Almost five hundred years ago the Portuguese sailed to the Orient in search of exotic spices. They colonised Goa on the west coast of India, and began a spicy Indo-European gourmet romance, using the fiery food of the princely states mellowed with fruits and vegetables to entice the gentler European palate. Established in 1994 by Valentine d’Souza, Goan Cuisine is the perfect marriage between age old spices and superb Western Australian produce. The Goan Cuisine range includes such delights as eggplant kasaundi, green chilli jam, tamarind chutney, spicy mango chutney, tomato kasaundi, jeerem meerem goan green curry paste, mescuts, sambals and achars – piquant accompaniments for the most discerning of tastes.
In collaboration with Jalbrook Estate and Taste of Balingup, Valentine d’Souza will be hosting a special dinner showcasing his extensive experience with food from his beloved Goa. A long table dinner under the stars will be held at Jalbrook which promises to stimulate the senses with colours, aromas and tastes. Please see menu below for details and price. I encourage you to be prompt with bookings for the dinner. Numbers are limited as this is planned to be an intimate evening. Accommodation packages are also available with the superb Jalbrook Cottages, guaranteeing places at the dinner on Friday the 18th March and also for the cooking class on Saturday the 19th March to be held at Taste of Balingup (please see details below).
Goan Cuisine Dinner – Jalbrook Estate, Balingup
18th March, 2011
Red Masala Chicken Skewers
(traditional Vindalho curry of pork belly)
(crabs in dark roasted spices and coconut)
(spiced red lentils with seasonal vegetables)
(tamarind and chick pea salad)
Gulab Jamun with Vanilla Bean ice cream
$90.00 per person
Valentine d’Souza will bring his passion for his homeland and his skill and understanding of exotic spices to Taste of Balingup for one workshop only. Using produce from the Blackwood Valley, he will unveil a little of the mystery of spices and teach the preparation of four of his favourite dishes, Red Masala Chicken Skewers, Prawn Xec Xec, Spice Crusted Lamb and Chick Pea and Tamarind Salad.
When: Saturday, 19th March, 2011
Where: 63 South Western Highway, Balingup
Cost: $70.00 per person