AliveandCooking: Chef James Reeson keeps it local as he visits some of Australia’s top food and wine destinations, highlighting regional ingredients as he prepares inspirational dishes along the way. Monday, 5pm, LifeStyle Food.
TheRiverCottageTreatment: One of the world’s most famous tree-changers, Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall, attempts to convert a group of citydwelling, fast-food loving, non-cooks to his River Cottage philosophy. Thursday, 7.30pm, LifeStyle.
has just started importing an almost handbag-sized churrera for sale in the Australian market.
This excellent little gadget simply needs to be loaded up with churros batter (recipe included), which is then pressed out in the traditional thin stream, snipped into bite-sized lengths and fried in oil. The final touch, of course, is a luscious dipping pot, preferably made from the decadent cooking chocolate from Barcelonan chocolatier Blanxart (also imported by The Spanish Pantry). Surely the perfect gift for the food-loving friend who has it all? www.thespanishpantry.com.au; www.sanchurro.com.
DETECTIVE loathes: Squirrels. Braised with bacon, that is. Or even Peking duck style, as served by a hotel in Britain’s Lake District. TheNewYorkTimes reports that the ridiculously cute rodent is now gracing the British table; it’s increasingly to be found at farmers’ markets, butcheries, village pubs and even high-end restaurants.
‘‘ It’s a great conversation starter for dinner parties,’’ says butcher Barry Shaw, who is selling grey squirrels. Detective , who would never be able to look another Beatrix Potter book in the eye should she succumb to this latest ‘‘ delicacy’’, will have to stick to idle gossip and rude jokes to keep her next soiree afloat.