Posts Tagged ‘fruit’

Port Poached Pears

As you know, my preference is to eat by the seasons and incorporate seasonal produce into my cooking daily. There are so many benefits to this! To name a few: the produce is at its optimum taste, it lasts longer, it is least expensive, and with less food miles to travel it is better for the environment.

Pears are in season right now and this elegant dessert is a winner at a dinner party. Shapely pears standing upright in a puddle of deeply coloured syrup – what’s not to love? These Port Poached Pears are best made the day before to allow the flavours to infuse, and can be served either hot or cold. Serve with mascarpone or crème fraiche alongside a glass of liqueur muscat, and you will be sure to be the host(ess) with the most(ess)!

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Oliebollen (Dutch Doughnuts)

With the start of the New Year just a couple of days away,  I felt it appropriate to share my recipe for a traditional Dutch food – Oliebollen.  Enjoyed as a New Year’s treat in The Netherlands, Oliebollen (translated “Oil Balls”) are essentially deep fried balls of dough, similar to a doughnut. As my husband is Dutch and I lived in the Netherlands for 3 years, cooking a batch of these irresistible morsels is a ritual I have been doing for many New Year’s Days.
Happy New Year and wishing you health and happiness for 2019.

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Rhubarb is currently in season, and whilst most people think rhubarb is a fruit it is actually a vegetable. Known for its tart, tangy and slightly sharp taste, rhubarb is a great filling for pies and crumbles, marries beautifully with cream and custards and also has its place in savoury dishes. I have wonderful childhood memories of my Mum’s delicious rhubarb crumble…

Rhubarb
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Recipe: Poached Spiced Tamarillos

Tamarillos, also known as the tree tomato, are plentiful on the Sunshine Coast at the present. One of my lovely neighbours who has a tamarillo tree which is abundant with fruit kindly gave me a large bag full, which led me to creating this recipe. Poaching tamarillos  in a sweet syrup is one of the nicest ways to enjoy this often overlooked fruit.

Tamarillos

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Recipe: Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

There has been some gorgeous rhubarb available at the Noosa Farmers Market the past few weeks, and I have been cooking with it in a number of different ways.  Whilst most people think rhubarb is a fruit it is actually a vegetable!  Known for its tart, tangy and slightly sharp taste, rhubarb marries beautifully with strawberries, which are readily available at present.

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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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