The Wandering Palate Book of the Year – Just Duck | The Farm | The Chefs | The Cookbook
Just Ducks front cover

Just Duck  The Farm | The Chefs | The Cookbook

by Jodi and Greg Clarke (Great Ocean Ducks) Photography: Andy Zakeli

www.greatoceanducks.com

greatoceanducks@bigpond.com

Notwithstanding my complete and utter fascination with all things ‘Duck’, here is the PEREFCT Christmas gift–for anyone– and for those who love cooking, especially ducks! Read More >

Christmas at Kilcarnup Beach
Christmas Day at the Beach a la Terry Chellappah

My good friend Terry Chellappah, a true Wandering Palate and contributor to our website, reports in from Kilcarnup Beach in Margaret River, Western Australia. He signals the weather is PERFECT as was the line-up of Champagne’s and those funny, salty little black eggs that come in a tin.

Good to see that he is celebrating Christmas in style, and certainly in a unique place.

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Le Saint Julien Festive Season Menus – Singapore
Chef Julien Bompard - Le Saint Julien

Le Saint Julien, Singapore’s finest dining room and the most wholesome, classic French cuisine you will find in Asia has just circulated their festive season set menus, covering Friday 23rd, Christmas Eve Saturday 24th, Christmas Day and New Year Eve.

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The Wandering Palates Wines for the Christmas Table
Many bottles of wines

These suggestions are purely personal and what we will be enjoying at the Wandering Palate Christmas table, although you are most welcome to follow the recommendations, or drop me a line if you need advice on your selection or sourcing.

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Must-Have Wine for the Christmas Table 2010
Jean-Baptise Geoffrey Blanc de Rosé Champagne

The Wandering Palate is heading to our Melbourne residence for the festive season and preparations for the Christmas day feast are already well in hand.

Priority of course is procuring the appropriate turkey, and I can tell you after enduring a commercial frozen turkey from the USA for the last three years here in Singapore, we are looking forward to a free-range, chemical-free, wholesome, flavoursome bird (one of the issues Singapore has yet to come to terms with) moreover, at a third of the price!

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Must Have Wine Accessory of the Year
Preserving open wine

So what do you get the wine enthusiast who seemingly has everything for Christmas? WINESAVE of course – so they can start their very own wine bar at home!

With the very nature of wine appreciably less intimidating nowadays and a growing familiarity amongst the populace, a glass of wine is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life around the world.

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Must-Have Wine Book of the Year
Burghound Vosne Romanee vineyard panaroma

‘The Pearl of the Côte – the Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée’ – Allen Meadows of Burghound.com

Notwithstanding this touchstone book is the perfect Christmas present for Burgundy and pinot noir lovers, or all wine enthusiasts for that matter, it is imperative reading for anyone wanting to better understand the deep complexities of Burgundy and more specifically, the pinnacle of the region and the pinot noir grape, the appellation Vosne-Romanée – as Meadow’s puts it more evocatively, ‘The Pearl of the Cote’.

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Chef Luke Mangan drops in to Singapore for lunch
Luke Mangan at home and in the mood

The Wandering Palate shouts celebrity Chef, Luke Mangan lunch at the Adam Park Food Court, total bill S$21.

Where do you go when one of world’s most celebrated chef’s drops in to Singapore and says, “Let’s have lunch”!  Take him to a hawker stall of course, for some wholesome local food.

And that’s precisely what we did, heading to my local, The Adam Park Food Court, and my favourite roti-prata stall.

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A cheese made just in time for Christmas
Vacherin Mont d’Or cheese from Jura Mountains, France

As we approach Christmas, one of my favourite cheeses comes in to production, Vacherin Mont d’Or – a exquisite washed-rind cow’s milk cheese from the Jura Mountains, France.

Only made in the winter months and perfectly timed for Christmas table after the turkey, it is presented in a spruce-wood box that keeps the cheese from oozing all over the place. Indeed, you need to use a spoon to get it safely on to your toasted country bread.

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Start Your Own Wine Bar at Home!
Winebar

With the very nature of wine appreciably less intimidating nowadays and a growing familiarity amongst the populace, a glass of wine is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life around the world.

Today’s more self-assured, open-minded wine consumer has a considerably larger vinous world to explore with a myriad of regions, varieties and styles.

As any wine marketer will acknowledge, wine consumers are at their most inquisitive and adventurous in a restaurant environment or wine bar and willing to try something new, most likely served by the glass.

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