Vegan MoFo mode. I turned to a home made powdered egg replacer recipe I bookmarked some time ago. Instead of the egg in the banana oat pancakes, I used 1 tbsp potato starch, 1/2 tbsp tapioca starch, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 2-3 tsp chia seeds. It worked so much better than my last attempt to veganise these pancakes.
It was easy to decide what to get Sylvia for lunch. Vegan cheesemite scrolls! Oh yes! She loves cheeseymite scrolls from Bakers Delight and eats them regularly. So she was quite happy to have one here. Despite all the cheese on top it had far more vegemite - a tad too much - than cheesey inside. That was ok because the bread was so deliciously light and tasty. (I know because we took the last bit of it home and I ate it later than night! Which made me feel slightly better after some dinner in the shopping centre food hall.)
Sylvia chose a cute little space cake. Pink frosting on a blue vanilla cake. I chose the Betty White. Chocolate cake topped by coconut frosting and toasted coconut flakes. It was a lovely fresh cake with a wee bit too frosting for me. (According to the Facebook page, it was a gluten free cupcake. If so, I would never have known!) E hit the jackpot with the cinnamon scroll. It was so good I had to restrain myself from fighting him for it. He also enjoyed trying a latte with fresh cashew milk.
As well as friendly staff, I really liked the ambiance of the place. There were a stack of interesting vegan books to read. And Sylvia was entertained by the cute mini toy ovens. The bakeshop seemed quite busy on a Friday afternoon with a mixture of students, toddlers and workers. I am sure we will be finding excuses to return to Ascot Vale just so we can visit Mr Nice Guy again.
Sick, Twisted and Insanely Creepy", "Subversive Steampunk for kids" and "Morbid Marvel". It was beautiful to watch in a dark sort of way, with lots of compassion, humour and great steam punk imagination. The Snatcher character is fascinating for he is as pathetic as he is terrifying with his social aspirations and cheese allergy. And I would love to see a vegan analysis of all the cheese in the film.
While out at Highpoint we also bought new child seats and a CD player for our 'new' car. It may be new to us but it was made long enough ago that it has a cassette player!
Craft. National Gallery of Victoria. The park. Grass milk jelly at ShanDong MaMa. Puppet show in the bedroom. Trains. Lunch dates. Bungee trampoline. Cycling. Excellent sandwich at Pope Joan. Hula Hoop. Smiley bikkies at Zen Bakery. Play dates. Baking. Family visits. Finger nail painting. Ramona the Pest. Lego.
Dislocate acrobatics. Sylvia caught up with friends, played with some circus stuff, made a badge, and had a go at the cycling to make enough energy to make popcorn. Lots of fun.
Mr Nice Guy's BakeShop
151 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Tel: 0416 848 610