I’m still a big fan of City Farm Cafe, though lately I’ve been too busy to get lunch from there as often as I’d like. I love their sandwiches but my favourite items hands-down are the homemade pies. There’s a different pie of day every day, served with garden salad in a tangy lemony dressing.
This was a chicken and leek pie, with a tasty creamy filling. I find chunky salads less messy to eat than leafy ones and this salad is exactly what I like – chunky and crunchy with just a few leaves – perfect for eating mostly speared with a fork.
Even if I haven’t been to City Farm Cafe, my workmates tell me what the pie of the day is (and any other goodies of note) if they go to grab coffee or lunch. I missed the braised pork with apple pie of the day the first time it was available but was thrilled to get a chance to try it when it was pie of the day again recently.
I’ve said before I’m not a huge fan of meats with fruit sauces, but pork cooked WITH apples is fantastic! The braised pork was delicious and tender, the apple and carrots sweet. It was a very satisfying lunch. My workmates very politely put up with my happy noises as I ate my pie. If pastry wasn’t so bad for me I would happily eat City Farm’s pie of the day for lunch every work day. Interestingly, on this day, the salad had a sweet chilli dressing rather than the usual lemony one – I wouldn’t have chosen it and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
Among the goodies workmates have told me about that I’ve missed out on: lime cheesecake muffins, caramel cups (not sure exactly what they were but sounds good to me!) and chicken and corn pie! Is is obvious that I think about food all the time? :P
In addition to the pies, I also love the muffins. In the morning when I get to East Perth it’s tempting to drop by City Farm Cafe to check out what muffins they have. They’ve usually got two or three kinds, all freshly baked.
This was a strawberries and cream muffin, with real strawberry pieces in it. I love the combination of strawberries and cream, be it fresh strawberries with fresh cream, lollies, cookies, muffins… anything strawberries and cream!
In this lovely brown chocolate and strawberry muffin there were strawberry pieces and large chunks of rich dark chocolate. Like the pies, I don’t eat the muffins as often as I actually want. And like pies, I would happily eat muffins every day. It’s fun to think and write about muffins when I’m not eating them (but yes, I enjoy eating them the most).
The chef who bakes City Farm Cafe’s muffins has definitely perfected the crusty muffin top. The awesomeness of a perfect crusty muffin top is exactly why there’s a Seinfeld episode called “The Muffin Tops”. My favourite bits in this episode: Elaine, pedantic about punctuation demonstrating the (mis-)use of the exclamation mark: “Top of the muffin… TO YOU!” and the angry lady “I’m Rebecca De Mornay* from the homeless shelter…” Sorry, if you’re not a Seinfeld fan you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Below are clips from “The Muffin Tops”:
*I’ve read that she actually says “Rebecca De More”, not “Rebecca De Mornay” , but to me it sounds like (and is funnier as) “Rebecca De Mornay”. :D
Unfortunately, as a result of writing this post I have developed an intense craving for a muffin and a pie. I’ve got leftovers for lunch today – pork, apple and sultana sausages with garlic mashed potatoes. But perhaps I could drop by and grab a muffin before work…
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I write a lot about City Farm Cafe here and on Twitter. I don’t get anything from City Farm Cafe for doing this – I do it because I think it’s a great little cafe.
City Farm Cafe
1 City Farm Place, East Perth
Monday – Friday 7am – 2pm
Saturday 8am – 1pm
Telephone: (08) 9325 7230