Ethically-sourced, minimally processed, and exceptional quality. Nick Sheridan of 99th Monkey makes the best nut butters around. We love 'em. Particularly his amazing organic peanut butter (made from the only organic peanuts grown in Australia) and also the pistachio and almond butter.

Nick's a super-lovely guy who really cares about farmers and creating a truly quality product for his customers. You'll never go back to supermarket-brand peanut butter again. And you can read more about his story in the Broadsheet.  

It was the Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers Market that kindled my passion for farmers markets almost two decades ago. Walking down into that beautiful farm by the river. Feeling like you weren't in the city anymore. The amazing berries and cheeses and apples. Now, Melbourne is bursting with farmers markets. Some monthly, some fortnightly, some weekly. Here are just a few of my faves...

Happy shopping!

Christiana

 

 

Peperonata and Bocconcini Tartlets

2 sheets butter puff pastry

Cut  four 12cm rounds from each sheet of pastry and place on lightly oiled oven trays, then top each with 45g peperonata, 3 bocconcini halves and 1 chopped anchovy, leaving a 1cm border.

Brush egg and milk mixture over pastry border.

Bake at 220°C for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden and puffed.

Serve immediately, scattered with torn basil leaves.

Fill your glasses with chilled Rosè... and discover how good life can be!                                         serves 4

180g pure greed peperonata

12 cherry bocconcini, halved

4 anchovy fillets, chopped *

1 egg, beaten with ¼ cup milk

16 basil leaves

* Substitute chopped olives to make a vegetarian version.

 

Peperonata Pizza

Ingredients for the dough

500g unbleached flour

METHOD: 

Mix all ingredients for the dough in a bowl and knead for 7-10 minutes. Alternatively, add to the bowl of an electric mixer (fitted with a dough hook) and beat on lowest speed for 5 minutes.

Rest dough on floured board for 10 minutes.

Cut into 4 with dough cutter, then stretch and roll the dough to the desired shape.

Spread the peperonata, cheese, basil and anchovies on each pizza.

Brush with olive oil.

Bake at 220°C for 15-20 minutes.

Fill your glasses with Sangiovese... and discover how good life can be!                                                          serves: 4

20g sea salt

10g dried yeast

350ml spring water

2 tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for the topping on each pizza:

45g pure greed peperonata

50g bocconcini, sliced

4 basil leaves

4 anchovy fillets *

a little olive oil

* Substitute chopped olives to make a vegetarian version.

You can find these and many more wonderful produce at recipes at Pure Greed.

We discovered some lovely fruit infusion teas in Pokolbin Village. Super yummy and so easy whip up a refreshing chilled tea. ...

  • 750 ml boiling water
  • 15-20 grams of fruit infusion tea
  • 1 lime, cut into segments or slices
  • Ice
  • Paper straws

Infuse tea in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.

Chill until cold.

Serve in a tall glass or mason jar with a handul of ice, a few segments or slices of lime and a funky straw or two.

Enjoy!

 

 

Newcastle just keeps getting better. There's so much amazing food to discover from passionate local growers and makers. Here's just a little list of some of our favourite things to do in Newcastle and the surrounding Hunter:

Newcastle City Farmers Market

You'll find this bustling farmers market bursting with amazing produce most Sundays throughout the year. There's so much to pick up there, especially Tar10 sauces and preserves and Serious Delieria cold brew coffee. 

Blue Door Cafe

We loved their green breakfast bowl, and there's so much more on their brekkie menu. Friendly service and right in the middle of town in Newcastle.

Handmade in the Hunter

This lovely makers market is held regularly in the lovely grounds of Kevin Scobel's Wines. So you can indulge in some wine tasting too. Fabulous produce you will find there includes The Hot Chilli Woman's fiery hot sauce made from her own home-grown chillies

River Flats Estate Country Store

Just up the road from Kevin Scobel's Wines in Broke, pop in to the River Flats Estate's store. As well as their tasty olive oil, olives, sauces and jams you'll find amazing handmade soaps and bath salts. 

 

Love chillies? The Hot Chilli Woman's hot sauces are amazing. For the last 12 year Ange has been growing her own chillies and turning them into amazing hot sauce. We haven't included the 'extremely-hot' sauce, made with scorpion chillies, in our boxes this month, but that's what you love, you can get it here! And she's a regular at the Handmade in the Hunter Market

Cold brew coffee is so great. And the Gold Coast's Kind Coffee Company bottles up a lovely brew. Here's a simple little recipe for an Iced Coco Coffee....

  • 1 x 200ml bottle of cold pressed coffee
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • handful of ice

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and serve in a tall glass. If you don't have a blender, pour coffee and coconut water into a glass and add ice. Yum!

(Makes 1 serve)

Peter and Shauna at Cedar Creek Bush Foods are amazing. Peter is a chef with an amazing knowledge of bush foods and transforms them into gourmet delights. They source much produce from the Sunshine Coast, but also from all over Australia and you'll find it in amazing jars and packets at the Noosa Farmers Market. We feature their Rosella Jam and extra hot Habanero Volcano chili paste in our Full of Sunshine Boxes. Just for a little something different! Yumm...

We're a big fan of limes and so we feature two amazing products from the lovely Linda and Daniel at Suncoast Limes. Lime and Berry cordial is made with their own limes and local strawberries. The family cordial recipe has been passed down through the generations, and now they've added that extra little twist by adding strawberries. The perfect summer drink! And then there's lime salt, made with lime zest. Yummm

Favourite restaurant

We like it simple at Berado's Bistro by the beach. It's a no-fuss bistro with great food and a great view. We had the seafood linguine, sans prawns, and it was deee-vine! Snap up a table by the window or sit out side if you can. 

Favourite cafe

Homegrown Cafe in Palmwoods is a charming little cafe. Great coffee, great food, great atmosphere and great service. 

Favourite farmers market

While there's a lot of action at the Noosa Farmers Market every Sunday, switch to the local's Saturday mode and pop in to the Kawana Waters Farmers Market. You'll find the Wholesome Nook there - we feature Ashley's Grain Free Granola and Nut Butters in our Full of Sunshine Coast Boxes. And there's lots more to help you get your farmers market fix.