Sunday, 13 July 2014

Casa Barilla Cooking School: Sammy and Bella's Seadas recipe

I had the opportunity to attend a pre-show cooking class at the Casa Barilla Cooking School stall at the Good Food and Wine Show with Bella and Sammy,  Season 2 winners of My Kitchen Rules. The girls from the WA team from Season 5 of MKR, Chloe and Kelly were also at the class.

We were taught to cook seadas, a fried pastry filled with fresh ricotta cheese and drizzled with honey. They are eaten any time of the day, including for breakfast.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Gado-Gado recipe

For those who have followed my blog, you might have picked up that I love Bali! I first visited in January 2010 and by December 2014, I will travelled there a whopping 12 times. Earlier this year on a solo visit, I met a girl from Chile on my flight who was starting a four month adventure around Asia. We got chatting and discovered that our hotels were just down the road from each other. She hadn't made arrangements to get from the airport to her hotel, so I invited to her ride with me and the driver I'd hired for the morning. We parted ways and met up for dinner that evening. She had scoped out Jl Kasari and found a cafe that ran cooking classes. It was a private class with a set menu but needed a minimum participation of two people. I'd never made Indonesian food (I don't think Satay Chicken from a kit counts) so it didn't take any arm twisting... I was in!

The class was at Manik Organik in Sanur and run by the Head Chef and the Cafe Manager. One of the dishes we made was Gado-Gado. In Bahasa Indonesian, the words "Gado-Gado" translate to "Mix-Mix". This dish was so easy to make and was delicious!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Bbox Korean Restaurant, Mt Lawley

A new Korean restaurant opened in Mt Lawley a few months ago.  In the lead up to the opening, it was getting quite a bit of hype on Facebook and Twitter from food bloggers who had spotted the construction and signs. It took a few months after opening before I was able to visit but friends who had documented their trip on Facebook and Instagram gave me feedback ranging from "okay" to "bloody brilliant".

Thursday, 26 June 2014


My cousin invited me to join her at BROTHER using a Scoopon voucher. There was some issues booking on the phone when she called. Either the phone wasn't answered or when she did get through, they couldn't hear her. She was eventually able to get through via Facebook and was able to make and confirm a booking. Unfortunately when we arrived at the restaurant, there was no record of the booking and there was a large group in the restaurant celebrating a birthday. The Chef came out, apologised and made a booking for the following day. When we were leaving, he offered us a complimentary coffee (which we declined) and also informed us that the Manager who had dealt with this booking had since been fired. (Um... OK?).

When we turned up the next evening, we were offered a seat in the centre of the restaurant. Unfortunately BROTHER have an automatic opening sliding door, so we instead of being blasted with cold 5'c air, we opted to sit on the cafe side on the stools and high table.

I thought BROTHER was strange. The kitchen and coffee counter is gorgeous and oozes with charm and warmth but the rest of the restaurant didn't match. I think the automatic doors play a large part in this. If they can be turned off and opened manually, I think it would be a huge improvement. It felt a bit disconnect... part lunch bar, part hip cafe.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Baechu Kimchi recipe

While I was in Korea, I attended the Korea Food & Culture Academy where I learnt how to make Baechu Kimchi.

In traditional times, there were over 200 varieties of kimchi. These days there are around 30. Kimchi varies throughout Korea because of climate. Kimchi along the coast, in areas like Busan is much spicier and salty;  while kimchi in North Korea is white and quite bland in comparison to the red kimchi most people would be familiar with.

Possibly the most common and widely known of all the kimchi varieties is the Baechu Kimchi (배추김치),  a whole cabbage kimchi.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Menulog review + giveaway & Anokha Indian Restaurant, Maylands

When Menulog contacted me with an offer of some vouchers to giveaway to my readers, I was interested but also hesitant. While I have ordered takeaway from a website before, I'd never used Menulog so I thought I'd give it a whirl and let you all know how easy/hard it was.

Being the tech savvy gen y'er that I am, I had no doubt that I would be able to navigate through the menu log website with ease... the real test would be if my baby boomer Dad could! I asked Dad in the days leading up if he would be my guinea pig and try out the Menulog website. He reluctantly said he would do it on the condition that if it stuffed up, we wouldn't blame him. Deal!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Truffle Kerfuffle Launch @ Bib and Tucker

The Truffle Kerfuffle launch was held at Bib and Tucker in North Fremantle this week and I had the absolute pleasure of attending. The launch was coordinated by the Peach & Pineapple Co, a Perth based consultancy headed by Zara Bryson and Caitlin Irving.