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Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

Earthbound Bolton sits nestled between a gym and a spa, in the quiet neighbourhood of Bolton, near Eltham. And it’s a café that drives home a strong sentiment of taking care of our land, being environment friendly and adopting sustainable choices.

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After moving to the North East, I have become quite interested in discovering local restaurants and food joints, so when I received an invite from AGFG to check out this new café in Eltham, I just had to say yes.

Modern industrial vibes with plenty of light and texture is the best way to describe the ambience and décor at Earthbound Bolton. Not much has been done to the space; the décor seamlessly integrates into the natural contours of the space. I noticed the use of a lot of reclaimed timber which identifies well with the café’s philosophy of sustainability.

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne) - thespiceadventuress.com

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

Owner and Chef Luke McGregor-Allen has extensive experience working in the hospitality industry. This is his latest venture and he was quite excited when this opportunity opened up as he is a resident of Eltham. He said that the café’s philosophy, food and drinks sits well with the region as the people are very conscious of living sustainably and mindful of the environment they live in.

A special mention must be made to the coffee sold at Earthbound. Organic, fairtrade and sustainable, the café prides itself on the Wild Timor coffee blend used. Plus there are also organic, vegan friendly and gluten free options for all their beverages including hot chocolate, teas, milkshakes, drinks etc….

And yes, my cappuccino was just perfect!

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Earthbound also has a nice range of fresh drinks or the homemade soda range as they call it and we tried out two different ones. The first was an organic Hibiscus Tea and Ginger Spritzer! Really refreshing, delicious and a perfect afternoon drink. The second was a Turmeric and Ginger flavoured lemonade. Again really refreshing, organic, made from scratch using coconut sugar which makes it really healthy too. The turmeric flavour really shines through without being too overpowering.

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne) - thespiceadventuress.com

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

The menu has been designed keeping in mind not just the café’s philosophy but also catering to all types of diets. And if you have any special request, the staff would be more than happy to accommodate that if possible.

The first dish we tried was the Curried Cauliflower Salad. Tender mildly spiced cauliflower florets served with chargrilled capsicum, red quinoa, brown rice, chickpeas, baby spinach, radish, onion and pickled ginger. Every bite of this salad was so flavoursome that all of us enjoyed it thoroughly. A great example of how healthy clean eating can be super delicious too. Highly recommended!

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

The second one was the Breakfast Bruschetta – again a fresh, healthy, vibrant dish. Sourdough slices topped with a medley of seasoned tomatoes, onion, basil, spring onion, jalapeno and corn fritters, poached eggs, citrus dressed roquette and a homemade fig glaze. The fritters were excellent and that fig glaze just sensational.

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

We also tried the Southern chicken burger. Served with hand cut chips, tomato relish and aioli, this was another hearty and well prepared dish if you have a bigger appetite.

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

Another interesting concept at Earthbound Bolton is the ‘Read, Donate & Take’ library. I love the idea of a reading corner in any café and this tiny one is for a good cause too. You may take it home, or swap with another or simply donate a book; the only requirement being a gold coin donation that goes towards the Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group. Isn’t that great?

In a nutshell, Earthbound Bolton is a café that made me happy with its positive vibes, friendly staff, great food and exemplary social consciousness.

Earthbound Bolton (Eltham, Melbourne)

5b/266 Bolton St,
Eltham
VIC 3095

Phone no: (03) 9439 3932

FB: https://www.facebook.com/earthboundbolton/

Timings:

Mon – Fri: 7am to 3pm
Sat – Sun: 8am to 3pm

Disclaimer – I dined as a guest of AGFG and Earthbound Bolton; all opinions are unbiased and entirely mine.

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Roasted Bell Pepper Soup

I have always been a ‘soup lover’ as long as I can remember. But for a major chunk of my life, satisfied this craving through supermarket-bought instant soups, especially those made by Knorr. Recently, I have started making soups at home and I must say, homemade soups are much more delicious than the store-bought ones. Let’s not even start talking of how nutritious the home made ones are!

And the one person whose recipes and posts have inspired and encouraged me to make soups is Nanditha, the health foodie who runs an awesome Facebook page, Kitchening About.

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This roasted bell pepper soup is nothing like I have had before. Using roasted veggies for making a soup is new for me and I must say, I have fallen in love with it. Instead of using just one type of bell pepper/capsicum, I used three different varieties/colours to up the nutrition quotient. The earthy, rustic flavour that roasting lends to the sweet bell peppers makes this dish super yummy. I prepared a huge bowl wanting to freeze some for the week but it was so delish that the three of us finished it in one sitting.

This soup can be prepared ahead of time and is a perfect party soup. Add a dollop of fresh cream just before serving and start off your dinner party in style!

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Roasted bell pepper soup – bursting with earthy, rustic sweet flavours.

Ingredients:

1. Green bell pepper – 1, cubed
2. Red bell pepper – 1, cubed
3. Yellow bell pepper – 1, cubed
4. Red onion – 1, cubed
5. Garlic – 3 cloves, unpeeled
6. Salt – to season
7. black pepper powder – to season
8. dried oregano – ½ tsp
9. extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp
10. fresh cream – to garnish

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Method:

• Set the oven to 220°C.
• Place all the vegetables along with the garlic cloves in a baking tray. Season with salt, pepper and dried oregano. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and toss the vegetables to evenly coat with the seasoning.
• Roast the veggies in the oven for 30 minutes. Take out the tray and turn the vegetables halfway through the roasting time.
• Place 3 cups of water in a pan and bring to boil.
• In the meantime, peel the skin off the capsicum while still warm and add to the water along with the onions. Squeeze out the garlic from the outer covering into the water.
• Cook for 3-5 minutes and then turn the stove off. Blend using a hand blender or mixie to get a smooth consistency.
• Taste the soup and season if necessary. Serve hot with a dollop of fresh cream.

Note – You may use vegetable stock instead of plain water as the base.

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Do I need to say more? The proof is always in the pudding…..

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And also because this recipe is fab, I decided to enter it to the giveaway hosted by Simply Tadka as part of the blog’s 2nd anniversary. Congrats and hope you love this recipe as much as I do.

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Sprouted Beans and Corn Salsa…..served with roasted pappad

Sprouting increases the nutritive value of the seeds and hence sprouted lentils are one of the healthiest foods in the world. But just like all things nutritious, there are many who dislike the taste of sprouts. And in my family, it’s my better half. Getting him to eat lentils of any kind is a feat for me and hence I am always devising recipes where the lentils are mashed, pureed etc. so that it stays hidden and cannot be pushed to one side of the plate.

But this time, I wanted to use sprouted beans in a salad but had to make it interesting enough for my hubby to eat it. So came up with this salsa recipe which also includes corn, red onion and tomato – and to top it all, served it with roasted pappads and a dash of lime.

The result – a good looking starter which can make my hubby eat even sprouted lentils.

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Ingredients:

1. Red onion – 1 large, finely chopped
2. Sprouted beans mix – 2 cups
3. corn kernels – 1 cup, steamed
4. tomato – 2 large, finely chopped
5. jalapeno (optional) – 1, finely chopped
Note – For the spice quotient, you can also add regular green chillies
6. coriander leaves – a good handful, finely chopped
7. salt – to season
8. lemon – juice of one lemon
9. pepper – to season

Method:

• Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
• Serve cold.

Note- Serve it as a salad or with Indian pappad, wafers or crackers.

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