The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022
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Saturday May 21 2022 WEEKEND 49 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Mada Wines Prosecco 2019, $24 Prosecco is one of the fastest-growing wine categories, and Australia is showing Italy just how well we do it. This version is one of the best local examples. Drink it with a big fry-up breakfast. Sailors Grave Brewing SouEast Draught Beer, $6 Most people reach for sake or dry white wines when chowing down on sashimi, but I reckon Sailors Grave nails the brief with this sessionable, lightly bitter beer. Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Riesling 2019, $19 Riesling is one of the most refreshing grape varieties. Its much maligned for being sweet, but dry, crisp styles, like this one, are a stunning match for a wealth of food my favourite is smoked sausages. Stony Creek Farm Distillery North of Eden Classic Gin, $75 This is a superb dry gin that works a treat in an RSL daiquiri as I call it gin with lemon squash and bitters over ice. Awesome with a schnitzel or a parmy. Too often a bit part player, peppercorns here shine as the star performer. Used in quantity, they bring a bold piquancy that hints at an early Asian heat before chillies were brought to the continent. This is balanced by their fragrance as well as by a tangle of sweet, caramelised onions. Use tellicherry peppercorns if you can as they are especially grassy and bright. Pepper is native to the steamy, knotted jungles of the Indian Ghats, thriving in the cycles of heavy monsoon rain and sultry heat. Walk through rural areas during harvest and you will have to weave around patches of peppercorns left out to dry in the hot sun. Method Turn the chicken thighs in the lemon juice, turmeric, salt and a few grinds of black pepper (we are layering the pepper flavour; the full hit comes later). Set aside to marinate while you proceed. Tip the fennel seeds and peppercorns into a dry pan and heat until they are toasty and aromatic. Use a pestle and mortar to crush them coarsely. Serves 4 Ingredients b 8 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs b Juice of a lemon b tsp ground turmeric b 1 tsp fine sea salt b 1 tsp fennel seeds b 2 tbsp black peppercorns b 2 tbsp coconut or neutral oil b 3 large onions, finely sliced lengthways b 5 garlic cloves, minced b 6cm ginger, peeled and minced (2 tbsp) b 1-2 green chillies, slit lengthways (optional) b 1 tsp garam masala b 1 tbsp coconut vinegar or other vinegar b Buttered basmati rice, wilted greens and a tangysweet Indian chutney, to serve (optional) These drink and food pairings from Mike Bennie are left-of-centre but undeniably good. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil and fry the onion slices with a pinch of salt until they soften, then turn golden. Add the garlic, ginger and green chillies and stir-fry for another couple of minutes. Stir in the garam masala. Add the chicken to the pan along with any marinade and the vinegar. Cover, turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 15 minutes. The chicken will release liquid as it cooks. Remove the lid and turn up the heat. Add the crushed peppercorns and fennel seeds. Stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is dry and caramelised. Taste for seasoning. Set aside to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with buttered basmati rice, wilted greens and a tangy-sweet Indian chutney, if you like. Images and text from The Nutmeg Trail by Eleanor Ford: Murdoch Books, $50, photography by Ola O. Smit KERALAN BLACK PEPPER CHICKEN Odd couples From The Nutmeg Trail Recipe Eleanor Ford Eastern Peake Pinot Tache Rose 2018, $28 Yum cha is a great excuse to have a drink before midday but it must span everything from dumplings to roast pork for that, rose is your friend. This is a stellar example. BREW ART A limited-edition Hazy Pale in collaboration with Brisbane-born street artist Sofles for the Brisbane Street Art Festival, $8.50 a can, $28 for 4, $100 for 16, felonsbrewingco .com.au LOCAL BEAN Mareebas Jack Murat coffee 250g bags $17, 1kg bags $55. jackmurat.com WHATS NEW RED ALERT Bass & Flinders Heartbreak pinot noir gin, $88, danmurphys .com.au PIRATE TREASURE Suck UK Legless corkscrew, $19.95, until.com.au
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