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Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Oh Surry Hills. I thank you for your steep, hilly streets – they make all the delicious food I ate in your suburb negligible. Kind of. Not really.

But it’s a good thing we spent so much time in this particular suburb of Sydney, as we discovered gems like PorteñoLumiere Cafe and Patisserie and Izakaya Fujiyama.

Another place to add to the list is Mad Spuds, a little cafe on Crown street, devoted to the potato.

I’m all for it, as the potato holds a special place in my heart. I’m pretty sure potatoes are my favourite carb of all.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Potato paraphenalia lines the walls and counter tops.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

I particularly loved this photograph of an original King Edward baked potato oven.

Fun fact I found out after our visit: baked potatoes were common street food in 18th century England. They were the fast food of the time, and a hearty meal that was cheap to produce. Carbs were important fuel for the growing numbers of workers flocking to cities in search of fortune during the industrial revolution.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

I opted for something simple that morning, and chose two poached eggs on sourdough toast ($8), with a side of pork sausages ($4).

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

The eggs were cooked just to my liking, with softly set whites and bright orange yolks that oozed perfectly.

The pork sausages were plump and cooked until crisp. They were cased in perfectly ‘bursty’ skins – which I consider an essential component of snag perfection.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

J’s Chorizo Bruschetta ($16), comes piled high with tatti bread, grilled halloumi, chorizo, fig jam and rocket. I was eyeing off the crisp golden tatti bread from the moment it arrived, and luckily for me, the rules of engaged people dictate that all requests for tatti bread must be honoured.

Crispy, light and yet satisfyingly chewy. Mmm… potatoes certainly are magical.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

TFP’s Mad Pan Brekkie ($16) comes to the table in its own skillet, filled with Boston baked beans, potato skins, pork sausages, poached eggs and toast.

The beans are lovely – with just the right kick, and go perfectly with the eggs and sausages.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

We also shared a serve of Cheesy Crispy Spud Skins ($4); a brave move for three people already enjoying hearty breakfasts.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Another notable mention is the great coffee on offer at Mad Spuds – it’s made from locally roasted fair trade beans, from Double Roasters in Marrickville. Lovely!

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Mad Spuds also offer some tasty sounding Baked Potatoes, which are available for lunch. Though we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast, I know we were all wishing it was lunch time.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Next time I’m in town, you can be sure I’ll be stopping by. But I think we’d better make it lunch.

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Read TFP’s post about Mad Spuds Cafe

Beef in Monteith’s Single Source Lager with homegrown potatoes

Last Sunday night, I decided to make something low fuss (i.e. something I could just prepare and leave to simmer) and something to satisfy two hungry and tired people (that would be J and I).

This meal featured the last of our homegrown Ruby Lou Potatoes (read my earlier recipe post for Tortilla de Patatas) which were simply oven roasted, resulting in delightfully crunchy edges and soft, fluffy insides.

My beer simmered beef was made with Monteith’s Single Source Lager and featured fresh chunks of carrot, homegrown swedes and thyme from our garden. Oh, and some diced speck, for good measure.

Bacon and egg spinach salad

There’s nothing more satisfying than perfect bacon and eggs.

With that in mind I wanted to devise a simple salad for a Sunday dinner which would satisfy my end of week cravings for the bad (mmm , bacon…) and the good (freshly picked spinach from our garden).

As it was a Sunday night, my other competing priority was using up the leftovers in my kitchen. Enter – stale sliced bread and a couple of lonely potatoes.

With my roughly cubed potatoes, I roasted several cloves of garlic. I mashed the roasted garlic with a mix of salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil – a quick and tasty dressing, with the lovely warm, mellow roasted flavour of the garlic. It’s a nice departure from using fresh garlic in dressings (which I still love), as it’s not nearly as harsh (or anti-social).

I roughly chopped up several slices of bread (a white vienna loaf in its former life), and pan fried them with a little butter and olive oil.

To assemble, I simply piled on torn spinach leaves, added the hot roasted potatoes, croutons, topped with bacon and two soft poached eggs. Drizzled generously with the roasted garlic dressing, this made the perfect simple and satisfying Sunday night dinner.