Renovations! GaSP!

A few months ago I had my thirty metre poplar tree chopped down.  It was on the north side of the house and took away all of my winter sun.  Even worse, the roots had spread and I feared they were going to damage the foundations of the house.  Now the top of the tree has been turned into a huge pile of mulch and the bottom of the tree has been cut and shaped into wood to make a garden setting.

A few weeks ago, the pantry was closed while we removed everything to install new shelving.  The pantry also received a fresh coat of paint.

renovating

renovating

My tree lopper / qualified carpenter, Corey (from Treemendous) , found the timber for free – local, recycled timber apple crates – saved in the nick of time from being burned!

I call this gourmet rustic.

Painting

Painting

Corey did a great job to put in new flooring and shelving and work out with me what would fit best.

So now I have lots of shelving on the left hand side (even a high shelf for displaying books) and lots of bench space on the right hand side.

Shelving

Shelving

Benchspace

Benchspace

There are special shelves for spices and a hanging wall for the seed racks.  It’s really great and I would love you to visit and check it out.

a big spice rack!

a big spice rack!

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To celebrate the newly renovated pantry, I am introducing the frequent buyers scheme – spend $20 or more and receive 10% of the purchase price in spices.

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Spend $20 and get $2 of spices

Spend $40 and get $4 of spices  etc

You may need a Spice Tin to store all of your spices and keep them fresh!

a wall of seeds

a wall of seeds

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This week at the Cygnet Market

New Organic Products
We have sun-dried pears, cacao nibs, ground turmeric, cinnamon sticks and wild harvested long pepper. The range of spices I have is expanding every week and I get fresh supplies regularly so you can always be sure of the best flavours. In addition, we have limited stocks of the cutest little spice grinder from Turkey so that you can grind the spices you buy from The Garden Shed and Pantry!

Turkish Spice Grinder

Turkish Spice Grinder

Olives
This week is a bucket of the black manzanillo; beautifully ripe with a great, full flavour. $10 / 500g
The koroneiki oil I have now is very popular at $12 / 750ml bottle or $60 / 5 litre container.

olive oil large or small

olive oil large or small

Winter grains
It is porridge and soup time and I have fresh supplies of organic, Australian soup mix, pearl barley, rolled oats, red and green lentils etc etc etc for all your cooking needs. I often make quinoa porridge with 1/2 quinoa, 1/2 oats. Don’t forget, if you wish to mill your own grains, I have access to 20 kg bags of almost every organic grain grown in Australia, at very good prices.

High Teas Experience
Have you checked out our Travel the World on the High Teas workshop information? Please read all about it here. We are still taking bookings and there will now be an additional date (still to be determined).

Sourdough Workshops
There are workshops available in July and August to learn how to make Sourdough Bread.  You can access the doodle by clicking here.  You can read all about the sourdough workshops on the GaSP website and please contact me if you have any questions.

Looking forward to sharing with you my passion for fresh, organic, Australian ingredients, direct from the farmer or maker to me. It makes a world of difference!

Come and see us on the stage at the market this Sunday and remember to give us your best smile for our photographer and the GaSP Take 10 Competition!

All the best,

Kate and Lenny

Up on the Stage

Up on the Stage

This week at the Cygnet Market

New
I have organic cacao nibs, organic ground turmeric, organic cinnamon sticks, wild harvested long pepper all arrived today. The range of spices I have is expanding every week and I get fresh supplies regularly so you can always be sure of the best flavours. Those mentioned above are personally sourced by Barry Beach, a colleague of mine in Adelaide, who runs Beach Organics.

Olives
This week is a bucket of the black manzanillo; beautifully ripe with a great, full flavour. $10 / 500g
The koroneiki oil I have now is very popular at $12 / 750ml bottle or $60 / 5 litre container.

olive oil large or small

olive oil large or small

Winter grains
It is porridge and soup time and I have fresh supplies of organic, Australian soup mix, pearl barley, rolled oats, red and green lentils etc etc etc for all your cooking needs. I often make quinoa porridge with 1/2 quinoa, 1/2 oats. Don’t forget, if you wish to mill your own grains, I have access to 20 kg bags of almost every organic grain grown in Australia, at very good prices.

High Teas Experience
Have you checked out our Travel the World on the High Teas workshop information? Please read about it here. Bookings continue to be added and we are looking at an additional date if we have enough interest for a second session!

Please note: The Garden Shed and Pantry will be closed from after the market on Sunday June 16th until the next market on Sunday July 7th.

Looking forward to sharing with you my passion for fresh, organic, Australian ingredients, direct from the farmer or maker to me. It makes a world of difference!

Come and see us on the stage at the (double) market this Sunday and remember to give us your best smile for our photographer and the GaSP Take 10 Competition!

All the best,

Kate and Lenny

Up on the Stage

Up on the Stage

Three New November Products

Two new muesli styles

Most nights I put 1/2 cup of my home made, organic bircher in a bowl, pour over 1/2 cup juice and leave it to soak on the table overnight. In the morning I add some fruit, usually a banana and something fresh or stewed, plus some home made yoghurt.

There are dozens of variations of this theme and the great thing is it is delicious, nutritious and activated by soaking, ensuring your body takes in all the goodness. And, the way I make it, its totally organic and Australian.

Now I have decided to sell Kate’s Raw Bircher Muesli at The Garden Shed and Pantry. There will be plenty at the market too, starting this week.

My son, Hugh, has his own business in Adelaide, called Hughsli. He started making toasted muesli a few years ago and offered it to a local cafe. The rest, as they say, is history. Now Hugh’s range has expanded into markets and niche shops all over Adelaide.

I am going to be selling his Everyday Tasty Cereal from mid November, alongside my Bircher. It is a simple, wholesome and tasty breakfast cereal which is made of 80% South Australian ingredients and has 80% Certified Organic ingredients. Well balanced in nutrition; all at a good price.

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French green lentils, organic and Australian. Puy lentils are considered by many to be the best lentil because of their unique peppery flavour and the fact they hold their shape during cooking. Try the recipe below.

Our stocked range of organic, Australian lentils and beans include:

French green lentils, mung beans, chick peas, yellow split peas, (red lentils coming soon),

Salmon fishcakes on French green lentils

For the fishcakes
200g cooked potatoes
200g cooked salmon, flaked
1 free-range egg yolk
55g/2oz cooked broccoli, chopped
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tbsp chopped fresh chervil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
55g plain flour
1 free-range egg
55g  breadcrumbs
15g butter

For the lentils
150g French green lentils
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
pinch chilli flakes
15g butter
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives, chopped
2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
½ lemon, juice only

Preparation method

Place the lentils into pot and cover generously with cold water. Simmer until they have just softened – this can take between 15-30 minutes depending on the age of your lentils. Drain and set aside.

For the fishcakes, mash the cooked potato in a bowl, then mix in the salmon, egg yolk, broccoli, mustard and herbs. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Divide the fishcake mixture into three equal portions and, with damp hands, shape each portion into a patty and dust with the flour.

Beat the remaining egg in a bowl, then dip the floured fishcakes into the egg and roll in the breadcrumbs.

Heat the butter in a frying pan until foaming, then fry the fishcakes for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown all over. Set aside and keep warm.

Next, place the cooked lentils, vinegar, chilli flakes, butter and chives into a pan and warm through for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the grated parmesan and lemon juice.

To serve, spoon the lentils onto a serving plate and top with the fishcakes.

This week at the Cygnet Market….Fathers Day Nut biscuits.

We’d like to share a great recipe and give away some freshly baked nut biscuits for Fathers’ Day at this Cygnet Market.

All customers who buy hazelnuts, walnuts or pistachios will receive a free (hazelnut, walnut or pistachio) nut biscuit (for Fathers’ Day) and they can  make these great little biscuits with the recipe below from Kate’s mum, Jean.

Nut Biscuits Recipe:

Combine and cream together the following:

250 grams butter,  1 tablespoon vanilla essence,  1/2 cup of icing sugar.

Add 3/4 cup chopped nuts, two cups Four Leaf 85% Light Flour.

Roll into balls and press down on greased baking trays.

Bake for approx 20 minutes at 180 C.

What else do we have at the Cygnet Market this weekend?  Firstly, we now have plenty of cane bread proofing baskets.  These are just $22 and that’s a very good price!

We have been working on our Dukkah range and we will have a new flavour for people to try and buy;

Roasted Hazelnut and Long Pepper.

Of course, we always have a range of Four Leaf products  – including the wonderful 85% Light Flour, ideal for making sourdough bread and pastry and pancakes, nut biscuits! – just about everything.  We also have Rye Flour (for feeding sourdough starter), Rolled Oats, Spelt Flour, Soup Mix, Chick Pea Flour, Split Peas, Cracked Wheat and Muesli Base from Four Leaf Organic Milling.

Gardening products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Gardening books, the best gardening tool ever, the Ho-Mi, Harvest knifes, dibbers handcrafted from local timbers, English spades and watering cans of various sizes from Sheffield, England.

Food and related products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Cooking books, Organic pasta from L’Abruzzese, Olive oil and olives from Patlin Gardens, Organic almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, Kates Dukkah, Organic Sunflower oil and other Four Leaf products, Walnut oil, Hughsli Bar-up muesli bars, Honey (local from Karl and orange blossom from South Australia), a wide range of spices (native and other), organic dried vine fruits and yoghurt cultures.

Of course, we always have Sourdough bread kits and spare starter too and we love to talk to people about making sourdough bread.

Don’t forget it’s now Spring and we have a large selection of seeds for sowing now from Southern Harvest Seeds.  A packet of seeds makes a great Fathers Day present for a gardening Dad.

The Cygnet Market is the best market south of Hobart!

The Cygnet Market -from 10am to 2pm this Sunday 2nd September!

See you at the Market!!

This week at the Cygnet Market…..

Well folks, we have had a great time at the Cygnet Market recently (we have a bit more room up on the stage) and we thought we should tell you about what products we have for you at the Market this Sunday.

Selling nuts at the Cygnet Market

Firstly, we now have plenty of cane bread proofing baskets.  These are just $22 and that’s a very good price!

We have been working on our Dukkah range and we will have a new flavour for people to try and buy;

Roasted Hazelnut and Long Pepper.

Of course, we always have a range of Four Leaf products  – including the wonderful 85% Light Flour, ideal for making sourdough bread and pastry and pancakes – just about anything!  We also have Rye Flour (for feeding sourdough starter), Rolled Oats, Spelt Flour, Soup Mix, Chick Pea Flour, Split Peas, Cracked Wheat and Muesli Base from Four Leaf Organic Milling.

Gardening products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Gardening books, the best gardening tool ever, the Ho-Mi, Harvest knifes, dibbers handcrafted from local timbers, English spades and watering cans of various sizes from Sheffield, England.

Food and related products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Cooking books, Organic pasta from L’Abruzzese, Olive oil and olives from Patlin Gardens, Organic almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, Kates Dukkah, Organic Sunflower oil and other Four Leaf products, Walnut oil, Hughsli Bar-up muesli bars, Honey (local from Karl and orange blossom from South Australia), a wide range of spices (native and other), organic dried vine fruits and yoghurt cultures.

Of course, we always have Sourdough bread kits (and shhhh!!! spare starter for those unfortunate souls who have managed to “kill” their starter) and we love to talk to people about making sourdough bread.

Don’t forget it’s almost Spring and we have a large selection of seeds for sowing now from Southern Harvest Seeds.

Southern Harvest Seeds available now at the Cygnet Market

The Cygnet Market is the best market south of Hobart!

The Cygnet Market -from 10am to 2pm this Sunday 19th August!

See you at the Market!!