In My Kitchen July and August 2016

I’ve just realised I haven’t posted an In My Kitchen for July. I could have sworn I did but a search reveals that’s not the case and there it is in my Drafts folder. Argh! So here’s an In My Kitchen for July and August 2016.

In My Kitchen is a monthly blog link up hosted by Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef. Maureen is taking a break for a few months and the official In My Kitchen linkup will be back in September, but a bunch of bloggers are still doing their monthly writeups.

First up, these Field Roast vegan sausages. This is the Italian flavour which was quite nice. The Mexican sausages are way too spicy for us but the smoked apple sage were nice:

field roast italian sausages

I love the Japanese sauces by Saori. Saori makes these products in Melbourne and she’ll be back at World Vegan Day Melbourne this year. Just love all of these:Saori Japanese sauce

When someone brings you presents in the form of Melbourne vegan ice cream Zebra Dream! Two more lovely flavours to try:zebra dream ice cream

In My Kitchen are some buckwheat pasta spirals, purchased from The Source Bulk Foods in Brunswick:buckwheat pasta

My mother in law gave me a packet of this pumpkin seed meal. I often put pumpkin seeds in my smoothies so this meal has been very handy:pumpkin seed meal

Lots of fruit, mostly from the farmers markets (not the bananas though!) Since discovering the apple stalls at my local farmers market, I’m never going back to anything else. I never really liked apples all that much until I bought them super fresh directly from the growers. In the background there is a chair covered in a cheap pillowcase, thanks to the cats using the chairs as scratching posts. You can see the pillowcase has sustained some feline damage. Cat hair on the apples:lots of fruit

My daughter had a project where she must prepare a meal from scratch for her family. She chose to make pasta. This was exciting for me because back in about 2003 my sister had asked what I wanted for Christmas and I HAD to have a pasta roller.  I wanted it so much that it first got taken out of the box, like literally in July 2016. My old retro kitchen table is too thick to be able to clamp the roller down which was a nuisance! We chose to make orange pasta, using the pulp from juicing carrots. We ended up with a pretty yellow colour instead. I have pulp from kale and beetroot so we’ll use those for coloured pasta, and I want to try using black sesame seeds and some of that pumpkin meal:

homemade carrot pasta

I’ve really changed the way I spend, in the effort to budget and cut down on mindless spending. In the past if I needed something like bowls I’d look at something and go yeah that will do. Now, I do the Konmari Method thing of asking myself “does it spark joy?” I have this little vision of my home eventually being filled with stuff that makes me happy to be around. Currently, it’s more like loads of crap lying around pissing me off. There’s no sparking of the joy there. Aaaanyways, moving on, earlier in the year I bought myself a pretty bowl and plate from the Made In Japan shop at the Queen Victoria Market. I’ve gone back a few times since to look at things. I was lingering over these bowls and was told the large size were the last bowls anywhere in this design so the deal was done. I love these bowls (two large and two smaller inside) and the plate too. Do they spark joy for me? You bet! Though they shall spark fury if someone damages them. SERENITY NOW. Spot the reflection peace out sign:made in japan bowls

I enjoyed these two pasta sauces from Glencoe Farms. I bought them from Coburg Farmers Market, though Glencoe Farms are stocked in some stores and at different farmers markets. I prefer to make pasta sauces from scratch but it’s too much effort because the family don’t like tomato based sauces. So I got these to myself:

Glencoe Farms pasta sauces

My mother in law gave us all this massive grapefruit from their tree. I don’t eat it so I tend to give most of it away (because Husband says he’ll eat them but never does so I have to give them out before they spoil):


In My Kitchen (but not hanging up) is this picture I found in Brunswick Savers. My daughter likes anything to do with Paris and France so I thought $9 for this was a bargain as it looks hand painted. I had glanced at the picture before turning it over to check the price, then saw it was an old frame backing (you know, because of all the old tape holding it together). And a hand written (but faded) message on the back has a date of 1967. Look at the cars and the clothes! We went to Paris in 2002 and I’d love to go back (though Japan gets first dibs on our next overseas holiday):

vintage Paris 1967 picture

Finally, some July scenes around Sydney Road in Brunswick!

sydney road brunswick scenes



Lunch At Kao Thai In Brunswick

Kao Thai Brunswick vegan menu

Last month, I noticed a ‘vegan options available’ sign in the window of Kao Thai on Sydney Road in Brunswick. I went in to check out what was being offered and grabbed a regular menu. I asked the staff there if they could point out the vegan options and I was presented with a separate vegan menu with seventeen dishes to choose from. Not bad! So I made a note to go back asap for a meal. Pretty handy then that my sister chose Thai for her birthday lunch!

We spent some time working out what to get as there were lots of good looking options. The Pad Thai Tofu stood out (doesn’t Pad Thai always stand out?!). This was quite nice and not at all too-oily like some Pad Thai meals I’ve had elsewhere:

Kao Thai Brunswick vegan menu

A satay will often show up if my sister and I go to a Thai place, so here’s the stir fried tofu, vegetable and the satay sauce:

Kao Thai Brunswick vegan menu

Our third option was the red curry stir fry tofu with vegetables, coconut milk and Thai basil:Kao Thai Brunswick vegan menu

We also ordered a plain steamed rice and the fried rice with tofu, vegetables and mushroom sauce: Kao Thai Brunswick vegan menu

The serving sizes weren’t huge, but they made for a filling meal where we were nicely full, not the stuffed-sick kind of full. There were three of us, so three mains plus a rice was enough. From what we ordered, and the menu overall, it did seem to be the same vegetables but we were happy to overlook it because we enjoyed the meal and would go back. That said, I’d order a different dish next time if there were other vegetables on offer, just for a little variety.

I haven’t really had Thai food in Melbourne since becoming vegan. I know there are options out there but from memory they’re further away, so I’m stoked to have a vegan Thai restaurant closer to where I live (at least, easily accessible with the Sydney Road tram!). This part of Sydney Road in Brunswick has quite a few vegan friendly offerings and having Thai food as a new addition is fantastic.

I didn’t note the prices and forgot to ask. I also couldn’t get photos of the inside as there were lots of people and when I went to take a photo of the outside, they were having stuff delivered. So look for this signage!

Kao Thai Brunswick vegan menu

Kao Thai

347 Sydney Road




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Return Visits To True North In Coburg

True North Coburg vegan cherry pancakes

True North in Coburg is a place I return to often– good food, friendly staff and right near where I do most of my shopping. I’ve blogged about True North before, but as I’ve gone back so many more times, I thought it was time for an update. Annoyingly there were a few times I forgot to take my camera.

True North Coburg

The True North menu offers something for everyone with lots of vegan-option icons. In the past I reviewed the Reuben sandwich with a thumbs up. On my camera-less visits, I’ve also enjoyed the black bean tacos for dinner with a side of thick cut fries with lime aioli which appears on the current dinner menu.

From the current Breakfast-Lunch menu is the vegan Chipotle Chicken sandwich (shown below). True North make some great sandwiches. I’ve also had a couple other fab sandwiches which aren’t on the menu any more. One was the Hot Poppy and another had, IIRC, a big mushroom with some tofu and Korean bbq flavours. They’ve all been really good and full of flavour.

True North Coburg vegan chipotle chicken sandwich

Another current Breakfast-Lunch meal are the cherry pancakes. Lovely and fluffy with a a coconut based cream on top:True North Coburg vegan cherry pancakes

The counter always has some sweet treats with vegan options like muffins and biscuity-cookie delights. Other times there are cakes and this is the vegan lamington cake. The serving size was pretty generous and I couldn’t finish it because I was stuffed:

True North Coburg vegan lamington cake

What I also like about True North are the events they hold. Truthfully I haven’t been able to go yet but they’re so awesome looking I just stalk all the photos on Facebook. There are Pie or Die nights, featuring pies (some vegan) from Blackberry Belle Pies. There’s Thursday night $10 curry+beer/soft drink and Royal Rumble Sundays with old school 1980s WWF wrestling action and burritos. There was also a Trash and Treasure market back in May with Nadia’s No-Dogs vegan hotdogs.

Coming up is the all vegan Death To Summer- Eternal Winter Feast on September 17th. Tickets available now.

True North is fine for kids. I’ve taken mine a couple of times and have seen parents and toddlers in there too. My kids have fun looking at all the knick knacks around the place (cats!!!) and a visit to the toilet is worth it for a Slimer statue and Mr. T poster.

True North Coburg

True North

2A Munro Street

Coburg (just about on the corner of Sydney Road)




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Brunch At Sister Of Soul In St Kilda

Sister of Soul St Kilda

I’ve been to Sister Of Soul a few times now and I’ve previously blogged about a lunch visit. This time, I was in the area around brunch time so my son and I decided to go in to check out the morning menu. The vegetarian/vegan menu for the morning hours looked just as good as the lunch/dinner menu.

After a little stress trying to navigate Acland Street by foot with the current roadworks going on, we nabbed a window seat (that’s my doing, light for photos and all). I’m on a bit of a mission now to try all the different flavoured lattes around town (you know… beetroot, blue algae, etc) and so I ordered the Spiced Carrot Latte with almond milk (around $6.50 from memory). I couldn’t take a photo of the carrotyness, but I did pick up a carroty flavour and will try to replicate this at home cos it was pretty good.

Sister of Soul St Kilda

Arthur will get pancakes anywhere anytime so he got the Buckwheat and Banana Pancake ($16.50) which was topped with strawberries, banana, poached pear, nut crumble and a chocolate sauce. He pretty much scraped off the nut crumble and pear (they’re not his thing) so of course I ate those for him.  It was nice, not very sweet (which is my preference) but a little pricey for a single pancake in my humble opin’ despite being slightly larger than the average size pancakes most places serve.

Sister of Soul St Kilda

The Big Vegan ($17.50) stood out for me: smashed avocado, marinated tofu topped with a tomato, corn and coriander salsa, wilted spinach, rosemary potato rosti, plum dipping sauce and multigrain toast. There was a decent amount of avocado for both pieces of toast and overall I enjoyed everything on the plate.

Sister of Soul St Kilda

Service was fast and friendly as with previous visits. There are a few more nice looking meals on the menu I’d like to try. St. Kilda isn’t an area I visit often but when I do, it involves a bit of public transport adventuring. So it’s pretty nice to be confident that if I end up at Sister of Soul, I can unwind a bit and enjoy a good meal (and people watch by the window).

Sister Of Soul

73 Ackland Street, St. Kilda




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What I Ate

vegan Japanese bowl

Here’s a look back at stuff I’ve eaten over the past couple of weeks. Mostly pretty simple as I’m low on cooking mojo lately! Above is a simple Japanese bowl, with plain pan fried tofu (with a little sesame oil), sushi rice, vegies and a crumble made with kale pulp from the juicer, plus some sesame seeds and five spice powder. All drizzled with a bit of citrus soya sauce by Saori (who will be back at World Vegan Day Melbourne this year). This is a really quick and simple bowl and I love it.

My usual breakfast smoothie has banana, porridge blend of oats and other stuff, plant milk, leafy greens, pumpkin seed and in this one I added some powdered peanut butter. I love that stuff, so this was a peanutty tasting smoothie despite all that green:

pb kale smoothie

We visited Coburg Farmers Market one Saturday and I got myself the falafel in pita from Very Good Falafel/Shuki and Louisa:

very good falafel

My son and I had gone to the Queen Victoria Market and I’d forgotten to pack a water bottle, so we sat down for a fruit juice at Invita Living Food:Invita fruit juice

Another great lunch out was at Supercharger in the city:

Supercharger city

We had quite a few events on in the city this week, fortunately on the sunnier days where I had some time to take a few photos.

Flinders clock tower
vic market lane  Yarra River

Stay groovy, folks.