Somer Sivrioglu is the happy proprietor of Efendy's, a great turkish restaurant in trendy Balmain in the Inner West of Sydney. I have visited quite early in the piece and have not been back recently, but it was a very happy and delicious experience. Hence why I was keen to revisit Somer's cuisine.
Also, Somer has just released a book, three years in the making, called Anatolia, part travelogue, part recipes book and it is a phenomenal book, beautiful manufactured and designed by Murdoch.
Barbara Sweeney had organised for Somer to perform at the Everleigh Market where she runs a regular stall called Talking Cookbook, where she gives free cooking advice to people visiting. Rumor has it that I might be invited along one of her next attendance and bring my own cookbooks...
So, here we go, watching Somer preparing two of the dishes from his book
It was a delight to watch and listen to Somer cooking his Turkish Deligths. I got a chance to taste everything and it was deliciously simple and earthy: the turkish version of cucina povera! Perfect!
But first a little visit to the Everleigh Markets
Meetings with some remarkable women
Those formidable women will certainly be instrumental in helping us moving up on the world scene of food, organic farming, locavores and other ventures that this blogger is keen to involve himself with over the coming months...Stay tuned for more information about what we are trying to achieve and how you can come along for the ride.
Prince Wine Store Sydney - Chateauneuf du Pape tasting
As part of their aggressive marketing campaign for the opening of their Sydney store, Prince Wine Store had pout on a great line-up of six Chateauneuf-du-Pape all from 2012 and all quite heavy in alcohol at 15%...not for the faint hearted! I didn't even know my compatriots were engaging in that sort of behaviour... Anyway, I never had a chance before to taste so many of those wines in one go. Chest chose faith maintemant, mercy Jon!
And I love Côtes du Rhône - Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas figure very high on my list of preferred wines, so it was a great opportunity to compare and forge myself an opinion of the great diversity of these different wineries. My preference went straight to the Domaine de la Charbonnière, followed by Clos du Mont Olivet and Font de Michelle Cuvee Etienne Gonnet, two wines that were so similar that I don't think i could have pick one out of the two on a blind tasting. I was not too keen on the newer style of Domaine La Barroche, call me old fashioned, but these wines didn't have the right signature for me. One other Chateauneuf not represented here is Domaine de la Janasse, one of my late Dad's (and mine as well...) favourites.
NSW Food and Wine Festival - Sydney Cellar Door
Almost 70 wineries were present at this event held in the beautiful Hyde Park in the centre of Sydney, where old meet new and centenaries trees provide shadow and comfort for the thousands of visitors on this sunny late summer afternoon in our beautiful city. The Hunter Valley, the Riverina, Orange and Mudgee, the Southern Highlands and the wider area around Canberra.
Food was also well represented with Olive Oil, Oysters, Pizza, Honey, Asian food, burgers and the most exotic ingredient of all: saffron! Here some photos highlighting my preferred wineries and food outlets and some shots of the happy crowds, some quite inebriated by the time I got there, but on their best behaviour nevertheless and some very well dressed beautiful people to suit. Enjoy!
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Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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