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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. :)

In my grocery bag & my weekend in a nutshell

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.

As for me, it turned out to be a productive one: got some blog posts ready for the week, rearranged my bookshelf and potted herbs in my kitchen (which has been on my to-do list for weeks) and the usual boring but neccesary household chores like laundry and cleaning. The highlight of the weekend was definitely the live music session at the Victoria Hotel (Orange, NSW) that I’ve attended mainly to support my friend’s daughter (who is 14) who was performing on that night.  It was fun playing “groupie” for the night!

Titbits of my grocery for the week:-

  1. The orangey looking fruits are persimmons and happen to be my favourite. When they are ripe they become soft and sweet. S0 soft that you can scoop the flesh out using a spoon, like how you’d eat a kiwi fruit. My preference is to eat them just before fully ripen, a little harder, crunchier and still sweet.  I’m so glad that they are in season right now. :)
  2. Rocket and tomatoes – They are my favourite combination for salad and sandwich. Peppery rocket, tomatoes and mozzarella, a combination that will make my knees weak. (okay, it’s a tad dramatic!)
  3. Unexpectedly, I went a little cheese crazy. South Cape is having this deal in Woolworths where you buy 3 South Cape cheese and receive a free South Cape recipe book value at $19.95 RRP. I wanted the recipe book so bad. There are so many recipes I really want to try. I could have gotten the book itself but it’s more value of money to take the deal, obviously. ;)
  4. Avocado – Harris Farm is selling them for $0.99 each. I thought it was a bargain! A sign that I should swap from a normal butter to the nature’s butter. Temporarily.

My weekend in a nutshell

{Relocating my potted herbs to be closer to the window and some re-arranging to de-clutter my kitchen benchtop}


{Colour co-ordinating my bookshelf}

{4 on the 4flour at Victoria Hotel, Orange NSW – performance by OneProudMonkey – apart from almost losing my voice for trying to talk in a loud pub, it was enjoyable listening to live music and knowing indie musicians from the region.)

In my grocery bag

My grocery shopping pattern has been erratic lately. I have been buying bits and pieces from all over the place i.e farmers market, Woolworths, Harris farm and some local regional produce shops. If you are going to determine my grocery shopping habit, I’m definitely playing field…okay, I meant I am not a one supermarket woman.. or let just say I love to discover new products and produce from different shops. This is what grocery shopping is all about besides stocking up on food, no?

Here’re some of the things I bought for the past weeks.

  1. Salted Conapaira capers from A Slice of Orange – I have cheaped out with capers on my last attempt of Spaghetti alla Puttanesca. This time I want the real deal – with capers.
  2. Assorted mushrooms from Harris Farm. I was meaning to post this earlier this week. If you have read my post on assorted mushrooms with snow peas, you may recognise the mushroom pack which has been an interesting tasting experience for me. Some  mushrooms I really like but some are on the basis of nice-to-know-you-but-I-don’t-think-I-am-going-to-eat-you again. But hey, if you never try, you’ll never know. Cooked and eaten exotic Asian mushrooms, check!
  3. Tuscan onions – Just look at the size of these onions! They are suppose to sweeter…I can imagine they’ll make really good caramelized onions…
  4. Spelt flour – I got this from the Orange Region Farmers Market. I can’t wait to make cookies with this. Any recipe recommendation? This marks my first step of venturing out of the all-purpose and wholemeal flour territory. I hope specialty flour is well worth the price.

By the way there are two more days until the game of “naming the exotic mushrooms” comes to an end. It’s not a difficult game considering most people are getting the names right. Plus you are in the running to win a $40 gift voucher from an Etsy shop owned by my favourite blogger, Rachel Ball of Elephatine.

That’s all for now. Wish you all have  great weekend! I hope it would be a rain-free weekend for Orange. :)