Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE / FOOD & WINE - WORDS: VICKI TAY­LOR

Re­cently, Rog and I trav­elled on The Ghan train from Dar­win to Ade­laide. Six words ... put it on your bucket list. Sim­ply an amaz­ing jour­ney trav­el­ling through the Aus­tralian Out­back on a lux­u­ri­ous train. Great South­ern Rail­ways re­ally knows how to put on a great trip. Yes, it’s pricey but it’s also all-in­clu­sive (food, drinks, ex­cur­sions, trans­fers), and when you break it up by the day, it re­ally is value for money. As we left Dar­win head­ing for Kather­ine, we sat and watched the coun­try­side go by in our very com­fort­able cabin. This was the only time we re­ally sat in our cab­ins as we were out and about sight­see­ing on the other days. The meals in the Ade­laide din­ing car were of a very high stan­dard us­ing all Aus­tralian pro­duce, and I was pleas­antly sur­prised to see that Aussie bush spices fea­tured in some of the beau­ti­ful dishes that were cre­ated. One of the un­for­get­table dishes I had was an en­tree that con­sisted of a croc­o­dile sausage on potato puree with a lemon aspen sauce. Oh my, it was just so de­li­cious. I’m re­ally only scratch­ing the sur­face when it comes to us­ing indige­nous or Aussie bush spices. To be hon­est, I’ve al­ways been in awe of them as I know they are pretty strong and over-spic­ing is eas­ily done. Lemon aspen comes from Far North Queens­land, and in my re­search it ap­pears that it comes in both pow­der and liq­uid form. It tastes dif­fer­ent to that of lemon myr­tle and, in my opin­ion, not as strong. I thought I could taste a hint of grape­fruit too. Any­way, I thor­oughly en­joyed my croc­o­dile en­tree. If there is de­mand I would look at get­ting some syrup into the shop as it has a truly beau­ti­ful flavour. In the mean­time you can pur­chase it at www.cherikoff.net/shop/prod­uct/lemon-aspen-syrup.

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