Bakeries Galore

Apparently Australians like their baked goods. When in Melbourne, it seemed pretty much impossible to walk down any street without a little bakery with tempting goods peeking out from behind the glass.

Good thing I’m good at resisting temptation right? oh wait….

The first bakery I went to was probably the best one. I’ve been back several times and love it. They have delicious macarons, decadent cakes, and cute little chocolates.

Plus an awesome cappuccino and a cute little tea set up. One time I ordered tea and it came in a little tea-pot with a little pitcher of cream, and I could make my own little personal cup. So cute!

Other places have had just as amazing treats. At a little surf shop place where we windsurfed, I ordered a ‘flat white’ coffee (coffee drinks are different here) and it was decorated with this beautiful image.

I’ve tried macaroons different places, like this delicious Lamington flavored one (another Australian baked good). At Starbucks ( I know, very original but I had to go), I had a delicious scone warmed to perfection.

Let’s just say I’m not holding back on the indulgences because when else will I experience something this good! But it is in moderation, it’s easy to only eat one macaroon and enjoy every bite, thank goodness!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Many of my favorite moments spent with friends are in the kitchen.

Whether it’s eating, baking, or drinking coffee, those times around the table or stove are when we get to catch up but also just relax.

It’s even better when you use up the black bananas on your kitchen counter. Just kidding. (sort of).

About a month ago, my friend Holly and I were able to catch up doing exactly this. After a quick shopping trip, we whipped up this bread and then chatted while the bread baked.

Holly stirring our batter!

It was a delicious treat and an even more divine afternoon.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

2 1/2 cups flour ( I did 1 wheat, 1 1/2 white, but you can use all white)

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 eggs

3 very ripe bananas

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Mix together flour, soda and salt. In seperate bowl, beat sugar and eggs. Mash banana and add to sugar mixture. Slowly add in flour mixture. Stir until combined completely. Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour into greased baking pans. We used two 8 inch pans and one mini loaf pan but you can change to your liking.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 50-60 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. (Smaller pans bake faster)


Another update!

When I started to tell my family and friends about my upcoming trip to Australia, I often got the question, “are you going to try kangaroo?”. To be honest, I was never really sure if I would have the opportunity or the guts at the time to do it.

At the college, I stayed at in Melbourne, lamb was a big presence at dinner so I figured I wouldn’t get any kangaroo unless I really explored. But when we spent a couple days in the Grampians, there was a little diner that served it. And I tried it.

It was a kangaroo souvlaki, similar to a gyro, and it was pretty good. It had a slightly different taste than any other meat I have had but nothing too out there or weird. Also, it probably helped that it was in this wrap form because it helped take away the image of what I was eating.

We also hadn’t seen any wild kangaroos yet.

But we saw plenty later in the day. (I would post a picture but think it’s a little insensitive for this post…).

Anyway, I tried something new, have a great story to tell people, and am extra willing to explore different foods now.

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Hi! I'm Kristina and a college student who loves food, eating, fitness, and variety of other fun things! I have a combined love of food and fitness and trying to balance it all into my busy life. FoodNook is my way of documenting my experiences and adventures in navigating healthy living on my own and trying out new things.