Once again I’m unsure as to how it has happened, but December is rushing past me at a breakneck pace and I’m pretty sure I’m on a collision course with Christmas which is going to end fairly unpleasantly if I don’t pull my finger out. With that in mind, yesterday I took myself down the hill to the Adelaide Central Market and at least made an effort to wrap my head around the impending food binge. I had a bit of a wander around looking for some specialties of the season and thought I might share a few of them here with you.
I don’t know about you, but Christmas isn’t Christmas here without a huge lump of ham on the bone taking up vast amounts of space in the fridge and appearing at every possible ingesting opportunity for a week or two. (Never store your ham in the plastic. Wrap it in a tea towel or an old pillowcase turned inside out which has been dipped in acidulated water – 4 cups water: 2 tbsp vinegar- and thoroughly wrung out, changing every day or two.) We are particularly spoiled for choice in this department at the Adelaide Central Market and I am struggling to choose between two especially.
Barbara Knoll at Barossa Fine Foods ,of course, has their splendid award-winning ham but did you know it also comes in a delicious orange glaze all ready for you to bake.
Sometimes timing is just everything in this world, isn’t it? Such was the case when I popped in on Tony O’Connell of O’Connell’s Meats just as they were pulling out this magnificent haul of double-smoked hams from the smoker. Tony will be using these in a carving demo at the Adelaide Central Market stage on Friday (14th Dec.) afternoon and the smell is guaranteed to drive you wild.
Poultry is another protein that will be on our table on the big day and I’ve opted for one of Saskia Beer‘s fine birds boned and stuffed, from Feast Fine Foods. A goose is one of the more traditional birds to eat at this time of year in Europe, but not so much here. If you fancy changing your traditions around a bit you can pick up a splendid goose from Marino Meats at $19.95 per kilo and then toddle over to Lucia’s and buy some French goose fat with which to baste it.
For those who want to stick with the traditional poultry, but only have a few to feed or simply can’t face the idea of a whole bird the lovely Frank, at Vegas Poultry , has the perfect alternative – free-range turkey chops! Sling them on the barbecue and you’re done!
Edible centre-pieces hold quite an attraction for me and this cake-pop Christmas cake can certainly make dessert a much simpler affair. You’ll find these at The Providore and they can be made as simple – or as huge – as you want. Too easy!
A couple of foodie-type gifts caught my eye, too.
These gorgeous blue and white ceramic pots of imported artisan Stilton available from Say Cheese are sure to make the cheese-lover in your life very happy indeed. And for last minute, emergency gifts how about a big bag of white chocolate rocky road from The Providore?
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I know I’ve neglected you all again, but I think I’ve had a really good excuse – the national Australian food blogging conference, Eat Drink Blog 2012! It has been ship-load of work (pardon my language) and a challenge at times, but last weekend saw the program become a reality as 80 food bloggers descended upon Adelaide. We had a wonderful weekend of the very best of South Australian food and wine provided by some extraordinarily generous sponsors and a day full of blogging information shared by our talented presenters including our exciting special guest, Dianne Jacob.
Normal service on this blog will resume shortly, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some of the fun with you.