F&V Roster for the rest of 2015

1/8/15 Lisa&Mark

15/8/15 Jonathan&Kate

29/8/15 Rach&Nathan

12/9/15 Rach&Andrew

26/9/15 Nat&Mel

10/10/15 Jonathan&Andre

24/10/15 Brendan&Lyle

7/11/15 Lisa&Mark

21/11/15 Jonathan&Kate

5/12/15 Rach&Andrew

19/12/15 Nat& Mel

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day 

If you're wanting to do something special for Mum, your partner, or yourself, Pancake's in bed is always a nice treat. But of course your first choice should be a copy of my book Courtyard Kitchen.

The easiest recipe and the first one I ever learnt to cook.

1 cup of self raising flour

1 egg

1 cup of milk.

Mix well, so there are on lumps.

Heat a pan, you can get special pancake/crepe pans, and like to put a little butter. Pour your batter into pan to the size pancake you like, or the size you can flip easily. Once little bubbles start to form on the top, it time to flip it over. Top with berries, a squeeze of lemon and some icing sugar.

Reviews of Courtyard Kitchen

Thank you for all the support so far for my book Courtyard Kitchen.

A great little write up in Spectrum on Saturday in The Sydney Morning Herald and today I found a this beautiful blog


There's more coming up,  I'll keep you in the loop.


Courtyard Kitchen

 Have a look  in all good bookstores and in time for Mother's Day. My book is out now on the shelves, but officially released on the 1st May.

Buy one for yourself, one for your Mum, and every Mother you know.

Hope you have lots of lovely memories over beautiful meals from this book.

Riley Street Garage

If you're looking for a lovely lunch with your group of friends especially your lady friends. Try Riley Street Garage for their special Ladies Lunch.
There's a set menu which includes a glass of champers, and special gift bag. It is important to pre book to get these special extras. The menu is a lovely mix of 6 dishes, including some vegetarian options and seafood, set at $60 per person.
I was very impressed with the interior design, open plan with a large bar in the centre. Not only a great option for your ladies lunches but for large groups or functions.
I'm already booked for another one soon!


Fresh Australian Produce

Having run the Fruit&Veg Co-op for nearly 5 years now, I've known for quite some time the importance of buying locally grown produce. It's fresher, often not frozen for transport and lasts longer in the fridge. It's not always the prettiest but will often taste better. Supporting our farmers is so important not only for our economy but for your national identity. It's not always possible like with garlic, which has a short season and small harvest- but Australian garlic is the best in the world. Buying seasonal produce is better for us and it's a more economically way to shop. You can't always have everything you want when you want, but it makes those seasons even better when you can.
Start your own co-op and buy direct from the farmers, or at least buy Australian grown. Encourage your supermarket to stock Australian produce.


Valentines Day

Looking for a little treat to give your special someone?

I always think a special dinner out somewhere nice and a hand made dessert at home is the best way to spend Valentine Day with your special someone.

Strawberry Chiffon Tarts

1/3 cup of cream, whip after measuring.

1 tbs of unflavoured Gelatin= 3 sheets

1/4 cup of cold water

1/2 cup of boring water

1 cup of sugar

1 1/2 cups of strawberries, pureed, leave a few whole for decoration

1/4 tsp salt

2 egg whites, stiffly beaten ( with 1/4 cup of sugar thats included above)

10 small tart cases, I brought already made ones form the supermarket.

Whip the cream and leave to the side.

Soak the gelatine in the cold water, once soft add the bowling water until dissolved. You need to give it a stir to help it along.

Add to the gelatin, the strawberry puree, 3/4 cup of the sugar and the salt. Stir until it thickens. Fold in the whip cream.

In a metal bowl whip the eggs white with rest of the sugar, and fold into the mix. Careful not to take all the air out.

Pour into your tart cases and decorate with extra strawberry. You can also just put into ramekins with out the tart cases if you're gluten or dairy free. Place in the fridge to set.