Computer problems sort of fixed…for now. So I’m back with a post I originally wrote with an actual pen, on actual paper, last week, when I couldn’t use my computer at all. It’s all about last weekend…
I’ve just had a really fun weekend. Great weather, delicious food, comedy, vegan lollies, gardening, catching up with old friends – and, as I mentioned in my last short post, finding palm-oil free Panko breadcrumbs!
Quick Friday night dinner at Miss Chu
On Friday night we met up after work. I had a craving for one of my favourite quick meals – the Traditional Vietnamese Steamed Rice Crepes (Bánh Cuôn) – vegan with vegetables from Miss Chu. (I’ve mentioned it before, but last time I couldn’t remember what it was called.)
Don’t you just love restaurants that have vegan items on the menu – and actually mark them as vegan! It makes things so much less awkward and exhausting.
It’s such a simple bowl of deliciousness, but with such interesting tastes and textures. Hot, tasty, crunchy, soft, chewy, salty, and full of lovely fresh, green vegetables. I could eat it every second day – only every second day because there is so much other lovely food around! Which brings me to our Sunday night dinner…
Madame K’s Vegetarian
We had our first 2014 Comedy Festival night, seeing Bob Downe at the gorgeous Athenaeum Theatre. He was as hilarious as ever, and I almost felt as if he had been stalking me when he said he was going to Barry in Northcote for a kale and quinoa salad. He certainly knows his audience.
After the show, we ended up wandering along Brunswick Street at 8.30 pm, looking for somewhere to eat that had vegan food, but that also wasn’t packed out – a big ask!
We’d almost given up on finding a restaurant, and were headed to Lord of the Fries for a burger, when we noticed some empty tables outside Madame K’s Vegetarian.
It was a lovely warm-ish night, so those seats were perfect – apart from the recycling truck that chose to make a smelly collection right opposite our table at 9 pm!
We weren’t all that hungry (nothing to do with the smelly truck), so we didn’t have a main course, instead we opted for 3 shared entrees and dessert. (In case any of my American friends are reading this – entrees are what we, in Australia, call the small starter dishes before our main course. I think you call the main course an entrée… at least that’s what it looks like in my American cookbooks. Just wanted to clear that up in case you think we’re complete gluttons!)
Madame K’s is all vegetarian, and ALMOST all vegan, so there was a lot to choose from. Check the menu here [PDF].
Our 3 entrees
- Vegan chicken satay
- Spring rolls
- Sum Choy Bow
They were all good-sized entrees, which was great because B eats fast and I sound really petty when I say, “Oi! You’ve had your half!” He snaffled an extra spring roll, but I held my fork threateningly over the satay sticks in case he tried to get an extra one of those. Nobody comes between me and a good peanut sauce.
We negotiated about sharing desserts, but decided to each choose our own…but then shared anyway.
I had the tempura banana with strawberries (below).
B had the banana roti. Both were delicious, as you can imagine. I thought they’d be pretty much the same, but the textures were quite different. The tempura was light and crisp and sweet. The roti was dense and chewy and sweet.
Vegan frozen yoghurt is back in Brunswick Street!
As we were leaving, I noticed the sign on Frolic, the shop next door, announcing the arrival of vegan frozen yoghurt. Perhaps they’re taking over where Berrissimo left off. Of course, we were too full to try it out, so I’ve made a note to head back soon.
At home on the couch
We had a quick tram ride home and found that our lovely kids had cooked a nice dinner for themselves and cleaned it all up! The kitchen was clean, the dog was fed and the dishwasher was humming.
By 10.15 pm we were on the couch watching nostalgic videos inspired by Bob Downe’s songs.
Here’s my favourite of the videos we watched. Cilla Black, looking very young and cool, recording Alfie in 1965…a very good year!