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!


Last full weekend before Christmas to stock up with goodies ….!

After the fabulously busy markets we attended last weekend, the kitchen is a hive of activity preparing for the Farmers’ markets we are attending this weekend:- Torquay Central and Trentham on Saturday and Talbot and Queenscliff Harbour on Sunday.

Don’t forget, your last opportunities for shopping for the big day are as follows:-

Thursday 22 December
Torquay Central Twilight Market  –  5.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Saturday 24 December
Newtown Farmers Market (corner Fyans St & Shannon Ave)  –  8.00 am to 1.00 pm
Torquay Central Farmers’ Market (Bristol Rd, Torquay)  –  8.00 am to 1.00 pm

If you don’t fancy getting up too early but don’t want to miss out on your favourite dish, phone ahead and we’ll have your order waiting for you to collect. 

To whet your appetite …..

Savoury Tarts
Three cheeses, leek & fennel
Pumpkin, silverbeet & chevre
Vintage cheddar, broccoli, onion, tomato & Italian herbs
Pumpkin, silverbeet, cous cous & chevre
Mushroom, leek & feta
Pumpkin, mushroom, silverbeet & chevre
Red onion & feta

Available in regular ($13), family size ($19) and large ($30) and in 1, 2 or 3 flavours (or 4 flavours for the $30).

Frangipane Fruit Tarts
Flavours available:- strawberry, rhubarb, blueberry, cherry, apple and lemon curd.  Available in regular $15 and family sizes $20 and in 1, 2 or 3 flavours.

Available in small $6, regular $12 or large $20

Vegetable Lasagne
Available in regular $14, large $20 or family $32

Macadamia, Parmesan & Mushroom Roast
Small $7.50, regular $15

Beetroot & Zucchini Burgers
Available 2 per pack $5

Mushroom Pate $5

Tzatziki $5

Beetroot Relish
Small $6, Regular $8, 1kg $20

Grandma Dot’s Tomato Relish
Regular $8, 1kg $20

Lemon Curd
Small $6, Regular $9

mmm … the taste (and smell!) of Christmas!

This weekend we introduce our ‘9 Fruits Fruit Mince’ tarts  –  melt in the mouth all butter shortcrust pastry tarts deeply filled with a luxury home-made fruit mince which has been maturing for six months, and that is loaded with 9 fruits including juicy sultanas, currants, raisins, glacé cherries and lashings of Grand Marnier.  Delicious warm or cold.  Who can possibly resist?  I know I can’t!

100% vegetarian with absolutely no additives, preservatives, colourings or thickeners, you can enjoy eating these knowing that they are packed full of flavour with absolutely NO nasties.  The perfect Christmas treat!

mmm … delicious!


Christmas Markets

A note for your diaries!  We will be attending the Torquay Central Farmers’ Market Twilight Market on Thursday 22nd December between 5.00 pm and 8.00 pm.  If last year is anything to go by, be sure to get there very early to be sure you don’t miss out on your favourite dish for the festive weekend.  Or to be sure you get what you want this year from the Hidden Secret elves, telephone ahead and order your favourite dish for collection at the market! 

If you miss out on the Twilight market, you get another chance to buy your favourite tart, relish, meal or bucket of cheese  –  we will be at Torquay Central Farmers’ market and Newtown Farmers’ market on Saturday 24th December from 8.00 am until 1.00 pm.  Again we are happy to take orders over the phone or email to ensure you have your heart’s desire ready for a delicious Christmas meal!

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).