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!
Italians do it better...
SMH Pyrmont Growers Market - 04/10/2014
Being the launch of Good Food Month in Sydney, and the theme being the BBQ, it was no surprise to find a number of stall holders bringing their own barbie and recipes to feed the masses...
There were also a few newcomers as well as most of the regulars and the seasonals like Gilles Bonin with his fresh garlic. So here are a few photos to illustrate the event. Luckily the weather was clement!
Biota Dining and Cloudy Bay at the Everleigh Markets and a few others - 11/10/2014
Well, when I heard that James Viles would bring some his crew to cook a storm at the Everleigh Markets, I had to get up early and get myself there in a hurry! I was not disappointed as I had a chance to taste again his fabulous mandarin sorbet, with a twist this time: peach sorbet and jelly and cryogenic roses and a glass of Sauvignon blanc from Cloudy Bay NZ, way before 10.00am...
You can also read my review of the restaurant in Bowral here:
The life of a food blogger requires a stainless steel lined stomach and a galvanised liver!
A few people are returning regularly now like Oysters Unplugged and Pasta Emilia that I have not covered before. Music was provided in a better location than before by no other than cello master extraordinaire called Haydn (His mum was a piano teacher...). Again a few photos for your enjoyment!
Orange Grove Market - 11/10/2014
Geoff has been a staple of food on television since 1992. He also runs a farm and cooking classes in Bowral. As we were talking about Bowral in our last post and reviewed Biota Dining not so long ago, I though it would be appropriate to talk about Geoff and his first appearance at the Everleigh Markets.
He is a very affable person and we had a great chat. I also got a taste of his mushroom soup: delicious!
But Geoff primarily makes preserves of chillies, tomato relish and capsicum jam and run cooking classes at the farm and is hoping to open a restaurant one day...In the meantime, he is preparing for a Culinary Tour in Morroco in November 2015 - click here for details and become a "gastronaute"!
SMH Pyrmont Growers Market
The stallholders population is quite stable at the SMH Growers Market in Pyrmont, so it is always a treat when we find some new people taking on the adventure of selling direct to the public.
Effendy's Restaurant in Balmain is featuring a range of Turkish sauces and dishes to tempt you to visit their already very well attended restaurant.
Pappardelle Pantry is a new venture of established restaurant Pappardelle, and proposes "authentic, organic and gluten free" Italian products online: Cook Italy, Eat Italy, Love Italy is their motto!
GARLIC FROM MORGANICS FARM - ORANGE
Another fabulous addition to our collection of organic fresh garlic on top of Gilles in Braidwood and Near River Produce in the hinterland of Port Macquarie, already extensively featured here.
Libby and Ken Morgan started growing garlic for their own needs 20 years ago. Libby and Ken Morgan started commercially about four years ago. It is mainly the purple variety that I personally prefers to the pearl variety as it tends to grow bigger bulbs and just looks better in the pantry! I believe it also tastes stronger, so definitely more for the real garlic (Gallic?...) lover!
SYO - Shuck your OWN - OYSTERS UNPLUGGED
Met Ben Ralston this morning, a young and enthusiastic oyster grower on the Clyde River, a few hundreds miles south of Sydney. Ben and his family have been at it for 140 years! and they produce a mean Sydney Rock Oyster. They have more recently embarked on a new journey to promote freshly shucked oysters in Sydney restaurants, and at your own function, event or party with their "mingling oyster shuckers" - I own the copyright on this one, Ben! - where waiters with a specially designed apron mingles through your guests and offer them to shuck an oyster for each of them under their bewildered eyes, season them - or not - with "embarked" vinaigrette and other condiments - squeeze of lime anyone? What a wonderful idea as an add-on to your regular caterer!
And now, we will be able to buy unopened, untouched oysters from Oysters Unplugged every Saturday from the Everleigh Markets, rather than the tasteless varieties courtesy of the Sydney Fish Markets!
A breath of fresh Melbourne air into the local food scene: enfin! Keep up the good work, Ben & Co!
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.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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