It’s Easter! (Yup it’s that time already.) The official beginning of the Autumn/Winter holidays and jumper season. It’s also an occasion when you catch up with those family members you may have missed over the summer.
It’s a standing joke that you can’t pick your family the way you can your friends so some of those family get togethers may be a bit awkward. Differences of opinions, lifestyles and outlooks are bound to occur. The trick is to keep smiling, remember to file these episodes under ‘Family Memories’ and persevere.
To help with this ‘plan’ we have created a new cocktail, B’Cuz. With just four ingredients, it’s easy to assemble, all Oz local and fabulous!
Its first ‘secret’ ingredient is Whipper Snapper’s Crazy Uncle Moonshine. This signature whiskey is made with 100% local WA grains. The label says it all including how we came up with the cocktail name!
Madenii’s Classic Vermouth with Australian botanicals is the ideal blend for this cocktail. Not too sweet and the ideal whiskey partner. (Think of this cocktail as a ‘Manhattan’ sibling.)
Our Riberry Shrub lends a bit of extra sweetness along with its spicy and tart note to the cocktail as well as a touch of colour. YUMMO!
Top it all off with another historical beverage Mead. Crafted in the Southern Highlands, BEE Mead is Australia’s first sparkling mead. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a drink that predates the Easter celebrations by several millennium! Our choice for this cocktail is the Honey & Spice flavour with its subtle holiday spice notes.
30ml Crazy Uncle Moonshine (Whipper Snapper Distillery)
15ml Madenii Classic Vermouth
15ml CC Riberry Shrub
20ml (approx.) BEE Mead Honey & Spice
- Combine Moonshine, Vermouth and Riberry Shrub in cocktail shaker and shake to mix.
- Strain into glass with ice.
- Top with BEE Mead and stir to mix.
Keep smiling &
I love ‘home’ movie nights because I can eat and drink and not worry about how strong the cocktails are. Or driving.
For me movies = Popcorn! Forget the Lux Theatre experience, just give me a tub of popcorn to make me happy.
Sydney’s recent ‘big wet’ and the end of daylight savings time, has been perfect for watching DVDs. (I’m old school.)
So to accompany the movies – POPCORN! And to make it super special I even made popcorn from scratch! Totally from scratch! Not put a bag of the shelf in the microwave but literally pull the kernels from the corncob and pop it.
This was all I needed. I found this popcorn at the Broadway Harris Farm, was intrigued and had to buy it. Mulyan Farms (www.mulyan.com.au) is based in Cowra and this product is fantastic and fun!
The instructions on the label were simple and easy. All you had to do was pull the kernels from the cob and ‘pop’. They recommend breaking the cob in half which gives you about ¼ C. This gives you about 2 C of finished popcorn. Place the kernels in a microwave safe container and pop on high until the ‘popping’ stops. It took my microwave about 3:30 – 4 minutes. I used an old microwave popcorn maker (but that did leave me with unpopped kernels) so I’m thinking about a new glass microwave Popper from Williams-Sonoma.
Once the popping stops, pour your popcorn into a bowl and enjoy. It couldn’t be any fresher.
Looking for a fun, autumn food activity? Gather the family around and pop your own popcorn. It’s a healthy snack, full of fiber and cooking it this way there are no added calories (unless you count the necessary butter)!
Tasty Trivia: Popcorn is indigenous to North America. Archaeologists have found traces of popcorn that date back over 4,000 years. Popcorn was eaten as an American breakfast cereal in the 1800s.
March has arrived with it’s shorter days. And to make matters worse Sydney seems to have been wet (and relatively sunless) for what seems like an eternity.
This week the skies are finally drying out (in patches) so here’s our very special version of an Espresso Martini in celebration!
CC Espresso Ribertini
30 ml Vodka Alaskan Rock Vodka
30 ml Strong Coffee – Serious Deliria Cold Brew
15 ml Vermouth – Maidenii Classic – Australian vermouth
15 ml Riberry Shrub
- Combine Vodka, Coffee, Vermouth and Shrub in cocktail shaker.
- Add ice cubes and shake for 10-15 seconds
- Strain into chilled martini style glass, add garnish (optional) and serve.
The secret ingredient for this special cocktail? Our Riberry Shrub! It’s sweet, tart, clove-like, spicy taste is the perfect counterbalance for Serious Deliria’s full-bodied coffee essence and Maidenii’s Oz botanicals. And the Alaskan Rock Vodka is a great base for this serious combination.
I love this classic variation. The Australian botanicals (including strawberry gum and wattleseed) give just the right mix of sweet and dry to the Maidenii Classic Vermouth. (If you prefer a dryer martini go for their Dry Vermouth but stay with this brand for a unique Australian taste twist.)
Have you tried cold brew coffee? It reminds me of the phrase, ‘Same, same but different’. This special manufacturing process yields a beautiful coffee flavour with added richness and no bitterness and/or burnt taste. I love Serious Deliria and it’s now a pantry staple for my recipes that need a coffee ‘hit’.
Vodka is the preferred base for an espresso martini and Alaskan Rock Vodka is perfect. It’s clean, crisp base lets the other flavours shine! And despite it’s name it’s a local spirit well worth stocking.
So how will you be enjoying your coffee this autumn?
Test your Chutney knowledge.
The word "chutney" is derived from the Hindi word chatṭnī, meaning to lick. In India, 'chutney' refers to fresh and pickled preparations indiscriminately, with preserves often sweetened.
After almost two hundred years on western menus there are now a wide range of chutney relishes and recipes. With its Apple Cider vinegar base, our indigenous produce becomes the centrepiece of this traditional Indian relish, with a twist.
We know our Chutneys are special and the ideal condiments for roasts, sandwiches and cheese platters. You can also add them as a special ingredient in marinades, sauces, dressings and even cocktails. (Try our Oz Red Snapper!)
Currong Comestibles’ also takes pride in the fact that our manufacturing process doesn't include wastage. After the production of our Shrubs we have the strained fruit left. This flavoured mélange becomes the basis of our native Australian fruit chutney recipes.
We add additional ingredients that compliment the indigenous fruits plus special native spice blends for each recipe. Each of our Chutneys have a distinctive flavour and ‘personality’.
Spicy Riberry Chutney is our more traditional relish and ‘Australia’s answer to cranberry sauce’ thanks to Riberries' unique spicy, clove flavour.
Our Rainforest Lime & Mango Chutney has a more tropical, exotic and ‘chutney’ flavour thanks to the Mango element.
However you enjoy them our Chutneys are Super Special!
PS - If you haven't tasted our Chutneys, we're at Carriageworks Market (2/4) and Northside Produce Market (2/18). Stop by for your taste!
Raise your Glass to Summer!
Sydney summers can be brutal but you need to stay positive! Which is why we love this years’ new cocktail the Frosé. (It’s a fancy name for frozen wine!) It’s light, refreshing and VERY easy to make - The perfect way to stay ‘cool’ this summer.
All Frosé starts with a rosé wine. Our wine of choice is a local favourite, A.Retief’s ‘Winbirra’ Rosé from Urban Winery. We ‘upped the ante’ with fresh strawberries, our Riberry Shrub and a touch of ‘something’ extra with a splash of Cherry Heering liqueur added to the fruit. The rosé is dry, beautifully balanced and the perfect match for the sweetened fruit.
How easy was it to make? Just freeze the rosé wine overnight. (It won’t freeze completely because of the rosés’ alcohol content.) In the meantime hull and slice the strawberries (5 - 6). Mix with 30ml of the Riberry Shrub and 15ml of Cherry Heering liqueur. Set aside.
When you’re ready to serve assemble your Frosé cocktail. Start with the frozen rosé then add a quick layer of the marinated fruit. Next a layer of frozen rosé and another layer for fruit. Keep going until you reach the top of your glass, finishing off with the frozen rosé. Garnish with a strawberry!
Our hardest problem was trying to decide if our Frosé was our favourite dessert or cocktail!