The Joy of Cooking, Eating & Drinking – 13 August 2021
The Joy of Cooking, Eating &
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Welcome, I look longingly at some of the photos on Facebook of my friends based in the UK and Europe and wonder when some of will even get on a plane in Australia, so this post made me laugh this week – and laughing is always good.
I have had some lovely feedback on my newsletters. Thank you. I had a recommendation to watch The Truffle Hunters. You can find the official trailer here. It depends on where you live what platform you will need to view it. And there is another great article on truffles, including mention of my Twice Baked Truffle and Cheese Souffle which I shared last week too.
I’ve had a mixed week. Thrilled to get the kitchen bench and splashbacks in but disappointed to find from the plumber that the hole for the cooktop is just a shade to big and so it needs to be siliconed in from the top not the bottom. We’ll see – I don’t want to be able to see it around the edges. Then I learned from the electrician he should have been called back by the project manager before the splashbacks were put in – but he hopes he can still manage to do what we planned. At least he could restore some powerpoints in my kitchen for me to use in the meantime. I realise this is because lockdown has thrown everything out of kilter but disappointing all the same. However, last night I was unaccountably happy and I realised it was because it was the first time in five weeks that I was able to cook on a cooktop. See recipe below in the Last Week & Next section. It was absolutely delicious – so clean and fresh with clear flavours (I am rather sick of wet dishes) and I had a lovely pinot grigio with it and so was able to come up with the topic for this week’s newsletter: The Joy of Cooking, Eating & Drinking.
I would like to support Providoor, the business set up by chef Shane Delia first in Melbourne and now in Sydney. Our very best chefs are supplying high-end restaurant quality food for home delivery, chilled with only heating or last minute finishing to ensure quality. Providoor only charges 15% commission unlike other delivery platforms like Uber Eats which charge up to 35% and cuts restaurants margins significantly. However, the meal are often for four or banquets for two, so a bit much for one person. I would commend it to you though. the hospitality industry needs our help.
As for drinking, that’s taken care of by some wine deliveries including from Longview of their new vintage Italian range of wines inspired by their favourite Piedmont styles. I have long been a fan of their ‘Juno’ Nebbiolo Rosato and look forward to trying the Barbera and ‘Saturnus’ Nebbiolo.
In other good news my handyman was able to come and take apart a big wall unit I no longer want and install new shelves in my study so I am thrilled about that. However, I went out for a walk while he did it so madly trying to get this written. It will be a busy weekend sorting things out but it is all keeping me very busy.
I am still hopeful we will be out of lockdown for my Moroccan Cooking Dem & Lunch which has been moved back and will take place from 11am – 3.30 pm on Sunday 24 October.
Please take care and stay in the loop onFacebookandInstagramif that’s your thing. I understand if not.
Latest release of Longview Piedmontesque wines
Now read on or scroll down, remember there’s something for everyone in this newsletter wherever you are in the world.
For something sweet, a time-honoured favourite from Italy: Lemon Polenta Cake & Lemon Mascarpone, also from Best Collection. Be aware it makes a cake big enough for 12 – 16 so you can always give some away for a lovely gift or freeze some.
Lemon Polenta Cake & Lemon Mascarpone
Last Week and Next
I remained enamoured of the Olympics and so I posted another Japanese recipe for Gyoza , another great finger food recipe for TV viewing.Then I was pre-occupied with my kitchen renovation and needing to get out of the way so the tradesmen could work, so I didn’t post much, except for Lamb Mini-Roast with Garlicky White Bean Pureeand Swordfish with Lemon, Anchovies and Garlicwhich I mentioned in my introduction. I adapted it with barramundi and I was really pleased with the outcome.
Next week there is Pinot Noir Day to look forward to on 18 August, so stand by. You can stay up-to-date with me on FacebookandInstagram
Swordfish with Lemon, Anchovies and Garlic
Reading and Watching
Eativity – a new online publication
I have only just become aware of relatively new online boutique publication Eativity. It is a digital food and agriculture news publication for both consumers and industry, which specifically champions sustainable and ethical food producers, while celebrating all that’s great about Australia’s seasonal and local produce. It was a Covid-era start-up, founded a year ago by Sydney-based journalist and TV-producer, Moira Geddes. Despite the challenges, Geddes wanted to keep consumers in the know and help small producers grow and two months ago was able to step down from her full-time job to focus on this.
Increasingly, global food supply chains have triggered disconnects between consumers and their food supply. Eativity seeks to change this by providing consumers, food producers and retailers the information they need to become more enlightened and empowered, and assist business growth. Subscribe to her newsletter and see for yourself. The website is rich with content:news, health, harvest, lifestyle, recipes and video, focussing onfood from the paddock to table with a particular orientation to smaller artisan farmers and food producers. Yet it also tackles bigger picture agriculture and food processing, health and nutrition, food technology and innovation, research, hospitality and food tourism.
If you’ve been missing travel you might like Academy Travel’s Lockdown Lecture series which takes you inside some of the world’s most famous archeological sites and galleries with expert lecturers. All $25.
The Sydney Opera Housecontinues to offer lots on line with Stream showing films and concerts, Ideas at the House and reading about Preserving the Grand Organ.
I am a fan of the Brandenburg Orchestra and on Brandenburg Onethey have wonderful performances online.
Aussie Artisan Week
Aussie Artisan Week is back from 16-23 August, albeit a lot online to encourage consumers to support locally made goods and ponder on the true meaning of artisan. As founder Pepe Saya Butter puts on their website “When we talk about what an artisan is we are talking about the passion the person has towards their craft, their use of techniques that are lost in mass production, and most importantly a person whose focus is on creating a beautiful product, based solely on quality. They are someone who celebrates the seasons and the inconsistencies, they aren’t trying to homogenize everything.”
Artisans are showcased from across the country, showcasing their efforts creating quality produce. After a successful launch in 2020, the founders of the event have joined forces with the likes of Mapo Gelato, Olsson’s Salt, Nice Pickles, Sobah Beverages, Ainslie Urban Farm, Bruny Island Cheese, Alice Springs Bakery and many more. We are all invited to support artisan producers through visiting local farmers markets, shopping locally or buying online directly.
Morocco Tour 23 Sept – 4 Oct 2022
Mint tea, one of the defining aromas and flavours of Morocco
Moroccan Culinary Tour begins in Rabat on Friday 23 September til Tuesday 4 October This trip will see us travel from Rabat the capital, to spiritual Meknes and Fes, and to Marrakech the red city. On the way you will explore the archaeological site of Volubilis, visit a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains, and relax by the coast in tranquil Essaouira. You’ll discover the delicacies of Moroccan and French food, dine in local eateries through to upmarket restaurants, and experience the making and flavours of Moroccan dishes during cooking classes. Luxury accommodation is in charming, authentic riads. sometimes in exclusivity. Only 10 – 12 guests. This tour is nearly fully booked, so we are considering another tour later in October. Watch this space. By Prior Arrangement is highly experienced and well-known in Morocco and I have confidence in working with them to bring this very special tour into being. Talk to them about the trip, or feel free to email me with any queries. I am excited!
Read Where to Eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Rabat.
Puglia Tour October 2022
Sea urchins fresh from the sea in Puglia
Puglia in the boot of the heel of Italy is still relatively unspoiled. A secret Italians tend to keep to themselves, it is a wonderful place to visit and so much less crowded than Tuscany. After Morocco I’m going on to host Culinary Adventures in Puglia and Basilicata 8 – 14 October 2022. Join me and share an unforgettable week of culinary and cultural exploration. Think hands-on bread, cheese making and cooking class; visits to wineries, olive farm, tours of UNESCO sites Alberobello & Matera & other cultural centres with local guides. All sensational meals and wines included. You only need money for the very inexpensive shopping you will find there.
Group size: an intimate 8-16 places only
Lodging in authentic, family-run noble estates and palaces
Operated by: Local Puglia specialist Southern Visions Travel: the leading experiential travel company in Southern Italy