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December 23, 2012

Electrolux & Peter Gilmore’s Christmas Masterclass @ Quay

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Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Christmas is around the corner and there’s no better time to stock up on the stretchy pants, exercising our credit cards and stuffing ourselves silly. I had the pleasure of attending Peter Gilmore’s masterclass with him cooking up a storm for his Christmas lunch twist. Surprisingly it’s so impressive, yet secretly quite simple and adaptable.

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Electrolux & Peter Gilmore Masterclass

Sourced from WA, marron works perfectly as it’s super fresh, so fresh, it was still jittering in Peter’s hand. The ultimate way is to source the marron live and place it in iced water to “coma-ize” the marron with a quick death by slicing the head off with a sharp knife between the eyes.

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

The marron is no fuss, cooked swiftly with luscious butter and freshly chopped herbs. The entree is served with a colourful assortment of edible flowers. Lobster also works wonders if you’re feeling particularly generous to your guests.

Quay & Electrolux masterclassSteamed fresh water Marron w/ herb butter, aioli, young leaf and flower salad

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Next up is Peter’s twist on the traditional lunch roast; a juicy roasted rack of Angus beef served with all the trimmings. The meat is seasoned and sealed on the stovetop before throwing it into the oven for just over 2 hours. It’s ready when the centre is at the perfect 60 degrees and don’t forget to rest!

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Peter can barely contain his excitement over the steak and he drizzled a reduced beef jus over the rack before serving. Our trimmings are fresh steamed baby veggies alongside a bubbling potato and truffle gratin. Yes, the freshly shaved truffle and layers of potatoes are a self-indulgent, but hey, it’s Christmas after all!

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

If the beef jus isn’t enough, a béarnaise sauce nicely accompanies the roast meat. Béarnaise sauce is an incredible test of endurance and a labour of love; just remember to whisk, whisk, whisk! It helps to have a friendly hand to help slowly pour in the ingredients while you finish your arm workout.

To save a béarnaise sauce that has spilt, Peter suggests starting with some egg yolks (like you would with a fresh batch) and slowly add the split mixture back.

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Quay & Electrolux masterclassRoasted rib of prime angus beef served w/ young steamed vegetables, truffle and potato gratin and classic béarnaise sauce

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

With the finale, there’s nothing else but a Christmas pudding inspired dessert. Being an Aussie where our Christmases are filled with heat waves and sunshine, Peter twists the dessert into a Christmas pudding ice cream terrine topped with some delectable caramelised figs.

Electrolux & Peter Gilmore Masterclass

The room is filled with complete sweetness while Peter uses a dry caramelisation technique with the figs. Sugar goes straight into the pan with butter added shortly after. Keeping a keen eye is important to make sure it doesn’t cook for too long as caramalisation can turn awfully bitter.

Electrolux & Peter Gilmore Masterclass

The caramalised figs are removed onto a silcon mat while the terrine is sprinkled generously with raspberries and almonds and our version of snow, icing sugar!

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

The figs are added right before serving. Peter loves using figs as they are in season but also work amazingly well with the caramel as they hold their figure. Other stone fruits; peaches and nectarines could work too but the skin is recommended to be kept on.

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Quay & Electrolux masterclassChristmas pudding ice cream terrine w/ caramelised fresh figs

Quay & Electrolux masterclass

Tada! And to think that the night will end here at 3 courses… well, we’re greeted to a wonderfully lit Christmas treat of another 5 courses off the al-carte menu, cue the unbuttoning of jeans please!

Quay & Electrolux masterclassSalad of preserved wild cherries, albino, chioggia beetroots, treviso, creme fraiche, black truffle, violets

Quay & Electrolux masterclass
Congee of northern Australian mud crab, fresh palm heart, egg yolk emulsion

Quay & Electrolux masterclass
Smoked and confit pig cheek, shiitake, scallop, jerusalem artichoke leaves, juniper, bay

Quay & Electrolux masterclass
Poached fillet of pasture raised veal, parsnip cream, roasted grains, mushrooms

Quay & Electrolux masterclass
Jersey cream, salted caramel, prunes, walnuts, ethereal sheets

If you wish to give this fantastic menu a go, don’t be shy to email me for the recipes!

Minibites attended the Electrolux masterclass at Quay courtesy of Open Haus.

Quay
Upper level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks, Sydney
www.quay.com.au

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July 24, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch @ The Village

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The Village

For a little more wild and hot spot to giggle and gossip that’s inappropriate for High Tea – The Village is perfect to leave the boys at home for a weekend brunch sesh. Think of creamy vibrant dips, juicy marinated olives, tossed salads and indulgent desserts and jugs of Pimms… cue the group text message.

The VillagePimms & Lemonade

With a Sydney filled with cafes and their no-bookings policy, Ladies Who Lunch is the perfect for those who love to get organised. The set menu doesn’t disappoint and is enough to fill the entire afternoon up.

The Village

The VillageAntipasto Plate

The Village
Sicilian Arancini

Nothing else gets the tastebuds revving but a good ol’ antipasto platter filled with cured meats, peppers, olives, dips and it’s all hands on deck with rounds of toasted garlic sourdough as our utensils. Juxtaposing the cold, arancini balls filled with piping hot spinach and smoked mozzarella work a treat.

The Village
Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid

A simultaneous agreeance comes about when the salt & pepper squid arrived. No one hesitated play friendly to fight for the last piece of this dipped generously in a side of chili aioli.

The VillageMargherita Pizza

The Village
Roasted Pumpkin

The Village
Tomato 

And if that wasn’t enough, a piping hot thin crusted pizza with bubbles of cheese, fresh slithers of tomato and basil and plenty of the good herby stuff. But it’s also a nice relief to see more bowls of colour with a roasted pumpkin salad with a mix of pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated crumbles of feta. And one of the best food marriages is fresh torn basil and tomatoes with drizzles of balsamic vinegar.

The Village
Chocolate Fondant

The Village
Apple & Berry Crumble

After a solid savoury interlude, the creme de la creme sugar finale is brought forth. A piping hot chocolate fondant served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and the sweetest berry coulis. The other, a layered apple and berry crumble with vanilla anglaise. Delish.

The Village
The Village

Rubbing our bellies full, it’s a satisfying afternoon playing catch up and the perfect excuse to wear heels during the day. It is a set menu (min. of 4) so grab a few girlfriends and have a cheeky midday feast!

Minibites and a guest dined courtesy of The Mews.

The Village
1 Kellett Way
Potts Point, Sydney
www.the-village.com.au

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February 19, 2012

Kitchen by Mike

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Kitchen by Mike
Gotta love a little lunchtime adventure to keep me on my toes at work. Kitchen by Mike is the restaurant running inside the enormous Koskela warehouse. Gorgeous rustic and filled with natural light, the Koskela warehouse delivers the most beautiful and very unique pieces of Australian made furniture.

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

After our ooohs and aaahs at the furniture, my belly was calling. Kitchen by Mike’s set up is a “canteen” concept – where you pick the dishes of the day and are charged by the scoop. For those who are mathematically challenged and if you eat with their eyes; a meal here can prove to be quite dear. Hopefully the concept will be refined, as I can’t imagine what the service is like when it’s busy!

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

We opted to share an assortment of dishes that change on a daily basis (check their Facebook for menu updates); kicking off with homemade woodfired sourdough breads served with Pepe Saya butter.

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

My favourite goes out to the humble pork belly; succulent and actually not too naughty when you team it up with some fresh salad friends. Tiny little currant grapes, fennel, walnuts and rocket salad and a peach, radiccho and mozzarella salad. Delish.

Kitchen by Mike

Spend an afternoon around amazing pieces of furniture and don’t forget the fresh delectables at the cafe.

Kitchen by Mike
85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery, Sydney
www.facebook.com/kitchenbymike

Koskela
85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery, Sydney
www.koskela.com.au 

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June 19, 2011

The Eathouse Diner

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The Eathouse Diner

After being all loco’d out over at El Loco, it was time to search for some desserts to sweeten our palates after numerous tacos and margaritas. The Eathouse Diner isn’t too far away so we hustled along to the next suburb and trekked down to find the bright coloured lights and of course the, Eat Here sign.

Inside it’s warm and it feels as though we’ve stepped back in time with retro milkbar benchtops, a chalkboard menu and vinyl floors. The dessert menu isn’t too far off being retro and ol’ school either, bringing back the favourites of Eton’s Mess and the classic forgotten Banana Spilt.

The Eathouse Diner The Eathouse Mess

The Eathouse Diner Banana Spilt

Still warm and giggly from our tequilas, we sit outside under the moonlight and devour our chosen desserts. The Eathouse Mess is mashed in with crunchy meringue, rhubarb, cream and coulis; so it was sweetness and texture galore. The banana spilt was the hot favourite being in its traditional boat bowl finished with a paper umbrella and wafer. Generous amounts of smashed up bananas, banana ice cream, chocolate sauce and crucnhy hazelnuts and macadamias to top it all off. Simple and classic, but brilliant.

The Eathouse Diner

Sit at the milk bar for proper food and a glass of wine, or swing by for some childhood desserts!

The Eathouse Diner
44 Chalmers St
Redfern, Sydney
www.eathousedinder.com.au

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