2015 is here and we’re back with the first post for the year. After taking a few months off blogging while we relocated to Melbourne, we’ve decided to change things up a bit by writing about our culinary adventures as well as our favourite recipes.
Moving to Melbourne, one of the things we are most excited about is being able to shop at the Queen Victoria Market also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’. Established in 1878, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century.
This Melbourne institution is spread over two city blocks. It’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs… but most importantly it’s the home of the American Doughnut Kitchen – which we will get to in a minute.
The market is open five days a week, with Sunday taking on a carnival atmosphere as entertainers delight the crowds. Guided tours highlight the market’s food, heritage and culture, shopping and history. However exploring the market on your own is just as fun.
The American Doughnut Kitchen van is almost as big of a Melbourne icon as the market itself. Operating from the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne since 1950, the American Doughnut Kitchen serves hot jam doughnuts to thousands of customers every week from their 1950′s style bus.
The dough is made fresh the day before trade and transported to the market ready for production right before your eyes. Watch through the bus windows as the staff, roll out, cut out and cook these sugary beauties ready for your consumption.
As most of you would know I love jam doughnuts, Brooke and I have even made our own jam doughnuts. The American Doughnut Kitchen sells their jam filled parcels of doughy goodness along Queen St. My recommendation is to always eat them while they are hot as you wander through the Market shopping for goods. Although it doesn’t hurt to buy a second batch for the drive home either!