dad and dave’s

berry pancakes

I headed west on Sunday for brunch to meet some friends that had recently moved to Melbourne.  We settled on Dad and Dave’s, a cute café amongst cute cafés in Yarraville. I’m always amused by the trendiness of Yarraville. Having grown up in the west, nobody would have been caught dead there when I was a kid. But it is lovely, with beautiful houses and a nice village feel. It always was, but it suffered from being in the not very desirable western suburbs. Things have changed.

While not a vegan café, Dad and Dave’s has had some good reports on vegan social media.

The café itself is cosy with a cute homey feel. The display cases are full of good looking cakes and other treats, some of them vegan.

There are four vegan or veganisable options on menu for breakfast. We ate two of them, the corn fritters with avocado and a beetroot chutney and the berry pancakes with maple syrup. Both were very good.

The service was friendly, the serves generous and the coffee great.

 

corn fritters with avocado and beetroot relish

 

Dad and Dave’s
27-29 Birmingham Street,
Yarraville, 3013
03 9314 3038

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lievita – pizza al taglio

pizza

Pizza by the slice is a common occurrence in the USA and Italy, but I haven’t seen it in more than a couple of places in Melbourne.

Lievita in Northcote offers pizza by the slice but takes it a step further than the USA by allowing you to choose how big or small you’d like the piece to be.  They use scissors to cut off the size you want and you pay by weight. It costs $35 per kilo, which translates to a very reasonable $10 for a piece roughly the size of a small pizza.

The joy is that you get to try small pieces, rather than just one whole pizza. For a single food committment phobe like me it is the equivalent of pizza degustation. There is no problem choosing which pizza to buy, you can have it all.  It also has the advantage you can buy as much as you need, rather than a set size.

I chose the Marinara – Roman style with tomato, garlic, chilli and parsley and also a slice with cooked onions, olives and oregano on a tomato base. Both were excellent.

On a subsequent visit I sampled the zucchini pizza which is just topped with grated zucchini and garlic. It was also delicious. Unfortunately I didn’t photograph it.

My son alerted me to the existence of Lievita and he tells me that he asked them what was the smallest slice they have cut, and they told him it was 2cm wide. So there is plenty of scope for trying several. :)

You can have it heated up there, you can sit down at a few tables, but I think it is perfect for on the run, or to take home.

There are five vegan pizzas on the menu. They don’t have all the pizzas made at any given time, but when I went they had five made, two of which were vegan. It is probably a good idea to check if the pizzas they have made at any given time are the vegan ones.

I took mine cold and heated it up in the oven myself.  It is crispy and delicious, and while it is not quite as good as a freshly cooked pizza, it is still very, very good.

This is probably going to become a regular stop on my way home on a Friday night.

Lievita
298 High St,
Northcote, 3070
9489 9498
www.lievita.com.au

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buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch dressing

buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch dressing

I went to a birthday party recently and the vegan finger food was just wonderful.  Most of it was made by a friend of the hosts and a couple of dishes in particular were standouts.  These cauliflower bites were probably my favourite and I came home on a mission to recreate them.

There are a large number of recipes for buffalo cauliflower around on the internet. I settled on this one with some variations, substituting fresh garlic instead of powdered and using some smoked paprika. I also used lime juice instead of the vinegar in the ranch dressing.

I spiced them up by using Sriracha instead of Frank’s Hot Sauce in the marinade. Sriracha is five times as hot as Frank’s, 2200 vs 450 Scoville units (the measure of chilli heat). I like chilli so it was fine for me.

They are delicious and completely moreish.

 

buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch dressing
 
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recipe type: snack, finger food
cuisine: vegan
ingredients
  • 800 grams of cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
For the batter
  • ⅓ cup soy milk
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • a large pinch of salt
For the Marinade
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine or butter
  • 3 tbs sriracha hot sauce
For the Ranch dressing
  • ½ cup vegan mayo
  • ½ clove garlic crushed to a paste
  • 1 tbs soy milk
  • juice of half a lime or lemon
  • 1 tbs finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbs finely chopped dill
  • salt to taste
instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 deg C
  2. Mix the batter ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Fold in the cauliflower pieces so they are completely coated in the batter
  4. Lift the cauliflower pieces out of the bowl with a fork to drain any excess batter and place on a single layer on a tray lined with baking paper.
  5. Cook for 25 minutes
  6. Meanwhile mix the marinade ingredients together and melt the butter in a microwave or saucepan
  7. Add the cauliflower pieces to the marinade mix and fold to coat completely
  8. Return to the oven in a single layer on baking paper and cook for a further 25 minutes
  9. Make the ranch dressing by mixing all the ingredients together.
  10. Serve the bites with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce.

 

 

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