THE FORAGER | In this week’s column: hot cross buns with a difference, decadent chocolate, Central Market Easter specials, a new city laneway bar, and Jamie Oliver’s tips for feeding kids.
Easter buns and chocolate
InDaily has discovered an interesting take on hot cross buns made with fresh figs macerated in Muster Shiraz from the Barossa Valley.
Chefs Andy Thiele and Paul Gray produce a fresh batch each day at their Waymouth Street premises – Delicatessen Kitchen and Bar – and will continue making the “hearty” buns until Easter.
But some of the best sourdough fruit hot cross buns around Adelaide are being made by the Stirling Hotel Cellars and Patisserie each day up to and including the Easter weekend.
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | “Only Pinot and Neb, as reds, stand alone. And maybe Nerello Mascalese.”
So tweeted reviewer Gary Walsh of the wine-ranking website The Wine Front, a reviews compendium published by Campbell Mattinson since 2002. Campbell is also James Halliday’s editor.
Our discussion of my March 17 vintage report led to an interchange about where certain varieties grow best or worst, which led to blends which are necessary to hide mistakes. At which point Gary named the only three grape varieties he feels are good enough to release as straight varietals without being blended with other varieties: Pinot noir, Nebbiolo and Nerello Mascalese.
That’s a big claim to make in 140 characters.
Blending is the parfumerie end, the refined pinnacle of the winemakersR Full Story »
AFL | The AFL anti-doping findings have left ASADA with two bad options – launch an appeal that no-one wants or concede defeat.
The tribunal’s acquittal of 34 current and past Essendon players is a massive blow to the credibility of the national anti-doping body.
It could not have any of the charges upheld despite a joint investigation with the AFL that lasted more than two years.
ASADA boss Ben McDevitt will front the media in Canberra on Wednesday morning.
He was furious after Tuesday’s findings, saying in a statement that what happened at Essendon in 2012 was “in my opinion, absolutely and utterly disgraceful”.
ASADA’s parent body, the World Anti-Doping Agency, can also appeal against the tribunal findings.Full Story »
Adelaide | Some Adelaide Hills grape growers have been forced to abandon their entire vintage after their grapes tested positive to smoke taint from the Sampson Flat bushfire.
One of the growers and winemakers, Frank Baldasso, was trapped on his property during the January blaze, and counted himself lucky to have survived as the fire roared through one of his vineyards.
He had lost about a quarter of his vines, but he was safe, and optimistic that the smoke – thick enough to block out the sun, but quickly swept away by the wind – could not have ruined the rest of his precious vintage.
Years of labour and hundreds of thousands of dollars had been poured into his Kenton Valley vineyard.
But earlier this month Baldasso received the worst possible news, having sent samples from eac Full Story »