Cambinata Extravaganza 2016

On Saturday 8 October 2016, the Nenke family will host their twelfth Cambinata Extravaganza. The event is held in the shearing shed on the century old farm. This is no ordinary shearing shed, however, and no ordinary event. The venue is described by Journalist Jane Cornes as ‘a cross between the enchantment of Aladdin’s cave and Crocodile Dundee’. Vintage artefacts hang from the rafters complemented by hand crafted candelabras and candlelit chandeliers. Combined with our grand piano, our guests really do experience the ‘wow factor!’

The evening is preceded by a mini expo where diners can meet and purchase from the regional producers of the fabulous foods and wines on the menu. The meal is fit for royalty! This year’s guest chef, Xavier Poupel, of Terroir & Table (based in the Great Southern region and originally from France), has prepared food for royalty, billionaires, political figures, and celebrities including the Aga Khan, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, Robert Redford and Prince Charles. Xavier has cooked aboard the private yachts of Princess Caroline of Monaco and the King of Saudi Arabia as well as worked as Private Chef for their majesties, King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan and the Sultan of Brunei. His resume includes Executive chef in renowned kitchens around the world and now he is excited to be coming to Kukerin! Fuelled by his own strong food and family traditions, Xavier’s passion has long been Provincial-style cuisine. True to his French traditional leanings, his approach is simple: ‘Quality seasonal produce first, with as little manipulation as possible: the idea is to enhance, not mask, natural flavours.’

Xavier will be accompanied by his friend and colleague, Eric Barlette, who was educated at the Montpellier Professional School of Cuisine, France. Xavier and Eric first met when Eric was Executive Chef for the Royal Family of Jordan and they are both looking forward to working together again at the Cambinata Extravaganza. Entertainment for this years Extravaganza will be headlined with international artist Minky G as well as by our ever popular resident pianist Cameron Evans. Each year guests camp in the adjoining paddock or stay in local accommodation. On Sunday morning, everyone is welcome to join the family for a barbecued breakfast and tour of the world class yabby establishment. Donations are collected for the Royal Flying Doctor.

Rich Keam, the winner of WA’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ Taste Master role, will be attending this year’s Cambinata Extravaganza. Rich will be exploring the best experiences the Wheatbelt has to offer, and will share his experiences with the world via social media.

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Yabby salad in coconut, mint and lime dressing, with mango and avocado

Courtesy Bert Lozey, Rendezvous, Perth, Western Australia , Serves 4
This makes a nice refreshing Summer dish. Serve with a bottle of good Chardonnay.

Ingredients

Method
Steam yabbies and refresh, then de-shell the yabby tails. Make dressing by mixing coconut milk, lime juice, mint and fresh pepper (a little mayonnaise can be added if creamy texture is desired). Season to taste. Make salad. Mix salad leaves, snowpea sprouts, watercress and finely shredded carrot and dress with coconut dressing. Peel mango and avocados and cut into slices. Arrange mango, avocados and yabby tails on plate, add dressed salad leaves and finish with coconut dressing.

Yabby salad dressing

Courtesy Chris Taylor, Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia, Makes 500 ml

Ingredients

Method
Place all ingredients (except the spring onions) in a medium pot and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the spring onions. Allow to cool and use to dress yabbies and salad.
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Yabby niçoise salad

Courtesy Chris Taylor, Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia , Serves 6
This salad is fantastic served on a platter in the centre of the table. New potatoes and poached quail eggs make an ideal addition

Ingredients

Method
Mix together all ingredients, except the olive paste and toast. Serve the salad with the olive paste and grilled ciabatta toast separate.

Yabbies with young coconut, mint and basil

Courtesy Chris Taylor, Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia Serves 6

Ingredients

Method
In a bowl, toss together the yabbies, young coconut, mint, basil, pine nuts and onions. Add a little dressing. Serve in a soup plate and spoon over more dressing. Sprinkle with fried onions and more pine nuts. Serve dressing and limes alongside.

Yabbies with Brescola & Fetta

Courtesy Bert Lozey, Rendezvous, Perth, Western Australia, Serves 6

Ingredients

Method
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Press into a round cutter. Shape and serve in the middle of a flat plate. Spoon excess dressing around and sprinkle with dukka.

Yabbies in Yoghurt Omelette with Hangalay Paste

Courtesy Chris Taylor, Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia, Serves 6

Ingredients

Yoghurt and egg omelettes

Hangalay paste

Method
Blanch the yabbies for two minutes, then refresh. Remove the flesh and rub in hangalay paste. Wrap in omelette and place in steamer. Heat the remainder of the hangalay paste and add coconut milk, cook for 5 minutes. Sauté the oyster mushrooms and bok choy in the ginger and garlic oil, season. Place the sauce in the middle of a large soup plate and the bok choy on top. Place the omelette to one side.
Yoghurt and egg omelettes Mix the four ingredients. Place enough mixture in hot pan to cover the bottom. Once one side is cooked turn over and cook other side. Continue until all mixture is used.
Hangalay paste Roast cumin and coriander seeds until fragrant. Place all ingredients except palm sugar, curry leaves and fish sauce in a blender and blend ingredients until smooth. Place into a medium pot and cook ingredients for 5 min. Add palm sugar & fish sauce, cook until a smooth thick consistency.

Chargrilled yabbies, with vegetables, balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing

Courtesy Bert Lozey, Rendezvous, Perth, Western Australia, Serves 4

Ingredients

Method To make tomato essence blend one kilo of fresh ripe tomatoes, put on the stove and bring to boil, remove and strain through a fine cloth. Reduce the tomato juice by approximately 80 per cent until a syrupy texture with sweet taste is reached. The natural sweetness and flavour of the tomato should not need any extra seasoning.
To make pasta combine 100 grams of flour, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and salt. Knead until firm and very smooth – let rest for about 1/2 hour then roll out two sheets until very thin.
Place flower petals, herbs and saffron strands on the sheets, then cover with the remaining sheets of pasta. Roll out very thin again. The finished pasta will show the flowers and herbs through the dough.
Cut into 5 inch square and boil in soft water for about 4-5 minutes. Assemble dish with sautéed Yabby tails, diced tomato and zucchini. Spoon over some tomato essence and sprinkle with pickled herbs, some flower petals and perhaps some aged grated cheese.

Chargrilled yabbies, with vegetables, balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing

Courtesy Bert Lozey, Rendezvous, Perth, Western Australia, Serves 4

Ingredients

Method
Brush split yabbies with olive oil and seasoning. Cut baby zucchini, eggplant and red peppers lengthways and brush with olive oil. Toss yabby halves in oil then chargrill, add basil pesto to yabbies. Chargrill vegetables and place in centre of plate. Surround with grilled yabbies and salad leaves. Dress with balsamic vinegar.