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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September Sourdough and Cultured Butter Workshop

The September workshop date is Friday, September 22nd, 7.30pm – 9pm and Sat. September 23rd, 8.30am – 10am. You must come to both sessions. $55.

To read about my sourdough workshops, click here.

For bookings of the September workshop click here. To book, add your EMAIL (NOT your name, even if I know you) to the booking sheet link now. Payment and course  details will then be emailed to you.

This is a fun and informative workshop for anyone wanting to make easy, foolproof, nutritious, delicious sourdough bread with fresh, organic, Australian ingredients.

Special 2 hour, winter sourdough workshop, Sat. June 24th

On Saturday June 24th, I am doing a 2 HOUR SOURDOUGH WORKSHOP which will be a condensed version of my regular, 2 part workshop. $30.

For bookings click here. Add your email address to the list and I will be in touch.

This worked very well for a recent U3A group I ran it for recently.  

You will see all the stages of easy, foolproof, nutritious, delicious sourdough bread and cultured butter and go home with the confidence to start making your own.

As an option, you will be able to purchase my sourdough kit which has all the flours and the starter and instructions. $20 (reduced from the $25 I sell it for usually) 

Also, on the day, there will be 10% off all products in my home shop!
Read about my regular sourdough workshops here.

March Sourdough and Cultured Butter Workshop

The March workshop date is Friday, March 24th, 7.30pm – 9pm and Sat. March 25th, 8am – 9.30am. You must come to both sessions. $55.

To read about my sourdough workshops, click here.

For bookings of the March workshop click here. To book, add your EMAIL (NOT your name, even if I know you) now.

This is a fun and informative workshop for anyone wanting to make easy, foolproof, nutritious, delicious sourdough bread with fresh, organic, Australian ingredients.

Sourdough Bread and Cultured Butter Workshops

Making sourdough bread is the simplest way of making bread. Believed to have originated in Egypt, where it just so happened that the grains they grew and milled behaved magically with the yeasts and bacteria in the air, sourdough bread has come to the forefront of modern day bread connoisseurs.

Following our greater understanding of the human gut, we also now realise the health benefits of slow food and the slow proving and natural fermenting of the sourdough loaf is part of this phenomenon. For those with some intolerance to gluten, sourdough bread is a godsend as the slow proving and fermenting uses up a great percentage of the gluten, unlike the fast and artificial process of using commercial yeasts.

Warmth is not required to prove the bread. Time is all that is required. A good, long proving time gives an excellent texture and that distinctive, sour taste.

In my workshops I teach you to make the best bread you have ever eaten, made simply, using the traditional, no-knead method from Egypt.

The workshop in my kitchen.

The workshop in my kitchen.

Following the fermenting theme, I also show you very easy cultured butter, which is common in France but expensive to buy here. Two litres of cream will produce about 1kg of the best butter you have ever had, cultured and delicious.

Here are the details –

The workshop runs in two separate sessions and is conducted in my kitchen at 4 Winns Road Cygnet.  The maximum number of workshop participants is ten.  That way we can comfortably fit in the kitchen and I have sufficient time to answer all questions and see that everyone receives the help they need.

The first session is on Friday evening and runs for one and a half hours. It includes how to make the dough,  the first rising, caring for the starter and tastings.  We also churn the cultured butter and learn about the culturing process.

Session two of the workshop runs on Saturday morning for one hour and a half hours and  includes preparing for the second rising and how to bake it and more tastings (breakfast, with our cultured butter, coffee and teas!).  Specific times for the workshop sessions are confirmed on the booking sheet.

During the second session, participants can check out the goodies in the Garden Shed Pantry and stock up on their sourdough breadmaking (and general cooking) needs, with 10% discount on offer for the participants on workshop day.

The cost of the workshop is $55 and includes enough flour etc to make another loaf at home. Of course you get the starter which will keep you going forever. The flours are all high quality organic flours from Four Leaf Milling in South Australia.  The workshop kit also contains one dough scraper, a handy (Australian made) measuring jug and more of my favourite recipes. We make the bread and butter together and I answer all your questions so that you go home confident to make easy, wonderful bread on your own.

Payment is by transfer to my bank account and must be completed before the workshop. Details are sent by email once the workshop participants are finalised.

That's me! I love these workshops as much as the participants.

That’s me! I love these workshops as much as the participants.

For those who do not reside locally, I recommend you search Airbnb for places to stay in Cygnet; there are several close by.  Find out more here.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information or to be put on the Sourdough Workshop email list for future workshop dates.

Feedback from some of my sourdough participants…..

November 2016….. We shared the loaves with friends.  They loved them as much as we did….Won’t make too often – way too dangerous  J

Thank you for your huge thought knowledge effort and generosity that goes into your workshops. We’ll tell all our friends about you  Kate

Flip and Ian

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Hi Kate

On the way home I had to stop suddenly for a bettong ( or similar) and when I got home I found that the dough had tipped out of the bowl and was embedded in the car mat !  Nevertheless I rescued it and carried on as per your instructions and it was fine and delicious. Thank you for finding this great method of producing sour dough !

Nicky
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September Sourdough and Cultured Butter Workshop

The July workshop was a hoot; the 9 participants were such fun and came from far and wide. We sorted out all the challenges, from baking in a wood oven to how to make sourdough in Darwin!

The September workshop date is Friday, Sept. 9th, 7pm – 8.30pm and Sat., Sept. 10th, 8.30am – 10am. You must come to both sessions.

To read about my sourdough workshops, click here. For bookings of the September workshop click here. To book, add your EMAIL (NOT your name, even if I know you) now.

1-DSC_0003$55, Total bargain!