Artisanal products aren’t the easiest to find in Singapore – for starters, we’re not exactly a country with enough land space for olive groves or vineyards, climate notwithstanding. Fortunately for us, however, we’re an epicenter of globalisation – which means whatever we can’t grow, we can import – and Artisan Selections aims to do just that with South Australian products.
Thanks to a gentle Mediterranean climate, South Australia has a thriving gourmet produce industry. Artisan Selections celebrates the passion and craftsmanship of inspirational South Australian food producers with the launch of a web store in Singapore where they will offer a curated list of premium products online that you can have delivered right to your doorstep. Many of the products available on Artisan Selections are sourced from family-owned producers who put care into every step of their manufacturing processes, passionately delivering on the promise of farm-to-table.
Bracegirdle’s has made chocolate stilettos for Lady Gaga and chocolate boomerangs, lemon myrtle and macadamia chocolates for British royal couple Wills & Kate – which all translates to a ringing endorsement of their Belgian chocolate products. They have a total of five cafes in Adelaide, where all their Callebaut chocolates are completely handmade. Their chocolates are so popular that they have the honour of being crowned the most awarded chocolate company in Australia for the past four consecutive years.
What to buy: Artisan Chocolate Gift Pack is the perfect Christmas gift for your friends and loved ones. With 32 luxurious pieces of chocolate in this gift box, it will make you the most consummate gift-giver in town. There’s a little something for everyone, from dark chocolate caramelised almonds to soft and smooth brandy flavoured truffles. The highlights of the gift pack are definitely the more exotic chocolate creations like the Fiesta, a fresh lime in chocolate ganache with salted caramel; and the High Thai, with chilli, coriander and lemongrass.
Between the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula lies lush green meadows and verdant flora. This is the home of Paris Creek, and it is where Ulli and Helmut Spranz settled on starting their farm to produce healthy, natural and organic dairy products. Their range of milks, yoghurts, quarks, butter and cheeses are made from premium, biodynamic-organic milk – all the result of ethical farming. At every stage of production, they avoid the use of artificial ingredients and minimise processes such as homogenisation or UH treatment in order to give their customers the best possible health benefits.
What to buy: Artisans of South Australia Cheese Platter comes with a range of French-style soft and European-style hard cheese. The newest addition is the Gris Cendre, a French-style double brie that has been powdered and matured in natural ash to give it a rich flavour. Their smooth camembert is also a favourite with an earthy flavour enhanced by the aroma of fresh truffles. Other cheeses like the Gouda and Cheddar are included in the platter, along with a range of produce by other artisans.
Proudly owned and run by the Knoll family, Barossa Fine Foods produces the finest fresh meats and smallgoods (small meat products such as sausage or bacon) in South Australia. They pay homage to their German heritage by handcrafting smallgoods and charcuterie the traditional way, with methods and recipes passed down since 1924. Where possible, they source free-range and organic produce from some of the best farmers in South Australia, using hand-processing methods to avoid compromising on quality.
What to buy: Barossa Valley Traditional Roast Beef Christmas Dinner Pack . The dinner pack includes a tender rib eye fillet that has been lightly seasoned, quickly seared then slow-cooked sous vide style to retain its flavour. To prepare, you can roast it to finish it off or slice and pan-sear it. Juices are left in the pack so you can easily whip up a moreish gravy or sauce. Also in the pack is a 2.1kg cut of award-winning leg ham, coated in a sticky maple syrup and fresh orange glaze attained through reduction. The ham has been caramelised in an oven and slow cooked to perfection. It is ready to eaten as it is or can be re-heated. Finally, a piquant horseradish sauce from Saskia Beer Farm Produce is included as an ideal accompaniment to the meats in the pack.
The olive trees in Pendleton Estate’s olive groves have a history that stretches back to 1880, when early settlers first planted them. With grafting and extensive planting, those first few trees have evolved into today’s large estate, complete with a state-of-the-art olive mill that produces Pendleton’s award-winning products.
What to buy: The Festive Pantry Bundle is perfect for any homecook or aspiring gourmet chef you know. It comes with a selection of flavoured extra virgin olive oils and flavoured vinegars – which means you’ll be able to experiment and create flavour combinations for every culinary occasion. Of note is the Lemon extra virgin olive oil, produced in the traditional 400-year-old Agrumato method of crushing fresh citrus together with olives. Another interesting flavour is the Ginger extra virgin olive oil, which is great for marinades. Vinegar flavours include the Chardonnay vinegar and Merlot vinegar – capable of transforming simple meals into gourmet delights with their full-bodied and bitter-sweet flavours.