Monthly Archives: May 2012

Orange Apple Festival – Orange Regions Farmers Market

It may seem like yesterday that I posted about my trip to the Farmers Market in conjunction to F.O.O.D Week and here I am again, with another post about the Orange Farmers Market. This time was a part of the three-day celebration of Orange Apple Festival. Whether it was F.O.O.D Week or the Apple Festival, they were somehow scheduled in a way to coincide with the once a month Farmers Market in Orange. Repetitive maybe, but I’m not complaining. I have always anticipated my trip to Farmers Market. I envy those who can go on a weekly basis. ;)

(To my non-Australian readers – it wasn’t a celebration of the fruits, oranges and apples. In case you’re wondering where were the oranges in the photo below, it was a celebration of apples (only) in a regional town called Orange in New South Wales – 3.5 hours away from Sydney.)

{Here an overview of the Orange Showground where the Farmer Market was held. Blooper alert! I actually went to the wrong location. The last farmers market was held near the Orange Library and I went straight there without checking the change of location to the Orange Showground. No big dramas though, as these two locations were just 10 minutes apart. But this shows I can be a bit…of a ditz sometimes haha!}

{Apple bobbing – it is harder than it looks! Don’t you agree?}

{The motto of the Festival “celebrating all things apples” was certainly true to its words!}

{Abilene Grove EVOO, Borenore NSW}

{Clockwise from top left – Greentreeshouse, Bodhi Garden (Vegetarian restaurant), Nashdale Orchardist, Bakehouse On Wentworth}


{Sampling fun! I got to try 2 very different cordials (i) rhubarb and elderflower and (ii) ginger and elderflower from Jarojill Estate. I decided on the ginger one as it tasted so good as a hot drink and simply perfect for the cold season. I have been told that Whiteys Pies are well-known in Orange. I got to try a small slice of an apple pie sample…which led me to bring 2 mini apple pies home with me. ;)  }

{Got some kale, garlic and purple potatoes from The Farm Gate, Nashdale.}

{For more information on the festival, please check out the official website here}



And here are the food I brought back from the market…

and  my loot of fruits and vegetables which I talked more about them here.

 Note – This is not a sponsored post nor I have received any compensation or remuneration in relation to this post.

Guacamole with Turkish Bread “Chips”

Whenever I host a dinner party or a date night at home, I enjoy preparing my own snack. Due to my love of snacking constantly, homemade snack becomes more important (cost and health wise) to reduce my reliance of the store-bought version.

We are no strangers to homemade guacamole. It is an easy dip to whip up and going to taste all fresh and wonderful as compared to the ready-made ones in the suparmarket. My favourite pairing with guacamole has always been corn chips until I found this recipe from

Guacamole with Turkish Bread “Chips”

(mainly adapted from


  • 450g (15o oz) loaf Turkish bread
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 avocados, peeled, stones removed
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced (I used about 1 tsp of finely diced Tuscan onion)
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander as garnish

To make the “chips” – Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut bread into 4 pieces. Cut each piece in half through the centre. Cut into short fingers. Arrange bread on 2 baking trays (I baked them in two batches). Spray lightly with oil. Bake for 15 minutes, or until toasted.

To make the guacamole: Use a fork to mash avocados until almost smooth. Stir in lime juice, tomato, and onion. Season with salt. Serve avocado dip with Turkish chips.

In my grocery bag

This week I got most of the fresh ingredients from the Orange Farmers Market which coincided with the Orange Apple Festivals (more about this later).  As the Orange Farmers Market only happens on every second Saturday of each month, I tried to stockpile my ingredients on each trip.

Don’t know about you, but whenever I came back the farmers market, I was very eager to cook everything that I bought on the same day. I am really excited about my loot on this trip. So here it is, my loot for the week:-

(1) Mixed apples from the Thornbrook Orchard, Nashdale NSW.

(2) Purple potatoes from The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co. – According to Katie, the owner, they are the waxy kind which are suitable for roasting or boiling for making potato salad. However, the longer they cook the less purply they become….roasting may retain they colour better.

(3) Lamb backstrap tenderloin from Nanima Farm Lamb – Still thinking what am I suppose to do with this. It was a bit of an impulse purchase but every once in a while, I love to treat myself with a good piece of meat.

(4) Kale from The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co. – After making this, I am determine to make this a regular on my week days dinner.

(5) Garlic also from The Farm Gate by Nashdale Fruit Co. – This is pretty much assume. :)