Celtic Kitchen – Joondalup {CLOSED}

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It’s no secret that Joondalup is also known as Little Britain. It’s home to thousands of ex-pats loving the white sandy beaches and year round sunshine. You’ll find many British themed spots in the area – that the Poms in Perth flock to – like the Great British Chippy, The Boat, The Duke and more. Another such spot has arrived in Joondalup, next door but one to Paddy Malones Irish Bar.IMG_1761

Co owners, brothers Dave and Karl are from Cornwall. Fitting then that traditional Cornish pasties feature on their menu. They also make sausage rolls, bread, pies, pasties, Scotch eggs and desserts daily. The local Irish community will love their freshly baked soda bread, bacon and cabbage pies and traditional Irish fry-ups too!IMG_1760

We popped by for a weekend fry-up. Chef chose the “Full Irish”, a generous serve of pork sausage and black and white pudding from McLoughlin Butchers, beans, bacon, potato and a fried egg.IMG_1753

Oh and on the side was some a slice of regular toast and a slice of soda bread too. All that and a cup of tea or coffee for $18.50.IMG_1757

The thought of a greasy fry up was very tempting (mmmm bacon!), but I am trying to be healthy! So I opted for the homemade granola with fruit salad, honey and yogurt. It was presented in a cute jar, which looked great, but not 100% practical when it came to fishing out large chunks of melon. The granola was nicely toasted and tasty.IMG_1755

There isn’t a children’s menu, but the friendly people at Celtic Kitchen were happy to make a little something for Little Chef. He was stoked with a bacon and egg sarnie and gobbled it down in no time.IMG_1752

On my way out I spied all the baked savoury pastries and made a promise to myself I’d have to come back for lunch. A few days later, I popped in for a pork and apple sausage roll. The house made meat was delicious and encased in a golden pastry. On the side was some sharp cheddar and a bit of Bramston pickle. Lovely Jubbly!IMG_1858

I’ll be back for a pasty for sure. Check out Celtic Kitchen, for breakfast and lunch – they also sell their baked goods at Eden Beach Farmers Market.IMG_1763

Back in Blighty at last!!

IMG_2434Just shy of a decade away from the UK (9 years and 10 months), we arrived at Birmingham International Airport, for a holiday in England. Driving to my cousins Derbyshire home, I marvelled at the fact it was almost 9pm and still broad daylight!! I love long summer nights in the UK and we will be able to get so much more out of our holiday with more daylight hours. Driving though the Midlands, I also couldn’t believe how brilliantly green and lush everything was.

IMG_2407I view myself as a bit of a Pom. I was born in Perth, Western Australia – but with English parents we would yo-yo back and forth to Blighty a few times through my childhood. I have lived in Yorkshire four times in my life – a few years here and there adding up to about 10 years.

When Chef and I had been seeing each other for a couple of years, we did an 18 month working holiday over in England too. Chef loved it and I loved showing him my family and friends from my “other life”.

IMG_3275We’ve reminisced for years about returning and we have finally made it. This time we’re sharing our other life with Little Chef and he is loving every moment of his first overseas trip.

I have a pommie to-do list as long as my arm. Places to visit, food to eat… My Mum has warned me that I will return to Perth 10kgs heavier after too many fish and chip suppers!! Join us on our trip around the UK, we’re visiting many places for lots of fun and food! IMG_2326

Great British Chippy – Currambine

Great British Chippy – Currambine

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When I speak to a true blue Aussie about British Fish and Chips; they give me a rather incredulous look. How can it be ANY different to what you’d have down at Freo’s Fishing Boat Harbour they ask?! Well, they do differ a lot, British fish and chips are made the traditional way after all!Untitledalal

The chips, for a start, are different. They are freshly peeled and cut every day – none of that frozen reconstituted potato rubbish. That way the chips are tasty and fluffy – not powdery and stiff like the frozen imposters. The service (in theory) is quicker too. With the fish warming in the display cabinet, service is often much faster. Which will be handy for the Great British Chippy – as I’ve heard they’ve had some LONG queues!!  In their first two days of the new Currambine chippy’s operation they went through a ton and a half of chips! I’m not surprised – they are lush!IMG_20131017_160715

The nostalgia hits as soon as you walk in the door. A giant stainless steel frying range sits proudly as the centrepiece of the take away. For Aussies they will wonder what all the fuss is about – for the Brits they’ll feel like were suddenly transported to back to their village chippy!! The frying range is an English original, hailing from Darlington (UK) and the only one of its kind in WA. There are only a few in the whole country. Untitledgbc

The deep fried fish is encased in a golden brown batter; it seems much crunchier than what we’d usually have in Perth too. We had cod and haddock the day we went for lunch. We took our wrapped up bundle down to a park by the sea. As soon as I opened the package and was greeted by the familiar look of pommie chips (all odd sizes and ever so slightly soggy looking) I knew they were the real deal. We ate out of the paper, using our wooden forks to dip the chips into the mushy peas and curry sauce – bliss. photo 3

Sure it was a little bit priceyer than your regular fish and chip shops, but you have to expect that with much of the produce sourced from overseas. The fish is all from the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s not something that we would have every week, so I’m happy to indulge. It had been nine years since we had been in the UK and I’ve craved a proper pommie fish supper regularly – to me it was worth every penny. Saying that Ciccarellos and Kalis are by no means cheap. As well as fish and chips they also have pies, haggis, fish cakes etc. We ate there on the opening day and it was pretty hard to fault. Personally, I always liked to eat my fish and chips “open”. Meaning, they are not wrapped, but you eat them immediately out of an open container. This way they are super fresh and don’t go soggy as they steam inside a closed wrapper. Hopefully they’ll offer this alternative in the future.

For the thousands of ex-pats that live all over Perth and in particular the Northern Coastal Suburbs near Joondalup – the Great British Chippy will be a little slice of home. As the daughter of a proud Yorkshire man, I know that they love their adopted homeland of Australia; but inevitably there will be things they miss from home. Homesickness is the worst – especially as the mother land is over 14,000kms away. From walking to the village pub to have a (warm) pint with friends, to watching the local football team play on a Saturday afternoon, to tucking into a freshly cooked pile of cod and chips. It’s often the little things that are longed for and mean the most.photo 4

The nostalgia; wooden forks, dandelion and burdock, mushy peas… Memories of eating fish n chips on the seafront in Whitby as a 10year old came flooding back. Whether it’s a trip down memory lane, or a brand new experience you’re after – trying the Great British Chippy is a must. My Aussie husband loves them too – particularly the chips! However, he didn’t let me drown the chips in malt vinegar – so I have to go back soon and get my soggy chips fix!!photo 1a