Anna Brasier lives in Yarraville and enjoys writing short stories and also writes for her blog, www.amillionshades.wordpress.com.
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Published July 28th 2013
A delicatessan heaven and a gourmet delight
I often say that my home suburb of Yarraville is like a small country town, with the shopping village at its heart. The Village Store, Yarraville's finest supermarket, is integral to that heart. The Village Store is a supermarket, but it is also much more than your average 'gotta-buy-stuff-to-feed-the-family' kind of supermarket.
Deli, The Village Store
It is a delicatessen heaven, a spice lover's dream and a gourmet's delight.
For those that are forever on the lookout for a decent supply of gluten-free product, it doesn't disappoint. (More on this topic in a future post).
The list of goodies is an extensive one and an impossible task to cover in one simple visit. This week I will focus on the deli and its goodies.
The Deli display window is crammed full with crackers, nuts, dips, fruit pastes, hams, hard and soft cheeses, olives, and antipasto fillers. Two spice racks are stocked with an array of Stonebaker and Gourmet Herbs. This is the place to find the exotic mixes needed to make your lamb tagine or curry laksa.
My favourite here is the Spice Bazaar Outback Dukka; I eat it nearly every day. It really adds a wonderful texture and aroma to any dish. I usually eat it with bread dipped in olive oil, or sprinkled on salads.
For a limited time only The Village Store is selling this fantastic Spanish Paella kit. The Olive Branch kit includes a heavy based twin-handle paella pan, all ingredients to make the rice, including Raw Materials tomato sauce, Santo Thomas Bomba rice and Vale de Zarza Evo oil. Free Chorizo sausage is also included at the time of purchase. Kit price: $32.99
You can also buy the hard-to-find ingredients like Chestnut paste, Moroccan Beans or Cranberry fruit paste from the Jim Jam brand. Prices start from $3.99 for 60g jar, up to $8.99 for 500g jar.
The ham selection is divided between the deli window and a pre-sliced section in a separate fridge. With a vast variety of brands, all you need to do is decide which flavour or texture you prefer. There are old favourites such as: Serano smoked Kabana, cheese Kabana, hot or mild Sorpressa, Istra boneless ham, Spanish prosciutto and smoked-dry cured bacon. Or you may like to try Kangaroo prosciutto from Poachers Pantry.
There isn't a cheeseboard big enough to hold the variety of cheeses available here. There are over thirty types of cheeses in one fridge alone, and there is a huge array in the deli window, too. I counted at least twenty-five varieties from The Cheese Board brand such as: Vintage cheddar, Leicester Red, French Comte, Spanish Goat's cheese and many more. Cheeses are available in tubs or portion sizes. My favourite here is the Persian Fetta with dill and garlic.