Friday, 8 April 2011

gourmet easter feasting

About the time a certain gooey chocolate egg starts flinging itself at the television screen, you know Easter is about, explode with all manner of ovular-shaped confectionery, Jeebus-themed baked goods and the like. There's a lot that's good, bad and ugly about the season, but here are a few food items well worth checking out:

Maple Cinnamon Bacon

There's bacon and then there's bacon. From the guys who make Australia's best bacon (that's Schulz to you), Barossa Fine Foods have launched a special bacon for Easter: Maple Cinnamon Bacon. Not just a Canadian thing, if you're lucky enough to be in Adelaide, they are doing tastings at Adelaide Central Markets, but you can contact them through their website to find out how to get your hands on some.

Obsessive fans may also be interested in the launch of Bac┼Źn, a new bacon-scented fragrance that has taken the interwebs by storm this week. 

Haute cross buns

It started this year with killer lamingtons, but Bird Cow Fish have done it again with hot cross buns sure to blow pale interpretations out of the water. Featuring organic flour and a 24-hour proof before baking, a blend of secret herbs and spices, sultanas and raisins, they'll be bigger than Ben Hur at 150g each, sold individually or in packs of 6. 

Available for one day only - next Saturday at Everleigh Market, Redfern.

Chocolate Eggs

If you're going to indulge in chocolate this Easter, make sure it's great quality. Forget the cheap stuff and head straight for something like Kennedy & Wilson's chocolate eggs, hens and fish, made especially for Easter. Chocolatier Peter Wilson's dream of making luxury chocolate using ingredients like cocoa from South and Central America, Asia, New Guinea, the Carribean and Africa; milk and cream from New Zealand and vanilla from Vanuatu and Madagascar, resulted in a super smooth chocolate with a brilliant mouth feel and a proper cocoa taste. Available through Gersh Goods and other high end delis and providores.