I lived with Ms Mash and Bob Bob Bobbin for around two months and I loved living with them for three main reasons:
1. I love them 2. They have this amazing Beagle called Barney (who I think might be a Golden Retriever disguised as giant docile Beagle)
|Not the actual Barney- but almost as cute|
3. They are big time foodies and cook incredible food. (and let me eat it for free)
I came home just before the first Australian season of Master Chef kicked off and it became a daily ritual of Bob Bob Bobbin and mine to watch it ( criticise, yell, and generally crush on Poh)
|Master Chef hottie Poh: rocking hot loose waves|
So when I received an invite to attend "Green Team-Mini MasterChef Challenge" from Victor's food I knew that Ms Mash and I had to go.
After an interesting cab ride, where Ms Mash and I counselled the lonely driver (Cab driver: "Do you think I need a home phone?" Us: "You should do what's best for you) we arrived at Victor's full of excitement and grumbly tummies.
Instantly we were greeted with big smiles, offered a yummy glass of vino and given our uniforms for the evenings- our very own chef hat and apron.
|Killer chef hat hair|
Ms Mash and I were struck with a serious case of Real Estate envy as the "Mini Master Chef Challenge" was being held in Victor's home/headquarters and it is beautiful. Having just met Victor, who just oozes "super nice man and expert" vibes all over the place we decide that this dream place is Very Victor and want him to adopt us.
The challenge starts with Victor explaining the origins of Victors Food, what they believe in and he tell us that all the food we're cooking tonight is organic and the entire event is Carbon Neutral.
He also shows us how to correctly hold a knife and demonstrates how to chop and dice an onion correctly.
The most exciting part for Ms Mash was learning how to mince garlic.
The secret is nothing to do with a garlic crusher (apparently a huge chef faux pas) After finely dicing a garlic clove, add a little salt to the board and use the flat side of your knife and scrape over the garlic- and tada! perfect minced garlic.
Ms Mash can't wait to show Bob Bob Bobbin that one.
|Learning how to use a knife, real life skills|
We're split into two teams, Green and Blue and for a second it was a tad touch and go with Ms Mash and I almost put on opposing teams but luckily Victor saves the day for this needy girl and lets Ms Mash and I play together on the Green Team.
Victor then introduces Wanitha who is gloriously colourful and melodic who not only gives us a run down on what to expect but almost a sermon on food and life too. " Imagine if you can create all this abundance in an hour what you can create in a life time". We all feel instantly excited.
|"Food is like a big hug from the inside" another brilliant Wanitha-ism|
For the challenge each team are cooking the same three courses:
Ocean Trout in Banana Lead with Pepita Seed Recado
|Victor helping us out|
|Ms Mash and my Baba Ghanouj-the world's greatest according to us and Barney|