All our usual winter vegies are now in full supply so while there are no new vegies coming in there are new and exciting ways to spice up our winter diet. Some ideas:
Sweet potato is delightful sliced into rings and tossed in coconut oil (or olive or macadamia nut oil), sprinkled with Spice Palace dukka or Chermoula or Ras al Hanout and roasted. YUM! Sweet potato is available at JRA, Cecil Farm and Clothiers Creek Fresh and for organic sweet potato visit Sylva Lining Organics.
Carrots – roasted with orange, honey and thyme. Slice lengthwise. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat, place flat side on a baking tray and squeeze orange juice over them. Bake in a slow oven until almost cooked then drizzle with honey, sprinkle with orange zest and toss to coat then place sprigs of thyme around the pan and over the carrots and return to the oven until they are cooked. Watch carefully that they don’t burn during this stage. Add salt and pepper to taste. Freshly picked carrots at at the Cecil Farm stall.
And now to make some broccoli and cauliflower soup. Using a chicken stock base load the saucepan with florets of broccoli and cauliflower and cook until tender. I like to use a stick blender to make a smooth pouring soup. Add lashings of cream or a combination of cream and parmesan cheese for a simple quick soup – perfect in this weather.
Broccoli is available at JRA and Cecil Farm. Organic broccoli is abundant at Sylva Lining Organics.
More reasons to eat avocados and nuts!
I love it when I find more reasons to eat something I already enjoy and miss when not in season so here are two locally grown foods that are healthy food gems.
Not only are avocados an excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fat, vitamins and antioxidants, recent research published in Cancer Research, has found that avocados have cancer-fighting properties. Avocatin B, a type of fat found in avocados, was found to combat acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Avocatin targets leukemia stem cells, which are responsible for causing most cases of AML recurrence.
Avocados are available from JRA, Clothiers Creek Produce and Narbey’s Best Avos.
2 Cancer Research June 15, 2015 (at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/06/29/avocado-anti-cancer-benefits.
My favourite nuts are macadamias and pecans – nuts being the almost perfect snack I carry them in a jar so that where ever I go I can always nibble on some nuts. Eaten raw they provide the highest amount of healthy fat but are relatively low in carbs and protein. Pecans (along with other nuts) contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease. While Dr Mercola says that ‘as a natural, whole food, macadamia nuts, specifically, contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals with significant health-boosting potential. They contain high amounts of vitamin B1 and magnesium, and just one serving nets 58 percent of what you need in manganese and 23 percent of the recommended daily value of thiamin.’ http://foodfacts.mercola.com/macadamia.html
Chai Harem is taking a break during the school holidays so for three weeks from 1st July they will be absent from the market returning on 22nd July.
Absent this week are Crabbes Creek Wood Fired breads and pizzas and also Mt Warning Bake House breads, pies and muffins.
Tamara Cox and during her break young musician Heather … – so cheer up your day with delicious food and beautiful music.
Produce of the week (newest season produce is in bold):
- Cos lettuce
- Cucumbers (Lebanese)
- Custard apples
- Fancy lettuce
- Leafy greens – lots if variety including herbs, kale, swiss chard and many more.
- Red Papaya
- Sweet potatoes
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, barley greens, 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, Mandoes, Oranges (organic), Passionfruit, Paw Paw, Pears, Rock melons, Strawberries, watermelons.
Pecan nuts and macadamia nuts (back in April)
Cows milk, cheeses and yoghurt, kefir.
Goats milk and soft cheeses, kefir
Raw unprocessed honey, creamed honey and creamed honey with cinnamon! And bees wax candles also.
A variety of artisan sour dough breads baked with organic flours and flavours that use local market products including macadamia nut bread!
Beef, lamb and pork (All Natural Meat Company), Salami (Nimbin Valley Diary)