Food News – Pastoral Smallgoods
Last month I revisited Pastoral Smallgoods in Waterloo. Headed up by Jonathan Sankey, they were last year’s winner of the best Traditional Bone-In Leg Ham in the prestigious Australian Ham Awards run by Australian Pork Limited. A tour of their super-clean factory taught me a lot about the journey Aussie pork takes between the farm and our Xmas tables, with this busy little producer selling their award-winning hams to everyone from David Jones Foodhall to ALDI.
Food News – Smooth Festival of Chocolate
I approached this month’s Smooth Festival of Chocolate like I would if I were shopping while starving: I literally threw anything that looked remotely delicious into my trolley (aka: mouth). After avoiding breakfast, so I could have as much room available for edible decadence as possible, I started my cacao journey at Chocolate Del Mondo, where I dived face first into a Volcanic Chocolate Eruption ($10).
Food News – My Farmers Market Table
Farmers’ markets are basically some of my favourite things. When weekend availability permits, I’ll click up the kilometres in order to check out locally grown or produced food offerings from areas including the Canberra district, the Southern Highlands and up north as far as Newcastle and Blackhead.
Food News – Abhi’s Turns 25
Chef Kumar Mahadevan uses beautiful mandarin skin and fruit in his Salmon Kothmiri Tikki. The bold, acidic sauce also employs spicy tamarind but somehow leaves a hole big enough to taste the gently cooked (sous-vide) fish. It’s but one masterpiece presented at a series of 25th Anniversary Dinners held last month at Abhi’s in North Strathfield.
Food News – Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream
Nev Bagriyanik is easy to talk to. I popped in for a Turkish coffee and a bit of the back story behind Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream. In the hour we chatted we covered the history of ice cream in Turkey, which “dates back to the 1600s” and incorporates a wild orchid root called salep.
Food News – Singapore Food Festival
Kicking off tomorrow, the Shangri-La Sydney is running a Singapore Food Festival in honour of Singapore's 50th National Day Celebration on August 9. They’re upping the authenticity by flying in Chef Chia Jue Xian from their Singapore property for the festivities, which run from August 7-16.
Bar Fly: The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room
If you'd have asked me 24 hours ago how I felt about oysters, I would have probably made a comment about them being glorified sea boogers, but a preview evening at The Morrison's Oyster Festival forced me out of my ignorant shell and made me see these flawless little pearlers in a new light.
Food News – Japanese Food Culture
As Sydneysiders get more familiar with Japanese ways of eating, with izakayas springing up all over town, it’s natural we’d want to start cooking these simpler Japanese drinking snacks at home. Enter Hideo Dekura, all-round expert in Japanese food.