***Guest Blog: The Cooking Professor (Pies + Tarts – A Lesson in Pastry)***

Website: http://www.thecookingprofessor.com.au/

Due to a miscommunication on my part, I was unable to make a cooking class of “baking, pies and tarts” at The Cooking Professor in Churchlands last week. It was such a bummer as I love all things baking, especially learning how to bake a tart! Fortunately my lovely friends were able to attend on my behalf and from their reports had such a ball at the class! I was so happy as they sounded so excited when they gave me accounts of their experience! I even scored a dessert tart made by one of them over the weekend (thanks SC!) The other one of them had so much fun that she wrote a post of her account for me to publish here. Thank you FC, love your enthusiasm when it comes food! Check out the post below, a budding blogger in the making I say!  

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Much like the food engineers, I love eating, tasting, smelling and experiencing, and sometimes cooking. Ten years ago, I could not cook to save my life.  Now that I am married with a family of four, a husband and two kids, I think over the years I have managed to pick up a few cooking skills to keep myself and the family alive. I have also come to love hosting dinner parties for friends with guests wowing my food and having a great time without finding themselves in the toilet bowl the next day.

However, I can’t say I have made a good pastry dish that has wowed anybody and in fact the thought of making it is pretty scary having made a tart that looked like a landslide before. So when the opportunity to attend this pastry class came up I jumped at the chance and realigned the stars in 24 hours to make sure I could attend.

On arrival, I walked into a big room with dining table on the left and big kitchen on the right. The chef proceeded to the introductions while we enjoyed the ambiance of jazz music in the background, drinks and a chocolate pastry to whet our appetites.

We proceeded to the kitchen with individual work stations armed with a pastry dish recipe. I loved how well the kitchen was set up with all the ingredients at each station measured out. We could access common equipment and utensils easily. The written recipes were very clear and easy to follow.  The teacher moved from station to station and provided timely supervision without cramping our style. There were 6 people in the class and I thought it was probably just the right number of people for a class without feeling lost when guidance was required.

Baking in action

At the end of the night, as we tasted all the dishes we were amazed we had produced such amazing dishes and managed took home the extras. I felt so much more confident making pastry and can definitely replicate the wonderful recipes to wow my next dinner guests.

Thank you food engineers for the awesome opportunity.

Beef and stout pie Fruit tart Fruit tart Spinach & cheese pie

The baking, pies and tarts class was taught by Tirtza Pisk and the following five items were made on the night. The cost per person is $110

  • Beef & stout Pie: “magic” sour cream pastry
  • Chicken & sushroom pie: rough puff
  • Shortcrust tart filled with creme patisserie: shortcrust pastry
  • Frangipane & fruit tart: almond meal pastry
  • Spinach & cheese pie “Spanakopita”” filo pastry

Sounds so interesting! Seems great that the class covers various types of pastry! Head to the Cooking Professor for more information if you are interested, link above. They have cooking classes for all cuisines imaginable! 

Howling’s Bar, Perth

Howling's BarWebsite: http://www.howlings.bar/

Howling’s Bar is a newly opened bar and grill located on Miligan St where Nine Mary’s used to be. As I arrived for the opening event and discovered its location, I was surprised that Nine Mary was not longer operating and that a funky bar has replaced it! Nevertheless I was looking forward to check out what Howling’s Bar is all about.

Stepping into the premise, I observed a modern and chic joint, with high bars, booths and lounges settings. I especially liked the lighting design which gave off a warm hue to its surrounding. It looked fabulous! The place was packed with VIPs, foodies and patrons eager to experience the venue and to sample the menu.

Inside Howling's

We were offered some lovely champers upon arrival, one being a Moet & Chandon! I was a happy girlie. A variety of beverages floated around the night but I stuck to the champagne and the red. Love it! Howling’s also has a large selection of cocktails, some classics and a number of special signatures, customized cocktails created by the team. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try any. They looked pretty special. Next time round.

Chandon Shiraz M+C

Not long after the drinks, we were treated to a selection of samples from their entree, main and snacks menu. From the entree menu, the Smoked beef carpaccio with olive tapenade, grissini and parmesan. Normally I’m not a big fan of olive but in this instance I found the olive tapenade blended well with the thin beef slices and did not overpower the dish. That was a plus.

Smoked Beef Carpaccio

Next came the Watermelon and tequila salmon gravlax with baby capers, shaved fennel and lemon balm. I couldn’t quite taste the watermelon and tequila in the sampling but I thought this had a refreshing taste to it.

Salmon Gravlax

We also had the Scallop ceviche with crisp pork and herb salad, and the Turkish breads with dips. Unfortunately the photos for these two plates did not turn out very well, so no pics for these (let your imagination run wild :P). The Scallop ceviche turned out to be my fav! Refreshing, light and citrusy, I had a few serves. It was something I would definitely order especially if you are a seafood fan.

From the mains, we had the Smoked BBQ pork ribs with potato chats and cabbage slaw. We welcomed this as we were getting hungry at this stage. The ribs were meaty and saucy and I loved the cabbage slaw that came with it. More please!

Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs

Another item we sampled from the mains was the Wild mushroom gnocchi with asparagus, parmesan and truffle oil. The dish as a whole was quite tasty, although I found the parmesan to be a bit overpowering, would have liked more of the mushroom instead.

Wild mushroom gnocchi

A few sides and snacks floated around the room as well, the Beer battered onion rings, Southern chicken wings, Housemade jerky, Mixed spiced nuts and Chorizo Arancini. I loved the onion rings and chicken wings, being deep fried was a major contributing factor :p

Beer battered onion rings Beer battered onion rings

The Housemade jerky was quite special too, it was not as salty as some I have tried, even though I can’t say I’m a fan.

Beer Jerky Beer JerkyArancini Mixed nuts

We hung around hoping that would be some desserts but there was none for the night. I was eyeing the chocolate fondant and banoffie pie from the menu! I’ll have to go back to try these another time!

And that was the end of the night. All in all, the event was a great introduction to the Howling’s Bar! Another great venue to hang out for Friday’s drinks or a dinner meal in the CBD. I read that during the day time, Howling’s operates the Dispensary Cafe which provides ‘to-go’ meals and coffee to Hay St and passerby. Too bad I work so far away from Miligan! I may need to make a journey up that way one day to check it! Thanks to Howling’s Bar and pSquared communications for the invite! It was a great evening!

Narration: Miss L
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****Taste of Perth Tickets Giveaway + Winners + Ticket Deals****

122 Taste Festival 140502b Jessica WyldThe Taste of Perth is coming to town next month and the Perth Food Engineers have 2 x double passes to giveaway (valued at $72 each)! 

The Taste of Perth will be held from 15th – 17th May at Langley Park this year. Mark these dates in your diary and head along with your partner and friends or take your mum on a date as part of Mother Day’s celebration. This event will be a perfect opportunity to experience and taste dishes from Perth’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurant in one location with more new restaurants added to this year’s event (more details below)

How do I go in the draw to win these tickets you ask? It’s simple, all you have to do is tag a friend or friends and leave a message on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page. Winners will be drawn at random this Sunday 03/05/15. All the best!

****SCROLL TO THE END FOR THE TWO WINNERS! The PFEs also have a special ticket deal as well for those who did not win, read below!**** 

And now more about the Taste of Perth….

You can also check out PFE’s experience at the Taste of Perth last year to gauge what it is all about if you have not been before! I went twice last year! (click here for the Friday night session and here for the Saturday afternoon session!)

Perth’s Top Restaurants Set to Descend on Langley Park

The confirmed line up of restaurants who will start at Taste of Perth in partnership with Electrolux includes:

  • Newly opened Propeller, located in North Fremantle, led by head chef Kurt Sampson, its menu is inspired by the flavors of the Levant and Mediterranean regions.
  • No, 4 Blake Street, located in North Perth, a restaurant all about respecting the food source, serving up locally produced fowl, fish, flesh and the best of the fields, in season and at its peak.
  • Modo Mio, a restaurant that presents the true taste of Italy, using fresh local produce and traditional recipes for an exquisite Italian experience. All dishes are created with passion, using time honored practices that bring the best of Italian cuisine to the table.
  • The Lalla Rookh Wine and Salumi store offers a delicious collection of Italian cured meats and mouth watering cheese complemented with a selection of wines from their lauded wine store.

The new additions to the 2015 Taste of Perth restaurant line- up will join the Mary’s (new for 2015), Asado (new for 2015), Print Hall, Lalla Rookh, Bib & Tuckers, Bistro Guillaume, Nobu, Silks and el PUBLICO.

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Taste of Perth’s Event Director, Simon Wilson, says, “Whether you are a restaurant-lover, beer-connoisseur, chef-enthusiast, home cook or are simply looking for a fun day out with friends and family – Taste of Perth guarantees to transport you to foodie heaven.”

“This year’s blend of leading local restaurants offers an exceptional display of Perth’s finest dining options and one for gastronomes not to miss! Over 3 days, Perth’s top chefs will be serving up more than 40 different indulgent dishes that draw on inspiration from around the globe, including Argentinean, French, Mexican, Japanese, Korean, Italian and modern Australian influences to name a few”, concluded Mr Wilson.

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There will also be non-stop live music, plus an array of interactive attractions and masterclasses giving guests the unique opportunity to ignite all of the senses and interact with expert chefs, sommeliers and brewers.

Key attractions along with the Lurpark Cookery School and the Platinum Garden Beer include:

  • Electrolux Taste Theatre
  • Piper-Heidseck Champagne Bar
  • Mezcal and Tequilla Masterclasses
  • Grape & Grain “The Tasting Room”
  • The Taste Taphouse

Tickets for each session are now on sale via Ticketek, starting at $32 for a standard ticket purchased online.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.tasteofperth.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TasteofPerth
Twitter: @TasteofPerth
Instagram: @tastefestivalsaus
Hashtag: #TasteofPerth

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The two winners for the double passes are:

1) Vanvanscully (from our Instagram page)

2) Mel mel savage (from our Facebook page)

Please drop me your mailing address at perthfoodengineers@gmail.com so I can post out the tickets to you! Have fun :)

For those who did not win the tickets, the PFEs have an EXCLUSIVE TICKET OFFER for you! As a PFE reader, you can get 2 x general entry tickets for $50 (Save $22)!

Book general entry tickets through Ticketek and enter FOODIE in the promotional box to save. This offer is valid on advance purchase tickets only and applies to General Entry tickets only.  Additional Crowns (the official Taste currency can be pre-purchased in denominations of 30 or 50 Crowns through Ticketek.

There is also another offer through the Entertainment Book where members can purchase two tickets for $30. If you want to get an Entertainment Book for this offer, you can buy a book from the link below.

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/854p81

Enjoy guys! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! -Miss L-

Varnish on King, Perth

Varnish on KingWebsite: http://varnishonking.com/

On Monday just past I was at Varnish on King attending the American Whiskey 101 Masterclass as part of the Eat Drink Perth festival. Varnish on King, located on King Street has grown in popularity since its inception and I have heard many good things but have yet to visit. The American Whiskey 101 Masterclass was just perfect for me and my colleagues to drop by!

Having not been there before, it was quite difficult for us to locate the spot! It didn’t helped that we were running slightly late as well. It turned out that the bar is actually located below ground level! I loved the mystery vibe I got walking down the stairs and discovering a whole new scene!

The bar Inside Varnish on King

The American Whiskey 101 Masterclass is an educational session about the world of American Whiskey, from the history of the varieties of whiskey through to production, the grains used, to the current styles available in the market. Don’t worry, it was not all talk, the session included an opportunity to taste four different styles of American Whiskey along with a couple of finger food from the kitchen. The Masterclass was led by Xander who is so knowledgeable he can talked non-stop for an hour!

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The four whiskeys we tasted were the Canadian Club, Woodford Reserve, Tennesee Whisky Dickel and Bulleit Rye.

Canadian Club Woodford Reserve Dickel Bulleit Rye

As we sampled the four different styles one after the other I did noticed the difference in the taste, in terms of the fruitiness, the lightness, mellowness and softness of the drink. I would hardly have notice it if I had just ordered one to try but when you have four to contrast against one another, it became quite obvious. Actually this was the rare few times that I had drank whiskey by itself and not mixed with Coke (No, no, no..said Xander :p) or on the rocks. A nice experience!

Along with the whiskey tasting we had the Tater Tots and Fried Chicken Wings to nibble on. The Tater Tots came with a chipotle hot sauce and creme fraiche, they were highly addictive! I also loved the Fried Chicken Wings with the popcorn and buttermilk dressing. I wanted more!

Tater Tots Fried Chicken Wings

Overall I thought it was quite a fun experience! My knowledge of whiskey had increased a notch! The Masterclass costs $40 per session with one running tomorrow at 5:30pm and thereafter the first Monday evening of each month. It is great for the whiskey newbies like me! Booking can be made at jamie@varnishonking.com
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Willie Wagtail, Perth

Willie WagtailWebsite: http://www.williewagtail.com.au/ Willie Wagtail is located on William Street, right across the 140 Perth building, where Jamie Italian’s restaurant is located. I was here this morning to check out the Coffee Demos that are run by Willie Wagtail every Saturday at 11am and 1pm during the Eat Drink Perth month. Thanking my lucky star, the topic was on Latte Art, a skill I find so fascinating but so hard to master!

As I arrived earlier waiting for the 11am slot, I went around about the cafe, happily snapping away and found myself ordering a light lunch to consume :p The food on the counter looked too appealing and tempting! Since I was at it, I ordered a coffee too! That’s the main reason why I was here anyway in the first place! Checking out the coffee!

Seating is limited inside the cafe but there are a number of tables outside in the laneway and out the back with crates. Simple but effective.

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My lunch of Spiced Pumpkin Soup with buttered baguette ($7) and Long Mac ($4).

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

The Spiced Pumpking Soup was one of the best soup I’d tasted! I loved it, it was creamy, buttery and flavorsome, I almost ordered another one but saved my stomach for the Good Girl toastie, another favorite which I took home after the demo! I especially loved the toasty baguette that came with it. They complemented the soup wonderfully.

Long Mac

Willie Wagtail served a great cup of coffee too! I have to come back again soon!

Coffee machine

11am came by and we were given a demonstration by the lovely barista, a comprehensive educational session on Latte Art. From how the milk is to be steamed, aired, foamed, split to the angle the cup should be held during the pour, it was so fascinating!

Latte Art demo Latte Art demo

It came then the time for us to try it out ourselves! I have attempted it before and failed miserably, so I was quite happy I got a mini blob/heart/leaf? (photo below on the RHS). Consolation to myself :p

Trialing Latte Art My Latte Art

A competition was held after for the best ‘heart’ coffee! Needless to say I didn’t win :p but I had such a fun time! I was so glad I decided to come to the session.

This coming Saturday will be the last Saturday for the coffee demos at Willie Wagtail! This week’s topic will be on the Mocca Master, filter coffee baby! Mark this down all the coffee lovers out there!

Another positive I wanted to mention about Willie Wagtail is the service! Friendly and cheerful, I was greeted with numerous smiles as soon as I walked into the cafe. I felt so welcomed! Great find!

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Urban Bowl, Perth

Urban BowlsWebsite: http://urbanbowl.com.au/

Good Morning Vietnam! As part of the Eat Drink Perth festival, Urban Bowl is introducing two traditional Vietnamese breakfasts to us Perthians, with one of the dish served on a sizzling plate!

Urban Bowl is located on Sherwood Court, off St Georges Terrace right next to the Exchange Plaza. Known for its fresh and clean Vietnamese food with a twist, I have been a frequent visitor of past to get my hands on their delicious rice paper rolls and Vietnamese salads. This time round I was keen to check out the two breakfast dishes created by Urban Bowl especially for Eat Drink Perth!

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What are these two dishes you ask? They are the Bo Ne (lemon pepper steak with fried egg) and the Bo Kho (herby beef stew with a 62 degree egg). Both served with a toasty baguette and an iced Vietnamese coffee for $20!

The breakfast dishes!

My sister and I ordered one of the breakfast dishes each so that we can have a taste of both. She preferred a Mocha instead of the Iced Vietnamese coffee as it was quite cold in the morning. Her request was gladly obliged. I was happy with the Iced Vietnamese coffee, bring it on I say :)

A note that Urban Bowl serves a wide range of coffee and tea (Urban Cup) for all the working people out there. I saw quite a number getting their takeaway cuppa that morning!

Mocha and iced Vietnamese coffee

And now for the main dishes…

Bo Kho (herby beef stew with a 62 degree egg) – this was one saucy dish with tender beef chunks and carrot pieces. It was one hand baguette and the other sauce dipping and beef piling. It was great! The 62 degree egg added some gooey goodness to the dish while the lime juice a lovely twang, so squeeze it hard, you won’t regret it! The dish was actually too big for me so I took some home and found that it tasted even better after it had been soaking in the lime juice! Love this!

Bo Kho

Bo Ne (lemon pepper steak with a fried egg) – this was my sister’s dish and she enjoyed it. I just love how it came out on a sizzling plate, it felt so much grander! I had a taste of the steak and found it quite tender. Steak for breakfast, who is up for it?!

Bo Ne

The Iced Vietnamese coffee tp me was not authentic to the traditional Vietnamese sense, there was a big scoop of ice cream in it! But I’m not complaining. It was a great iced coffee, without the ‘Vietnamese’ tag to it.Iced Coffee

Good Morning Vietnam was a great experience overall, the staff were very courteous and friendly as how they normally are the last few times I’d been. I’ve always like to try something different and this breakfast is definitely not what you will get else where!

The Good Morning Vietnam specials are available throughout Eat Drink Perth, Monday to Friday between 7am – 11am. Check it out if you are in the vicinity!
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****Eat Drink Perth Dessert Garden****

The Dessert GardenWebsite: http://visitperthcity.com.au/eatdrinkperth/events/eat-drink-perth-dessert-garden

The Dessert Garden is new to Eat Drink Perth 2015, held every Friday night (except for Good Friday) during the EDP festival next to the Twilight Hawkers Market. It is a special event for the sweet tooth in all of us, featuring chocolatey, cakey and sugary delights, with stalls set up around a pop-up grassed garden, ready to serve.

The pop-up grass area

I was there the first Friday night, excited to check out what desserts I can get my hands on! There were at least 10 new stalls! Time to explore! Our strategy on the night was to find out what the stalls are selling before honing in on the preferred desserts! I wish I have more stomach space but there is only so much I can fit in with dinner! For those which I have not tried, I had taken photo of the stalls so that at least you can get a feel of what to expect!

My first stop was at Chicho Gelato to check out the new Chicho Panino, intrigued after reading the post from one of the EDP bloggers, Laura Moseley. There were three flavors available and we went for the gluten free mango, papaya sorbet with coconut cookie ($8). Loved the sorbet that was sandwiched between two coconut cookies! Great start to the night!

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Next we headed across to Delicious Bites, a stall selling CocoBites finger food. The main ingredients of CocoBites comprise of coconut millk, freshly grated coconut and the essence of pandan leaves. Delicious Bites was selling a pack consisted of a variety of CocoBites for $12. You can pick and choose what you like to go in the pack including CocoCrepes, CocoSlice, CocoPops, Pandan Custard Slice and CocoTops. We picked one of each of the above except for the CocoSlice. They were really fresh and tasty, you can tell that they have used fresh grated coconut as the taste of the coconut is magnified when it’s fresh. Must try!

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You can also get these Delicious Bites at the Good Grocer in Applecross or order can be placed directly with them. The shop is located in Yangebup.
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Our last stop was at the Eat No Evil dessert island. There were Sugar Hound lamingtons ($6), Chocolate Brownie Banana Split with Peanut Brittle ($10) and Bao Bun Ice Cream Sandwich with Salted Caramel ($10) on the menu. Talk about tough choices! We went for the Choc Brownie banana split! What a great decision, I loved all the elements in this funked up banana split! Brownie, banana, choc sauce, choc savings, shredded fresh coconut, peanut brittle and mint leaves. Wow! I love this! It’s almost like a meal! I was so full by then!

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The rest of the stalls at the Dessert Garden which I didn’t manage to get to are shown below. I hope to get to them soon!

Braza Churros

The Honeycake

  • Fairy Floss

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Maison Saint Honore

  • Marshmallow Oz

Marshmallow Oz

  • Just Creme Brullee

Just Creme Brullee

  • Shak Shuka Moroccan Desserts

Shak Shuka Moroccan Dessert

Cafe Oranje

The Dessert Garden is the place to be for all you die hard sweet tooths! Tell me, how many desserts can you fit in a night?! :)

The Dessert Garden runs on Thursday 2 and Friday 10, 17, 24 April at Forrest Place, Perth 430pm – 9pm. Entry is free!