Bendigo Street Milk Bar, Richmond

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.

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Bon Appetite,

Cherrie

 

Halloween 2011 – Mummies invade

This is our first time to do something for Halloween. We usually let this day go by without even a thought, however, Halloween is gaining popularity here and it is getting harder to ignore.  The supermarkets are filled with decorations and trick or treat candies and stores are decked out in spider webs and skeletons.

We let the children get dressed up for the night. We didn’t go trick or treating as that part of the Halloween tradition has yet to hit my home (and I don’t know if it will be). They were happy to get dressed just for the fun of it and to just sit and watch tv in it :)   Deanna was excited to get dressed in her mummy costume. It was her idea. I think her recent visit to the tutankhamun exhibition may have something to do with it.  Thomas was not so keen to wear the bat cape I had bought for him though, we managed to take a photo or two of him.

For our easy holloween dinner, I made hot dog and pizza mummies accompanied by ghost mashed potatoes.  These were quick and easy to make and very tasty. After a busy two days, I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen so this was perfect and the kids loved it.  After all, how can you go wrong with hot dogs and pizza, right?

For dessert, I made orange Jack-o-lanterns filled with strawberry jelly. I got the idea from a food magazine “Super Food ideas”

I also made snakes in soil (chocolate mousse topped with crushed chocolate biscuits and sour worms)

For a creepy drink, the children had green slime with worms (lime softdrink spider) while the adults had blood (red wine)

I don’t know if we will ever celebrate Halloween like the American’s do but I think the children have fun dressing up.

Visit Deanna’s blog for more Halloween photos.

I hope you have a spooky Halloween…  oooooOOOOoooohhhhh!!!!

Bon Appetite,

Cherrie

>Hambuger Cupcakes for the Birthday Boy

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This weekend was mine and my little Man’s Birthday weekend.  It was a weekend full of eating and family.  As mentioned in preivious posts, my son and I share the same birthday.  His birthday this year is a milestone.  He turned 1.  So most of my focus was on his birthday.  Anyway, who wants to celebrate turning *cough* thirty something *cough*

I decided to make Hamburger cupcakes for him.  I saw these more than a year ago and have been wanting to me them since.  I made them last week for my nephew/Godson.  You can see pics here.  Hubby suggested that I make them again for Thomas this week.

I made it easy on myself and used cake mixes and pre-made fondant icing.  I used orange flavoured cake for the buns, brownies for the meat pattie, butter icing coloured green for the lettuce and strawberry jam for the tomato sauce.  By all means, make your cake from scratch along with the icing but the assembling the “hamburger” was the enjoyable part.
It was  fun to make but the best part was seeing people’s faces when the cupcakes were revealed.  I made a larger one for my son’s first taste of cake.  He managed to eat most of it.  It was joy to watch.
Happy 1st Birthday Thomas!