Sweet treats.

Granola-Passion

PINEAPPLE & ALMOND GRANOLA, PASSIONFRUIT & YOGHURT PANNA COTTA, MANGO, LIME DRIZZLE 

It’s all about the sweet treats this  weekend. As  well as our usual Dench favourites: the raisin toast,the banana and rhubarb loaf and the super popular coconut pancakes  we have a new granola.

Very tropical, crunchy, smooth, a hint of roasted bitterness and damn tasty. The granola is baked with all sorts of goodness including sunflower, sesame, banana, honey and dried pineapple. The panna cotta: yoghurt based with fresh passionfruit. Wrap that all up with a punchy lime drizzle and you have tropical paradise, you may have to close your eyes to manifest that one :) Unfortunately this one is not gluten free and it should be up and running by mid morning Friday.

Tart flavours, crunchy bits, however so smooth.

Omelette, asparagus &  goats cheese, walnuts, dill, sourdough

Omelette, asparagus & goats cheese, walnuts, dill, sourdough

Hope you are all transitioning into daylight savings time nicely. Great to see the Ekoori eggs take off the last couple of weeks, so much so we have decided to put them on the menu, goodbye temporarily to the scrambled corn quesadilla.:)

Asparagus season is on us and are plentiful. Seems fitting given our warmer weather we should sneak in another omelette on the menu additions list, just prior to the summer omelettes :) It’s a ripper, goat’s cheese, some crunchy toasted walnuts, a dill & red wine vinegar dressing and Dench sourdough. Tart flavours highlighted by the crunchy bits, however so smooth.

We are also keeping the coconut pancakes on too, a popular dessert item as well.

See you all soon.

Would you like some pancakes with your coconut?

Coconut pancakes, lemon curd, berries, macadamia

Coconut pancakes, lemon curd, berries, macadamia

When I was young my Aunty would make us slices and cakes to take home, my favourite was a raspberry coconut slice, as Borat would say “great success”. I remember eating more than my fair share, maybe a tantrum or two, loved the flavour and texture, these pancakes bought those memories flooding back in. You can’t have any :)

More like coconut cakes than pancakes, as the batter is predominately shredded coconut, would you like some pancakes with your coconut? :) Add in some amazing tart and citrussy lemon curd, berry jam, macadamia and fresh berries you have your self a finger lickin’ decadent brekkie or dessert.

Unfortunately as well as full of flavour these guys are full of gluten as well. Not for you Coeliacs this week.

“EKOORI, EKOORI”

Scrambled eggs: onion, garam masala, turmeric and chilli, spring onion  roti, salsa of cucumber, tomato & mint

Scrambled eggs: onion, garam masala, turmeric and chilli, spring onion
roti, salsa of cucumber, tomato & mint

You won’t believe it but we had a line of friendly protesters last week, regulars I might add, out the front of the shop blocking the road, chanting “EKOORI, EKOORI”, placards, a drum, a dog and an alpaca, “EKOORI, EKOORI” “BRING BACK EKOORI.”

You might be wondering what is ekoori? Ekoori is a style of scrambled eggs traditionally found in India served as a side to meat or for breakfast. The unique, fragrant and mildly spiced flavours are created by frying off onions in garam masala, garlic, ginger, turmeric and chilli.This becomes the base of which the eggs are scrambled in, very moorish. The tomato, mint and cucumber salsa makes a refreshing and texturous accompaniment. Rip off some roti, spoon on the eggs and salsa, away you go, join in the chant.

Well, you might wonder sometimes where we draw our special influences from, this week you might think it just may have been the imagination, at least the blog post anyway :)

Dench sourdough, hummus.

Dench toasted grain sourdough, hummus, fresh tomato, fried egg, Yarra Valley feta

Dench toasted grain sourdough, hummus, fresh tomato, fried egg, Yarra Valley feta

As we are repeating the Omelette with cured salmon for one more week, (slightly popular :),) we thought we would offer up this punchy little dish too.

Think of it as the avocado toast without the avocado, bruschetta or even  just nice snack, breakfast or lunch. We pulled out an old hummus recipe and forgot how good it was, like a blast from the past, a forgotten old friend. It’s zesty, salty, smooth and creamy. How well it works with chewy but soft Dench sourdough, fresh tomato and smooth as Yarra Valley feta. And consider it healthy a nicely fried egg, coconut oil of course.

As we use soy for the saltiness we have prepared a gluten free variation too.