News bites: a chicken walked into a plant

18th June 2021 | Eativity editors

Meat is meat and plants are plants, and never the twain shall meet. Or so you thought. Now there’s a whole new kind of meat alternative that’s brought these two disparate worlds together. A range of hybrid meat/plant products has been launched as a kind of gateway food for people who’d like to start eating less meat and more plants, but aren’t quite ready to dive headfirst into full veganism just yet. As a bonus, the products are also the ideal ruse for frustrated parents whose kids would rather die than eat a piece of broccoli.

But this isn’t the most important piece of food news that’s come out of this week. A far more pressing matter is the fact that Eativity favourite Banksia Bakehouse has done it again, whipping up a fresh batch of ambrosial delights to lure us back to their door. And they’re not the only ones with a special cakey creation to offer. Sydney patisserie Doux Amour will also be offering some limited-edition pink-hued goodies this June, which will be available for one week only. For Melburnians who might be feeling left out in the cold, never fear – you can warm your toes in the sand while enjoying a Sicilian feast this month, and you won’t even have to leave the city. You can find out all the details below.

It’s chicken, pimped with plants.

Hello hybrid chicken

First there was meat, then there was plant-based meat, now there’s hybrid meat. Food company The Positively Good Co. has released +Plant hybrid chicken nuggets that are made from 50 percent chicken and 50 percent plant protein.

The Positively Good Co. describes itself as sitting at the intersection of responsible eating and the desire to eat meat by encouraging people to try meat products with added goodness. The +Plant nuggets are designed for fussy eaters, with company founder Todd Robertson saying his son was one of the inspirations behind the product – they have the same chicken nugget taste and texture that kids love, but with the added benefit of vegies.

The nuggets are also additive-free and carry a 4-star health rating. Other products in the range are Beef +Plant Meatballs, Lamb +Plant Meatballs and Chicken +Plant Tenders.

+Plant Chicken Nuggets are available online for delivery in Brisbane and the Gold Coast or from Harris Farm Market in Brisbane.

We would say that it looks too pretty to eat, but that would be a lie.

Sweetening up a Sydney winter

Sydney’s Banksia Bakehouse has unleased its latest sweet and sensational creations, adding a splash of colour to winter with some seasonal fruit delights. Headlining the bakery’s June line-up is the gorgeous pink and green Pistachio Strawberry – a pistachio sponge with a centre of mascarpone and strawberry coulis and a topping of fresh strawberry slices.

“The cake’s fresh, tangy strawberry coulis is beautifully balanced by the nutty flavour of the pistachio sponge and the soft creaminess of the mascarpone,” says Banksia Bakehouse co-founder Aileen Zhang, who obviously enjoys taunting us from afar.

If that’s not enough to lure you out of the house on a chilly winter’s day, wait until you check out the other June special creations by the Banksia Bakehouse team:

• Caramel Pear and Crumble croissant, which is filled with gold chocolate mousse and caramel pear jam and topped with gold chocolate mousse and spiced crumble.

• Winter Breeze, which has vanilla mousse and grapefruit, pear and verbena filling, vanilla bean chocolate glaze and sable base.

• Orange Almond, which has caramel chocolate ganache layered with orange marmalade and caramel cream on an almond praline sponge and a milk chocolate crushed almond coat, caramel cream and caramelised almonds.

Banksia Bakehouse’s June specials are available Monday to Saturday at Grosvenor Place piazza, 225 George Street, Sydney.

This little piggy went wee-wee-wee all the way into our belly.

You’ll be tickled pink

Speaking of colour, just when you thought people had come up with every possible national day under the sun, along comes National Pink Day. That’s right – June 23 is a day dedicated to celebrating the colour pink and everything it represents.

Sydney’s Doux Amour is taking the theme and running with it, offering an entire week of pink specials. The Ultimo-based cafe and patisserie that specialises in choux pastries of the cute animal variety will be offering a pink “Sakura” latte and a “Rosie” pink pig choux pastry. The latte has soft floral notes with a hint of cherry, while Rosie – just like her name – tastes of fragrant rosewater and is laced with juicy lychee pieces.

If choux is not for you, also on the limited-edition pink menu is a raspberry delight tart, an absolutely delectable (and Insta-worthy) raspberry and white chocolate ganache sponge, topped with raspberry cream sugar.

Doux Amour’s pink menu will be available from June 21 to 27 at 68 Bay St, Ultimo.

“Can you help me find my contact lens?”

Sicilians on the beach

Since it’s too cold to go to the beach, Melbourne’s Mister Bianco is bringing the beach indoors at a special Sicilian Beachside activation, which will see the Kew restaurant filled with sand between June 22 to 26, as part of Melbourne Good Food Month.

On Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24, Joe Vargetto of Mister Bianco and Lorena Corso of Napier Quarter will host a Siciliana vs. Siciliano event, where guests can enjoy a six-course degustation dinner, each with two dishes – one from the Australian Sicilian (Vargetto) and one from the Sicilian (Corso) – and vote on their favourite dish. Guests at other sittings during the week will enjoy a fixed-price Sicilian Beachside menu.

Everyone is invited to kick off their shoes and enjoy the sand between their toes – thongs and sandals are welcome. To book your table, head to misterbianco.com.au