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PB&J Milkshake and Raspberry Coconut Loaf

Sunday afternoons are sometimes best spent doing some baking before we have to face the new week ahead.

This was from a few weekends ago:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake

This is our re-creation of the PB&J milkshake they serve at The Paramount Coffee Project. If you haven’t tried it, it’s $8 but very delicious (the jam donut is better actually).

There’s not really instructions/recipes for creating milkshakes – it depends how thick or thin you want it to be.

Get a blender:

Coles Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Coles Peanut Butter Ice Cream

First ingredient: peanut butter ice cream. This is the Coles Peanut Butter Ice Cream which my sister got for free as a taster. Coles introduced this new flavour into its line in September 2013. Yum – thanks Coles!

We put 4 scoops in.

Add peanut butter
Add peanut butter

We’d already put some milk in. But then decided that it would be better to put in the ‘solids’ first to prevent splashing. This is a big blob of home made peanut butter.

Basically my mum makes her peanut butter from scratch by blitzing peanuts and adding olive oil I think (not sure of the specifics). It tastes pretty much like crunch peanut butter, but less salty.

Why do we put this in on top of the peanut butter ice cream? Well D2D really wants the gloopy peanut butter up the straw effect.

Strawberry jam
Strawberry jam

We add another big blob of strawberry jam. Then top it up with some more milk.

Then its blender BLITZ time!

Foamy
Foamy

Very foamy on the top!

Unfortunately, unlike the PCP, we don’t have cool looking mason jars hanging around, so instead we use:

Peanut butter & jelly milkshake served!
Peanut butter & jelly milkshake served!

Paris Baguette is a common bakery shop in Seoul, South Korea which I got back in 2012. We fill it up and add chocolate sprinkles!

How does it taste? Pretty much just like the PCP milkshake! And just like the PCP milkshake, there’s a strong peanuty flavour but not much jam at all.

Raspberry Coconut Loaf

We followed this simple recipe from Taste website. I had run out earlier (literally) to the shops to buy raspberries. Unfortunately, raspberries are just out of season, so I got a frozen packet. Still tastes good though!

One thing I always like to do is try to use up the ingredients and home and minimise the ingredients I have to buy. If you always buy new ingredients for the recipes you want to try, you end up with a lot of unused and possibly expired (not just ‘best by’, but ‘used by’) food that gets wasted.

Here is 1.75cup dessicated coconut and 1.5 cup coconut milk in a bowl. Give it a mix and stand for 30 mins.

Coconut
Coconut

We have dessicated coconut from when mum makes coconut buns, and coconut milk from curries.

I’ll skip the less colourful parts – where we add in 1 beaten egg, 1 cup sugar, a splash of vanilla and 1 and 2/3 cup self raising flour (sifted).

Straight onto the 1 cup of raspberries! Stir/fold gently.

Adding raspberries
Adding raspberries

Pour into a loaf pan lined with baking paper and oven at 170 Celsius for 1 hour 10 minutes. Or really, what we do, is check on it frequently and poke it with a skewer a lot – can’t be careful about burn-age!

Baked!
Baked!

A big yummy loaf! You can see some raspberries peeking out.

Cross section
Cross section

Let’s slice it up.

Verdict? Super easy recipe for a fuss free delicious loaf! It was very moist and had a nice ‘crunch’ from the coconut and raspberries.

Too bad this was made and eaten a few weekends ago… now it’s all gone at the time of this post!

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The Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

Update: Round 3 at PCP

Just like Parma, we are returning to the Paramount Coffee Project for the third time (or maybe more…)! The action plan for Saturday was actually have lunch at PCP followed by a city bike ride, hiring bikes from Tokyo Bikes. The rental is an insanely low $20 per day and perhaps that’s why they were all rented out when we showed up at 12pm on a Sat. 😦

Good thing we can drown our sorrows in some food.

Fried chicken with watermelon - around $18
Fried chicken with watermelon – around $18

This seems to be trending at the moment: fried chicken paired with watermelon. We had it at Taste of Sydney the previous night and it was also on My Kitchen Rules.

It’s a nice combination actually and the watermelon makes us feel slightly healthier while eating fried chicken out of a special BBQ bag. It claims to keep chicken hot for 30 mins after bbqing – a theory we don’t test, because we just pour it onto the plate. It also comes with this little bowl of flakes – dried prawn flakes maybe? I’m not sure what to do with it, so I throw it all over the chicken and watermelon just in case.

Scrambled egg with bacon - around $18
Scrambled egg with bacon – around $18

The prices at PCP are actually quite high when I forget about the beautiful furniture and succulent plants. You’re pretty much guaranteed to spend $20-$25 pp here, even if you want a light lunch. D2D ordered scrambled eggs with bacon – it looks a bit small…

Peanut butter and jelly milkshake - $8
Peanut butter and jelly milkshake – $8

Onto the milkshake! We tried the jam donut last time which was really nice. Like Reuben Hills, but minus the crazy lines, the milkshakes are good. We got peanut butter and jelly this time, and some thick globs of peanut get sucked up the straw. Yum!

As usual, service is good and food is quick to come out. We’ll be back… and this time, we’ll book the bikes in advance…

Original Post: Feb 2014

Working in the City has a key advantage: most streets are lined with a variety of places to eat. The competition for cafes is stiff, butplaces seem to be filling with people no matter what. People are eating out, having business meetings or grabbing something to go. There’s also a constant popup of new places to try, given the competition is so strong.

A bit hidden along Commonwealth Street, is:

The Paramount Coffee Project

The Paramount Coffee Project
This is The Paramount Coffee Project

We first heard about PCP in TimeOut Sydney, which lauded it as the most beautiful cafe in Sydney CBD (or something along those lines). We weren’t disappointed. High ceilings, doors equally high (welcome giants!) and decked out to be spacious and modern.

The Paramount Coffee Project
Coffee scientists and magicians at work

Friday was our second time at PCP. The first time we came, we were seated here. From these bar seats, you can watch the barista performing what looks like either science or magic! A cool place to sit while waiting for your food.

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Cafe counter
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Behind the counter

The second time, we’re seated on the other side of the cafe (yes, it’s pretty big). We sit and dream about how we can ‘work from home’ ala ‘work from PCP’.

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The menu

The menu has changed since last time we were here. We order two things and a milkshake.

Crab po boy
Crab po boy – $18

A bit expensive for a burger? Maybe, but it’s so delicious! The crab po boy is a softshell crab on super soft buns with slaw and ranch dressing.

Elvis in Cuba
Elvis in Cuba – $19

D2D orders the Elvis in Cuba, which is an Asian-y tasting stack of onion ring, kimchi, pork, kewpie and swiss cheese. You can definitely say they have some interesting things to try here!

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Jam Donut Milkshake – $8

Our milkshake is the Jam Donut, which comes topped with little sprinkles! It’s amazing and on par or better than Milk Bar by Cafe Ish (Redfern)! It’s nice and thick, with finely shopped/blended strawberries. Yum!

Situated in the same beautiful place is the Golden Age Cinema, Tokyo Bike and some other little stores.

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Tokyo Bike

You can buy bike supplies from here, as well as hire a bike for $20 for the whole day! I was amazed at how cheap this was, considering a hire from Centennial Park or Olympic Park is $20 per hour.

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A clothes designer store
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A little plant at our table

Was TimeOut Sydney right? I think so! 🙂

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