I used to go to Ray’s quite a lot before I was vegan. In the old days they did mostly things with eggs and turkish bread. I haven’t been for a few years, partly due to a friend moving house (Ray’s was a convenient point for breakfast) and partly because the menu then wasn’t so vegan friendly. That has changed. They now have quite a few clearly marked vegan and vegan option dishes on their menu.
I am definitely a savoury person at breakfast so the three sweet options were out. I almost went for a white bean tagine, which sounded great, but I am not a huge fan of Moroccan spicing. So instead, I ended up going for a breakfast mezze, which consisted of good sourdough toast with three vegan sides of tomato and mushrooms with a couple of hash browns. The hash browns were of the pre-made variety, which I secretly love, though I had expected them to be house made. The stars of the show were some deliciously sweet cherry tomatoes halved and dressed with basil and olive oil. They were great. The mushrooms were good too.
Coffee, as always, was great. They have soy and almond milk.
I enjoyed my return to Ray’s and it is nice to have it back on my list of breakfast places.
332 Victoria St, Brunswick
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.
Dad and Dave’s
27-29 Birmingham Street,
03 9314 3038
I’ve been sick again with a cold for the last week and all I have craved is soft comfort food. Cauliflowers are cheap again and I had recently bought two. I had roasted one of them in the oven the previous day.
When I woke with a sore throat, I thought of scrambled tofu for breakfast. I remembered that I had used roasted cauliflower in a quiche and thought I would give it a try in some scrambled tofu.
It was so delicious that I ate it three times over the next two days.
This is just an easy scramble of medium soft tofu, pieces of roasted cauliflower, kecap manis and sriracha.
I think I am always going to include some roasted vegetables in my tofu scrambles from now on. It adds to the texture and the flavour and lifts the tofu above the ordinary.
I ate mine with some toasted sourdough. I feel better now.
scrambled roasted cauliflower and tofu
recipe type: Breakfast
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup roasted cauliflower pieces
- ½ block medium soft tofu
- 1 tsp kecap manis
- sriracha to taste (I used probably about 1 tsp)
- Heat the oil in a frying pan.
- Add the tofu and cauliflower pieces and mash with a fork to a scrambled egg consistency.
- Fry until it starts to catch slightly, stirring.
- Add the kecap manis and sriracha
- Stir until well heated and brown.
- Serve with toast.