Melbourne Moments Part 1

I recently went to Melbourne for a convention for work. It was designed to be an inspirational, ideas sharing workshop and it was. I met some amazing people and got to catch up with old friends. I didn’t get much time to do anything else during the 3 days but luckily I had some time off over the next couple of days. My sister was flying down to meet me and we planned to eat and shop our way around Melbourne.

One absolutely fabulous place I came across was a Cafe called “Auction Rooms”. (107 Errol Street, North Melbourne). I went there with my friend on our first day in Melbourne to get some lunch and much needed coffee. It was one of the most amazing coffees I’ve ever had!!! Sooo good! We also both ordered their special salad for the day. Rocket, fig, spanish onion, goats cheese and pistachios. Holy moly, amazing. It wasn’t normal goats cheese though, I forget what they said it was. It had a bit of a bite to it. Lovely.

There was another place that my friend and I went to for dinner. “Oskar” (1 Errol Street, North Melbourne). We weren’t too impressed with their garlic pizza – the crust was a bit too thin for our liking with not enough garlic but the pizza I ordered was beautiful! Garlic Prawns, squid, rocket and I can’t even remember what else was on it because I ate it so fast!

Oh! I nearly forgot about the amazing muffins we had too!! I didn’t get the name of the shop where we got them from but I can honestly say, it was the most amazing mixed berry muffin I’ve ever eaten. I’m not too fussed on muffins usually. We only bought them because we were so hungry but I wish I had’ve gone back and gotten more! If you happen to be in North Melbourne it was a little shop that also sold bread and was kind of across the road from “Oskar”.

Part 2 to come soon!

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M.I.A

I know I have been m.i.a lately…. I’ve been sooo busy. I went to Melbourne and then stepped straight back into a hectic work load.

I do have a few photos from Melbourne of yummy food ready to go. I will get them up soon as well as some new posts. 🙂

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

After days of wanting to make them, I finally got around to making my lemon curd filled cupcakes. Even with a tantrum throwing toddler hanging off the barrier to the kitchen wanting to eat whatever I was making, I didn’t get deterred.

 

Ingredients

 

I used the Magnolia Bakery vanilla cupcake recipe. But thanks to my darling hubby buying the wrong sugar and wrong icing mixture I had to make a few tweaks. In the recipe it just says to use sugar. Hubby bought caster sugar which I used. In the frosting recipe it calls for ALOT of sugar; Confectioners sugar which is just icing sugar. Hubby bought icing mixture which is slightly different so I ended up using the recipe on the back of the icing mixture packet.

100g butter

1 cup icing mixture

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

 

Completed mixture ready to fill cupcake holders

 

I had actually halved the cupcake recipe as it makes 24 and there’s no way they’d all get eaten so i just upped the qtys for the frosting to make enough for 12 cupcakes.

Before frosting, I cut little holes out of each cupcake and piped in some lemon curd. You can make your own but I just bought pre-made lemon curd in a jar. Still delicious.

 

 

Then, I piped on the frosting.

 

Finished!

 

As part of my search this is the 2nd cupcake recipe I’ve made. The first was delicious!! This one – whilst still nice, had a different texture compared to the fluffy ones I’ve always liked. I can’t describe it. It wasn’t dry at all, just a different texture. Interestingly, I had one for breakfast today (I know, naughty naughty!) but I liked it better today than yesterday. The texture didn’t bother me.

Hubby who only ever eats the frosting off cupcakes, again ate the whole thing. He actually ate 3 for dessert so by that grading, success!