Note Brik pastry is a thin pastry from Tunisia, traditionally used for making pastilla. It's available from The Essential Ingredient and Middle Eastern delicatessens. Baharat, meaning seeds and flowers, is a Middle Eastern spice blend consisting of seven spices or more. It's available from Herbie's Spices or Middle Eastern delicatessens.
Some bright spark once described grenache as an 'earth wine'. This is a great description, and perfectly captures the grape's ability to soak up the flavours of the dirt it's grown in and translate them into a glass. When you come across a good example of grenache, made from old dry-grown, low-yielding vineyards and often blended with its equally earthy, warm-climate cousins such as shiraz, mour-vèdre and carignan, it can evoke the smell of sun-baked soil, ripe fruit and exotic dried herbs. These are all perfect flavours to match earthy, umami-rich mushrooms, the darkness of silverbeet and the spicy high notes of baharat. The deeply savoury tastes in this pie also provide a wonderful stage on which the inherent sweetness at the core of a good grenache can shine. - MAX ALLEN