The Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

The Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

I was kindly invited to visit the Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville for brunch and to write a review. Seeing as I love this part of Melbourne, and I knew that the awesome Seville Water Play park was just across the road, I decided to head out on a Saturday morning with the kids in tow.The Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville
Natasha is the owner of the Old Butcher Shop Cafe and she was confidently driving the coffee machine for a busy and enthusiastic crowd of regulars and locals when I arrived.The Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville
Natasha is having something of a tree change in her life, after leaving her corporate job in the City three years ago to pursue her dream of running a great cafe in her home town. Natasha’s Mum is chief butcher in charge of the old butcher shop from where the cafe takes its name. They have moved down the road now to a larger premises but Natasha just knew that the old building had a lot of promise as a cafe so she set about renovating it into a cafe that she would love to eat at. I think she has done a great job.

Long and narrow with an original exposed brick wall running down one side and windows that look out onto the street at the front, the cafe has a lot of warmth and charm. Add to this the display of art by a local artist and the cosy atmosphere is complete.The Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

Natasha is serving Wow blend coffee ($3.50) which is from a small local company run by a husband and wife team from the Yarra Valley. Beans are roasted here locally but are imported originally from their family run company in Indonesia.

They also serve Tea Drop teas.

I was also a little smitten with their very smart takeaway cups by Live & Give, with proceeds from each purchase going to support charity. coffee at the Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

To the food. Breakfast is all day (kitchen closes at 3pm) and includes eggs benedict ($17.50), hash stack ($18) or the amazing sounding tasters board ($18) with mini granola and baked rhubarb, smashed avo on toast, poached egg, warm croissant, house made jam & an orange juice.

I was very tempted to order the delicious sounding lamington pancakes (house made pancakes, raspberry compote, milk chocolate ganache and shaved coconut flakes)  but in the end could not resist the look of the butchers breakfast board. Eggs your way, bacon, herb roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, saganaki, avocado, house made potato hash (very good) relish and organic sourdough toast. brunch at the Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

The delicious thick cut bacon was smoky and full or flavour and like the sausages, come straight from the family butcher shop.

There is also a lunch menu and a very decent kids menu to keep the littlies happy.pancakes at the Old Butcher Shop Cafe Sevillemilkshake at the Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

Overall I found the Old Butcher Shop Cafe to be a bit of a hidden gem, serving decent honest food with warmth and hospitality and unexpected touches of good.banana bread at the Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

Pop in on your way to a winery or have a wander and check out some of the local offerings (wineries and cherry /berry picking are all close by).

Dani


The details

www.theoldbutchershopcafe.com.au

559 Warburton Hwy, Seville. 
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 6.30am to 4pm.
Saturday 7am to 4pm.
Sunday 8am to 4pm.

Old Butcher Shop Cafe Seville

 

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Cheese Biscuit recipe. Just like Grandma used to make.

Cheese Biscuit recipe with cayenne & poppy seeds.Vintage Cheese Biscuit recipe with cayenne

The recipe for these “Cheese biscuits”come to me via my husbands mother. We were very fortunate to inherit a bag full of old, loose, handwritten recipes as well as a long list of my mother-in-laws own family recipes.

A lot of the recipes have very basic instructions and I assume this is because they were so familiar to the maker that they never really required any complicated notes. For generations recipes were handed down this way, by cooking in the kitchen together and passing on all the secrets and tips through the process of cooking together, rather than through the written word.

I have quite a few recipes that I learned this way and maybe you do too.

But back to the cheese biscuit recipe. They came with a note to mix together, roll flat and bake in the oven. Through trial and error I have elaborated on those instructions and I have also added in my own extra ingredient, poppy seeds.

These biscuits are surprisingly very tasty and with the addition of cayenne pepper are probably more to the preference of adults, although my children did enjoy eating them too.

I have tested this recipe out on some friends with great success.

The mix creates a cheesy, fully flavoured biscuit with a little crunch and more lightness than you would expect. Serve them with a good cheese and a slice of crunchy pear, or cut them into small squares to add to a cheese plate.Cheese Biscuit recipe

Or just eat simply on their own, they are a little addictive.

I hope you will like it too.

Cheese Biscuits
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 12-14
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of S.R. Flour
  • 5 tablespoons of grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, melted.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoons of poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
  • a large pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4-6 tablespoons of cold water
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Add all the SR flour, cayenne, poppy seeds,salt and cheese to a mixing bowl and stir to mix.
  3. Pour in the melted butter and slowly add in the cold water until the mixture starts to come together. Use a butter knife to pull it together as you slowly add the water.
  4. When the mixture has come together, roll it into little balls.
  5. Get a baking tray and cover it with baking paper.
  6. Add the cheese balls to the tray and squish them flat.
  7. Use a rolling pin to roll them flatter still.
  8. Put them in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes but keep an eye on it as you want them to cook through, but not burn. They should be nicely brown and crisp.
  9. Enjoy on their own or as part of a cheese platter.
Notes
Use as much cayenne pepper as your heart desires, but start out with just a little bit as you do not want the flavour to overwhelm.

I plan to experiment with cutting these biscuits into flat squares too.

Cheese Biscuit recipeI enjoyed using the “cayenne pepper” which is not really an ingredient that I use much in my kitchen. You can add as little or as much as you like. I get more lavish with the cayenne each time I make them but I do keep in mind that my kids will probably complain if there is too much of it.Cheese Biscuit recipe

I really love discovering traditional recipes that have truly withstood the test of time. Do you have a favourite recipe handed down through the generations in your family? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Cooking.

Dani xx


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I think I am finally ready to admit that Christmas is on the way. For me that means I first had to deal three birthday parties for my children, in four weeks. Now that is over, I am finally feeling a little excited about the festive season.

To that end, I just had to share with you the beautiful Christmas range from another affiliate, Williams Sonoma. You can order online and if you spend over $99, shipping is free.

Do you have your Christmas plans sorted yet? I am looking forward to decorating our new house and enjoying our nightly hot chocolate bar tradition.

More on that soon.

Dani

 

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Gardens. Gardening. Thinking of Versailles.

I am back in the kitchen this week cooking one of the never ending variations of one of my favourite recipes.

Shredded beef recipe.

I have a few new ingredients to play with thanks to Melbourne company El Cielo Mexican foods. They sent me a gorgeous packet of dried Ancho Chile and I am loving using the last of it in this dish. It adds a distinctive depth of flavour that I love.

I am also using a collection of fresh herbs from my new garden.

While my kids are besotted with their new Labrador puppy, I feel like a have a kind of pet of my own that is my collection of herbs and flowers in their pots.

I do not have a green thumb at all but I do enjoy gardening.

I watched a snippet of this film “Portrait of a garden” and I found some illuminating advice about being a gardener. Something along the lines of (and I paraphrase here) if you want to be a gardener you have to be able to tolerate uncertainty and be willing to build for the future, with all the patience that requires.

The truly great gardens throughout history have done just that don’t you think?

I wonder what it is that actually constitutes a great garden?

My Dad was a keen gardener and spent hours and hours turning green barren paddocks into beautiful fragrant garden beds that you could wander through or gaze upon.

Just last weekend I also visited my sister’s house in the Country and she has done a wonderful job of turning her own extensive but plain back yard into a vibrant and luscious garden, fit for meandering and drinking tea.

There was a time where my husband and I were thinking of moving to Versailles as there was a job opportunity available there that we liked the sound of. Imagine that, living near the gardens of Versailles. Of course they truly are great gardens of historical significance but I don’t think we need judge other gardens by their magnificence.Versailles

Why do you think? Have you ever fallen in love with a garden or perhaps fallen in love thanks to a garden?

Some of my favourite gardens include the ones my sister and Dad created, as well as the beautiful “Rose Cottage” gardens in the Yarra Valley that were planted and lovingly cared for by my Aunty and Uncle. When I was young this garden was a truly magical place to me and powerful childhood impressions never really fade do they?

Here in Melbourne I also have a soft spot for the Royal Botanic Gardens.royal botanic gardens melbourneAnd the average of edible farm at the “has to be seen to be believed ” produce garden at Cardi Farm from the team at O.My in Beaconsfield.

Cardi Farm with Blayne BertoncelloBlayne Bertoncello in garden O.My RestaurantCardi Farm produce garden O.My restaurant

On my wish list for a visit are the gardens of

  • Broughton Hall
  • Cloudhill Gardens Olinda
  • Cruden Farm by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
  • Coombe House (Dame Nellie Melba)

As to falling in love in a garden? I cannot lay claim to this one.

At the moment though I am happy with my pots.

Wish me luck in keeping them happy and alive when the hot weather finally arrives.

Dani.


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Pinkster Gin Launch

Pinkster ginI was pleased to be invited along to the launch in Australia of Pinkster Gin.

The launch was held at the iconic Madame Brussels and what a glorious Spring evening it was to take in the gorgeous Melbourne views from the City’s first ever rooftop bar.

I also had the pleasure of being greeted by the legendary Miss Pearls on arrival. She handed me a plate of cucumber sandwiches and I gushed for a little bit about how much I loved hearing her talk at last years Food Symposium.

Pinkster Gin was launched by founder Stephen Marsh  in Cambridge England because he was experiencing dietary issues. I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen on the evening and he told us that he produces his light, raspberry infused product in his own backyard. It is made uniquely, relying on fresh raspberries.

His product uses fresh fruit to flavour the gin rather than dried fruit and  it is a lovely, light way to enjoy a Friday night drink. Pinkster Gin launch at Madame Brussels

It was a lovely way to launch into a weekend in Melbourne after a hectic week at the tiller.

Salute.Pinkster Gin

Dani xx

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Intern Wanted

Intern Wanted.

Must love eating food and meeting new people. Adventurous spirit necessary and a willingness to say “yes” to random opportunities is a must.

Day trip driving is desirable and an ability to see through new fads to the heart of lovingly made food and good hospitably.

Payment is in crackers, bacon and the occasional cook book.

Email danib@eatmystreet.net for more on this golden (latte) opportunity.

———————————————————————————————-My weekend started strongly with my attendance at a rooftop party to launch Pinkster Gin.

I don’t really “do” alcohol on my website but an opportunity to visit Madame Brussels and my love for a moderate tipple of gin drove me to it.

Saturday morning then sees me brunching with my two boys in the Yarra Valley at the awesome Old Butcher Shop Cafe. The lovely proprietor Natasha comments to me “You must be busy running a food blog and having three kids” and I nod sagely and politely stop myself from revealing the hilarious truth.

Which is this, I am too busy to look after three children and run a food blog, run my own small business and hold down a part-time job. Which is why I haven’t been writing much lately.

But boy, how I miss it.

I miss writing every day and I miss cooking creative meals in my kitchen. I also really miss having the energy to head out on new adventures to check out great cafes and restaurants, attend markets and write my own recipes. Because I really, really love all that stuff.

It is my little dream to do it more often.

But for now, life beckons elsewhere, often.

So if you have hung in there for my journey, sporadic posting and all, I say thank you.

And if you are insane enough to want to join in, then send me an email. Because I need someone to who is equally in love with the whole process, who can head out on my behalf.

Until then, sporadically yours, Dani.

xx

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13 years as a Mum

Being a Mum is a complicated thing. A lot of the experience goes unspoken as there really aren’t the right words to explain and besides, who has the time anyway?

The best thing you can hope for is to have friends alongside you who are experiencing the same thing in some way, some people who just “get it” and some who help you to decode the mystery.

As they rightly say, it takes a village to raise a child.

At this stage in my life, the “parenting experts” give me the shudders. They are everywhere and they are full of advice, a lot of it conflicting, and I never really found them particularly helpful.

How much more helpful is it to have someone just show you the way, rather than wag their finger at you when you veer off course.

I’m talking about those awesome friends who just get all into being a Mum in all its beautiful, disgusting, inspiring, gorgeous, complex,  grotesque, hilarious, exquisite, awe-inspiring mess.

Some of the more memorable mottos that I have seen lived out in my fellow parents lives include

  • You can sleep when you are dead.
  • Up you pop, you’ll be alright.
  • I just love every moment.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.

I gained most courage and inspiration from those people who found joy in parenting and spoke of the love and happiness that children bring. This kind of approach isn’t really popular because being a Mum is definitely  too hard a lot of the time, but I found it very uplifting anyway.

But the real life savers were the people who got along side me in a practical way. My heart is infinitely grateful for the friends who took my children to help me out or who stepped in to lift the load when I was being buried. Asking never came easy for me so an offer or an easy “sure, I’ll do it” was a sweet little survival miracle.

A lot of these people probably don’t even remember what they did but each one is imprinted fair and square across my heart, my marriage and my family.

I have definitely made too many mistakes to count in my 13 years as a Mum. I’ve often whispered a little apology to my daughter who is in the firing line of a lot of them. Then I whisper a prayer for her too and I feel thankful that it is not all just up to me.

Today marks the day that my daughter becomes a teenager. I feel really emotional and thankful to have gotten her safely this far. I also think she is a super human being and I love watching her live her life.  My mother- story with my first-born was a complex and complicated anecdote that she’ll never really understand, but some of you know and for that I am thankful.

Today’s celebrations should really be shared with Bella’s Grandma & Nanna. Unfortunately Grandma is no longer with us although when I look at my daughter I am strongly reminded of the role her Grandma played in her life. The knitting, the sewing, the cooking and cleaning and all the help with my washing.

“Now I don’t want to intrude but would you mind if I pegged out some of the washing for you?”

Um… I.would.not.mind.

Grandma also used to take me to the supermarket in the early days of sleepless delirium and buy me food and snacks and meals to just get me through and these little lifelines of support made such a wonderful difference to my life as a new Mum.

Her greatest parenting advice revolves around these two mantras

  • Children are made of washable material and
  • I have never broken one yet.

She also gave me the miraculous gift of time out in those early days when it was still becoming evident that my life was no longer my own. I wish she was here to celebrate today and share a little more advice about the intoxicating teenage years to come.

Nanna shared with us the infectious joy of having children. Yes my Mum was one of the madsters who just loved having children and decided that 6 daughters would be a good idea. My own three children often seem like an overwhelming handful so I cannot imagine doubling that number although my own lived experience testifies to the joy and goodness of a large family. Cousins, friendship, noise and endless parties to attend, a large family is rich in blessing in many ways although occasionally poor in more tangible pursuits.

After 6 children my own Mum still maintains that lovely precious, pearl-like belief that children and family are a wonderful, luscious blessing and I am constantly uplifted by her enthusiasm.

The year after my first child was born was the most difficult and most amazing year of my life. My life was changed that day and thirteen years later it is still being changed every day. So thank you to my little (wide-spread, far-flung) village and thank you to my daughter.

Happy Birthday BB.

Dani xx

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The Epicurean Deli Bendigo

The Epicurean Deli Bendigo

The final day of the holidays saw me wondering around down town Bendigo in search of coffee and brunch. Bendigo dining has changed a lot over the 17 years that I have been visiting it, but it has always been good, full of hidden treasures and treats and welcoming hospitality.

Back when I first started visit Bendigo many years ago,  a visit to Bath Lane always allowed a reliably good breakfast or lunch and The Green Olive was our number one cafe to visit. The queues and busy tables meant we often had to wander past, but I always looked in longingly as the most amazing array of salads, cakes and dishes.  Eventually the cafe passed into “new hands” still as popular as ever.

The original owners then moved to a new location that was slightly less dripping in charm, but the food and service was still wonderful. Fast forward nine or so years and I find myself again at the gorgeous Epicurean Deli Cafe.

We had meant to head to the very popular Cortile Cafe, but it was so busy and full that it was bursting onto the footpath and our table was stolen away from us just as we went to sit down. “Sorry, I need half this table for these people” said a very young and attractive waitress just as we laid claim to our spot.

We walked on a little and tried the next bustling cafe in what appears to be the new hottest part of town with it’s obvious qualifications of exposed brick and timber and a black clad, cool-looking and slightly aloof staff.

Eye contact is brief and never fully engaged. A quick flit of a glance, then back to the biznezz. Coffee is life I am sure.

Alas, they do not serve food and so when we eventually arrive once more on the doorstep of the Epicurean. We are relieved to be greeted with a friendly welcome and a comfortable table. The counter is full of excellent food and the menu reads like a dream. No one is rushing and we are not bustled, rather people quietly sip their coffee in two’s and three’s and enjoy their food laced with conversation. Ahh, Bendigo hospitality at its best.

Our brunch is amazing and perfect and I am told that the new owner has an Italian chef who is responsible for this delicious food. I could easily enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here with their amazing and well priced range of salads, cotoletta and assorted dishes.

We order three cheese omelette and nutella pancakes along with a perfectly and perfectly unpretentious coffee.

Visit for excellent, classic food made me love and care and with flavours that really deliver thanks to a reliance on great ingredients.

Be sure to take home something great to eat from the delicatessen when you are ready to leave. I am sure you will be tempted just like I was.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

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79 Mitchell St, Bendigo VIC 3550
Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8am–5pm
Wednesday 8am–5pm
Thursday 8am–5pm
Friday 8am–5pm
Saturday 8am–3pm
Sunday Closed
Phone: (03) 5443 2699

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It’s a bit personal

My Dad died on my birthday 8 years ago. It was heartbreaking and wretched and for a long time I felt like the earth had given way beneath me and nothing was as it was supposed to be any more.

I didn’t mind that he died on my birthday. Some people said maybe he waited for such an occasion and others insisted it was just a coincidence but either way it didn’t really matter to me because I was just glad that the suffering was over for him. The fact that he died on my birthday will forever be special for me because if you are going to rip the centre out of someones life then it doesn’t really matter when you do it does it?

A number of my friends were very helpful to me through the difficult time proceeding his death. I still couldn’t begin to articulate who and how but suffice to say, we definitely rely on our connection with each other to get through this life. Some people gave me words and some gave me lasagna, other people gave me time and all of it helped in its own way.

Afterward I also spent a lot of time writing, first a book and then some poetry and I guess in some ways this blog came out of that time too.

I don’t miss my Dad as much today as I did 8 years ago and that is a good thing because my sadness was too much to carry for too long. But still, I occasionally have a moment where I think of him and it hurts all over again. This week I was listening to a podcast on “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben and I desperately felt the need to talk to my Dad about the wonderful idea that trees can talk to each other and they talk to us too.

Oh, how he would have been thrilled by that idea and I think he would have innately known it to be true, just as I did when I first heard of it.

So I guess this means that tomorrow is my birthday. At 39 I am starting to become slightly less excited about the whole birthday caper than I once was. Add to this fact that it has been an unusual week at my house with sick children and interstate trips and lots of pressure. They say it takes a village to raise a child and this week I am very grateful for my village. My niece and nephew, my sisters, my Mum & stepfather and my kids all drawing together to pull of a miracle.

 

This time last year I was in Port Fairy on a blogging trip with thanks to Great Ocean Rd tourism. Well this year my blog has led to the wonderful opportunity to be involved with a great restaurant in Sydney. Macelleria is a great restaurant with locations in Bondi and Newtown. “The Butcher who cooks for you.”

Macelleria combines the beautiful concept of restaurant quality Cape Grim beef cooked fresh for you at your table and accompanied by a healthy and socially conscious selection of side dishes. My kind of food. Take a look at their website and their social media pages because I am sure that you are going to love what they are doing as much as I do.

So yes, life is a many splendored thing with highlights and low lights and everything in between.

Today I played two square with my 5 year old and drank tea with my 12 year old and was just grateful for these moments.

Tomorrow I’ll be a little bit older and looking forward to what might come next.

Dani xx

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The Woodhouse Restaurant Bendigo

The Woodhouse Restaurant BendigoThe Woodhouse Restaurant Bendigo entree

I was delighted to have a lunch date at The Woodhouse Restaurant in beautiful Bendigo on the weekend.

I have been driving past this restaurant for years, ever since it charmed and beguiled me with its previous name  “The Puddler.” There is also something quant and delightful about its location and the actual building itself.

The Woodhouse has been open for some years now and was quick to receive accolades and praise for its food. Now that I have finally been able to visit I can understand why.

The largely steak based menu offered up many tempting suggestions and I was immediately tempted to try the “rost biff” as I had the strong impression whoever was in the kitchen knew what they were doing with a steak.  Maybe the glass fronted wall of steak fridge at the entrance was a clue.

I was not disappointed and I would go so far to say this was the best steak I have ever tried. Juicy, perfectly seasoned and with an excellent caramelisation on the outside and perfectly tender to the bite.

The Woodhouse Restaurant also has a great kids menu ($16 for a main and a starter) and my son also enjoyed perhaps the nicest meal he has ever eaten. In fact the rest of us were a little jealous by the beautiful meal on his plate.The Woodhouse Restaurant Bendigo

Steak can be served with a sauce of your choice and potato dauphinois, both very tempting offerings in my opinion.

You can also order from the pizza menu but why would you when everything else is so tempting? Perhaps because it too reads like a dream

The service was exceptionally helpful with particular attention paid to one of our guests with food allergies.

We ordered the lunch special, which included the two courses and a glass of wine for $40 and which was provided very good value in my opinion. You can also order from the  a la carte menu.

 I tried and loved the zucchini blossoms  with pinenut, farro, basil, Meredith goats curd and eggplant salsa ($15).

The Woodhouse Restaurant BendigoMcIvor Farm old breed pork belly, cauliflower, Tasmanian scallops, La Boqueria chorizo and pork crisp ($15).The Woodhouse Restaurant Bendigo

 

 

 

 

 

 

The excellence of the locally sourced, modern menu and the intricate perfection of the food coming out of the kitchen was not quite matched by the interior design of the restaurant but I hear that there is a renovation on the cards.

The dimly lit, slightly hazy and brick walled interior of the restaurant is slightly reminiscent of a cave where all the treasured morsels are being served up.

I can wait to visit again and this time I’ll stay for the dessert. One of everything is on my wish list..

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

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The Woodhouse Restaurant Bendigo

www.thewoodhouse.com.au
Address: 101 Williamson St, Bendigo
Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Wednesday 12–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Thursday 12–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Friday 12–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Saturday 12–11pm
Sunday Closed

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Almond cherry cake recipe. Easy to bake at home.

Almond cherry cake recipe

I love to have a cake ready fresh out of the oven for my kids when they come home from school in the afternoon. In reality, this does not happen that often Almond and sour cherry cakebecause I work and have a whole host of other things that take up my time besides baking cakes. But I guess that is part of the charm when it does happen.

This cake really seemed to hit the spot this week and I am not surprised because it is based on the recipe for one of my favourite sweet treats, the Friand.

I first tasted a raspberry friand when I was pregnant with my first child and a lovely friend brought a tray of them around to my house for morning tea.

I remember the sweet, intoxicating days of the first pregnancy well, when I did not have other children to look after. Who knew that my life was about to change so dramatically- certainly not me.

Anyway, we ate cakes and talked and it was wonderful to have a friend who was so excited for me and my growing bump.

I have been addicted to the buttery goodness of friands ever since.

Part of the other appeal of this recipe is that it does not have much gluten in it, and my next challenge will be to remove the gluten all together by perhaps using a coconut flour and some raising agent in place of the half cup of SR flour. Fingers crossed I can get it to work.

Earlier in the week I bought myself a jar of Morello Cherries as an impulse purchase from the supermarket. Anyone else love looking through the “European foods” section of the supermarket to find unusual products? Well these cherries were my discovery and while they are too sour to eat on their own, they were perfect in this sweet, buttery cake.

You can really substitute nearly any fruit in to this recipe. Peaches, plums, pears, cooked apple, frozen berries, almost anything you could think of. So it can be a great recipe to have in your repertoire.

I found this recipe in a cook book somewhere when I was younger and I did the nineties version of “pinning it.” I wrote it down on a piece of paper and popped it in a folder.

So thank you to wherever it came from!

Almond and sour cherry cake

Financier Cake Recipe
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 150 grams of butter
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 185 grams cups of almond meal
  • 240 g of sifted pure icing sugar
  • ½ cup of SR flour
  • 1 cup of drained (pitted) morello cherries or similar fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to a moderately low temperature (160 celsius)
  2. Grease and line a deep 20cm round tin, I used my heart tin but it works better in a round tin.
  3. Place your egg whites in a bowl and whisk until combined
  4. Melt your butter in a small saucepan.
  5. Add the milk, vanilla, melted butter, icing sugar and self raising flour. Stir until it is just combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into a prepared tin and top with fruit.
  7. Bake for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  8. If the top gets too brown during the baking process you might like to place a piece of foil on top to keep it from browning.
  9. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool.
  10. Dust with icing sugar and a few extra cherries and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Dani xx

Almond cherry cake recipe


Dani B is a food blogger and writer from Melbourne. You might like to see some of her other deliciously sweet and sweetly traditional cake recipes. 

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Welcome to Create the Happy

 

Welcome to Create the Happy.

I thought it would be good to take a moment to explain what Create the Happy is all about so that you can decide if you would like to follow along. So here goes.

What is it that makes you happy?

Do you know? Some of us have some kind of idea of one or two things that give us a fleeting sense of happiness, but what is it that makes you really happy long term?

Often somewhere along the way, we forget to think about this anymore or we may not take the time to realise that it is important to reassess what makes us happy based on our current circumstances.

Or maybe we give up, or forget, or become distracted or become neglectful of our own happiness in order to build up someone else’s.

All these things are normal and practical and part of life’s journey.

But they normally land us all in the same place eventually; wondering what happened to our happiness and questioning wether or not we can get it back.

Well I am here to tell you the good news- you definitely can.

There is a lot of research and there have been a lot of boffins, scientists, scholars,  academics, hippies, freaks, geeks, entrepreneurs and more who have researched it and the consensus is this; there are things you can do to create the happy in your own life.

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But what are they I hear you mumble to your computer screen?

Well here is a little cheat sheet.

  • eat well
  • exercise
  • volunteer
  • have a spiritual life
  • connect with others
  • be optimistic
  • problem solve

The longer version is this…

For me happiness is about a sense of inner wellbeing. It is about purpose and hope and connection. It is about sometimes smiling and sometimes laughing and sometimes crying but always being present. It is about the ability to experience joy and peace and gift these good things to the people that surround you.

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Contrary to popular opinion though, being happy is not about avoiding being sad. Nor is it about avoiding anger, grief, frustration anxiety or any of the other more daunting emotions. In fact people who seek after happiness by squishing down these other emotions will only end up with a preoccupation with pain.

All of our emotions are there to be expressed and experienced and most importantly they are signposts for us as to what is going on in our world, or what has gone on in our world in the past.

Create the Happy is about taking a little bit of time to explore ways to increase happiness in your own life.

In trying to create your happy you might find yourself getting a little lost, a little stuck, with some other emotion and that is Ok. When we set about to repress, block or avoid any emotion we set up an internal battle within ourselves that is powerful, consuming and painful. Importantly if any one emotion becomes too strong of overwhelming a simple solution is to seek out a professional to help you straighten it all out.

Life can be complicated, messy and hard but seeking solutions is empowering and powerful and getting help is often the perfect solution. It is important to remember that life is not too complicated messy or hard in fact it is just the amount that it is. Counteract with equal intensity and you will find yourself getting through it.

So being happy is not about avoiding unhappy, so what is it?

Create the Happy is all about creating the life you want, one step at a time.

I really believe that people have mastery over their own lives, and that everyone can make daily choices that bring joy, peace and wellbeing to their door.

Here at Create the Happy we encourage you to make small decisions daily that will provide you with a sense of happiness in your life. This includes chasing the way you respond to your circumstances, identifying what it is you want out of life and working hard to make those things happen.

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Create the happy is not about what you do, but how you do it and it is not about the big things, rather it is about the small droplets that make up your happiness puddle.

So no matter what your life experience and no matter where you are at right now, chose to create your own happy today. Be the master of your own inner world. Build your own happiness lake by starting today with one drop.

So if you would like to follow along then head over to Facebook or sign up on the blog.

I try and post a Wednesday Wellbeing “Create the Happy” post and every now and then I run a little series.

Currently we are in the middle of the 31 days of gratitude challenge. Come join in .

I would love to hear from you so please join in. Sharing is caring and we all have different experiences and and perspectives to share with each other.

Thanks for reading along and I look forward to getting to know you.

Dani


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