(The Adelaide Central Market series; part I)
Well, I haven't gone far... I am still working in this poultry farm, and reading blogs when I'm free. Yes, I have not updated The Chook-minder's Quill for the past fourteen days... I have lots of personal stories to tell but I restrained myself from writing it here, otherwise you'll get sick of reading my anxieties and sentiments in life.
Actually, Australia is not just all about my chickens and sad moments. There are a lot of places which are equally if not more exciting than the Sydney Opera House! You simply don't need to have the energy to run like an emu, just try to visit one of South Australia's beautiful destinations and I'm sure you really can't stop yourself from hopping like a kangaroo with your desire to see more lovely spots around the Festival State. Money-back guarantee, you'll love to hug this place like a cuddly koala!
I understand that most of you are saving your holidays for the upcoming PEBA event this December (thank you for voting my entry)... meantime, allow the Chook-minder's Lens and Quill to take you to one of my favourite destinations in the city- The Adelaide Central Market.
Just a 3-minute walk from the historic Adelaide Victoria Square, the market is situated along Grote and Gouger Sts., only a few steps away from Hilton Hotel. Experience the display of vibrant colours, the smell of the tempting aroma, and the taste of fresh and delicious products that are mostly grown and made just around Adelaide and its suburbs, as well as the South Australian countryside.
There are, more or less, 80 stalls inside, selling stuffs that could largely describe the Land Down Under as a multi-cultural country. The choices are so diverse- from products which are proudly Australian to those which are European-, Asian-, and American-influenced.
Our first stop, the dairy and the bakery sections...
Edam, blue-veined, and emmental cheeses...Edam cheese (The Netherlands, upper left in the above photo) is commonly called as queso de bola in Spain and the Philippines. It is very compatible with fruits such as peaches, apricots, melons and cherries; and if aged, this hard cheese is often eaten with pears and apples. It also goes well with your favorite cracker or an accompaniment to Pinot Noir wines.
Blue-veined cheese (Italy, lower left in the above photo) is my least favorite cheese because the Penicillium mould is visible, and its mouldy smell is very distinct! Whew!
Emmental cheese (Switzerland, right in the above photo) is very common in cartoon shows. When I was still young, I thought this cheese is the favorite snack of mice- and that the holes present are the remains of their nibbling activity... not until my college days, when I've learned from my Meat and Milk Hygiene subject that these holes are actually bubbles which are formed as (the bacteria) Propionibacter shermani releases carbon dioxide gas after consuming the lactic acid excreted by Lactobacillus and Streptococcus thermophilus.-Wikipedia
-RJ's college notes
This section is the reason why my dining room has smelled like fart! I bought 166 grams of Cremeux de Argental cheese from the Smelly Cheese shop. It costs Au$59.95 a kilogram or PhP2,580 in the current exchange rate.
It is a variety of a soft cheese (brie) that is very mild yet the taste of mould as well as the hint of ammonia are still there! The microorganisms called Penicillium candidum, P. camemberti and Brevibacterium linens which are inoculated in the milk curd during the production of brie are responsible for its very distinctive taste and aroma. Interestingly, Brevibacterium linens is commonly present in the human skin and is the primary cause of foot odour!
But I love Cremeux de Argental; it is great if eaten with crackers (Au$ 2.80) or any bread of your choice, especially if consumed with a cup of coffee, alfresco with a loved one.
To be continued...