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!
Italians do it better...
Matt Moran runs an empire of six casual and upmarket eateries in Sydney and Brisbane. I am a regular of his Opera Bar at The Opera House, a nice pre-concert dinner place or an afternoon jazzy place for a drink with loved ones. I will certainly pay a visit to his garden restaurant in the middle of posh suburb Woollahra, where this latest cookbook comes from. Woollahra is also home of the top butcher shop Victor Churchill, which has recently opened an annex at the Sydney Fish Market.
But before we get to his cooking demo, let's feature a few newcomers and some of our favourites regulars...and we will be starting with cheese!
New and Regular sTallholders
Small Cow Farm started in 2005 with a small herd of Irish Dexter cows. Nowadays their production encompasses brie and camembert style cheese, feta,, blue and a reblochon inspired washed rind.
They were sharing with Nimbi Valley Dairy up in Northern New South Wales who specialises in goat milk and cheeses. I will have to try next time.
Both companies, as well as Pecora Dairy also from Robertson are members of the Australian Specialist Cheesemakers' Association.
And Now, Let's Get Cooking with Matt Moran
MIffy Rigby has worked in food for nearly two decades as a cook, journalist, editor and events host, and at Fairfax will also work across the The Sydney Morning Herald Pyrmont Growers’ Market and NSW Food & Wine Festival presented by Citi.
She was national chief food and drink critic for Time Out Australia and appears on several radio and television programs, including as a guest judge on Masterchef Australia. She has also judged the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the World’s 50 Best Bars, and various national cocktail competitions. She has travelled widely and hosted countless events, including Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, What a Wonderful World and Taste of Sydney. Welcome!
Matt was entertaining the crowd with stories of his apprenticeship, recalling that he thought he would never make it to the grill and was amazed when he first managed to crack an egg with one hand! He certainly knows how to crack a joke as well!
Matt Moran did give us a great show, cooking four dishes in a record time. Two salads: Burrata, tomato and cucumber salad and a fig and goat cheese salad, then two meats: Sirloin grass fed and a duck and mango contraption, which I wished I had been allowed to taste! Also, a quick comment on these photos: due to the enormous crowd, it was really difficult to get the right angles and the closeness I usually achieved and I had to use my longer zoom lens all the time. Sorry folks...
Matt did get all the ingredients from the market and adapted some of his recipes to accommodate what was available. Hence the name of his new book and the philosophy behind all his cooking.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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