Olives and eggplant

What’s GREAT at the Market this Week?

Eggplants come in all shapes and colours with the most common being the globe – the classic dark purple. Although available most of the year they are at their best from mid-summer to mid-autumn. They are a versatile vegie  – great for a dip as *baba ghanoush or chopped up through a casserole. And they are especially delicious sliced and fried in rings then topped with layers of sliced tomato and cheese. Add  a couple of some basil leaves for a fresh contrast. Eggplant roasted and used on pizzas or tossed in a salad are also delightful. Traditionally salting eggplants reduced oil absorption but this is done less frequently now possibly because we know more about the benefits of good oils.


Tip: select an eggplant that is heavy for its size and and has a lovely glossy skin.

 Recipe for Baba Ghanoush

Prick eggplant all over with a fork before baking in a moderate oven until it collapses.

Scoop out the flesh and mix with 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup tahini and 1 crushed garlic clove. ENJOY!

Also great this week are Grumpy Grandma’s olives and olive oils. If you love a tasty olive there is none better than Grumpy Grandmas’. They are the most naturally preserved delicious olives that turn over so quickly they are always extra fresh.

Grumpy Grandma’s olives and oils are prepared with love, care and a pinch of imagination. Think infused Olive Oils with Lemon Myrtle or Garlic or even Chilli for those who want to spice things up in the kitchen!

Having won many awards under the direction of Denyse and Alan Hodgson, the farm was sold to Tim Stone and his wife, Lynne who are carrying on Grumpy Grandma’s great legacy of freshness and deliciousness, as well as trialling growth of new, speciality varieties on their grove at Rosebank.


Bring your bottles this week and refill with Grumpy Grandma’s extra virgin cold pressed olive oil at Spice Palace or you can buy it already bottled.  

Cut a a section of Crabbes Creek Wood Fired’s baguettes into cubes and dip into this very tasty olive oil. YUM! And even better is when you dip again into a small bowl of Spice Palace’s dukkah for a delightfully delicious snack. 

A good olive oil is always great drizzled over cheeses.

Black muscat grapes are still available this week too so enjoy some on your cheese platter – if they are not all eaten on the way home.

Stallholder Changes this Week: 


  • All Natural Meat Co

ABSENT but back next week:

  • One Organics – back next week with lots of organic seedlings for you to pop into your garden.

Entertainment: Alli Christopher Musicali  

Weather: Partly cloudy with a chance of occasional showers. The temperature will be a very pleasant 28 degrees by 11.00am and up to 30 by early afternoon.