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A short drive to the Adelaide Hills and, located in the most picturesque setting, you will find Willabrand Figs . Pick you own starts Monday February 18 and is a great way of accessing quality figs at a good price and enjoying being out in their beautiful terraced orchards.
Of course, it is ‘slip, slop, slap and bring a hat’!
Refer to their web site for location details and times.
There are a lot of blackberries on the roadside but do not be tempted to pick as local councils are very active spraying them as they are regarded as a noxious weed and snakes have been very active this year.
Sunday February 10….our best fig recipes!
Olive’s Tomato Sauce and don’t forget to give our preserving bible a good read. There is nothing more disheartening than putting all the effort in to see preserves needing to be thrown out because proper preserving methods haven’t been followed.
We’ll be buying our tomatoes from Patlin Gardens. Traditionally grown outside, picked ripe, they are just the best…there will be a few but end of February is when the best start coming through. Keep out your local farmers’ market.
posted Wednesday February 6, 19
The recipe index is building and the best way to find what you are looking for is to use the search facility just under the main navigation.
The Bianco Rosa is the queen of the eggplant family and one of our favourite growers Patlin Gardens has an abundance this season [unlike last year!!] so make the most of it. Their silken flesh makes the most exquisite babaganoush and eggplant parmangiana..so this week our favourite eggplant recipes. Be warned we use charcoal not gas to char our eggplants!
AO December 7, 2018
it’s the south australian crayfish season
strawberry ice cream
More ice creams and sorbets click here to go to our old web site…mango sorbet is particularly perfect for the season and the moment…and, while cooking one or Pearl’s mango daquiri’s never goes astray! Try something really KISKIF [keep it simple keep it fresh] with a great cherry and strawberry dessert click here
updated Wednesday 2 January, 2019
green almonds and crayfish
posted Sunday October 21. 2018
click on the image left for Green Almond Ice Cream recipe
Green almonds are mysterious in modern Australian cuisine because there are so few culinary references. They also hold a special fascination because they have such a very brief season…..read more
Below our best green almond dish in years of experimentation…….click on the image below
posted Friday October 19, 2018
We adore Melbourne for its vibrant food and art scene and unique shopping especially vintage shopping…….just one revisit and six new restaurant reviews….. click here
This is constantly updated stay tuned for more next week with two new standout restaurants! ..click on the image to go to
Kaaren Palmer’s guide on where to drink Champagne in Melbourne!
don’t be afraid!
To take any of our recipes ina different direction. Snow peas may still be good to go, but asparagus and broad beans have long since gone; variegated sorrel is still in my garden …instead try snow peas, spring onions, quickly blanched cos or iceberg refreshed in ice and water.
Above, proof that vegan food doesn’t need to be tasteless muck. Beware two of us nearly ate what was intended for four. Inspired by reading a recent Australian Gourmet Traveller daily email I knew immediately the recipe idea could be taken in a different direction. It is super delicious warm or at room temperature but the fridge would kill it! click here
Cherry Ripple Buns are super easy and a reminder of what a bun is supposed to be. Try and find low gluten flour [sometimes called ‘cake flour’ and often found in Chinese grocers] click here
news from New Zealand
from the left Michael Voumard and the late Ali Cribb in the RockfordWines Stonewall kitchen circa 2008
Our friend farmer and chef Michael Voumard is now living and working in New Zealand and finally connected with the rest of the world.
It has to be said, if I was asked to name in my long life time my five most memorable meals Michael Voumard and his partner, the late Ali Cribb when they shared cheffing and gardening at the Rockford Stonewall Dining Room would be close to the top. I have only been once to Adelaide’s Golden Boy but to walk over the gorgeous brass inlaid words ‘Botanic Dining Room’ filled me with incredible sadness. Especially so because the ’round eye Thai’ served at Golden Boy was just another reminder of the authentic Thai served by the Voumards when they ran the Botanic Dining Room in the same space. Voumard brought to the table not just his travels but years working with the legendary David Thompson, a chef who continues to hold the crown of Thai food in the entire world.
The Voumard’s passion for travel and growing food, and their steadfast loyalty to their craft, not just of cooking but growing an the purity of their food. Amazing dishes like a tiny dish of what looked like pebbles that turned out to be different types of potatoes, gently pulled from the growing plants…to be fair this is just the start of the enjoyment their stupendous cooking gave us.
Why we love inductionThis is just this is just start as we have realised a much more in-depth article is required, especially explaining the advances in induction cooktops….click here Our rec ommendations are based on first hand experience using induction hotplates in our own kitchen with items that we have purchased and, other kitchens both domestic and commercial where we have had the opportunity to have a play or talk to chefs who use them on a daily basis.
posted May, 2018
We finally have the time to look at
Two amazing books purchased last year…Torrablanca 2 and Ramon Morato’s Chocolate, so much to try…so much to learn!
This week I’m going to have a go at their inside out puff pastry.
Buyer bewareWe all buy on-line, but how often do you take the time to read the terms and conditions? Well a recent experience we have had trying to return a domestic sous-vide appliance while still under warranty started with a demand for a $24 payment for return postage, followed by a list of fairly unacceptable terms and conditions that may have cost as much as we could buy a new one. It led us to take a look at the terms and conditions of similar equipment to discover vastly different warranty options. Still working on this one as it has turned into a much more complicated piece than expected. Add to that we don’t have the benefit of a legal team and need to make sure our facts are absolutely right.
you can never have too many books
Why aren’t the French fat?
The very first thing you notice in France today is the lack of overweight residents. Then you notice the abundance of excellent bread, still baked twice daily; this is followed by exquisite melt in the mouth pastries, that eaten in excess would surely lead to obesity. The French still take weekends and free time seriously and the shopping/market day is Saturday. They patiently queue at the best butchers, the fromagerie, the poultry shop…well they queue everywhere good produce it to be found.