In the pan, sauté on a medium low heat the chorizo slices, chilli, garlic, onion and peppers with the canola oil.
Once sweated down, add the sliced chicken thigh, mixing well. Once cooked through add the dry ground spices and the saffron, gently roast through. Add the Bomba rice, staring well to coat all the rice evenly in the spiced oil.
Add the prawn cutlets, seal off in the pan. Once every thing is sealed off, add 1/2 of the chicken stock, mixing evenly through the rice.
Turn up the heat to medium high and bring to a rapid simmer, cook like this for 10 mins, staring regular to ensure it doesn’t burn under the high heat.
Reduce to a low simmer, don’t stir any more as you want to now form a crust on the base of the pan. Push the Barramundi cube evenly spread through the pan, skin side up, allowing to gently poach in the pan.
At this point you will be ready to add another 200-300ml of the hot chicken stock, pouring evenly into the mix. After 5 mins, push the mussels into the cooking rice mix, hinge end of the shell first, spaced evenly through the dish, allowing to steam open in the stock.
Allow to cook for a further 8-10 mins, checking the rice, adding more stock to the mix as required and reduced. When the rice is cooked when its grains are soft and with no bite or crunch, but still firm enough that the rice still holding together.
When at this point, don’t add any more stock, but sprinkle the pease evenly over the top of the rice, allowing to cook in the heat, whilst still being firm and bright green.
Gently with a spoon, fluff up the rice, but cautious no to scrap the crust away from the bottom. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the top, and season. Serve and eat immediately.
Sue Lewis Chocolatier, Perth.Freshly handmade chocolates are ready for you to buy but if you’re after something extra decadent and special, check out the Chocolate Truffle Cakes available to order online with a choice of 3 flavours of truffles.
Get Chunky, Mount Lawley and East Victoria Park.These decadent New York style cookies are the perfect way to indulge with flavours like Menage A Chunk featuring rich chocolate dough filled with even more chocolate. Opt for the Nutella Sweetox injection to take your cookie to a whole other level.
Gabriel Chocolate, Yallingup.Survival and Chocolate packs are only the start, you can also pick up a chocolate chip bake at home kit to fill your place with that delicious smell of freshly baked cookies.
Start at Cape Naturaliste Road drive leaving from Dunsborough and ending at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.
First stop Old Dunsborough with a jetty, grass, picnic tables and hot showers if you’re up for a dip
Meelup National Park will take you to Castle Rock Beach (the gorgeous location for Gourmet Escape’s iconic Gourmet Beach BBQ) and Meelup Beach for the perfect photo opp of white sand and crystal blue waters.
Make a pit stop at Eagle Bay Brewery (currently selling takeaway and food on Fridays and Saturdays)
Head towards Bunker Bay, a perfect beach for kids and coffee available at Bunkers Beach House
Final stop is the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse with a stunning viewing deck overlooking the ocean.
2. The Surfing Roadie | Approx. half day to full day
Catch the classic surfing locations from Yallingup to Gracetown and Surfer’s Point. Depending on how long you spend catching the waves, this road trip can take anywhere from half a day to a full day adventure.
Start in Yallingup, considered to be the heart of surf country. Smith’s Beach is also great for less experienced surfers.
Next stop is Gracetown where you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time. North Point in the right weather conditions has the heavy swell. If you aren’t up for the challenge, grab a pie from Gracie’s General Store and sit on the beach to watch the surfers get barrelled.
Surfer’s Point in Margaret river is one of the best spots to catch a sunset. It’s also one of Australia’s most iconic surfing destinations. Pack a picnic and sit along the grass in the late afternoon and watch the sunset over the water.
3. Driving Through The Vines | Approx. 1hr to half a day
Start on the north side of Caves Road and drive down south. Length of the trip depends on if you’re stopping for food, wine or sightseeing.
Start in Yallingup. With coronavirus restrictions easing, make sure you do your research and book if you want to stop off for some food or wine tastings. Options also include takeaway hampers with wine available from Swings and Roundabouts, Arimia and Cullen Winery.
Look closely during your drive and notice the deep greens of the Karri trees. Jarrah, Karris and Marris trees tend to get thicker the further south you drive.
Stop by some of the prolific vineyards along the way
End point for the drive is the Boranup forest. You’ll know once you’ve reached there with impressive towering trees.
4. The Visual Arts Voyage | Approx. full day
Start at Busselton, stop over at Cowaramup, Margaret River to finish up at Augusta with the route following the roads leading to public artworks in the region.
Start in Busselton and explore the foreshore filled with sculptures. Make sure you walk to the end of the Jetty to discover Ian Mutch’s life-sized whale paintings. Head to The Goose for coffee to catch the myriad of wall murals by local artist Chloe Wilder.
Cow statues will be there to welcome you to the artist town of Cowaramup. There’s loads of art installations to explore from Pioneer Park in the main street, to supersized local birds painted just around the corner from the Lion’s Shed.
Head into the Margaret River Visitor’s Centre where you’ll spot a few more works and also in town where you’ll spot Ian Mutch’s mural.
For Russell Sheridan’s sculptures, take the scenic drive down Wallcliffe Road towards Prevelly.
Head down Caves Road through the Boranup forest and make sure you stop at the Boranup Gallery.
For your final stop, head to Hamelin Bay which hosts the Margaret River Sculpture Park featuring animal sculptures carved from wood and stone.
5. The Road Less Travelled | Approx. 2 – 3 hours
Start at Leeuwin Road Augusta and finishing at Redgate Beach.
Start at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse which is the most south west point of Australia where two oceans collide.
Don’t miss the views via Flinders Bay and stop for a coffee at The Colourpatch.
Stop by Hamelin Bay and the nearby Cosy Corner to meet a friendly family of stingrays.
Take the unsealed track down Conto Road with places to explore rockpools, the cliffs and Conto beach.
Final stop is Redgate beach where on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the Georgette Shipwreck. If you time it right, grab a takeaway and a bottle of wine and enjoy it while watching the sunset at the beach.
This article by Sophie Mathewson has been edited and republished here with permission from margaretriver.com. Click here to view the original article.
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Where to Find Perth’s Best Burgers
3230 Smoke & Grill, Jandakot. Burgers filled with brisket, beef and fried chicken with all the burger combinations you can think of.
Brooklyn Lounge, Claremont. The King Kong burger definitely reigns high in the burger pecking order featuring two beef patties, bacon, cheese, a Doritos crumbed mac and cheese patty, mayo and onions all in a glorious burger.
East Village, Perth & Hillarys. American classic burgers with a variety that can cater for everyone. Give the Dirty Burger a try if you’re stopping by.
Greenhorns, Perth. If you like things hot and spicy, give The Scorcher a go, a beef burger loaded with cheese, maple bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion rings and hot sauce.
Hoodburger, Northbridge and Inglewood. You have to try the peanut butter and jelly cheeseburger uf you’re popping by Hoodburger for a feed with special burgers in the kitchen each week.
Meet & Bun, Perth & Fremantle. Check out the Ari Gold and the Chilli Chilli Bang Bang burgers, recommended to be washed down with their amazing shakes.
RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers, Vic Park, Wembley and Northbridge. Great American style burgers with the classic beef burger, buttermilk fried chicken and more.
Short Order Burger Co., Perth & Fremantle. Order the Double Short Order burger or the BBQ bacon cheeseburger with chips and you won’t be disappointed.
TBSP, Baywater. The Kimcheese Burger and Buttermilk Fried Chicken burger are the two you come to TBSP to devour.
Varsity Burgers, Joondalup, Nedlands, Northbridge, Morley, Waterford. If you’re feeling adventurous, five the Presley burger a go which is topped with bacon, banana and crunchy peanut butter.