Recipes

Figgy Jam with Ginger

Sunday, April 09, 2017
Autumn time and figs, quinces, apples and pomegranates are the hero’s as the day shortens and the nights grow longer. Our White Genoa fig tree never fails to produce an abundant crop and this year the figs are large and luscious. This simple recipe transforms the figs into a sensual lemony, ginger and figgy syrupy jam that is perfect with toast, ice-cream or yoghurt or served with pancakes, warm tea cake or waffles. Pear shaped, brown, green or purple when ripe, depending upon the variety, pick when they are soft and dropping on the branch. But don’t wait to long as their sugar content increases rapidly and suddenly they will be over ripe, overly sweet and cloying. I hope you enjoy the indulgent flavour and texture of one on my favourite preserves.
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Basil Preserved in Oil

Saturday, April 08, 2017
Basil and oil,  two timeless ingredients, are the basis of many traditional Mediterranean recipes, family favourites as well as our own inspired creations.  Capture the intense aromatic flavour of basil over summer and early autumn when it is abundant for use throughout the year. The salt, as well as enhancing the basil flavour, creates an unfavourable environment for bacteria to grow, while the oil seals the basil from air and bacteria. Preserving in oil, also known as conservare sott’olio  in Italian cuisine, is a common and versatile preserving method for many of their anti-pasta specialities. Preserved basil can be used wherever you would use salt, oil and basil in salads, salad dressing, pasta and gnocchi, soups and casserole. As little bit goes a long way and it makes a perfect culinary gift.
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Quick Method Dill Cucumber Pickles

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Crisp dill pickles infused with garlic and black peppercorns marry perfectly with hot and cold smoked meats and seafood. Thriving in the summer heat, pickling cucumbers need to the picked and processed daily. This dill pickle recipe is quick and easy as no overnight soaking in brine is required. For a firmer texture add 2-3 grape leaves or 6 - 8 sour cherry leaves to every 4 cups of pickles.   Read More . . .
 

Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Monday, October 03, 2016
For marmalade officados, this combination of grapefruit and lemon produces a deliciously sweet and tangy preserve. Our abundant Marsh grapefruit and Meyer lemon trees form the basis of many of my marmalade recipes. The Meyer lemon, slightly sweeter than other lemon varieties and with a distinctive golden yellow colour offset the intense grapefruit flavour. To get a ruby – blushed marmalade substitute yellow grapefruit with a ruby variety.    Read More . . .
 

Quick and easy dried apples

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Our abundant crop of Granny Smith apples are perfectly suited to drying. So simple to prepare. Just peel, slice,  a quick easy natural  pre-treatment  with salt, lemon or lime juice and then into a dryer  and they  are transformed into a versatile and nutritious snack . The natural fruit sugars are  concentrated during the process and offset the characteristic slightly refreshing  flavour of the Granny Smith. Named after Maria Ann Sherwood , the Granny Smith, with its Australian heritage has become an Aussie icon.  Put some dried apples in the lunch box,  take on road trips and nibble on instead of sugary snacks or  mix with other dried  fruit and nuts for a treat while hiking.They can be enjoyed any time of the day and any time of the year.    Read More . . .
 

Punjab Pickled Limes

Thursday, June 30, 2016

These pickled limes are hot and salty and sweet and sour all in one mouthful. Easy to prepare, the limes are pickled over two days, but don't dismay, the limes are soaking either in water or salt for most of this time. The final finishing only takes about 60 minutes.Originating from the North Indian Punjab region, noted for its pallows, biryani, qorma (korma), haleem and nihari these home preserved pickled limes are a wonderful addition to your next curry night.

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Kaffir Lime and Chili Jelly

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The fragrance of kaffir lime and lemon grass is teamed  with the chili zing to make this wonderfully fresh and vibrant jelly. The tart clean flavour of the faithful Granny Smith apple underpins the vivacious citrus and chili tones. Jazz up your next roast lamb or roast pork with a spoonful or two, serve with cream cheese and crackers or for something different try it with smoked salmon. A fabulous addition to the pantry;  a taste explosion just waiting to happen. For chili lovers – add more chilies to taste   Read More . . .

 

Tomato Chutney

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Preserve the abundant tomato harvest with this classic tomato chutney. Its long slow simmering produces an intense tomato flavour that epitomizes summer and the mustard and curry powders contribute to its unique flavour. Special thanks to my mother-in-law for sharing her prized family recipe. Thick and chunky, its versatility is outstanding. It enlivens and enhances hot and cold meats, is indispensable at BBQ’s and can transform the humble sandwich. Enjoy each loving and addictive spoonful. 

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Apricot Jam

Monday, February 15, 2016

Apricots, the queen of stone fruits with their intense, tangy yet contrastingly sweet luscious flavour, make a truly magnificent jam. There is excitement in our household as the apricot season approaches. Born out of the cold of winter, early spring buds, coaxed by the warmth of the changing season, produce delicate  blossoms which are magically transformed  into “golden eggs" filled with an intense golden orange nectar  This simple recipe produces an full flavoured  apricot  jam that will become a household favourite. 

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Strawberry Jam

Thursday, January 07, 2016
Capture the fragrance and taste of summer with this lusciously rich strawberry jam. Spread lavishly on hot buttered toast, an English muffin or a croissant and this preserve will be an all time family favourite. Using only three ingredients, this strawberry jam recipe is so easy to make that you will want to make a couple of batches over summer, when the strawberries are in peak season and full of flavour. These jars of summer sunshine are a perfect homemade gift to say thank you or just to share with someone special. 
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