It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Today I had to visit 4 stores to find Australian lamb. 3 were entirely sold out. Places where I’ve often found a bin full, had none. Costco (which I mentioned before) and the surprise this week was Bargain Market Grocery Outlet (that mostly sells what is in excess supply so they can get a deal) had nothing. Walmart too, but they rarely have lamb here. Smart & Final had none. (Yes, that’s 4 without, but I’m not counting Walmart who don’t normally carry it at my local store).
I finally found a pound of minced Australian lamb at Lucky’s. The Fifth store. It was just a few pennies shy of $9 / pound where it had been $7 not long ago. OK, what’s up with that? Whatever, I bought it.
So we had the typical Salisbury Steak of ground lamb with sauteed onions in it. Sides of baked buttered squash and e-steamed broccoli.
I find myself wondering if this is the typical late winter into spring seasonal shortage of “spring lamb” in Australia or if it is the result of a lot of folks getting the message on Australia and lamb and China… In theory, in Australia, they are headed into Fall, so ought to still be having ‘not quite yearling’ lamb (i.e. just shy of mutton, though in the USA yearling mutton can be sold as ‘lamb’ so who knows…)
So what’s the availability of lamb Down Under, eh? Y’all stuffing it down by the kilo and laughing at us across the Pacific? Or all sold out ’cause we’ve been downing yer tucker, eh? Something is going on, and I don’t know what, but somebody has eaten up all the lamb over here… I can’t imagine why…
Whatever. At this rate I may need to find an alternative Australian Main Dish. 8-)
Tonight was a Margaret River Cabernet bottled by “Hand Picked” brand from 2013. Smooth (as one would expect from an 8 year old vintage) with a nice nose, good fruit, and a nice ruby color in the glass. It was easy to drink with or without food. I’ll certainly be buying what I can of this one. About $7 / bottle (and realize they are often 1/2 to 1/3 the price elsewhere for a given drop…) at Bargain Market Grocery Outlet wine department.
A new arrival at the Bargain Market discount store, I suspect it will be sold out shortly. Pickings were getting slim there for Australian wines, too. IIRC, there were 4 reds and only one white left. 3 of which I’d had before. So it also looks like Australian Wine is no longer being “remaindered” much either. I suspect I’ll soon be going to the expensive Wine Of The World store to find a selection of Australian wines (and that’s a good thing!)
Given the prior citation of an article stating Australian Farmers were seeing higher lamb prices, I suspect that Chinese “boycott” has had little effect other than changing who gets to eat the lamb and drink the wines from Australia. I’m pretty sure I’ve had my share (and then some ;-0 ) That’s the thing about fungible commodities. Stop buying from one source just means folks change partners. Doesn’t reduce total demand or total sales. OTOH, piss off 1/2 Billion People, you just might find a few hundred Million of them stepping up to the table with forks and glasses ….
So it goes… IFF it becomes difficult and way too expensive to continue with the lamb and wine theme, I may well have to swap to others. Yet Fosters “Oil Can” beer was selling for $2.50 / can at Lucky’s, so even the beer isn’t cheap at the moment…
Hope all finds you well Down Under and I’ll keep doing my part as long as the wallet holds out. (And the liver… but that’s a different topic ;-)