ON THE MENU THIS MONTH

MAY-AUGUST 2016

In APRIL 2016, I teamed up with APSI College in East Perth as Commercial Cookery Course Co-ordinator.

Training International Students in COMMERCIAL COOKERY CERT III, We catered for a 100 plus cover Function too officially open the Perth Hospitality Academy (PHA) in July 2016. My team and wonderful Cookery students along with full-time Hospitality Students produced finger food with a 'WOW' factor that certainly kept our VIP guests very happy indeed!

In the meantime, I will be continuing to Teach there during the week, as well as POST GREAT FOOD PHOTOS on FACEBOOK. So keep Tuned into my Newsfeed on Here and FB.

On 28th August 2016- I am attending the annual TASTE OF CHITTERING again, this time as MC and putting together a ' CHITTERING VALLEY PLOUGHMANS LUNCH'-Created on the day from LOCAL PRODUCE. Come on down and check it out on SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST-9-3pm. Go to #tasteofchittering... etc! for more info

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APRIL-

A TASTE OF THAILAND, SPAIN And TAPAS CLASSES FULLY BOOKED. Sorry Folks, check for MAY!

MARCH 2016

What an EXTREME start to the year for the Chef Explorer Folks!

After a mighty time in December exploring ENGLAND & DENMARK, I returned from an absolute FREEZING Copenhagen to a 40 c TOO HOT Perth-Western Australia!

“Phew!”

Via a quick TASTE of THAILAND on the way back in Bustling Bangkok, I might add, which brings me neatly back on track for my –

  

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Aptly my first class of the year was indeed a TASTE of THAILAND!

So, as a Chef Teacher, I was well updated for that one and even treated my guests to a bag of nice Thai Tamarind Sweets!

February has flown by taken up by fully booked and ever popular Spanish and Tapas Classes as well as lots of research and writing. So for March:

My Regular TASTE of the WORLD classes @ Taste Budds -6:15-9:15pm evenings for this month are:

3 MARCH            A TASTE OF VIETNAM (*More info on Facebook)  SPECIAL LOW PRICE, BOOK IN NOW @$75 RATHER THAN $110!!



10 MARCH           A TASTE OF MOROCCO

16 MARCH           A TASTE OF FRANCE

31 MARCH           TAPAS of SPAIN & PORTUGAL

 

Again book at: 

www.tastebudds.com.au

And for Regular readers of the SWAN MAGAZINE look out for this month’s story titled;  “ The Oldest Pub in Olde England”.

I found it!  And boy was it also THE BEST!

 

REMEMBER ANYONE AROUND THE WORLD CAN DOWNLOAD THIS.

Go to www.swanmagazine.com.au

SPECIALS OF THE MONTH

LOCALS:

If you book into one of my classes anytime in MARCH @ APRIL, you as the organizer will get a free, signed copy of my book A TASTE OF THE WORLD. (See Books page)

Simply EMAIL me with your name and class when you have booked @ Taste Budds.

 


DECEMBER 2015- I WILL BE AWAY EXPLORING ENGLAND & DENMARK.

KEEP CHECKING OUT FACEBOOK & THIS PAGE FACEBOOK STREAM ON THE RIGHT FOR ALL MY BLOGS! 

 



NOVEMBER 2015

 This is the last month for my cooking classes this year folks, in December I shall be away truly Exploring ENGLAND for future Chef Explorer Tours!

 So, there are more Adult orientated classes at ‘Taste Budds Cooking Studio’ with a Corporate Mystery Box Challenge and two private cooking classes using my Spanish TAPAS Menu, one of which is a Hen Party. And this is all in week 1!

My Regular TASTE of the WORLD classes on Thursday evenings for this month are:

12 NOV-     THAILAND

 19 NOV      SOUTH AMERICA

 26 NOV-     TAPAS

 Thailand is fully booked but there are still spaces for South America and the Tapas classes.

 Again book at: 

 www.tastebudds.com.au

 

“And Yet Another Screw Loose!”

 Also just published is a NEW Chef Explorer story published in the Swan Magazine, titled above, set during my travels in Switzerland, Thailand and Australia in the late 80’s, but this time not focused so much on food, but more on a broken leg on a ski slope and the subsequent madness that followed. You have to read it to believe it! 

Go to www.swanmagazine.com.au

  “The Chef and Music Explorer Show’ @ Radio Ellenbrook 88fm

 I now present my weekly show on Wednesday afternoons from 330-5pm, back exploring my other love of life =Rock Music through the Years.

 Covering my favourite songs and history of Rock music from 1955 (the origins of Rock and Roll) to 2015.

 That is 60 years of Music folks, Year by Year every week.

 I have completed the first 10 years and am on for the amazing year that was 1965!

 I also include my Chef Explorer bit with my A-Z of the World, and a recipe to cook that weekend. This is a relatively new Project starting with the A’s.

 There is a Country Profile and a recipe and I am up to Armenia and Angola this month.

 

You can tune in if local around the Swan Valley, but the good news is we will soon be a full community radio station with a radius that will reach the City. I will keep you posted.

 

Schools for 2016

If you work at a local school or with kids and cant get to our SCHOOL HOLIDAY Classes then book me in for a Master Class at your school.

Contact me on 0418445508

 

 And as I have announced for DECEMBER, I will be off Exploring again!

This time I will be off to update my knowledge on THAI cuisine with a little trip to BANGKOK.

 Then I am off to Explore ENGLAND ‘County by County PART 1’= Christmas Markets, a dozen Counties and research for my next book and future Chef Explorer Tours.

 I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON FACEBOOK!

 


 

OCTOBER 2015

A busy start to the month with the School Holiday Classes, held at ‘Taste Budds Cooking Studio’ as usual. I love to see those smiling faces preparing and eating good food or even getting gooey with chocolate on their faces!

This term we are paying a visit to Greece by making some ‘Greek Style Haloumi and Veg Kebabs’ as well as Potato Fishcakes and a Rocky Road.

 Week 2 will take us for a Taste of Italy making mini Frittatas (ideal for lunchboxes parents) and a Baked Tuna Pasta.

 There is still spaces available for this week folks, Wed & Thurs 7-8th October.

 GET YOUR KIDS COOKING!

 Book at:\

www.tastebudds.com.au 

I also have more Adult orientated classes at the same venue with a Corporate Mystery Box Challenge and two private cooking classes using my Spanish TAPAS Menu, one of which is a Hen Party. And this is all in week 1!

 My Regular TASTE of the WORLD classes on Thursday evenings for this month are:

 15 OCT-     SPAIN

 22 OCT-     PORTUGAL

 29 OCT-     VIETNAM

 Spain is fully booked but there are still spaces for the Portugal and Vietnam classes.

 Again book at: 

 www.tastebudds.com.au

 

“And Yet Another Screw Loose!”

Also on the agenda is a NEW Chef Explorer story published in the Swan Magazine, titled above set during my travels in Switzerland, Thailand and Australia in the late 80’s, but this time not focused on food, but a broken leg on a ski slope and the subsequent madness that followed. You have to read it to believe it!

 Go to www.swanmagazine.com.au 

 I am also helping SINGLES cook my Taste of SOUTH AMERICA on 23 Oct for yet another class organized as a collaboration between Taste Budds and a Dating Agency.If you are single, like to cook and maybe meet your future partner, get yourself booked in. You never know! And if all else fails, well, the food will be good!

 

“The Chef and Music Explorer Show’ @ Radio Ellenbrook 88fm

 I now present my weekly show on Wednesday afternoons from 330-5pm, back exploring my other love of life =Rock Music through the Years.

Covering my favourite songs and history of Rock music from 1955 (the origins of Rock and Roll) to 2015.

That is 60 years of Music folks Year by Year every week.

 I also include my Chef Explorer bit with my A-Z of the World, and a recipe to cook that weekend. This is a relatively new Project starting with the A’s,

 There is a Country Profile and a recipe starting with Afghanistan and Albania this month.

 You can tune in if local around the Swan Valley, but the good news is we will soon be a full community radio station with a radius that will reach the City. I will keep you posted.

 


 

September 2015

Coming up this month folks is a return to South America this week!

Well, in the cooking 'Taste of South America', held this Thursday-10th Sept. Very popular and 12 booked already, 3 spaces so get in quick. Go to tastebuds.com.au to book.
Also, I am back at Mirrabooka shops this Saturday the 12th cooking recipes from Coles new magazine, and the following Saturday too. From 10-2pm. 
Also got classes booked in for 'Tapas', Spain, Portugal and Vietnam too. New on the horizon is a Taste in the Swan Valley on Friday 23rd Sept, where I join forces with Ugly Duckling Wines and Billabong Tours to give you a Taste of great wine and food from the Swan Valley with an added Chef Explorer Taste of Thailand, and Taste of Spring Salads thrown into a great RECIPE for a grand day out!! More details to follow.




AUGUST 2015

So what is happening in the Chef Explorer World this month?

 *Well, there is a new event at Bull Creek Shopping Centre who have hired me to cook some of my favourite dishes like Chinese Chicken Wings, Catalan Chicken (CHECK RECIPE ON MY RECIPE PAGE) and Thai beef salad as well as a Healthy choice Raw food for KIDS lunchboxes; a Macadamia and Cacao Balls. The idea is to use food from local suppliers.

 Running on Wednesday the 12th, friday 14th and Saturday 15th August.

 *Meanwhile, over @ Tastebudds Cooking Studio, read the great story from Editor of Swan Magazine, Douglas Sutherland Bruce on Weekend Notes. I had invited him to my TASTE OF SPAIN class. SEE MY FACEBOOK NEWSFEED

All my Thursday night courses are selling well including TAPAS of Spain & Portugal this Thursday 6th, followed by a Taste of Portugal on the 13th,  A Taste of Morocco on 20th and A Taste of Thailand on 27th.Every Thursday evening from 6:30 PM

 *I will also be giving another demonstration at Whitfords Shops @ 12 and 1 o'clock this Saturday 8th August: come along for a taster and the recipecard, mention this blog, and purchase my book for half price!

 *Another new venture this month is the fantastic TASTE of CHITTERING. Organised by the folk in the beautiful Chittering Valley who have invited Yours Truly to be in one of the official Taste Masters along with MENU magazine. Make sure you get there for a taste on 23 August Sunday and  say hello to me, mention this blog and again you can buy my book A TASTE OF THE WORLD for HALF PRICE.

NEXT MONTH:

2 New courses being developed,  A TASTE OF SOUTH AMERICA & A TASTE OF GREECE, as well as a TOUR in the SWAN VALLEY


June & July 2015

All my COOKING CLASSES throughout June are fully booked folks, where i shall be visiting the cuisines of FRANCE, THAILAND & PORTUGAL. There are still room in July for:

A TASTE MEXICO-2 JULY

A TASTE OF FRANCE-23 JULY

A TASTE OF SPAIN -30 JULY

I am hosting many CORP-TEAM BUILDING MYSTERY BOX CHALLENGES TOO

And don't forget THE KIDS COOKING WORKSHOPS, will he held again these JULY HOLIDAYS

BOOK AT:

 www.tastebudds.com.au

Also on the scene is a CATALAN CHICKEN 'ONE POT COOKING' DEMO, held as usual @MIRRABOOKA SQUARE shops on 20th June from 10am-12 NOON.

CHEF EXPLORER BOOKS: Next story due this June on SWITZERLAND, -published in the Swan Magazine this month and is an extract from upcoming Book 3-A TASTE OF EUROPE


APRIL 2015

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS are in full swing folks on 8th & 9th and 15 - 16th @
www.tastebudds.com.au

BOOK YOUR KIDS IN AND GET THEM COOKING GREAT FOOD INC:
FRESH BREAD, ITALIAN CHICKEN, SUSHI, MUFFINS, MACARONI CHEESE &  CHOCOLATE FONDANT!

For my ADULT 'TASTE OF THE WORLD/ CLASSES, BOOK IN FOR:
A TASTE OF THAILAND on 16th 630 - 930pm
A TASTE OF PORTUGAL on 23rd - both again at
www.tastebudds.com.au

Meanwhile, at 
mirrabookasquare.com.au/ HOME MADE
I will be demonstrating ANZAC BISCUITS on SAT AM 1030 - 1230 - 18th APRIL

MARCH 2015

Coming up this month folks are lots of sold out cooking classes exploring MEXICO, MOROCCO, THAILAND & The TAPAS of SPAIN & PORTUGAL. See latest FACEBOOK post for more info, or book at 

www.tastebudds.com.au

Also check out my CHICKEN RISOTTO Recipe at my live demo at Mirrabooka Square on 21st MARCH from 10-12am. SEE RECIPE on my RECIPE PAGE

Go to mirrabookasquare.com.au

For local Radio Ellenbrook 88fm listeners, Tune in on Friday afternoons from 3-5pm for the Sounds the 'Tweenies' in my Music Explorer Show and the Chef Explorer's A-Z of the World section, on for the C'S with a profile and Recipe from Cameroon (SEE PHOTO on FACEBOOK FEED and Colombia.

The for APRIL 2015 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS book the KIDS in at TASTE BUDDS COOKING STUDIO. See VIDEO ON FACEBOOK

FEBRUARY 2015

Coming up this month folks are lots of sold out cooking classes exploring MEXICO, MOROCCO, THAILAND & The TAPAS of SPAIN & PORTUGAL. See latest FACEBOOK post for more info, or book at

www.tastebudds.com.au

Also check out my Chinese Chicken Wings Recipe on my recipe page as well as a live demo at Mirrabooka Square on 21st Feb from 10-12am.

Go to mirrabookasquare.com.au

For local Radio Ellenbrook 88fm listeners, Tune in on Friday afternoons from 3-5pm for the Sounds the 'Tweenies' in my Music Explorer Show and the Chef Explorer's A-Z of the World section, on for the B'S with a profile and Recipe from Bahrain and Bangladesh.


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!l

Let us continue with another year of EXPLORING! Like me on FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM to get regular updates, Especially for CLASSES. And check RECIPES for latest uploads.


DECEMBER 2014

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO YOU? See the Great offer below!

 

1. MASSIVE CHRISTMAS BOOK/PRESENT SPECIAL= 50% PRICE REDUCTION!!


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See *attachment 

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REMEMBER PRICE IS FOR LOCAL'S/PERTH. INTERNATIONAL WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL POSTAGE TO SEND SIGNED COPIES. If you want EBOOKS, ORDER VIA THIS WEBSITE. IF YOU WANT SIGNED HARD COPIES. EMAIL ME BEFOREHAND.OR ORDER ON FACEBOOK

2.COOKING CLASSES @ www.tastebudds.co

i have Just completed my first three new Cooking courses  A TASTE OF SPAIN, A TASTE OF PORTUGAL and TAPAS OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL based on my TOUR OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL. in JULY 2014.

Go to www.tastebudds.co for the next courses in 2015.

You cans see the story unfold on Facebook! Meanwhile, I am still teaching KIDS CLASSSES @ TASTE BUDDS too with the NEXT 'BUDDING CHEFS' kids class focusing on INDIA on NOV 8 and a final PASTA one in DECEMBER 2014.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS WORKSHOPS from 30th SEPT- 9TH OCT are now finished for this year, but will be back in JANUARY 2015. Again check out www.tastebudds.co

CORPORATE Team building cooking classes in DECEMBER are also filling up fast.

3. SCHOOLS

My TASTE OF THE WORLD cooking classes at Cyril Jackson High School ACCESS programme is going down great guns with their talented teenagers! See my photo on INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK

Send the message out to other schools who can hire THE CHEF EXPLORER for workshops, events and guest chef Master classes in 2015

BALLAJURRA Community College: Having been involved with a Chef Explorer Masterclass, I attended their graduation TAPAS evening on 20th October-FANTASTIC!

Check out my FACEBOOK for reports and photos

4. Next is a new program with MIRRABOOKA SQUARE Shopping Centre. I have created 24 new recipes for them with 12 COOKING THEMES (EG: LUNCHBOX, FAMILY MEALS, GLUTEN FREE) which will be available in the store as well as MONTHLY DEMONSTRATIONS from NOVEMBER 2014-JUNE 2015. Go to 

www.yoursquare.com.au

 Check out my FACEBOOK to keep you updated  as well as the link mirrabookasquare.com.au

DECEMBER WILL BE A CHRISTMAS THEME WITH 'CHRISTMAS FLORENTINES', COME INTO MIRRABOOK SQUARE ON 13 DECEMBER FROM 12-2 for DEMO & TASTERS

5. WA CHILDRENS WEEK -Held at Whiteman park on 18th OCTOBER. I will be demonstrating 2 of my luncbox dishes: Sweetcorn and red capsicum Fritters and Mini Banana Pancakes-see RECIPES Page

6. COMING SOON= BOOK 3: A TASTE OF EUROPE. And check out THE SWAN MAGAZINE  for my latest 'CHEF ADVENTURER' STORIES on PORTUGAL for the OCTOBER Edition. And 'CHEF FOR STARTERS in NOVEMBER and a CHRISTMAS STORY FROM SWITZERLAND IN DECEMBER EDITION

KEEP ON EXPLORING GOOD FOOD AND CULTURE FOLKS!



JULY 2014                       A VERY BUSY MONTH AHEAD TRAVELLING!

a-taste-of-the-world-cup-cover.jpg1. 'A TASTE OF THE WORLD-CUP' 2014 BOOK HAS BEEN LAUNCHED, JUST IN TIME FOR THE WORLD CUP. ONLY AN AMAZING $7!-If you have a kindle/Ipad.
SEE THE BOOKS PAGE. YOU CAN ALSO ORDER A SIGNED HARD VERSION FOR $17 + P/P IF YOU SEND ME AN EMAIL.

Click here to read a review by Weekend Notes
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2. IT IS TIME FOR THE CHEF EXPLORER TO GO EXPLORING 'ON LOCATION'. I WILL BE AWAY MOST OF JULY IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SINGAPORE THROWN IN! Cool

Call it 'TASTING RESEARCH'!

The CHEF EXPLORER’S journey around the world continues on location in BARCELONA, SPAIN & LISBON/ SOUTH PORTUGAL. Check out all my blogs and photos on FACEBOOK.

*GO TO RECIPES PAGE FROM MY RECIPE 'SPANISH PRAWNS' IT IS YUM AND SIMPLE TO MAKE


3. Join a fully Hands on Cooking Class @ ‘Taste Budds Cooking Studio’ NEXT month exploring:
•    Saturday 2 AUG–Kids ‘AROUND THE WORLD’ Classes continue, with A TASTE OF AFRICA from 10am-1pm.
•    Monday 4 AUGUST Adults, ‘A TASTE OF MOROCCO’ from 6:30-9:30pm. 
•    Monday- DATE TBC -CHECK TASTE BUDDS WEBSITE Adults ‘A TASTE OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL’ from 6:30-9:30pm
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•    Private cooking classes and kid’s birthday party cooking classes can also be booked at Taste Budd’s. Visit www.tastebudds.co FOR ALL CLASSES

4. AND COMING SOON, BOOK 3: A TASTE OF EUROPE!

Meanwhile, I am just off now to TASTE SOME TAPAS & SANGRIALaughing

WELCOME TO THE CHEF EXPLORER HOME PAGE!

LET US START THIS WEBSITE STRAIGHT AWAY WITH A RECIPE.

DO YOU HAVE THESE INGREDIENTS?

  1. DO YOU JUST LOVE TO TRAVEL?
  2. AND LOVE TO TASTE GREAT FOOD ALONG THE WAY?
  3. LOVE TO COOK
  4. A DESIRE TO EXPLORE OTHER CULTURES?
  5. AND WHAT ABOUT A GOOD BOOK TO READ ON THE WAY?

Well if you answered yes to all of those questions or even at least two, then you are on the right website!

Hi, my name is Brendan Murphy and I have been traveling and cooking my way around the world for around 30 years or so!

I am a qualified Chef, Commercial Cookery Teacher and Freelance Travel Writer. I am also an experienced Traveler and Author.

Ever since self publishing my first book, ‘A TASTE OF THE WORLD’, in 2009, I have continued to cater as a Chef, demonstrated the fine arts of cookery as a Chef-Lecturer and participated in lots of local cookery related events. I have also presented promotional talks and readings from my book at several venues around the city. At these events many people have asked,

“What ‘exactly’ is ‘The Chef-Explorer”?

Good question!

Really it is a combination of what I am, firstly as a Traveller and then as a Chef. I explored the world of culture as well as cuisine and being a prolific diary writer kept 30 years of Diaries and travel journals along the way!

I created the concept that is ‘The Chef-Explorer’ about 10 years ago as a business name in which I catered as a chef, taught as a lecturer or wrote cookery columns. Prior to that I had been teaching as a Chef-Lecturer in a variety of TAFE colleges in Western Australia and England and qualified as a TAFE (College) Lecturer at Curtin University in 1996. I have also worked as a Chef and Head Chef in England, Germany, Switzerland, Gibraltar, the Greek Islands and all around Australia.

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After re-settling in Western Australia with my family, my writing developed further when I studied part time for the ‘Diploma of Travel Photojournalism’. Meanwhile, my regular local newspaper cookery columns developed into true short stories published by ‘The Swan Magazine’ and it was with them that ‘The Chef-Explorer’ seemed to take on a more definitive role.

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