Posted May 1st, 2013 in Bagelier Bagel | No Comments »
I’ve been doing this online bagel shop called “Bagelier” (Facebook page / website) since 2009, and now I supply to 6 cafes + individual customers across Perth. I don’t know how I got here. I didn’t put an ad or promote my home business elsewhere except writing about it here in Umeboss, but somehow I got offers from cafes and now I deliver my bagels to them regularly.
It’s been so great doing wholesale service – it’s kind of like my dream had came true. I work at home and also take care of my son. What else can I ask for?
But now, with appreciation for all the supports I’ve received, I’m thinking to downsize this bagel business. There are quite few reasons for this, but one of them is that I realised baking bagels is something I wanted to do as a side, not as a main job. Also that I had much less time to be with my son to play together and do what he wants to do since I started the wholesale service.
So from June 2013 I will stop wholesale and would like to concentrate on individual customers only.
I’ve also decided that I will only open the “bagel shop” few times a month. This “open day” will be updated regularly on Bagelier’s Facebook page. Since Bagelier doesn’t have a physical shop, I will set up a “pick-up place” for customers to pick up their orders on the open day. Everything including taking orders and answering the questions will be done online (via email and through the website) as before. The difference is that customers can now pick-up their bagels without minimum order & any delivery fee.
So this is the positive side. And, you won’t need to buy bagels in set of 5 – you can purchase 1 of each flavour if you wish.
There will be some extra bagels sold on the “open day” so customers can purchase some extra in addition to their ordered bagels as well.
It sounds little selfish, but I hope some customers are happy with my decision. Some orders can be arranged for delivery, and please remember that I’m flexible
Everything will remain as it is until the end of May – so if you would like to place some order and get delivered to your door, simply visit my website www.bagelier.com and start choosing your bagel selection!
And, if you have Facebook account, don’t forget to LIKE me and connect with Bagelier @ my Facebook page
Stay tuned ♪
Posted April 27th, 2013 in Food | No Comments »
I haven’t written on Umeboss regularly for a long time and I feed bad I used to write a post almost every day before, but now I don’t seem to be able to find the time to sit back and write what I want to write about. I don’t want to say it’s something/someone’s fault, it’s just that I’ve been busy doing other stuff. But I feel bad.
Here in Perth the Autumn has arrived and I’m enjoying the beautiful sky and temperature. …. It rains a lot, and I see lots of snails (gross!), but let’s think that all this is part of nature. :)
In my hometown, Japan, we get lots of delicious food in Autumn. Some fruits, fish, chestnuts, sweet potatoes, etc etc are the best to be eaten in Autumn. But here, I don’t see much Autumn fruits sold cheap at the shops. Grapes, pears, mandarines, persimmon – to name a few – are the Autumn fruits, but grapes are not really cheap! Maybe it’s still too early? I hope the price will drop in few weeks when we start to feel winter is just around the corner.
I baked walnut nougat slices last night. It’s a perfect sweet to munch on with a cup of hot tea. I found that roasted almond would have gone much better on the nougat rather than walnuts, so I will try making it with almond next time.
Here is the recipe:
* butter and egg should be at room temperature
* I used 20cm x 20cm oven pan, but you can use a bigger sized pan
<Walnut Nougat Slices>
~ the base ~
- Unsalted Butter 150g
- Granulated Sugar 100g
- Egg 1
- Plain Flour 300g
~ the topping ~
- Unsalted Butter 30g
- Granulated Sugar 80g
- Cream (I used Whipping) 100ml
- Honey 30g
- Whole or chopped walnuts 150g
- Roast walnuts in the oven or in the pan over stove. Leave to cool down.
- Base – Add sugar to butter, and mix using a whisk. Beat egg, and gradually add to the butter mixture. Mix well.
- Shift in flour, and mix using a spatula. (DO NOT over-mix) Once the dough comes together, wrap in plastic and rest it in the fridge for 3 hours +
- Set oven at 180 ℃. Line baking sheet in an oven pan, and spread the dough over. Poke few times with fork. Bake in the oven for 15~20 minutes. Take it out of the oven and leave to cool.
- Topping – Place all the ingredients except walnuts in a sauce pan. Over low heat, simmer to caramelize. To check it’s ready to take off the heat, simply drop the caramel into a cup of water – if the caramel forms small balls inside the water, then it is ready. Take it off the heat, and mix with walnuts.
- Spread the nougat over the base. Level the surface. Bake in the oven at 180℃ for 20~30 minutes.
- Slice into pieces before it’s completely cool.
Posted March 17th, 2013 in Food, Perth WA | No Comments »
Today there was an Indonesian Food Fair in Bateman. I heard there’ll be many authentic Indonesian foods including savory and sweet, so I headed down there to have a try.
This WAICC Indonesian fair is annual event, and is carried out at Bateman Catholic primary school building.
When I arrived there – …WOW, lots of smoke coming out from satay section. There were people grilling satay in front of the building, and it was very smoky!! Smelled good at the same time too – variety of meat with Indonesian peanut sauce… yum!
There were lots of Indonesian signature foods such as Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng, Martabak. I got this sweet sesame ball-thingy (labelled “ONDE” but I’m not sure if this is the name of the food??) and it’s good It’s like the sesame balls you get at Yum Cha, but this one has different filling inside.
There were many great foods to buy. I’ll definitely come back next year!
Posted March 5th, 2013 in Eat Out in Perth - Japanese Food -, Food | 2 Comments »
For my son’s birthday we had a family lunch at Wagamama Subiaco. I’ve been to Fremantle shop few years ago (which had been now closed for business) so I knew this restaurant is not a proper Japanese restaurant ; their menu is definitely a fusion of Asian cuisine. But we went there anyway!
They do “kids eat free!” – a child eats for free when an adult purchases a main meal. This offer is available everyday!
Hiro chose “mini yakisoba” (stir-fried noodle), and his baby cousin chose “mini cha-han” (stir-fried rice). These say “mini” but the dish was pretty big. They both couldn’t finish their meal. I thought they taste bit too salty, but I guess that’s how local people like it.
I ordered “chicken katsu curry bento”.
My party ordered “pork belly ramen noodle”, “yakisoba”, “teriyaki salmon with rice”, and “teriyaki beef bento”.
“Chicken katsu curry bento” – the curry is not Japanese curry – it contains coconut cream. I didn’t like the rice too – too mushy They probably don’t bother using expensive Japanese rice (short grain). And, I was surprised the difference of meal size between “teriyaki salmon” and “bento”. ”Bento” contained just small amount of rice, but “teriyaki salmon” contained big mountain of rice on its plate.
Well. atmosphere is nice and the staff were friendly. We had fun over all.
We ordered desserts as well.
We ordered “banana katsu”, “coconut creme brûlée”.
“Banana katsu” came with coconut ice cream on side, and ”creme brûlée” came with chocolate brownie spring roll on side. Creme brûlée and brownie spring roll weren’t very sweet. They were all ok, but next time I’d probably just order ice cream if I want some dessert. Ice cream flavours include vanilla | coconut | lychee | green tea | black sesame seed |, and I think they are much better choice.
Posted March 4th, 2013 in Ume and Baby | 2 Comments »
Today is my son’s 2nd birthday ~~!!!!
Yesterday he had so much fun with his friends I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I held him for the first time at the hospital. He grow up too fast :_(
Last year on his first birthday, I made him only pancake so he could eat it. But this year, I made a huge birthday cake with lots of fruits + his favourite Japanese character “Anpanman”!!
He loved it!! All other kids were gathering around the cake too.
He could blow the candle pretty good! Well done, Hiro.
Happy 2nd birthday xxx
Today we had birthday lunch with family. We went to Wagamama Subiaco ; I will write about it on next post
Thanks for reading!