Music for your Mouth: Custard

DAY 30!!!

Can you even believe it? What a month it’s been! Although I planned to attempt a recipe per day for the month, I never expected I would stay on top of it. But here I am – day 30 of 30. I am actually quite proud of my efforts.

I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with food and music this month, although it has also taken a bit out of me. I had thought with a tiny bit of pre-planning, the whole event would be a cinch. Not the case. There were definitely ups and downs, mini kitchen meltdowns and whole recipes thrown away. Not to mention the extra expenses involved – I didn’t see that one coming! Perhaps next year my theme will have to be cheap eats…But anyway, we made it. Hoorah! I think we all deserve a big pat on the back.

Not only have I had my own cooking fun, but I’ve also loved connecting up with the worldwide vegan community. I’ve kept up with many of the blogs I usually read, but also pretty much doubled my reader with brand new (to me) blogs from all over the place. I still haven’t quite made my way through the MoFo Around the World page, but will hopefully get a chance to over the next week or so. It’s been so nice meeting you all and I want to thank you all for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving.

In the next few days I’ll do a round up of sorts and reflect on the month just gone, but for now I have one last musical treat for you. CUSTARD! I’m bring it back to home base with these guys, who are an Australian band that formed in the ’90s. To be honest, I don’t really know how big the band was worldwide, but I remember a whole stack of songs from them from the ’90s – they are so catchy. The most popular, Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us) has such a catchy riff and was played a lot on Rage and I think even Triple J – if you haven’t heard it, give it a listen below.

custard2 This was one of the recipes that took me a few gos. I had never tried to bake soy custard before, and so firstly decided to attempt a custard mix using silken tofu. I used beautiful rhubarb from my mum and dad’s garden, however the custard didn’t quite cut it – was too spongy – and the crust was too thick.

custard3This time I just used the basic custard recipe from the custard powder box (check that you get a vegan brand as some have milk or egg in them), popped some berries in it (after running out of rhubarb) and chucked it in the oven. It turned out better than I expected. Probably could do with some more tweaking, but uh, it’s DAY 30 MoFo’s!!!


Custard and Berry Tarts
(makes 6)

1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup nuttelex, cold
2 Tbsp icing sugar
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp ice water

1/4 cup custard powder
3 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups non-dairy milk

Handful of mixed berries – about 1/3 cup plus extra for topping

Mix flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl. Add nuttelex in small chunks, then rub together with your fingers until mix becomes like crumbs. Add water one tablespoon at a time until mixture can form a ball. Cover and chill in the fridge for half an hour.

Preheat oven to 180C and grease six small tart tins. Separate dough into six balls. There may even be enough dough for a seventh, however I only had six tins so ya know. On a floured surface, roll each piece of dough out into a circle, about one centimetre thick. Press dough into tins, cutting off any extra. Make a couple of fork pricks in the bottom of each tart, then put some pastry weights on top of each and bake for 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and remove pastry weights.

In a saucepan, stir together custard powder and sugar. Add a couple of tablespoons of milk and whisk into a thick paste. Add remaining milk slowly and put over medium heat. Stir continuously with a whisk as the mixture begins to thicken – it is amazing how quickly lumps form if you get a bit lax. Once mixture has thickened – about ten minutes – stir in vanilla. Remove from heat.

Place a couple of berries in the bottom of each tart shell. Distribute custard amongst tart shells, then return to oven for fifteen minutes, until custard sets.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the topping, I grabbed a few extra berries, one teaspoon of agave and a dash of vanilla and cooked down into a sort of coulis.

custard7Gotta love an inside shot. It reminds me of Peter Everett on Ready Stead Cook. My, how he loved to see food ooze.


What the hey, it’s the last day, here’s another one!

Congratulations everyone, it’s been a blast! Peace ouuuwwwwttttt!



  1. oh they look bloody marvelous!!! Well done on all the posting πŸ˜€

  2. I’ve been loving your theme! Yay for hitting 30 days!

    1. Thanks so much! It’s been fun πŸ™‚

  3. kalecrusaders says:

    What an incredible theme! Excited and sad that I just discovered your blog on the last day of MoFo.

    1. Thank you! I know, I’m still working my way through the blogroll too – got a bit swamped during the month. Now there’s a bit more browsing time!

  4. lucylox says:

    Totally gorgeous πŸ™‚

  5. Rosie says:

    I can see how hard you’ve worked all month by the wonderful variety of tasty looking food you’ve made. Everything you’ve posted I have wanted to schnarf right up!
    Also, I’m feeling you on the thrown away food fails and extra expenses – I’m skint now, ha.
    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next MoFo πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for the kind words Rosie! I know – October will now be rice and beans month, cheap cheap food time. I am starting to think I should start prepping for next MoFo NOW!

  6. dimsimkitty says:

    Congrats on doing the whole 30 days, I have loved reading your posts! πŸ™‚
    Custard tarts are one of my favourite things in the world!!
    I remember when I was in first year uni I went and saw Custard a couple of times. They were a great band.

    1. Thank youuu! Ooh, I don’t think I ever saw Custard, that would have been great. Custard tarts are one of my faves too, along with snot blocks πŸ˜‰

  7. beautiful tarts – and fantastic mofo effort – so much good food and fun seeing what music you came up with – when you have a round up posted I will have to link to it. Hope you enjoy some rest from blogging – what an intense month

    1. Thanks Johanna! It has been really fun, but definitely break-worthy. As soon as MoFo ended I dropped the blog and took an impromptu week off. So nice! I hope you’ve had a little break for yourself too πŸ™‚

  8. Shaheen says:

    I’ve totally, totally enjoyed your vegan mofo nofo

  9. hastalavegan says:

    What a beautiful dish to finish Mofo on! Looks delicious! I’ve loved your theme, so creative and fun. I discovered your blog through this years Mofo and will definitely be sticking around to see what else you come up with πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Sophie! I’m the same – have been glad to have found your blog, along with others, keen to follow your adventures (at a more relaxed pace).

  10. Lila says:

    YUM! Will definitely be trying to make these.

    1. Thanks Lila! I hope it goes well if you do πŸ™‚

  11. zsudever says:

    That custard looks awesome! What a great way to wrap it up. Congrats!!

    Zsu @ Zsu’s Vegan Pantry

  12. Cindy says:

    I was a teenager in Brisbane during the ’90s and so am very fond of this band. Beaut tarts too – you really smashed it this month!

    1. Thanks Cindy! They’re such a great ’90s band, aren’t they? I would have loved to see them playing around Brisbane back then.

    1. rika@vm says:

      Congratulations Caeli!

  13. rika@vm says:

    Hi Caeli! Congratulations on completing your VeganMofo series, I’m amazed that you completed 30 days, I’m so proud of you!!! At the moment I’m catching up with your blog, I’ve been away for awhile and trying to get back on blogging! OMG, these berry custards are beautiful, I love the tablecloth, it’s so cute and colorful! I still have custard powder in my pantry..I need to use it up!!!

    1. Thank you Rika! I have to say that I am amazed that I completed it too, haha! Thanks for your kind words, and I look forward to hearing of your latest travels too πŸ™‚

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