Another reason to love our local cafe

We took the kids out for lunch this afternoon.  We’re lucky we’re able to make this a fairly regular occurrence at the weekends, and we’re also lucky to have a fabulous cafe in our own neighbourhood.

Their kids’ menu is great.  Our kids eat pikelets, $3 for a plate of 4 large pikelets hot and fresh from the skillet, served with butter and jam.  They could also have scrambled eggs on toast for $3, or a cheese toastie, or for a little more, the classic chicken nuggets and chips.  Fluffies come free with grown-ups’ drinks, and also come with marshmallows and baby chocolate fish.

When we arrived today, the cafe was very busy.  We grabbed the last table, and put in our order.  As we waited, things calmed down and cleared out a little, so we moved to a larger table.  The kids were playing happily, but starting to look impatient, when the owner (I think) arrived at our table with a plate of tiny chocolate-chip biscuits and baby chocolate fish – one of each for each child.  “I have little ones myself,” he said, “I know it’s hard to wait.  I’m sorry things are a bit slower than normal today – your food will be coming soon.”

And it did, and it was just as good as usual, and the kids loved it then went off to play in the toybox while The Dad and I finished ours.


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5 Responses to “Another reason to love our local cafe”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Wow – that sounds like a great cafe and very reasonably priced as well. I have never seen pikelets available for kids in a cafe here – I would definitely get them if they were on the menu. Ah and I guess fluffies must be babyccinos – it is always good if they are free and come with a marshmellow.

    • Kate @ upsidebackwards Says:

      Hi Melissa! Yes, fluffies = NZ for babyccinos 🙂 – must remember not to ask for fluffies when we’re in Australia! I love that the cafe does pikelets – they’ve started doing them for adults, too, $6 for a grown-up portion. Who doesn’t like pikelets, after all? Even Fainjin loves them, and he is notoriously hard to please. Have a great Christmas!

  2. Melissa Says:

    Ah pikelets – I used to make them with my grandmother.
    She used to get up at 5am to make them for her bowls team. I should try and remember her recipe and knock some up at home. And I hope you have a great Christmas as well xxx

  3. L Says:

    catching up – what is a pikelet? wikipedia is confusing me, and directing me to the crumpet page… 🙂

    • Kate @ upsidebackwards Says:

      What have you been doing in Australia all this time?! Get someone to make you pikelets as soon as you can! 🙂
      They are small, sweet pancakes – a bit like blini, I suppose.
      Here’s the recipe I use:
      Sift together: 1 cup flour and 1 tsp baking powder.
      In another bowl, beat together 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg until thick. Add 1 cup of milk.
      Make a well in the flour mixture and add the liquid. Mix until you have a smooth batter.
      Melt about 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Tip the melted butter into the batter and stir through.
      Cook the batter in the frying pan, in spoonfuls (you can usually cook 5-6 pikelets at once depending on the size of the pan).
      Once bubbles form and remain on the surface of the batter, flip the pikelet to cook on the other side, until golden brown.
      Serve warm, with butter or syrup, or cool with butter and jam… if there are any left by the time they’ve cooled down!
      Readers’ comments on the recipe most welcome…

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