Burger Hut – Wanneroo

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We found ourselves at Burger Hut recently for a quick and easy dinner. It’s a spot we’d driven past many times on Wanneroo Road and always meant to try. Finally, we stopped at the casual, suburban eatery on a night when neither of us wanted to cook at home.

At Burger Hut you can dine inside the small diner or alfresco and there were a lot of people dropping in for takeaways too. The service is friendly and patient, as we decided which burgers to choose from the large menu which also features steak burgers, chicken burgers, Asian pork burgers, veggie burgers and more on the burger menu

Chef chose the “Double bacon deluxe”, $14.90. It’s a massive burger, brimming with bacon, TWO beef patties, cheese, pineapple, lettuce and BBQ sauce. All burgers are served with a small side salad and a basket of chips, making it a very hearty meal. 

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Leapfrogs – Wanneroo

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A good family all-rounder is Leapfrogs – one of our favourite locals. It’s casual, kid friendly and has tasty food to boot. An added bonus is that its also in the same venue as Wanneroo Botanic Golf – so great for a bit of family entertainment and a meal. We particularly like their wood-fired pizzas.IMG_1649

Chef, Little Chef and I headed to Leapfrogs for brunch on the first day of 2016. Chef and I hadn’t had a big NYE celebration. A night at home, watching a movie and a low key countdown of “3-2-1-Goodnight”! Even hangover-free, we still had a lazy morning and it took us till 10.30 am to get our act together and choose somewhere to go out for brunch. So we chose somewhere close to home, also on a public holiday the options are a little limited – goodness Leapfrogs was open!IMG_1613

At Leapfrogs the seating is mainly outside, under the patio. I like to grab a table by the koi pond on a fine day, the waterfall is very relaxing and the roses smell divine!IMG_1614

Little Chef chose the kids pancakes and they came out promptly with our drinks – a flat white coffee for Chef and a very refreshing watermelon juice for me.IMG_1606

Chef devoured his brunch favourite of bacon eggs benedict. Deliciously runny poached eggs, smothered in house made hollandaise sauce, sits upon fresh sourdough. It is a generous serving, but Chef just had to add a side of chipolata sausages too, clearly there are no healthy eating new years resolutions for him!IMG_1609

I loved my dish of flatbread with two fried eggs, fresh guacamole and sweet roasted tomatoes. The flatbread is made onsite and baked in their pizza oven. Its so soft and had that scrumptious freshly baked aroma. The flatbread was perfect for mopping up the yolks of the runny eggs. I’d absolutely eat it again.IMG_1612

Once finished, we had a spot of putt putt golf. Being a public holiday it was quite busy and it was also quite warm – luckily about 80% of the course is well shaded. It’s a fun and often challenging course – it certainly gets the better of me.IMG_1615

A few months ago I took my parents and Little Chef to Leapfrogs for lunch. They’d never been before and they were impressed with the quality of the food and friendly wait staff. My Dad ate his burger and side of fries with gusto – washed down with a cold beer.IMG_9439

I felt like something light and opted for a tart, I don’t think it’s on the menu anymore, but it was very tasty!IMG_9444

My Mum chose the ‘Fish Special’, served with chips and salad. On that day it was Swordfish. She was a little hesitant, having not eaten swordfish before, but she still raves about the very tasty fish dish months later. I tried a bit too and it was very moist and full of flavour.IMG_9446

Little Chef chose a pizza. Not satisfied with the topping option of “ham and cheese” on the kids menu, this cheeky 6 year old convinced us that he had to have an adult sized Carnivore pizza ($25). Knowing that Daddy would be only too pleased with us bringing him the leftovers, I gave in. This wood fired pizza was generously topped in mouth-watering prosciutto, pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage and mozzarella.IMG_9436

Afterwards we had a stroll around the lush Botanic Garden. My parents were so surprised that they didn’t know what a beautiful garden was hiding right here in Wanneroo!IMG_1633

The mature trees and bushes provide a lot of shade and it is full of little pathways, streams and a koi pond – fantastic for exploring!IMG_1619

Leapfrogs is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours and a great idea for something to do in the Perth school holidays.IMG_1625

 

 

 

 

Café Avellino – Drovers Wanneroo

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Pizza is a big crowd pleaser in our house – it’s one of the only dishes everyone will happily eat without being fussy. We’ve found a cracking little pizza place – it’s been open just a few weeks. Chef and I think the bases at Café Avellino are to die for – they are super thin and soft, with just a millimetre of crispness on the bottom.

Café Avellino opened just a couple of days before the AFL grand final. We were having a gathering to watch the big game and Chef’s BFF, the Ice Cream Connoisseur, suggested it for the half time feed. What a great idea! They promptly delivered 11 pizzas to our house and everyone (including 4 Chefs) were very impressed. Frankly, after the West Coast Eagle’s performance – it was the highlight of the afternoon!

We were keen to check out the new café in person, so this week we had a casual family meal there. Café Avellino is found in the Drovers complex, on the corner of Joondalup Drive and Wanneroo Road. It’s BYO and as well as pizzas they also have authentic Italian pastas on their menu.IMG_0660

We started with the house baked garlic bread ($4) – thickly sliced and super fresh. With that scrumptious melted butter and garlic aroma, it didn’t last very long!IMG_0659

Chef chooses a Meatlovers ($18). It’s generously topped with ham, bacon, pepperoni, cheese and BBQ sauce (though Chef swapped this for a tomato sauce). He loves it and wolfs down the whole lot.IMG_0661

Little Chef enjoyed the adult size “American” ($16) – topped with cheese and pepperoni. He managed half, which was a good effort and Chef was stoked he had some pizza for breakfast!IMG_0663

At the AFL lunch the biggest pizza hit was the “Avellino”. I just HAD to order it again! It’s topped with prosciutto, creamy ricotta, tomatoes, chilli, fresh basil and cheese. And that soft, yet slightly crisp base was spot on again. This pizza is a definite favourite. Not quite my all time numero uno, (that is Delisio’s Mushroom Trio), but the Avellino is absolutely a close second.IMG_0665

It’s great to have a local café to rely on for those nights you can’t be bothered cooking! Café Avellino is open 7 days – breakfast, lunch and dinner and the staff are very friendly. We’ll be back again – and again and again…IMG_0658

 

 

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

 

Menulog – Super easy food delivery from Haweli

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I received an offer from Menulog, an Australian online food ordering company, to have a takeaway on them and try out how easy their service is to use. To be honest, we don’t eat an awful lot of takeaway, but I’m always up for trying something new. We were both in massive need for a night out of the kitchen too!

Using Menulog sure is easy. If you don’t have the smartphone app you can also order on the website www.menulog.com.au

Here is my “dummy’s guide” to ordering food delivery online …

STEP ONE Head to www.menulog.com.au/browse/perth-wa

STEP TWO Enter in your postcode or suburb into the search field. You can narrow down the search by filtering the options to delivery or pick up or even a specific cuisine. I find that the most common takeaways available through Menulog are Indian and Pizzas.Step1

STEP THREE Select your take away outlet. This was an easy decision. We choose an Indian Restaurant we have tried and liked before – Haweli in Wanneroo. After a very busy day at work I am SO happy that it also offers delivery! Too easy.choice

STEP FOUR choose your dishes. Another feature of Menulog is that it has the take away’s entire menu to view and select. Your order is in the right hand column, so you can see how much it totals before you place the order and make adjustments if needs be. You can also select the “spiciness” of each curry. Chef and I consider our options…menu

Now all our food items are chosen, we can hit the “place your order” button. The total cost includes the delivery fee if you choose to be lazy like us! Haweli charges $7, but it varies from store to store. It all looks fine, so I click the button to arrange the payment.

STEP FIVE Time to finalise the payment. We’ve been given a $50 credit by Menulog to try their service – so we apply that discount too. This can be done by cash when the food is delivered, credit card or even via PayPal. Once the payment is finalised, we’re taken to another screen so we can see that our order has been placed.menulog

STEP SIX Sit back and enjoy! I then received a confirmation email and then a text message to say Hawelli had received our order and the approximate delivery time was 6.06pm precisely! Our order arrived in no time with a knock on the door at 6pm, so we eagerly take our order and unpack our bag of goodies.IMG_7939

We start with crisp onion bhajis ($9.95) with a mint & coriander yogurt dipping sauce.IMG_7941

Chef and I share two curries – a butter chicken ($20.95) and a lamb rogan josh ($19.95). Both are delicious and have a good serve of tender meat. We have kesari pulao rice on the side, which is full of saffron, almonds, raisins and cashews ($11.95).

We soak up the tasty sauce with garlic naan bread ($4 a serve) and an onion and potato kulcha (Tandoori Bread) which was something new to me and I thought it was absolutely delicious ($6). We’re both full to busting and there’s plenty left over. We could have easily fed three people.IMG_7946

We found Menulog just too easy to use! Everything was in one place. I’d definitely used it again – thanks Menulog!

 

Giveaway

Head to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheChefHisWifeTheirPerthFectLife?ref=hl to enter the comp to win a $50 Menulog takeaway voucher (Comp runs from 5pm 9/12/14 to 5pm 11/12/14)

Eagle Falls Spur Steak and Grill – Drovers, Wanneroo

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I have a confession to make… though Spur is an international chain restaurant, I had never heard of it, let alone been in one. We have a couple of Spurs in WA – the existing franchises are both “south of the river”. The South African owned steak house has opened this week in our stomping ground – the Drovers complex on Wanneroo Road, near Carramar.

When I visit a restaurant that is only a few days old, like Spur, I like to give it the benefit of the doubt. All the staff are new and still learning the ropes – there can be teething troubles. At Spur all they were guilty of was being eager to take our order and our plates and glasses, which is nothing really that bad at all. The wait staff were all very friendly and helpful.

The building that never quite reached its full potential as “3 Leaves restaurant” and “Drovers Café” has had a fantastic a fantastic fit out. The theming is around American Indians – think tepees, feathers and that sort of thing. The huge restaurant, which seats 300+, looks great.

J and I were caught up for a coffee and light lunch before the school run.

I think the proof in the pudding will really be how good their steaks and ribs are. Being lunchtime I wasn’t feeling up to a big slab of meat, so chose a Caesar salad – reasonably priced at $14.95. It was simple. Everything was crisp, I thought the quality of the bacon and the parmesan cheese could have been better – but for the price it was a decent portion size.Untitledkkk

J ate a generous plate of nachos with all the accompaniments $15.95 with beef n beans for an added $2.95.untitled1

If you have children they will enjoy the playground at Spur. There is a large fenced off kids area. That is due to open tomorrow (Thurs 4th Sept). The kids menu is well priced and kids even eat free on Monday and Tuesdays.

Spur is a casual family restaurant. Whilst the food isn’t spectacular – probably in the same vein as Hogs Breath Café – If you enjoy that, you should like Spur.

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The Leopard Lodge – Carabooda

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Diving up the bush lined driveway to The Leopard Lodge, in Perth’s northern suburbs, we could have easily been in an African game reserve. It feels like we’re in the middle of nowhere. We’re 20 minutes’ drive from Joondalup – the African themed lodge is just off Wanneroo Road near to the old Dizzy Lamb Park (from the 1980’s).

The north of Perth is full of ex-pat poms (my parents are pommie so I can say that!). There’s also a lot of South African ex pats in the outer northern suburbs – I know this is a favourite dining spot for a lot of them. Somewhere they can have a Castle Larger, Savanah Dry Cider or even a Pineapple Fanta! We have a few South African friends and it would seem the Leopard Lodge is a haunt of theirs. It’s a steakhouse in the same vein as Hippo Creek.

IMG_1246We step into the dining room, styled like a hunters lodge and see several of our friends at a long table; a few of them had been here before and enjoyed the steaks. The ceiling is tented and there is wildlife everywhere – stuffed of course! I have an impala or springbok (I’m not sure!) looking right down at me, from up in the rafters. The friendly waiter, who enjoys a bit of banter, takes our orders. For entrée we have;

Boerewors ($14) – an African sausage, cut and served with sauce. It was ok, but kindof tasted to me like a regular beef sausage! I wasn’t blown away.=

Escargot (Garlic Snails) – Mrs H was ever so kind to let me try a snail! I actually really enjoyed it. Though I may have been telling myself I was eating a little garlic button mushroom!

The menu was pretty typical of a steakhouse. It is made up mainly of meat of varying cuts and weights; all with a choice of sauces, veg and potatoes. You can make your own combo. There are also vegetarian options and some traditional African dishes like Bobotie, Durban Curry and Zulu Ox Tail Potjie for those that are more adventurous or wanting a taste of home.

IMG_1235Chef and I both had Steaks, since it’s what Leopard Lodge is all about. They were cooked just how we liked and very tasty. The meat is sourced from Harvey. I had a 250g scotchie ($37), with a Monkey Gland (BBQ) sauce. The chips were excellent too. The veg could have done with another 10 minutes in the oven – the roast veggies were a little firm and undercooked. Other than that I enjoyed it.

There is a good wine and beer list – with lots of African options. There’s also quite a range of African spirits I’ve never heard of (Klipdrift brandy, Van Der Hum Tangerine, Cape Velvet Crème etc). I fancy a cocktail and treat myself to a “Sex on the Beach” – oh-er!!! It was delicious and I feel like I had over indulged after I clocked the size of the Banoffi Pie ($10)!

All in all we liked The Leopard Lodge and the friendly and attentive service. It was our first time there, so nice for a change – to  enjoy the home style food and well cooked meat.

 

Littlesweet Artisan Baking

IMG_9368Littlesweet Artisan Baking first appeared on my food radar last year. We’d visited the café Cookie Dough in East Freo for afternoon tea. The scrumptious cupcakes we ate there were – hands down – the BEST in Perth. We found out that Cookie Dough’s supplier was Littlesweet, a small batch local baker.

At the Eat Drink Blog conference last November, all the bloggers received a wonderful goodie bag. There was a packet of Littlesweet Belgian Chocolate Brownie Baking Mix in there, I was very excited! IMG_0716Little Chef and I recently baked these brownies after school for afternoon tea. The method speaks to you like a friend wrote down a favourite recipe for you to follow. I really believe Littlesweet’s success not only lies in the delightful goods; but also in the way the owner (and baker) Megan relates to people. IMG_0718

The Belgium brownies were deliciously decedent. I saved mine for dessert and had a sneaky scoop of ice cream on the side. Bliss! There are also no nasty additives in the Littlesweet products and only premium ingredients are used; like coverture chocolate. As Megan says “Indulgence should be worthwhile”. Amen to that!IMG_0722I was also pleased to hear that their packet mixes are available in more and more outlets;The Lettuce Shop (Belmont), Kookery (Subiaco) etc  From this Friday we’re also able to purchase them from my local – Drovers Gourmet Deli in Wanneroo. Make sure you check them out and support a fantastic Western Australian business.Untitled

Side note – Littlesweet no longer supplies Cookie Dough. But you can find some of their baked goodies at Chalky’s (Freo) and the Perth Upmarkets. Cheak out their Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/littlesweetbaking

Cookie Dough Link>>  http://thechefhiswifeperth.com/2013/09/22/cookie-dough-biscuits/

REVISIT – Cafe Elixir

I think Café Elixir is the PERFECT spot for a casual catch up with friends in Wanneroo. Considering that the City of Wanneroo is a large region, there is really just a handful of café and dining venues worth visiting in this area, which is a shame.20140111_104638

Elixir is great for lunch or a nice cruise-y brunch. Their cooked brekkies are almost legendary in the area. On this visit we opted for something lighter – still feeling guilty after all the Christmas face-stuffing.

I had lovey fresh muesli ($13). It was packed with dried fruit and topped with yogurt, honey and a mixed berry compote.20140111_104453

Mrs S and Little Chef both had a super fresh and fluffy croissant with ham and cheese ($8)20140111_104300

Elixir has a busy, friendly atmosphere. The 5 senses coffee is top notch. The staff are welcoming and always greet Little Chef with a colouring book and crayons, which keeps him entertained. That was lucky as Mrs S and I were nattering on for such a long time we ended up there for hours and not even noticing the time!! We love Elixir, and I’ll be back, again and again.Untitled

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Eat Drink Blog 13 – Day 2 – Mushroom Mania Chef Challenge

IMG_9654In November I shared with you my experience of Eat Drink Blog, the National Australian Bloggers Conference. Day One was amazing; Day two was great fun too. All the bloggers were split into 3 groups for an activity day. I was in the “Mushroom group”. It worked out well for me, day one went for a whopping 14hrs, so an early start was a struggle (which was probably because of the fab coconut cocktails by Cocktail Gastronomy too).Anyhoo, I digress, so I just had to roll out of bed and go to Crown Mushrooms in Wanneroo – 10 mins from home. Sweet.

Crown Mushrooms, WAs largest mushroom farm, is a family run business that’s been around for over 40 years. We were greeted by Noelene Swain from the Australian Mushroom Growers Association. Then we were treated to a tour of the mushroom farm, from planting to the packing room. We were shown huge piles of compost, which on a 35 degree day smelled pretty ripe to say the least! We then went into the sheds to see the seedling process, and then onto another shed to see mushrooms ready for picking. Each room is sealed and oxygen and temperature controlled. It’s a very scientific process.IMG_9651

A massive one and a half tonnes of Crown mushrooms are packages for Coles each day. I’m all for shopping at local farmers markets; (I love Subi and Kalamunda).Considering there isn’t really any farmers markets in the Perth northern suburbs (please correct me if I’m wrong), it’s a long drive for me to visit one. Therefore I also shop at my local Coles, for convenience. But knowing that the mushrooms from there actually travel a mere 2.7kms, makes me pleased to see Coles are supporting local growers.Untitledcm

After the tour we all headed on over to West Coast Institute – Joondalup Campus and the Chef Challenge began! We were put into teams of 4 and given one hour to present two dishes (one hot, one cold) with certain key ingredients. We were stood at our kitchen benches, eying off the pile of ingredients, ready to start.20131110_112835

Now the tables were turned on ME for a change! Since I met my husband, when he was a 2nd year apprentice, I’ve been watching him compete in many culinary comps. One of the Lecturers, Chef Nathan, kindly gave up his Sunday to guide us through the Masterchef style cooking comp (and to make some delicious mushroom pies and other mushroom treats for us!). Another Chef (MY CHEF!) was also on hand to help and judge too. He thought it was pretty hilarious that lil ol’ me was in a cooking comp. I’m not the best cook in the world – so I offered that I’d be “the apprentice” to my teammates.

I teamed up with the lovely Di (from Travelletto) and we made a stunning mushroom dish, one of Di’s Italian mother’s recipes of Marinated Mushrooms. It was so easy and super tasty and fresh. It’s simply very thinly sliced mushrooms marinated in lemon, garlic, parsley and good EVOO. I’m going to try it at our next BBQ. Untitledtafe

Tara (VegeTARAian) made a great tart for our team too. The hour soon ran out and we we served up the dishes to be judged. IMG_9667

UntitledmusYou could tell it was a bloggers day, as a scrum of them were crowded around the food taking pictures!! After that, we all tucked into the delicious food we’d all cooked – what a mushroom feast! We didn’t win the comp (even though I was sleeping with one of the judges!! Haha). We had such a fun time though – and I learned lots too.IMG_9677

An interesting fact I learned from the day was that mushrooms are not a vegetable. They are a species of food all on their own. They are also incredibly nutritious, and have cancer preventing properties for men and women.

For more information about delicious mushrooms and recipes visit www.powerofmushrooms.com.au