Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

Smoky Kale Chips

We’re a pretty healthy bunch here in Noosa: with such an abundance of locally grown fresh produce, it’s not exactly difficult. Kale, once thought of as a disinteresting vegetable and now the superstar of leafy greens, grows very well in our climate and is easily found at the Noosa Farmers Market or most local greengrocers. Or if you’re a keen vegetable gardener (like me), you can often find yourself with a glut. Solution? Make Kale chips.

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Santa Fe Salad

The barbeque season has well and truly kicked off, with temperatures soaring well into the 30’s already in Noosa. Barbequing is a way of life here, and while meat often plays the starring role, I like to ensure that there is a diverse selection of salads served for the non-carnivores. This is a salad I created recently, which uses barbequed corn, the only way to prepare corn in my humble opinion! It’s a pretty, colourful and satisfying salad and goes beautifully with barbequed chicken or salmon.

Santa Fe Salad

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Recipe: Chunky Gazpacho

With the temperatures climbing, lighter foods are definitely on the menu and this colourful chilled Spanish soup is perfect for this time of year.  In my version the vegetables are not pureed but still retain some crunch, giving the soup a lovely texture. It’s also extremely low in fat, which is great news for those of us that are trying to shed a couple of kilos in an attempt to fit into last year’s swimsuit!  For the best flavoured soup, ensure that the ingredients are top quality. A New Zealand sauvignon blanc is a good wine accompaniment if you’re not watching your weight.

Gazpacho

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Recipe: Veggie Skewers with a Lemon Herb Marinade

The barbeque season has not officially started, but no matter how chilly the weather is, I like to grill all the year round. Food just seems to taste better when cooked on the barbeque!  Barbequing vegetables definitely enhances their flavour, and these Veggie Skewers are proof of that.  Marinated in a lemon herb marinade, these skewers will be a winner at your next gathering. You can vary the vegetables depending on what you like and what’s in season – cherry tomatoes and finger eggplants work well. But don’t leave out the haloumi cheese – it’s the best part! If you’re a Noosa local, try the award winning Cedar Creek Buffalo Haloumi, available from the Noosa Farmers’ Market every Sunday.

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What’s in Season – February

With the abundant selection of fruit and vegetables currently available on the Sunshine Coast, there’s no excuse for not eating seasonally. Make the most of the late summer fruit and vegetables by enjoying:

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What’s in Season – January

Now that we are well into summer, it’s the perfect time to be enjoying the wonderful selection of locally grown fruit and vegetables available at this time of the year. Currently in season on the Sunshine Coast are:

Fruit:
Bananas
Blueberries
Figs
Limes
Lychees
Mangoes
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – December

Summer is here, and its arrival brings a wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables grown locally.  Here’s a list of what’s currently in season in the Noosa region – enjoy!

Fruit:
Avocadoes
Bananas
Blueberries
Figs
Limes
Lychees
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Strawberries
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – November

Enjoy the benefits of eating seasonally and make the most of the late spring fruit and vegetables. In season for the month of November in the Noosa region are:

Fruit:
Avocadoes
Bananas
Blueberries
Limes
Nectarines
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Strawberries
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – October

As we move further into spring, the warmer weather brings with it a delicious selection of fruit and vegetables. In season for the month of October on the Sunshine Coast are:

Fruit:
Avocadoes
Bananas
Blueberries
Limes
Nectarines
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Raspberries
Strawberries
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – September

Here in Noosa we are fortunate to enjoy a wide range of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables all the year around. A wander around the Noosa Farmers’ Market on a Sunday morning will confirm this.  I am a big advocate of seasonal eating, and with such an array of fresh local produce, there really is no excuse not to plan your meals and menus around the fruit and vegetables that are currently in season. If you need further convincing, here are 10 benefits of eating seasonally and locally grown produce:

1. Produce that is in season locally is at its optimum taste.
2. Better health benefits for you – produce is higher in nutritional value when it is fresh and hasn’t been stored or transported over long distances.
3. In-season produce is at its least expensive.
4. Buying locally and seasonally is better for the environment – less air-miles for the produce to travel.
5. Local, seasonal produce lasts longer.
6. You won’t need to go on a wild goose chase to find what you are looking for – seasonal produce is readily available!
7. Food safety reasons – the fewer steps there are between your food’s source and your table the less chance there is of contamination.
8. Buying locally grown produce supports the local economy.
9. Deprivation leads to appreciation – think how fantastic that first peach of the season tastes!
10. Eating seasonally encourages you to try different foods and experiment in the kitchen.

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