When I hear the word “milk bar”, it congers up images of a small corner store filled with the essential grocery items and display windows filled with lollies and candy. As a child I would buy a 20cent bag of mixed lollies and it would last me all day. But this milk bar is different.
I was happy to hear that the Bendigo street milk bar was still alive and operating. Many years ago, my mum and auntie used to work a couple of streets down and used to frequent it for lunch. During school holidays, my brother used to work with my mum for a few weeks. My auntie will call their lunch orders ahead and would send my brother down to pick it up. He has fond memories of his regular egg and bacon rolls
I had the opportunity to head down with my Little Man for brunch. I was met with friendly staff who were more than happy to help me with the menu.
I started off with a latte and my Little man had a babycino complete with marshmallows.
Since the Little man already had breakfast, he really wanted the brownie that was on display. It was dense and fudgy. So good.
I had the warm breakfast salad. It had salad leaves, bacon, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, avocado and a poached egg with a lemon and olive oil dressing. It was tasty, fresh and something I can eat over and over again.
They have an outside courtyard, which is accessible through a small hall way to the back door of the cafe. A family were happily eating and chatting away.
I will definitely like to return and try their lunch menu. Their display case of different sandwiches and their specials board menu sounded amazing. The staff were super friendly and the place felt comfortable where you can just sit and have a cup of coffee as the world skipped by.
The Little man and I enjoyed our complimentary meal courtesy of 360 Immerse Agency and Bendigo Street Milk Bar.
Don't you love breakfast for dinner? Kedgeree, which usually contains cooked smoked fish, rice, eggs and curry, is known to be eaten for breakfast throughout the UK.
It is believed that the British soldiers brought it back home after enjoying eating it in India. It is now a popular breakfast meal using left over smoked fish though it can be eaten any time of the day.
I was really happy when I found this at a local fish monger. It's kippers. Kippers are smoked herring that has been split, salted or pickled and cold smoked. It reminds me of the Filipino smoked fish, tinapa. If you can't find kippers, you can use any smoked fish you like or even just used poached salmon.
I knew I wanted to make kedgeree as soon as I saw the kippers. I made it for dinner and my English hubby loved it. It now makes the dinner table often. For this recipe, I used a few different recipes I had and combined it to make my own.
Recipe: (serves 4)
- 20g butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 tbs curry powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 350g basmati rice
- 600ml chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 hard boiled eggs, quartered
- 200g kippers
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- Handful of parsley leaves
- Salt and pepper
- Melt the butter in a heavy based pan, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes
- Add the curry and turmeric powder and cook for a further minute.
- Add the rice and stir to mix. Add the stock and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and let simmer for 10-12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil the kippers according to packet instructions then flake gently.
- Uncover the rice and gently fork the kippers and boiled eggs through.
- Cover and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
- Add the lemon juice, parsley leaves and salt and pepper to taste.