Set in the old locomotive workshop, this market started three years ago and is open every Saturday morning from 8.00am to 1.00pm. And...I never got a chance to visit until today!
Life has been quite full of (good...) surprises recently and that explains my seldom posting.
But hopefully, I will get back in the writer's seat from now on and will be able to entertain you with new stories on a more regular basis.
Although we have been blessed recently with very good weather in Sydney (after almost a year of rainy days...), it is a comfort to find the stalls of this market under shade, or shelter!
Being a more regular affair than the Pyrmont Market, it is obviously a bonus to be set in a more confortable setting. About 70 stalls are sharing this awesome space, complete with old machinery, blacksmith workshop (run by my friends Wendy ang Guido of Wrought Artworks), rail tracks and the ubiquitous violinist! - a change from the guitarist who entertains the crowds in Pyrmont.
Also, you can me Kylie Kwong our Aussie Chinese cook extraordinaire, actually cooking for you, delivering her famous dishes for a fraction of the cost in her Surry Hills restaurant. So, if you like fusion asian cuisine at its best, then rush to Everleigh!
Obviously, my friends from Willowbrae Cheese are there from whom I got a St Albans and a Mt Bowen, as well as a couple of other cheese makers, one in particular, Binnorie Dairy, coming all the way from the Hunter Valley, better known for its fabulous wines than other produce. I bought half a brie for a dinner party tomorrow night from them. So, you will have to wait a little longer for a review. It looks creamy enough, but might have required a bit more time to mature: no chance of that this time around though...
There are a number of organic fruit and veggies growers, plenty meat and charcuterie (bought a lovely chorizo from Eumindi Smokehouse...) and cakes and coffee (Toby's Estate, Bird Cow Fish...).
I missed an interesting olive and olive oil suppliers, although I shared a table with the owner and his daughter, as I didn't realised until I came home and did some more research for this article. Alto Olives is set on a large property in the Grat Dividing Range and the grove counts 15000 trees and 13 varieties both for oil production and for the table. I will talk to them over my next visit.
Another of my favourite product was there too in the form of raw honey, so raw in fact that some bits of the honeycomb are still in the honey. Mainly coming from ironbark trees flowers, it is quite mild in taste and really sweet. I bought a pot for my daughter (at least, this is my excuse..). Check it out at Nature's Gold Honey.
A taste of France: baby zucchinis, heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese
A few people have commented to me recently that I was lucky to know how to cook, as they would like to be able to do so themselves.
(one of my clients recently tried, unsuccessfully so far, to convince me that cooking lessons were part of my contract. No way, and he is of Italian descent as well!).
Anyway, today is a quiet day, as my children are away studying or partying and my wife in France, taking care of my Mum...
This is not a good enough reason for not eating properly. Besides, I went to the Orange Grove Market in Rozelle and came back with some baby zucchinis and goat cheese(s) from my friends at Willowbrae.
So, here we go: Braised the baby zucchinis with some spring onions, added some heirloom tomatoes at the last minute and topped up the onions with a dollop of fresh goat curd. Some smoked salmon on the side, some more goat cheese and fresh figs for dessert: et voila!
I should mention as well the multigrain baguette from Pierre Labancz, a real treat and perfect companion to these goodies.
I have recently developed a sweet tooth for Pinot Grigio from the Venice region, thanks to my friends Ian and Ettore, the local importers of Abet Laminati, and tried some more at Ventuno and at various other Italian-infused restaurants. So, I had to have a few glasses with this lunch, and it proved to be a perfect match!
ready now for a good cuppa and some music: life is beautiful...
A taste of France: The Growers Market Sydney
After a two month break, the growers are back at the Pyrmont Market in Sydney.
Before Christmas, I paid a visit to compatriot extraordinaire, Gilles, who with his wife of 30 years grows organic garlic near Braidwood, a small town between Canberra and Batemans Bay. It is a very seasonal business, as the garlic is harvested in November and all sold by the end of February, when it is time to plant again. See photo below.
Today brought two surprises; a new frenchman, Jean Marc Amar, who is at the market for the first time with his Australian made, but very French saucissons. It is believed that a 300g saucisson doesn't last more than 15mn...These ones will certainly have the same fate (or should I say fete...)
The second surprise comes in the form of an Italian inspired goat cheese from Willowbrae Cheese. Karen went on a grand tour of Italy last European Autumn and has refined her recipe since. One word: amazing!
Both products featured photographically below.
If you are going to have saucisson and/or cheese, then you need bread...and some red wine: you are in luck!
Near by in Ultimo, Ultimo Wine Centre have just received a shipment of the most amazing Pinot Noirs from Burgundy, and Domaine Gachot-Monot: Nuits-Saint-George, Cote de Nuits-Village and Bourgogne.
I have tried the Cote de Nuits-Village: it is simply delicious, supple, fruity, typical Pinot Noir, and thanks to the high aussie dollar, it is only 39.00$. I gather it won't last very long...If you miss out, you might want to rush and get one of the very few bottles left of Ultimo Wine Centre Hospices de Beaune Corton Grand Cru ‘Cuvee Dr Peste’ 2007...
Finally, we can find bread and pastries (fromage et dessert anyone???) in Rozelle, where Labancz Patisserie boulangerie has taken over my favourite bakery, Moana Bakery, which has been operating for over 15 years and with three different owners. Pierre Labancz, of Deus Cafe fame is baking a reasonable baguette, although not as good as Moana, but excels in the "pate feuilletee" department: croissants and pains au chocolat being butter rich, crispy and fluffy at the same time...
July is a busy month for me, as my wife, my sister, my late grandmother and one of my sons have their birthday in July!
So today is my "special girl's" birthday, and we start the day early by going to the Pyrmont Growers Market for breakfast. A quick visit to Zav's stand for zucchini flowers, and to Willowbrae Cheese to have a chat with David and buy some of his goat cheese. Being a gentleman, he offers one to my wife as a birthday present and I buy a tomato fresh curd, my daughter's favorite. Then Tricia hunts for a table in the sun (David mentioned it was -5degrees Celsius at the farm when they left this morning...so it might be 7 or 8 degrees now here...) and I queue for the goodies, snail and egg and smoked salmon roll, and later for coffee. Then, off for a stroll around and a visit to a new supplier: Lowes Mount Truffles showing the first harvest of the season, amazing! Everybody was haggling for a - small - piece of these marvels...At 2000$/kg, you can probably afford a sample, and it would be enough for a few omelets...
During all that time, we were regaled by Armando Percuoco of Buon Ricordo fame, teaching us how to make the perfect risotto...a bit of an overdose after George's masterclass on MasterChef last night, but an interesting twist on a classic altogether...
Then, off to the Fish Market to buy scallops, and on to Ultimo Wine Centre for a lovely couple of bottles:
Chablis, Domaine Laroche Saint Martin 2007, one of our favourite French Chardonnay. Tricia did the "vendanges" there a little while ago...(http://www.larochewines.com)
Chartreuse de Bonpas Reserve 2007, a lovely Cotes-du-Rhone, blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (www.louis-bernard.com)