Cooking // Pumpkin Pizza

It’s been awhile since I last shared any ‘cheat/quick’ eat recipes (mostly for those who don’t have a whole lot of time/need to use a lot of basic ingredients in substitute for fancy ingredients featured in hardcore recipes that you might not typically have).
Since I’m not really a pro, I tend to look up recipes for foundational inspiration but I end up swapping a lot of the ingredients that are more accessible or that I’m more comfortable with cooking with. Sometimes it’s also because I don’t want to buy a whole bottle of something that I’ll only use once or twice (and then have heaps leftover).

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Scarvelli Cafe // Balwyn

First time visiting Scarvelli Cafe and it was a delight!Scarvelli TT (1)
 I liked the overall presentation of the cafe, the simple decoration of flowers on the table and how spacious it is! There is also an outside seating area which fits heaps more people (larger groups).Scarvelli TT (4)
Apart from their regular menu they also have salads, muffins and baguette type of foods at the counter area.
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The menu! I was tossing up between the Good life bowl, Dukkah Eggs, Wood Fired Salmon, Open Omelette and the Chilli Eggs & Ham – hahaha, too many choices meaning I’ll be back!
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#yayfortealeaves #noteabagsatcafesplease (unless it’s teadrops/tea2 in my opinon…)Scarvelli TT (5)
Chilli Eggs & Ham // $16.50
Boyfriend said it was delicious :) He really liked the presentation – the eggs reminded him of ying/yang.Scarvelli TT (6)
 Wood fired Salmon // $17
This was my dish! It was so delicious. One of my favourite breakfast dishes I’ve had no joke. I thought everything complimented each other really well – I liked the citrus flavours (I think from the mustard salsa and avo) against the crispy polenta. #justyum. I wouldn’t say I was full afterwards though, but it was a comfortable stomach.
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The waiters were friendly and the atmosphere was nice. I came on a rainy day too. The only downside was that it did take awhile for the food to come out after our orders were placed. The food was worth it though! I’ll be back :)

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Moka Pot Cafe (Good Food, Iffy Service)

Moka Pot Cafe
They provide breakfast, lunch and drinks (breakfast till 2:30PM!)
I’ve been to Moka Pot Cafe a few times and each time the food has been quite good. It’s definitely more costly than Aura Cafe but the food is probably just a tad better here – however their service is not (Aura has top notch service, friendly staff members who greet you and check on you once in awhile). I have to say at Moka Pot Cafe it’s been highly disappointing. I really don’t know why because Moka Pot Cafe is generally quite busy and has pretty good reviews on Urbanspoon – it’s a visually appealing place and it just SEEMS like a friendly environment so I get drawn to wanting to go in (it does look inviting from the outside) but the last two times I’ve gone, I haven’t really been greeted at the door, instead slightly ignored. I will continue this line of thought at the end of my blog post since it’s quite long (Don’t read it if you don’t like rants!). For now, moving onto the GOOD stuff – the foooood!!! 

The last time I came here, I ordered the Egyptian Eggs ( poached eggs, dukkah, spiced pumpkin, caramelised onion, spinach + toasted Turkish pide) and it was SO good. I really enjoyed the combination and they were generous with the amount of pumpkin they gave (cubed pumpkin). The flavours and spices went well together. I remember I thought that it may not be filling without toast but it was just right. I was so tempted to try it again, but decided to go for their Health Kick (though they had this special mushroom dish which sounded pretty good).

moka3Health Kick $16.9 // poached eggs served w/ confit tomato, smashed avocado, spinach, tomato relish on multigrain toast)
Disappointing smashed avo (quite a thin mushy layer of it), but I loved the tomato relish combo with the poached eggs and spinach. (SERIOUSLY YUMMY RELISH!!) Overall a good dish and quite filling too. (Fills you up more than the Egyptian Eggs). I like the concept of the dish with smashed avo because at other cafes you usually only have the option to get smashed avo by itself or just with eggs.moka2Big Breakfast 19.9// choice of poached, fried or scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash brown, mushrooms, oven roasted tomato, spinach + toast
I didn’t order this dish (bf did) and it looked very yummy! Nothing too special about it though. The negatives is that bacon (a lot of the pieces were quite burnt), but those scrambled eggs and mushrooms look very nice! It was a pretty big serving as well. 
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HEALTHY cooking – Meaty Burgers

DELICIOUS!!! and SO SIMPLE!!! :)

I recently had a sleepover with my bestie and we decided to cook instead of eating out. Cooking at home is always good because it helps you save money and helps you control your diet to eat healthier foods. You don’t always know the environment of the restaurants you go to – how much oil they use etc! My dear friend studies nutrition so she knows what she’s talking about – I’ve been getting free advice from her haha ;)

Ok so today I’m sharing with you our awesome healthy burgers!

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The meat patties were made with the combination of mince beef, shaved carrot and lots of parsley + other herbs and spices. You can add ingredients like paprika, garlic powder or thinly chopped up onions and mush it all together to form the round burger patty.

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While the patties were being cooked, I prepared some fried mushrooms and caramelised onions for extra fillings!

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The final product! If you’re a big eater, I suggest putting more quantities of spinach, onion & mushroom. Or eating another burger works too ;) Beetroot & tomato slices also make a healthy contribution. Sauces are all up to you depending on what you fancy – mustard? tomato? bbq sauce? Lemme know what YOU like :)