The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co.: Local Harvest Challenge – Day 2 (2/4/12)

2nd April, 2012 —   

Today was a day of firsts. My first time using spelt, my first trip out to the Molong Gelato Factory and my first attempt at making gnocchi! And somehow even with all the harvest craziness in the air at the moment, the day (in terms of food) was a great success!

I usually use Manildra flour in all of our cooking! After a visit to our local health food store and juice bar (Canobolas Pure Health) and a chat to one of its owners Lucas, we left with a bag of local (from Parkes) finely milled spelt and a more coarse (3rd dot) spelt. They mill all the grain themselves on site, as you wait!
For the pancakes today I used the fine spelt. They were the best tasting pancakes I think I have ever made!

I was a bit nervous about the gnocchi. I was however pleasantly surprised at the outcome. It was delicious. The sauce however was not quite as runny as I would have liked but this was because of the lack of cream, which I substituted with brie to cut the sharp blue. The sauce also missed the punch of parmesan, which I substituted with cheddar. The dish was still extremely tasty but I did miss the usual extra creamy sauce!

All recipes will be appearing in the coming days and stand by for our gelato dessert tomorrow!

Day 2

(ingredients used: fine milled spelt, figs, strawberries, black muscatel grapes, Malfroy honey, Trunky Creek double smoked ham, Racine bread, our tomato and apple chutney, charlotte potatoes, Manildra flour, happy chook co eggs, High Valley Cheese Co stefan blue/brie/cheddar, apples, Fourjay hazelnuts, our clear apple juice, Bills plunger coffee/english breakfast tea, pepper, salt.

Breakfast – Spelt pancakes with Fig, Strawberry and Black Muscatel Grapes drizzled with Honey.

Lunch – Double Smoked Ham sandwich with Tomato and Apple Chutney

Dinner – Homemade Gnocchi with Blue Cheese sauce

Snacks – Strawberries, Apples, Hazelnuts and Clear Apple Juice.


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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