How quickly time flies! It felt so much like 2014 was over in a flash, which also meant I hit the milestone of two and a half years since I started Queen of Bad Timing. Looking back it’s crazy to read some of my first posts and the photos I took of food. I hope you’ll agree it’s come a long way since that time!
It’s pretty natural to reflect on days gone by as you move into a new year. While I’m not a resolutions type of person, I did feel like going into 2015 was the perfect time to start being the best I can – exercising way more, shopping less and being my happy self. So of course me being me, food plays a big part of this.
Knowing the boy and I had plans for new year’s eve from 3pm onwards with our friends, we decided to go out for breakfast in the morning. Having a few days off together where we both weren’t working was such a treat, and something we both really value so we try to get as much out of it as possible. Initially I’d booked us in at Nunam since we recently enjoyed our dinner there so much, but since they were closed we did a bit of brainstorming and decided to check out Flinderz, which is only a couple minutes drive from our house.
I’d actually heard about Flinderz from fellow blogger, The Chef, His Wife and Their Perthfect Life
who’s husband is actually the new head chef of Flinderz. From hearing this and seeing some pretty delicious looking dishes on social media, I was ready to give it a go!
Arriving just after 9am, the boy and I take a seat in their bright and airy courtyard dining area, relaxing back as a light breeze welcomes us. It’s really lovely weather already and a treat to be outside without feeling like we’re baking alive. The courtyard is comfortable and vibrant, with little wall hanging pots housing herbs, strawberries, chillies and edible flowers. Great to see some of their fresh produce being so readily at hand.
We kick things off with a drink each. The boy chooses the super food smoothie ($8.00) which has acai, mixed berries, banana, frozen yoghurt and coconut water. I love how vibrant and creamy it was! Definitely a great pick me up to kick start your day. I decided to keep things simple and opted for a freshly squeezed orange juice ($7.00) which was frothy and zingy. I would have loved the juice a touch colder but I’m a person who drinks chilled water a lot (even though I know I shouldn’t!).
Selecting what to order for our dishes is difficult because I’m hungry and unable to decide between sweet and savoury. 99% of the time I’m a savoury breakfast person, but I had seen an instagram pic of a stack of pancakes which looked soooooo good! In the end I compromised by both the boy and I each getting a savoury dish, and then sharing a sweet one between us (it’s all in the name of blogging… right?!).
Jeremy chooses the omelette ($14.00) which has mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, spinach and manchego cheese, with a simple side salad. It’s funny, I actually really love omelettes and yet I never order them. The boy dove straight in to the sunny yellow creation, noting that the manchego cheese is what really delivers in the flavour department for this – I mean who doesn’t love manchego! It’s a simple dish, but the flavours work well and it’s a nice light dish to enjoy.
I opt for something a bit more decadent, the pulled pork benedict ($18.00) which is slow cooked pork shoulder, garlic spinach, poached eggs and spiced hollandaise. If I had to pick out some vogue ingredients for 2014, pulled pork would definitely sit at the top of the list – and with good reason. There’s something so satisfying about a tender, juicy piece of meat like this, and Flinderz version is slightly chunkier than your normal strings of pork, which I think is great (and filling!).
The choice of bread for me is perfect. It’s thick enough to maintain it’s integrity while soaking in the hollandaise. The garlic spinach is well cooked and flavoursome, a nice burst of freshness in the dish. My poached eggs were perfect! Check out the yolk porn above… yes, insert drool here.
Seriously, what is it about a perfectly poached egg that gets us all so giddy with excitement? It is actual liquid gold – one I can’t get enough of.
The hollandaise is so sinfully buttery, coating the ingredients on the plate generously. I don’t get much of the spiced flavour, but both Jeremy and I eat a great deal of chilli and spices in our diet, so it might just have been lost on me because of this.
Our share dish is actually the favourite for both of us visually and when it comes to taste. It’s like a gorgeous work of art on the plate! It’s quinoa granola with banana pannacotta, honeycomb, berries, nuts and honeyed jersey milk ($12.00).
Firstly, the price is extremely reasonable, so to see this come out really impressed me. Texturally this dish is all kinds of right, with crunch from the granola and toasted pistachio nuts, pops of juice from the berries, and creaminess from the banana pannacotta.
Pannacotta is a dessert I make quite often at home, so I’m always interested to see new flavours of this tried and true dish. Lately I’ve been seeing more and more breakfast spots featuring pannacotta on their brunch menus which is a little bit naughty, and a whole lot of exciting! In this instance it definitely delivered on the banana flavour and was just the right size without crossing into the sinful side of things.
Naturally after eating a dish and a half each the boy and I were feeling pretty full! But I’m so glad we decided to stop by this neighbourhood gem, and that we also were a little piggy and got that granola. It was definitely the highlight, and I will happily return for it again in the future! And if the food wasn’t enough to sell us, the service was really good, with the staff working friendly, happy and if they minded working on NYE, you wouldn’t tell!
Happy new year everyone! x