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There are a few simple pleasures in life, for mine in particular, would be eating desserts. I would love to have a picnic every so often with a basket full of roasted tomato sandwich, sausage rolls, berry tarts, cheese and crackers, and a bottle or two of wine (sweet or bubbly). However, the weather (and security) here doesn’t permit so I shall enjoy such luxury at the vicinity of my house. That’s not going to stop me from enjoying the little things in life 😉
Ok I’m gonna be honest, I don’t have a basket or mat, neither do I have a roasted tomato sandwich but I have these gorgeous strawberry tartlets and wine for this scorching hot weather.
These tartlets are made with a easy pâte sucrée; a sweet shortcrust pastry, filled with a smooth vanilla crème pâtissière (pastry cream) and fresh strawberries with a dust of icing sugar. If you don’t like strawberries, it can go with other berries or even poached pear if you prefer. And so flexible it is, you it can be made into a bigger tart, a medium sized tart, or mini bite size tartlets. It’s one of the basic recipes that one should have in their recipe ‘cabinet’.
The recipe consist of 2 parts, if you must, you can prepare the dough and pastry cream a day before. That will give the cream ample of time to set.
To go with these strawberry tarts, I have a Chateau Les Arroucats, St Croix Du Mont to pair with it from Wine Talk. Come’on, if you’ve gotta pretend you’re in a picnic, you have to have a wine to seal the deal. No? French wine and french pastry cream; hehe Chateau Les Arroucats, a sweet wine from St Croix Du Mont, France and has a composition of grapes: 85% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon, 3% Muscadelle. Offering a superb, golden colour and a subtle bouquet with lovely intensity and elegant hints of apricot and pear, it shows plenty of roundness on the palate, well-balanced tannins, with fruity, honey flavours. Perfect as an aperitif, with foie gras, melon, blue cheese or fruits based desserts. With its fruity, honey flavours, this sweet wine makes a great pair with these strawberry tartlets.
These tarts are perfect for a afternoon tea, a school party or even for weddings’ dessert table, or you don’t actually need a reason to eat strawberry tart, do you? With dessert tables all in trend now for weddings and birthday parties, it may seem a little overwhelming if you are planning for your own (or making the products yourself! that’s cray cray) The thing with parties and such is that, there’s A LOT of planning and things CAN go wrong. I mean, what if the cream starts to melt, or your balloons aren’t exactly the colour you want, or that there aren’t enough food or drinks for your guests (horror!).
If you have a party and you are looking to serve wines but have no idea where to start from or how many bottles should you order, you should check out Wine Talk where it’s sommelier team, headed by French sommelier, David Stephan, will provide you the best recommendations based on your tastes, preferences and price range.
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If you are a fan of wine, they also have a subscription service called Wine Club where members will receive wine cases on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, delivered straight to your home. But not just any wines, they are great value wines and handpicked by David based on your preference; popular labels and also fun discoveries. It comes with a personalized booklet that details the history of the winery, grape varietals, tasting notes, food pairing and more; only for RM 454 for 6 bottles and RM835 for 12 bottles with FREE delivery included.
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What an interesting neighbourhood. I came to know about Newtown when I wanted to try Black Star Pastry’s Watermelon and Strawberry Cake. Usually when I travel, when there’s somewhere I want to visit in a neighbourhood, I will try to search what else there I should check out. Are there worthy brunch places to check out, or are there some awesome coffee, or will there be quirky shops with collectibles? So I came to find that Newtown has alot of organic or specialty ingredients (specific dietary requirements) whole food stores, coffee and burger places and artsy vintage shops selling 70s design clothings and wall arts.
If you make a trip there, here’s what you can check out; having said that, it’s my first time in Newtown and I suppose my discovery was quite good. haha. Local Sydneysiders may think otherwise or have better places to offer ??
3 places; Brewtown Newtown, Black Star Pastry and Campos Coffee.
Brewtown; a micro roastery/brew bar that offers brunch, creative pastries and Gnome Coffee Merchants roasted beans in a spacious, trendy cafe with industrial-chic decor. If you want to opt for something healthier, opt for the green juice with consist of kale, green apple, celery and ginger. Menu has a variety of brunch food, sandwiches, burgers, salad, pasta with a little Middle Eastern influence on some. Baked polenta with mushrooms, grilled asparagus, poached egg & parmesan, Quinoa and chickpea falafel with mushrooms, asparagus and house relish, Wood smoked salmon, curried Israeli couscous, poached egg, coriander, lime are just some of the items offered.
Some ingredients on the menu changes according to availability, but you get the gist.
Dukkah roasted Japanese Pumpkin, poached chicken with quinoa, broad bean, feta , truffle hazelnut dressing, and frisee ($14) and a latte ($3.50)
I really enjoyed this dish as it was packed with flavours, nutty and sweet from the pumpkin, the poached chicken was still moist and juice, feta was very creamy (unlike the usual cubed ones ?). It’s just one of those happy and guilt free food. I had this for brunch on my second day in Sydney and couldn’t be happier.
It was just me, my food and my coffee and the adventure that awaits. Just can’t help to feel so optimistic and happy in the beginning of the trip.
Upstairs from Brewtown, Newtown is an expertly curated retail space by the name of O’Connell Street Merchants where you’d find very imaginable knick-knack, from intricate terrarium creations by Candle of Vision to ceramics by Samantha Robinson, and from homewares to pet fashions.
After brunch, I walked along the street, checked out some stores which are pretty interesting.
It’s a whole food ingredients store with some organic ingredients, nuts, coffee, oil, spices etc etc. It’s rather interesting because it is packaging-less. Well not everything is packaging less but some of the seeds, spices, nuts and oils are. I find it rather great because I myself have different oils and vinegar to dress certain salads, make different dressing and such but because it doesn’t use alot, I always end up with alot of half-full bottles here and there. All you need to do is to bring in your container or mason jar, and fill up with however much you need. This way, you get fresher ingredients, possibly save some money and storage spaces. Oh you also do your part in saving the environment cause you are using one less plastic 😉
Then I went on to Black Star Pastry which is just 2 mins walk away from the train station. It’s a TINY shop, but they have seatings next door. It’s a self-service store so order and pay at the counter. Most popular item, the Watermelon and Strawberry gluten free cake which you have to try. They also have some pastries, muffins and coffee (but I heard the coffee wasn’t that great). Read my previous post here.
For coffee options, there’s another place which you could check out. I went back to Newtown again a week later and checked out Campos (A friend from Melbourne told me it’s rather popular home grown brand)
I only had a coffee as I just had some heavy Indonesian food prior. Choices of small gluten-free cakes are available at the counter. Very cute and dainty if you are after a small bite to go with your coffee. The shop is filled with patrons opting for coffee to-go on a busy busy work day.
These people are serious about their coffee offering beans from Columbia to Indonesia, from Kenya to Papua New Guinea and coffee cupping. Cupping is a basic method of tasting coffee which is standard across the world. Whether it be Guatemala, Canada, Indonesia, London, Mexico, Kenya – everyone uses this same procedure which is almost a ritual. 5oz of water at 92 degrees is added to 10g of coffee coarsely ground. The coffee then steeps for 5 minutes and then the grinds removed- and the coffee is ready to be analyzed. If you are a coffee connoisseur, you could try it out at $30 per person (which includes a take home coffee pack).
6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
8am – 4pm 7 Days
O’Connell Street Merchant
Thu to Fri 10am–5pm
Black Star Pastry
277 Australia St, Newtown, NSW, 9557 8656.
7am – 5pm 7 Days
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