Jan 22, 2012

Ancheto Cafe Sunshine

At last ... a cafe deep in the western 'burbs that has the potential to match it with the best those north of the river (and Yarraville/Seddon) have to offer.  Located in the old Euro Masonic hall in Sunshine, the space is "old skool" hall with retro table, chairs and coffee tables.  It's super spacious and the coffee is fantastic - hallelujah!! I believe they use Sensory Lab beans. 

On a kid friendly scale I would give it 3/5 ...there was box of toys and plenty of room for the kids to move around without annoying other diners.  Since Ancheto already seems to be beacon for those with children a small kids menu would be a great addition to the regular menu. 

Now, I have to admit we have visited twice, the second visit was not quite as successful as the first with some problems with the food coming from the kitchen.  I won't elaborate as it was not dire, they were very, (VERY!) busy that day.  The owner was very apologetic and genuinely sorry the food was not up to scratch.  They did take $20 off our bill which was not expected but much appreceiated.  We will back soon and we certainly hope Ancheto survives and thrives. 

Currently Ancheto is only open on Saturdays from 9am - 2pm but hopefully his will change in the near future. You can find them at 93 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine (across the road from centre.com). 

Check out some yummy food pics from our frist Ancehto visit below.


See you soon!  

Mama T

Nov 3, 2011

Neighbourhood Produce Swap

Yesterday we received an email which had some exciting news ... a local produce swap meet in my neck of the woods.  To be honest I don't really have any excess atm. Baked goodies are welcome however as a "swap" item so I might have to get my thinking cap on and come up with a tasty treat or two the locals will be happy to swap.

Okay, so what are the benefits you ask? 

* To provide an opportunity for people to utilise otherwise-wasted fruit,   veg,herbs, etc.
* To create friendships within the neighbourhood and build stronger local communities
* To reduce green waste and pressure on landfill
* To build local food security and provide healthy in-season food for the community
* To reduce the need to transport produce from outside the city / state / country! – less transport means less fuel burned, hence reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

FYI: I stole the above points from http://www.ceres.org.au/node/114  This page also contains a list of other similar produce swap meets around Melbourne, Vic country and even Adelaide. 

Anyway, if you live in Sunshine, Ardeer, Deer Park area (or surrounds) the one I hope to attend on the 19.11.11 is:

The Ardeer fruit and vegetable swap is held on the third Saturday of each month.

Bring your home grown veggies, eggs, fruit or flowers to Ardeer Community Park.  Bake a cake and swap it for other wonderful goodies.  Produce exchanges can also include swapping other locally made handcrafts, jams, preserves, food, clothing or seeds.

When:    Saturday 19 November 
Time:      12.00pm – 1.00pm (working bee from 10am – 12pm) 
Where:   Ardeer Community Park, Forrest Street Ardeer

Hope to see some locals there!

Mama T. xx

May 19, 2011

Jack & Daisy

Ok, I admit I have been ohhhh so lazy with posts on this blog.  I will try and be better.  No promises though!

Anyway, onto the reason as to why I am finally posting again ... JACK & DAISY cafe in Pascoe Vale.  K, M and I made a trip there for lunch this Tuesday just gone and it was fabulous.  Food was yummy.  Staff were the friendliest I have ever (I kid you not!) come across and there was a "kids corner" to boot.  Best of all, the prices were totally reasonable. 

Now all of the above is worthy of a post, however the clincher was the fact that they were not going to make me pay ($44 bucks worth) on the day.  I wanted to pay by card and they didn't have card facilities up and running yet (coming very soon I was told), so they told me it would be cool to "fix them up" next time I was in.  They didn't want to put me out by making me trek up the road to withdraw cashola.  WOW!!!  I must point out this was the first time I had been there ... it's not like I was a regular they knew well.  As it turns out I did have $40 in cash and gave them that ...and I will certainly be back very soon to pay my outstanding debt and enjoy another coffee or three.  Ohh, did I mention the coffee is wonderful! 

As an addition to the above ... I was snapping away with the camera like a maniac whilst there so maybe they thought I was a "famous" blogger.  Alas, I do blog, but mine certainly is not famous, and if three people read this post I'd be surprised.  But if just one of those that read this entry make the trip to Jack & Daisy I am sure that they will recommend it to another friend who will recommend it to another of their friends and so on and so on.  I'm sure you get where I'm going with this.

Anyway, onto what we ate.  K had the steak sanga and fries.  M had the kids chicken schnitz and chips (all kids meals are $5) and I had the roadhouse(?) brekkie with potato rosti as an extra.  All were delicious!

K's steak sandwich

Cheers to good coffee!

Get your good selves down to Jack & Daisy's soon as you get the chance.  Tell them Mama T sent you! ;-)

Jack & Daisy
152b Cumberland Rd
Pascoe Vale
p. 03 9350 4106
fb. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Daisy/169590549730140?sk=info

... until next time!

Mama T xxx

Sep 8, 2010

Happy River = Happy Mums

The sun was out yesterday so K & I decided lunch out was a good idea.  Of course we needed a kid friendly venue with M coming along.  Happy River Cafe in Footscray is by far the best kid friendly cafe we've come across, they have a massive front lawn, mats, and tubs of toys ... the kids have a ball!!  The coffee and food aren't too bad either which is fabulous for us parents.  My only gripe would be the service  ... it's efficient but could be a little friendlier. 

A word of warning ...getting an outside table on a gorgeous weekend day is nearly impossible unless you get in early.

A thoroughly enjoyable lunch! 

Happy River Cafe

 Also spotted a 'milk crate man' just up the road. 

Milk Crate Man

When we got home after lunch I took a few pics the flowering tree in  the backyard ... if anyone can shed light on the type of tree I would be very grateful.

Hope to do some baking tomorrow so keep and eye on the blog for some tasty treats.

Mama T. xx

Sep 6, 2010

My new bible!

Last post I mentioned I had left my old workplace recently.  I forgot to mention the wonderful going away pressies I received from my fabulous (ex) workmates.  A fantastic bottle of wine AND Stephanie Alexander's  "the cook's companion".  I LOVE it ...and on Saturday night I made the self saucing choc pudding recipe for my madre and sister.  It was delicious and I plan on cooking it again this Friday when we have some good freinds coming over for dinner. 

My lovely pressies!

Thanks again Swets peeps ... miss you all!! 

Mama T  xoxo

Sep 5, 2010

Yummy Curry!

Good news - I am a lady of leisure!  Swets come to an end on the 27th August, and boy am I happy about that. :-)

On Friday I had the house to myself and decided a curry was in order.  One with lamb.  Now I have never made a curry from scratch so I was looking forward to the challenge, but didn't want to undertake anything too complicated first time round.  I found a recipe on the Foodie Fight Back blog that sounded perfect so off to the shops I went.   I love to go ingredient shopping when I have a recipe I can't wait to cook. A visit to the local indian shop, butcher and supermarket were needed this time. 

Fresh Ingredients

The curry turned out better than expected and was perfect for a cold, wet Friday night ...a great meal for K to fill up on before heading to the "G" for the footy.

  • 500g diced lamb
  • 2 large onions
  • Fennel seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Cummin seeds (1 tsp)
  • Coriander seeds (1 tsp)
  • Dried red chilli's ( I used 3 and heat was a "low" medium ... use as many or little as you like)
  • Paprika (1 heaped tsp)
  • Fresh green chilli's to taste ( I used 4)
  • Plenty of chopped garlic (I used 4 cloves)
  • Fresh ginger to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2x tins chopped tomatoes
  • Butter (see instructions)
  • Cream or yoghurt ( I used yoghurt)
  • Oil for frying

Start by heating some oil in a heavy based pan. Add the seeds and fry gently until they begin to colour. Slice the onions fairly thickly and add to the pan, together with the garlic, ginger (which can be grated or chopped) and the chopped dried chillies.

Fry until the onions are translucent, making sure to keep turning so that the spices don’t burn. Clear the space in the middle of the pan and tip in the lamb to brown. Once the lamb has browned off a little, add in the paprika, salt and pepper.

Tip in the tins of tomatoes, add the whole green chillies, turn down the heat and kick back. Let the whole lot simmer for a couple of hours, or until the meat is really (really) tender. Check occasionally to make sure it’s not boiling dry and add a little extra water if necessary.

On the simmer...

Once the meat is tender stir in a knob of butter and a little (honestly, you won’t need much) cream or yoghurt. If you have ghee you can use that instead of oil early in the process and you probably won't need to add much (if any) butter now if you find your curry is the consistency you like it.  Naturally, the butter is optional so use as desired.

All in all it was a great, hearty meal and one we'll cook again soon!  Thanks once more to Foodie Fight Back for the great recipe.

Cheers and promise to post again soon.

Mama T.

Apr 9, 2010

Yep, I'm still alive ...

Yes folks, I've been slack (as I warned I may be) and not posted for many a month.  I intend on doing a food post this evening with a recipe from the recent Australian Gourmet Traveller (Greek issue ... I loved it!).   

I will need to consult with K about which recipe I should try as I have been promising her I would attempt at least two from each issue of AGT ... K gave me a subscription for Xmas.  So far I've not done any and I've just received my 5th issue.  Ooops!    We're also off to the visit my family in the country tomorrow so I need to make something that they might like to try also (not an easy task when my sister doesn't like anything much more "fancy" than meat & 3 veg).

On a more serious note, our young son M is off for a small operation at the Royal Childrens Hospital next week so thanks to all those who donated at the Good Friday Appeal last Friday, it's certainly a very worthy cause!   If you forgot to donate last week you can still do so here.  Here's a pic of the very delicious M looking as cute as ever ...

Have a good weekend everyone and hope to be posting later tonight!

Mama T. xx