The Story of Harpin' Momma

“On 16 November 1984, the Federal Police made contact with me at my place of work, Meredith Trade Lino Pty Ltd, to ask if my mother’s name was Lucy Bozic.  

I said that I believed it was my mother’s name, but that I hadn’t seen her for many years, in fact I thought she was dead. They said that Lucy Bozic had sought their help to find me because she had only weeks to live.

This is her story and mine.”

So begins Adele Meredith’s autobiography chronicling her years at Abbotsford Convent’s orphanage in Melbourne, finding her mother at age 34, and her journey into the world of blues music. Given only months to live, Adele has made it her wish to come back to Abbotsford Convent and play a farewell performance at Lentil As Anything.

Lucy Bozic was born in Yugoslavia in 1923. After witnessing the murder of her entire family by the Gestapo, Lucy was forced to work for the Nazis; checking the mouths of prisoners entering the concentration camps for gold. As an SS cadet she was tattooed under her left armpit with a swastika and the initials LB.

At the age of 17 Lucy was chosen to be part of the Lebensborn project. A secret and terrifying scheme whereby young women were raped or coerced into sleeping with German men in an attempt to create ‘pure’ German babies for the 4th Reich – Hilter’s hypothetical future.

Adele was born in 1946.

In 1950 Lucy and Adele boarded a ship heading for a new life in Australia. Lucy could never forget the way Adele was conceived, however, and immediately placed her at the St. Theresa Orphanage in Melbourne. She was four years old and would not see her mother again for 30 years.   

At the age of eight Adele was placed at Sacred Heart Class at the Abbotsford Convent. Life was hard at the convent. Adele was bullied, and the nuns were strict, she was forced to do manual labour to earn her keep. When Adele finally left the convent, she had learnt to be both humble and fierce. She had learnt to survive and what freedom really is.       

Throughout Adele’s life kindness often came in the form of music. From a piano accordion from her favourite nun, Mother Theresa, to the mouth organ from a foster parent Mr Ellul to learning the blues at the YWCA after she left the convent.

 And so Harpin’ Momma was born.

Adele has found fury, passion and solace in the blues. Her music portrays her strength, and her strength is what moves her music.

On the 10th of November Adele will return to the Abbotsford Convent. 

Don’t miss this incredible night.

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Breakfast At Thornbury


Our Breakfast at Abbotsford has always been a hit, but now we're offering Breakfast every weekend at Lentil As Anything Thornbury too!

Breakfast: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 12pm

Tibetan Momos: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 3pm

  • Rolled Oats with seasonal stewed fruits and chia seeds, topped with sunflower cream.
  • Slow cooked Mushrooms and Baked Beans on Toast, covered in fresh herbs and served with a side of toast.
  • Chia Seed Pancakes served with caramel syrup and fruit.
  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Herbal Tea, Chai Lattes and more.

All vegan, all delicious - Bring the family and try a Lentil As Anything Breakfast!


Conscious Coffee

Conscious Coffee: Using coffee to make a change

Do you want to help Lentil use coffee to make the world a better place?

Lentil As Anything offers many training programs to young people hoping to find employment.

Through barista training and education Lentil As Anything helps volunteers find the skills they need to go on to paid employment.

Recently we have been shortlisted for an Australian Ethical grant for our Conscious Coffee training, to provide our volunteers with barista training and education about using coffee as a medium to create social impact.

So, turn your feelings into actions and be part of the change by clicking here to vote.

Together we can brew life changing opportunities!

Handmade: Stories of Strength Shared through Recipes

HANDMADE is a book of recipes collected from 34 widows of the war in Sri Lanka.

The women featured are from the North East of the island and throughout the book their incredible stories of courage are shared through their relationship with food.

Stunning photography is combined with the recipes that gave these women hope to provide a better life for their children.

Commissioned by Australian based charity Palmera, 100% of all profits from the sales of HANDMADE will be reinvested in rural women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka.

You can purchase a copy in store at our Abbotsford, Thornbury (Melbourne) and Newtown (Sydney) locations or through our online store.

Uber Eats

Lentil As Anything is on Uber Eats

Now you don't even have to get to the restaurant to get your Lentil Fix!

We've joined UberEATS and now you can eat delicious VEGAN food without leaving your house (but maybe you should occasionally leave your house sometimes for sunshine - you know?)

Go to UberEATS to find one of our stores.

Enter LentAs10S for $10 off your first order!


Sri Lankan Night - Papare band and a specialty menu

Join us for a slice of Sri Lankan Culture at Lentil as Anything, Abbotsford.


On Sunday February 18th we are bringing a specialty menu of epic proportions and some party fun time Sri Lankan Style!

There will be specialties at our Chai Cart as well as coming out of our magical Kitchen

We are also very excited to have Melbourne Papare Band coming in to get us moving and grooving Lankan Style.


Visit their facebook page here


Stay tuned for our Menu coming soon and tell all your friends!    :)

See our facebook event page here


Festive Opening Times

Ho-Ho-Hope y'all be visiting us over the Festive Season!


We are open 365 days of the year, with the exception of St Kilda closing on Dec. 25th.

Some slight changes to opening times - you can check them out below.

Come on by and give us a Festive Hug!




Dec 24th: 10am-3pm Dec 25th: 12pm-3pm Dec 31st: 10am-3pm Jan 1st: 5pm-9pm


Dec 25th: 11am-3pm Dec 31st: 11am-3pm Jan 1st: 5.30pm-9pm


Dec 25th: 12pm-7pm All day buffet Dec 31st: 12pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm

St Kilda

Dec 25: closed Dec 31: 12pm-4pm





Job Vacancy: Restaurant Manager (Melbourne)

Restaurant Manager - Melbourne

This is a great opportunity to join a community of socially responsible change makers who share a passion for providing delicious vegan food in an inclusive and vibrant restaurant environment.

You should have a demonstrable background in hospitality and leadership, and a passion for providing opportunities, training and development for volunteers.

You will need exceptional people skills, and be comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences, including refugees, new migrants, LGBTQIA+ folk, people with mental health problems, disabilities and other marginalised groups.

A background in socially inclusive areas will be looked on favourably.

How to apply for this job

Please check out our advertisement at

Abbotsford Lentil are going Vegan..

Lentil as Anything, Abbotsford are going Vegan on the first Saturday of each month in support of the Vegan Market at the convent. Our chefs and staff are very excited to expand our current vegan options to a full vegan menu. Initially on the first Saturday of each month, and a potential move to full-time vegan menu, we will listen to what our customers say.

Have your say in our poll below, and feel free to comment at the bottom of page.

See you on Saturday for some vegan deliciousness!!


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Barista for Good Karma Points

volunteer making a coffee in a Lentil As Anything apron Lentil As Anything is looking for superstar Baristas to volunteer at the Abbotsford and Thornbury restaurants!

If you have Barista experience and some time to spare why not give back to the community by volunteering at Lentil As Anything? It's a great way to get involved and help make a difference.

Lentil As Anything restaurants have no set prices and customers instead pay-as-they-feel their meal is worth. Most of the staff at Lentils are volunteers, allowing us to create a place where anyone can afford a hot meal and a seat at the table. You could join this amazing group of people who have kept Lentils running for 17 years now! You'll even get a delicious vegan or vegetarian meal provided for you on-shift.

We are looking for Baristas who can get involved for one lunchtime shift a week (or per fortnight) at the Abbotsford and Thornbury restaurants.

If you're looking for a way to use your skills as a Barista to give back this could be the position for you!

To apply for this position or to find out more visit our job listing on Gumtree. We look forward to having you as a part of our ever-growing community!