Keralan baked fish

FISH2Nikki Hutteman

(serves 6),

3 brown onions
4 cloves of garlic
30 cm piece of fresh ginger
2 fresh red chillies, deseeded
1 large bunch of fresh coriander leaves picked
1 red pepper, deseeded
1 yellow pepper, deseeded
oil /ghee or butter, large knob or good splash of either
2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 handful of curry leaves
big chunk of fresh tuna from Bermagui, enough to feed 6, … Read more »

Baked apple tart with ginger cream and pistachios

tart5Nikki Hutteman

Apple tart  (serves 12)
4 kg golden delicious apples (or similar)
2 kg granulated sugar (less if you prefer more tart)

Ginger Cream
600 ml Tilba Valley cream
3 tsp local pure honey
2 tsp finely grated ginger

Peel and core apples, using a mandolin, cut widthways into 2 mm thick slices. Place apple in overlapping concentric layers in a 28 cm ungreased springform tin, sprinkling liberally with sugar between layers and pressing down apples as you go. Apples will reach just above side … Read more »

Fruit or Savoury Muffins

Dawn Hollins

During the Cobargo Folk Festival we hosted the delightful guitar duo from Western Australia, Guy and Damian from Desert Child. I’d made pear muffins for the first time, simply because I had several ripe pears. They were out-of-this-world!

I’ve since made blood plum muffins, banana and pineapple muffins and the latest batch from rhubarb and frozen blackberries, another great combination.


So here’s the recipe for Pear Muffins endorsed by Desert Child

Wet mix ingredients:

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Polenta Slice

Linda Sang

Harvest days are here and I am busy chasing my garden’s bounty and the generous overflow of friends’ abundance.

I’m loving the satisfaction of bottling and preserving – seeing the wonderful array of reused jars cadged throughout the year filled with summer goodness. My corn, leeks and tomatoes are jumping out of the garden demanding to be used. The following recipe for a polenta slice
is really versatile – can be eaten hot or cold as a main … Read more »

Tomato Chutney

  • 5 kgs ripe tomatoes peeled and seeded (drained the night before)
  • 7 diced onions
  • 4 cups sugar (maybe ½ -cup less)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 large piece of peeled ginger finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely diced
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 5 red bird’s eye chillies, seeds removed and finely chopped

Put all ingredients in a large heavy saucepan and bring to the boil and simmer until the … Read more »

Cool Jellies for Summer

Dawn Hollins

While the following recipes barely qualify as local and seasonal they are ideally suited for hot weather dining. The first is a delicious American-style jellied salad which my mother used to make; the second is a quick and unusual jellied sweet.

Sunlit salad

  • 44 gm tin of pineapple – pieces or crushed
  • a third of a cup of chopped nuts – pecans, cashews or whatever you like
  • 1 packet of lemon or lime jelly crystals
  • 1 cup of … Read more »