» Archive for December, 2008

Salmon on the Barbie

Friday, December 26th, 2008 by Tina

I hope you have been enjoying some outdoor eating this summer. One of my favourite meals recently was a quiet night at a friend’s place to take a break from the pre-Christmas madness.

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A beautiful summer salad of perfectly ripe mango, cooked prawns, sliced spanish onion, baby spinach and pistachio nuts.

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Great with the barbequed salmon fillets.

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Under strict instructions to bring ‘some ice cream’ or something equally easy,  M dishes up a glamorous presentation of toasted pannetone, passionfruit gelato, cherry ripe batons and fresh cherries and blueberries.

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You do need a saucer for these ice shot glasses. M got very cold fingers while we ran to get her one :) You can then throw them in the sink with great force, Greek-style and they just melt away, no washing up! D was very proud of them.

Rabbit and Chambourcin

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 by Tina

It was meant to be a simple dinner, using up ingredients in my overflowing freezer and pantry, which I did, but it wasn’t simple. That’s what happens when I have a day at home to cook…

I found a rabbit in the freezer (I know that sounds crazy but it was from work and no one else wanted to take it home), some tomatoes that were bordering on over-ripe on the counter, some limp carrots and some ok celery from the bottom of the fridge. I hunted through The Cooks Companion, always reliable for hearty basic recipes, and I wasn’t disappointed tonight. A basic pasta sauce using hare legs, I thought using rabbit would be fine, which it was.

Here is a photo of the results, a homemade pureed tomato sauce with carrot, onion and celery then added to a whole rabbit, browned in olive oil and slow cooked in a casserole dish with garlic, red wine, bay leaf and fresh thyme.

The wine was a Chambourcin bought at the Rouse Hill Growers Market and worked quite well in the dish and in my glass.

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Oh and by the way, it was delicious.

Sydney Christmas Markets 2008

Sunday, December 14th, 2008 by Tina

The Eveleigh Market Saturday 13th December 8am-1pm

243 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Next market is in February 2009.

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This was a wonderful market held yesterday, in an open-sided but undercover hanger on a true Sydney summer day-humid, hot and windy. The restrooms inside the old carraige works just opposite provided a moment of coolness before the hunt began.

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Highlights were cherry jam from Bird Cow Fish, goat’s cheese from Jannei Dairy, eggplant, zucchini flowers, apples and less common herbs from organic suppliers. Bread from Iggy’s, Olive oil from Alto and brunch from Eumundi Smokehouse: Bacon and egg roll with homemade BBQ sauce, and a chorizo roll with tomato and basil salsa. I didn’t eat both, three of us shared them, but I could have easily scoffed them myself.

My sister was searching for the perfect Kris Kringle present for $15 and bought the last jar of cherry jam from Bird Cow Fish ($10 but it is a large jar) and then topped up the gift with a jar of Apricot jam from Rowan Farm for $5, so mission completed on budget! The cheeky little bugger even managed to find some bread for her supper after everyone had sold out as the guys at Jannei took pity on her puppy eyes and sold her their second last loaf used for tastings for a token $2. Always the negotiator :)

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Marinated creamy goat’s fetta at Jannei Dairy. I have been missing their presence at the Good Living Grower’s Markets- bring them back please!

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Went home with a small white mould cheese, similar to Camembert, called ‘Miette’. Perfectly ripe for sale, the edge was devoured and it is already developing a creamy oozy layer but is still a little chalky in the middle so I’ll leave it for another day or two.

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Fruity, buttery Stöllen from Pastisse

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Organic Fuji apples, basil and garlic

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Eumundi Smokehouse chorizo. I bought some of the small spicy ‘beer sticks’ as owner David calls them, you really need one to handle the heat and delicious intensity.

Nice review here of Eumundi: http://www.notquitenigella.com/2007/12/27/eumundi-smokehouse-at-dulwich-hill/

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Delicious olive oil and marinated olives from Alto, with the Robust premium a favourite. Got talked into getting the large bottle very easily ‘are you sure you don’t want the larger bottle?’ No, I’m not, how silly of me, of course it is better value ;) I am quite happy to be persuaded.

Another delicious oil is the Pepperberry and Salt Bush olive oil by the Yaama Dhiyaan Cafe, also a lovely place for breakfast located just next to the markets on Wilson St.

Crusty sourdough, a quarter is plenty for us and costs just $3.25 from Iggy’s Bread (49 Belgrave St, Bronte. Corner of Murray St)

Can’t wait for the regular market next year…

http://www.eveleighmarket.com.au/


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