VEGAN CHEESE MAKING WORKSHOP AT UNWRAPPED PANTRY NEW website review by Jeanette Russell
Thank you very much for the opportunity to review the Unwrapped pantry vegan cheese workshop on the 25th of Jan.I was delighted to attend the session at Belgrave South last weekend. The owner of the business Yvonne, running the show on the day was very personable, professional, and it seemed most skilled and masterful at producing her culinary delights. We were treated to delicious delicacies that were blissful for the palate.
First up we were able to spectate to as Yvonne demonstrated how to make the vegan cheese. It was a Garlic and herb vegan cheese recipe On tasting it, I found it to be most moreish, smooth and creamy . Next up we witnessed Yvonne whipping up a vegan sauce, which went with veges. It was a lovely to eat. Last up she showed the participants how to do a vegan Parmesan cheese . It was very tasty indeed.
Yvonne brought the business whole food store just over two years ago and stated that she has added 100s of products to the shop. Starting the workshops just over 6 months ago she began with various topics. However the vegan workshops have by far excelled in popularity. They have apparently taken on a life of their own. I believe they are great value for money, very informative and interesting, not to mention the opportunity to sample the beautiful foods. The products sold at the shop are healthy choice products and Yvonne tries to stock as much Australian food as possible. The Bulk food shop contains grains, sugars pulses. Unwrapped Pantry staff practice a zero waste policy, brown paper bags are provided for health foods, or patrons are welcome to bring their own containers.
We walk ed in - the two of us and sixteen more paws... I was scared as I saw the expression on the floor manager's face... I was sacred he would tell us: NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED... I was wrong as his facial expression was more about cleaning the table very quick for us. "Bram", he introduced himself and offered us a place outside so the pups would feel comfortable. Cold water is on the table for the hot day: (for all six of us actually) in some very unusual shape glasses. We can relax now...
Bram is extremely friendly and starts talking to our dogs , telling us about his own and trying to remember the names of ours at the same time... The latter though is like remembering the names of 20 strangers at the friend's party.
He brings them bacon.... Now Dasha, Tosha,Penny and Snopp will love him forever... and yes, we will come back here of course! They are - treat!
Bram recommends us what to choose from the menu: best vegan dish for Misha and best fish dish for myself.
The Crux and Co is located at the vibrant and very busy corner off The Albert Road between Kings Way and St Kilda Road - it is that beautiful corporate pocket that we used to go to while we worked ourselves t Domain.The placee has an easy street parking opposite the cafe. It feels like a brand new place. It is quite busy too at 0100am on December 19 although many families have already left for their holidays. There are limited seats left which looks good and people mainly come to enjoy each other's company not for take away food but more for a classy but casual as they say experience..
It is very cozy outside in the shade under the two large umbrellas. It is even more cozy inside where the place is so tastefully decorated with live plants, comfortably located tables and chairs so you feel a part of the whole place and at the same time - very private with the correct floor layout.
It is great for business meetings and we could see people near by at he tables with the stacks of papers and laptops.
"Govrite po-Russiki?" - the girl turns around and starts laughing... "How do you know?" - "We just saw you have a very very Russian facial expression". She says: "great choice for lunch guys! Try their cakes - they are delish. My business partner and me just had two. They are to die for! Thank you and see you later Russian friend! "
Meanwhile our dishes arrive...
There is one fresh big size bowl of vegan delights... Misha's bowl has slightly fried tofu with all the yummy things around it: the white silky tofu is the cntre of attention and is deliciously soft on the inside and crispy on the outside fried in the tapioca flour. It is surrounded by the vegetables and delights of all kind: sweet, sour, marinated , spicy, soft and chewy, oily and refreshing with a bit of green highlights and mouthwatering vegetables - they are all so different. They make the dish very exiting to explore the tastes: there are no repetitions here- they are all unique. I also believe there is a non-vegan version of hiss dish on the menu. Alternative is tuna.The dish is called Ahi Poke bowl if you try t find it.
Mine was very salmon-like : miso covered salmon grilled sand served with risotto hash, tomato and eggplant puree with addition of watercress and slaw salad Amazing dish prepared with love and attention to decoration and colors
We finished with the lunch... but we do not want to leave. We had our coffees too. but we still do not want to leave. Oh yes, the Russian girl... Should we try the cakes?..
"They say life is all about balance, and that is the ethos behind the menu at The Crux & Co. Buttery house made croissants, pastries and sweet dishes are balanced out by Korean influenced savoury flavours. Our pastry cabinet filled with flaky pastries, tarts and cakes that will make any sweet tooth weak at the knees, our menu reveals another dimension of delectable delights. The crux of the matter is what to try first!
We are a 110 seat café and patisserie located on the ground floor of The Emerald Apartment on Albert Road. Whether you are looking for a bite for breakfast, a reward after walking The Tan, or a brunch with friends, The Crux & Co have all the answers."
Our cakes choice is visual but right: perfect yellow sphere It is called solero ball: it is made out of delicious mouses with layers of different color mousse yummy core filling of a mixture of very sweet fruit. The taste is exotic to say the leas, lemonisht. It is topped with the chocolate tail. Misha's choice is chocolate cake of course despite all vegan rules. Chocolate rules vegans. His cake is called Chocolate Tarraine... Oh Chocolate Tarraine...!!! Sounds like a beautiful tornado on your tongue. It is better than anything in the world and it is topped up with a golden leaf. Such an entertainer! Be aware though: it is quite rich and extremely sweet... hm... and decadent I would say. If you are a chocolate lover this is the cake for you! It will blow your mind with its chocolate soul! Close your eyes and enjoy! The taste? OK, it is lighter than fudge but denser than a mousse - this is the mst close description I can make.
You would think it was time to go home? You bet! Yet not! The pups were quiet observing the dry leaves passing by with the warm summer wind... and we were just enjoying our afternoon with Mish... Bram was flying between the tables full of energy and asked us if we would like more coffees and cakes. It was time to go for a walk to shake the lunch a bit... Royal Botanic Gardens were waiting for us and for the pups to massage its grass with their.little and speedy paws.
Thanking the whole crew at Crux for the lovely lunch.
Special thanks: Ashleigh Dyer at Pinch Of Sal PR who was amazing and very patient as took us a while to run this project!
We were seated and given the menu. We have chosen cold drink blends: ~ #1 banana, peanut,butter cacao, honey, almond milk, ice ~ #2 spinach, kale , avocado, pineapple, dates, coconut water, ice both drinks were extremely delicious
first one was very dense, sweet, full of flavour with very smooth and a but chewy texture. The taste was beyond any possible expectation. With the first sip you feel transported to the exotic place where people forget all their troubles and worries. It was unreal , supernatural experience in its pleasure! Banana and peanut butter give the drink that dense, smooth and chewy sensation weather cacao, honey and almond create the exotic unbelievable taste. It was a balanced blend to lift you up and give you lots of sunny energy.
the second drink was extremely tasty too. It had more wattery but very satisfying sweet taste. the spinach and kale gave it the superb boost of vitamins while your taste buds yelled YES to the sweet nature of pineapple. Th avocado gave the blend that very smooth sensation and shape while dates appeared at the very end fighting to satisfy every little bit of the leftovers of this magical drink. Coconut water gave the whole drink that almost "alien" sensation while playing the important role of the "binder" of all the ingredients. I would say it was very tasty and blended with good proportions of all the elements.