Gumtree Goodfood

Gumtree Goodfood is a boutique place in South Yarra, Middle Park, and Albert Park. Here they sell the best items and before the Covid19 they used to let everyone taste stuff. We loved tasting the wines and now when restrictions are lifted I would love to go back there and buy a bottle just for myself at home.

Here they sell the freshest food and the nicest cheeses. Pre Covid19 they let everyone try the cheeses and the wines. The wines were really lovely and are all local

They not only sell fresh food but they sell pantry goods and ready made meals. I loved buying snacks and other sundries from there.

Do support them as they need your support. They only stock the best food around and they support local producers,.


Chocolate cake for World Chocolate day

World Chocolate Day is on the 7th of July and I know that we can’t all be together. This is an annual event and last year I had great fun celebrating it at San Churro with their free hot beverages. So I was thinking of a simple chocolate cake that you can make at home. The cake that I was thinking of was the chocolate mud cake which is cheap, yet satisfying.

And you don’t even have to leave home to make this and enjoy your day. People these days are bored of being stuck at home.

Recipe by Nichomecooking

The day is all about chocolate which we all love and love to share with people.

Even though there is great sadness in the world and we all can’t be together, we can still enjoy chocolate from the comfort of our own home.

I enjoyed a brownie outside in support of a favourite cafe Wolf and Hound. We should all do our part in supporting our favourite cafes.


The bakeoff trend: how long will this last?

We were inspired by NPR’s article to write our own.

During lockdown we baked a lot of things as people had time on their hands to do so. Some people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic so they might not have enough money to buy bread. We think this will last a while.

The New Daily says that the demand for flour has gone up and so has the cake mixes.

They were faced with the mandatory task of making breakfast, lunch and dinner when all the restaurants were shut in March.

Just before lockdown in Australia, the supermarket shelves were empty of baking products as people panic bought. Now that the restrictions are easing the baking shelves are full again. The other day I went to the supermarket needing to buy sugar and there was lots of sugar left. If I went during the panic buying season there would be none left.

Now that the lockdowns have eased people are contemplating whether to dine out or not due to the cleanliness of places. Hence baking is here to stay.

Just this week I heard that there was a second wave of lockdowns in Melbourne. I wonder if people will do more baking during that time at home. Its also school holidays in Australia so there might be a bit more baking action going on!


What Covid19 is doing to our food habits

Covid19 has changed our food habits and not for the better.

I read this article on Food Politics and wondered if Australia is doing the same thing. We probably are.

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The isolation period during Covid19 has seen us cooking more and baking more in iso. As such people have gained weight by doing that. Our physical health has declined a bit. We did a bit of research on Instagram and found that there were 19.7k + posts on iso baking and 43.5k+ posts on isolation baking. Covidbaking got 28.3k posts. Lockdown baking got 83.9k posts. This says that a lot of people did baking during these times because they were so bored at home

The tag covidtakeout has 500+ posts on Instagram. Many Australians got takeaway during this time and that has contributed to weight gain

Also the biggest change would have to be the cooking. Many people have taken up cooking and buying their food locally.

People are snacking a lot more out of boredom. Some of us think about food more and we try to make that change to eating more healthy foods.

So what do we need to do to get out of this mess?

We need to regain our self control over food and do other things like learn some new exercises. There are lots of new exercises on Youtube.

We also need to make more soups and things other than baking.

Now that things are open up again such as the gym, why not go there once a week? Or you could train for that marathon that you always wanted to do next year!

Oh and you can still have that cake, but only as a treat!


How to make bread at home

Now that we are all in lockdown and for some of us we may have lost our job as well. We may not have the extra money for bread every day. A loaf of bread costs about $4-$7 depending on the brand. And then depending on how many people live in your house you might finish that loaf a few days later and need to buy another.

So you might want to make your own at home

You will need yeast, flour, bread mix, milk and water. Oh and for those that love raisin toast dried raisins. A bread maker will come in handy. Perhaps you were given one last Christmas and never got around to using it? Well now heres that chance.

A packet of bread mix will set you back by $3.50-$16 depending on the brand that you buy. We love Lauke’s bread mix and you can make multiple loaves of bread.

Deep South Texas has this recipe below.

Do give bread making a go. It should be a lot of fun.


Cooking with Montague apples

Montague Apples have been around for a number of years now. During the Autumn and Winter seasons apples are quite cheap as they are in season. You can buy them from your local green groccer and independant stores such as IGA. During the Coronavirus times these businesses need your money to survive.

Here you can make apple pie which is what I love during winter. We used this recipe (the recipe is from Cooking with Tovia who is on Youtube) which they used Macintosh apples instead of Montague apples. But you can use Montauge apples for this (or apples of any sort)!

We usually buy store bought crust as we don’t have time to make our own.

Do enjoy Apple pie as a dessert or as an afternoon tea. The ones that are store bought can be too sweet so do try and make your own with Montague apples.


Easy Apple pie using the pie maker

Now that we are all stuck indoors and with not a lot of takeaway going on, I wanted to bring this easy Apple pie recipe.

We have this pie maker at home which is from Sunbeam. It was given to us as a gift one Christmas but we never got to use it until now. We used their recipe which is listed here. It is so easy to do.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg granny smith apples, peeled, core removed, roughly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground all spice
  • ¼ cup plain flour

Method

  1. Place all ingredients; expect flour, in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir occasionally for 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft.
  2. Remove some sauce from the pot and combine with flour. Add back to the pot, stirring constantly, until all flour is combined.
  3. Bring back to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Place apple mixture in a clean container and allow to cool to room temperature before making pies.
  5. Heat up your Sunbeam Pie Magic Family Pie Maker. Place base pastry in the pie maker, and fill with pie filling. Cover with a pastry top, and close your pie maker. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

Rustica Sourdough

We write this as part of our Febfast where we gave up on added sugars!

Rustica Sourdough is a bakery in Melbourne and here they are really popular with the locals in Fitzroy. So much so that there is another store in Melbourne central. This store would suit International students and locals just fine as it is a healthy eating cafe.

The staff are lovely and down to earth and at 3:30pm when we went last time they were happy to serve us even though they have worked a long and tiring day. It’s always busy with people

I really liked their vegan breakfast bar as it is a good way to start the morning and they were Instagram worthy. Here they were not too sweet and aimed at 160-200 calories this bar is a must for those that want to lose the weight.

Also I love their teas and relaxed environment! It is in a shopping centre and it has some seating outside its store as well as inside. They also have a great range of coffees and I enjoy their cold brew.

If you are in Melbourne central do come by and check out their awesome coffees on Level 2 where all the clothing stores are.


Crumbs Organic Bakehouse

This place is in Ascot Vale and they are known to do the best pizza. They are on a tram line and you can catch the 57 tram from the city to this place.

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Everything here is under $15 and most of the food is under $10. It is cash only. Their coffees are huge and stellar. Service is really friendly with a smile and they are happy to answer any questions you might have about their food.

Here their vegetarian pizzas are made on site. They are square and big for $4 per slice. Outside you would buy a slice and they won’t have much nutritional goodness in there.

I really love the olive and red onion one as that is the best pizza in town. And they don’t use a lot of wheat in their breads. Rather it is rice flour.

I have had their buns before too and they are lovely.

I have had their spinach and feta filo pastry and it is just divine. Here the pastry was piping hot and just like the way my mother would make this at home except bigger and it was $5.

Do go and visit this little gem in Ascot Vale and take home some baked goods as well.

Find them at:

170 Union Road, Ascot Vale, Melbourne

 


Noisette

Noisette is a French bakery in Port Melbourne. Here they do the finest bread and I have been to the one in Prahran Market. Because I am on the quit sugar month I could not have any of that sweet stuff. So instead with my Scoopon I bought a loaf of raisin bread for people as well as a salted caramel pod for someone.

The Scoopon was $8 for $15 to spend.

 

The bathrooms are just behind the counter and they are clean. The service there was very friendly and the lady smiled. There is an eat in area.

The bad was great and it was not too sweet. Here it was thick to cut and it still stayed fresh in the fridge after a week. But boy it was heavy to carry.

Do come to Noisette for your baked goods.