Category: food

Smashin’ Avocados

There’s a lot to learn about avocados. Firstly, did you know the plural of avocados is not spelt with an ‘e’  (oops. Lesson learnt). Secondly, the origins of the name comes from the Aztec word for ‘testicle’. It has also been called ‘alligator pear’, referencing the rough skin and shape of the fruit. Thirdly, when growing avocados, it’s important to… Read more →

Perfecting Pasta… and more!

It was hard to know how to name this story – really, it should read ‘Perfecting Pasta and A Few Sauces Along The Way’ but that seems a little wordy (let alone, ‘Perfecting Pasta and A Few Sauces Along the Way While Gaining An Architectural Degree and Building A Tiny Home‘ – nice one Dan!) And yet such diversity encapsulates… Read more →

Glorious Garlic

They say if you haven’t planted your garlic by May, then you might as well forget it. Well, it’s now May, and as per usual I haven’t done a thing about it… But I bet Jan Goroncy has. I first heard about Barrington’s Jan Goroncy when I was working at the local paper – a local fondly referred to him as… Read more →

Park It Here

As someone who used to live, drive and park in Sydney, I fully appreciate all efforts to think ahead when it comes to car parking. So here’s a quick homage and clap for The Artisan Farmer‘s recent earthworks on Woosters Lane – a precursor to the car, trailer and bus car park not to mention The Artisan Farmer itself –… Read more →

Spicing It Up

Imagine throwing your energy and money into growing something for people who didn’t even know such produce existed. I realise all farming is a risk, but generally it follows trends enhanced by political or corporate decisions. To actually go out and decide to grow produce before the mass market (indigenous Australians excepted) actually exists is a pretty brave decision. But… Read more →

Paddock to Garden to Plate

I’m no natural gardener, so when I come across those who are, I bow my head in reverence. It means I’m looking down a lot (makes cycling hard) because I happen to live in a region prolific with green thumbs – with four such thumbs digging in the soil behind The Artisan Farmer as I write.  Read more →

Culture and Chocolate

It’s no secret that I am addicted to chocolate. I keep it everywhere. Even as I sit here writing, I have some by my side. So when cheesemaker Peter from Comboyne Culture pointed me in the direction of Tash from Babalila Chocolates (located by the picturesque maze at Bago Vineyards’ tasting room, just over an hour north… just in case you’re… Read more →

Keepin’ It Raw

My initial ‘testing the waters’ visit to Warinyan Farm to meet Bottled Culture fermenters Zoe and Shmu was bathed in the golden glow of the magic hour at the day’s end. Without knowing much about fermenting food except for the ‘fizz’ and the fact there’s no heat applied, I was prepared for anything really but the terms linked to the fermenting… Read more →