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Bilbao

Iberico ham from Bilbao

Bilbao’s card says it is a restaurant, gastrobar & delicatessen featuring the cuisines of Spain.  I chanced upon Bilbao on show at the Isetan on Scotts supermarket.  Seemed strange to see Spanish produce in the middle of a Japanese supermarket, but who cares when you see a leg of Iberico ham being sliced for a customer ?

If you’ve read my blog regularly, you’ll know that Iberico ham is one of my favourite foods.  Nothing quite beats the intense sweet and salty flavour of this ham.  If it appears on a menu, you’re pretty much guaranteed it will be ordered by me.  I have only ever seen Iberico ham on offer to the lowly commoner in Burrough Markets in London, so to see it in sale in a supermarket, not sliced by machine and vacuum-packed, but hand sliced (skillfully thin as well, I might add), I was absolutely thrilled.  All other plans for dinner (I think I was planning to roast a chicken) flew out the window.

100g of the ham in my basket, I wandered over to look at the other offerings from Bilbao.  I chose the Spanish pork sausage, which wasn’t anything too dissimilar to the bratwurst sausage you can buy from the supermarket (but which we love) and a bottle of Spanish sparkling wine – the Spanish equivalent of Italian prosecco.

What was left of the Spanish pork sausage before I remembered to take a photo

The sausages were served simply grilled with various mustards and tomato sauce and home-made coleslaw.  I made the coleslaw with extra onions to cut through the richness of the sausages, and the sparkling wine was crisp and dry, which also complemented the salty dinner we had.

We were so excited I forgot to take a picture of the sausages before we ate !  Looking forward to visiting the restaurant and the deli to check out the other goodies Bilbao has to offer.

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For the love of butter

Reflets de France beurre de baratte a la fleur de sel de guerande

Butter is a staple in our household (we subscribe to the mantra that everything tastes better with butter). We once spent a small fortune on a slab of fresh churned French butter from Burrough Markets and it was worth every pound. Eating it unadulterated on duchy original biscuits really brought out the flavour of the butter.

It’s hard to find good butter in Singapore. From our local supermarket we get Australian, New Zealand and Danish butter. Good, but not great. We do get Normandy butter – President, but even that does not evoke the memory of the flavour and creaminess of the butter we had from Burrough Markets. We go to Carrefour every now and then and the last time we went we treated ourselves to some of their Reflets de France beurre de baratte a la fleur de sel de guerande. Pricey, but finally, worth every dollar spent. Again, unadulterated spread on a baguette, the butter, flavoured with French salt (fleur de sel) brought such a big smile to my face.

Reflets de France (translation to “reflections of france”) is one of Carrefour’s private labels, launched ten years ago, and is one of the top 30 brands sold in France.

Beurre de baratte is churned (either with a wooden paddle or by machine – in this butter it is commercially churned by machine) rather than centrifugally made. Centrifusion is more efficient at getting rid of the whey, making it less “soggy” and prevents the butter from going rancid as quickly. Churning, however, is meant to produce a more sumptuous texture.

Silky smooth, with crystals of the salt giving the knife resistance, this butter makes having simple bread and butter a pleasure to eat.

I would even go back to buy the unsalted butter for baking.

Absolutely brilliant stuff.  So happy.