Thursday, August 20, 2015

In case you haven't heard the WA Signature Dish is back In full swing this year. The Signature Dish Competition is presented by Buy West Eat Best and is a great way to showcase the fantastic local food industry and celebrate the diversity and quality of produce in WA.

Image via Peter Maloney (DAFWA)

Each year there are 4 different regions chosen and local produce from each of those regions become the 'hero' component in your culinary creation. This year, there are also 'supporting ingredients' which are Buy West Eat Best's member ingredients which can be optional to include in your recipes too.

The 4 regions to be showcased this year are;
Swan Valley and Surrounds.

I was lucky enough last year to be chosen as a Semi Finalist for the Great Southern Region. I had a great time at the cook off in Denmark at Pepper & Salt Restaurant at the picturesque Forest Hill Estate.

Here are a few photos from the launch which was held on the 10th of August at Bistro Guillame at Perth's Crown Resort.

Image via Peter Maloney (DAFWA)
Rob Broadfield addressing the crowd.
Image via Peter Maloney (DAFWA)

Be sure to tune into Our State On A Plate on Channel 9 on Saturday at 5:30pm to catch last years winner Rhiannon Birch show Eamon Sullivan and us how to cook her winning dish from last year, Dorper Lamb in Lupin and Za’atar Crust with Sweet Potato and Lupin Salad, Moroccan Flavours.

Image via Peter Maloney (DAFWA)
Rhiannon Birch's 2014 Signature Dish
Image via Peter Maloney (DAFWA)
Mentor judges
Image via Peter Maloney (DAFWA)

This year, the winner not only receives the title of winning WA's Signature Dish but also gets 2 hours mentoring with Guillame Brahimi (head chef and owner of Bistro Guillame) plus a luxury wine and dine experience in Northern WA!

Check out Buy West Eat Best Facebook and Website for Entry Forms and more details.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

As another weekend rolls around I get excited, because it means I can browse through my ever- growing list of new and old eateries and choose which one to dine at that we haven't before.

On this particular day, we decided to pop our Johnny's Burger Joint cherries, so we piled into the car and set the GPS to Warton Road in Canning Vale. Some 45 minutes later we arrived at the busy shopping centre, spotted the shop and quickly found parking.

I was very surprised to see only a few small groups of people eating here as I've seen the hype these burgers cause on Instagram and Facebook.  Though upon being seated I did notice 2 big tables reserved for a big group gathering and the place did eventually fill up with hungry diners.


We were going to have the bacon and cheese fries but I just couldn't go past the waffle fries, I remember when HJ's did these when I was a kid an I loved them!! They were so delicious and crispy!

Both my Hubby and I couldn't pick between The Cure and The Juicy Lucy, so we decided to order them both and fight (nicely) over them when they come out later.

The first thing that I noticed when I stepped inside Johnny's was the milkshake machines lined up along the bench. The fridge is also stocked with various drinks and soft drinks which include some American Imported soft drinks, too.

We opted for 2 chocolate milkshakes and a can of diet coke. The milkshakes were icy cold and thick; I shared mine with my daughter but was only allowed the one gulp!! My husband thought the Milkshake was a pretty good one too!

My Husband's Juicy Lucy burger was smothered in Hickory sauce and the big beef patty was oozing melted cheese....delicious!

My Cure Burger - Bacon Infused Beef patty, bacon, fried onion ring and Johnny special sauce made for a tasty treat and was definitely great value .The burgers are pretty big and around the $14 mark, I left some behind as I was so full!

Overall, our first time at Johnny's was a delicious one, we just wish it wasn't so far away!

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