Lots of fresh produce
Ah! The heat of the last few days made me appreciate more than ever the chilled watermelon and mango ice blocks that were on hand made from fresh produce from last week’s market. Thanks Doug (mangoes) and Des and Donna (watermelons).
The rain has been a bonus in my garden with a flush of new growth so I am sure that we will also see lots of rain fed fresh produce this week. Unfortunately it can also have a negative impact on some produce so while blueberries may well be at the market this week more rain may once again prevent picking!
So what’s new?
According to Let’s Go Healthy blogspot, dragon fruit are low in calories, contain no cholesterol, are high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, rich in vitamin C, and contain vitamins B1, B2 and B3. They are also packed with minerals such as calcium and phosphorus and contain phytoalbumins, which have antioxidant properties that help prevent the formation of cancer cells. In addition, dragon fruit is also known to increase the excretion of heavy metal toxins from the body.
Not only are they good for you they make fantastic naturally red ice blocks, great for that after school snack on a hot day. Blend dragon fruit with mango and banana – any quantity of each – and you have a really healthy icy treat for the whole family to enjoy!
Blueberries: Blueberry Fields apologises for their absence over the past two weeks but rain prevented picking. If picked wet they simply rot but THIS WEEK it is looking very hopeful. The same for finger limes (can’t be picked wet) but also looking hopeful for this week.
“Greek Hidden Lamb..” named because in history the cut chunks of lamb shoulder left on the bone are hidden in the baking tray under seasonal vegetables.
Cooking tips :
- Place randomly lamb shoulder chunks on base of baking tray and cover with seasonal vegetables .
- Add 1 cup of red wine or port..
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Season to taste.
Lee recommends adding paprika, cinnamon and rosemary.
Slow cook in BBQ or oven covered with foil at 150 degrees for 3 hours. Lee says this is best served with chunky bread .
Simply Divine Cupcakes – Vishnu has triumphed! Last week her plain croissants and the Pain Au Chocolate were simply sensational along with other delights to tempt our sweet tooth.
From the Spice Palace Stall try Byron Bay Miso
Step 1. – Smear a green leaf of your choice with lashings of Byron Bay Miso;
Step 2 – Add lots of yummy greens like avocado, asparagus, cress, sprouts, pesto – whatever you like…
Step 3 – Roll up and your “Green Sandwich” is ready.
Thanks to Satya for this great idea. Yummmmm!!!
Miso Walnut Spread
3 Tsp chopped walnuts
2 Tsp Kome Miso
1 clove garlic
1 Tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp maple syrup (or honey)
¼ cup water
½ cup mashed tofu
Chop the garlic and walnuts in a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Eat with crackers, toast or cucumber.
Sugar cane juice has decided NOT to continue. It is too much for Tracey on her own and Pierre has other work and cannot come each week.
Nudgel Nuts – Ian is away for the next two weeks. He will be back for one or two weeks from 11th depending on sales. When the nuts run out – they run out! The good news is the new season nuts will soon be harvested.
Seasonal fruit and vegie update:
Finger limes are native to northern NSW and south east Queensland.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Dragon Fruit
- Finger limes
- Paw Paw
Seasonal Produce List Updated:
Beans (+organic), Beetroot (+organic), Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum, Cauliflower, Chard (organic), Chilli, Cucumber (+organic), Corn (+organic), Eggplant (+organic), Garlic (+organic), Herbs (basil + organic basil, coriander, ginger, rocket, turmeric and more), Kale (+organic), Lettuce (cos organic), Fancy Lettuce and mixed salad greens, Micro greens (+ wide variety of organic such as alfalfa, sunflower, broccoli, chick pea), Mizuna, Onion (+organic), Pak Choi (organic), Potato (Sebago) , Pumpkin (+organic), Salad Mix, Silver Beet, Sprouts (+organic), Spinach (+organic), Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato (+organic), Tatsoi (organic) Tomatoes (+organic), Taro, Watercress, Wheat grass, Zucchini (+organic).
Apples, Avocados, Bananas (Cavendish, Lady Fingers and Little Gem), Blueberries, Dragon Fruit,Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Red Papaya, Strawberries
Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts
Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir.
Goats milk and soft cheeses, Kefir
Raw unprocessed honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon!
A variety of artisan breads baked with organic flours and local market products including macadamia nut bread!
Beef, lamb and pork (All Natural Meat Company), Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary)