Here's what the rest of my February looked like.
I made a few zillion trips to Axil Coffee Roasters... seems I haven't run out of excuses to drop in! I've tried enough of the menu now to know that there are a couple of less-than-inspiring dishes on offer. However, it's mostly delicious, and I still think it's the best coffee in the area.
|Left: Coconut, Passionfruit & White Chocolate Muffin|
Right: Strawberry and Pistachio Tart
|Left: Cafe Latte|
Right: Bircher Muesli with kiwi/spirulina & dukkah-coated pear
|Top left: Potato hash with bacon and poached eggs|
Top right: Veal ragu with gnocchi
Bottom left: Steak sandwich with potato salad
Bottom right: Pappardelle with smoked fish (trout?) and capers
Inspired by Axil's veal ragu, one night I made my own veal stew with herbed ricotta gnocchi.
I'll blog the meal in detail soon, but just wanted to give a brief description now. The stew recipe comes from Cook with Jamie, (previously made here), and I adapted the gnocchi recipe from a Donna Hay recipe. I made the stew extra soupy, and fried the gnocchi in brown butter - very rich but so delicious!
Dessert that night was Nigella's chocolate brownie bowls (from Kitchen).
We brought a little picnic, all carried in my funky new picnic cooler-bag, complete with plastic wine glasses, plates and proper cutlery!
We brought some breads and other sweet nibbles from the Phillippa's event goody bag (sultana and orange bread, baguette, hot cross buns and biscuits), as well as some cheeses which were given to us at the Yarra Valley Dairy - the Juno and white savourine goats cheese log. And crackers and fresh figs!
My friend Alaina brought some goodies that she bought at King & Godfree - super-hot salami, a curtain (!) of proscuitto, sun dried tomatoes and lovely marinated olives.
No trip to the beach is complete without fish and chips, and we grabbed a late lunch from Shark Shack in Rye. It was incredibly busy that day, and we had to wait quite a while for our order, which gave me some time to ogle all their deep fryers, hehehe.
I felt really sorry for the staff in the shop - it was boiling hot in there, there were queues and queues of people, and loads of massive phone orders. (The guy in front of us carried his order out in a crate!) But, we got our food in the end and it was very fresh and very tasty, despite the volume of customers.
Mmm... salty and oily. The perfect beach-day treat!