Monday, April 22, 2013

Chestnut Time

When Jeni and Pete from Lilydale dropped off their sacks of fresh chestnuts for this week's hilbarn boxes we asked them for their favourite chestnut recipe. On top of Jeni's list was one she'd found for Chestnut Souffle from Simon Bryant, courtesy of Chestnuts Australia.

We tried it (photos above), and although our souffle didn't rise because we were lazy and didn't peak up the egg whites enough, it was still really tasty in an interesting way: we thought kind of cheesey, although the recipe has no cheese! Note: make sure you beat the egg whites to firm peaks before stirring in the chestnut meat. Love to hear how you get on. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fashions in the Field

We picked up sweetcorn from Liz and Michael in Lebrina last Sunday morning after the rain. It was good to see the old scarecrow again. Being master of your domain while standing perfectly still is quite something when you think about it. What's more, he'd donned his raincoat and was looking particularly dashing presiding over the last remnants of the corn wearing a brand new hat that Liz had procured for the new season. Quite the fashionable dude, don't you think? After we left, Michael let the cattle in to finish off the crop before getting down to digging it all in again.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pumpkin & Silverbeet Recipe

In this week's hilbarn fresh produce box we've included a recipe (left, drawn in exquisite detail by Masako) which uses three of our box contents: fresh butternut pumpkin, silverbeet and red spring onion. And, right, a snap of the leftovers we had for lunch today. Just as good cold as it was hot last night after packing. Enjoy!

Spring in Japan

Thank you to Masako, who draws the beautiful recipes that we place inside our hilbarn fresh produce boxes most weeks. After living in Launceston for a few years, Masako has now moved back to Japan where she took this beautiful photograph of the recent Spring blossom. We love how she still draws for us and keeps in touch.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Back On The Road

We're back after the Easter break which, as it turned out, was not such a break in some ways. When you run your own small business there's always something ready to test an otherwise good nature. During our last hilbarn delivery run, our trusty red van, Versace, broke down at the end of Pipers River Road. We had to drop everything and head into town to hire a van to complete our deliveries. Turns out that Versace had blown a head gasket and has probably seen his last delivery days for us... Three years was more than we could have asked for a van we rescued from someone's back yard. So now we have a white van, pictured yesterday in Lilydale with Barn, collecting boxes of crunchy Scottsdale carrots that had just arrived at Rob and Pat's hardware store. Trusty white van? We're yet to find out. The price seemed too good to be true and you know what that means, don't you? It probably is. Still, we have fingers crossed hoping the white van will do you proud. 

Meantime, just to prove that we haven't been stuck with our heads inside two engines all Easter... here are two of our favourite dishes we devoured during the break:

Left: Hil's sister-in-law's Good Friday dessert "Poached quince meringue tart"- as good as it looks!
Right: hot smoked ocean trout salad polished off at Lost Farm restaurant in Bridport on Easter Sunday