Celebrate the year of the Sheep with some Shanghai Dumplings..
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.
I love dukkah. Especially on eggs for breakfast. Throw in a bit of avocado, sourdough toast, and some watercress on top- delicious.
This will make a standard jar, and will last you a while.
2/3 cups of Hazelnuts
1/2 cup sesame seeds
4 tbsp coriander seeds
4 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
3 tsp flaked seas salt
Roast your hazelnuts and set aside to cool. Then roughly chop in a food processor and transfer into t large bowl.
On a frypan, roast the sesame seeds and then add to the large bowl.
In the same pan, roast your coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant. Then in a mortar and pestle grind the seeds. Once fine, add to the large bowl, with the pepper and salt.
Give it all a stir and place in a jar to keep in your pantry.
If you like the spices feel free to add more to your liking.
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.
It looks like a week of rain here in Sydney. To keep a little warmer, even though it is Summer.
Get your pizza dough on the go! Obviously you can add any of your favourite topping but heres one of mine.
3 cups of flour (strong flour is best)
1 pkt yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water
In the cup of water water, add the yeast. Do not stir, let it sit on the top and you'll see it bubble up and activate. In a bowl add the rest of the ingredients. When the yeast is ready add to the bowl and mix well. When it starts to form a dough consistency use your hands to kneed the dough for at least 10 minutes. Cover the bowl with the dough in it with a clean tea towel and leave to rise. Depending on the weather with depend on how long. Make sure you dont put in anywhere there is a breeze, somewhere warm is best.
Once it has doubled in size, punch the dough to get the air out, and kneed again. Let rest and rise one more time. When it has risen the second time, divide into 3 balls for 3 small pizza's.
Add your toppings and pop in to an oven set at 200 c ( on your pizza setting if you have one)
My choice Prosciutto, mozzarella and olives!
Enjoy and stay dry!
Well you've got your lamb for the day, but whats for dessert?
Mango&Passionfruit Mini Pavs.
I bough the nest form the supermarket.
Buy as many nests as you like.
I used mango for 3 nests, and 1 passionfruit per 2 nests.
Whip some cream. Layer your nest with cream, then finely diced mango. Finish off with passionfruit on the top. Too easy.
Have a great Australia Day!
Hope you're set for Australia Day!
If not here's a quick and easy recipe for the day
Mint Lamb cultlets
6 lamb cutlets
2 limes- juice
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup mint- finely chopped
1 garlic clove- crushed
1/3 cup of honey.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Place lamb cutlets in the bowl and let sit in the fridge for at least 1/2 hr to marinade.
On a high heat cook each side of the cutlet for 2 min. Let the cutlets rest for 5 mins before serving with a fresh and healthy salad.
3rd Jan AWAY
14th Feb Rach&Nathan
28th Feb Nat&Mel
14th March Jonathon&Andre
28th March Jonathan&Kate
11th April Rach&Nathan
25th April Rach&Andrew
9th May Mark&Lisa
23rd May Brendan
6th June Jonathon&Andre
20th June Nat&Mel
4th July Jonathan&Kate
18th July Brendan
For those who missed it, our little co-op was mentioned in The Sunday Telegraph. After imported produce were found to be contaminated, it was a nice plug for local growers but also a timely reminder to buy local and seasonal.
Yesterday our Fruit&Veg co-op had a jar swap as part of our pre- Christmas celebrations.
A great variety including the good old favourites of chilli jam, lemon butter. But an interesting mix of curry paste, Sourdough mother, Baileys Irish cream and cookies.
I'll show you each of their uses as I get through them.
Buckwheat pancakes with fresh strawberries and blueberries to start your day. A fresh salad of goats feta, roasted pumpkin, and beetroot( left over from the last Fruit&Veg shop). Lovely lettuce and rocket to tie them all together. Also try strawberries muffins for brekkie or a snack!
Monday lamb roast, and enough for lunch too!
Using left over potatoes, new beans and small lamb roast. All for a household of two.
I find a roast during the week the easiest dinner to cook. You only need to peel and cut some veggies, then everything is in the oven. Just carve and wash up!
Yesterday was my turn to go and shop for our group of 10. I'm hoping to post all the meals I've cooked in the next fortnight. Gets what we got for our $40 each
1 pt strawberries
Bunch of kale
Bag of rocket
Head of lettuce
Bunch of rhubarb
Bag of beans
Bunch of bananas
5 green apples
12 Roma tomatoes
Whole garlic head
I'm hoping to make rhubarb muffins, BBQ chook salad, avocado/tomatoes and feta brushetta, marinated steak in garlic with salad or steamed beans, kale pesto in scrambled eggs and also pasta, roasted pumpkin risotto and also in salad, hamburgers with kale pesto, sausages and salad, the extra ingredients have cost approx $75 for woolworths.
Already I've made rhubarb muffins and kale pesto. Roasted the pumpkin ready for quick meals during the week.
Get onto Instagram and check out my interactive work for InStyle Magazine Australia and Marie Claire Magazine Australia. Looking forward to incorporating many more if these little projects into my normal day of shooting.
Let me know if I can help you with any if these features!
Although it's still cold the days have been so lovely here in Sydney.
At the moment throw a little fertiliser on your lemon and lime trees ready for the spring time growth.
My lime tree is coming along nicely hoping for a good 1st harvest this season.
Keep using your Rosemary, parsley,
mint and chives.
If you're wanting to plant in spring get some fertiliser into the ground and turn- getting ready.
10th May- Kate& Brendan
24th May- Andrew&Rach
7th June- New Jonathon &Boys (long weekend)IS EVERYONE HERE FOR THIS WEEKEND?
21st June- Nat& Mel or Alanna
5th July Jonathon&Stephan
19th July Lisa&Mark
2nd Aug- Kate&Brendan
16th Aug Rachel &Nathan
30th Aug- Jonathan&Stephan
13th Sept- Nat& Mel or Alanna
27th Sept- Rach&Andrew
11th Oct-Lisa&Mark ( weekend after long weekend)
8th Nov- Kate&Brendan
22nd Nov- Jonathan&Stephan
6th Dec- Jonathan&Boys
20th Dec- Nat&Mel
Looking for authentic Greek gyros in Sydney? There's a new place in Bexley on forest rd. Be prepared line up, there's always a queue but moves fairly quickly and worth the wait.
It won't break the bank-pork gyros 7.80, with a can of soft drink $10.30 and a chip combo $13.00.
A live music venue in the heart of Marrickville. Open 8 months now, the barman tells me that he gets run off his feet, and has done from day 1.
I've come on a Sunday at 5pm just as the crowd starts to build.
The interior is as the website describes- eclectic! Chandeliers and leather lounges fill the room, almost too many. But I get the impression this isn't a place the crowd gets up and dances but rather sits and enjoys the atmosphere, which it certainly is full of, even without a crowd.
The menu boast nachos and stone cooked pizzas at around $16 each. My advice eat great food outside on the many wonderful places that surround Lazybones and come here for a drink after.
Recently renovated Goldern Barley Pub Enmore is quite an oasis. A lovely outdoor beer garden, in which you'd never know you were in the middle of a bustling area. Lovely wooden textures line this new interior with interesting industrial lighting. Watch out for the family peak times if it not your thing in the garden. Thursday $4 Coronas and free meat tray raffle. Wednesday free pool, free jukebox, free popcorn!
Thank you Today USA for featuring my food flags on your website yesterday