Fiona Kerr: Cheesy Investigations.

5th April, 2013 —   

Breakfast today was eggs on toast again.  But even before breakfast I’d had an answer to my question about yesterday’s Haloumi.  It was Wattle Valley Haloumi, made by Menora foods, (who have a very efficient customer service department), and it is manufactured in Albury, from milk from nearby Corowa.  They also let me know their cheddar is made in Victoria and so are their dips although the dips use ingredients from all over Australia and overseas.   So the Haloumi was made a lot closer to home than Cyprus, but not quite in our own state!

After breakfast, flushed with my success, I decided to call True Organic/ Organic Dairy Farmers to check where the cheddar and mozzarella we had in the fridge were from.  I’d assumed they were Victorian and their address on the packet is.  A quick phone call confirmed it, phew!

Usually we buy Watsonia cheddar, but unfortunately earlier cheesy investigations had found Watsonia cheddar is made nowhere near Watsonia in Victoria, in fact in Western Australia.   It does put my head into a bit of a spin, trying to figure out whether the small plastic wrapped Victorian cheese is better than the Western Australian one without plastic.  Probably better to find a third way.

Well, that’s a dilemma for next week.  First, to dinner.  Normally, pasta is a bit of a staple for us, but that is pasta wrapped in plastic, usually from the supermarket.  For tonight, it’s going to be homemade with local flour and eggs.

Willing workers on the pasta factory floor

 

Pasta drying

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the pasta was made, I served it up with zucchini, basil and the last few tomatoes from the garden, local leeks and garlic, and some Meredith goat’s cheese. Very tasty!

 

Dessert was more of the quinces, stewed up with Otways honey, and more homemade yoghurt.

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Name: Fiona Kerr
Suburb: Sunshine
State: VIC
Size: Meal-sized
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Fiona Kerr's Challenges

  • Don't use the supermarkets this week - shop at local independent grocers, butchers and delis
  • Don't use the supermarkets this week - shop at local independent grocers, butchers and delis
  • Don't use the supermarkets this week - shop at local independent grocers, butchers and delis
  • Sign up to a neighbourhood fruit and veg box system
  • Source local meat & cheeses
  • Shop at a local food coop, buy in bulk, take your own containers
  • Shop at a local food coop, buy in bulk, take your own containers
  • Buy cruelty free eggs (laid by happy chooks!)
  • Go foraging! - eat edible weeds
  • Go foraging! - eat edible weeds
  • Go foraging! - eat edible weeds
  • Harvest and eat food from your own garden
  • Harvest and eat food from your own garden
  • Eat (at least) 5 Servings of Local, Organic fruit & veggies per day
  • Eat (at least) 5 Servings of Local, Organic fruit & veggies per day
  • Eat (at least) 5 Servings of Local, Organic fruit & veggies per day
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Sip on local milk or juice
  • Sip on local milk or juice
  • Swap sugar for local honey (or stevia)
  • Swap sugar for local honey (or stevia)
  • Swap sugar for local honey (or stevia)
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Make yoghurt
  • Make yoghurt
  • Make yoghurt
  • Make your own ferments (ie. fetta, sauerkraut, ginger beer, kimchi, pickled foods)
  • Make your own ice-cream
  • Make your own ice-cream
  • Compost your kitchen scraps
  • Compost your kitchen scraps
  • Attend a local food swap
  • Gather with friends for a local 'pot-luck' meal
  • Find out more about and try food preserving - bottling, drying, freezing
  • Find out more about and try food preserving - bottling, drying, freezing
  • Like Local harvest on facebook, or follow on Twitter
  • Read a relevant book
  • Read a relevant book
  • Volunteer at a farm, school garden or community garden