Brunch Treat : Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full

Good evening dear readers! I hope you had a good weekend! I sure did and I always wish it would last longer! Weekends are always really precious to me, especially when there are special events to attend. A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to win an instagram (follow me on @lianneelow) competition by Three Bags Full (@threebagsfullmelb) and won a free brunch for me and 3 friends! WHOOPEEDOO! I couldn’t quite believe it, in fact I didn’t know it until Ling P (@sixinchheel) texted me and told me I was one of the lucky winners!

Winning brunch at Three Bags FullI called up and booked a table for the approaching weekend and I knew who I would ask along. The Mr, without saying, and the Hum family! (: I had to see my munchkin at least once a week. haha I am obviously obsessed with that girl!

Paige and I

When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by all the staff and Sam, the manager, told us to go crazy! haha The interior was really warm and welcoming and I absolutely loved the decor.

where the coffee / drinks magic happens

We couldn’t stop smiling and just wanted to have everything on the menu, cause everything looked and sounded delicious! While deciding, we ordered our drinks!

chai soy latte

I couldn’t go pass having my chai soy latte, as I was really craving for some warmth and comfort.

The boys, who loves their coffee, were recommended to have the hot aeropress coffee (kenya blend) and while waiting for it to be ready, they made some cold drip coffee (same kenya blend) for us to try!

cold drip coffee

How pretty is the bottle that the cold drip was served in?? I wanted to steal it home! Don’t worry, I was good and I didn’t, my left hand smacked my right. haha

Cold drip

Served on a cube of ice, we could taste notes of rhubarb and blackcurrant. I actually really liked it! I was a little hesitant at first cause I didn’t know if it would be too sharp, tart or bitter for me. But it was actually really fruity on the palette. I wanted more! hehe

aeropress & cold drip coffee

The aeropress was a little more acidic cause it was hot and the fruity notes weren’t as prominent! But it was still good and a great recommendation!

The specials board

The Mr and I decided to order the specials of the day as they sounded absolutely mouth-watering! Plus I also had a sneak peek of how they looked that morning on instagram! haha So my mind was set even before I arrived!

braised white beans with porcini mushrooms

I was sold on the braised white beans with porcini mushrooms, grilled chorizo and poached eggs! Ever since I had braised white beans in Barcelona, I can’t get enough of them! These were mashed with porcini mushrooms and the flavours were just amazing! Everything went so well together, I just couldn’t stop eating and cleaned up the whole plate!

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The mr chose the other breakfast special : grilled barramundi with quinoa salad, sauce soubise, spinach puree and pickled chilli salsa! The salad was so refreshing and had so much bite to it! I was so inspired by the dish I actually went home to make my own version of it! The barramundi was grilled to golden brown, so fresh!

grilled barramundi and quinoa salad

The mr couldn’t help but order a side of istra bacon. The boy definitely needs his protein! hehe

Big breakfast

Paul & Peggy both ordered the big breakie that was like a breakfast platter of everything delicious! They love their hollandaise sauce so they decided to order a side of it. It was thick and luscious and one of the best hollandaise they’ve tasted! Ooh -la-la!

sweets corner

After the savouries, Sam was so generous to allow us to order some sweets as well! There were so many to choose from, but our eyes were set on the cupcakes : carrot cake and chocolate & salted caramel! How can it go wrong?

Carrot cake

Paul and Peggy are huge fans of carrot cake. This one was to-die-for! The cake was so moist and had just the right amount of spices, and the cream cheese frosting was rich and delish! After every fork-ful, Peggy and I just looked at each other and kept saying “Wow! So good!” haha

Chocolate & salted caramel

This, however, was AMAZEBALLS! Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! And there was a surprise in the middle. Could you guess what?

liquid salted caramel middle

A liquidy salted caramel middle!! The moment you slide your fork through, you have liquid gold flowing out! So rich, so darn good! Definitely made me think of Miss D! The desserts were so good that we both bought each cupcake home to have again for dinner that night!

Thank you Three Bags Full!

Thank you Three Bags Full for the generous prize and the awesome hospitality! The food was delicious and we will definitely be back again for more!

Paige enjoying the food

Even little Paige enjoyed the food and had a great time! (:

Have a good rest of the week everyone! Can’t quite believe it’s September already, but so glad it’s Spring! Till the next post, remember to always bake and cook with love! xx

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Bayte : A Lebanese Feast !

Brunch at Bayte

I know I’ve said numerous (countless) times, how much I love brunch. But I need to say it again. I LOVE brunch! Especially since there are so many different varieties of brunch we can get here in Melbourne. The first time I went to Bayte, I went with 3 beautiful ladies (Ashley, Lee & Sofia) and as it was my first time meeting them, I was a bit too nervous and didn’t get to snap photos with my camera! haha So it was due to head back and have brunch, this time with some of my favourite and closest friends.

Beautiful Paige

Yes. This my dear readers is my favourite girl who steals my heart every time I see her, Paige. hehe Isn’t she just gorgeous? hehe She was all smiles that afternoon and couldn’t stop playing with us and have short burst of laughters! Just absolutely adorable! hehe Such great company we had for brunch that day!

Story behind Bayte

The menu is a true reflection of what lebanese food is and should be. Full of robust flavours and worth celebrating about! Chef Julie Touma came up with the menu which was inspired by her grandmother’s recipes! Just reminds me of how much I miss both my mum’s and grandmother’s home cooking and how I am constantly inspired by them too! (Can you tell I’m a little home sick?) Bayte means home in Arabic, and you definitely feel welcomed the moment you step in. I couldn’t wait to have the food again and definitely couldn’t wait to have their freshly brewed chai!

Chai soy latte

Their freshly brewed chai was with Bonsoy (my favourite) and had flavours of cardamom and cinnamon. Definitely hit the right spots! hehe If you would like an extra kick and you’re a coffee lover, ask them for a shot of espresso in yours. The combination is DA BOMB! I recommended it to Peggy as she loves both chai and coffee, and she really enjoyed it! She even said it was nicer than the chai itself! But I do love my chai pure. hehe

baked eggs

I really wanted the baked eggs as it had everything I was craving for. Perfectly cooked eggs (which were still molten and gooey), with an okra and tomato spiced stew and shanklish cheese! OH-EM-GEE! It was love at first bite! The cheese was the right amount of richness and hit of salt and had a crumbly and soft texture. The okra was so soft and the stew had the right amount of spice to leave a warm and fuzzy feeling in your mouth and tummy after! A perfect winter warmer! I couldn’t be happier and more contented with my choice! (:

Poached eggs

Peggy had the zaatar spiced poached eggs with a pumpkin and pinenut kibbeh and hummus, with some freshly made flat bread. The zaatar had a nutty flavour to it and the eggs were perfectly poached! The bread was so delicious that even our youngest foodie enjoyed it!

Paige enjoying the flat bread

breakfast mezza for one

If you’re hungry and you would want to try a bit of everything from the menu, then the breakfast mezza for one (there is for two as well) is for you! That’s exactly what the boys went for! I mean, why wouldn’t they? It’s like the best of what the kitchen has to offer all on a plate. I have to say, the lamb skewer was delicious! Even for a person who doesn’t eat lamb! hehe

breakfast mezza for one

It even came with a spiced fried egg! A celebration of lebanese food, a party in their mouths!

sumac spiced eggs with kafta skewers and baba ganoush

Melissa decided to have the sumac spiced fried eggs with kafta lamb skewers and baba ghanoush. I could have ordered a whole plate of baba ghanoush to myself! Smooth and creamy mashed eggplant and went perfectly with the spiced lamb! Nomtastic!

So the next time you’re thinking of having something different for brunch, do head down to Bayte! You will definitely not regret it! Amazing food with friendly staff and great company! There’s no better way to spend the weekend, really! I do hope you all had a brilliant weekend too!

Have a great week ahead, and remember to always cook and bake with love! xx

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Gingery & Coconutty Granola

Gingery & coconutty granola

You and I both know I absolutely love brunch. But during the week, it’s impossible to have brunch due to work and more often than not, I end up having a slice of toast with either peanut butter or vegemite and out of the door I went! But I really wanted to have something healthy and good in the morning to keep me full for most of the morning before lunch so I decided to make my own granola to go with yogurt! Mmmm (:

Granola with greek yogurt

I also wanted to try using something I’ve never used before, but has been on my mind for a while now – Molasses. A dark and viscous by-product of the refining of sugar cane. The health benefit of molasses is its high mineral content. It’s wheat, dairy, lactose, gluten and yeast free! It smells and tastes quite similar to gula melaka hehe I like it!

Molasses

It’s not as sweet as honey, but still makes the granola yummy! (: Had to take that risk, but so glad I did. hehe I tried baking a cake with it, but I think I probably used too much and the taste over took the whole cake, so I’m sticking to sugar for my cakes. haha Or honey! But for granola, it was perfect! hehe

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The best thing about this recipe? You could pretty much add what you love and it will still work! hehe I ransacked my whole pantry and took out everything I wanted and tossed it in the mix!  There were a few things I really wanted in my granola this time : toasted coconut and crystalised ginger! It was a combination I came across at the awesome Borough Market in London during my recent trip! hehe So here we go! (:

Gingery & Coconutty Granola (A Food Made With Love original recipe)

1 cup shredded coconut (toasted till brown, set aside)

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/2 pistachios, roughly chopped

1/2 cup unsalted cashews, roughly chopped

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 tbs olive oil

3 tbs molasses

1 cup raisins

1 cup goji berries

shredded coconut (before toasting)

Toasted shredded coconut

Steps :

1) Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celcius. In a large bowl, place the rolled oats, mixed nuts and cinnamon. Give it a good toss to so that they are well combined.

2) In a small pot, heat the olive oil and molasses on low heat till smooth. Drizzle over the oats mixture and mix till well combined.

3) Pour the mixture on a line tray and bake for about 35-40 mins, stirring every 10 minutes.

4) Remove from the oven and allow it to cool slightly. Pour it back into the large bowl, and mix in the raisins and goji berries. Once the mixture is completely cooled, stir in the toasted coconut.

Gingery & coconutty granola

Enjoy on its own (it makes a great snack!) or with your favourite yogurt! (:

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PS: Did you notice the new logo for Food Made With Love? hehe Hope you guys like it and I just want to thank you for your continuous support and love for my posts! I won’t be here if not for you all, so thank you heaps! x

Have a great week ahead! Till the next post, remember to always cook and bake with love! 

Tall Timber

Tall Timber

I’m back, I’m back, I’m back! I’m finally back from my travels around Europe! Hope all of you have been well and hooray it’s the weekend!! Can’t believe three weeks have zoomed past that quickly, but it’s really good to be back! The one thing I really miss is having my weekend brunches and my chai soy lattes! I don’t think I’ve had as much coffee in a year as when I was in Europe! and of course, I’m so gald to be back blogging and sharing with all of you again! hehe

One thing I really love about being in Melbourne is the new cafes popping up almost every other week! hehe One that opened just over a month now is Tall Timber. I read about them on Broadsheet and saw instagram pictures of their noms and decided that I needed to make a trip down, pronto!

Tall Timber

Add : 60 Commercial Road, Prahan Vic 3181

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Tall Timber

I went there when it was 2 weeks young, and already there was a long queue and the small cosy cafe was packed and buzzing! Not surprising though, as they were the same talented gentlemen behind the establish Coin Laundry & Station Street Trading. Seeing the crowd made me very excited and just can’t wait to see what they had on the menu.

Latte and Chai Soy Latte

The Mr and I had our usual cuppas – large latte for him; chai soy latte for me. Warm and definitely comforting! There’s just something about chai lattes for me. I can’t get enough of it! hehe The coffee beans are roasted on site and are from Niccolo. The Mr liked the blend, smooth and not overly rich. It’s so robust that you can even smell the aroma even before you walk through their doors!

My Mr

My brunch date (: Every weekend.

Tall Timber

Now for the food! I was really drawn in to the breakfast board but sadly, they ran out of it that afternoon. But something else caught my attention.

Portobello mushrooms

The portobello mushrooms with goats curd, sprinkled with almonds and drizzled with balsamic was mouth-wateringly good! How beautiful does it look on the plate? The colours just pop! hehe I’m not one who like goats cheese, but this goats curd wasn’t too strong, in fact it was creamy and smooth. If you know me, you know I love textures in my food, and this one has them all! Soft, crunchy, chewy! With sweet, tangy, salty and peppery all in one bite! Mmmm! (: Definitely a dish I highly recommend!

Bean cassoulet with pulled pork and chorizo

While I had the vego option, the mr needed his protein and meat! hehe So he decided on the bean cassoulet with pulled pork, chorizo, goats cheese and a perfectly poached egg! Perfect amount of spice from the chorizo, the pork was tender and the dish on a whole packed a punch! hehe

Our breakfast

Tall Timber is definitely a place we will return soon! Gotta get that breakfast board! (: Friendly staff, great food. And if you’re around the area and you like your coffee, this is definitely a place to visit, even for one on the go!

Latte

So thinking of where to go this weekend? Go visit them and let me know what you think! I’m sure you’ll be on the same page as I am. heh Have a great weekend everyone! (:

Remember to always bake and cook with love!

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Sunday Brunch : 8 Days Cafe

8 Days Cafe - Armadale

The phrase ‘8 Days’ have been something that I grew up with in Singapore. If you’re from Singapore, you would know and have read the ‘8 Days magazine’ and also heard (numerous times) their advertisement song. It’s a weekly magazine that include celebrity gossips and reviews of tv shows in Singapore, similar to the Women’s Weekly or New Ideas that we have here (: When I first saw Miss D’s post on the 8 Days Cafe, there was only one tune that came into my mind. Coincidentally, I told the Ho Clan where we were heading to for brunch a few Sundays back, and we all started humming to the tune simultaneously! haha

Our drinks

It was really packed that Sunday morning. Lucky for us the weather was beautiful and quite warm considering that it was the end of Autumn. So we decided to take one of the outdoor tables instead of waiting for a table indoors. The heater was also switched on for the occasional cool breeze, just to keep us warm and toasty! hehe We all ordered our usual hot cuppa of latte (for the Mr), chai soy latte  (for me) and a hot chocolate (for Melissa). But it was not an ordinary cup of hot chocolate. It was a nutella hot chocolate. Yes, you read right. NUTELLA! Every mouthful tasted like you were eating teaspoons full of nutella out of the jar. Super addictive! hehe

We all had a glanced of the menu and knew almost instantly what we wanted. haha Sometimes we are so predictable, I think we could just order for each other anywhere we go. hehe

smoke salmon and leek croquettes

Melissa ordered the smoked salmon and leek croquettes with grilled asparagus and a chilli lime hollandaise. We were all laughing and giggling about the way it was plated, cause at any angle that we snap a shot, it didn’t look right. haha But those croquettes were amazeballs (very appropriate use of words aye? hehe) !

croquettes

The croquettes were soft and pillowy in the middle, and filled with smoked salmon, and really crispy on the outside! Went so well with the chilli lime hollandaise. Gave a tangy kick to the dish. Perfect match!

chicken & sage chipolatas

Of course, when the menu has bubble & squeak, you know for sure that the Mr would order it! hehe His came with homemade chicken and sage chipolatas and a spicy tomato relish that was so rich in flavour you wanted more! The bubble & squeak had a similar crispy exterior and  a soft and rich potato middle. Delish! (:

side : truffled mushrooms

He also couldn’t resist ordering a side of truffled mushrooms which were so delicious. Not an overpowering taste of truffle oil, and every mushroom were so plump and juicy. It was dangerous though, cause they were all so small, you just want to keep popping them into your mouth! hehe So so good!

smashed avocado with persian feta

Of course, I couldn’t go past the smashed avocado with persian feta. I honestly think these two ingredients are a match-made in heaven. The creaminess of the avocado with the richness of the feta. Can’t get enough! hehe And you would think, how can it get any better? It sure can!

smashed avocado with feta and poached egg

A perfectly poached egg with a molten golden middle! Creating a sauce for the dish. I could really have this everyday! With the occasional bacon. We do need to strike a balance of naughty and nice yes? hehe

our brunch

Our table was filled to all 4 corners and we definitely left with happy and full bellies! (: We will sure be returning back soon especially to get more of that nutella hot chocolate! hehe Do you always order the same things when you head to different cafes? hehe Would love to know your ordering habits! hehe

Hope you all had a beautiful long weekend! We are so blessed to have the sun shinning brightly. Here’s to a short & good week ahead! Remember to always cook and bake with love!  

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Brunch Date : Axil Coffee Roasters

Axil Coffee Roasters

I adore weekends. I am sure you all do too! But weekends just mean one thing for me : A brunch date with the mr! (: It has become a tradition for us to meet each other, after our work on Saturdays, at a new place to have brunch. Just him and I, a little quality time to ourselves doing what we love best – eating! hehe

My date (:

My date (: I’m very blessed to have him in my life!

Latte

We are really quite predictable when it comes to the drinks we order. hehe The Mr always ordered a latte and me? A chai soy latte of course! (:

chai soy latte

Unfortunately, the chai soy latte didn’t taste like it was brewed from the leaves and spices. It tasted like it was made from the syrup. Which was a pity. But I only have myself to blame, as I should have ordered a cup of coffee at a place that roasts their own beans! The Mr absolutely adored his latte. It was smooth and really robust in flavour. He was close to ordering a second cup but was too full after finishing his food. hehe So I urge you to try their coffee when you’re there!

Our food

As it was really packed that afternoon, it took our food a little longer than usual to arrive. But when it did, it looks so good we couldn’t wait to tuck in! Just love the vibrant colours on the plate. No prizes for guessing what I ordered! hehe

Sweet Corn and Haloumi fritters

To be honest, there were many things I wanted to order when I schemed through the menu, but I just couldn’t resist ordering the sweet corn and haloumi fritters! The thing about corn fritters is it never tastes the same anywhere I go! Some places have them really crispy on the outside, and some places have it a little more like a pancake. This was more like a pancake, and just filled with juicy corn kernels and cubes of cheese! With slightly wilted spinach and rich, buttery avocado and a perfectly poached egg! Everything worked amazingly together, but would be even better with a slight pinch of salt. hehe But still really yum!

ham hock terrine

The Mr couldn’t go past the ham hock terrine, especially since it comes with roasted field mushrooms and two poached eggs! As you can tell, protein is VERY important for the mr. hehe He also added a crispy, golden potato hash to go with his dish! hehe It was so crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside! He was so glad he ordered it! hehe The terrine was moist and just really well seasoned, every mouth was just a burst of flavour, with a kick of spice from the chilli relish! Mmmmm (:

Our drinks

Axil Shop

Love that they roast their coffee beans on site and sell it on site! Just look at the different notes of coffee beans they have! Wish we are able to grind the beans and put them into the capsules so that we could use it in our Nespresso machine! THAT would be dope! hehe We’re definitely heading back to try the other things on the menu and  a nice cup of cappuccino would be my choice of drink!

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend! Can’t quite believe it’s winter in Melbourne already and we received it in true Melbournian style of a long thunderstorm and endless rain. Stay safe and warm for the coming week everyone! Definitely looking forward to my next weekend! Till then. xx

Remember to always cook and bake with love!

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The Little Ox

The Little Ox

Ever since moving to this side of town, we’ve been trying to look for good brunch places to dine at on weekends. A month back, while looking for places to celebrate my birthday, I found some gems and visited Merchants Guild with Peggy and her cutie pie, Paige! hehe But there were a few more than caught my eye and we took the opportunity to head to one during the Anzac Day holiday – The Little Ox!

The Litte Ox - Interior

A beautiful interior, at a corner of New Street sits The Little Ox. Its situated in the middle of the estate and definitely a place that many people come by for both a food stop and a coffee stop! When we got there, there was a long line, and I thought that we probably had to wait for a long time for a table. I found out when I walked closer that the people were queueing for take-away coffees! Thankfully we grabbed the last table available outside before the real queue set in!

Our drinks

We ordered our drinks before deciding on what to have for brunch. We all had our usuals! Chai soy latte for me, Melissa had her hot chocolate fix and the mr had a latte. As it was Anzac Day, our drinks came with a small Anzac cookie and it was so good! Not too sweet, and had a touch of rosemary! So interesting! Definitely gonna try that the next time I whip up some Anzac cookies. hehe Unfortunately, they forgot to put on for the mr. haha I shared half of mine! (:

Corn fritters

If you know me well, I will never be able to go past corn fritters as long as it’s on the menu! My favourite by far, are the ones from Replete Providore. This one has definitely come on par! It was crispy and every bite was filled with juicy corn kernels! This was topped with bacon and smashed avocado which I adore! The tomato relish was tangy and cuts the richness of the dish as a whole which was perfect.  Are you salivating while reading this? haha Cause I am! hehe There was also the option of having a poached egg and of cos I wanted one on mine. Cause who wouldn’t right?

Golden lava goodness

I was so glad I did, cause the egg was poached to perfection and the yolk acted as a sauce for the dish! Now, I’m sure you are salivating! Look at the molten egg yolk! hehe Absolutely YUMMOLICIOUS!

beetroot smoked salmon gravadlax

When Melissa and I saw the menu while the Mr was looking for a park, we knew what he was going to order. The Mr LOVES his rosti or hash and this has his favourite beet root as well! A clear winner! (: I love how the salmon has the slightest shade of pink! When the plate arrived, it looked like an art piece with pretty colours none-the-less! The salmon was cured beautifully and had the right amount of saltiness. It went so well with the capers and pickles, and the earthiness of the beets. The potato roesti was crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. Just the way the mr loves it! If you look close enough, you would see some housemade chicken, thyme and pine nut sausage! It was so juicy and tender, and tasted delicious!

Soft omelette with mushrooms, feta and basil

Melissa decided to have the soft omelette with sauteed mushroom, feta and basil. I think out of all the dishes we had, this didn’t have as much wow factor as the rest! But it was still delicious and flavoursome! Maybe if she added the leg ham, it might have added a oomph to it. hehe

Definitely a place we will be heading back especially since it’s quite near to home! (: Especially for more corn fitters!

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Hope you all had a great weekend! and to all Mothers out there, hope you all had a fabulous Mother’s Day!

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I got lots to be thankful for. Without my mum, I won’t be who I am today. (: Love you Mummy!