Inglewood Night Markets

Loads of people get Monday-itis… Poor Monday is the most unloved day of the week. Personally, I love Mondays, and not just because one of my most favourite binge-worthy shows (Outlander) is on telly. You can make Mondays a no-cook zone in your house and head out to the food-tastic Inglewood on Beaufort Night Market. This food truck extravaganza is held each and every Monday evening from 6pm in the warmer months.

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Both sides of Beaufort Street between Sixth Avenue and Dundas Road are lined with a mix of food trucks and hawker food stalls, with a couple of craft and fresh produce stalls too.

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We started our foodie trail at the city end, near Mondos Butchers and walked up one side of the street then down the other side on the way back. It’s a nice stroll and there’s lots of live music along the way adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

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There’s a huge choice of cuisines from all around the world… This fresh paella looked and smelled amazing.

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And what a mouth-watering  mountain of meat at El Argentino!

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The grassed Town Square area is a really popular spot with families to throw down a picnic rug. The kids will love having a dance to the live music.

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We’ve been a few times in the last month, here’s out pick of what we’ve tried (so far!):

 

Delicious Columbian empanadas from Marcelita’s – the pulled pork and lime (3 for $11) is my favourite filling and best of all their tasty morsels are gluten free.

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Little Chef chose a woodfired pizza ($15) from Fire Truck Pizza. This is by Chef Lorenzo, who’s Ellenbrook Woodfire Italian Restaurant is a huge favourite with us. Lorenzo has decked out an old fire truck with a pizza oven and flashing lights in the Italian colours – of course. Continue reading

Perth Night Noodle Markets 2016

IMG_2766Have you been to the Night Noodle Markets yet? It’s part of Good Food Month. Last night we checked out this years line up of 20+ stallholders with hawker style eats under the city lights at Elizabeth Quay.IMG_2789

I’d heard how popular the markets are, so as soon as I got there I made a bee-line for Bao Stop which was top of my food wish list. They are a mobile container restaurant based in Sydney. For the uninitiated, bao is essentially a small, soft Chinese bread bun. First in the line, I ordered the bao trifecta ($20). Wow -those bao were jam packed with flavoursome fillings and if you think $20 is a bit steep, I think this dish is worth the splurge. (Left to Right) There’s Peking Duck, Pork Belly and Fried Chicken. I loved them all – the fried chicken had to be my favourite.IMG_2763

The Peking duck fries ($15) were also a must try for me. I would have like the fries to be hotter, but topped with a sweet plum sauce and shredded, crisp duck they were pretty darn fine.IMG_2761

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Hoy Pinoy was a favourite of ours from last years Night Noodle Markets. Their smokin skewers are divine, $13 for two. Choose from chicken BBQ’d in a traditional marinade or BBQ pork belly with a banana ketchup glaze. Chef ignored my “no eating before pics” rule, his pork belly skewers were so good!IMG_2786

I visited the lovely Mei at Turban Chopsticks and she has some tasty options for those with dietary requirements. Most of her dishes are vego, vegan and gluten free. The satay “gado gado” noodle bowl is so fresh and vibrant – proving healthy food can be super tasty too! Its brimming with rainbow salad, kale, tofu, coconut milk, tapioca chips, rice noodles and finished with a nicely spiced satay sauce. Yummy! (gifted).IMG_2780

Mei also gave us some sweetcorn fritters to try. The crisp fritters were accompanied by a tomato eggplant chutney and they went down an absolute treat! IMG_2781

Time for something sweet… Black Star Pastry hails from Sydney and I have had my eye on their stunning  Strawberry Watermelon Cake for some time (via Instagram!). It’s a scrumptious layered cake made up of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, strawberries, watermelon and finished beautifully with dried rose petals and pistachios. It costs $9 and is worth every cent.IMG_2770

Black Star Pastry has teamed up with N2 Extreme Gelato, who have stores in Mebourne and Sydney . Little Chef scoffed their Ferrero Gelato, $9. It has a crisp rice bubble choc top and a chocolate ganache filled syringe. I had a bite and the Ferrero Rocher gelato was spot on.IMG_2769

Not to be outdone, Chef’s dessert was a fancy Nutella covered waffle from Waffle on a Stick. It was served warm and super fresh.IMG_2802

It’s simply impossible to try everything – though we gave it a good go! Other local and interstate vendors include: Dainty Dowager, Low Key Chow House, Apple Daily, Lucky Chans, Bangkok Jump Street, Cili Padi, Roti Road and more. There’s also a few bars scattered around and live entertainment too making for a fantastic atmosphere.

IMG_2795All in all the Night Noodle Markets are a great event. My tip is to get there when it opens  to grab a table and minimise queueing. I saw a few people who brought picnic rugs, which is a good idea too. There were a few reservations about accessibility, but with the EQ train and bus stations, the ferry and plenty of parking, the foodie event is pretty easy to get to. Get your noodle on before the Night Noodle Markets end this Sunday (10th of April). See you next year!IMG_2805

For more info visit the Good Food Month website.

St Stephens Farmers Market, Tapping – Week One

Like all foodies I love a good farmers market. We’re blessed with some crackers in Perth – I enjoy the bustle of the Subi Farmers and love the village feel of the Kalamunda Sunday Markets. Wherever we go, it’s always a hike, as we live north of Joondalup. On Saturday, Little Chef and I enjoyed a new farmers market… The St Stephens Community Farmers Market is just a few streets from where we live – it was nice that the farmers, food trucks and artisans came to us for a change *wink*IMG_0031

The St Stephens farmers market is on from 8am to 12noon, in Tapping, each Saturday in September. If locals get behind it, it will be around for a lot longer. We left home a bit later in the day and missed the biggest crowd, though it meant that by the time I made it to one of my favourites – “The Juicist” – they had sold out of juice! Bummer.IMG_9983

It makes a lot of sense having a famers market in Tapping. Before the suburb existed 15-20 years ago it was mainly market gardens. There are still many operating market gardens in the surrounding suburbs of outer Wanneroo. The fruit and veg stalls are brimming with local produce and I got some to cook that night in a stir-fry.IMG_9982

We sampled some award winning olive oil, made locally in Gingin. The oil, from family owned Guinea Grove Farm is organic and biodynamic. Guinea Fowl roam free amongst the olive groves to reduce pests. I bought a bottle of olive oil that is blended with lime juice. I had a lovely zesty flavour and is apparently great with seafood and as a salad dressing – I can’t wait to use it!IMG_9994

I spotted the lovely Mei, creator of Turban Chopsticks. You may remember I cooked some TC onion bhajis and biryani – check them out here. For a lazy cook like myself, the Turban Chopsticks meal kits are a godsend and make cooking a tasty dinner a breeze. Mei was very kind to gift me a jar of her butter chicken sauce – so I’m looking forward to cooking that along with the Turban Chopsticks ricotta bites. Stay tuned to how that turns out in the next week or two.IMG_9986

Raw food is so on trend at the moment. There are a couple of raw sellers at the market. After a couple of taste tests, I bought a Red Velvet bliss ball from Sneaky, who have a range of organic, gluten free treats – including protein bars.

I was intrigued by the Bon Pussy chilli sauces. Jamaican food is something I don’t know too much about and I’d love to find out more. We tried a couple of sauces, which are also great as marinades – they were really tasty! The chillies used are grown in Freo and the popular product is shipped all over the world.IMG_0023

I had a chat with another fantastic Perth foodie, Latasha from Latasha’s Kitchen. She has a multitude of spice blends, oils, pastes, chutneys and more. Check out the scrumptious Chicken Kuruma Masala I made a few months ago HERE. At the market, I tried one of her sweet creations – a cherry chocolate sauce – which would be amazing on a pavlova! IMG_0001

Little Chef can’t go past a Bratwurst stand or a sausage sizzle without begging me for a snag. These smelled heavenly, but the little fella scoffed the lot before I even managed a nibble! Greedy guts.IMG_9996

As well as a multitude of foodie stalls there’s also home ware, crafts, beauty products and more.IMG_0018

It’s a great place to find a unique gift.

IMG_9989With so many delicious aromas in the air, I sniffed out a giant paella dish before I saw it! It was from KQ Spanish Food – I happily tasted the paella which was brimming with chorizo, carrot, zucchini and corn on the cobb.IMG_9992

There’s lots for the kids to do – a bouncy castle, petting farm, pony rides, go karting – as well as a big sandy and shaded playground. There’s also live entertainment, which adds to the atmosphere.IMG_0025

On our way back to the car we made one last stop. Little Chef had been so good while I chatted to many stall holders so I let him have an “Ice cream”. I’m not entirely sure if frozen yogurt is more healthy than Ice-cream, but I assume it is. Little Chef chose to have a Tim Tam crushed up into it too – so it turned out to not be such a healthy snack – whoops.IMG_0034

We both enjoyed the St Stephens Farmers Markets and will be back again next week for sure – when I got home I tucked into the Red Velvet Sneaky bliss ball – so scrummy and healthy to boot!IMG_0038

We hope everyone else in the Joondalup and Wanneroo areas get on board too – it will be wonderful to see this become a permanent fixture in the outer northern suburbs! Each week the stall holders line up changes a little, so I’m looking forward to what I discover there next Saturday morning!

For more info check out the website… www.sscfarmersmarket.org.au

 

The Market – Saturdays at Westfield Whitford City

IMG_1678One of the things I really love about blogging is the little platform it gives me to promote wonderful local businesses that I find – be it a locally run café or an innovative stall at a Perth market. So, it was a bit random that Westfield, a massive international corporation, was holding a local produce market at it’s Whitford City Shopping centre. I thought it was a superb idea though, from their Marketing Department. I love a browse around market stalls and there aren’t that many in our area (outer NOR). Some of the stalls at Whitfords are also found at the Twilight Hawkers Market, Perth Upmarket and various farmers markets.IMG_1665

“The Market” at Westfield Whitford City launched yesterday (Saturday the 10th) and it will be on each Saturday morning for at least the next few weeks – hopefully longer!

IMG_1645There is local produce (honey, seafood etc) street food stalls (like latasha’s Kitchen and Boss Hoss BBQ), juices, popcorn and other small local businesses like “Pretty Sharp”, who will professionally sharpen your knives.

Honey I’m Home

IMG_1672Honey I’m Home is a local business run by Beekeepers Blaine and Tristan.Their hives are in Beechboro and she also sources honey from other hives around Perth. There are lots of different honeys on offer; I found the infused honeys really interesting. I like the sound of the Star Anise Honey for use on Pork and I can’t wait to try the cinnamon honey on some pancakes! Yummo.

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/honeyimhomeproduce

Marcelita’s Empanadas

IMG_1653Marcelita and her husband Matt (a fellow blogger) are the lovely people behind Marcelita’s Empanadas. They can be found cooking their tasty morsels at many markets and special events around Perth.

Empanadas are delicious, deep fried savoury pastries filled with various ingredients. Empanadas originated in Spain and so popped up in Latin America. In Colombia, they make their empanadas with maize flour.

I tried three varieties of empanadas.
• Beef – Shredded beef skirt with potato and capsicum
• Pork & Lime – Pulled Pork Shoulder with Lime & Coriander
• Potato – Potato with paprika & spring onion

They are all delicious, the Pork and Lime is my favourite though. Make sure you check them out!!

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/marcelitas.empanadas

Tanya Mac Inspired

IMG_1666I met Tanya, of Tanya Mac Inspired and the passion for her boutique product development company was infectious. Tanya has gorgeous designer pantry labels – I love the vintage look of them and they will be a great addition to my super organised pantry. I am an “everything in its place, pedantic, labels to the front kind” of gal. So I need to find some lovey big jars for these pretty labels. These are also a great gift idea.IMG_1667

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tanya-Mac-Inspired/201603246675099

The Honey Cake

IMG_1660This layered cake is simply heaven on a plate! It’s a really unique cake, ultra-thin layers of caramel and cake, like nothing I’ve ever had. It’s perfect for a little self-indulgent treat. There’s no nasties either, in the handmade cakes.

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-HONEYCAKE/159838120823643IMG_1627

The Market is on Saturdays’, 9am to 2pm and can be found outside at the Woolworths entrance. The vendors change a little each week, there are about 12 different stalls, live music and entertainment for the kids.IMG_1623

Kalamunda Farmers Markets – Every Sunday Morning

Kalamunda Farmers Markets – Every Sunday Morning

Something I love to do on a Sunday is have a wander around the Kalamunda Farmers Market. They are on each and every Sunday in the heart of the gorgeous hills suburb. I go to stock up my fridge with super fresh veggies, as well as grab something tasty for breakfast. I always treat myself to a bunch of flowers. The lilies are my favourite and I find they usually last for about 10 days (I’ve had some last well over 2 weeks). I probably head to the markets every 3 or 4 weeks (it’s a 100km round trip for us!). po

Ellahs eggs are egg-selent (sorry I couldn’t resist!). The eggs are huge, I get the “Mega Eggs” which are bigger than XL, but they often sell out. I enjoy these on toast for brekkie and then egg sandwiches for days, as they are so delicious and fresh. IMG_9581IMG_9580

Little Chef loves the Macaroons, from “The Little Oven Patisserie” stall – his favourite flavour is the chocolate raspberry macaroon.IMG_1237

We cannot pass the Elmars stall and their giant frypan of snags. Chef loves their German sausages with some fried onions and sauerkraut. Chef was also incredibly excited to see that they also had his favourite German tomato curry sauce for sale. He picked up some in Germany last year when he was at the Culinary Olympics and we were close to running out. At $9 for a large bottle, it was a lot cheaper than getting it online, which he had been looking into.IMG_9583IMG_9582

We got lots of fresh veggies from the various market stalls. I noticed the prices were much better than at the supermarket!! We picked up some lovely big parsnips for $8kg ($2kg less than coles). The cauliflower we had was lovely and I also got a bag of snow peas – freshly picked from a Walliston vegetable garden the night before. They were delicious in my salad that night!IMG_9646IMG_1246

The Farmers Wife Juice stall is somewhere I always stop off at the Markets. The exotic sounding “Kalamunda Sunrise” is my favourite concoction. The Farmers wife is a hills local, from down the road in Karragullen (near Pickering Brook) and the produce is super fresh – I always feel revitalised after a bit of that veg juice!!IMG_9586IMG_9584

As well as all of the above, there is also baked goods, plant stalls, honey, cheese stalls, fresh seafood, lots of food to eat and try. There’s live music, which creates a great atmosphere and a European vibe and a free bouncy castle for the kids. IMG_9589

There is a big sense of community at the Kalamunda markets. It’s also the perfect way to start a day in the hills; there are lots of lovely gift shops in Kalamunda. First Avenue in Barbery Square has some great kitchenware. Stirk Park is great for the kids. Afterwards you could go for a drive round the Bickley Valley Wineries and stop somewhere for lunch – I love the Core Cidery which is close by too. Then we drive back down the giant hill, back to suburbia – with me wishing I still lived in the beautiful Perth Hills!IMG_9618

Boatshed Markets

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The Boatshed market, in Cottesloe, is housed in a piece of West Australian history. It is THE boatshed where AUSTRALIA II, the Americas Cup winning yacht, was built in the 1980s. That’s not where the standards of excellence stop. Boatshed Markets are regarded as one of the very best gourmet retailers in Perth, by a whole range of prominent Perth Chefs. Even Manu shops there!

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Chef often shops there if he’s looking for something hard to come by (random ingredients like rainbow chard & heirloom tomatoes). The quality and range of their fresh veg, fruit, cheeses, meats, seafood etc is fantastic. They also have a lot of ready-made salads and meals, made onsite by their chefs. The baked goods are all overseen by their award winning baker. 

 

The butchers section is full of everything you could imagine and more –lots of game meats and they even have fresh Haggis. They age and cure their own meats. Chef is a bit partial to Boatsheds own biltong; WAGU biltong no less!! It’s essentially air-dried meat, a South African style beef jerky. At close to $90 per kg, it’s a bit pricy, but it is done very well. I really enjoyed it too.

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Their Fish Mongers stock mostly WA caught fish from Karratha. Their crabs are caught from Shark Bay and Mandurah. I love their Fish Pie. I’d been wanting to try them for a while. I bought one last week and found that they were every bit as delicious! as I had imagined! Lots of big chunks of fresh, flaky fish, scallops and prawns – perfect for a chilly winters dinner at home.

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Notes – the pie comes in a foil container, with the mash piped on top – hence the mushy look of the photo!!