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 . . .

 

Green Tomato Chutney

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Capture the fresh lively flavour of green tomatoes and apples in this traditional English style chutney. The aromatic flavours of good curry powder and turmeric adds a touch of the orient, arousing the senses with a twist of the lid. For home gardeners, there’s always a kilo or two of green tomatoes left on the vine when it’s time to pull-up the plants in preparation for the autumn planting. Those precious few kilos produce an artisanal batch that will be on everyone’s wish list. The intoxicating aroma of the orient will permeate the kitchen as it cooks and seduce all with its charismatic fragrance.   Read More . . .

 

Drying Limes

Monday, December 02, 2019

Drying limes and other fruit and vegetables is one of the easiest ways to preserve your abundant harvest. Using a dehydrator, within a few hours, winter harvest limes will be transformed into an intensely flavoured and tangy cache for use throughout the year. Its fragrance, from the concentrated oils in the skin, will tease your senses. Turn summer spritzers and other aperitifs into works of art with slices of dried limes, garnished with fresh mint, dainty blue borage or bright yellow nasturtium flowers. Alternatively frost the rims of your next Whisky Sour or Margaretta glass with crushed salt and dried lime or use as a creative garnish on cheesecake, pavlova, citrus tart, lemon meringue pie or ice cream desserts.    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 . . .

 

Rhubarb and Mandarin Chutney

Wednesday, February 06, 2019
 

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
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