I recently had some difficulty finding a reasonably priced supply of wattleseeds in the Hunter, in preparation for my Chow Down to Eurovision 2015.
After searching far and wide, I remembered the lovely ladies of Hunter Hunter had recently reviewed a spice shop smack bang in the middle of the Hunter St mall.
My Souk Drawer can be found at 160 Hunter St, Newcastle and is well worth a visit. The owner Chris Sim has provided an “Aladdins Cave” of spices, chillis and other wonders to tempt the home cook. He has a wonderful knowledge of his product, and happily and generously provides his customers with his wisdom. Chris also makes his own spice mixes and invited me to try the temptingly named “exquisitely sugared”, a mix of sugar, cinnamon, anise, vanilla, nutmeg, orange peel, chocolate powder and cardamon. Delicious and smelt incredible. The challenge is now on to find a suitable recipe for the said mix!
So in true form, I went in to buy wattleseed and came away with Chermoula, Ras-el-Hanout, Laksa Lemak dry spice mix, exquisitely sugared mix and yes some wattleseed!
If you are in the area, please take some time to drop in and chat with Chris. Dont worry about finding him, the smell of spice permeates the mall and will lead you to him. His prices are very reasonable with a minimum purchase of 20g…….Cheap as Chermoula!
As a new blogger I was absolutely delighted to be invited to take part in the Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 competition hosted by the talented and funny Jason from blog Don’t Boil The Sauce.
I’ll let Jason tell you all about the competition here, and please take some time to read some of his other posts. They are great fun!
This year Eurovision takes on a whole other dimension for us here in Australian. 2015 will be the first time we have been invited to compete! The jury is still out on who will represent us, but no doubt we will fulfil the criteria. We also get to vote!
For me, Eurovision holds one distinct memory…….ABBA! The 1974 competition saw them come onto the scene singing Waterloo and then take the world by storm. And yes I was that raving teenage girl who followed them with a devoutness reserved for religion. Dancing Queen was surely written specifically for me? When the album Arrival was due for release, my best friends mother was working at RCA records at the time, and managed to obtain a copy for me 24 hours before anyone else! Oh can you hear the drums Fernando!
So as an ode to the Swedes with a little bit of Oz thrown in, I have made Wattleseed Blinis with Smoked Salmon as my entry for Chow Down 2015.
The recipe I have used comes from Juleigh Robins via Herbie’s Spices. The recipe makes 12 large or 36 small blinis.
1 tablespoon Wattleseed Roasted and Ground
80mL canola oil
2 cups self raising flour
Heat the wattleseed gently in a dry pan to release flavour.
Whisk together eggs, milk, water and oil until well combined.
Slowly add the wattleseed and flour to make a spoonable batter. Adjust the texture with extra milk or flour if necessary.
Allow the mixture to rest for about half an hour to relax the flour and to soften the wattleseed grains.
Place a teaspoon (for small blinis) or generous tablespoon (for entrée or luncheon blinis) of the batter onto a lightly greased hot frying pan or solid cooking plate. Cook until small bubbles appear on the surface, then carefully flip the blini over with a spatula and cook the other side.
Serve smoked salmon, creme fraiche and some sprigs of dill.
Happy Eurovision 2015! Aussie, Aussie Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!