Food Hunter

Real Food @ Killiney Road

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Dumplings with brown rice vermicelli and soup | Steamed dumplings with organic sesame oil and tamari

I love my greens.

Yes, you’ve heard me. But visiting Real Food for the second time makes me happy not only for that reason. For one, the vegetarian food you get is healthy, fresh and organic. The people who serve you are so down-to-earth, just like your next door neighbour.  Plus, the large space is quiet and simple with contemporary furnitures from Kartell.

I think this sets it apart from any other vegetarian places I have tried. I am won over by this place because of the variety of food they have. Pizzas, rice, spaghetti, coffee, smoothies and more!

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During my first visit, the pumpkin soup was amazing. It even had a bit of purée of the pumpkin flesh in the soup that was way better than the processed kinds from other places.

My friend and I had dumplings. It was really good because not only was it handmade, it was also not like the typical “vegetarian” food that replicates by using flour and mock meat to stuff the filling. Instead, they use around 10 different ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, French beans and chestnuts to make it quite a refreshing dish to have!

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Dumpling with brown rice vermicelli | Pumpkin Soup | Organic Mushroom Aglio Olio

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On an interesting note, it feels like a system of trust in this cafe because no one attends to the cashier until you stand at the counter. This store also includes the small retail area that sells organic fresh veggies, oats, chocolate and even shampoo and bath soaps!

If you like to try something different and a healthier alternative, here’s the place for you!

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I am the baker boy

Extreme Banana Walnut Bread recipe

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banana walnut bread

2 cups of bread flour [250g]
1 tsp of salt
2 tsp of baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter [227g]
1.5 cup of sugar [300g]
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup walnuts [108g]
2.5 cups banana

1. Cream butter and sugar
2. Add 1 tsp vanilla
3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition
4. Mix in mashed banana
5. Mix in dry ingredients (other bowl : sifted baking soda, bread flour and salt)
6. Stir in nuts
7. Bake for 55 mins (165 degrees)

The taste is moist, dense and bursting with rich banana flavor, coupled with freshly chopped walnuts for that extra crunch; this is the extreme banana walnut bread.

How did I do it?

For starters, I wanted something healthier so I used dark brown sugar instead of white sugar, thus resulting in a much darker loaf. I tweaked the recipes that I found here and here in order to come up with this recipe. I used way more banana than any other recipe out there, resulting in a heavier and less dense loaf . Well, enough talk.

Time to sink in.

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