Sails Cafe, Margaret River… Again

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Sails Cafe Margaret River… Again

After my initial visit I felt this little cafe had a lot of potential that just wasn’t quite realised in my crepe. Who the fuck orders a crepe for breakfast anyway? So I returned to try the crab omelette. The menu stating it was blue swimmer crab, herbs, chilli and ciabatta.

Now, when I order an omelette I kinda expect it to be folded and a little gooey in the middle. This was neither. The herbs and chilli were sparse like the shorts of every young girl on the street in Margaret River and the ciabatta was flashed under the grill just long enough to melt the butter. I want TOAST* with my breakfast, not warm bread! Once again I was disappointed. I really want to say it was delicious and tell all three people reading this that they should go there but, I’m sorry Sails, I can’t.

I should’ve just sat at home eating marron** like I did for the rest of my time in Margs.

Oh well, maybe I just gotta lower my standards a little…

*Toast is produced by something some people decided to call the Maillard reaction. This is a form of nonenzymatic browning. It results from a chemical reaction between an amino acid and sugar caused by radiant heat. Couldn’t be simpler eh?

**Marron. Western Australia’s fresh water crayfish and some of the best food of my trip so far. Details coming soon to a blog near you!

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Banana Cake for Sammy… yeah. It’s all about Sammy at the mo’

Banana cake.

I actually have never had a reason to contemplate making a banana cake until now. And that reason is my dear friend Sammy, and her desire to impress her new beau. Myself, I think banana cakes are for the elderly and very creative monkeys, of which I am neither… Yet.

I don’t know how to make banana cake. I don’t even like banana cake yet (Give it 30-40 years and I’m sure I’ll be all over that). And this is why Sammy will never truly love me.

Banana Cake
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
½ vanilla pod, scraped, or 1teaspoon vanilla extract (not essence)
185ml oil
½ cup pecans, chopped
½ cup almond meal
2 cups mashed banana
1teaspoon ground cardamon
1teaspoon ground allspice
1 ½ cups self raising flour, sifted
½ cup plain flour, sifted
• Whisk eggs and sugar until pale and thick (not unlike your average white trash bogan)
• Stir in all other ingredients until combined
• Pour into a lined cake tin and bake in a preheated oven, 160C for 45-50 minutes (when skewer comes out clean)
• Cool and ice with some kind of cream cheese icing I guess. Cream cheese, a splash of cream, icing sugar and lemon zest whisked together. Sounds good.

I’d like to tell you to try this because it is delicious but I would be lying to you, and myself, because I just made it up. It is based loosely around a zucchini cake we used to make when I worked at a cafe called Utopia. It was a good cake so hopefully this will be to. This is not necessarily good reading…

I shall await the result Sammy. Also, if anyone out there in blogland needs a recipe or has a challenge for us, feel free to post it. We love a good challenge here at foodisthebestshitever. All I got at the mo’ is getting out of bed in the morning…