Adelaide Food Central was invited to the official launch of the Paparazzi Clean Eating menu. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
It was just over a month ago that a select number of people got to sample some of the clean eating menu at the book launch of The Nutrition Detective Solution by Andrea Robertson. The clean eating menu is an extension of the existing Paparazzi menu and has proven to be a success as more people are opting for a healthier alternative when dining out. I for one, was looking forward to the event as I could once again savour all the natural flavours that are present in each dish.
Paparazzi went all out with this Food Blogger dinner by utilising the styling talents of Marie Kargiotis from The Stylist Loves. The rosemary plants act like a small divider between each side of the table, while the use of lemons as name holders was very clever. It was almost like a fine dining picnic out in the woods.
The Grilled Barramundi with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad & Broccolini is a dish on the clean eating menu that I’d yet to have. The barramundi fillets were grilled to a lovely golden brown and the flesh was so soft and delicate. The Mediterraean Quinoa Salad was secondary to the dish but just as good. The natural sweetness from the red onion and currants, the crunch texture of the seeds and nuts, and the sharp salty capers all balance each other out to create a tasty salad. Topped off with firm lightly cooked broccolini and this is a dish to look out for.
The Zucchini Slice is a blend of zucchini, carrot, onion, goats cheese, buckwheat flour, olive oil, eggs and spices. The slice is soft and spongey, and the natural flavours of the vegetables really shine through.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken is my favourite dish from the clean eating menu. Made from a combination of chicken, tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, almonds, goats yoghurt, spices and coriander, this the healthiest butter chicken you’ll ever sink your teeth into. It’s a must have dish.
The Spaghetti Bolognese with Zucchini Pasta is another dish that I’d yet to try. Zucchinis are shaped into spaghetti spirals and then mixed with traditional bolognese sauce and topped with goats cheese. Minus the carbohydrates you would get from normal pasta, the zucchini is slightly tart and is balanced by the sweetness of the bolognese sauce.
The No Bun Burger is a deconstructed burger without the bun. The meat patty is made from grass fed beef, and was thick and juicy. Topped with melted goats cheese, you can really taste the natural flavours in the meat. The salad of onion, parsley, lettuce, tomato, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, tamari, herbs, carrot, zucchini, almonds and coriander should have your vegetable intake covered. This is one burger that doesn’t require a bun!
The Paparazzi Clean Eating Salad contains grilled chicken, bacon, oven dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumber and lettuce. The lean morsels of chicken breast fillet was tender and succulent, and the cucumber added a nice crunchy texture. The subtle saltiness of the bacon was balanced by the sweetness of the tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Topped off with a slightly tart sunflower seed dressing and you have a darn tasty salad.
The Banoffee Parfait is a silky smooth blend of cashews, dates, arrowroot and vanilla. The bananas slices add a lovely natural sweetness, while the walnuts give the dessert a crunchy texture.
The Clean Eating Dessert Sampler (from top and then left to right) consist of the Paleo Florentine Spider, Triple Choc Swirl Cashew Cheesecake, Lime and Kiwi Cashew Cheesecake, Berry Delicious Cashew Cheesecake and Andrea’s Best Bliss Balls.
Paleo Florentine Spiders – nuts, seeds, sulphate free dried fruit, coconut oil, raw cacao and maple syrup. Can you really go wrong with fruit, nuts and chocolate? This is deliciously sweet and nutty.
Triple Choc Swirl Cashew Cheesecake – macadamias, dates, raw cacao, cashews, raw honey, coconut cream and coconut oil. Triple chocolate and cheesecake. Enough said.
Lime and Kiwi Cashew Cheesecake – almonds, macadamias, coconut, sulphate free dried fruit, coconut oil, cashews, lime, coconut cream and arrow root. The crunchy texture of the nuts and the natural sweetness of the dried fruit are heightened by the tartness of the lime.
Berry Delicious Cashew Cheesecake – almonds, macadamias, coconut, sulphate free dried fruit, coconut oil, cashews, organic blueberries, lemon, coconut cream and arrow root. Take out the zesty lime from the last one and add the extra sweetness of the blueberries.
Andrea’s Best Bliss Balls – nuts, sulphate free dried fruit, raw cacao, rice malt syrup, tahini and cacao nibs. For lovers of proteins balls with the added crunchiness of the nuts and the sweetness of the dried fruit.
I still can’t get over how delicious Paparazzi’s new clean eating menu is. Unlike the first time, I actually got to sit down and enjoy all the natural flavours in the dishes. The meals contained no preservatives, no gluten, no processed sugars and no dairy from a cow. While some dishes did contain natural sugars or goat dairy, these are the healthier alternatives.
I’ve sampled all these dishes before but I can say it was even better the second time around.
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