Silo Bakery, Canberra


Crazy delicious looking tarts

I think Silo Bakery is one of the café/bakery/eating spots to hit up while you’re in Canberra. It’s established quite a reputation for being a baked goods heaven of sorts (breads, tarts, exotic breakfasts and lunches….) and I kinda wish we had a place this fabulous in Sydney. One morning Big Bear and I decided to visit for breakfast. We arrived around 8am on a Saturday morning and it was pretty busy and were lucky to snag a table! (Unfortunately reservations aren’t taken for breakfast so you just gotta show up early okay). The staff are super nice and usher things along quite quickly (I’m guessing cause the place is so packed and they don’t want you loitering). But it’s more nice than overbearing/annoying – I don’t mind being asked a few times if I have received the menu or made my order – makes me feel attended to.

If you browse through their menu online you’ll see some wonderful breakfast selections to choose from:

  • Vegan breakfast (very impressed to see this!) with nut flatbread, tomato, rocket, avocado and cashew hummus
  • Eggs Florentine – poached eggs on grilled crostini with spinach, parmesan and olive oil

And a few items I have never heard of on a breakfast menu (some Googling is in order):

  • Welsh rarebit, egg, bacon and spinach
  • Piperade with chorizo
  • Fried milk with strawberries and candied orange

The prices are reasonable as well. Not uber bargain cheap buy the quality is definitely there.

I had the bircher muesli with pear juice, almond milk and blueberries, as well as an orange juice. Big Bear had the ham and cheese croissant (from that exotic looking menu you choose the ham and cheese croissant??) and a latte.


Bircher muesli with pear juice, almond milk and blueberries ($9.00)


The bircher is simply fabulous. Such a beautiful medley of ingredients when mixed and wasn’t too dry or too wet. I could have only wished for the portion size to be a tad larger. The orange juice was sublime – very sweet and refreshing.

Big Bear enjoyed his house made croissant as well, and the latte is knock out. I was tossing up whether to get one on my way out and sadly didn’t – regret! Anyway, I will definitely say that this was a lovely latte, and quite often it’s so hard to get a nice one. According to their website, all bread, pastries and jams are made on site which is such a treat and you can see the bakers hard at work making all of the breads, pastries and tarts.


Ham and cheese croissant ($8.00)


On your way out you can pick up some bread – walnut sourdough, walnut and cranberry, baguettes – or a delicious tart or pastry – vanilla brulee, pear and caramel, chocolate and chestnut, passionfruit and mascarpone…and many more flavours.


Delicious baked goods a-baking


Looking pretty darn happy with my orange and pistachio snail!

Divine pastries, breads and coffee. Canberra’s tucked away treasure of baked goodies.

Silo Bakery, Canberra

36 Giles Street, Kingston ACT 2604

(02) 6260 6060

Tuesday – Saturday: 7am to 4pm

Bookings advisable. Bookings not taken for breakfast.



Beef Bourguignon


This is the type of dish to make when you want to potter around the house and be very happy to peek in on a dish every now and again to check it and add a few more things, and after a few hours be remarkably delighted with the end result. This traditionally French dish is so lovely and complex in flavour – meaty and mushroomy, gravy, thymey and winey. My good friend Edrea and I wanted to cook something together, and after many flicks through one of my new favourite cooking and baking books, The Great Australian Bake Off, this is the one we finally settled on. Originally designed as a pie filling, we adapted it to make a pasta dish instead. Alternatively, you could make the pie version (which would be equally delicious I presume and come on, who doesn’t like pie…) if you were keen on making some pastry as well. So get your day planned and cook up this delicious beauty – we filled our waiting time with watching P.S. I Love You – whatever takes your fancy!



  • 750g chuck steak, cut into small chunks
  • Plain flour (to coat the steak in)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 350mL red wine (nothing too fancy – I bought a $3 bottle which actually turned out wonderfully)
  • 250mL beef stock
  • 250g button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • Pasta (to serve, such as fettuccine – a nice thick one)
  • Fresh thyme

Essential kitchen items

  • Large pot/saucepan (to cook all your ingredients in)
  • Small saucepan (to reduce down the wine)


1. Toss the beef in the flour and season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan. Add in the meat pieces a little at a time and fry for around 2 minutes until they have browned slightly. Then remove onto a plate.


2. Turn the heat down and stir in the onions and garlic. Cook down for about 10 minutes   until the onions are very soft.

3. In a separate small pan, simmer the red wine until it has reduced by about one-third (I hadn’t actually ever tried this technique before, but it worked! You can test how much it has reduced down to by pouring the wine into a measuring jug after about 10-15 minutes. The aroma is delicious too, think mulled wine!) Once the onions have cooked down, stir in the wine, stock, beef, and thyme sprigs. Bring to the boil for a few minutes and then lower the heat, covering the dish and cooking gently for 1 hour, stirring from time to time. During this time, the mixture should take on a new taste, colour and texture, and begin to look for like a gravy.

4. After the hour, add in the mushrooms and let simmer, uncovered, for another hour. Add salt and pepper as needed. Towards the end of simmering, and when the gravy is nice and thick, put on the pasta and cook according to packet instructions.


5. Voila! You are done!

Here’s a few of my other it’s Spring-but-why-does-it-still-feel-like-Winter?? recipes you can enjoy – Healthy Veggie Lasagna and Pea and Fancy Ham Soup


Melbourne Street Art, Hosier Lane


You can’t not visit Melbourne as a tourist and miss out on seeing Hosier Lane. A moving canvas that is home to local graffiti artists and a one-stop shop if you want to breath in (literally!) the sights and smells of Melbourne’s street art scene. This space is always changing and you’re almost guaranteed to find the old spray painted thing you liked gone and something new and fresh pop up overnight. These photos are a little snippet of what I sampled on my latest Melbourne journey some weeks ago, in between all my eating around town which you can see on my Melbourne Sweet Treats page. What to expect – bright, bold, political, fumy, touristy, detailed, intrusive, inviting, questioning, and on the odd occasion, you might even catch the artist working their magic in daylight hours too!