I Love Where I Live!

Pumpkin Bread with Avocado and Tomato

I live in an area that is awesome when it comes to buying food. This is pretty much due to the fact that more than a couple of thousand Lebanese people moved here many years ago. They opened up International Grocery Stores and excellent Lebanese Pizza places around the corner from my house. I can buy anything and everything that is wonderful there – spices, herbs and fresh locally grown fruit and veg. I count myself so very lucky. On top of that, the surrounding suburbs are a magical mix of people from South East Asia & the Subcontinent so Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Sri Lankin, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Nepalese restaurants, supermarkets and delis are everywhere. I can buy the most obscure Vietnamese or Thai ingredients to produce truly authentic food. If I want an Indian curry – no problem – I just head down to the next suburb and shop for whatever I want in the Indian grocery store. I don’t think I’ll be holidaying in Afghanistan any time soon but I can sure as hell eat their awesome food in one of the most wonderful little restaurants tucked away in a small neighbouring suburb, and all of this no more than a 10 minute drive from my house. I effn love where I live!

Buy real food people!

Buy real food people!

This has also meant that many ‘foodies’ have moved into the area and have opened up cafes and bakeries. Not all of them are great, not many of them last and some of these ‘foodies’ are just wankers, but those that are great become firm favourites with the locals. ‘Sourdough Kitchen’ is one of these places. This place is small but bakes and houses the most delicious bread I have ever had and the surrounding ‘good’ cafes use their bread to serve up to their customers. It was at one of these cafes where I fell in love with their pumpkin bread. I am more than happy to drive there and pay $6.50 for a very small loaf – it really is that good!

Such a great place!

Such a great place!

So, today I woke up normal work time early instead of having my usual holiday sleep in and made myself an espresso (only espresso will do in the morning and don’t get me started on buying instant coffee – that shit should be illegal) and found myself ready for the day. Yes, I headed out to ‘Sourdough Kitchen’ to buy bread. I love eating this bread thickly sliced, toasted and topped with avocado and tomato with lots of salt and black pepper and this is exactly what I had for lunch today. My daughter, who hates avocado, ate hers with tomato and the tzatziki I  had made yesterday. Great friggin’ lunch, the sun was bloody shining, I was on effn holidays – my life can be so wonderful sometimes I think I should celebrate it with a Vodka and Cranberry – it’s 2pm and a lovely afternoon drink is definitely in order…Cheers and bottoms up!

It was still warm when I bought it!

It was still warm when I bought it!

Alex's yummy lunch!

Alex’s yummy lunch!

My lunch - so friggin' delish!

My lunch – so friggin’ delish!

Oink Balls are the bomb!

Pork  Meatballs

I love pork!

I re typed this first sentence so many times…first it was “I like a good pork”..then…”I could be porked every night and never get tired of it”…finally I came up with “my butcher gives good pork”…but it all sounded a bit crass so I will stick with “I love pork!”

I want to know one thing from bloggers out there…how many of you buy meat from a local butcher or market or wholesaler and how many of you buy meat from the supermarket? I don’t think I’m a food snob (actually, maybe I am) but I just don’t see how anyone can justify buying meat from the supermarket in those awful cling wrapped containers.

I guess I love shopping for food and don’t mind spending my Saturday driving from place to place in order to purchase my favourite food items from my favourite places. If I have to drive half an hour just to buy my favourite cheese, I will. I’m busy just like everyone else  but Saturday is my food day, unless I’m on school holidays, then everyday is a food day with one trip out to a winery with friends guaranteed.

Get to know your butcher people! Don’t give more money to those fuckers at the stupidmarket! Coles and Woolworths bloody brands everywhere forcing people to buy their shitty products…so tired of it!!!

If someone can tell me where I can buy toilet paper and cleaning products without having to go into a supermarket, please tell me, and don’t say bloody COSTCO because I’m not giving them my money either!

OK! On a lighter note…

I love my butcher and he minced up some wonderful pork, veal, chicken and beef for me this morning and this made me soooooo happy! Did I mention that I love my butcher?

I used the pork mince to make these tasty meatballs tonight and they were so…well…tasty! With herbes from the garden and a little bit of mashed potato and mustard in the pork balls and cooked in a fresh tomato, onion and garlic sauce, I was feeling pretty self righteous!

A great meal with not one cent of my hard earned money going to these horrible stupidmarkets!

Eat well and fight on!