May 26, 2012

Mister Close

Let me start off by telling you how much I LOVE Mister Close. Even though it was my first time there, I really really really really really loved it. And the fact that it is located in the city was definitely a bonus!
I liked how it was slightly hidden along a main street so you still could enjoy your meal in peace. As always with most Melbourne cafes, there was this really calm ambience to it. And the food. Oh the food. I was one happy girl. 
So true.
My sister had the "Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet Corn Fritters" while I ordered "The Fast Breaker". Both were really yummy but I think if I went back again, I would definitely order the corn fritters. As much as I enjoyed my sandwich, the corn fritters were the best I have ever tasted (apart from Gingerboy, but that is another story).
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet Corn Fritters
Doesn't that look ah-may-zing?!
Just look at the runny yolk!
The Fast Breaker

I have to say though, I do still prefer Manchester Press' coffee. Nothing will ever beat 8 oz. coffee (coffee brand at Manchester Press).
Mandatory coffee shot. ( :
I was really fascinated at how small the salt holder was!
I will definitely be returning to this cafe again soon! Probably post exams. But next time round, I am going to try their lunch menu rather than the breakfast menu.

Shop 13,
Midtown Plaza,
246 Bourke Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000.
(03) 9654 7778

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May 14, 2012

Pear and Chocolate Brownie

Sometimes all you need to satisfy that sweet tooth is a yummy, fudgy, rich and very very sinful piece of brownie. And sometimes those cravings strike when you least expect it.

But don't fret. Because there really is a simple solution to your problem.

Chocolate brownie with pear. 


Mix it up: You don't HAVE to use pear. You can replace pear slices with nuts.

Looks good doesn't it? (;
This has got to be the easiest and fastest recipe ever! Luckily my sister had chocolate and pear cravings one night and she stumbled across this recipe.

And another great thing about this recipe? It is gluten free! Yeaps. So for those of you who are allergic to gluten, you are in luck!

So, here is what you need to do:

It all goes into 1 saucepan!
  • a bit of preparation: peel and slice the pears. or if you're feeling lazy, go buy a can of already peeled and cored pears and you can just slice them up into thin pieces. 
  • preheat oven to 180˚C
  • melt 250 g unsalted butter, remove from heat
  • add 250 g bittersweet chocolate and melt (still off the heat) ((i used 50%. you could use 70%))
    • if your chocolate isn't melting, just pop it back onto the stove for awhile to get things going
  • add 200 g sugar and 5 eggs, stir (honestly, i used only about 120 g of sugar cause i really don't like it to be too sweet)
  • add 250 g almond meal, stir and give it a few folds every now and then
  • pour batter into cake tin (or you could divide it into slightly more than 12 cupcake holes)
  • place slices of pears inside the mixture or on top of the batter. i did both. it helps cut through the richness of the chocolate
  • bake for about 40 minutes if you are making it as a whole cake (20-25 minutes if you're making it in the form of cupcakes)
  • take it out and let it cool
Voila. You are done. Now. Go and enjoy! (: