April 7th, 2007

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Produce - AC Butchery

My Easter weekend so far has been made of cancer - with my best friend being admitted to Concord Hospital, and then today going wig shopping for a wig for my partner's mother who is also undergoing chemotherapy. So I decided to improve my day by at least doing our fortnightly shopping at some of my favourite produce shops.

Our local butcher, AC Butchery is always a favourite. Not only is their meat of the most exceptional quality, they also have things you don't often see elsewhere. Today's find was a Wagyu Rump Roast ($22/kilo). Look at the amazing marbling:

We also picked up some lovely Duck, Pistachio & Orange Sausages ($18.99/kilo) which were a total bargain at $4.86 for two big fat sausages.

It's hard to go past a good steak, so we also picked up a couple of steaks - this time we chose John Dee Sirloins ($33.99/kilo or about $9.75 each steak).  John Dee is in Warwick, in the gently hilly Southern Downs (about 2 hours from Brisbane). They primarily run British breeds, including Hereford, Black Angus and Murray Grey (and crossbreeds of the three). They let most of their cows grow to about 32 months, and thus have more flavour than other types of beef which are generally taken to the slaughterhouse much younger. They are grain fed, a practice which has its supporters and its opponents. My vote is yet to be cast, but I intend to do a side by side taste test one of these days... I'll let you know what the results are!

AC Butchery are more than just a butcher. They have a range of quality products, including the best butter in the world - Lescure ($6.50/250g) and the best sea salt in the world - Maldon ($8.00/240g).

AC Butchery
174 Marion Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040
Ph: (02) 9569-8687
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Produce - Kimberley Chocolates

What's Easter without a bit of chocolate? As we get ready to embark on a drive to Tinonee tomorrow to wish my partner's Mother a Happy Birthday, we decided to grab some chocolate eggs to take with us.

We actually live a short walk from Kimberley Chocolates, which I must admit, made the idea of purchasing from them even more attractive. However the main reason I chose to do so was because they have awesome chocolate. Not only are they the home of interesting chocolates like chilli chocolate, but their dark chocolate is to die for. It's the perfect combination of rich, full chocolate flavours, without too much sweetness. So we have eggs-a-plenty, including some Dark & Milk Truffle Filled Half Eggs ($16 each) with truffles like: Mango & Forest Berry, Hazelnut; Peppermint; Rose; Port; Kakadu Plum; Lemon Myrtle; Rum & Raison; Coconut Rough and Coffee. There are also a couple of large Dark Eggs ($16 each) as well. Bring on the bunny I say!

We also got ourselves some chocolate - a bar of White Chocolate ($1.50) and a bar of Green Tea Chocolate ($2.00)

Happy Easter everyone!

Kimberley Chocolates
209 Lilyfield Road, Leichhardt, NSW 2040
Ph: (02) 9555-7900
Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Produce - Sugarloaf Patisserie

In the name of sharing, I took my partner to the best patisserie I have discovered in Sydney - Sugarloaf Patisserie. He was delighted with the range of new and exciting products... well new to us, probably not new or exciting to those used to South American baked goods. So it was empanadas for breakfast, and then some shopping for some take-home supplies.

This loaf was a complete surprise to us - it is a Pork Crackling Bread ($5.50). The small brown flecks you can see are indeed bits of crackling. It goes with the Lescure Butter a treat, but it also does equally well with Joseph Olive Oil and Maldon Sea Salt! It's quite an amazing looking loaf too - rolled, and the slashed after it has risen to produce an alligator-like skin!

For those with a sweeter tooth, there is dulce de leche (caramelised milk) in all manner of shapes and sizes. Today we selected Caramel Churros which were delicious!

The second sweet we selected (it was so hard to choose) is called an alfajore and it is basically puff pastry, with dulce de leche in between and around the sides, then rolled in coconut.

I feel a caramel coma coming on...

Sugarloaf Patisserie
37 President Avenue, Kogarah NSW
Ph: 9553-4933