The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co.: Local Harvest Challenge – Day 4 (4/3/12)

11th April, 2012 —   

I had a bit of a disaster in the kitchen today. While getting all my ingredients out to make my slow cooked Lamb Shanks for dinner, I dropped all the tomatoes (home-grown) I had prepared earlier in the day! So, what to do?
I could have come up with another recipe not using tomatoes, but, I had been working on this recipe for days and was finally happy with it! I could have even made the recipe tomorrow instead, but, I still would not have my own tomatoes and tomorrow is likely to be even crazier on the farm than today with the long weekend approaching.

I decided to head to The Borenore Store which is just near my house. Scotty generously gave me some of the tomatoes he had in the kitchen. Thank goodness for country hospitality. I know a lot of my friends in big cities do not even know their neighbours names let alone can go and ask their local cafe/post office/bottle shop for ingredients for dinner. So thanks to Scotty.

Day 4.

(ingredients used: Racine bread, our apricot chutney, Jennai ricotta and goats milk , Bills English Breakfast tea, Jonathan and Fuji apples, Red Anjour pears, Fourjay Unsweetened Muesli, Fourjay hazelnuts, figs, our clear apple juice, onions, our preserved lemons, Wellington Lamb lamb shanks, garlic, rosemary, Trunky Creek salami, La Barre olive oil, lemons tomatoes, home parsley, home spinach, Saltbird salt, Ploughman’s Hill olives, pepper, red wine, cinnamon, vanilla bean, star anise, Molong Gelato Factory French Vanilla Gelato, Manildra flour )

– Racine Toast with Apricot Chutney and Ricotta and unsweetened Muesli
Lunch– Salami, Pancetta, Olive and Spinach mini Pizza

Dinner– Lamb Shanks with Preserved Lemon, Gremolata and Flat Bread

Dessert – Red Anjour Pears poached in red wine with French Vanilla Gelato
Snacks/Drinks– Jonathan and Fuji apples, Figs, Hazelnuts, Peach and Rasberry Shake from Molong Gelato Factory, Clear Apple Juice and Coffee from The Borenore Store.

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Name: The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co.
Suburb: Borenore
State: NSW
Size: Feast-sized

The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co.'s Challenges

  • Don't use the supermarkets this week - shop at local independent grocers, butchers and delis
  • Shop at a farmers' market
  • Source farm-gate produce
  • Source local meat & cheeses
  • Buy cruelty free eggs (laid by happy chooks!)
  • Source free-range or organic meats
  • Go foraging! - eat edible weeds
  • Harvest and eat food from your own garden
  • Eat (at least) 5 Servings of Local, Organic fruit & veggies per day
  • Dine at a cafe or restaurant with sustainable features
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Cook with local oils or grains
  • Sip on local milk or juice
  • Enjoy local beer or wine
  • Swap sugar for local honey (or stevia)
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Compost your kitchen scraps
  • Start a worm farm
  • Start a herb box or mini-plot (can be single pot on the porch, or something more in the garden)
  • Find out more about and try food preserving - bottling, drying, freezing
  • Find out about Urban bee-keeping
  • Like Local harvest on facebook, or follow on Twitter
  • Read a relevant book
  • Ask your local grocer, deli or favourite cafe to include more local produce