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. 

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! 

Beautiful, Organic, Australian Pastas

Summer is a great time for quick meals that don’t require too much preparation and now that tomatoes and basil are flourishing, pasta often comes to my mind, for dinner. When I came to Tasmania I could not find any Tasmanian-made pasta and could not live with supermarket pasta after growing up with L’Abruzzese so I added it to my Garden Shed and Pantry list.

L’Abruzzese Organic Australian pasta is made by an Italian family business in Adelaide. It includes several grain choices and the best tasting gluten-free pastas.


When I visit Adelaide I love to go and see Carmello at L’Abruzzese who embraces me in the Italian way and says how much he loves to meet his customers.

“Everyone is in such a rush” he explains “They load up their orders and are gone but you come and talk to me and tell me about the people who enjoy my pasta in Tasmania and I like that!” I stand for a while and watch the extended Italian family cutting and folding the spaghetti then laying it out to dry slowly, ensuring the best texture.

My latest shipment includes organic:

  • Rye penne
  • Spelt shells
  • Wholemeal spaghetti
  • Lentil and rice penne (gluten free)
  • Chickpea and buckwheat spirals (gluten free)
  • Plain wheat: orecchiette, fusilli,
  • Spinach: fusilli. olive leaf shapes
  • Mixed penne (plain, spinach, wholemeal, tomato)

These all come to me in bulk 5kg boxes which can be bought by you in any quantity you need, from 500g upwards. I regularly have orders from people wanting a whole 5kg box of something else that I do not stock, from the L’Abruzzese website, which I am happy to order for you.

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)

Simply the best pasta

I don’t like to compromise.  When I came to live in Cygnet three years ago, I tried to buy really top quality (organic) pasta.  I had been spoiled when I was living in Adelaide and I tried a few different pastas here but none measured up to the fabulous taste and texture of the L’Abruzzese pasta that I was used to.

When I went back to Adelaide, I went to visit Carmelo and pleaded with him to be able to buy his pasta – of course, Carmelo is lovely and immediately agreed.

This, and a few other things that I could not live without here in Cygnet, was really the start of the Garden Shed and Pantry.

About L’Abruzzese:

Many of the pasta products available in Australia are imported and therefore cannot be assured of being G-E free. L’Abruzzese pasta is made with top quality, all Australian ingredients, free of chemicals and any genetic engineering.

Established in 1980, L’Abruzzese Pty Ltd continues to create fine quality home-style egg noodles, gourmet and organic pasta using traditional methods, with only the freshest and natural Australian ingredients (no chemical, no preservatives, no genetically modified elements). The result is pasta with a unique, home-style look and superb taste “just like grandma makes”!

A small family owned, and local company, they serve Australia wide retail food & hospitality arenas and are HACCP approved for food safety and NASAA 100% Certified Organic (reg 5195 P).

The difference between L’Abruzzese Pty Ltd pasta and other brands is its home-style look and taste.

L’Abruzzese use only traditional methods in manufacturing to help retain the natural flavours and hence, taste.  L’Abruzzese also hand-pack their pasta, ensuring its quality.

pasta range

pasta range

All L’Abruzzese pastas use the finest Australian ingredients including farm-fresh eggs (in the egg varieties) and top quality wheats with no chemicals or preservatives, together with a slow-drying process, anywhere between 20 to 48 hours. The result is a myriad of pasta shapes that not only have a unique look and superb taste but also hold well in the cooking process.

Sourcing the best Australian ingredients has lead to a fostering of solid, long-term relationships with premium wheat suppliers and flour mill producers in both South Australia and nation wide.

Twenty years on, the company now specializes in an extensive range of tasty egg and gourmet flavoured pasta as well as delicious certified organic pasta.

The name L’Abruzzese originates from the Italian region Abruzzo, found in the middle of Italy approximately east of Lazio, the region which houses Rome. It is said that the best pasta in Italy comes from Abruzzo.

L’Abruzzese Pty Ltd has won the Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Award for SA Small Business for employing people with a disability and In 2004 the company was a Winner of the Premier’s Food Awards for excellence in food manufacture in South Australia.

If you simply want the absolutely best pasta, you can be confident that The Garden Shed and Pantry has just what you need.  We stock the gourmet organic range of L’Abruzzese pasta.  The gluten-free range is also delicious and we keep at least two different varieties of this range to cater for these customers. Some of the L’Abruzzese pasta comes pre-packaged but most of the pasta is delivered in bulk and we can package to the size the customer wants.

You’re simply the best, better than all the rest …….Mmm, it can’t be wrong!

prepackaged pasta

prepackaged pasta

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.



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.



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.





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!


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.


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

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