Summer Wrap: Brunch @ The Pickled Fig, South Fremantle

Summer Wrap is a series of my highlights and favourites from summer. A collection of eating,drinking and dining that captures the sunny warm weather of a Perth summer to a T. For those still wanting to dine somewhere that embraces the outdoors and the beach in Fremantle than Pickled Fig is the place to do so! I recently was at the Pickled Fig to have brunch with my gran.

On my last morning in Perth I organised to have brunch with my Gran. We had arranged to pick somewhere in Fremantle but would decide that morning when we knew what we felt like having. That morning my gran asked if we could go to The Pickled Fig as she had wanted to see what it was like. I quickly agreed to go as I have been to the picked fig many times but only once for their breakfast menu and wanted to try it out again.

We arrived around 9:30am on a Friday morning and found the place to be about half full. We were quickly met, seated and present with menus to look at. There was only one or two staff on the floor that morning and they seemed to be quite busy with the place half full, as it took a little while for them to return to take our orders, we were not bothered by this as we had plenty to talk about.

We were seated in the tables on the opposite side of the restaurant to the windows with the long bench and the funky patterned chairs. The booth seating was nice and comfy, though the fabric on the chairs showed signs of significant use either through the fabric being worn or torn and needing to be replaced.

I ordered a Fruit Fetish Juice consisting of orange, passionfruit, pineapple ($8.50), a Red Espresso Latte ($4.50) and the Eggs Benedict with ham ($16) for my breakfast. The juice arrived first and was nice and refreshing, and it made the wait for my food pass quickly. The Latte arrived just before my meal and was the perfect drinking temperature by the time my eggs came out of the kitchen. The eggs were deceptive in that the meal did not look very big and I was worried if it would fill me up as I had a busy day of last minute errands before I got on the plane that night. I need not have worried, as in the end it was just the right sized portion.

Towards the end of our meal the restaurant was getting a little stuffy from the warm weather that day. The staff however was already on to this as they opened up the bi-fold windows to get a breeze going through the dining area and made it a very enjoyable place to be.

Again I enjoyed the food at The Pickled Fig, as did my Gran. I will certainly be returning to The Pickled Fig when I am back in Perth.

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Summer Wrap: Roasted Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad Recipe

Summer Wrap is a series of my highlights and favourites from summer. A collection of eating,drinking and dining that captures the sunny warm weather of a Perth summer to a T. To start the series off I have a recipe that I have made many times this past summer and one which can easily be adapted for the cooler months of the year as well!

Over the summer I finally had some time to attempt a salad recipe I had been wanting to try and make for a few months – A roasted beetroot and pumpkin salad with goats cheese. After a quick search on the internet I settled on a recipe from Seasons of the Sun. I had tried this salad on a few occasions over the past year and had enjoyed it each time.

Ingredients

500g Pumpkin, cut into small chunks
500g Beetroot, peeled and cut into small chunks
100g Goats Cheese
Handful Pine Nuts (toasted or fresh)
Fresh Spinach
Olive Oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed

*Note: I chose to omit the nuts and go for extra roasted veggies

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Method

Preheat oven to 200°C.
Place beetroot and pumpkin chunks on a roasting tray.
Cover in garlic and olive oil then roast in oven for 45 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally.

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Place a handful of spinach on each plate and top with roasted vegetables.
Crumble a generous amount of goats cheese over along with toasted or fresh pine nuts.
Finish with a drizzle of olive oil over each plate.

Finished Product

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I love this  salad! I have made it since this time with a wider range of roasted vegetables (red onion and bell peppers are good additions). I also plan to add meat to the salad in the future should I want some protein in the dish.

Lunch @ Jamie’s Italian, Perth

I caught up with some university girlfriends for lunch at Jamie’s as I knew I had to squeeze in another visit before I left and as some of the girls had not yet been to Jamie’s this was the perfect chance to go. We arrived around 3 and as a walk-in group we were quickly seated with very friendly and professional service along the way.

We began our Jamie’s experience by ordering some drinks. I selected the Florence Fizz ($16.50), which contained Limoncello, pomegranate juice, elderflower cordial and Prosecco. Miss Y ordered the Amalfi Punch ($15.50) after requesting a sweeter cocktail. The Amalfi Punch contains vodka, limoncello and strawberry puree with a squeeze of lemon, finished with pink peppercorns. The other two, Miss N and Miss K ordered the homemade lemonade and lime bitters ($5.00).

Once the drinks were sorted we decided to order some entrees to share. I quickly spotted the Fried Three-Cheese Gnocchi ($9.50) and one of the other girls had tried it before and loved it so we decided to order a serve of that to share as well as the Crispy Squid ($12.50). The Crispy Squid dish was quickly devoured by those who ate calamari and all I heard was positive comments about the dish. The only complaint we had with the entrees is that the gnocchi was delicious and there was not enough of it!

After our entrees we then received our main meals. I ordered what I believe has become my favourite pasta dish at Jamie’s – Jool’s Favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli ($13.00 entrée). Miss K ordered the Spring Pea and Mint Ravioli ($14.00 entrée) that I had tried on my previous visit to Jamie’s. Miss N ordered the Honeycomb Cannelloni Three-Ways ($22.50) and Miss Y ordered the Prawn Linguini ($16.00 entrée). All the main dishes were enjoyed and we were barely able to part with our dishes even to share a mouthful but the temptation to try them all won out. Jamie’s again did not disappoint with their pasta!

To end our meal we found room in our already quite full bellies to look over the desert menu. I ummed and aaahhed as to whether I should get the brownie again or try another of the deserts, Miss K helped me out in this regard by ordering Jamie’s Epic Brownie ($10.00) and promising she would share some of it with me. Miss Y ordered the Creamy Pana Cotta ($8.50). Lastly Miss N and myself ordered the Special Tiramisu ($11.00) and Raspberry Frangipane ($8.50) to share between us. I really enjoyed the brownie, pana cotta and raspberry frangipane,however personally I found the tiramisu to be too overwhelming with an alcoholic taste.

Once again it was another fantastic dining experience at Jamie’s and one, which we timed perfectly – finishing our meal just as the dinner rush was arriving. The whole group enjoyed the meal from start to finish and the service was professional, prompt and friendly like always. I look forward to seeing how Jamie’s has grown and developed when I return to Perth.

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Pre Swim Breakfast @ Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle

Miss S and I decided to return to Bib and Tucker to give their service another go when we went for another morning walk and swim at Leighton beach. When we arrived the place was half filled as we were given the choice of sitting inside or outside. We chose to sit outside in one of the lower couches and tables facing the beach.

It took a while for the waitress to come and take our order but we did not mind, as we did not have anywhere to be and plenty to catch up on. When the waitress arrived this time around we ordered all our drinks at once so there would be no chancing of drinks not arriving. I ordered a freshly squeezed Apple Juice as well as Russian Caravan Tea ($4.50) to drink. About 10 minutes after ordering our drinks another waitress came by and we each ordered some toast with homemade preserves choice of sourdough, ciabatta, quinoa & linseed and rye bread ($7.00). Both of us chose to select the sourdough toast for breakfast.

The drinks arrived a little while after we placed our food order and not long after that our toast arrived also. I selected the sourdough toast and it arrived with berry preserve, apricot preserve and butter. I enjoyed the bread and preserves and it just hit the spot.

The service was far better than our previous time, however it was still slower and disorganised than I would have hoped and expected. Thankfully Miss S and I had a lovely view of the water to watch and nowhere to rush off to but I do hope that the service at Bib and Tucker can tighten up as it does let the place down.

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