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quesadillas and taco

I’ve been trying to get to Papasito for ages, but it just seems to have evaded me, either through it closing for a break or because we just couldn’t get ourselves organised. “We must go to Papasito” had become a familiar mantra.

Finally, I caught up with some friends for dinner there on a freezing winter night.

To save thinking we opted for the $45 vegan banquet and ordered a variety of cocktails, wine and beer to match, all of which were good.

We started with a generous serve of house made corn chips that came with a delicious salsa roja, guacamole and cashew cream. We scoffed the lot because they were so tasty. The corn chips were thin, light and crispy.

The next course was a palate cleansing salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, corn and cactus. It left my mouth zinging, with a bit too much pepper for my taste, but I otherwise enjoyed it.

Next up was a plate with a soft open tortilla with impeccably cooked eggplant, with roasted potato, onion and corn. It was accompanied by two half quesadillas with different fillings, one pumpkin based and the other blackbean.

This is probably where we should have stopped…but a hearty blackbean and mushroom casserole was next up, served with a stack of warm tortillas. We were all too full to do it justice and it was a bit the same in flavours as some of the previous dishes so it didn’t encourage us to gluttony.

Lastly came the cashew vanilla dark chocolate mousse. It was fabulous, not too rich and I managed to eat it all despite being REALLY FULL.

The food was perfect for a winter’s evening, solid, warming and hearty.

I’d go back, but next time I think I’d order a la carte to have less food and perhaps a bit more variety.

219 High St,
Northcote, 3071
9482 7033

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mexican flavoured bean burgers

mexican bean patties

I love the way that having a couple of things lying about sends my brain into a “what-could-I make-with-this?” train of thought.

These burgers started with a fridge cleanout…cooked brown rice, three quarters of a can of borlotti beans, some sweet corn and leftover avocado from my breakfast toast.

I immediately thought Mexican, of course, and grabbed the very last of the coriander from the garden along with some chillies, cherry tomatoes that are ripening on the hanging upside down plants and one of my precious seven¬†capsicums I grew this year. ūüôā

The burgers are good, but what really lifts them is the fresh salsa on the top, so don’t skimp on that.

mexican flavoured bean burgers
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recipe type: savoury, dinner, lunch
cuisine: vegan
serves: 4
For the burgers
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 small capsicum
  • a small amount of oil (maybe a teaspoon)
  • ½ clove garlic
  • 1 small minced chilli or ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chopped oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 350 grams cooked dried beans (I used about ¾ of a can of borlotti)
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • kernels from 1 corn cob or a small can of corn
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 tablespoons mung or chickpea flour
  • salt
For the salsa
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • salt
  • a big squeeze of lime juice
For the burgers
  1. Finely dice the onion and capsicum
  2. Fry in the oil until soft, add the garlic and the paprika, chilli, oregano and cumin and fry for a minute
  3. In a large bowl combine the contents of the frying pan with the beans, rice, corn and coriander and mash.
  4. Add the chickpea flour and mix in thoroughly.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
For the salsa
  1. Dice the tomatoes, avocado and onion
  2. Mix with the chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime
  3. Salt to taste





touché hombre

Mexican food is all the go in Melbourne and it sometimes feels like there is a new Mexican place opening every other week. In a last ditch dinner before Christmas, a few vegan friends and I decided to check out Touch√© Hombre’s¬†‘LIVIN’ ON THE VEDGE’ Monday nights.

We started with a jug of Sangria and beer while we tried to make our mind up about what to eat.¬†There were lots of vegan options, in fact so many that we got that “OMG I am a vegan with too many choices on the menu” paralysis and we decided to just let the waiter bring us some dishes and then we’d decide if we needed more or should stop.

Here’s what we ate…

A Special Christmas Eve Salad


This was a wonderful combination of lightly grilled quartered cos lettuce with golden beetroot, peaches, julienned jicama, radish, orange segments and pomegranate with a chilli and coriander dressing. Absolutely delicious.


A Plate of Dips


Three dips,  a guacamole with radish and pomegranate, a blackbean and corn dip and a unusual spicy pumpkin seed and peanut dip. Served with fresh tortilla chips and pico di gallo.


Corn Tostadas


Sweet corn, black bean, and Tajin (a chilli, lime and salt seasoning) with a chunk of avocado and fresh lime. I loved this one, the creamed corn was a beautiful contrast to the earthy black beans which were given more kick with the seasoning and fresh lime.


Sweet potato tacos


Caramelised sweet potato, creamed corn, spring onions and mint.  Beautiful soft warm taco with a sensational filling. I could have eaten several. So far the best!


Tofu Tacos


Charred tofu, chimmi churri mayo, carrot and radish salad with coriander. In heaven by now. These were a close competitor for best…


Mushroom Tostada


Blue corn, mushroom, tomato and pinto bean puree.  The flavours were good on this, but it was unexpectedly cold!

Sadly due to a Christmas delivery issue, ¬†the ingredients for the vegan dessert had not arrived. ūüôĀ ¬†It was to have been a VEGAN PEANUT PARFAIT with CHOC CHILLI COOKIE!!!

Oh well, I will just have to go back to get my hands (and tastebuds) on that dessert.

The place was packed. Even so we managed to get straight in, so I’m hoping it was a pre Christmas thing, not a sign that there will be 3 hour waits to get in soon.

The food was great. The staff were great. Definitely I will be back.


Touché Hombre
233 Lonsdale St
Melbourne 3000
03 9663 0811