What I Ate And A Trip Back To Loving Hut Northcote

cornmeal waffles

I ran out of bananas this week. As a dedicated banana-in-daily-smoothies fan, life felt wrong somehow. I won’t have smoothies unless I have banana! Same with my overnight oats. No banana? No oats. Running out of bananas is as bad as running out of nutritional yeast!

Wednesday is known as Waffles Wednesday here. The family love the cornbread waffles from Vegan Brunch, shown above. I usually make a batch and separate it in two. One for Waffles Wednesday and the other for Special Saturday Breakfast.

I made the tofu quiche Johanna blogged about at Green Gourmet Giraffe. I didn’t read the recipe properly and blended up the tofu-besan flour filling, instead of putting the besan on the stove with oil. I think it turned out fine but next time I’ll read the recipe! I also made it without a crust. My fillings were some veg and the leftover Tofurky smoked ham slices. I’ll definitely make this again:

tofu quiche and veg

One of my favourite meals is one I prepare for about four days in a row: brown rice with mixed beans and veg with Mexican style flavourings. Awesome with a little lime juice and loads of fresh coriander and avocado when they don’t cost a thousand dollars each:

bean veg stew

Here’s a huge plate of food for DeeW. I knew she wouldn’t eat a quarter of it but I wanted her to try everything! She ate the peas, cherry tomatoes and the broccoli dipped in tomato sauce. She might have had a piece of potato but the sweet potato, tofu quiche, falafel and Borg’s vegetable pastries (they’re vegan!) remained untouched. In better news, my vegetable hating son ate the sweet potato, which I’d sprinkled with a little cinnamon. He really liked the pastries, had a little falafel before giving up, was too full to try the quiche and potatoes and of course ran away from the tomatoes and green stuff. DeeW was once the child who tried everything, even the fresh mint when we’d get Vietnamese spring rolls at Loving Hut. There’s been a role reversal, with Arthur now being the one to try everything and DeeW sticking to some favourites (fortunately, broccoli is a favourite!):

vegan kids dinner

Speaking of Loving Hut Northcote, we hadn’t been there in ages, so that was this month’s special dinner out. I got the mushroom filled steam rice rolls. I don’t remember them being so filling, I was stuffed after this and glad it was all I’d ordered.Β Arthur loves the Southern Fried Chicken (DeeW got plain rice). We always take home the leftovers. I’d love to know how to make an oven baked version of these:

Loving Hut steamed rice rolls
Loving Hut Northcote vegan southern fried chicken


My kitchen is full of bananas again so life is good!

10 thoughts on “What I Ate And A Trip Back To Loving Hut Northcote

    • I’m not sure about the southern fried chicken but there’s a sign on the Loving Hut window saying all references to meat on the menu are soy based πŸ™‚

  1. I feel the same way. I can’t do smoothies or oatmeal without a banana. It’s a deal breaker. Some people use avocado in place of banana in smoothies for its added creaminess; however, avocados are too expensive and delicious to cover them up in a smoothie. When I’m breaking into an avocado, I want to taste it fully and not have it masked.

  2. I made a smoothie without a banana today and it was weird – thinking of trying to rescue it with banana as it is in the fridge! Glad you liked the quiche enough to make it again – I always misread something in the recipe but it looks delicious to me. And sounds like DeeW and Arthur could happily share the plate among them – I would happily eat it all as it looks amazingly good to me.

    • thanks! Yes banana-less smoothie is definitely a no go around here. I hate it when smoothies are runny! The quiche is great πŸ™‚

    • I’m forever buying bananas though I can’t have Yonanas when it’s not summer because I’m a big wuss about cold foods on cold days πŸ™‚

  3. It’s always a little sad when I cook oats without a banana and there’s so much less volume in the bowl. I don’t know if this happens to you in Oz but we get banana’s that are still green skinned and totally ripe inside, I think it’s the gas they spray on them for shipping. I haven’t seen this happen with organic banana’s though. Your waffles come out perfect πŸ™‚ and those steam rolls sound soo good!

    • bananas here in the supermarkets are usually always yellow (can’t remember the last time I bought some that were green, though the green ones in supermarkets aren’t ripe). The waffles are great but sucks to reheat them in the toaster cos the toaster is too small and we have to break the waffles up. So lately I’ve just been using the oven πŸ™‚