Recipes

Eggplant, Ginger & Chili Chutney

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

A Mediterranean inspired chutney full of sun-drenched eggplants, red capsicums and garlic  that's spiced up with fresh ginger and a good curry powder. Very versatile and with the twist of the lid it adds a new dimension to an antipasto platter, a ploughman’s plank or a bitey cheddar cheese, alongside a curry or with grilled and cold meats. I’ve even had it with my Sunday morning bacon and eggs and home-made sourdough bread. A truly delicious combination. We now grow extra eggplants and capsicums to make multiple batches. By the time its shared with family and friends I need to make sure there’s always enough stashed away in the pantry for our use. It's easy to make and a great chutney that uses up excess eggplant and capsicums.    Read More . . .

 

Rhubarb and Raspberry Jam

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Rhubarb and raspberries, companion fruits from spring through to autumn, make an irresistible combination for jam connoisseurs. Although it’s simple to make, it’s a bold jam. Big flavours, generous chunks of fruit set in a melange of raspberries and the colour of deep glistening rubies. It marries the sweet rich raspberry flavour with rhubarb's underlying touch of tartness. Whether it’s served on the breakfast table, for afternoon tea on freshly baked scones and rich airy cream or as part of dessert, your rhubarb and raspberry jam will be the ruby red jewel of the table.    Read More . . .

 

Rhubarb and Mandarin Chutney

Wednesday, February 06, 2019
 

Best Ever Plum Syrup

Friday, February 01, 2019

This easy plum syrup with its intense flavor and colour will disappear before your eyes becoming a family favourite in no time. Be prepared to make extra bottles to feed the families obsession with this healthy fruit sensation. Use as a topping and pour liberally over ice-cream, yogurt, waffles and pancakes. Make old fashioned milk shakes or a luscious vitamin packed plum smoothie. Mix it in with fresh seasonal fruits, add to pie and custard bases or churn it into a plum ice-cream or gelato. Versatile, bursting with goodness and so so simple to make. It will become a pantry staple in no time.    Read More . . .

 

Rhubarb and Orange Jam

Saturday, January 19, 2019

A simple and easy rhubarb jam to use up Spring’s abundant bounty. This delicious jam with chunks of rhubarb and citrus overtones is a delight to make. Spread thickly on toast, crumpets, croissant or your favourite breakfast bread or pastry. Use a generous dollop on scones with cream as an alternative to traditional strawberry jam, use as a tart, pancake and crepe filling or serve with ice-cream, cheesecake or waffles. A truly versatile jam that won’t last long in the pantry. Although most often eaten as a fruit, rhubarb is actually a vegetable. Oh, and is there a difference between red and green rhubarb? Apart from the colour difference, they taste the same. They are just a different variety. And where does it's tart flavour come from?  It contains high is levels of naturally occurring oxalates.   Read More . . .

 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Dried

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Capture the intense spicy pepper-like flavor of chilli using one of the oldest and simplest preserving methods – drying. Using a home dehydrator or the oven is a quick fool-proof  method that doesn’t rely on weeks of intensive summer temperatures with relatively low humidity that’s required for the traditional open-air method. Dried chilli develops an earthy, woody and nutty flavor complexity that is rare among other herbs and spices. Substitute dried chilli in recipes throughout the year, make your own special chilli powder blend with dried ground cumin, garlic and oregano or grind finely to make a hot chile powder.    Read More . . .

 

Golden Sweet Corn Relish

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Tall rustling stalks swaying gently in the summer breeze never ceases to excite. When the cobs are fully formed with each perfectly shaped golden kernel, its pick’n time.   Read More . . .
 

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.

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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 . . .