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PORRIJOne of the things I miss the most post-coeliac diagnosis is not being able to eat oats! So versatile, so filling, and so yum. I’ve tried to make gluten free porridge with quinoa, but that didn’t turn out so well, so I have been super keen to try out Brookfarm’s new gf Porrij. I finally tried it out last week, and GUYS IT WAS LIKE EATING REAL PORRIDGE. It was really just like normal porridge, except maybe a bit nuttier due to the ingredients — which I think made it better. I find porridge extremely bland if I don’t have a 50/50 ratio of ‘stuff on top’, so I topped it with a heap of blueberries, almonds, pepitas, honey and cinnamon. Ultimate breakfast.
Sep 10

PORRIJ

One of the things I miss the most post-coeliac diagnosis is not being able to eat oats! So versatile, so filling, and so yum. I’ve tried to make gluten free porridge with quinoa, but that didn’t turn out so well, so I have been super keen to try out Brookfarm’s new gf Porrij. I finally tried it out last week, and GUYS IT WAS LIKE EATING REAL PORRIDGE. It was really just like normal porridge, except maybe a bit nuttier due to the ingredients — which I think made it better. I find porridge extremely bland if I don’t have a 50/50 ratio of ‘stuff on top’, so I topped it with a heap of blueberries, almonds, pepitas, honey and cinnamon. Ultimate breakfast.

BILL’S RICOTTA HOTCAKES W/ HONEYCOMB BUTTERI was introduced to Bill Granger’s amazing food when a friend took me to Granger & Co. in Notting Hill. I had the ricotta hotcakes, couldn’t believe how good they were and we went back numerous Saturday mornings before wandering down to Portobello. I’m yet to be to Bill’s in Sydney and it’s a bit far to travel for pancakes so I thought I’d give them a go myself.  Bill’s version are NOT gluten free, so I tweaked the recipe to make them so.  I used buckwheat flour, and because of the ricotta, I honestly don’t think they tasted any different.  Served with the honeycomb butter, bananas, maple syrup and icing sugar, they turned out better than expected (and almost like the real thing!).1 + 1/3 cups ricotta3/4 cup milk4 eggs (separated)1 cup buckwheat flour1 tsp baking powder50g butterpinch of salt honeycomb butter: 250g unsalted butter100g crushed honeycomb2 tbsp honeyCombine ricotta, milk and egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Sift flour, baking powder and salt and add to the ricotta mixture until just combined.  Place egg whites into a separate bowl and beat until still peaks form, then fold through batter in two batches. Cook in pan with butter and serve with honeycomb butter.You can have a look at Bill’s recipe here for the exact instructions and how to make the honeycomb butter.  The butter is what makes these amazing, and they are perfect with bananas, maple syrup and a dusting of icing sugar!
Aug 26

BILL’S RICOTTA HOTCAKES W/ HONEYCOMB BUTTER

I was introduced to Bill Granger’s amazing food when a friend took me to Granger & Co. in Notting Hill. I had the ricotta hotcakes, couldn’t believe how good they were and we went back numerous Saturday mornings before wandering down to Portobello. I’m yet to be to Bill’s in Sydney and it’s a bit far to travel for pancakes so I thought I’d give them a go myself.  Bill’s version are NOT gluten free, so I tweaked the recipe to make them so.  I used buckwheat flour, and because of the ricotta, I honestly don’t think they tasted any different.  Served with the honeycomb butter, bananas, maple syrup and icing sugar, they turned out better than expected (and almost like the real thing!).

1 + 1/3 cups ricotta
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs (separated)
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g butter
pinch of salt 

honeycomb butter:
250g unsalted butter
100g crushed honeycomb
2 tbsp honey

Combine ricotta, milk and egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Sift flour, baking powder and salt and add to the ricotta mixture until just combined.  Place egg whites into a separate bowl and beat until still peaks form, then fold through batter in two batches. Cook in pan with butter and serve with honeycomb butter.

You can have a look at Bill’s recipe here for the exact instructions and how to make the honeycomb butter.  The butter is what makes these amazing, and they are perfect with bananas, maple syrup and a dusting of icing sugar!

HOPETOUN TEA ROOMSThe Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street, CBD. If you’ve ever walked through The Block Arcade at any time ever, I’m sure you’ve seen a ridiculously long line, thought what?, and kept on walking.  That’s the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, and if you didn’t go in it was probably because the crowd of people was blocking the insane cake display in their window (pictured). I’d wanted to go there for a while, but I wasn’t really sure if traditional Engish tea rooms catered for gluten free chaps such as myself. Safe to say, they do offer a Flourless Choc Berry and a Flourless Orange & Almond cake, as well as macaroons, so you don’t have to starve.  It’s not an amazing gluten free selection, but if you’re going mainly for the experience then it shouldn’t worry you.  A pot of tea and a piece of cake is sometimes all you need.I feel like I have to say that I was a terrible coeliac this day and my lack of self control got the better of me and, even though I had good intentions, I found myself ordering vanilla slice.  It’s one of my favourite things to eat and hadn’t eaten it since before I’d been diagnosed (I swear!).  It would be cruel to say how it tasted.
Jul 1

HOPETOUN TEA ROOMS

The Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street, CBD. 

If you’ve ever walked through The Block Arcade at any time ever, I’m sure you’ve seen a ridiculously long line, thought what?, and kept on walking.  That’s the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, and if you didn’t go in it was probably because the crowd of people was blocking the insane cake display in their window (pictured). I’d wanted to go there for a while, but I wasn’t really sure if traditional Engish tea rooms catered for gluten free chaps such as myself. Safe to say, they do offer a Flourless Choc Berry and a Flourless Orange & Almond cake, as well as macaroons, so you don’t have to starve.  It’s not an amazing gluten free selection, but if you’re going mainly for the experience then it shouldn’t worry you.  A pot of tea and a piece of cake is sometimes all you need.

I feel like I have to say that I was a terrible coeliac this day and my lack of self control got the better of me and, even though I had good intentions, I found myself ordering vanilla slice.  It’s one of my favourite things to eat and hadn’t eaten it since before I’d been diagnosed (I swear!).  It would be cruel to say how it tasted.

HOMEMADE MUESLIIf, like me, you can’t find a gluten free muesli that you like, then you’re going to have to make your own.  I don’t like raisins or sultanas very much and I’m just generally very particular with muesli—I’ve tried so many. I make a pretty mean muesli bar (I’ll save that for another day), so I thought I’d try it in cereal form.  I used quinoa flakes as a substitute for rolled oats (I miss oats!), but I would love to get my hands on some gluten free rolled oats but haven’t seen any yet (anyone have any leads?).  All quantities are subject to personal taste, and I just put in what looked about right. 2 cups quinoa flakesa few handfuls of organic corn flakesroughly chopped/whole almondsroughly chopped walnutssunflower seedspepitaschopped dates  (I love dates but you could put in sultanas, figs, cranberries)a sprinkle of chia seeds Then I just put them into a roasting dish, drizzled honey and a bit of oil over the top, tossed + repeated it a few times until the consistency was right and.. wulah!  It’s perfect with natural yogurt (and fresh strawberries/blueberries).  You can really put anything you like in this, and that’s what makes it so perfect.
Jun 27

HOMEMADE MUESLI

If, like me, you can’t find a gluten free muesli that you like, then you’re going to have to make your own.  I don’t like raisins or sultanas very much and I’m just generally very particular with muesli—I’ve tried so many. I make a pretty mean muesli bar (I’ll save that for another day), so I thought I’d try it in cereal form.  I used quinoa flakes as a substitute for rolled oats (I miss oats!), but I would love to get my hands on some gluten free rolled oats but haven’t seen any yet (anyone have any leads?).  All quantities are subject to personal taste, and I just put in what looked about right. 

2 cups quinoa flakes
a few handfuls of organic corn flakes
roughly chopped/whole almonds
roughly chopped walnuts
sunflower seeds
pepitas
chopped dates  (I love dates but you could put in sultanas, figs, cranberries)
a sprinkle of chia seeds 

Then I just put them into a roasting dish, drizzled honey and a bit of oil over the top, tossed + repeated it a few times until the consistency was right and.. wulah!  It’s perfect with natural yogurt (and fresh strawberries/blueberries).  You can really put anything you like in this, and that’s what makes it so perfect.

ELCEED610 Queensberry St, North Melbourne.I can’t see how you could hate anything about Elceed—it’s like saying something mean about your granny, and I know (well I hope) nothing bad is ever said about anyone over 70.  Elceed isn’t quite that old (it only opened last year), but it’s just as lovely:  dainty tea cups, homemade baked goods (always a winner), and jars for water glasses.  Your nanna would approve.Down the North Melbourne end of Queensberry, it’s not somewhere I go very often but I go there for Elceed.  As I go crazy over eggs, I can never decide what to get because all the breakfast dishes sound amazing.  Thankfully they serve gluten free bread, and to be honest I don’t mind that the bread is shitty because everything else is that good.  A personal fave is the poached eggs with haloumi, roast tomato, rocket + homemade pesto.  The poached eggs (which are always perfect) with avocado and spiced seeds is really good (if you love avo) and has a crunch to it.  As well as this they have daily specials like pies and soups, and always have fresh brownies, muffins and slices—usually at least one of which is gluten free.  And every time I go there they’ve invented a better batch of iced tea—last time it was vanilla, lemon and cranberry.Elceed is Melbourne vintage nanna-chic at it’s best. I think the breakfast menu is best, and you definitely have more than a few gluten free options.
Jun 12

ELCEED

610 Queensberry St, North Melbourne.

I can’t see how you could hate anything about Elceed—it’s like saying something mean about your granny, and I know (well I hope) nothing bad is ever said about anyone over 70.  Elceed isn’t quite that old (it only opened last year), but it’s just as lovely:  dainty tea cups, homemade baked goods (always a winner), and jars for water glasses.  Your nanna would approve.

Down the North Melbourne end of Queensberry, it’s not somewhere I go very often but I go there for Elceed.  As I go crazy over eggs, I can never decide what to get because all the breakfast dishes sound amazing.  Thankfully they serve gluten free bread, and to be honest I don’t mind that the bread is shitty because everything else is that good.  A personal fave is the poached eggs with haloumi, roast tomato, rocket + homemade pesto.  The poached eggs (which are always perfect) with avocado and spiced seeds is really good (if you love avo) and has a crunch to it.  As well as this they have daily specials like pies and soups, and always have fresh brownies, muffins and slices—usually at least one of which is gluten free.  And every time I go there they’ve invented a better batch of iced tea—last time it was vanilla, lemon and cranberry.

Elceed is Melbourne vintage nanna-chic at it’s best. I think the breakfast menu is best, and you definitely have more than a few gluten free options.

ALMOND CHOCOLATE CHIA BALLS

I love dates and I sometimes eat chia seeds, so I thought I’d try this recipe from edible perspective.  I used just almond meal instead of chia flour, and I put in 5 tablespoons cocoa but next time I would definitely only put in 3.  This is what I put in: 

1 cup almond meal
10 dates
2.5 tbl oil
3-4 tbl cocoa
2 tbl chia seeds
3 tbl coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
a pinch of salt
Jun 8

ALMOND CHOCOLATE CHIA BALLS


I love dates and I sometimes eat chia seeds, so I thought I’d try this recipe from edible perspective.  I used just almond meal instead of chia flour, and I put in 5 tablespoons cocoa but next time I would definitely only put in 3.  This is what I put in: 


ARCADIA193 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.There are so many things for me to love about Arcadia. If there’s two things you should know about me is that I love a good poached egg at all times of the day (breakfast food for lunch, always), and I have a terrible sweet tooth (and ridiculous propensity to consume sweet things).  SO Arcadia’s magical blackboard menu high on the wall is a beautiful thing, because there is what you would call a plethora of egg-ops (egg options) and their gluten free bread is from Fatto a Mano across the road (see below).I took my Mum there last week, and I did the whole undecided thing where you decide to have something and then at the last minute you get something else.  So I thought I was going to get French toast with honey & berries, but spontaneously I changed to the Middle Eastern spiced eggs with capsicum pesto, spinach and hazelnut dukkah. I love pesto, and it was perfect with the eggs and dukkah (plus, I learnt what dukkah actually was!).I did explicitly ask for gluten free bread and they did initially bring out what was way too good to be anything of the sort, so they had to make it again.  That really pisses me off, but they gave us a free coffee and the food was incredible, so all is forgiven.  Whenever I’m around Collingwood/Fitzroy I always gravitate towards Arcadia and end up finding myself there sitting up at the window, usually with a latte and a gluten free brownie or a piece of polenta cake (or whatever they’ve baked that day). One of my favourite places north of the Melbourne CBD.
Jun 7

ARCADIA

193 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.


There are so many things for me to love about Arcadia. If there’s two things you should know about me is that I love a good poached egg at all times of the day (breakfast food for lunch, always), and I have a terrible sweet tooth (and ridiculous propensity to consume sweet things).  SO Arcadia’s magical blackboard menu high on the wall is a beautiful thing, because there is what you would call a plethora of egg-ops (egg options) and their gluten free bread is from Fatto a Mano across the road (see below).

I took my Mum there last week, and I did the whole undecided thing where you decide to have something and then at the last minute you get something else.  So I thought I was going to get French toast with honey & berries, but spontaneously I changed to the Middle Eastern spiced eggs with capsicum pesto, spinach and hazelnut dukkah. I love pesto, and it was perfect with the eggs and dukkah (plus, I learnt what dukkah actually was!).

I did explicitly ask for gluten free bread and they did initially bring out what was way too good to be anything of the sort, so they had to make it again.  That really pisses me off, but they gave us a free coffee and the food was incredible, so all is forgiven.  Whenever I’m around Collingwood/Fitzroy I always gravitate towards Arcadia and end up finding myself there sitting up at the window, usually with a latte and a gluten free brownie or a piece of polenta cake (or whatever they’ve baked that day). One of my favourite places north of the Melbourne CBD.

FATTO A MANO228 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.Yes, this is a bakery. And yes, they sell fresh gluten free bread (hallelujah!).  I almost feel like a human being!  I used to walk past this little red store near the corner of Gertrude & Smith all the time, obviously not going in due to not being able to eat anything in a bakery, and all the time IT WAS THE PLACE OF MY DREAMS!  If I could enclose this place in my arms, trust me, I would.  Options. Well have a white, multigrain, olive, fruit, or honey & walnut loaf.  AND they also bake rolls, and they even sell a few filled ones for lunch (but you have to be quick).  Depends on the day, but they usually have gf pizza slices, some pies, brownies, a tart and amazing almond biscotti. I generally have to restrain myself from getting one of everything, or from being too overwhelmed to speak.I rank this as #1 on my coeliac go-to list in Melbourne, as apparently no one in Australia can produce an edible mass-market loaf of gluten free bread (seriously, what’s with that?).  My favourite is the multigrain loaf—just make sure you try and get in before lunchtime, as the Fitzroy foodies/vegans/organic hipsters/coeliacs swoop in pretty damn quick.
Jun 2

FATTO A MANO

228 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.

Yes, this is a bakery. And yes, they sell fresh gluten free bread (hallelujah!).  I almost feel like a human being!  I used to walk past this little red store near the corner of Gertrude & Smith all the time, obviously not going in due to not being able to eat anything in a bakery, and all the time IT WAS THE PLACE OF MY DREAMS!  If I could enclose this place in my arms, trust me, I would.  Options. Well have a white, multigrain, olive, fruit, or honey & walnut loaf.  AND they also bake rolls, and they even sell a few filled ones for lunch (but you have to be quick).  Depends on the day, but they usually have gf pizza slices, some pies, brownies, a tart and amazing almond biscotti. I generally have to restrain myself from getting one of everything, or from being too overwhelmed to speak.

I rank this as #1 on my coeliac go-to list in Melbourne, as apparently no one in Australia can produce an edible mass-market loaf of gluten free bread (seriously, what’s with that?).  My favourite is the multigrain loaf—just make sure you try and get in before lunchtime, as the Fitzroy foodies/vegans/organic hipsters/coeliacs swoop in pretty damn quick.

LE MIEL ET LA LUNE330 Cardigan Street, Carlton North. 
I saw Le Miel (FYI it means ‘honey and the moon’) featured on Broadsheet Melbourne a few weeks ago and thought it looked so irresistibly mignon that I literally went there the next day. In hindsight, their promise of dark chocolate brioche should have told me that my heart would soon be broken, but I went anyway. There gf options weren’t extensive, but they were there—they offered gluten free bread, which was ordinary.  I honestly don’t think it’s too much to ask for something other than the barely-viable mini slices of standard supermarket loaf, but the scrambled eggs were the best I’ve ever had so I can (sort of/not really) look past that.  They also had a case full of lovely petit cakes, and luckily there was a delicate flourless orange that was actually perfect (albeit small) and parfait with my coffee. 
Overall, not amazing for a coeliac, but it was so positively cute that it was worth it (but seriously, don’t go if you get upset about the lack of brioche in your life).
May 31

LE MIEL ET LA LUNE

330 Cardigan Street, Carlton North. 


I saw Le Miel (FYI it means ‘honey and the moon’) featured on Broadsheet Melbourne a few weeks ago and thought it looked so irresistibly mignon that I literally went there the next day. In hindsight, their promise of dark chocolate brioche should have told me that my heart would soon be broken, but I went anyway. There gf options weren’t extensive, but they were there—they offered gluten free bread, which was ordinary.  I honestly don’t think it’s too much to ask for something other than the barely-viable mini slices of standard supermarket loaf, but the scrambled eggs were the best I’ve ever had so I can (sort of/not really) look past that.  They also had a case full of lovely petit cakes, and luckily there was a delicate flourless orange that was actually perfect (albeit small) and parfait with my coffee. 


Overall, not amazing for a coeliac, but it was so positively cute that it was worth it (but seriously, don’t go if you get upset about the lack of brioche in your life).

I love food and I love coffee, and I love finding new places where you can’t decide what to get off the menu, and where you don’t want to leave.  Where you can have a coffee (or three), eat some cake, read a book or stare into the bottom of your cup.  Those places that have really cute mugs, home-baked goods and rustic-modern thrown-together design.  Lucky I live in Melbourne, and spent way too much time traversing London cafe’s when I studied there last year.  I want to eat everything, but I’m coeliac.  I’m not a very good one, but I always have good intentions.  My life in an eternal pursuit to find awesome, gluten-free food.
May 9

I love food and I love coffee, and I love finding new places where you can’t decide what to get off the menu, and where you don’t want to leave.  Where you can have a coffee (or three), eat some cake, read a book or stare into the bottom of your cup.  Those places that have really cute mugs, home-baked goods and rustic-modern thrown-together design.  Lucky I live in Melbourne, and spent way too much time traversing London cafe’s when I studied there last year.  I want to eat everything, but I’m coeliac.  I’m not a very good one, but I always have good intentions.  My life in an eternal pursuit to find awesome, gluten-free food.