Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike

I’ve had Kitchen by Mike on my Sydney hit-list since before I even moved here.

Being the eager beaver that I am I’d stared collecting places I wanted to go to months before I even set foot in Australia. Of course now that I’m here that list just keeps on growing, but Kitchen by Mike has got to be one of my favourites so far. It’s not hard to see why it always came up when I was looking up potentially awesome food-joints.

Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike

You walk into an industrial building with super tall ceilings, filled with tables of happy and chatty customers (how can they not be happy when they’re having amazing food?) and at one end there is a counter filled with some of the best looking salads I’ve ever seen.

Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike

You queue up, order whatever your heart desires, pay, and take your heaped plate with you to the nearest empty table so you can tuck in.

I actually needed 2 separate plates for mine because, true to form, I couldn’t decide and ordered more than I could handle. No harm though, because I brought my leftovers back home and they made my delicious lunch last a little bit longer!

Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike

The menu changes daily based on what they can get from the markets.

Their commonality for every menu is “seasonality, simplicity and freshness” and they “believe it’s about how food is found, grown, cooked and eaten“.

How amazing is that? If only more places followed this the world would be a much happier (and well fed) place.

Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike

It’s definitely an experience eating there, from the moment you walk into the buzzing, canteen-style kitchen, to choosing what to have not only on what you read off the menu but what you see, as all the food is displayed for our hungry eyes to feast on.

Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike

They’re actually also famous for their sourdough (it was voted the best in Sydney) and it would have been a real shame to miss out. I avoid gluten on my day-to-day, but the tartine looked too amazing to pass up, and I’m soooo glad I didn’t. It was the best tartine I’ve ever had!

Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike Sydney Eats: Kitchen by Mike

This is definitely the kind of place I love. Food that is simple without actually tasting or being simple, with a focus on ingredients, and that is all about enjoying the whole experience that comes with eating a meal prepared by someone else.

Too good to miss if you’re in Sydney.

Find Kitchen by Mike here.
1/85 Dunning Avenue,
Roseberry NSW 2018

You can check the daily menu on their Facebook page.

No-Bake Nutella Brownies (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These nutella brownies are the thing of dreams.

They were all devoured on the day I made them, with none living to tell the tale. They’re also no-bake, which means that you won’t have to waste any time waiting impatiently by the oven as they bake, only to declare them done, take them out a bit too soon, and burn your tongue since you couldn’t even wait for them to cool down. I know I’m not the only one.

No-Bake Nutella Brownies via Teffy's Perks

They’re wonderfully moorish and soft, with a rich taste from the chocolate and hazelnuts, and an amazing sweetness and chewiness from the dates. Continue reading

Fail-Proof Hummus Recipe

I remember when I first moved to London and got a job at a pub.

The whole place smelled of ale, the carpets were stained beyond repair, my shoes were forever smelling of beer and vodka, and bar floor was super sticky my foot slid off my shoe once. I even hit my head on the vodka bottle once (maybe twice) that used to hang behind the bar. But you know what? I had some super fun moments there! One of my best friends worked there with me, so of course whenever we had a shift together, it was nothing but fun and sneaking in drinks in between orders.

So, how does all this relate to hummus? Well, this is where my love for the stuff developed. Every shift for my break I’d bust out a tub of hummus and eat it with rice cakes, sitting on the steps of beer garden. It was the beginning of a love affair. I would eat the.whole.tub. I’ve also been known to eat hummus with a spoon. Please don’t judge me.

Fail Proof Hummus Recipe via Teffy's Perks

I still absolutely love hummus, and eat it pretty much every single day.

It’s got such amazing health benefits, which completely justify why I add huge dollops to anything I can. Ok, so maybe I would do that anyway, but the health benefits are definitely an incredible bonus! Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Shake (Vegan + GF)

I didn’t grow up on peanut butter and jam sandwiches, but I remember watching countless movies, tv shows, and cartoons where the kids would go off to school carrying a brown paper bag with a lovingly prepared pb&j sandwich.

Thats kinda what I wanted to recreate here – a yummy peanut butter and jam shake that tastes like your mother might have made it for you when she wanted you to feel better. It’s supposed to take you back to your younger years, and make you feel almost naughty for having something so simple yet so yummy. I know it’s a lot of weight to put on a simple shake’s shoulders, but I think it can handle it.

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Shake

Like with any peanut butter and jam combo, I wanted it to be quick, easy, and somewhat effortless, and the notion of having to make my own jam didn’t quite fit in this particular moment. If you have some amazing, sugar-free jam lying about then by all means use it. I didn’t, so I took the speedy way and mashed some strawberries with chia seeds. 5 minute cheats jam! Continue reading

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This carrot cake oatmeal packs a serious punch in flavour and wow-factor, though it’s actually super easy to make.

Actually, this oatmeal was such a success that as soon as it ended Matt asked if I could cook up another batch to get us through the week. It’s an amazing way to sneak in some carrots into your breakfast routine, and it’s sweet enough that you’ll feel like you’re cheating the system and having some dessert for breakfast!

Carrotcakeoatmeal5

We’re using steel cuts oats, and please don’t be put off by the fact that is has a higher cooking time. It actually requires very little effort and the taste and texture is just oh so much better than using rolled or quick cook oats.

It’s deliciously chewy with an amazing nutty flavour, and when we add the carrots and all the carrot cake flavours it tastes so amazing it’ll be worth the little bit of extra time, I promise!

Plus, you can always make a big batch and keep in the fridge to re-heat in the mornings throughout the week! Continue reading

Caramel + Peanut Butter Cups (Best.Thing.Ever!)

I used to work at a really busy cafe in London that served heaped plates of pancakes, bacon, and eggs (sometimes all in one plate!) and to serve all that while being hungry and having to wait for your break was torture.

That was when my friend Lucie came up with one of the most ingenious idea for a snack that was then named “Danger”. It received its name for being highly addictive. You ready? We got Cadbury’s caramel bars we used for milkshakes, grabbed a spoon, and scooped a huge dollop of peanut butter on top and shoved it in our mouths in between orders. It was impossible to stop at one, and so are these caramel and peanut butter cups.

Caramel and Peanut Butter Cups (Vegan + Gluten Free) via Teffy's Perks

I also remember when I was younger I used to buy peanut butter cups, bite the chocolate from all around the edges until all I was left with was a peanut butter chocolate sandwich. Weirdo, or genius?

One of the things I love about these cups is how once you bite through the firm and rich chocolate layer you get an amazing caramel sweetness along with the smooth and creamy peanut butter. It’s a winner, honestly. Infinitely times better than any store bought and packaged peanut butter cups – and this is coming from a former peanut butter cups addict! Continue reading

My Favourite Green Smoothie to Start 2015 with a Bang!

I see this green smoothie as a stepping stone into the green smoothie world.

Everyone can benefit from adding a bit more greens into their life, and this green smoothie is probably my favourite as its super creamy and doesn’t have a bitter green flavour at all! For those of you who have decided to add more green smoothie to your diet in this new year, this smoothie is perfect for you.

Spinach is my top choice for smoothies as it breaks down super easily, which means you don’t end up with weird bits that more resemble a soup than a smoothie if you don’t have an awesome blender. The almonds and hemp seeds up the protein content, and the maca and mesquite powders give it a great superfood boost to get your day started!

Mesquite actually has quite the caramel-like flavour to it, so it’s an awesome low-gi, high mineral addition to any smoothie! I get both superfoods from Loving Earth.

My Favourite Green Mylk Smoothie! Continue reading

Yummy Sweet Potato Granola Bars

Sweet Potato Granola Bars

Happy New Year lovelies!

These deliciously yummy sweet potato granola bars are here to help ease you into the new year. After Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, we can all feel a little run down. We’ve just spent so much time cooking, eating, and drinking and come the new year we start feeling the effects on our bodies and minds.

Since this is a time when so many of us decide to refocus on our health and wellbeing, I decided to give you a recipe for a granola bar that not only tastes amazing but will also help you re-balance and stay on track! Continue reading

Butternut Squash Vegan Mac and Cheese

When I was younger, I used to think mac ‘n’ cheese was the best.thing.ever.

I used to have this obsession with everything American (fruit roll ups? pop tarts? gimme it all!) and those boxes of kraft mac ‘n’ cheese were gold to me. Probably because back home in Brazil they weren’t common at all, so when someone did bring some back from their travels it was a huge deal!

Butternut Squash Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese via Teffy's Perks

Nowadays I know better than to eat something that has a shelf life longer than me, so I wanted to create something delicious and creamy that wasn’t full of nasties. I used a buckwheat penne, and it’s even topped with cauliflower instead of breadcrumbs, so this version is completely gluten free (but still tastes amazing I promise!) Continue reading

4 Easy Ways to Detox After Christmas!

Hello lovelies!!

I hope you have had an amazing Christmas, full of happy memories, delicious food, hugs, kisses, awesome presents, and sweet time with loved ones. I had an incredible time here in Sydney, filled with joy!

One common thing of Christmas though is the eating and drinking in copious amounts. The feast, the leftovers, the toasting. It can all leave us feeling a bit bloated and ridden down. I definitely feel like I need some time to detox and get my body back to it’s happy state, so here are my favourite 4 simply and super easy ways to detox and re-balance after Christmas!

IMG_5847-2

Sleep more than you normally would

If you’re used to sleeping 7-8 hours a night, increase it to 10 hours for a few days!

This may sound like utter indulgence, but it’s during our sleep that our bodies do most of the cleansing and detoxing, and allowing it those few extra hours can do wonders! Continue reading