Social Sprouting: Interview with Three Mills Bakery

Pollen Café caught up with the masterminds behind Canberra’s own Three Mills Bakery – the suppliers of our bread! They are the go-to sourdough experts, pioneering in the Canberra bread scene with their creative approach to bread and pastries. Three Mills Bakery Director, Jarrod Deaton, and head baker, Justin King, tell us all about Three Mills Bakery, food trends and how to be a croissant connoisseur. What is Three Mills Bakery all about? Jarrod It’s about sourdough. We wanted to push what we thought were the limits of sourdough… working with small suppliers, house milling our own grains and pushing fermentation into as many hours as possible to get the best product. The last five years have

Congratulations to Ricardo and Yeni!

Pollen has its very own love story and what better time to share it than Valentine's Day? If you love the heart-warming and feel-good sensations of hearing how a couple met or giggling at fond wedding memories then read on. Ricardo is a busy-bee chef, working between Pollen and BOOKPLATE and Yeni is Pollen's bouncy and charismatic café manager. We were so excited for the couple, who got married last month, that we couldn’t wait for them to get back and tell us about their big day! Where did you both meet? Was it through working at Pollen? We actually met when we were teenagers. We grew up in the same neighbourhood. How do you find working together? Some couples do not have a good time workin

How Pollen can help this Valentine's Day

It is easy to be overwhelmed in the lead up to Valentine's Day; decorations, dinners and gift shops are so enticing. Sometimes the most heart-felt gesture is found when you look beyond the conventional… A Valentine's Day bunch by Lady Larissa Look beyond red roses this Valentine's Day! Lady Larissa talks us through her Valentine's Day bunch, which is far from the pristine perfection of a red rose. The Lady Larisa bunch is wild and full of emotion, with pastels and smoky tones inspired by the colours of crystals and foraged foliage. Find out more by visiting Lady Larissa's online store. The perfect dessert is a piece of cake A lovely Valentine's Day dessert is at the ready, and it comes in th

Botanical Books

While the weather is too hot to be a garden worm, be a bookworm instead. Here are our picks for must read books with a botanical theme. Whether you’re an aspiring kitchen gardener, bird lover or wannabe beekeeper, there’s something on the list that will entice you. All the books in the list are available from our friends at the Australian National Botanic Garden’s bookshop. Living with Plants: A Guide to Indoor Gardening Sophie Lee The cover of this book is what first drew us to it. It looks simple and beautiful with striking green and purple foliage and a shiny gold geometric pattern around the title. Something this beautiful on the outside will surely turn you into the maker of a beautiful

Waste Not, Want Not

Waste less and save more Reducing waste is a hot topic. When it comes to sustainable eating, raw and organic ingredients AND saving money, all of the well-meaning messages can be overwhelming! It takes a lot of time and energy to make a carrot soup infused with leftover parmesan rind topped with a pistou made from the tops of carrots. At Pollen we are all for reducing food waste, however we are also believers in realistic lifestyle choices! Here are some simple tips and recipies to help you reduce food waste, eat healthily and save money. How you save These ideas revolve around a packed lunch. You end up saving money because you’re prepared when it comes to lunch-time and the café nearby won

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Pollen is located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, Australia

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