Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published October 11th 2012
Worth travelling a long way for
While we were knocking back the the new release wines at Ugly Duckling Wines, host Andrew asked us if we'd like to try the new range of pies they were offering - so we tucked in to pies especially made for Ugly Duckling using their own wines - Chicken and Vegetable with Chardonnay and Beef and Shiraz pie ($7.50 and worth every penny).
The pies are made by the Bindoon Bakehaus in Bindoon and as no sacrifice is too great in your service, dear reader, we drove up there to sample the full experience.
Bindoon Bakehaus is just delightful - a wide, open sales area together with an inside dining area with tables and a couple of comfy sofas, together with reading materials for Mum and Dad and a toy baking range and prep area so the smalls can play with dough - a wonderful idea.
Outside is under cover and seats about thirty or so - on a warm and balmy day, just magical.
The goods on offer are the usual breads, rolls, baguettes and a wide range of the pies and some eye-catching sweet pastries and cakes.
We sampled as many as we could, starting with Lamb and Rosemary ($6.50), which was just wonderful, rich and succulent in a serious gravy.
James' choice was a Beef and Guinnes, dark with flavour and with the malty taste of good ale. The pastry was obvously home-made, flaky and buttery. These were just two of the 'Gourmet Pie' range including Chicken Masaman, a breakfast pie of bacon, egg, cheddar cheese and tomato.
The standard range includes Steak and Kidney (with lots of chunks of kidney) and Chilli Con Carne, which has a really spicy filling.
By promising to have a very light dinner we also tried some of the pastries - a carrot cake ($5.80) that was was so good-tasting that you could overlook its healthy ingredients and a divine 'Banoffee Eclair'($5.50) Very light choux pastry filled with banana-flavoured vanilla custard, whipped cream dusted with crunchy almond flakes.
We accompanied this with a large mug of Capuccino ($3.90) and a milkshake and as my old granny used to say - 'I wouldn't call the king my cousin.'