July 2 - 8, 2017: Issue 319

Barrenjoey House: Palm Beach

Barrenjoey House
Winter 2017

In our quest to find local spots in every suburb where one may take a growing bigger puppy, and to raise a glass to the 31st marking of a 21st, we sojourned a short way up the road to Barrenjoey House to see what was on offer during Winter.

For starters Monsieur, an avid oysters fan, chose a round of Sydney Rock Oysters, served freshly shucked with a mignonette of mountain berry pepper (gf) – his pronouncement – ‘fresh, delicious’.

To keep him company, and because those oysters weren’t going to last too long, an entrée of the Barrenjoey mezze plate – a fresh selection of hummus, delicious olives, labneh, peppers, cauliflower, bresaola, goats cheese rolled in seeds and spiced  flatbread (vo / gfo) was consumed quicker than you can say – “is that an Australian Kite in that Norfolk Pine over there?”
Yes, it is.

Delicious mezze plate, wonderful laid-back local activity.

For mains Monsieur partook of the chargrilled 350g Cape (Tasmanian) Grilled rib eye steak served with seasonal Brussel sprouts, potato gratin a spiced butter and a luscious jus. Silence form the other side of the table, and the ending ‘yum!’ should indicate how great this was.

The 21 and then some year old chose the Market Fish of the Day – a Huon Valley Atlantic Salmon Cutlet served with either a Fattoush salad, with goats cheese and a sumac dressing OR a Mesclun herb salad, chips and a housemade Tartare sauce – chips and greens being opted for in this case.

To accompany all this glorious food Monsieur consumed resplendent margaritas while, missing Tasmanian wines to accompany Tasmanian splendour, a bottle of equally brilliant WA Margaret River Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay suited the table.
There are a great range of other Australian wines, all best of their class on offer, from whites to reds and through to desert accompaniments. 

Barrenjoey House has an Afternoon Menu for those who want something excellent to nibble on while sipping something resplendent, great dishes that may be shared – such as the Seafood Plate, in entrees and mains, or something sweet – such as the Stone fruit creme brulee  with almond biscotti or the Volrhona chocolate pudding with vanilla bean ice cream, and have these with a coffee. 

With beers on tap, a sterling cocktail maker, and what we call locally a suntrap position, in that it is on the Pittwater side of the estuary and tucked into a corner where early Winter winds are kept at bay by surrounding green hills – this place, located opposite the Palm Beach ferry wharf,  is perfect for those who love outdoor salt air and glorious views, and enjoy the goods things life is also about. 
NB: You can dine indoors, next to a fireplace in cold times, if you prefer, in a grand old historic premises. 

Some Winter 2017 details and menus

May – November
Monday, Tuesday, closed
Wednesday to Sunday, 11.30am until late

Our locals special is back on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s
A glass of red or white wine/ soup /a choice of 3 mains for $45pp

Our Special Menu is here to stay for the winter months! Includes Entrees, Mains and Desserts from our A La Carte or Specials Menu at only $69

Recipe Ideas - Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Apricot - January Summer Fruits  

Artichoke – The Flower Vegetable that Crops in Spring  Australian and Native Cherries (Summer Fruits) - the Duntroon Connection - Marrianne Collinson Campbell Autumn is Apple Season Autumn Feast of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for a Healthy Body

Broccoli - Early Spring Crop

Cabbage - Winter Food 

Cherry - Australian summer Fruit  

Chick Pea Burgers with Homemade Hummus 

Easter Feast - modern and historic  

Edible Weeds  Eggs: Five Ways - Savoury 

Fennel - Winter Vegetable  Full Fruit Bowl for Seasonal Health

Figs - Late Summer Fruit  

Fresh Herbs for Health

Green Beans - Spring Vegetables

Healthful Cordials And Cleansing Tonics  Hogmanay (New Year) Dinner - Australian Style  

Kale: for Pure Energy

Make Your Own Treats For Christmas Gifts - Jaffa Rum Balls, White Christmas, Gingerbread People, Spicy Nut Mix, Strawberries Dipped in Christmas, Scottish Shortbread, Spanish Polverones, Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Honey Cookies), Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Biscuits), Italian Lemon Shortbread Squares (Shortbread con crema al limone)

Mandarins Spring Fruits  Mandarins Winter Fruits  

Mangoes - Summer Fruits  

Mum'€™s Vegetable Soup with Macaroni 

Mushrooms Autumnal Shifts

Nectarines - Summer crop Nicoise Salad: An Autumn Salad

Packham's Triumph Pears - The Australian Pear  

Parsnip - Winter Vegetables  Pear - Autumn Fruits  

Perfect Summer Picnics  

Potato Gnocchi    Pumpkin  Pumpkin Season 2015

Sage - the 'saving' herb Remembrance Day 2012 Food  

Self-Saucing Winter Puddings  Silverbeet - Winter Vegetable  

Spring Salad Season  Spring Strawberries Spring Salads  

Summer Lilli Pillis  Summer Passionfruit  Summer Peaches, Quandongs (Wild Peach) - Marian Rowan Ellis Summer Raspberries Native Ones - Adam Forster

Ten Minute Spring SaladsSpring Fare The Food of Love  Tomato 

Vegetable Bhaji

Winter Crops Winter Vegetable Pies   Zucchini 

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