March 1st newsletter

Almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and walnuts have arrived!
Almost everyone in Cygnet buys the almonds I get from Richard at Willunga Almonds in South Australia. As many of you will know, he sold his property recently so future supplies, from the new owners, are not certain. However, I have managed to buy some more of his remaining harvest and they will be available again from this market. $20 / kg

Fresh is extremely important with nuts and seeds as  they contain a lot of oil which quickly goes rancid, once the nuts are cracked from their shells and exposed to air. I have continuous, fresh supplies. Read more about nuts and their enzymes and a fabulous Seed Brittle recipe, below ….

April Sourdough & Cultured Butter Workshop
Stay tuned for details on this one, coming to your inbox later today.

Help Needed
I have had huge support from you, my customers, over the 7 years I have been having my Cygnet Market Stall and I am calling out for a little more help. I need someone to help me by coming to the market at 2pm and taking to my car (parked just outside the door) the leftover boxes from the market. I pack everything up and without a helper it takes far too long and poor Julie, who locks up the hall, is waiting and waiting for me as everyone is finished and gone. My most recent helper is not well so I hope to find another 🙂

Hughsli is back
Hugh had a wonderful time doing the Overland track and is now back and ready to delight us again with his irresistible cakes and tarts at this coming market. You will find them at my stall.

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Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

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Home shop open times are on the photo at the top of the newsletter.

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Welcome to 2018 at The Garden Shed and Pantry

Below are some snippets from my February newsletter. To read the full newsletter and see the photos, click here.

Happy 2018 I have had a wonderful break, relaxing for nearly 3 weeks at my rusty, quaint, fabulous, old beach shack at Balgowan, on the Yorke Peninsula in S.A. Check out some of my holiday photos below…. Now I am back and ready for a new year of nourishing you all with freshly milled, organic wholefoods and ingredients sourced directly by me from farmers and millers in Tasmania and Australia. I very much look forward to welcoming you again to my home shop and Cygnet Market stall. Opening times are on the photo at the top of this newsletter.

March Sourdough and Cultured Butter Workshop  Come to my kitchen and make with me the simplest and best bread for your body and taste buds. Learn about a range of grains and why they must be freshly milled. Create a batch of cultured butter to take home. I offer plenty of tastings and answer all your questions. Read more below….

Pat and Lina’s Olives Not every wholefoods shop owner takes time off from her holiday, on a day of 45C, to visit the olive grower and pick up buckets of olives so that their customers will not miss out at the first market of the year! Read more below….

Shani’s Kitchen Crafts; can you help? Shani helps me at the first market of each month and for some time she has been making fantastic pot holders (which always sell out), using the back pockets of jeans and recycled fabrics but she has run out of pockets! If you have some old jeans and could cut off the legs (which she doesn’t need) and just bring the tops, including the back pockets, that would be fabulous. Please bring to the market or leave on my front verandah. For every 3 pairs you donate at the market, Shani will give you one of her beautiful, hand made soaps.  

Nutrient Dense? It seems to be the latest catch-phrase … nutrient dense…. but what is it and does it matter? Read more below….

Hugh’s lamingtons and lemon tarts  Again you would be best to be to the market early to get some of Hugh’s very popular lamingtons and lemon tarts at my stall. I have not have any since before Christmas and cannot wait!!

Crop Swap Number 6… Saturday February 10th, 10am sharp It is going to be a biggy with lots of produce flowing from our gardens and kitchens. Everyone is welcome to our gatherings, whether or not you have anything from the garden to share. Do you have gardening books or magazines, can you knock up some muffins or a zucchini cake? Anything related to food is suitable. Come for a coffee and chat. Come alone or with friends and family. Gather in my front shed. Join the Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds facebook page for updates or ask me to put you on the email list. Read more below…

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Square eftpos The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

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December newsletter… oh lalala

Closing dates
The Garden Shed and Pantry will be closed from December 23rd to February 1st and I will not be at any January markets.
TO READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE.

Someone keeps removing my garden Shed and Pantry sign from the tree at the entrance to my driveway and throwing it in the bushes! Now it has disappeared altogether but THE GARDEN SHED AND PANTRY IS STILL OPEN AT MY REGULAR TIMES SO DO DRIVE IN.

Four Leaf flours and grains reduced to clear 
One of my promises to you, my customers, is that whatever I sell you will always be fresh and that includes all flours and grains. So as not to have supplies languishing in my store room over January, when I am closed, I am selling off all remaining Four Leaf flours and grains at 10% off, to clear the decks before Christmas!

This includes at my home and both December markets. If you come to my home shop I will give you an even better deal for larger purchases. But be quick, as supplies are dwindling already.

Reduced to clear:Sundried apricots, pears, plums and peaches
Kevin and Cindy’s fabulous, certified organic, sundried fruits are selling like hotcakes! Now, 15% off for 400g or more. Read more below …

Hughsli raspberry lamingtons, lemon tarts, vanilla slices and his famous GF, paleo, grain and dairy free carrot cake
No matter how much he makes, it always sells out! Be early and don’t go home disappointed!

Natural Therapies offered by my amazing house sitters!
I am off to my shack on the beach in SA. My Cygnet house and garden will be looked after by some friends of mine, who have incredible experience in various natural therapies, as outlined here…

Offering a wonderful range of deep relaxing therapeutic treatments in Cygnet, surrounded by beautiful nature and gardens.

Reflexology, Pregnancy Reflexology, Infertility Reflexology, Reiki and Classical Homoeopathy.

We treat a variety of health issues or just come in relax, de stress and rejuvenate.

Some of the issues that can be treated: joint/back/knee/shoulder pains, headaches, migraines, menstrual difficulties, menopause, pregnancy conditions, infertility, stress, poor circulation, diabetes and many more. Ring and just talk to us to see how we can help.

SUMMER SPECIAL PRICES

Reflexology – $50 hour

Reiki – $50 hour

Homoeopathy – $80 hour plus $15 per remedy

PHONE Ashi and Michael:   0400 234 145

What is a gift?
I love giving presents. All year round I have my friends and family in my head as I cruise around markets and so on. It is amazing how often I see something that is perfect for so and so, made by the stall holder. I gather them up and put them in my “presents” drawer for the giving day. To me, that is what a gift is; something I randomly find while the person is in my thoughts.

It seems to me that most shops should just be called “Made in China”. I seriously often want to ask at the counter “Do you have anything in here that is made in Australia?” Even most of the mementos sold on the Spirit of Tasmania are made in China. It makes my head spin.

There are several reasons why I care where things are made and they all come down to concern for our effect on life on earth. I do not want to be even a small part of reducing habitat for orangutans, platypuses, Tassie devils, elephants, frogs or our unique flora. Plants and insects are the life force of our planet and nothing can live without their enormous (but shrinking) diversity.

I will not give gifts that are shipped up and down and around the world or made of fibres that last thousands of years or contribute to climate change / pollution / poverty/ or to harming the soil. Once you wipe out all those options, you are left with beautiful, local, natural things.

Come and look through my wares, with your family and friends in your thoughts and you may find just the thing to give them and you can be sure that it is only going to do good and not harm to life on earth.

Check out some of my suggestions below….

TO READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE.

Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

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Home shop open times are on the photo at the top of the newsletter.
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E: kate@gasp.online

October Newsletter

New L’Abbruzzese Organic Pastas
Adrian at L’Abbruzzese has introduced me to an expanded range of their organic, Australian pastas. Made in Adelaide by an Italian family, these are the best dried pastas I know of and are so reasonably priced, compared to others I have seen. See more here…..

Pat and Lina’s Wild Olives
Everyone loves the olives that Lina sends me from their farm, just north of Adelaide. Pat and Lina use no chemicals and just the old fashioned, Italian way of extracting the bitterness from raw olives by soaking them in barrels for months and months. The greener, jumbos take up to 9 months to be ready! Read more here….

Shani’s Kitchen Crafts
Shani helps me at the first market of each month and this Sunday we will have on my stall some of her fantastic, hand made pot holders and pot scrubbers, all made from recycled fabrics and fibres….. as well as her 100% natural Soap for Gardeners. I have bought some of each and can highly recommend them. These would all make fabulous, unique and beautiful  presents too. 

Minerals
Vitamins are made by living things (plants and animals). Minerals come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants and eaten by animals. If the soil lacks minerals, so will the plants (and animals) you eat and so will you. Low magnesium is something many people have. Read more here….

Hugh’s lamingtons and GF breads
Again you would be best to be to the market early to get some of Hugh’s very popular lamingtons, vanilla slices, lemon tarts and GF sourdough breads at my stall. No matter how much he makes, it always sells out!

Next Crop Swap October 7th, 11am – 1pm
More than 20 people came to our second gathering, on the Saturday morning of August 12th. It was a a blast, with 2 tables packed to overflowing with plants, seeds, produce, baked goods, books, lemons, rhubarb and more. Everyone was smiling. It was such a great vibe.

Everyone is welcome to our gatherings, whether or not you have anything to share. Come for a coffee and chat. Come alone or with friends and family. Gather in my front shed. Join the Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds facebook page for updates or ask me to put you on the email list. Read more here
 
Sundried apricots, pears, plums and peaches
Kevin and Cindy’s fabulous, new season’s organic, sundried fruits are selling like hotcakes! Read more here and my recipe….

Campo de Flori Saffron
Lisa grows saffron on her beautiful farm at Glen Huon. I am now stocking her glass jars of saffron and her recipe cards.  Economic jar refills are also welcome. This is my kind of ethical philosophy! Read more here…..

Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

Green Peppercorns…. a story

From The Pantry side of my business I want to stock your pantry with the purest products available; free from chemicals, low in food miles and direct from farmers and makers, wherever possible. This is how I choose to eat and I cannot sell anything that compromises this philosophy.  Since most spices, even today, are grown in their native country of origin, without any fertilisers or other chemicals, I research them carefully and only sell the best quality, freshest spices I can source.

One day at the Cygnet Market a young Frenchman came up to me and asked if, amongst all the beautiful, fresh spices I had displayed on the stall, were there any green peppercorns.
I replied that I did not have them as I only had dried spices, (not the little tins of pickled, fresh, green peppercorns I was familiar with).

He assured me that in France people make a beautiful sauce with ground, dried green peppercorns….. of course I asked him for the recipe and told him I would have the dried green peppercorns he requested, at the next market, if I could find them.

Well, find them I did and make the sauce I did. Typically simple yet unique and delicious, as French foods often are, I have written out the young Frenchman’s recipe below and hope you will try it. He recommended we have it with a grilled piece of meat so I used local chops (killed and hung for 2 weeks at the Cradoc Abattoir).

The Green Peppercorn is the seventh in the GaSP range (the others being Tas Pepperberry, Indonesian Long Pepper, Sichuan Pepper and Black, White and Red Peppercorns).

green peppercorns on the vine

green peppercorns on the vine

Peppercorns, and the ground pepper derived from them, may be described simply as pepper, or more precisely as black pepper (cooked and dried unripe fruit), green pepper (dried unripe fruit) and white pepper (dried ripe seeds).  Black pepper is native to south India, and is extensively cultivated there and elsewhere in tropical regions.

Green Peppercorns: Green Peppercorns are the unripe berries of a tropical vine, Piper Nigrum. The same berries are processed to make black pepper. Green peppercorns have a milder but more complex and fresh flavor than most other peppercorns, and are commonly found preserved in brine or pickled. Pickled green peppercorns can be sliced or chopped, or eaten whole (pickled). You might not try that with black pepper, but the green peppercorns have a much suppressed pepper flavor. In their various formats green peppercorns are popular in French, Thai, and Western European cuisines. Because they are perishable, green peppercorns are usually freeze dried, or preserved in brine or pickled. I only sell them dried.

green pepperberries

green pepperberries

Green peppercorns, in addition to being a culinary treat, have numerous health benefits. They are good for the digestive tract, reducing gas while increasing hydrochloric acid in the stomach which aid with digestion and helps reduce several types of stomach distress. They also help fight bacterial growth in the intestines. In addition, green peppercorns are high in iron, vitamin K, and antioxidants. The skin of the peppercorn is helpful in breaking down fat cells, so eating green peppercorns can even help you lose weight. A chemical found in pepper, piperine, may have some use in helping other chemicals work in the body, and it may have anti-cancer properties as well. In all, green peppercorns are a healthy and tasty condiment, and well deserving of their place on every table.

Green Peppercorn Facts:
Green Peppercorns are the unripe berries of a tropical vine
Green Peppercorns have a mild, fresh flavor
Green Peppercorns are not as spicy as black
Available freeze dried, pickled, or in brine

(Some info above sourced from http://www.green-peppercorns.com/ and from wikipedia)

French Green Peppercorn Sauce

(recipe from Romain, a local French customer)

Serves 6 (if the cook can resist sampling too much!)

125g butter

125g Four Leaf 85% flour

Make a roux : Dissolve the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the flour.
Stir until the mixture forms a smooth paste which leaves the sides and base of pan cleanly.
Cook for a minimum of 2 minutes, stirring, to cook out the taste of the flour.

Gradually add 5ooml good stock (I used the bones from the meat from the abattoir to make a stock) until the sauce is thick and smooth.

Reduce the heat and stir in :

1 heaped tsp freshly and finely ground green peppercorns

1/2 tsp salt (to taste and depending on the salt in your stock)

2 tsp. balsamic vinegar (a dash more, to taste, if you like)

Serve as a sauce with meat / or drizzle over roasted, steamed or mashed potatoes

Bon appetit!

green peppercorn sauce

green peppercorn sauce

Get these and other fabulous fresh spices from the Cygnet Market or home shop of the Garden Shed and Pantry 

Marvelous May Newsletter

Below you will find an excerpt from my May newsletter. To read the whole thing, including some new recipes, please click here. It is fun and fabulous!

Almonds
Everyone, including me, has been waiting for news on Richard’s fantastic Johnston and Somerton almonds, grown in the almond district, Willunga, south of Adelaide. I spoke to Richard on Tuesday. He told me there was a fabulous crop this year and he will be sending them sometime in June! Yippee!

swap crop logo

Introducing Crop Swap
Recently I came across an Australia and NZ group of people as keen as I am to share garden produce and, in fact, anything edible or related to food. So, I joined the group and made us a sub-group and website Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds. There are several others in Tasmania too. Please join the Crop Swap Cygnet and Surrounds facebook page for updates etc. If you would like to help me make this work, please contact me asap. I am really keen to get started! No money is involved at all. Whether you are a backyard gardener, home cook, forager, seedsaver, cuttings guru, pickle maker or bread baker, you are welcome.

Sundried apricots, pears, plums and peaches
Kevin and Cindy’s fabulous, new season’s organic, sundried fruits were supposed to be arriving this week but the silly freight people have not picked them up….. so it will now be the first June market before they arrive. Oh lalalalala, how do businesses survive that are run so badly? 

Rain-fed rice
The Qld floods inundated the Lismore freight depot but now they are up and running again. I am pleased to say that Slater Farms’ magnificent, fragrant, bio-dynamic, long grain rice did not get flooded and will be at the market, along with rain-fed medium grain rice and rain-fed rice flour too. 

May Sourdough Workshop-full 
I am pleased to say there are no places left for this workshop but I will be running another in late June or early July. Read about my sourdough workshops here.

More than just Permaculture
There are lots of permaculture design certificate courses but our Gumboot Gardeners group is helping to host something broader, deeper and more easily used for your own property. Please read about Julia and Charles’ course below, based on 25 years of teaching all over the world.

Just for a laugh
Here is a little video I made about 10 years ago, of how to easily dig in green manure. For some reason it is not playing as clearly as it used to! Check out the dry stone wall in the first few seconds. I built that, with stone from my yard when we were making terraces. I had to raid a roadside cutting to get a few bits to finish it off. It is a tricky, twisted circle, going above then below where I am standing, as it was on a massive slope!

Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you!