These 1kg bundles of fresh green Australian grown asparagus were about AUD$8 I think, in the monsterous and somewhat bizarre shopping experience that is the Canberra branch of Costco. Anything from diamond rings to bhuja mix available here. We bought oysters, champagne, asparagus, a fillet of Wagyu beef and a large fruit cake amongst other things -- all excellent quality and value. In the last decade asparagus has become big business in Australia, with the trade growing to be the 8th largest producer in the world and worth AUD$50M. Green asparagus is by far the most commonly available -- partly due to it being cheaper to produce, partly due to customer preferences. The Australian asparagus season is September to March.
Drink Vouvray, not Champagne!
The Touraine and surrounding appellations in the Loire Valley produce a lot
of sparkling wine. Within France appellations such as Vouvray are well
Susan was born in Victoria, but moved to Queensland when she was 11. Simon was born in London, but moved to Canberra when he was 7, and to Queensland when he was 28. In 1997 they moved to London. Susan worked for a large heritage and nature conservation trust and Simon taught music technology at tertiary level.
Now we live in Preuilly-sur-Claise, a small town with a population of less than 1000 people in the south of the Loire Valley. We write about the restoration of our house, the history of our local area, nature, cooking and anything else that strikes us as interesting. When we are not blogging we run Loire Valley Time Travel, doing individually tailored tours of the Touraine for anglophone visitors in our classic Citroën, Célestine.
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