Wolfe & Co, Dural, NSW

First official day of winter 2016, and it’s everything it promised it to be: cold, cloudy, drizzly 1st of June. I’m stuck at home with flu, feeling sooky and sorry for myself and often drifting off to Codral-land. It makes me think back to when we went to the ‘burbs in summer, when it was warm and balmy, with Mr J eagerly visiting his beloved bike stores, and me? Expect me to hunt the best cafe around town, with alfresco dining earning bonus points.

In comes Wolfe & Co – a lovely, bustling cafe in a quiet corner in the Hills District. Wolfe & Co prides itself in using and sourcing local produce, including some local Hawkesbury suppliers. The coffee is Five Senses, and the sauces, preserves, jams, granola and muesli are all housemade. Yes, there is life beyond the Inner West and Inner city areas of Sydney, people! Yes, this is a pretty good find in suburbia (a pretty popular stop for cyclists too!). Do they make good coffee? Yes. Is the food nice? Oh yes. Is the service good? You bet. Unfortunately, they ran out of their infamous Creme Brulee French Toast when we arrived, however it could only mean one thing: another visit is a must to try them out next time!

Flat white is a must!
Buttermilk chicken burger with red cabbage and apple slaw and jalapeno coriander mayo on a milk bun. Shoestring fries as sides is always a good thing
Smoked trout salad with radicchio, mint, baby cos, radish and candied walnuts and with salsa verde dressing. This must be a seasonal item as it’s not on the autumn/winter menu anymore.
Five senses coffee

Wolfe & Co
538 Old Northern Road, Dural, NSW
Open Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm; Saturday from 7am-3pm; Sunday from 8am-3pm

 

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Truffle Tapenade & Madras Splash from the Good Food & Wine Show, Sydney

Recently took Mr J to his first ever Good Food and Wine Show.

All the goodness of local and international food & wine (even a semi-smokehouse) filled our afternoon that would’ve been otherwise spent cooped up at home, staying as far away from the rain that recently drenched Sydney as possible. Meeting people who are passionate about food, wine and everything gastronomic was so inspiring, making us appreciate more the things that we prepare, cook & consume at home.

Grilled chicken with Maison Therese’ Asian Marinade & steamed broccoli

The verdict? He went crazy over the Irish whiskey, cheese, wine, pesto and lychee liqueur.

Me? I only had one thing in sight.

Truffles.

Mushroom & Truffle tapenade

Smear over a nice toasted sourdough slice, enjoyed with a good Merlot on a cold, winter night. Bliss. The earthiness of the mushrooms and the depth of flavours is unbelievable. For $20, this was one indulgence I was more than happy to pay for.

The Madras Splash was a purchase from the Maison Therese stand. I was immediately drawn towards the stand because of the warm and friendly greeting from the lovely ladies at ┬áMaison Therese (from New Zealand). Talking to one of them, they explained that the Madras Splash is a vinaigrette mixed with Indian spices, creating a sweet, lightly flavoured dressing. I immediately had thoughts of putting this on to all of my salads. I couldn’t get enough of it that I bought two bottles.

Potato, celery, Spanish onions & egg salad with Madras Splash

Another Maison Therese purchase is this Asian Marinade, which I used as a last minute addition to my grilled chicken dish that evening. The result was a mild sweet sauce and ginger finish that perfectly went well with the tender chicken fillets.

Mushroom & Truffle Tapenade
The Wine & Truffle Co
http://wineandtruffle.com.au/

Madras Splash & Asian Marinade
From Maison Therese
http://www.maisontherese.co.nz/index.html

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