Recipes

Tomato Passata

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Capture the essence of summer ripened tomatoes in this traditional Italian passata recipe. Just three ingredients, tomatoes, basil and salt and three simple steps, pulp, bottle and preserve. Then into the pantry for storage until needed. Its simplicity, intensity and vibrancy stand proud in the pantry.  Waiting for its  central role in many of Italy’s favourite dishes that are so revered.    Read More . . .

 

Dried Blood Orange

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Drying blood oranges is a very simple and easy 3 step process – wash, cut and dry. Have some fun and play with the vibrant colour and flavour of dried blood orange. This recipe will also work for any citrus you may want to dry. Transforming lemons, limes, mandarins, grapefruit, tangelos or kumquats into an instantly fashionable garnish or flavouring is very vogue. Garnish your summer spritzer, favourite aperitif or homemade cordial with slices of preserved blood orange and lemon. Roll your margarita glass in powdered lime and a mixture of salt and sugar for some extra razzmatazz. Or use as a creative garnish on your next cheesecake, pavlova, citrus tart, lemon meringue pie or ice cream dessert. Let a dehydrator do all the work for you and watch it conveniently process a consistently high-quality product.   Read More . . .

 

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 . . .

 

Golden Sweet Corn Relish

Sunday, July 23, 2017
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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 . . .
 

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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Plum and Ginger Chutney

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The sweet and tart flavours of plums marry perfectly with the heady spice combination of ginger, cloves and allspice to produce this distinctive chutney. Allspice is the dried berry of the Jamaican pepper tree and it’s used extensively in pickling solutions and in its powdered form in  preserves and baking. Often referred to as pimento, it is readily available in the herb and spice section of supermarkets.I used our home grown Santa Rosa plums which produced an intense purple coloured chutney.    Read More . . .

 

Pickled Plums - Italian Style

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Use dark plums for this Italian inspired pickled plum recipe. The aromatic spices, sweetened vinegar and plum nectar produce an opulent accompaniment. The cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, whole allspice berries and fresh ginger add to its depth and complexity. Serving pickled fruit is traditional in many European cuisines to offset the richness of  game meats, duck, turkey, goose, pork and terrines. Pickle a jar or two while they are abundant for  a special treat throughout the year,  for the Christmas roast or as a special culinary gift.    Read More . . .

 

Sumptuous Strawberry & Silvanberry Jam

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Berries herald the beginning of summer and  combining strawberries with silvanberries produces  a rich complex flavoured jam with underlying blackberry tones.  Preserve the taste of summer by making this simple but sumptuous conserve. Spread on hot buttery toast:its intense colour and flavour excites the palette, kindles the heart and fires the imagination. Or serve with pancakes or waffles, with scone and cream for a wicked afternoon treat, with vanilla ice-cream, between heavenly sponges, in fairy cakes and jam tarts. The possibilities are endless.    Read More . . .