28th June 2012

Hot Chips

I find delicious hot chips difficult to track down, so I felt the need of a list of places where I have successfully found delicious hot chips. Please add to the list if you know of others! (I like my chips to be crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, taste of fresh oil and love them best with their skin on.)

  • Gallery Walk Cafe, Carindale Shopping Centre (thick and crisp)
  • Shingle Inn, Garden City (thick and crisp)
  • Songbirds, Mt Tambourine (fat, crisp and with skin on) Tambourine Mountain Road, North Tambourine
  • Snack Bar, Sunnybank Hills  (thin and crisp – I do ask for them to be cooked a little bit golden otherwise they are a bit pale for me) Corner Beenleigh Road and Wynne Street

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28th June 2012

Vegan Chocolate Ice-cream

This is the most delicious, decadent, chocolate ice-cream. And it’s easy to make! It’s made on coconut milk and soy milk. Visit this website!!


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28th June 2012

Strawberry Ice-cream

I swear this tastes even better than the strawberry ice-cream at the ekka!

3.5 cups strawberries, chopped (I like to buy pesticide free strawberries from the West End Markets)
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
0.5 cups honey (divided into 2)
1.5 cups milk
2.75 cups double cream
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the strawberries and lemon juice in a bowl with 0.25 cups of honey. Stir and allow to sit for two hours. Strain the strawberries and keep the juice. Mash the strawberries in a bowl roughly.

Using an electric beater on low, beat the rest of the honey, milk, cream, vanilla extract and strawberry juice until mixed. Mix in the mashed strawberries. Taste the mixture. If you wish for a sweeter ice-cream, add extra honey a tablespoon at a time.

Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker for 25 – 30 minutes or place in freezer. If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, put the ice-cream in the freezer. After 1.5 hours in the freezer, beat the ice-cream with an electric beater and return to the freezer, repeating 2 more times to stop the formation of ice crystals.

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28th June 2012

Poached Pears

I got this recipe for poached pears from my sister and it is delicious!

4 peeled pears
4 star anise
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon stevia

Place ingredients in a saucepan, cover the pears with water, then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove pears, increase the heat and reduce the liquid. Remove star anise and drizzle the liquid over the pairs. Done! Mmmmmm…. If you wish, serve with cream or ice cream.

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17th June 2012

Meeting Minutes 17th June 2012

Thank you to John who kindly hosted today’s get together. We were treated to a wonderful lunch including a Tomato Soup with Avocado Salsa for starters with olives and bread, a warm Lentil and Onion dish with sides of Cucumbers dressed in mint, Roasted Capsicum and generous bowls of hummus. All this was followed by Dates with Tahini rolled in Almond Meal. Thank you John!


1. Our first agenda item was a thank you to John for his continued efforts with restaurant review postings.
2. Then, an apology for the lack of other content going up!
3. Finally we spent some time reviewing categories each of us would post about on a more regular basis.
So far we have the following…..
John – Restaurant reviews
Jacki – Highlighting Orthodox missionary work
Melissa – Recipes
Helen – Saint feast days
Vasilios – Vege or Orthodox based art and site maintenence
Anastasia – Campaigns and other Orthodox material
Jason – Vegan and vegetarian orthodox saints

The goal is to have each of us posting at least once a month, which should see something new on the site every week. We also hope to create a balance in the content between vegan/vegetarian material and Orthodox material.

All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon with warming food shared amongst friends.

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