Brunch

Finding my inner Flower Child at Westfield Chatswood

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The first thing you’ll notice about Flower Child Café is the ambience and the decor as everything is so florally. I just couldn’t help but smile as it just looks so peaceful. And what a stunning place to eat at with their brekkie, brunch or lunch menu options available all day.

Just on Anderson Street in Chatswood Westfield entrance you’ll easily spot a crowd full of hungry humans waiting around for a table. One thing I’ve noticed about brunch places is that if there’s a line it must be good. And boy I am glad my hungry instincts got this right.

Flower Child Cafe Entrance

As soon as we scored a table we quickly knew what to order and after a short conversation, everything had arrived. What drew me to the Flower Child French Toast ($19) was the lovely garden of fruits which included a scoop of banana mascarpone, freshly sliced banana, crumbs of dark chocoalte, baked peacan pieces, fresh mixed berries and a spread of salted toffee & maple syrup ($19). The toast looked evenly fried on the outside and soft and fluffy inside which made me think this could easily be on my comfort food list.

Flower Child French Toast ($19)

For the benedict fanatics the Eggs Benedict ($19) was quite a cheat day treat with two poached eggs covered in burnt butter hollandaise served with espresso & house made tomato jam with proscuitto. What was fun about this dish was it came fashionably buttered and toasted on a freshly baked croissant. I had a ‘moment’ alone with this because it was hitting all the right notes with the butter and creamy flavours. With the croissant it had the perfect layered crisp and crunch that married so well together with the savoury prosciutto. This is really something you shouldn’t be sharing folks.

Eggs Benedict ($19)

Feeling thirsty for something fruity? Well the freshly squeezed Pineapple Juice ($7) was a summer pleaser as it had a mix of pineapple, pear, apple, mint and a hint of ginger. We were trying to pretend to be healthy…haha.

Pineapple Juice ($7)

Next up the Barramundi Burger ($19) that came with a thick piece of crumbed barramundi schnitzel, red cabbage slaw and was drenched in kewpie mayo sauce on a sesame seed milk bun served with a basket of salty French fries.

Barramundi Burger ($19)

The burger grabbed my full attention as I could easily taste the freshness of that evenly golden crumbed barramundi. It was beyond my expectation and certainly a burger I’d like to order again.

 B…Burrr…BBarramundi Burger

Trust me when I say this burger is worthy for your tastebuds to enjoy. The red cabbage slaw with mayo combined flawlessly with the burger as it had bold cruciferous and peppery flavour.

Side view of the Barramundi Burger

In between meals you might want to give their coffee a try as all their coffee beans come from The Grounds of Alexandria. So we opted for Moccamaster ($4) which was a batch brewed filtered coffee resulting in a heavenly clean sweet taste. You won’t get your usual bitterness but great option for filter coffee starters.

Moccamaster ($4)

And if your heart is set on the traditional brekkie dish then look no further because Breakfast Plate ($21) can sure be a real hearty meal as it includes two poached eggs, grilled chorizo, chunks of avocado, goat’s curd, roasted truss tomato, sprinkles of pomegranate, quinoa salad and on the side sourdough toast. I don’t think you need to eat dinner after this as it was an endless spread of all things nutritional.

Breakfast Plate ($21)

I could happily look at the Acai Bowl ($16) all day as it was just too pretty to eat. This so called bowl but served on a plate contained half sliced strawberries, generous sprinkles of blueberries, a piece of banana, chia seeds, crushed almonds, shredded coconut & the most importantly granola. It was all high in antioxidants and incorporated into this sugar-free and healthy breakfast. Winning for the health junkies out there!

Acai Bowl ($16)

At Flower Child Café on the weekends you’re best off dining in groups of two or four as it’s quite a train long wait. As for service it was surprisingly efficient and hassle free when ordering. Now for the food and beverage it was reasonable for what you pay for and I was quite surprised how the Barramundi Burger tasted, thumbs up.

 

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Flew over to Cuckoo Callay’s Summer Nest

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Hello foodie friends!!! 😀 😀 😀

Some of you may or may not have noticed I haven’t been posting any of my food adventures on Nessy Eater Blog for the past month. I sincerely apologise. I’ve been receiving emails and been asked “Where is Nessy Eater?” or “When is Nessy Eater next posting?” Thank you for your concerns, we are gradually returning soon. Having Nessy Eater is almost as important as knowing my house keys are in my pocket, so FYI I won’t be leaving this blog anytime soon. Moving on I hope you brought your appetite along because this post has got a feast in store. Don’t panic if your belt has burst along the way, I’m sure somewhere down the road you’ll find it.

Man, it’s no secret that I lost the plot at Cuckoo Callay earlier this year and to be honest I lost the plot again, but this time a four legged creature had to join the party and witness my reaction as well. It is incredible this Modern Australian café in Newtown has gotten so much attention. Not because it is seconds away from Newtown Station, but their brunch menu has gotten people talking about it. Their trendy menu is proven to be unique for a lot of foodie friends, especially the #Hashtag Brown and with good reason Cuckoo Callay has decided to welcome the #Hashtag Browns 2.0.

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Cat fight started when the Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) arrived looking super adorable in their coloured glass milk bottle. It was quickly demolished before our feast began. This salted caramel beverage will knock your socks off with a magical sweetness that is not overwhelming and it tastes indulgent with that subtle hint of saltiness.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (1)Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) (Note: This is not the actual serving size.)

If you’re feeling a little bit cheeky during brunch hour, then Cuckoo Callay has got you covered with their cuckootails menu. The Bloody Cuckoo ($12) contains Vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and heavily garnished with slices of pickles, green olive and a strand of fresh celery. Now that girlfriend is how you kick start the day!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (2)Bloody Cuckoo ($12)

Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15) owned the stage when it arrived looking super healthy. Jam packed with coconut quinoa that looked like pearls of sago and date bircher, I think this is the simplest, yet most delicious and nutritious way to start the day. It’s also served with chunks of fresh mango and house made blood orange marmalade that totally looked like slices of red capsicum. The texture of this dish turns out light and chewy, however it leans towards a creamy like porridge consistency. The flavour of the coconut quinoa seduced me good…real good. It is a very super earthy dish for those who like it all natural.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (3)Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15)

When I was a child, I remember fairy tales had happy endings and for Cinderella’s story if she didn’t leave the party before midnight, her carriage would turn back into a pumpkin. Well that’s just one side of the story, whereas Cuckoo Callay can argue Cinderella had to leave before midnight because she needed to prepare Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17) the next morning for Newtown commuters. Don’t expect the pumpkin to turn into a carriage as it will only be served as pumpkin fritters with house cured salmon, poached egg, house made basil pesto and fresh heirloom tomatoes. The fritter was bursting with intense flavours and alluring aromas of pumpkin scattered around Newtown station. You’ll lick your plate clean when you continue devouring the salmon and poached egg that had a sensational gooey texture. You won’t be able to resist not ordering this dish for summer because who isn’t a big fan of Cinderella? The only downfall about this dish is they didn’t offer a glass slipper…I really wanted to know if I was right for Prince Charming…Oh well! Maybe next time. Haha 😛

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (4)Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17)

If you have ever looked at an egg and thought, “HOT DAAMN chook, that looks good,” you should know that you are not alone my friend.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (5)Cinderella’s egg porn

Cuckoo Callay also have an extensive menu for the pets and their most popular pick is the pupachino ($3) that contain goat’s milk. We asked Ziggi to test it out for us and his response “I Woof-ing love it!”.

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There were a lot of puparazzi watching Ziggi express his love for his pupachino. It’s impawsible not to grin when you see this furpaw dig his face into his beverage.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (7)Ziggi enjoying his Pupachino ($3)

My little foodie wildling came out when the Bubbles that Squeak ($18) arrived at our table. The bubble and squeak pattie tastes very much like mashed potato. The outside is almost a lovely golden brown, maybe just a bit over the golden colour but I avoided judging a book by its cover because it turned out amazingly delicious. The smell made it even more desirable to eat with the inside being it all spaghetti cabbage. EHRMAGHERD!!! And if you thought that pattie was good in your books…wait till you try their duck sausage served with house made chilli chutney and a poached egg. It’s not a party until the sausage comes out. From the first bite you’d know the sausage uses premium ingredients as it had its own flavours. It felt like meat candy to me because I may have had a few more slices than others…

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It was nice to meat you Black Forest Smokehouse duck sausage. I hope to see you again soon so we can catchup with the poached egg. Yes, it’s another one of those Instagram worthy videos of egg porn.

I thought it was fun to see a butterfly presentation in the Speedy Gonzalez ($18) or perhaps I was imaging things. Back to planet Earth and this dish includes two breakfast burritos with sliced chorizo, turtle bean relish, fried eggs, marinated avocado and sour cream & chive dressing. Now if that’s too hot for you to handle then Ziggi is more than happy to help you demolish the entire dish.

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Oh no! I maybe now facing a prison sentence for showing you too much egg porn. For now I better end this egg porn business here and at an appropriate time show you some more soon.

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What also grabbed Ziggi’s attention and mine was the pupples ($2) served in a pink sterling silver bowl. I think when someone mentioned to me about the pupples biscuit I may have raised my hand for one. Excuse me while I woof-it-out with Ziggi…

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Can confirm Ziggi enjoyed his treats and got table service too. Now that is showing commitment to pets and pet owners. I give an extra brown point to Cuckoo Callay for that!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (12)What did Ziggi think about those pupples? He said “I WOOF it!” 

Mary Had a Little Lamb lends itself to parody very well with one of Cuckoo Callay’s lamb dish- Beeting the Sheep ($19). This Lebanese inspired dish has got full flavours of Lebanese spices. It’s the curiosity that makes me want to know more about Mary’s little lamb. This dish includes slow cooked lamb in pastry served with goat’s curd, toasted pine nuts, pickled beetroot, radish and snow-pea tendrils salad. Embrace the madness of this lamb because not only is it tender but it’s quite homey and comforting. With the added crispy paper thin pastry, I was thoroughly entertained by this dish. The curd, nuts, relish and salad fit so well together that this dish was flawless.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (13)Beeting the Sheep ($19)

Was this the Best.Chips.Ever ($9)? Errrrr….well….err…I thought otherwise. I think it was the Best.Presenation.Ever because each chippie was MASSIVE, like MASSIVE! To compare the length of those chips, I’d say it’s the size of a highlighter but longer. Please note: there’s nothing sexual about this. No sexual connotation was involved! Teehee. Besides the length, the chips turned out to be not as crunchy as I pictured in my head, however the flavours were there.

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Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (15)Look at the size of this thang?!

Laughter is the best medicine, so is the Dr Salmon ($19) if you have a salmon fetish. This dish really has become one of my all time favourite. It consists of citrus cured salmon, black quinoa, avocado, fennel, blood orange, French radish and snow-pea tendrils with a lime and ginger dressing. The salmon had a refreshing citrus flavour and a pleasing red colour. Not only is this dish healthy but extremely versatile for summer brunch.

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I want to see you again Mother Ducker ($22) because I didn’t think it was physically possible for me to eat the green lentils, shallots and shaved asparagus all in the one plate. You should have seen the look of my eyes when the plate had vanished from my table. I was also blown away by the savoury pulled duck and poached egg with chilli jam. I really wanted to eat the desired amount however it wouldn’t be lady like of me…maybe next time.

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Do you want to build a Snowman in Summer ($16)? If you desire salad for lunch then this won’t disappoint your tastebuds. Generously served with marinated Dutch carrot salad with blanched kale, avocado, toasted pepitas and lemon yogurt dressing.

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There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of Homemade Lemonade ($5) on a warm day during summer.

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Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (20)Quirky interior design at Cuckoo Callay

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (21)Could Ziggi be the next Dogue model? This little fellow is such a poser!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (22)Espresso with milk ($3.50)

For those with a sweet tooth the Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15) is the perfect  finish to a meal. This brioche French toast includes maple bacon, peanut caramel, whipped ricotta, cornflakes and maple syrup. I believe this will be another Instagram worthy dish that must be shared. The brioche is quite a flaky, buttery crust that crumbles just as you bite into it. As for that juicy strip of maple meat, well it was BACON ME CRAZY, even after I left the cafe. Overall owners Ella and Ibby have got my attention once again. They’ve transformed ordinary breakfast and lunch to something that’s Alice and Wonderland for Nessy Eater Girl. It is truly a cafe you wouldn’t want to miss in Newtown.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (23)Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15)

Photos by Vanny Tang

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Three Williams New Spring Menu

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Just in time for spring, Three Williams has just launched a BRAND NEW MENU. As a loyal customer, we know Three Williams doesn’t normally open on weeknights, however I’ve heard in the next few months they may be extending its hours. Over the past few weeks, they have been serving specials and for some of these dishes they’re going to be mains on the new menu. Feeling cheeky, my body was ready to sample a smorgasbord of delicious additions. Three Williams have been doing a pretty dame good job with serving their devilish French toast and classic narnies. To get to know each other a bit more, guests sat down just for this event.

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So much personality was around the Super smoothie ($8) – I had feelings for this cheeky energetic boosting drink as it consisted of apricot, apple, LSA and banana. You’d go on panic mode if you don’t act soon to ordering this. The smoothie provides many essential vitamins and minerals that plays a very important role in the body. Personally, I don’t often cross paths with smoothies that include ginger, kale or cinnamon (dairy free), but this caught my tastebuds attention on the first sip that did consist of it. You’d want to add this to your morning as it tastes so refreshing with that punch of ginger in the jawline under the tongue. Luckily the ginger is not overpowering, so you are able to the sweet apple and cinnamon. There’s definitely banana somewhere because the consistency is thick, however very easy to sip.

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Super smoothie ($8)

I was on competition mode when the Crispy school prawns ($8) arrived at our table. With six hungry food bloggers, I’m sure I was a gorilla who just dived my fork and knife first to every dish that arrives at our table. Wait a minute…gorilla’s use cutlery?! The crispy school prawns is going to be another charming sentiment to the snacks section. I honestly didn’t expect this dish would be the under $10 budget because it’s seafood and secondly it’s crazy delicious. You certainly can’t spot any oiliness, but you may feel threatened by some of the prawns as they are quite sharp around the mouth.

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Crispy school prawns ($8)

I was like YEAAAAAH when I saw the Seasonal house made soda ($5 cup/ $12 jug) coming towards our table. I think I need to shave my legs for this Raspberry and Lime soda because it certainly reminded me of summer. There is a nice light fizziness that came along with this soda. The colour looks amazingly gorgeous and the flavour is packed with more lime then raspberry. So shout out to the raspberries to bring in more of their flavour!!!!

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Seasonal house made soda ($5 cup/ $12 jug)

The suspense was killing me that the narnies was next up on our tasting menu and what better way to socialise with the other guests was to comment on their Instagram or Facebook. The moment finally arrived and so much quality time was spent on the first narnie that contains herb rubbed free range roast duck with roast pears, rocket, apple balsamic and aioli ($16).

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Narnie: Roast Duck with roast pears, rocket, apple balsamic and aioli ($16)

For my childish behaviour, I had to do what was right and undress the first layer of the narnie bread to see closely all the other ingredients. Whoa, WHOA, WHOOAAAA, I think I’ve taken ownership as soon as Cath from Confessions of a Glutton passed the rest of the narnie to me. Let me be truthfully honest, I ate ¾ quarters of that narnie and I am not afraid to admit that I liked it. The roast pears were sensational and I was completely glued to the juicy tender roast duck pieces. As for that narnie, it’s still super soft and ready to be tackled by me. It’s an excellent combination with that creamy aioli sauce and the green piece of healthy rocket.

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Only I would do this to a narnie. UNWRAP IT BABY!

There’s no excuse for me to hold back on the second narnie that includes wild mushrooms, baby spinach, truffle balsamic, stracchino cheese sauce and parmesan ($15). Keeping it classy this time, I decide to let my fork guide me to the mushrooms first. I can definitely see myself converting into a vegetarian. It’s such a down to Earth narnie that the truffle balsamic got everyone’s attention without having to try so hard to sell itself. Call me crazy but those mushrooms with the truffle balsamic and cheese sauce has got to one day turn it into a salad or a side dish. Not holding back, I tried to get as many mushrooms in mouth as possible. Like I said, I’m ready to convert into a vegetable!!! FYI it’s RARE for me to say that because I absolutely HEART MEAT.

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Got to appreciate that wildness in this narnie. ($15)

There’s a mixture of feelings with the Grilled Atlantic octopus tossed with savoy cabbage, chilli, radish preserved lemon, hazelnuts and jalapeno dressing ($17). You can find a true voice in this salad as there’s an exquisite place of balance of sweet and sour, crunch from the cabbage and hazelnuts and chewiness from the sliced soft octopus. There’s so much texture on this plate that it made it hard for me to really define the speciality of this salad, however outstanding presentation of colours on this dish.

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Grilled Atlantic octopus salad ($17)

What’s next is the organic tofu with charred broccolini, roasted almonds, Japanese seaweed and fresh peas ($15). I loved getting to know the natural flavours and textures of this healthy dish. Tofu and almonds seems to be two of the hottest condiments in any salad across Sydney, but it gets fancier when the broccolini welcomes itself on stage. I can see myself settle down with this.

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Organic tofu with charred broccolini, roasted almonds, Japanese seaweed and fresh peas ($15)

I got lost when my lips kissed the Slow roasted free range pork lion with the smeared caramelized apple puree on the plate and crafted cherry tomato with black pudding ($18). I felt a connection with the flavoursome pork lion. Mild in flavour with sweet and savory ingredients from the apples and tomatoes. It’s one well-cooked pork lion that makes a sumptuous and unforgettable experience.

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Slow roasted free range pork lion ($18)

I honestly don’t need to introduce the Beer batter chips with home made ailoi because it’s always an essential aspect of creativity to any meal you order here at Three Williams. I will point out it’s EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE! I tried persuading my right hand to settle down with just one more chippie, but no, suddenly my left hand decides to participate in this game.

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Beer batter chips with home made ailoi, MUST HAVE IN YOUR BELLY!

There was chemistry between me and the Rangers Valley mbs 7+ wagyu minute steak with red wine butter and chips ($19). I was so impressed how that minute steak can be so tender, though we had issues with cutting this piece of steak. It wasn’t the steaks fault, it was because the ladies weren’t strong enough to cut through that juicy piece of meat. I’m sorry I haven’t been working out at the vending machine lately. As for the red wine butter, it look so airy and bubbly, it instantly reminded me of paté.

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Rangers Valley mbs 7+ wagyu minute steak ($19)

Feeling like my dress is about to explode the Pan seared market fish with pea puree, broad beans and snow pea tendrils ($20) arrive looking glamourous in green. I underestimated the silver dory as it turned out to be packed full of flavour. You’d be able to smell the aromatic pea puree and the fish flakes easily with a fork. This dish really brightens up any lunch and the seasoning on the fish is properly distributed.

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Pan seared market fish ($20)

My jaw actually dropped when the Crunchy brioche French toast with caramel bananas, hazelnuts and Belgian chocolate ($16) came looking like this. I kind of got a little bit distracted at how this toast can look so innocent, yet it’s so devilish inside. Not to pump me full of sugar or anything, but there’s so many possible reasons why I shouldn’t share this with six other girls. If you naturally assumed I’d be attached to this, you’re right!!! I felt an electric commitment with every single ingredient on this dish. It’s so wrong, yet so right! The toast itself looks trenched full of oil, but kids once you slice through this brioche, surprisingly it’s so light and fluffy inside. The crunchy brioche was so incredibly fun that I couldn’t decline the displayed French toast. Yes, the girls table had TWO BRIOCHE! My body couldn’t help it. I’m just rolling with it, no biggie.

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Crunchy brioche French toast with caramel bananas, hazelnuts and Belgian chocolate ($16)

This concludes my trip to Three Williams and I am up for anything, particularly the crispy school prawns, brioche French toast and OH the narnies, off course. Three Williams really knows how to drop a major bomb on its customers. They don’t seem to hold back on justifying their own dishes and does one hell of a job at it. Applause to their outstanding team and thank you Three Williams for listening to their loyal customers feedback because there are introducing ALL DAY BREAKFAST!

Photos by Vanny Tang

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Breading Bad at Brasserie Bread Gluten-Free Baking Workshop

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Fancy baking in a bakery? How about an evening making a loaf of gluten-free bread and shortcrust pastry? At Brasserie Bread, they have come up with one of the best gluten-free slumber baking party ideas ever. It’s a rare chance to spend 3 hours with an artisan baker and learn the technical skills from starter to finish. For ($160 per person) max 10 students per course, this intimate workshop allows you go create and bake an amazing gluten-free bread loaf, a foccacia-style cornbread and a smoked trout & goats cheese tart with natural ingredient. In 2013 the Brasserie Bread has won sourdough loaf and Gold Medal at the RAS Sydney Fine Food Show Awards and in 2014 winner of champion sourdough & organic bread at sydney royal fine food show. The bakery is always occupied with a variety of hot fresh baked breads and pastries. For those who like to attempt making gluten-free bread, Brasserie Bread offer evening classes. You wouldn’t want to miss out breaducation, if you happen to like bread.

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Gluten-Free Baking Workshop at Banksmeadow Bakery.

At 1:30pm sharp, the breaducation door was wide open and whilst we wait for other guests to arrive, I go do my Nessy thang. Wandering around with my camera and trying snoop around and see how a bakery looks like. This crazy large kitchen has a lot of personality and I am talking about GIGANTIC mixer and LARGE oven, it’s a dream baking kitchen alright. We were almost ready to begin, but it was nice of Artisan Baker Jo to let us introduce ourselves. Just a few centimeters to my left, I happen to be standing next to Go Bake Yourself! Urvashi is incredibly an awesome baker and you’d want her to bake you something everyday! Also standing next to Urvashi, Grab Your Fork’s cousin, Yvonne happens to be in the house. What a small world! This woman is seriously a baking enthusiast as she mentioned this would be her second class. SUPER KEEN BEAN!

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Baking 3 Hours of gluten-free bread is fun for everyone.

Enough of me waffling and we start off with our starter ingredients to make Gluten-Free Bread Loaf. This includes organic gluten free flour, organic buckwheat flour, organic besan flour, river salt, raw sugar, fresh yeast, extra virgin olive oil, milk, water, xanthan gum and biga. Jo mentions that in the gluten free flour, there is a mixture of organic gluten free flour, 75% organic brown rice flour, 12.5% millet, 12.5% buckwheat. Top secret tip: For every 500grams of this mix, add 1tablespoon of gelatine, so this let’s the bread mingle well together. With the mix of these organic flours and gelatine it helps create a better tastier characteristics, especially the tendency of the bread is quite strong. For the gluten free enthusiast, Jo recommends Eating Gluten Free and Bette Hagman’s recipes. After Jo introduces us to gluten-free ingredients and our schedule, we hop to it with our mixing. We blended our fresh yeast, raw sugar, salt to our cup of milk, then poured it straight into our bowl and mixed thoroughly together till it looks sticky.

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 This is not so hard! Gluten-Free Bread Loaf here I come.

Next, we add water and oil, then continue mixing thoroughly till you get a nice mushy texture.

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 Adding 40ml of extra virgin oil plus 80ml of water into the mixing bowl.

After a nice arm workout with mixing, add 200 grams of biga into the mixing bowl. Did you know? Biga is a natural fermenting dough that is used to create a breads characteristics of flavour.

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That’s 200 grams of Biga.

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 Mixing all ingredients together.

Well that’s a wrap for Gluten Free Bread Loaf. Just kidding! We had no choice to say farewell to these babies for about an hour so they can bulk ferment in a warm place. We all had to make sure our bowls were covered in clean wrap, so no flavours dissolve out in open.

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Placing these Gluten-Free Bread Loaf mixture into the refrigerate room before baking.

Eagerly waiting for a next activity, Jo introduces us to Lupin. Lupin is a fantastic ingredient as it contains LOW GI and HIGH in PROTEIN (up to 40%) and great health benefit for those participating high content of dietary fibre. It is made from dehulled leguminous lupin kernels, not maize. From an Artisan Baker’s perspective, Jo suggest Kialla Pure is an excellent choice to making gluten free products, however if you don’t have that then use whatever that best fits you.

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 Jo talks about the ingredients we were using.

For making our Gluten Free Focaccia, it was exactly the same steps to making Gluten Free Bread Loaf. However slight difference with ingredients: organic gluten free flour, river salt, raw sugar, fresh yeast, organic Lupin flour, extra virgin olive oil, milk, water, xanthan gum and biga. After combining all ingredients together, cover it with clean wrap and store in a warm place. During the waiting process, six lucky guests including myself got the opportunity to go behind the scene and witness Brasserie Bread baking world. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos, but let me point this out, it was FREAKEN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE! It felt like Willy Wonka Wonderland, except this one’s for the bread fanatics. We stopped at the croissant pastry room and endless trays of croissants were waiting to be baked. We even witnessed bakers who had no gloves on taking out hot crisp sourdough bread straight out of the oven. That’s unbelievably insane!

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 Excitingly waiting to place the mixture into that tiny tray.

I know! Time flies and our Gluten Free Bread Loaf mixture was ready. I am going to make sure this bread is going to look attractive to eat. But first, let me out scoop 250 grams of Gluten- Free Bread Loaf mixture to take home and test it out in my own oven.

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We were allowed to take home 250g Gluten-Free Bread Loaf mixture

Jo suggests we should sprinkle nothing but sesame seeds to add that additional flavour to our loaf of bread. Hmmmmmm I can smell it already!

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 Get ready to get baked Gluten-Free Bread Loaf.

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Can’t wait to see how these bad boys will turn out. 

Once these adorable tins are in the oven, get your hands dirty cause it’s time for Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry. Each guest gets one piece of already made mixture that has been refrigerated for at least 1 hour before ready to use.

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 Excited to make Gluten-Free Shortcrust Pastry.

Closely listening and examining Jo’s method of placing the shortcrust onto the tin seemed super easy, but when I done it, it was a bit of a struggle. Luckily, a great tip Jo mentioned is use your roller to evenly shape the edges of the crust. Once you have enough confidence with the mold of your crust, add baking beans to hold the shape before place it in the oven.

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 Baking beans are used to get the shortcrust pastry to hold their shape before putting it in the oven.

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees, then push the tarts into the oven for 10 minutes until slightly golden brown. My tart almost looks golden brown, but don’t forget I need to add a few things then back in the oven again.

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Hey! My gluten-free shortcrust pastry turned out not so bad  for a first timer. 

Jo offered us smoked trout, goats cheese, caramelised onion, ricotta and pesto to fill up a lovely tarts. Once all guests were finished showing-off their presentation talents, tarts went straight back in the oven again for about 10 minutes.

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 The best part about making gluten-free tart is filling it with smoked troutgoats cheesecaramelised onion and pesto.

What do you think? The crust was perfectly baked and texture was very nice and crumbly with a hint of buttery flavour.

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TA DA! My work of art 😀

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Fruit flavour refreshments : Frou Frou Cordials is a must try! Taste very fancy without any preservaties, colouring or artificial flavours.

Back to the bakery lab and our Gluten Free Focaccia is ready for us to mold. Before that Jo gives us some helpful hints to create the perfect flavours to our focaccia and that’s adding extra virgin olive oil. Once we’ve completed shaping our Focaccia, it’s ready to get baked!

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 Allow the mixture to ‘bulk fermet‘ for at least 1 hour in a warm place.

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Jo demonstrating how to decorate the gluten-free focaccia.

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 Time to top the Gluten-Free Focaccia with desired ingredients. 

Can’t believe I made my own Gluten Free Bread Loaf!!! I like I am one step closer to becoming the perfect future housewife 😛

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 Our Gluten-Free Bread Loaf is ready!

Ok ok, I confess and Urvashi can be my witness that most of the time I was the kid in this class. Everyone elses Gluten Free Focaccia turned out to be a normal, except mine and Urvashi. Haha! You see Urvashi focaccia and my Franklinstein focaccia got married in the baking room. They were baking it out for 15 minutes in the oven and they look perfectly happy with a nice golden crisp tan face. They make an excellent couple because they both have wonderful red sun dried tomatoes and sprinkles of rosemary smile and oh, can’t forget dusted cheddar cheese to add that extra personality.

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Haha! Urvashi and I may of decorated our Gluten-Free Focaccia in a different manner.  

Before we left, it was my duty to go for a BREAD-ING SPREE with Yvonne and Urvashi. Can you imagine how much bread and danishes one can take home and eat? Brasserie Bread have an enormous supply of bread, cake and pastries. It honestly didn’t take us long to decide what bread to take home because everything smelt so delicious, my body was ready for it.

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 WOW! Is this bread heaven or what?! ❤ ❤ ❤

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 Ready to eat Olive & Rosemary Loaf 

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 Love to whack someone in the head with the Rustic Loaf. KIDDING! Or am I ? 😛

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 All the French Pastry one could ever ask for! 

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 This is where beautiful breads and pastries are made. 

I only have one sentence to sum up my BREAD-ING SPREE feelings. DAMMMMMN GIRL!!!! Mama’s bringing home the bread. 😛 I apologise to you readers in advance that your eyes will have to witness a few disturbing photos and maybe some side effects include craving for bread and pastries.

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Just doing my BREAD SPREE  with Urvashi at Brasserie Bread Bakery store. No biggie!

Let me introduce you to some unique breads that Brasserie Bread has to offer!!! You won’t be bored from this bakery. Behold! Organic Sourdough – Large Bakers Round that’s the size of my face and BIGGER.

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French Mountain Bread – Large Bakers Round-It’s TWO TIMES BIGGER than my FACE. 

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Granary Toast Loaf packed with variety of 6 grains.

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The Kalamata Olives & Fresh Rosemary Boule ($7.50) is great with soup.

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Walnut & Fig Loaf ($7.50) contains chock-full of walnuts and dried figs and is the ultimate fruit sourdough.

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Ready to take on the world with my my French Mountain shield and Rustic sword. 

(Excuse my messy Nessy hair, I just came back from a battle).

I am not ashamed of myself for not being that typical girl who enjoys shopping spree at a shopping center ( don’t get me wrong, I love that too), but I rather get some carbs in my system and go all bread-ing bad at the bakery.Teehee.

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 Nessy Eater girl clearly brings home the bread. Haha!

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest to Brasserie Bread Gluten-Free Baking Workshop, thanks to Brasserie Bread.

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