Totally recycled cooking oil becomes soap and fuel

Mike takes vegetable oil from our local fish and chip shop, Devour, and turns it into bio-diesel which runs 3 vehicles. What is left over is raw glycerine. Ever the inventor and not wanting to waste a drop of the earth’s resources, Mike has been experimenting with making liquid soap and now has it to a stable stage, neither too hard nor too runny, in all temperatures.

Bring a jar to the market or to GaSP at 4 Winns Rd., for a free sample as Mike wants your feedback!

  Bio­Soap K

INGREDIENTS
∙           Raw glycerine (derived from blended vegetable oils)
Potassium Hydroxide (70gm/litre of raw glycerine)
Eucalyptus oil and/or other fragrance

Bio­K­Soap is particularly effective on vegetable, animal and mineral grease
Makes glassware, and ceramics sparkle
∙           Use on sinks, baths, toilets, floors and walls

Black soaps are a highly prized, hand made product common in many African countries. Properties and ingredients vary considerably from one district to another, but in addition to natural vegetable oils, plantain skins and coco bean pods are often included.

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The early bird…

Well, it’s now officially December.  And it’s just a few weeks to Christmas.  Avid market fans know that they need to be arriving early to get the best pickings…pretty similar to a garage sale really…. but this time, simply by buying something from our stall, early birds can have some free raspberry canes, dug from my garden a few days ago. They have been kept in a bucket of Seasol, in the shade and are bursting to get growing in your garden.

Directing Traffic

Julie Directing Traffic

What do we have this week?  Organic Sprouting Mix, Dried Figs, Almonds and lots of other snack packs, marinated olives and olive oil (of course), and organic grains including Quinoa.  For Christmas presents, we have gardening tools and beautiful watering cans (but not many left now).  For the person who loves to cook, we have brass spice grinders from Turkey.  It’s not too late to grab some MRO organic dried fruit for the Christmas Cake.  Maybe we will still have a Panforte or two but they are disappearing fast!

Welcome to..

Welcome to GaSP stall at Cygnet Market.

Anyway, by the time you read this, we’ll be on our way to the Cygnet Town Hall to set up and have another great market.  Don’t forget it’s another DOUBLE Market.  See you there folks!

Early birds at the Cygnet Market (9am)

Early birds at the Cygnet Market (9am)

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

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

This Week at the Cygnet Market

Hi everyone,

The Pantry is bursting at the seams with beautiful , fresh, organic products from Tasmania and Australia. I have spent the morning making my popular gluten-free muesli, revamping my bircher into a wonderful porridge and re-introducing my lemon myrtle dukkah plus a new dukkah, with zingy, green peppercorns. These are all made from fresh, organic, Australian ingredients.

Every week I have fresh supplies of most things, including Four Leaf grains which are milled to order. If you are not aware, grains lose their vitality and begin to deteriorate as soon as they are milled. Rancid, processed foods account for much trouble in the health of humans, as most crops are milled into flour, flakes, grits, oils, meal, ground nuts etc and THEN stored for as long as 2 years before reaching supermarket shelves. Many digestive ills and some cancers have been linked to rancid grains, nuts, seeds and oils. Often this cannot be detected by taste.

Four Leaf Milling store the whole grains, unprocessed, until I send in my order and only then does processing begin. You can’t get fresher and healthier than that without milling everything yourself.

The Johnston almonds I sell are also cracked to order. You will never buy almonds from me that have been cracked more than a few weeks, such is their popularity. I have fresh supplies about once a month.

Patlin Gardens olive oils are kept in airtight, dark, steel tanks until I put in an order. Then the oil is decanted into 20 litre drums and sent to me. I then keep it in a cool, dark place until all is decanted into glass bottles ready to sell. These are also kept cool and dark, only making an appearance into warmth and light at the market.

New this month
I am very excited about the new pumpkin seeds I have purchased from the Australian Pumpkin Seed Company! Grown originally in Qld, the family have now moved to Victoria, which makes shipping affordable for me to get their products here to Tasmania. I have raw and also toasted and lightly salted. Come and try them at the Cygnet market this Sunday.

Travel the World on the High Teas….. new workshop
Similar idea to last year’s World of Warm Winter Breads, 12 people will gather in my kitchen in late July to learn about and sample High Teas from 4 cooks from around the world. Not only will we have Australian, French Moroccan and Chinese delicacies for you but also a decadent vegan cheesecake and even who-would-know-its-gluten-free foods too! High Tea traditionally consists of sweet and savoury, so even diabetics will be welcome!

To book a place, follow this link and register your interest. The cost will be $60 for 3 hours of inspirational fun and food. You will receive all the recipes in a booklet on the day. Numbers are strictly limited to 12 but if there is sufficient interest we will schedule another session. Payment must be made before the day and the details for doing this will be sent out with confirmation of your place.

Come and see us on the stage at the market this Sunday!

All the best,

Kate and Lenny