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The Old Crow, Northbridge

Breakfast at The Old Crow

There’s something seriously magical about a slow cooked egg. Cooked in their shells below boiling point for far longer than the usual (65 degrees celsius for 65 minutes) – the resulting egg is soft and silky, but quite solidly set.

This weekend,  I met the slow cooked egg of my dreams, at The Old Crow in Northbridge.

Breakfast at The Old Crow

The slow cooked egg was served with a flavoursome mix of lightly sauteed mushrooms including fresh shiitake, portabello and button varieties ($19.00). I really enjoyed the meaty texture of the mushrooms. Lightly browned just a hint of caramelisation, they really satisfied my craving for something something – though they weren’t my usual breakfast go-tos (bacon, chipolatas).

Breakfast at The Old Crow

The provolone croquettes were seriously good. A delightful contradiction, even. Crisp yet pillowy soft. Salty yet just barely sweet. Rich but amazingly light and almost fluffy.

When paired with the rich red sauce (hidden beneath the mix of mushrooms and croquettes) – utterly moreish.

Breakfast at The Old Crow

As well established gluttons, it was hard to ignore the fried potatoes with cajun salt and ranch ($9.00). ‘They’re a bargain!’ we said. ‘But I’m starving’, I assured J.

But try as we might, we were utterly defeated by these crunchy beauties. I’m guessing their fantastic crunch and deep golden brown was the result of being double-fried (or par-boiled then fried). The cajun salt had a kick that was perfectly offset by the cool and creamy ranch dressing.

Breakfast at The Old Crow

Getting into the weekend spirit, J kicked off his meal with a mustardy, spicy Bloody Mary ($15.00). I’m not much of a fan of tomato juice …so he enjoyed that by himself! (My usual soy flat white did the trick, thanks.)

Breakfast at The Old Crow

Though I passed on the Bloody Mary, J’s choice of cowboy beans and eggs with belly bacon ($18.00) was much more covetable – just check out that charry belly bacon!

We both really loved the faint sweetness and subtle smoke of the beans. They tasted like the real deal – cooked low and slow with a flavoursome tomato-based sauce and probably a meaty bacon bone or two for a mellow yet flavourful punch. Mild hints of cumin, paprika and maple (I think) were a highlight.

Suffice it to say – we’re really quite smitten. The food and drink options we tried were really well executed. It’s a well thought out menu that’s got options, but isn’t so big that you just can’t pick. The service was friendly, but more importantly quick and efficient. It was a great way to start my weekend!

Breakfast at The Old Crow

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In other Juji Chews news…

After much debate, pro and con lists, and general procrastinating … I’m now officially a Mac user. Bye bye, old laptop. You served me well.

It’s weird but exciting, and I’m getting the hang of the command button. And holy crap, when I’m using Lightroom to post-process my photos … oof. This thing looks amazing!

Are you a Mac person or a PC die-hard? Opinions? Favourite tricks? Got any advice for Mac noobs? Make sure you share in the comments!

Lumiere Cafe and Patisserie, Surry Hills

During dinner with Grab Your Fork, we couldn’t help but grill our dining partner for some good breakfast tips.

When you’re a food blogger, forward-planning meals is not only convenient, but practically essential!

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

Brioche French toast with caramelised banana, bacon and maple syrup, $18

H suggests a few fantastic sounding places, and after some research once we’re back in our hotel that evening, our mission is simple – brioche French toast with banana and bacon, at Lumiere Cafe in Surry Hills.

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

Sydney cafes seem to put in a lot of effort into interior design. I like it.

Lumiere is located in Surry Hills, the suburb which was quickly becoming my own personal eating mecca.

We arrived early, and found the sunny cafe was fairly empty, with only a few other keen diners fueling up before work.

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

Omelette with smoked ham, mushrooms, chives and provolone cheese, $17

Dining with a fellow food blogger who is also your sister makes eating simple. 

To conserve valuable eating space, we opt to share two breakfast dishes between the three of us, an arrangement which worked like a treat.

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

When it arrives, my omelette with smoked ham, mushrooms, chives and provolone cheese, looks a little sad and unadorned on the plate.

The next thing I notice is just how big it is – taking up more than half of the plate. Thank god I’m sharing this, I think, as there’s no way I could finish the whole thing on my own!

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

But slicing it open reveals that the softly set omelette is well stuffed with a generous filling of ham, mushrooms, oozing cheese and a tumble of oniony chives.

I’m in a savoury breakfast sort of mood, and this omelette offers the perfect combination of breakfast food groups (eggs, salty protein, mushrooms, cheese) all topped off with a slice of crunchy toast. Winner!

The juicy mushrooms have created a bit of a puddle of liquid beneath the omelette, which turns its lightly browned, slightly crispy exterior soggy.

I’m glad we’re sharing our meals, as the omelette is deceptively rich and filling.

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

When TFP’s brioche French toast arrives, it is a sight to behold, topped with a layer of lightly burnished bananas and crowned with crispy bacon.

It sits in a pool of sticky golden maple syrup, and smells amazing. I think this would be a scent worth bottling – eau de toilette or parfum, who cares, I’d definitely buy it! Anyone know anyone at Diptyque? I have an idea for a new home fragrance ;)

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

We let her take the first bites, naturally, but I have to stop myself from tackling J with my fork to have a taste. 

The uber-eggy brioche French toast is pillowy soft, and readily soaks up the sweet syrup. The caramelised banana is tender and sweet, which contrasts really well with the salty tang of the crispy bacon.

Lumiere Cafe and Pattiserie

Interior of the cafe

I top off the meal with my daily caffeine fix, this time a soy flat white, which leaves me primed and ready to go for the eating adventures ahead in Cabramatta!

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Read TFP’s post about Lumiere Cafe

Read about our other food adventures in Sydney

Kitchen garden: Portabello mushrooms

It’s technically not part of our wee garden, but I had to share the fun, slightly alien looking mushrooms that have started to grow from my kit.

On a trip to our local Bunnings recently, I purchased a grow your own Portabello mushroom kit.

I am so pleased something is finally happening! I love mushrooms. Especially Portabello mushrooms.

The photo above illustrates how it looked yesterday, just over a month since I opened this up and dutifully wet and mulched the kit. My instruction reading skills were obviously lacking, as I probably lost about two weeks of ‘grow time’ by packing down the mulch (a big no no, as I later realised upon re-reading the directions on the box).

But now, look! There’s something happening.

Above: another shot from yesterday

And here’s (approximately) the same mushies – today.

I’m waiting with baited breath to see what my first crop looks like. Just think of the possibilities – mushroom soup, mushroom sauce, roasted mushrooms ….