Fantastic vegetarian friendly bakery cafe in Jarvis bay!

Finding vegetarian food during trip is still new for me and hard.

Getting satisfied with food during road trip in Australia is so difficult for me even non-vegetarian food because I can’t eat western food everyday.

So it was the tough one cos I was in country side and hunting vegetarian food.

I had hard time, but found a fantastic bakery in Huskisson, the town in Jarvis bay!

Thanks to this car in front of the bakery, I could find it from main street! cos this bakery isn’t on main street.

The street name is Currambene st. It is off Owen street which is main street in Huskisson.

This bakery must be very popular ,because you can see the sign with the street sign!

The shop was totally full with locals and travellers.

Got a lot of awards!

Ok, let’s talk about food.

First of all, there is vegetarian breakfast! which is sort of rare in country town

veggie break fast $12

Eggs are really yellow! must be using real free range eggs …and very generous portion🙂

And two kinds of vegetarian pies!!!! which made me cry…Even though it was very early in the morning, I had to order both of them.

also croissant was DIVINE!!!! I think I haven’t had such a beautiful croissant for a while…

Spinach and feta pie

Spicy lentil pie

It was actually very spicy ,so be careful!

Both pie’s fillings are so generous and yummy. I was sooooo full.

Gluten free bread and sour dough bread are also available.

You can buy whole vegetarian quiche as well:)

I bought whole meal bread roll for later. Unlike franchise bakery, it’s great rolls…

So lucky to find a vegetarian friendly bakery cafe! But, I start to think that I should stay the accommodation with kitchen everywhere I go…

Even though I was very tired when I got home, I rushed to cook bowl of soba noodle. I am eager to eat Japanese!!!!!!!

Husky bakery and cafe

Currambene st

Huskisson  Jarvis bay

 

Beginners guide to soy 4- How to shop for soy products (Freezer section)

Edamame(soy bean), Aburaage(fried bean curd), and Natto are very popular and healthy soy products.
In Japan, these products are found in fridge section in the store, but here in Australia, you can find them in freezer section of the store.

Sefa kitchen, Bondi beach

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My friend who lives in Bondi told me that this restaurant has been busy since it opened so I have wanted to go for a while. Reason why I couldn't go earlier is that Sefa kitchen offers meze style dishes, which are small dishes served to accompany alcohol. It won't be suitable for a person like me who doesn't drink and eats a lot ( even I ordered all vegetarian dishes from the menu, I would be still hungry because of small portion!) but luckily I wasn't so hungry that night so I thought I can go there for a light meal for some change. 
Also Sefa kitchen's menu is influenced by an ancient region called Levantine as well as Moorish cuisine. Levant is the Mediterranean part of the Middle East, covering Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Cyprus and the South East corner of Turkey. Finally my man and I both had a night, feeling like Middle Eastern, which doesn't happen so often! and we are also going to go to Turkey shortly so I thought it is great to have Turkish cuisine a little bit before hand.
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lettuce and cucumber crudités with goat cheese $9

I checked the menu and found 8 vegetarian dishes, including simple marinade olives or cheese with spice and honey so we picked 5 dishes that sound most exiting. Unfortunately not good for vegans since most vegetarian dishes contains dairy (cheese and yogurt) except olives and salad. Our first dishes are crudités. Crudités is a piece ofraw vegetables that are served before meal usually with sauce for dipping. Very fresh mini cos lettuce and cucumber that were served with creamy goat cheese for dipping. 


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Beetroot,bulgar and feta $13 

Beetroot were boiled and tossed with olive oil and same goes with burglar. Both burglar and Beetroot was seasoned plainly ( just a little salt and pepper), so I can taste the flavour of each ingredients then feta, parsley and toasted almond add beautiful kicks to them! Fabulous flavour combination! I love the concept of this type of cooking. Bring the best out of the ingredients! 

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Zucchini, Shanklish and raisins $14

This dish is the same concept of the Beetroot dish. Zucchini was cooked with oil and seasoned with oil, then shanklish, is aged and dried cheese, often crusted with za-atar or thyme and also known as Lebanese and Syrian blue cheese. This crumbly cheese gives beautiful pungent smell and favour and perfect harmony with sweet raison. Love it! 

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Sefa's garden fattoush $12

Fattoush is my favourite salad. Fattoush is bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread and vegetables ( cucumber, tomato, radish and leafy salad) plus herbs. 
My first fattoush experience was Lebanese fattoush when I went to Lebanese restaurant with Lebanese co-worker. Since then I always order this lemony crunchy salad with full of parsley flavour.  ( I love parsley!) 
This salad is bit different from the fattoush that I know. Fattoush is enjoyed by 

When I looked it, I noticed the difference straight away. It's dark! I mean using dark colour dressing. Yes, Sumac, the purple powder that gives a tart and acidic flavour definitely give a darker colour but still dark! Then another surprise when I tasted. I was expecting to taste lemony flavour then ... Sweet! 
I thought balsamic vinegar reduction and normal vinegar were used but I noticed fruity flavour. It must be pomegranate morases... Then I asked the waitress and she didin't know but she kindly checked with chef. Then I found out the dressing is white Wine vinegar, olive oil and sunflower oil + sumac and pomegranette morases. 
Fattuosh is enjoyed at Mediterranean part of the Middle East, covering Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Cyprus and the South East corner of Turkey so this salad isn't Lebanon version. In turkey, pomegranate is used for salad so.

Final difference is the bread. Normally fat bread is used but thin bread that is baked to crispy was used. I love lots of parsley in my fattoush but there wasn't much in this salad. 
I must say this is my least favourite dish not just only I really love Lebanon fattoush with lemony and parsley flavour. I do enjoy pomegranate morasses for salad ( I really like pomegranate morasses, olive oil and salt for salad)  I simply didn't enjoy the dressing unfortunately.
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Crispy Brussels sprouts with almond tarator $16

Tarator is traditional Balkan dish. It can be cold soup (liquid salad) or dip, depend on region. ( ex, In cyprus, it is soup. in Turkey, it is dip ) This almond tarator is more like dip obviously! This is my most favourite dish. Brussels sprouts were perfectly cooked to crispy and flavoured with lemon. They are really go well with creamy and rich almond tarator. Crispy roasted chickpea adds extra texture to the dish, which was great! 

Overall,I must say portion is very very small ( well, it's tapas style so I shouldn't complain) so person like me ( eat a lot and can't drink) have to order many. Luckily(?) I wasn't that hungry but we needed order bread twice though....since even bread portion was pretty small... 
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Even though I felt all dises were pricy for the size but I can tell they use quality ingredients and most dishes are quite interesting so I kind of understand why this restaurant is popular. 

Then I was tempted by my man who got sweet tooth... well, I wasn't so full after small dishes so I gave in.. 

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Sundae - ashta booza, cranberries and bran crumble $10 

Ashta booze is Lebanese ice cream. Ashta is Lebanese clotted cream with rose water and orange blossom water. Booza means ice cream. I could feel subtle rose and orange blossom.  It also has thick and chewy with an elastic texture like Turkish ice cream. Why such elastic texture? Both ice cream use salep,  a flour made from the tubers of the orchid genus Orchi. It is like starch. Also Mastic ( plant resin) is used for subtle flavour and texture. Chewy ice-cream with crumble and cranberry. Fabulous combination in taste and texture!  Whohate ice cream with crumble???
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Sweet tahini, sponge and figs $14 

This is absolute my favourite! Cute and yummy! 
I couldn't help asking what the fluffy staff is! It's Turkish fairy floss. 
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Turkish fairy floss
Such a cute decoration! Sweet tahini sauce is like a custard sauce.I bet it is healthier than ordinal custard. I love trifle so really enjoy having sponge cake with custard like sauce. 

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Fig was huge and generous!
I must say deserts were underpriced unlike savoury dishes! 
They are very creative and yummy. 
I felt very naughty with huge amount of sugar and dairy but I felt satisfaction with the deserts so it's good! As long as I am happy ( I think my man was happier than me) it's all good!

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Sefa Kitchen

Address: 292 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026, Australia

How to grow wheatgrass

I am very fortunate to live close to an organic heath food shops or juice bars so I can get freshly juiced wheatgrass shot every morning without efforts but I know many people don’t live close to the shops that serves wheatgrass shot so I would like to share how I grow wheatgrass at home. You don’t need to have a big garden. you can grow at your kitchen or balcony! 

 

To grow wheatgrass, you need:

  • tray or shallow container
  • soil or cotton
  • wheat berries

 

Since tray got halls I put egg paper underneath.

then put ” soaked” wheat berries. ( I am supposed to soak overnight but could not wait…. but they were soaked for nearly 5 hours so let’s say it is ok! Yes, I went to shop very early, the shop open 8:30am!!!!!

I also tried another way, which a man in ” Garden R us ” suggested me.

He suggested me to grow wheatgrass on wet cotton wool. so I did. Let’s see which is better.

I can’t wait to see sprouts !!!!

Please don’t laugh. Yes, I know it is like school holiday homework.

But I think it is the first time for me to grow plant from seeds so got exited!

People who didn’t read my first planting day, I planted wheatgrass for the first time. I planted to organic soil and cotton with lots of water that I was recommended in gardening shop.

Day 1

Little root come out🙂

Nothing happened to soil one

Day 2

Little green come out!

Nothing happened to soil one yet.

Day 3

More green!

Finally come out from soil one!

Day 4
Growing longer..

Day 5

Look! Now soil one looks much stronger. Well, it make sense because soil contains lots of minerals..

Please compare

soil
strong!

cotton

skinny!

More than 102 minerals are available in the soil, 92 of them are absorbed by wheatgrass including

calcium

Iron

sodium

Potasium

magnesium

I knew it ! Silly me, I should have planted only in soil! Damn! I just not thinking…

Next one, I will plant only in soil.

Then I check a few youtube then found out I should not have put soil on top of wheat berries! Also supposed to cover in dark place for three days….

Well, I did wrong, but thankfully they are growing which is great.

I better start to look for more trays..

Wheatgrass – health benefits

20140605-145849-53929171.jpgWhat am I holding?? I am holding fresh wheatgrass! To be a healthy vegetarian person, ( I know many unhealthy vegetarian people out there)  wheatgrass play an important roll for my diet! 

What’s wheatgrass???Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family. It’s sold as a dietary supplement in tablet, capsule, fresh and frozen liquid forms or even you can buy fresh wheatgrass plant tray.  The best way to consume is fresh ( juice ) 

* This picture was taken at Fiji while I was attending  ” Life mastery” the combination of studying about health, detox plus mind set seminar

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juicing wheatgrass…

I must let you know wheatgrass is not so tasty…. as you can guess from the look but I do have wheatgrass juice almost everyday, mostly freshly juiced shot but sometime I had to skip because of luck of time or during travelling. When I miss the fresh shot, I always have powdered wheatgrass. So WHY am I having wheatgrass shot everyday even though it tastes…disgusting because there are numerous health benefits!

Health benefits of wheatgrass

  1. Vitamins: wheatgrass is rich in;
    • Vitamin A  ( aids in bone growth, eyesight and reproduction)
    • Vitamin B (aids brain and body development, the adrenal glands and the nervous and digestive systems)
    • Vitamin C ( aids the development of healthy skin, teeth, gums, eyes, muscles, and joints)
    • Vitamin E (helps the heart and reproductive systems in a form that is much more easily absorbed by the body than synthetic vitamins )
  2. Minerals: more than 102 minerals available in the soil, 92 of them are absorbed by wheatgrass including;
    • Calcium ( builds strong bones and teeth, regulates the heart, and helps balance blood PH)
    • Iron ( aids red blood cell formation and the transport of  oxygen to the cells )
    • Sodium ( helps digestion, elimination and the regulation of the body fluids)
    • Potassium ( balance the body, tones muscles, firms skin)
    • Magnesium ( helps muscle function and elimination)
  3. Amino acid – Wheatgrass contains 17 amino acids ( which comprise proteins in the body). These are   the 8 amino acids that body can’t manufacture by itself- it must synthesise these from the food we eat
  4. Enzyme – Wheatgrass contains a lot of enzymes and also stimulates the body to produce its own natural enzyme
  5. Chlorophyll – Wheatgrass is rich in Chlorophyll. What’s chlorophyll? Energies direct from sun! It has full of health benefits! One of the most important thing for our health. More details about Chlorophyll can be found the previous post.
  6. Wheatgrass stimulates peristalsis and supports thyroid functioning 

 

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Wheatgrass shots at my local juice bar 

In ideal world, I grow wheatgrass myself and juice at home but it takes time so I mostly order at juice bar or health food stores.

Some shop cut the wheatgrass and put in a plastic bag for fast service but if you want to get the maximum benefits of wheatgrass,

Find a shop that cut the grass to order :) 

Health benefits of chlorophyll

 

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What is Chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is a naturally occurring molecule that is the responsible for the green color of plants. Chlorophyll absorbs energy from the sun and facilitates photosynthesis in plants – one of the most miraculous process on earth. Chlorophyll’s unique ability to convert the sunlight energy through photosynthesis is used to make glucose, which is our primary source of fuel from water and carbon dioxide. All animals and humans obtain their life-sustaining energy supply form plants, making photosynthesis to be (one of) the sources of all life. Without plants there would be no life.

 

Chlorophyll and human red blood cells

Have you ever heard characteristic of chlorophyll which is quite similar to human red blood cells or haemoglobin? Hemoglobin is the pigment that gives our blood its red color as well as oxygen-carrying capacity. The hemoglobin of the red blood cell and the chlorophyll of the plant are virtually identical in molecular structure. The only difference is that the central atom in human is iron, while it is magnesium that is the central molecules of plants. The magnesium provides high alkalizing effect on the body that delivers essential oxygen to body tissues and cells.

Benefits of Chlorophyll

Blood Cleanser, Blood Builder and Oxygen Booster

This extreme similarity is what makes chlorophyll so beneficial to our health because it’s such a powerful blood cleanser and blood builder. Chlorophyll delivers a continuous energy transfusion into our bloodstream, replenishing and increasing red blood cell count. And since hemoglobin carries oxygen to our cells, increasing hemoglobin thereby increases the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen and delivers us increased levels of oxygen – and this is a very good thing.

Disease-promoting anaerobic bacteria cannot live and thrive in the presence of oxygen. It’s also known that disease can’t thrive in an alkaline environment either. Lucky for us, chlorophyll is both a potent oxygenator and helps alkalize our blood, it thus helps our bodies fight off disease. All these benefits direct effects on strengthening our immune system and enhancing overall energy levels and wellbeing.

Detoxification

Healthy blood flow and an abundance of oxygen also help the body to cleanse itself of toxic impurities, lending to chlorophylls detoxification properties. Chlorophyll has also been shown to improve the detrimental effects of radiation, and has also been linked to cancer prevention. Chlorophyll binds with toxins like heavy metals and helps remove them from the body. Chlorophyll can also stimulate bowel movements and is a great aid in colon cleansing.

Overall Benefits of Chlorophyll:

The range of health benefits to gain from chlorophyll is nothing short of miraculous. Chlorophyll is known to improve the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune and detoxification systems of the body – leading to many different and overlapping health benefits.

The numerous health benefits of chlorophyll:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Wound-healing properties
  • Fight infection
  • Anti-oxidant – neutralize free radicals
  • Promotes healthy intestinal flora
  • Helps reverse protein-deficient anemia
  • Protection from cancer
  • Helps skin disorders
  • Cleanses and oxygenates and builds the blood
  • A powerful detoxification effect on the body
  • Rich in enzymes that promote quick rejuvenation of our cells
  • High in Amino acids
  • Extracts toxins form the liver and improves liver function
  • Regulator of calcium
  • Alkalizes the body

 

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Highest Sources of Chlorophyll

Essentially, any green vegetable contains some level of chlorophyll as this is what gives it its green color. But some foods are higher in chlorophyll than others. Generally speaking, the darker the green color, the more chlorophyll, so dark leafy greens are a great source, especially kale and other kale varieties, swiss chard and darker greens like arugula. Adding herbs like parsley and coriander are also great ways to add flavour to your salads and increase chlorophyll content in your diet. Blue-green algae such as spirulina and chlorella are also especially high in chlorophyll, as are all sprouts. Wheatgrass has one of the highest sources of chlorophyll available. Juicing it on a regular basis can have powerful detoxification effects.

I used to to grow and juice them at home but it takes time, so now I go to juice shop to buy wheatgrass shot made to order. When I travel, I bring wheatgrass powder.

Let’s have lot’s of green for our health and beauty!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Beginner’s guide to soy 3- How to shop for soy products (Dry section)

Here is another video about soy.

Do you want to cook healthy dried tofu skin recipe but don’t know where to find it in the store?
Do you think all soy sauce are the same??
In this video, I’m talking about how to shop for dried tofu skin and different type of soy sauce.

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