{NEW OPENING} Lot One Kitchen Hillarys

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Lot One Kitchen  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This one’s HOT off the press! This morning we brunched at Lot One Kitchen, a brand new eatery in the northern suburbs, which has really hit the ground running!

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We popped by for a late brunch. So late, that Little Chef preferred to eat something for lunch. The new restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner has had a beautiful fit out. There’s lots of tables and a cosy nook with sofas too. I love it’s use of tanned leather and stunning light fixtures.

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The service was good, but a little green. I’m happy to give them the benefit of the doubt, being so new! The roast used at Lot One Kitchen is Di Bella. Chef was happy with his flat white and even grabbed a take away on our way out.

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Feeling a cold coming on, I chose a “beet it” beetroot and ginger juice.

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Little Chef had a chocolate milkshake treat. Continue reading

Brewhouse – Margaret River

img_9997Brewhouse Margaret River Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

All this unseasonal wintery weather has had me thinking about our trip to Margaret River last year. We found a beaut new spot on a soggy old day, with a roaring fire, quality beer and hearty pub grub.img_9994

If there’s something Margs isn’t short of it’s a brewery. Brewhouse is found just on the outskirts of town, about an 8 minute walk from the Margaret River Tourist Information Centre, handy if you’re staying in the town itself. There’s a big beer garden, patio and sandy playground for the kids. img_9983

With the rain teaming down outside, I just had to have a hot chocolate to warm me up. We were lucky to get the best seat in the (brew)house – right next to the cosy roaring fire!img_9979

Chef, who loves a craft beer or three, was spoiled for choice at the bar. There’s something to please all beer lovers from your regular Aussie larger, an English golden ale, stout, pale ales, pilsner, IPA and more. Chef was impressed by Brewhouses’ German style Kolsch. img_9993

The food menu has a stack of choice. You can either share plates and choose several dishes from the “sharing is caring” menu or fly “hans solo” and keep your dish to yourself! Chef chose a pulled pork pizza, $22. The moist meat, with tangy house made BBQ sauce, onions and bocconcini cheese was a delicious combination.img_9985

Feeling like a pork dish too, I picked a very tasty sounding pork roll with chips from the special’s menu, $24. The roll was brimming with a generous chunk of farmhouse pork belly, sweet pear chutney, pan gravy and a fennel slaw. The pork belly, complete with crispy crackling, was as delicious as I’d hoped. I did find it a little difficult to eat without a knife and fork though.img_9991

In keeping with our piggy theme for lunch, Little Chef enjoyed a bacon pineapple and cheese pizza $12, from the “Young Ones” menu.img_9984

We found the food offering at Brewhouse is tasty and well priced. We’d absolutely go there again for a top notch pub meal and hopefully next time the weather is pleasant enough to chillax in their beer garden too!img_9982

 

{WIN!} The Chef’s Wife Christmas Giveaway

img_2906Merry Christmas!

Though the shops have been playing festive tunes for weeks, Christmas always creeps up on me. This year I’m semi-organised and also have a very exciting giveaway to share with you all. It’s a big THANK YOU for all your support this year – every comment, like, share and Instagram double tap is very much appreciated. As you know, one of the things I love the most about this blogging lark is meeting Perth artisan foodie businesses and to give them a shout out whenever I can.

It’s a great time of year to support local businesses, by buying your gifts and Christmas food supplies from them. I’m certainly being more mindful than ever to keep my money in Western Australia and not some billion dollar worldwide corporation.

So here you have it – “The Chef’s Wife Christmas Giveaway!”.

I put a shout out to some amazing Perth business and they responded in droves! I’ve put together two drool worthy food hampers for you and a friend to win. There’s goodies from 10 fantastic Perth companies (Thank you everyone!). Please show them some love on social media 🙂 Here’s what you’ll find in each hamper…

Tipsy Oil – A Bottle of Olive Oilimg_2917Tipsy Oil are saving the planet – one wine bottle at a time! I love Mann’s concept of recycling something from restaurants – empty wine bottles. The olive oil looks fantastic in the repurposed bottles. The Tipsy Oil extra virgin olive oil is made locally from olive groves in the south west of Western Australia. The medal winning EVOO has a hint of pepper and is totally “bread and dip” worthy.

W: www.tipsyoil.com

FB: www.facebook.com/tipsyoil

IG: www.instagram.com/tipsy.oil

 

Baked By Erica – A Pack of 6 Festive Cookie Sandwiches

img_2934Baked By Erica is super fresh – Erica has just started her business this year! She has many strings to her bow, specialising in baking cookies, cakes, muffins and cupcakes. We have a very festive batch of her popular cookie sandwiches – a green and red velvet cookie, stuck together with gooey marshmallow – they are so soft and scrumptious!

FB: www.facebook.com/bakedbyericaperth

IG: www.instagram.com/bakedbyericaperth

 

Latasha’s Kitchen – A jar of Cherry Chocolate Sauce.img_2912I’m a big fan of Latasha’s Kitchen pastes. The curry pastes, relishes, rubs, oils and marinades are jam packed with flavour. I’ve worked with Latasha before and absolutely loved using her tasty Kuruma Masala paste to create a chicken curry. Most of Latasha’s range is savoury, but then there’s her very popular cherry chocolate sauce. PERFECT for a Christmas Pavlova!

W: www.latashaskitchen.com

FB: www.facebook.com/Latashaskitchencomau

IG: www.instagram.com/latashaskitchen

 

Kookery – A Ham Bag.

img_2936I love a pun as much as the next gal. Kookery’s quirky kitchen range of tea towels, eco bags (and much more) make fantastic gifts. Last year I bought a cool Christmas prezzie for my Pastry Chef Brother in Law, a little magnet stocking filler that reads “Pastry – that’s how I roll” with a picture of a rolling pin. It cracked me up and I hope he liked it too! Next, I need to treat myself to some of Amy’s lovely range and quirk my own kitchen! For the two lucky winners included in the hampers are ham bags, for storing your yummy Christmas hams.

W: www.kookery.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/Kookery

IG: www.instagram.com/kookerystore

 

Golden Whisk – A jar of Honey & Spice (and all things nice) Nuts.img_2918Golden Whisk have a big range of quality products that are perfect for hampers and Christmas entertaining too. There’s lollypops, fudge, caramels, nuts and (my favourite) rocky road in their delicious range of confectionary. Lucy has gifted us one of her most popular items – jars of handmade honey and spiced nuts. As well as six kinds of nuts, the tasty mix has sunflower and pumpkin seeds too. A great idea for a stocking filler for your Dad.

W: www.goldenwhisk.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/GoldenWhiskConfectionery

IG: www.instagram.com/golden_whisk

 

Crio Bru – Crio Bru Brewed Cocoa & Chocolate Covered Cocoa Beans

img_2928Crio Bru is made from roasted and ground cocoa beans and brews just like coffee! Mandy has gifted a couple of goodies – a pack of Crio Bru and also chocolate covered cocoa beans! I can tell you they are absolutely moreish and they are full of antioxidants. As well as making a refreshing drink, which comes in flavours like mint and mojito, the Crio Bru is really versatile and is delicious in bliss balls too.

W: www.criobru.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/CrioBruAustralia

IG: www.instagram.com/criobruoz

 

Foodie Flavours – “Christmas Hamper” scented candle.

img_2924We’ve got a scrumptious smelling soy wax candle in the hamper! It’s very apt, being “Christmas Hamper” scented and has all those lovely festive smells, like spicy cinnamon. Nick’s humorous foodie quotes can be a bit risqué. There’s t-shirts, wall prints and candles available. As the candle says, we wish you all a beautifully foodie Christmas!!

W: www.foodieflavours.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/foodieflavoursonline

IG: www.instagram.com/foodieflavours

 

Pepper Tree Fine Foods – Pumpkin Dahl Kit

img_2920I met Audra at The Boulevard IGA’s open day earlier this month. Her readymade meal packs are so easy to use and vegan friendly too. I really enjoy the Pepper Tree Malaysian Satay Curry, which comes with rice and pappadams too. There’s a great range of meal packs which are available at many gourmet supermarkets and delis around Perth.

W: www.peppertreefinefoods.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/peppertreefinefoods

 

Kinky Condiments – Jar of Marmalade or Apple Butter.

img_2911Kinky Kondiments are local producers of small batch jams, curds, relish and chutneys. All of these condiments are homemade by Ash. You’ll either find a delicious jar of Orange and Clove Marmalade (perfect for your Christmas ham!) or Apple Butter in your hamper.

W: www.kinkykondiments.com

FB: www.facebook.com/kinkykondiments

IG: www.instagram.com/kinkykondiments

 

Pure Pet – Dried Meat Dog Treat.

img_2929And we can’t forget our fur babies! Dogs will love these Pure Pet treats that are made in Perth. They are all natural and hand cut by Linda from dried, restaurant quality meats especially for your pampered pooch.

W: www.purepetproducts.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/purepetproducts

IG: www.instagram.com/purepetproducts

I had loads of fun putting these hampers together and you can too! Head down to your local gourmet deli and check out their range of West Aussie artisans. Make sure you check out all these wonderful Perth businesses and give them a follow on their social media accounts!

img_2895HOW TO ENTER…

How do I get my little mitts on a hamper I hear you ask… Well, if you’re on social media you can enter up to 5 times on Facebook and there’s a bonus entry Instagram too, by re-gramming my pic and using the hashtag #winwiththechefswife. Alternatively, pop a comment on this post, telling me your favourite item in the hamper. Good luck!

FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS

*The competition closes at 6pm Tuesday 6th of December 2016.

*You must live in Perth’s metropolitan area to enter.

*FACEBOOK ENTRY You can enter up to 5 times on Facebook. One tag per comment on Facebook.

*INSTAGRAM ENTRY Regram the competition image on my Instagram account(@thechefswifeperth). For this you must have a pubic account and also use the hashtag #WinWithTheChefsWife

* BLOG ENTRY You can also enter by posting one comment on this blog post.

*Two winners receive a Christmas hamper each worth RRP $150. Not exchangeable for cash.

*The winner will be selected at random from all comments made.

*The winner will be contacted via FB – if the winner does not respond to their message within 24hrs, there will be a re-draw.

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the rules and acknowledging that Facebook and Instagram are not connected in any way to this contest.

Barque – East Fremantle {CLOSED}

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Charming George Street has to be one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Fremantle, with its historic terraced cottages and quaint eating spots. The old Grand George Hotel, presides over the east end of the street, looking down at the many cafes, boutiques and restaurants on the historic dining strip. Soon the hotel which has been closed for almost forty years, may be restored to it’s former glory, which would be wonderful to see! IMG_2019Chef and I are enjoying a stroll along the tree lined street and stop at one of the popular restaurants, Barque. We have the option to sit in the sun drenched courtyard, on the veranda or inside the little blue colonial cottage.IMG_2023The Freo doctor is a little blustery and we opt to sit inside. The renovated interior is eclectic and inviting.IMG_2028Our waitress immediately brings us water and their drinks menu. The wine list is a decent size, though only four reds and four whites are available by the glass. Mostly Australian drops feature with a few Europeans thrown in for good measure. I choose the local Stormflower Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a smooth and fruity drop from Margaret River which has notes of gooseberry, nectarine, passionfruit and guava. A perfect match for Asian flavours.IMG_2027The menu at Barque is described as modern Asian fusion. The dishes are designed to share and we choose two small plates, a side and two more substantial dishes. Will that be enough or too much, I worry. Our waitress assures us that we’ll have plenty of food and we put our trust (and hungry tummies!) into her hands.IMG_2024The first dish from the kitchen’s pass is soft shell crab, $11. It’s a make your own snack and we set about wrapping the crab in an iceberg lettuce leaf. The deep fried crab, topped with spicy kimchi (shredded chili cabbage), fresh mint, coriander and crisp lettuce make for a delicious start to our meal.IMG_2031This is quickly followed by lamb ribs, $18. The generous serve of ribs are very moist and bursting with rosemary. They are well-seasoned and a touch fatty, which only adds to the lip-smacking meaty flavour. IMG_2037Though the smoked bbq pork shoulder, $27, is on the “substantial” part of the menu, we think that three slices isn’t really substantial enough. A well balanced grilled peach and fennel salad accompanies the smoky slices of pork. The tasty meat is more-ish and we certainly want more of this dish!IMG_2033The prized half roasted duck, $36, arrives at our table. Along with the whole fish, it is one of Barque’s most popular dishes. The tender duck is served on the bone and it has wonderfully aromatic and crisp skin.duckFor an additional $8 we order pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumber & spring onion. We eagerly make our duck pancakes, with lashings of plum sauce. This is another get your hands dirty kind of dish. I’m not one to pick at bones in restaurants, so I would have preferred the meat was shredded for us. I think there would have been less wastage that way too.IMG_2064We’re not yet full and for dessert I pick the vanilla cheesecake, $14. The creamy dessert is served with poached rhubarb that has been spiced with cardamom and star anise. It’s a deconstructed style dish, with a nut brittle on the side, instead of the traditional biscuit crumb.cheesecakeChef devours the rich chocolate marquise, $16. Sprinkled with salted caramel oats, the silky smooth chocolate marquise, is made from bitter Vietnamese chocolate and finished with a dollop of sour crème.IMG_2070Barque is a great little spot for a date night or to share meal with friends. We wander off into the summer night, our hungry tummies satisfied. This part of the world leaves me with a romantic notion of living in a quaint old cottage with a food-topia like George Street at the end of my street – East Fremantle locals I envy you!IMG_2080

At a glance

■ Barque

125 George Street

East Fremantle

Phone 08 9339 5524

■ Opening times

Weds – Fri: 12 to 10pm

Sat: 9am to 10pm

Sun: 9am to 3pm

■ Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 3.5

value for money 3.5

■ style – Asian Fusion

■ wine – well-chosen mainly

local wine list.

■ Chef – Stuart Mitchel

■ Owners – Simon & Charles

■ feel – relaxed & classy.

■ wheelchair access – no

■ cost

Small – $4 to $26

Substantial – $27 to $68

Dessert – $12 to $16

■ all in all – The well cooked food

is on point. Service is always at hand,

but not in an intrusive way.

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

Inglewood on Beaufort – Monday Night Markets

IMG_1800Everybody gets Monday-itis… Poor Monday is the most unloved day of the week – from which Friday just seems so far away! I’ve discovered a reason to LOVE Mondays in Perth! Inglewood on Beaufort is a night market that’s held each and every Monday night from 6pm – August till March.IMG_1823

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.IMG_1805

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, not a great distance for little people and there’s lots of live music along the way adding to the atmosphere.

Admittedly, I did have my food blinkers on a little as I was on a mission to find hummus. I’ve met the lovely people behind the Hummus Club at a few foodie events. I’ve had scrumptious little samples of their food and been desperado to try a proper sized portion for a long time!IMG_1799

It was totally worth the wait. I savoured the Club Mix – which is a  mix of all their favourites- a generous serve of hummus, fluffy falafels, a middle eastern salad with a pomegranate dressing and fresh pita. I had a little chili sauce on the side too which gave a spicy kick. The delish dinner was washed down with their refreshing pomegranate lemonade. Find the Hummus Club at their Trinity Arcade pop up in the CBD and Friday Hawkers market in the city too.

Little Chef chose a woodfired pizza ($15) from Porta Pizza. Just like Daddy, he chose his favourite topping Meatlovers, fresh leg ham, Italian sausage and bacon.IMG_1802

There’s a huge choice of cuisines from all around the world…

This fresh seafood paella from KQ Spanish food looked amazing!IMG_1810

And what a mouth-watering  mountain of meat at El Argentino!IMG_1806

You’ll also find:

  • Soup from Suppa Club
  • Columbian empanadas from Marcelita’s
  • Dutch pancakes from Café Oranjeaus
  • Gourmet toasted sandwiches from Grilled To The Mac
  • Arabic Rice and more from Meast (Middle Eastern Street Food)
  • Freshly baked bread from New Nocia Bakery
  • Indian treats from Bollygood Foods
  • Bratwaurst from Antons
  • Meat, meat and more meat by EL Argentino
  • Chilean delights by La Fuente
  • Coffee from Coastal Coffee
  • Chilli Dawgs and more at Smokin BBQ Bus
  • Handmade marshmallow from Mashmalloz
  • Asian eats by Bangkok Jump Street
  • Moroccan Food by Shak Shuk

I’ve hardly even scratched the surface. There is SO MUCH more food too! Wether you have a savoury appetite…IMG_1828

or sweet tooth there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.IMG_1809

Heading back to the car, Little Chef bought a choc mint ice cream from Wicked Waffles and Ice Cream with his pocket money. It was a hot summers night so he had to eat it very quickly!IMG_1825

I was really impressed with the Inglewood on Beaufort Night Markets. You could go every Monday and eat from a different vendor every time. I think making Monday a cooking free zone sounds like a very good idea to Chef and I!IMG_1813

For more info check out their website.

Chu – Highgate

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Chu Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chu Bakery on William Street, Highgate, has been open just a few months. In its short life, the teeny tiny bakery has amassed a very strong and loyal following, often selling out of its sweet goodies. Little Chef and I headed there on what felt like a sort of pilgrimage. It was a school holiday treat – for both of us!IMG_1474

There’s not a lot of room inside the small bakery and faced with so many good-looking pastries, I started to feel a little overwhelmed! I definitely needed sugar and fast! For Little Chef, deciding which pastry to pick for morning tea wasn’t quite as tough – he made a bee-line for the first thing he saw that was covered in chocolate! There are almond croissants, passionfruit and chilli brioche doughnuts (which sound very interesting!). If it wasn’t so hot I would have grabbed a coffee too.IMG_1476

There’s just a few stools outside Chu. I had my sights on the gorgeous Hyde Park right across the street. Little Chef found a spot to sit on the grass, right under a shady jacaranda tree. Perfect.IMG_1483

Little Chef literally hoovered up his hazelnut praline éclair. It was spot on, I was lucky enough to have a very small nibble. It’s absolutely the best éclair I’ve ever tasted. The light choux pastry is golden brown and filled with decedent hazelnut praline cream.IMG_1487

I took a little longer over my Lychee and raspberry chu puff, taking some photos, then savouring the pastry and raspberry cream. Hiding inside was the sweet lychee and boy was that a great flavour combo! Everyone seems to pick the ‘on trend’ matcha chu puff, but I really loved this version. Raspberry Chu puff

After we’d scoffed our sweet treats, we walked it off around the little lakes and had a run about the playgrounds. It was so lovely to meet Chu!!IMG_1481

Chef was a bit upset we’d made the visit without him – so we’ll be seeing Chu again very soon I’m sure! 🙂IMG_1479

Five Bar – Mount Lawley

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Five Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
{Quick Bite}

Drinks at Five is something that I often think about, but don’t do nearly enough!  Five Bar in Mount Lawley is a Beaufort Street staple. Personally, I like to go there when it’s not too busy, when I can easily grab a spot on one of the comfy sofas.IMG_0792

I was meeting a fellow foodie there, Grace and though it was mid-week I REALLY fancied a cider. Knowing that Five has a great range, I let the friendly barman pick it for me – it was a cracker! Apart from totally loving the stripy label, the Australian Endless Pear cider was light and not too sweet. I’d have it again for sure.

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For lunch I enjoyed the more-ish mushrooms on toast. I love the use of different mushrooms – especially the enokis. The tasty dish is enough on it’s own or easy to share. Most of Five’s menu can be shared.IMG_0786

Five Bar is a great spot for drinks and has good food. I always find the barmen there particularly friendly too. I really like the chilled out, unpretentious vibe and even after a stress-y work day like this one – I always leave feeling relaxed.

And a top tip – Jerry Fraser the KING of oysters is at Five bar a couple of times week! I love Jerry to bits and he is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to these yummy little morsels. He also spends time shucking at Five Bar’s sister venue Lot 20 in Northbridge. Check out their FB page for updates.Untitledohaaa

Suburban Table – Frozen Meals {CLOSED}

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Suburban Table Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Imagine if you could enjoy the food from your favourite restaurant in the comfort of your own home…

Recently, I was stoked to be contacted by Chef Josh Prosser, from the restaurant Suburban Table in Mosman Park. Suburban Table is a little bit special for a number of reasons. The term “hidden gem” is so cliché and it gets overused, but in this case it is 100% true. The food is totally rave-worthy. Josh’s menu is a mix of classic dishes, with a big measure of Asian influenced dishes too.  His partner Kelly runs the front of house, she is very welcoming and with her warm personality and Josh’s top notch food, it’s easy to see why they have so many regular diners. Also, Suburban Table is a little special to me as it was my very first restaurant review for the Post newspaper a couple of years ago!IMG_0902

Chef Josh invited me to try his new range of frozen meals and I jumped at the chance. At our house, to get out of cooking for a week is our idea of heaven! People who aren’t involved in the hospitality industry often have quite a romantic notion about Chefs. They think they are passionate creatives who are always cooking delicious food – even at home. Whilst I’m sure this is true for some chefs in their down time, the majority will head to the nearest Maccas drive through and grab a burger after a 12 hour shift in a hot kitchen. After a busy service, all they want is something quick, easy and filling.

IMG_0901I popped along to their Glyde Street kitchen to pick up my gifted frozen meals. There were so many tasty meals to try – what a feast we were to have! Kelly even packed some gingerbread ice-cream into the box of goodies – yum! Luckily, I had cleared some space in my freezer at home.

Oh and just to prove my previous point – this was sitting on my kitchen bench when I arrived home #cheflife hahaIMG_0913

That night, Chef happened to be working till 8pm, so it was the perfect opportunity to try a couple of meals. Unsurprisingly, I made a bee-line for the Thai Pork Belly Curry. As well as tasty shredded belly, the mildly spicy curry was brimming with green beans and sweet potato too (I love my veggies!). It was a very tasty dish to start off with.IMG_0917

I also had steamed rice with my pork belly curry. Josh included a nifty little serve of rice, wrapped in a banana leaf. A couple of minutes in the microwave and TAH-DAH – perfectly cooked rice!IMG_0925

Later that night, Chef gave me a call when he was leaving work and I popped the Baldivis Rabbit Pie into the oven. By the time he got home it was ready and piping hot.IMG_0939

One night we cooked up a couple of the Thai style curries and shared them. We had Beef Massaman Curry and Thai Red Chicken Curry. It was like having Thai take away, but way tastier!

Each meal is approximately one serving. I shared a few of them with Little Chef, so I bulked those out with a side serve of veggies and some Suburban Table frozen creamy garlic mash potato. On another frozen meal night we had the Beef Burnginon – it is packed full of rich meaty chunks, that melt in my mouth. Practically licking the bowl  Little Chef said “Your cooking has got better Mummy”. Sheepishly I had to admit that it wasn’t me who made it – I had a lot of help!IMG_1140

Chef was having a very busy couple of weeks at work – working 12 hour shifts and not getting home till after 8pm most nights. He loved having something delicious to look forward to after a long day in the kitchen – it was a break from my usual spag bol! He loved the Yellow Goat Curry. His favourite out of all the dishes he tried was the Baldivis Rabbit Pie.

For me, its very difficult to chose a meal I enjoyed the most. With every meal I tried, I found a new favourite! I particularly savoured the Coq au vin, made with traditional speck bacon, mushrooms, shallots and thyme. I also loved the Red Emperor Fish Pie. It was full of fish chunks and mushrooms and topped with a deliciously crisp pastry crust. Little Chef tried a little bit – then wanted the whole lot!IMG_0935

Each meal has been carefully prepared and has such a wonderful depth of flavour. They are perfect to have in the freezer as backup for those busy, unorganized weeknights or when you’re feeling a bit under the weather. They’re also great if you just want a break from the kitchen and don’t have the inclination to cook.

A big thank you to Josh and Kelly for the five star frozen meals!! The meals are available from $15 and of the very highest quality. For more details check out the Suburban Table website . Also, find them over on Facebook.IMG_0907

Café 2TwentyFour – Belmont

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Cafe 2 Twentyfour Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

One of the most talked about new cafés of the last few months is Café 2TwentyFour. It lured me in with the multitude of Instagram posts of MEGAshakes and drool-worthy brunch dishes. It’s found opposite Belmont Forum, which could have been an odd spot, but with Sapore just down the road, it’s not so out of place.IMG_1192

I met a couple of pal’s there for lunch – Kimee and Kez – with their baby daughters in tow. Though it’s a fairly small café, it was easily navigated with a pram and there was also room for two high chairs on our table. The day was a little warm, so we grabbed a table inside, away from the busy Belmont Ave.IMG_1193

The coffee at Café 2TwentyFour is very good – as are the juices. Though it was the giant milkshakes that tempted me, I chickened out on the calorie fest (they are topped with cream, cookies and goodness knows what else) and I chose a refreshing watermelon and strawberry juice instead. Unfortunately, they had run out of melons – whooopps. One of the waitresses dashed over to the shops and appeared a few minutes later with my lusciously sweet juice – it was worth the wait!IMG_1199

Kimee chose the Eggs Benedict (with side of avocado), which is pretty much all she orders when we go out for brunch. Apart from totally loving this dish, it also suits her dairy/gluten intolerances. Add some pulled pork to the dish and she is in heaven! Like many other brunch spots in Perth, Café 2TwentyFour does a eggs bene version with pork. Yay for pulled pork!!IMG_1203

I chose the Chorizo Stack and boy, am I glad that I did – it is a cracker of a dish! The toast was topped with wilted greens, crumbled soft cheese, chorizo and two perfectly runny poached eggs – with some sweet roasted tomatoes on the side. Every component was as tasty as could be.IMG_1207

Kez enjoyed her generous serve of scrumptious pulled beef nachos. It was finished with a dollop of sour cream and a pretty cornflower, adding colour and making it totally insta-worthy!IMG_1200

Café 2TwentyFour is a super little brunch spot. I “mmm’d” and “yum’d” all the way through my chorizo stack – it is absolutely one of the tastiest brekkie dishes I’ve had in a while. I wholeheartedly recommend it and next time I might be brave enough to order a decedent milkshake too!