Castlemaine

Maldon Christmas in July Festival 2012

Seeing as Christmas is so much fun we’ve decided we will have two this year!  Also, having spent so much time in the UK, we can’t quite get used to a sunny, hot Christmas, so a trip to the Maldon Christmas in July Festival is a must!

This year we have decided to take part in the festivities and will have a stall at the night market in the centre of Maldon, so evocative of a European Christmas market, on Saturday 14th July from 3.00 pm to 8.30 pm.  We will have all our usual delicious goodies, including savoury tarts, sweet tarts, rumble-de-thumps, mushroom and pumpkin wellingtons, beetroot & zuchinni burgers, organic beetroot relish, Grandma Dot’s tomato relish and good old fashioned lemon curd, to name but a few!  We will also have available hot tarts and delicious homemade soup to keep the cold at bay!

Come along and join in the fun, visit the beautifully decorated shops, check out the market for the fresh produce, wine and craft stalls, the amusement rides for the kids and live music playing throughout the evening, finishing off with the lighting of a giant bonfire and fireworks whilst banishing any winter blues by sipping on some gorgeous homemade soup or biting into a lovely savoury tart with Grandma Dot’s tomato relish, mmmmmmmh delicious!

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Reviving Old Fashioned Foods – Simply Fresh Ingredients & Low Food Miles

With the latest food trend to bring back forgotten foods, we have decided that it is time to revive some of the good old fashioned foods that we loved from our childhood.  Recipes that our grandmothers used, sourcing simply fresh ingredients, with low food miles and with absolutely no additives, fillers or preservatives.

Our take on the Scottish dish Rumbledethumps proved extremely popular last winter, so popular in fact that we turned them into Rumble tarts for the summer.  Our original philosophy with this dish was to come up with something that included the ‘5 a day’ vegetables.  Well we exceeded ourselves, it contains 8!

This year we are happy to announce that we are introducing the ‘Homity Pie’.  A simply delicious pie that has proved a hit with vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

Homity Pie is a traditional British open vegetable pie.  Made with potatoes, onions, cheese, a hint of garlic and herbs, it has a history that dates back to WW2, when Land Girls working under rationing restrictions made pies from vegetables that were easily available in the fields.  The origin of the name of this dish is unknown, it is believed that the word ‘homity’ was made up for the pie  –  probably a local expression relating to rationing.

A little later in the autumn/winter months we will be introducing our take on another Scottish dish, Skirlie Mirlie  –  stay tuned!

A Father’s Day Gift Your Dad Will Actually Appreciate

Beetroot Relish & Marinated Goats Cheese - a match made in Heaven!

Finding an original Father’s Day gift is no easy feat.  Need some inspiration?

Ditch the usual tie, socks and jumper, give him something tasty, delicious and original!  Every kind of dad will appreciate a jar of Meredith Dairy marinated goats cheese which is a match made in Heaven with the Hidden Secret organic Beetroot Relish (fabulous on burgers, venison and with cheese and sausages) or with Grandma Dot’s Tomato Relish (fabulous on anything!), we even know some dads whose guilty pleasure is our Lemon Frangipane Tarts!

Come on, give your dad an original tasty treat this year!

(Available from Torquay, Newtown, Monash and Templestowe (Rotary Club) this weekend (27/28 Aug), and Bannockburn, Torquay, Daylesford, Ballarat and Castlemaine next weekend 3/4 Sept).