Morsels http://morsels.com.au A Perth food, travel and lifestyle blog - Martin Eade Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:51:37 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 My Taste Great Southern Adventure, part 2 – Fervor Camp Oven Cook Up http://morsels.com.au/taste-great-southern-fervor-camp-oven-cook-up/ http://morsels.com.au/taste-great-southern-fervor-camp-oven-cook-up/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:50:09 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19750 My second Taste Great Southern event was the Fervor Camp Oven Cook Up in Albany, a collaboration between Fervor and local camp oven expert Col Sippe.

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Taste Great Southern Fervor

My second Taste Great Southern event was the Fervor Camp Oven Cook Up in Albany, a short 90-minute drive back from lunch in Ongerup

The meal was a collaboration between Fervor and local camp oven cooking expert Col Sippe, who kindly hosted the dinner in the grounds of his private farm.

Taste Great Southern Fervor

Social matters – especially with strangers – are not my strong point, and I was expecting an evening of awkward silences. Thankfully, I had a dining buddy for the evening in Amy Hamilton, chef  and owner of Albany restaurant and bar, Liberté (a must-visit if you’re anywhere in the region).

Liberté was my first stop when I arrived in Albany on the previous day and I asked to meet Amy, having interviewed her for Broadsheet some weeks earlier. Unfortunately my message didn’t quite get through, and she didn’t realise until later that night that I wasn’t a fanboy stalker.

Misunderstandings out of the way, she was great company during the dinner despite harassing me into driving her home half way through the evening to collect more wine 🙂 

Taste Great Southern Fervor

Fervor’s mission is to take guests on a unique culinary adventure that draws on fresh, locally sourced produce. Its leader and executive chef Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov has worked in an impressive array of kitchens including Vue De Monde, Amuse and Noma. 

The Fervor crew operate like a well oiled machine, producing dish after creative dish in near-darkness for much of the night. There’s obviously a great deal of technical wizardry going on behind the scenes.

Taste Great Southern Fervor

I knew in advance that I was going to be challenged by this meal, especially as I’m not much of a seafood eater. Now that I’ve eaten a barramundi swim bladder, I feel like (almost) nothing is off-limits. I think this was my first time eating ants, too.

There were at least five dishes in addition to what you see above, and the dinner lasted for nearly six hours.

Taste Great Southern Fervor

For much of the evening it was too dark to see what you were eating, which is why I didn’t take many food photos. This shot of the emu dish was lit with my phone, at a point in the evening when most of the guests had drunk enough not to notice.

My favourite dish was the slow-cooked egg with samphire, muntrie (native berry) and mushroom, which was an adventure in texture and flavour – you can see it in the gallery below. I kept going back for more saltbush, too…

Taste Great Southern Fervor

A night with Fervor is not your standard dinner-table experience, but is one that should be on your culinary bucket-list.

You’re probably not going to like everything that’s served to you, but that’s not the point. It’s a journey, and one you’ll feel much richer having been on.

See below for more pictures from the dinner. I’d like to thank Taste Great Southern for sponsoring my visit to the festival, and the Fervor crew and Col Sippe for hosting this memorable event.

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All of this new chocolate is going to send me broke…but I can never resist orange. Described as “orange flavoured creme and fizzy flavoured candy”, which is pretty accurate. A dark chocolate version of this would be much nicer, I’m really not a fan of Australian? Dairy Milk There’s a raspberry one as well. http://morsels.com.au/all-of-this-new-chocolate-is-going-to-send-me-broke-but-i-can-never-resist-orange-described-as-orange-flavoured-creme-and-fizzy-flavoured-candy-which-is-pretty-accurate-a-dark-chocolate-version/ http://morsels.com.au/all-of-this-new-chocolate-is-going-to-send-me-broke-but-i-can-never-resist-orange-described-as-orange-flavoured-creme-and-fizzy-flavoured-candy-which-is-pretty-accurate-a-dark-chocolate-version/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:03:39 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19903 The post All of this new chocolate is going to send me broke…but I can never resist orange. Described as “orange flavoured creme and fizzy flavoured candy”, which is pretty accurate. A dark chocolate version of this would be much nicer, I’m really not a fan of Australian? Dairy Milk There’s a raspberry one as well. appeared first on Morsels.

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Here’s some more chocolate from the underwhelming department. The milk choc itself is not great quality, and the mini m&m’s are padded out with crispy bits – I was expecting crispy m&m’s. Wish I’d tried the hazelnut one. At $4.80 each from Woolies these are very expensive. http://morsels.com.au/heres-some-more-chocolate-from-the-underwhelming-department-the-milk-choc-itself-is-not-great-quality-and-the-mini-mms-are-padded-out-with-crispy-bits-i-was-expecting-crispy-mms-wish-id-tri/ http://morsels.com.au/heres-some-more-chocolate-from-the-underwhelming-department-the-milk-choc-itself-is-not-great-quality-and-the-mini-mms-are-padded-out-with-crispy-bits-i-was-expecting-crispy-mms-wish-id-tri/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:44:12 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19894 The post Here’s some more chocolate from the underwhelming department. The milk choc itself is not great quality, and the mini m&m’s are padded out with crispy bits – I was expecting crispy m&m’s. Wish I’d tried the hazelnut one. At $4.80 each from Woolies these are very expensive. appeared first on Morsels.

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Cook & Mason To Open in East Fremantle http://morsels.com.au/cook-mason-open-east-fremantle/ http://morsels.com.au/cook-mason-open-east-fremantle/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:26:11 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19891 East Fremantle’s Barque is well known for its modern-Asian cuisine, but has closed as it prepares to assume a new identity. Recently sold to business partners Craig Houston and Gord Kahle, Barque will be reborn later in the year as Cook & Mason.

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East Fremantle’s Barque is well known for its modern-Asian cuisine, but has closed as it prepares to assume a new identity. Recently sold to business partners Craig Houston and Gord Kahle, Barque will be reborn later in the year as Cook & Mason.

Read more on Broadsheet here.

(image : Cecile Armand)

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The Perth Comedy Festival Returns http://morsels.com.au/perth-comedy-festival-returns/ http://morsels.com.au/perth-comedy-festival-returns/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:16:31 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19888 The sixth annual Perth Comedy Festival hits town this month, with international headliners Jason Byrne, Stephen K Amos, David O’Doherty and Phill Jupitus joining a substantial roster of Australian talent, including the Doug Anthony All Stars and Wil Anderson.

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The Perth Comedy Festival Returns

The sixth annual Perth Comedy Festival hits town this month, with international headliners Jason Byrne, Stephen K Amos, David O’Doherty and Phill Jupitus joining a substantial roster of Australian talent, including the Doug Anthony All Stars and Wil Anderson.

Read more at Broadsheet here.

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Raising a Sweat at the May Street Larder Chilli Workshop with Scott Bridger http://morsels.com.au/may-street-larder-chilli-workshop-scott-bridger/ http://morsels.com.au/may-street-larder-chilli-workshop-scott-bridger/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:54:51 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19753 Last week I attended a Chilli Workshop at May Street Larder in East Fremantle, led by co-owner and Executive Chef of MSL and Bib & Tucker, Scott Bridger.

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May Street Larder Scott Bridger

Last week I attended a Chilli Workshop at May Street Larder in East Fremantle, led by co-owner and Executive Chef of MSL and Bib & Tucker, Scott Bridger. May Street Larder is perhaps best known as the home of the Soul Sandwich, a chilli-infused chicken & waffle creation that recently secured it’s 20,000th order. 

This was the second of seven “Larder Series” evening workshops and promised to teach techniques to pickle, dry and ferment chillies, and prepare siracha and chillli jam. Being a lover of all things chilli, this was an event I couldn’t resist…

May Street Larder Scott Bridger

The informal workshop started with an introduction to different varieties of chilli, with samples provided by Scott from his own garden. His obvious passion for chilli went a long way towards making the evening as enjoyable as it was informative.

As you would expect the group were all chilli enthusiasts, although Scott was kind enough to have milk on standby for anyone underestimating their chilli tolerance.

May Street Larder Scott Bridger

The majority of the workshop was based around the preparation of chilli jam, pickled jalapenos, Caribbean hot sauce, siracha and kimchi.

While Scott did almost all of the work – anything else wouldn’t have been practical in a two hour class – we were given a set of recipes to try at home.

May Street Larder Scott Bridger

We each packed our own jalapeno jars pre-pickling, and those in the mood to put down their camera / phone and chop chillies or rummage about in the kimchi were welcome to do so.

May Street Larder Scott Bridger

Scott was a great host and remained cheerful throughout the evening, despite being surrounded by of a group of foodies who insisted on getting in his way and snapping a photo whenever he moved.

May Street Larder Scott Bridger

The mango-based Caribbean hot sauce Scott is portioning above has already been dolloped onto just about everything I’ve eaten since leaving the class.

This is something I will definitely be trying to make at home when my jar runs out, which will be a sad day.

May Street Larder Scott Bridger

We each received a jar of partially-made siracha to finish at home, which needs to be blended with vinegar once it’s finished fermenting in a week or so. 

May Street Larder Scott Bridger

The evening concluded with Scott preparing a dish made with Fremantle Octopus, chickpeas and nduja, a spicy salami paste. Unsurprisingly delicious, it was fascinating to watch him step up a gear and truly rattle the pans.

The workshops cost $120 each so it’s not a cheap night out, however there are only 15 places in each class and you don’t often get the opportunity to be in a kitchen with someone like Scott. I paid full price for my ticket, and was very happy that I did.

If any of the workshop topics interest you – or you’re just a fan of Scott’s cooking – then this is an experience I can highly recommend. The remaining workshops for 2017 are:

  • Cooking for the Kids, 16 May 
  • Smoking & Curing, 13 June 
  • Fermented Foods, 11 July
  • Jams, Marmalades and Preserves, 15 August
  • Kombucha and Probiotoc Drinks, 5 September

See the May Street Larder website here for more information, and check out some more pictures from the workshop below.

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6 Home Favourites You’ll Find Bettered all Over the World http://morsels.com.au/6-home-favourites-youll-find-bettered-world/ http://morsels.com.au/6-home-favourites-youll-find-bettered-world/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:15:47 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19744 We all love our creature comforts. We get used to, and are happy with, the ways things are at home. But travel opens your eyes to new opportunities. In fact, there’s a lot that’s bettered all over the world. So step outside your comfort zone and explore what the world has to offer. To get […]

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We all love our creature comforts. We get used to, and are happy with, the ways things are at home. But travel opens your eyes to new opportunities. In fact, there’s a lot that’s bettered all over the world. So step outside your comfort zone and explore what the world has to offer. To get you started, we’ve picked six home favourites that we think you’ll be able to find better elsewhere. Check them out:

Wildlife

Travelling to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitats is a great reason to travel. Your local zoo might have a range of exotic creatures from around the world – but nothing beats seeing them in their own home.

Coffee

Have you got a regular coffee order? You probably do. In fact, the Secret Traveller reckons most people nowadays have an opinion on the best brand of coffee beans and the best way to treat it. That doesn’t mean they’re right though, nor should it stop you trying some of the best coffee around the world. Start with their recommended eight cities.

TV series

It’s easy to become hooked on your favourite TV series at home. But if you’ve got a spare evening when you’re travelling, switch on the TV and see what’s on. You’ll be engrossed in no time, even if it’s just out of simple curiosity.

Work

Okay, bear with us. You might think working isn’t great anywhere. But working abroad is beneficial for everyone. In fact, some people say you should do it at least once in your life. But why? Well, according to the Telegraph, it enhances your CV, builds character, is rewarding and immerses you in a new, different culture.

Karaoke

Karaoke can be one of the most humiliating experiences. But not when you’re abroad – it’s one of the many things made better when you head away from home. As Go Abroad say, just jump on stage and see what happens – you can belt out a few classics and you’ll feel like a rock star. In East Asia, it’s one of the main ways of socialising so why not see what the fuss is about?

Landscape

You get used to your surroundings at home – so even if you’re close to a fantastic beach or city scape, heading elsewhere will always feel more spectacular. It’s partly because you’ve got the time to sit back and appreciate the view, rather than rushing around in your normal daily life.

What do you enjoy more abroad? Share your recommendations with us.

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How Perth’s Dessert Scene is Evolving – PerthNow http://morsels.com.au/perthnow-perths-dessert-scene-evolving/ http://morsels.com.au/perthnow-perths-dessert-scene-evolving/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:36:08 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=19727 WE MIGHT still be obsessed with freak shakes and cronuts, but WA’s dessert scene is set to go through a culinary “evolution”. New venues that pay homage to the European dessert culture are beginning to pop up across the city with a distinct shift towards fresh, delicate flavours and unique designs. As food blogger Martin […]

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WE MIGHT still be obsessed with freak shakes and cronuts, but WA’s dessert scene is set to go through a culinary “evolution”. New venues that pay homage to the European dessert culture are beginning to pop up across the city with a distinct shift towards fresh, delicate flavours and unique designs.

As food blogger Martin Eade explains our sweet tooth has started to change with Perth going from cupcakes to naked cakes to salted caramel to matcha everything. “I doubt many of us were lusting after a naked drizzle birthday cake five years ago,” he told PerthNow.

Read more at PerthNow here.

(image : Justin Benson Cooper)

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