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Breakfast of champions November 4, 2009

Posted by Sarah in dining in, food, fruit, health, home made, mango, oats, organic, rhubarb, yoghurt.
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Rolled oats soaked in organic rice milk, topped with mango, stewed rhubarb and organic yoghurt.  I love the colours of this mornings breakfast, they’re so vibrant!


We’ve nicknamed this month NOvember.  We’re training 5 x a week, counting calories and eating really well.  We both feel great!  I suppose it’s a bit of a detox too, in a roundabout kind of way.

Chewy oatmeal and date cookies October 7, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, butter, dining in, food, fruit, home made, recipe.
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The weather here in Sydney has taken a sudden dive.  All of a sudden our picture perfect not-winter has turned on us, reminding me that this city does indeed have seasons.  Albeit slightly irrational, fleeting ones.

I’ve been so cold this afternoon at home that I made a batch of these delicious cookies to warm the house, and our bellies.

I used Deb’s recipe for thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies.  I didn’t have any raisins in the house so I subbed them for chopped dates, and subbed the walnuts for a mixture of pecans and macadamia nuts.

They’re so delicious, I hope there’s some left for Joh when he gets home….

Pancakes for breakfast September 27, 2009

Posted by Sarah in butter, dining in, food, fruit, home made, organic.




Best pumpkin soup ever (recipe) September 15, 2009

Posted by Sarah in dining in, food, health, home made, organic, recipe, vegetables.
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I’m sitting here at my desk, eating the most delicious pumpkin soup.  It may just be the best I have ever made, which is ironic considering I made it without really paying much attention.  It seems a bit silly to be posting a recipe for something so simple, but sometimes simple is just what you need.


1kg organic jap pumpkin

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cloves organic garlic, finely chopped

1 large organic onion, diced

1 litre chicken stock or water (I use my homemade stock, this blog post by Michael Ruhlman perfectly describes why you should too)

1 cup water

200 grams sour cream

1/2 bunch organic kale (about 300 grams)

salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut your pumpkin into fairly large sized chunks, leaving the skin intact.  Discard seeds.  Place on a roasting tray and cook in a hot oven until you can easily slide a knife into the flesh, about 30 mintues.  You want the pumpkin to be soft before it goes into the soup, so be sure to check that it’s completely cooked before you remove it from the oven.  Remove the tray from the oven and leave the pumpkin to cool down to room temperature.

Heat the olive oil over a medium heat in a large stock pot.  Add the onion and cook slowly until the onion is nicely caramelised, about 10 minutes.

While the onions are sweating remove the skin from the flesh of the pumpkin.  If the pumpkin is cooked properly the skin will peel off very easily.

Once the onions are cooked add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add the pumpkin and chicken stock and/or water.  Bring this to the boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionaly.

Wash the kate well in a bowl of water.  Separate the leaves from the stems.  Discard the stems.  Place a frying pan over a medium heat and fill with the kale.  Put a lid on the pan, if you have one, and wilt the kale for three minutes, turning every so often so the kale cooks evenly.  Remove from the frying pan to a chopping board and leave to cool completely.

Remove the soup from the heat and stir through the sour cream.  Grind over some pepper and add 1 teaspoon salt.  Use an immersion/stick blender to blitz the soup until smooth.

Chop the kale and add to the soup pot.

Taste for seasoning.

Toast some of your favourite bread to serve alongside your soup.

Makes 4 servings

Garage sale beauties August 24, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, dining in, flowers, food, garage sale, markets, recycle, tea towel, vintage.

Miss Maree and I headed to the Eveleigh Markets on Saturday for a spot of shopping and munching.  We stopped at a garage sale along the way for a peak at what they had to offer.  I snapped up these adorable old plates for next to nothing.  The whole lot cost me just $10.  The lady that I bought the plates from told me that she was very pleased to see a young person buying the plates, as they have been in the family for years.  Joh made scones for breakfast on Sunday and we ate them off these plates.  Perfection!P8230023



Eveleigh Farmers’ Market March 2, 2009

Posted by Sarah in bike, dining in, food, markets, organic, vegetables.
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This Saturday saw the Eveleigh Farmers’ Market start trading for the new year.  Joh and I rose early and rode our bicycles to Redfern. We arrived around 8.15 and were pleased to see that there was a bike stand right outside the entrance to the covered marketplace.


The first stall we headed to was Yuri’s Sustainable Produce.  They had a wonderful deal where you fill your bag with anything from their tables for $8.  I decided to take a selection of their delicious fruit and vegetables.  They had some incredible looking black russian tomatoes that filled most of our bag, I couldn’t resist them!img_4478img_4479img_4477

The eggs we got from Egganic looked so good that I bought two dozen from them.


The mini capsicum from Kemps Creek Farm were so beautiful I had to take a photo of them.  We didn’t buy any capsicums, but did buy some fresh chillies, prickly pears and three bunches of ong choy (water spinach).  The ladies selling the produce propped up the capsicum box so that I could take a photo of them!  Then they all proceeded to tell me about the dangers of using prickly pears without gloves.  I must admit they are still in the refridgerator, I did get a spine in my finger as soon as I got them home.



We also brought home a piece of Berkshire free range pasture fed pork neck.  Unfortunately I didn’t get down the name of the grower, but the pork was certainly teriffic.

Joh and I headed home laden down with all kinds of goodies!


For dinner on Saturday night Joh cooked our Barramundi from Infinity Fish on the barbeque with kaffir lime leaves stuffed into its belly.  I used some of our organic yellow squash and garlic from Lettuce Deliver Organics and stir fried them with the water spinach.  A very nice meal indeed.



The Eveleigh Farmers’ Markets are held every Saturday and are well worth a visit.  I am so pleased about a weekly produce market, it’s a wonderful thing for Sydney.

Sunday lovely Sunday January 4, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, bread, cheese, dining in, food, knitting, organic, vegetables, wool.

Joh and I had the most lovely day at home today, pottering around the house.  We had three separate offers to go out to see our dear friends for afternoon drinks, but we decided to stay here and spend some quality time with our house (and each other, of course!!)

For breakfast we had the last two slices of our sprouted rye bread with organic avocado, tomato and fresh coriander from our garden.  Half way through mine I decided to try out some of our new alfalfa sprouts, and they were delicious!


I can’t wait for our deliveries from Lettuce Deliver to start again.  We’ve been shopping at Fratelli Fresh while the Lettuce family are on a much needed break.  The quality at Fratelli Fresh is some of the best in the city, but it still doesn’t even come close to our beautiful organic deliveries.  We did pick up some Tasmanian walnuts, which I cracked with my monster of a mortar and pestle.  I’ve popped them in the freezer until I decide what to do with them.


I did a bit of knitting, finishing off a monolith of a blanket that I’ve been using for months in it’s incomplete state.  Photos and gory details to come in another post.


Joh and I had some cheese in the fridge that needed using, a Polish style cottage cheese.  Joh made a wonderful organic wholemeal bread dough and left it to develop for a few hours.  I made some organic caramelised onions while the dough did it’s thing.  Joh kneaded and rolled the dough to a wonderful carpet of carbohydrates on the kitchen bench.  Then we scattered olive oil, caramelised onions, polish cottage cheese, parmagiana reggiano, olives and basil leaves.  Joh rolled the whole thing into a log, and then we decided it would be best to slice and cook the pieces individually, kind of like the broiche dough we used to make when I was a cook in Auckland.  They worked beautifully!  We cooked half of them on our pizza stone, and half in muffin tins.  The verdict?  Joh prefers the look of the muffin tin variety, while i like the more rustic feel of the pizza stone cooked rolls.  Either way, they are delicious, and will make a great lunch for us tomorrow.p1040008


A well balanced breakfast January 3, 2009

Posted by Sarah in bread, dining in, food, health, home made, organic, recipe.
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Today’s breakfast:

Organic sprouted rye bread

Organic avocado

Organic mung bean sprouts

Home cured salmon gravlax

This must be one of the healthiest life giving breakfasts that I can think of.  I’m really loving sprouted grain bread at the moment, i’m going to sprout some wheat of my own this week and see how we go making the bread from it.  We have been sprouting all kinds of beans and seeds this week, picture heavy post of our efforts to come soon.

I was given a tub of gravlax salts that my bosses partner had made.  It contains salt, pepper, sichuan pepper and sugar.  We purchased a small fillet of salmon to cure the first time to see how it went.  We washed and dried the fillet and packed it with salt and dill, then wrapped it all tightly in plastic wrap and stored it in the refrigerator for three days.  I turned the salmon twice a day to get the flavours to go through the whole piece of fish.  This morning when we unwrapped it I was amazed to find that there wa no fishy smell at all, and that the fish had firmed up and gone a darker red colour.  Delicious!



Buttermilk peach cake November 15, 2008

Posted by Sarah in baking, cake, dining in, food, recipe.

For breakfast!


Today I woke up with the knowledge that there was a small container of buttermilk in the fridge that had to be used today or thrown out. But I also knew that I had used the last of the eggs yesterday, and whatever I cooked first today had to be something I could do in my pyjamas. I sat down at our trusty computer and searched for eggless buttermilk recipes and eventually found this recipe. I was all excited and about to get up and start creating when I found that the recipe did in fact have eggs! Upon scrolling through the comments I found that there was indeed an eggless substitute, one that a commenter had left on the site. The recipe goes like this:

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 cup berries

Sift dry ingredients together, add melted butter and buttermilk. Pour into a tart dish and top with berries. Bake at 180 degrees celcuis for 45 mintues.

I melted the butter and then let it cook for a few mintues longer to caramelise. I strained it before I added it to the cake batter. Heidi’s origional recipe calls for wholewheat flour but I used white flour and it came out fine. I used half white sugar and half brown sugar, because that’s what I had on hand.

I went to the markets specifically to buy peaches for jam yesterday (4kgs infact!), so they became the topping in place of the berries. Before baking I sprinkled the top with pink salt and brown sugar.


I just happened to have some peach jam in the fridge that I made yesterday, so I used that to glaze the tart/cake.


Delicious! I still can’t decide if this is a tart, or a cake, or a pie. I think when it cools it will be quite a different beast.

Sunday morning homemade breakfast August 24, 2008

Posted by Sarah in bread, dining in, food, home made, organic.
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This mornings breakfast. Homemade organic rye and spelt bread, homemade hummus, home-roasted capsicums, parsley from the garden, murray river pink salt, and pepper. Healthy, and so delicious.

The capsicums came from the new market at Cook and Phillip park on Fridays – Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Market. I was excited to see my favourite stalls from other markets there – Willowbrae, La Tartine, Saltbush Lamb and Eumundi Smokehouse. Friday is my day off so I’ll be a regular patron.  I’m really pleased that Sydney is trying to make farmers markets more accessible to locals, this can only mean good things for the future of our food culture.