Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Duck Egg Frittata

Six fresh duck eggs from last Sunday's Don Village Market went into making last night's potato, leek, bacon and Perino tomato frittata. Larger and stronger tasting than hen's eggs, duck eggs have firm shells almost too hard to crack, and whites as thick as double cream. So good, no seasoning required.
Beat in a bowl 6 duck eggs, 2 Tbspn mayonnaise, 1 tspn lemon juice
1 tspn lemon zest. Par boil 4 medium potatoes (til just tender). Strain water, then melt 60g butter into potatoes with one finely sliced leek, and two rashers of chopped bacon. Saute for a few minutes then place in an ovenproof flan dish, adding a handful of chopped perinos. Pour over egg mixture. Cook in a moderate oven until egg is set and the top is golden brown. (Approx 25 mins). Serve with rocket or steamed pak choi.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today's Freshbox

Today's $25 fresh box from hilbarn, filled with fresh, seasonal and local produce from growers in northern Tasmania.

NEW! Organic Eggs

We picked up our neighbour Lyndy's fresh organic eggs early this morning just before heading off on deliveries. Lyndy, her hens and some very fine roosters live with her fiance Dave Pinner on a certified organic farm, just up the road from us in Karoola. Her clucky free range hens are housed in barns with runs, and fed on spelt, peas, oats and sunflower seeds, all grown organically on farm. Lyndy's beautiful buff-coloured eggs were washed prior to packing in recycled egg cartons.

Hot Cress

New to hilbarn freshboxes this week: Alan's purple radish cress. The butterfly shaped leaves on elegant stems make a great garnish on fish and in salads and is peppery to taste.

Chocolate soils

This weekend the furrowed red fields of Wesley Vale were busy with farmers dodging gales and rainstorms. A treat to see blue skies for once.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Made To Snack

There are only two "Perino" tomato growers in the whole of Australia contracted to grow this special snack tomato, launched just this month. One is located in Queensland, the other in North West Tasmania. We're lucky to be able to share this delicacy with you in this week's hilbarn boxes. Spread the word - they're yummos!

Superb Herbs

Alan's herbs are new to hilbarn this week: the sweetest fresh basil and coriander, both harvested yesterday for Monday's boxes. We collected direct from Alan's Wesley Vale farm on the sunniest of northern Tasmanian mornings.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fresh This Week

Today's box goodies: lettuce, Dutch Cream potatoes, spring onions, carrots, Cox's and Jonagold Apples, Packham pears, silver beet, plus freshly cut rhubarb, celery and cauliflower - packed with love yesterday from Hilbarn.