The Salt Book Launch at Mumu Grill

On Monday July 5 2010, the Gourmantic duo attended The Salt Book launch at Mumu Grill in Sydney’s Crows Nest. A few days earlier, I had won a ticket the event when I entered a Twitter competition run by @helenlovesfood of Arbon Publishing.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

With the principle of ‘salt wise’ , the Savouring Salt event gave us the opportunity to learn about cooking, experimenting and preserving with salt.

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We kicked off with red salt-rimmed cocktails made with 10 Cane Rum and pineapple juice. These were quite a hit and made us think of warm tropical evenings on a cold and wet winter night.

Capital Wines

We were introduced to some great wines from Capital Wines in the Canberra region. The Frontbencher Shiraz and the Swinger Sauvignon Blanc were very pleasant to drink and the Ministry Series labels on the bottles make good collectors’ items.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

After the official welcome, Fritz Gubler one of the authors of The Salt Book gave the audience an introduction to salt and the concept behind the book.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

A salt tasting station was set up along the far end of the bar with 13 different varieties to try.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

Not unlike a wine tasting, we were given salt tasting notes with food pairings and suggestions to try at home.

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Tomatoes with Halen Mon Vanilla Salt or Strawberries with Tetsuya’s Truffle salt? One can only be limited by imagination.

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We overheard Chef Craig Macindoe tell some guests to put a little Murray River Pink Salt in their mouth then eat a cumquat so we tried it. What a sensational taste explosion!

Chris Cranswick-Smith

Outside the restaurant under the warmth of outdoor heaters, Chef Chris Cranswick-Smith of Emmilou Tapas Bar was guiding us through the making of flavoured salts.

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From citrus zest to Sichuan and stronger aromatics and spices, there were unusual varieties to consider.

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The end result was passed around for tasting.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

This black salt reminded me of the bits of volcanic rocks I brought back from Hawaii’s Big Island.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

We tasted some unusual salt mixes such as black olive salt (my favourite), rosemary salt and a pungent and delicious garlic salt. Flor de Sal and Falksaltvarieties were passed around but I needed a drink after all the tasting.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

Inside the restaurant, a cooking demonstration by Chef Craig Macindoe was already underway. Unfortunately, this was as close as I got to Chef Mumu’s segment. A large and eager crowd was gathered around the open kitchen leaving no room to see anything even from the sidelines. Judging by the plates being passed around, we missed out on some great food. However, I got to try the dark chocolate mouse and salted pineapple wafers. They were sensational!

I took the photo above as the crowd began to disperse making room for the next demonstration.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

An entr’acte with a promise of what was to follow.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

Next, Chris Cranswick-Smith demonstrated methods of curing beef fillets.

Chris Cranswick-Smith

This salted strip loin of beef…

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

… can turn into this cured slab in just a few days…

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

… a handsome piece which he sliced horizontally for texture.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

Grilled salted beef was passed around on this gorgeous pink plate.

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There was some audience participation and possibly some live tweeting going on.

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The food segments ended with this warm bread oozing with salted chocolate and chocolate brioche slices from Brasserie Bread. A lucky person won this Himalayan Salt Bowl.

The Salt Book goodies bag

Everyone received a goodies bag with The Salt Book (RRP $34.99), Lindt Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt and other salt samples. Tickets to the event were $48 and included the book.

Before we left, we chatted with Helen and Richard from Arbon Publishing, Franz Gubler the author and Denea from Gourmet Rabbit. We thanked Chef Craig Macindoe and although we didn’t the opportunity to try his food on the night, we’ll have to return to Mumu Grill.

The Salt Book Launch event was an enjoyable, fun and educational evening. We were quite taken with the concept of the book and left with inspirational ideas. We tried a lot of salt, washed it down with some great Capital Wines and meet two very talented chefs from restaurants we are eager to try.

The Salt Book Launch - Mumu Grill

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Mumu Grill
Chef Craig Macindoe
70 Alexander St
Crows Nest

Emmilou Tapas Lounge
Chef Chris Cranswick-Smith
413 Bourke Street
Surry Hills
http://www.emmilou.com.au/

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

24 Comments:

  1. I had a fantastic time and learned a lot about how to cure and flavour salt. Everyone I’ve spoken to about the event would love to attend subsequent ones, such a great concept. And I’m the live tweeter in your photo! :-)

    • Hi Tiphereth – It was a fabulous night and what a lovely surprise! We were the couple with cameras standing right next to you :)

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  3. Wow! What a great night of salty culinary insights and delights!
    Thanks Helen and Richard for putting on such a great event!

    Cheers, Iggy

    • Hi Iggy and thank you for your comment :) Helen and Richard have done a wonderful job to make it a successful event!

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  5. Nice recap of the event. I was also at this event and was must say it was pretty interesting. Who would have thought you could do so much with the humble salt. Food was fab and the cocktail was brilliant!

    • Hi Phuoc’n Delicious and welcome :) Absolutely! I think we all look at salt in a different way after the event.
      Were you the one with the SLR camera? I spotted someone else taking photos and wondered if they’d be a food blogger :)

      • Hi! Well I was with 3 other food bloggers and 2 of them had SLRs so it could have possibly been them. I was taking pictures too but my camera isn’t a SLR. How good is the goodies bag hey? I’m not a big dark chocolate fan but the Lindt dark choc was salt is beautiful.

        • I see :) I remember one girl with a black SLR so I thought it might have been you. Those goodie bags are great value. I’m saving my Lindt for the weekend!

  6. Like fat, I think far too many people are scared of salt. They don’t realize that most of our salt issues are from processed food, not adding it to fresh food.

    • Hi Ayngelina and welcome :) Unless one has a medical condition, it’s all good in moderation. Sadly, one of the effect of processed food is that it has changed the way we used to enjoy the basics.

  7. Good to see salt being used in a modern way and so many varieties out there. I’m interested in this black salt from Hawaii or did I read this worng?? Super post I’m off to lick a block of the white stuff now…

    • Cate, the black salt doesn’t come from Hawaii. It reminded me of volcanic rocks!
      I’m a fan of using salt in moderation. Happy licking! :)

  8. Hi Gourmantic

    I loved the Savouring Salt event. It was a perfect opportunity for me to learn how to cook and flavour salt (and use the right type) as well as meet up with some friends.

    Great pics!

  9. Hi Gourmantic

    The Savouring Salt event was fantastic – a great way to find out how to use salt in cooking and produce interesting flavours, but also the history. It was also a good opportunity to catch up with some friends.

    Great pics!

    • Hi Johanna and thank you for your comment :) The history was fascinating, particularly with the use of camels to transport salt. A fun, informative and delicious event, we couldn’t have asked for more!

  10. What a fabulous event. Vive le sel!

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