I spent a lovely day at Taylors Art Cafe in the Swan Valley with a group of other food writers and hospitality people for a “Meet The Maker” event hosted by Buy West Eat Best. We enjoyed delicious food and drinks – all made locally – and got to meet and chat to the people who actually produced many of the ingredients.
Caroline Taylor (The Humane Foodist) presented us with a delightful menu including loads of local produce such as fresh figs, goat milk labne, Linley Valley pork with mango salsa, local yabbies on a jerusalem artichoke mash, grass-fed Gingin sirloin (which she cooked in a converted steam engine), and lots of delicious salads. Everything was fresh and beautifully presented.
We also got to try some rather unusual things such as jujubes (which look like miniature apples but are not actually apples at all – we tried them fresh, candied and roasted), as well as prickly pear fruit, and grape and lime ice-cream.
A couple of glasses of verdelho – a wine which the Swan Valley excels in – was the perfect match for a wonderful meal. We are so lucky to have such great produce right on the doorstep of Perth.