By the time you receive this newsletter, fall will have arrived and the
weather changed. Cooler weather, cold weather, bring changes to our eating
habits, and it is now time to think about hearty dishes and richer wines,
savory and deep tasting. The light-hearted entertaining of summer gives way
to a more formal, substantial routine. There are some delicious items in
this newsletter which I hope will fill the bill.
Having been asked to judge at the 25th anniversary tasting of the Sheraton Hotel sponsored, Western Australia Wine Show in Perth in July, I came across a delicious, unique cracker, to us-- crispbread to Australians--FALWASSER WAFER THIN CRISPBREAD produced in a small, family owned factory on Queensland's Gold Coast in northeastern Australia. This is a true Australian original; very thin, light alabaster in color, with a crisp, delicate, friable texture. Each wheat based cracker has its own somewhat round shape and a terrific crispness unmatched by anything else I've tasted. Made from all natural ingredients, mainly Australian, preservative free, and literally hand packed, FALWASSER CRISPBREAD comes in six flavors: Natural, Sesame, Poppyseed, Pepper and Chives, Cheese and Onion, and Caraway.
Falwasser Crispbreads are eaten as they are. The Caraway, Cheese and Onion, Pepper and Chives make wonderful companions to drinks. Their flavor intensity and distinctiveness are remarkable: Pepper and Chive very distinctive of black pepper, almost Indian in character; Caraway begs for some herring or salmon; and Cheese and Onion has a most delicious toasted onion savor. A well made martini, akvavit, schnaaps or vodka would be natural accompaniments. The Natural, Sesame, and Poppyseed were born to accompany a cheese tray, pate, spreads of all sorts, and bread baskets where something different is wanted.
Falwasser Crispbreads keep their special crispy texture extremely well. They do not become limp, when left out of their sealed package. There is only one problem: once opened, a package doesn't last long.There are 12 packages of Falwasser Crispbreads to a case. Each cracker wafer is about 2 1/4 inches in diameter and each package contains approximately 70 wafers with a 5.3 ounce net weight.
Olives have been some of man's oldest foodstuffs. In Italian, they are known as a "companatico," something to accompany bread, providing flavor to the otherwise plain taste of bread. Olives are found in myriad forms and flavors. Some of the most difficult and tedious to produce are stuffed olives. Spain is the world's largest producer of table olives, and in 1926 the EL SERPIS brand of Alcoy in Alicante province produced the first anchovy stuffed olive. Since this time, EL SERPIS has been the market leader for this olive.
The olive used is the Manzanilla Fina variety, grown also in California. This variety has a good ratio of pulp to pit and a very attractive crunchy consistency to its flesh. The best of El Serpis is their GRAN SELECCION. The Gran Seleccion is produced mainly for restaurants, but its 1.5 kg size is optimal for home use. In this size, the olive caliber is larger than in smaller containers, and the olives remain firmer in processing. Once the tin is opened, it is quite difficult to keep away from these olives. Of course, once opened, the tin should be emptied into a re-sealable plastic or stainless steel container that can be stored in the refrigerator.Served with an aperitif or a glass of Fino sherry, El Serpis Anchovy Stuffed Manzanilla olives are perfect for an easy tapa. They lend a special touch to a Martini. Most of all, they are just good tasting. In fact, you'll wonder how you got along without them.
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