies the size of my face, but it’s clear the main focus here is coffee.

Their cold drip is excellent, as is their service. It’s also a cool place to hang out, and I really appreciate the fact that there’s virtually no food, because it takes the pressure off.

Cold drip

Cold drip ($5)

There’s a variety of beans to take home, as well as Aeropress and other gadgets.

Coffee bags

An old roasting machine, which I think was there since the Bravo days, is the main decoration in the uncluttered cafe.

Machine

Stoneground Espresso
177 Enmore Rd
Enmore NSW 2042