Sunday, August 29, 2010

TASTE WINE & COOKING CLUB – FORTITUDE VALLEY

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Last Thursday night (26 August), I had the pleasure of joining a wonderful group of people for their monthly Taste Wine & Cooking Club get together at the popular Fortitude Valley cookware and homeware retailer Taste.

TASTE Shop© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010TASTE

I was graciously invited by Jill Morrison as a guest for their Asian theme that night and how could I resist?  Of course I jumped for the chance of meeting like-minded people.  Cusinera was there at 7pm on the dot (I don’t want to be late!) with Adobo Chicken Wings and Baked Cassava (Cassava Bibingka) in tow.  Of course the Filipino in me can’t resist introducing Filipino dishes in any opportunity (excuse?) I can get=)

Asian theme Buffet table© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010TASTE WINE & COOKING CLUB ASIAN BANQUET (THURSDAY GROUP)

Stepping in Taste was like stepping into Aladdin’s Cave full of treasure untold!  Foodies kind of treasure of course!  I have to visit soon to really check the full store during its opening hours, so many wonderful things to buy!  It was a sight to behold but I was distracted from all the splendour by the wonderful people I’ve met that night and their fantastic Asian theme dishes.  Each members brings pre-made home-cooked meals featuring the month’s theme, once a month and are asked to upload the recipes to the Club’s Taste Recipe Archive and at the end of the meal, a prize is handed out to the best dish for that night.

TASTE COOKING CLUB Asian Dishes© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL, GYOZA (SHALLOW STEAMED DUMPLINGS), CHAIRMAN MAO’S RED PORK BELLY AND LITTLE LIME SYRUP CAKES

TASTE COOKING CLUB Asian Dishes2© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010CHICKEN & MUSHROOM W/ GINGER & SESAME, CHICKEN ASIAN  NOODLES W/ GINGER & AVOCADO, SINGAPORE NOODLES, PENANG CHICKEN CURRY WITH COCONUT RICE AND CHICKEN COCONUT KAFFIR NOODLE SOUP

ADOBONG CHICK.WINGS & BAKED CASSAVA© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010Cusinera’s CHICKEN WINGS ADOBO & BAKED CASSAVA

I was nervous at first, but they’ve put my nerves at ease.  The group was easy to talk to, warm and super friendly.  We shared food tips, ate, drank and laugh a lot, it was a fun night.  The dishes was paired with wines samples from Purple Palate, the proud wine partner for the Taste Wine and Cooking Club.

Purple Palate wines© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010 PURPLE PALATE Asian themed paired wines

I took individual photos of the dishes but unfortunately, either my hands were trembling or I need a major upgrade from my old point & shoot camera, most of the food pics were a bit blurry.  As the guest for that night I shared tips on how to shop in Inala Civic Centre ( I feel like the poster girl for this Brisbane shopping precinct! LOL..), also I’ve talk about Balut and basically we just talk about Asian food in general.  By the end of the meal, each of us explained what we made (dishes) for that night, where the recipes came from and how we obtained special ingredients that were hard to come by.  For this Asian theme night, two best dishes were selected by me and was awarded a foodie kitchen tool gift each by the club.

TASTE WINE & COOKING CLUB1© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010 TASTE WINE & COOKING CLUB FOODIE DISCUSSIONS

TASTE WINE & COOKING CLUB2© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010YUMMY LIME SYRUP CAKES GETTING PREPPED UP!

Cusinera's Plate© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010 Cusinera’s Plate

For this Asian theme, Thursday group…the standout winners were the Penang Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice and Chairman Mao’s Red Pork Belly, congratulations!  To all the fantastic ladies I’ve met that night including George & Co., thankyou for a superb night=)

 

HOW TO JOIN:

Please click this link: Taste Wine & Cooking Club

If you have any queries contact Jill Morrison

(Mobile)  0438 322 971

(Email)  taste.cookingclub@gmail.com

LOCATION:    TASTE for the Love of COOKING

                             Cnr Montpelier & Breakfast Creek Road

                            (PO Box 307)

                            FORTITUDE VALLEY  QLD  4006

6 comments:

  1. Wow! They all look yummy specially Cusinera's plate.:)

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  2. @D Beancounter~ it was=) You should check it out!

    @oggi~ Hehehehe, I have to do portion control so that I can taste all the dishes, when there's good company, I usually tend to talk more than eat=) That lime syrup cakes were so moreish and the dipping sauce for the vietnamese spring roll was really good....hmmmm got to get the recipes=)

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  3. Looks like so much fun - its great when like minded people get together and bring food along! You've done us proud with your adobo and cassava!

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  4. Looks like such a great event! The purple palate looks like a great pairing for such amazing food. Think you could post some recipes?

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  5. Sure, why not=) Will definitely post some recipes but at the moment just a bit busy from cleaning the house and Miss Picky Eater's start of school....

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