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Apples with Rhythm

LFW took a drive out to the country on the weekend, and joined the sunshine, crowds, apples, and music at Loriendale Orchard Apple Day on Saturday 1 April.


Image: Apple and Pear Australia Limited

Loriendale is a boutique orchard with over 120 varieties of apples, as well as selection of nectarines, peaches, nashi pears, berries and nuts. The orchard runs organic best practice, which means that the fruit actually tastes like the fruit you may remember from your childhood, before all the GM, gassing, spraying, and cold storage. Apple pies, toffee apples, jams, jellies, chutneys, sauces and relishes were also on offer, together with amazing apple based afternoon teas for just a few dollars.Loriendale peach jam

The farm was purchased by the Pidgeon family in 1982 but it wasn’t until around 1997 that the apple and cherry trees were planted, and the orchard was established. The farm is also a WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) hosting farm; providing the opportunity for young people, from around the world, to live and work on the farm and learn about agriculture, farming, and a bit of Australian culture.

Paul Herbert on flute

Rhythm Syndicate with Paul Herbert on flute

But, one of the best things about the Apple Day was sitting in the sun with our afternoon tea, and listening to some cool jazz from local group Rhythm Syndicate. This great vocal group has been performing in Canberra and the region since 1990, and offers a mix of cool jazz, gospel, classics, and popular.

Accommpanist and composer Mike Dooley

Accompanist and composer Mike Dooley

The mixed group sings in four-part harmony, accompanied and a cappella, and includes talented muso and vocalist Paul Herbert on harmonica and flute, brilliant pianist and composer Mike Dooley, and is pulled together by director and conductor Camilo Gonzalez. You can hear them next at the Merimbula Jazz Festival over the June long weekend.

Loriendale RS1

Rhythm Syndicate with conductor Camilo Gonzalez

Loriendale Orchard, Carrington Road, Hall www.loriendale.com.au. You can also find Loriendale at Capital Region Farmers Market every Saturday from 7.30 – 11,30am.

Rhythm Syndicate www.rhythmsyndicate.com.au.

Images by LFW except where indicated



Fasta Pasta = Healthy Pasta

Big news today is that Mars Food, the makers of Dolmio and Uncle Bens pasta sauces and meal kits, is changing its labels in the UK to issue a warning that the sauces should only be consumed ‘occasionally’ because of the their high salt, sugar, and fat content. They do not say if this will extend to Australia, and other products by Mars Food.  But seriously … who buys this stuff when it’s easy-peasy to make your own.

Dolmio labels will soon be changing to read consume 'occasionally' instead of everyday. Image - independent.co.uk

Dolmio labels will soon be changing to read consume ‘occasionally’ instead of everyday. Image – independent.co.uk

We stopped using ready-made sauces years ago, and our favourite pasta sauce is simple fresh vine-ripened tomatoes with hint of garlic and chilli. Even better if your toms come from a nice organic market such as Capital Region Farmers Market (Saturday am) or Choku Bai Jo (North Lyneham and Curtin).

So check it out. We promise you’ll never go back to ready-made sauces!

Photo by LFW

Photo by LFW

What you need: 3 – 4 large vine-ripened tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, 1 very small red chilli (optional), and a teeny drizzle of good quality extra-virgin olive oil.

What you do: Cut your tomatoes in half and pop everything in your food processor and whiz until you get a nice thick sauce. How easy is that? If you don’t have a food processor, chop everything really finely and place in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir constantly (you don’t want it to burn) until it reduces to a nice sauce.

You can vary the sauce by including one or more of the following; a few fresh basil leaves, a couple of mushrooms, a few slices of red pepper, a couple of nice fat fresh olives from the deli, or a tablespoon of grated parmesan. However, we leave it up to people to put their own parmesan on so they can choose how much, or how little, cheese they want. Also best not to include if you’ve got dairy-free people popping round for pasta.

You can also use the basic sauce on your pizza bases.

Fresh and organic from Choku Bai Jo

Fresh and organic veggies from Choku Bai Jo

Eat fresh—eat healthy! Bon appetit!

Getting Special with your Slow Cooker

Healthy recipes for slow-cooked comfort food

By Emma

Do you know slow cooking is really healthy? There’s little added fat, and if you use fresh, organic fruits and veggies, skip the sweet packet sauce mixes, and make your own stock, you’re getting comfort food that’s good for you, and sustainable!

Lamb shanks with spicy plum sauce and garlic mash

Lamb shanks with spicy plum sauce and garlic mash

Winter is the perfect time to get out your slow cooker and put it through its paces. You can pop everything in the cooker in the morning and leave it until dinner-time, or alternatively, let it cook overnight, refrigerate the next day (so the flavours fuse together and are further enhanced) and warm it up for dinner. Even better, pop on your favourite pastry top and you’ve got the perfect winter pie!

The following recipes are super tasty, super healthy, super easy, and all have something a little different to make them super special! Check out our terrific comfort food slow cooking and enjoy! Continue reading

Posh Picnics!

We learnt to love picnics when travelling through Europe—so easy to fill a basket with cold saucisson and pate, yummy cheeses and breads, and a bottle of local wine—and much cheaper than eating at a fancy restaurant. Other good picnic items are pies and quiches; easy to carry and even easier to eat. We’ve been making our quiche for years and it’s based on an old (very old) Women’s Weekly recipe!

Home-made bacon and leek quiche with tossed salad

Home-made bacon and leek quiche with tossed salad

Take a look at our great ideas for an autumn picnic in the bush, and get our quiche recipe below. You can find our delish pie recipes at LFW Celebration Pies! Continue reading

Eating Pizza!

In Our Year of Eating Healthy—Yes! You can eat Pizza!

Super healthy pizza - just add your favourite toppings

Super healthy pizza – just add your favourite toppings

Pizza has got to be one of the most popular meals on the planet, and once you’ve got the base you can make it anything you want. But for those of us who are gluten free it’s not so easy to get a take-away pizza, so 99 per cent of the time we’re up for making our own, which is more fun than getting a take-away anyway. For a super-healthy (and ethical) pizza get over to Capital Region Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and get some great organic meats, and visit Choku Bai Jo (Lyneham and Curtin) for the freshest organic veggies.

Anyway, here are a couple of LFW’s favourite easy-peasy recipes for anyone to try, including regular and GF, plus a terrific ‘from scratch’ recipe from FEEDinc. Trust me, once you make your own, you’ll never get a take-away again!

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Eating Healthy—Australia Day!

What’s on your healthy Australia Day table? We’re going with roast rack of lamb, mangoes and delish Australian avocados!

Fresh organic fruit and veggies from Choku Bai Jo Canberra (Lyneham and Curtin)

Fresh organic fruit and veggies from Choku Bai Jo Canberra (Lyneham and Curtin)

In our year of eating healthy we’re not just looking at looking good and getting fit. We’re also focussed on what we’re actually eating, and to that end will be seeking out fresh, organic and Australian grown produce. Is there anything better?

Prawn, mango and avocado salad (serves 4)



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Fresh food – fresh cookbook!

The Capital Region Farmers Market EPIC is launching its very own cookbook on 1 November! 

The Market is operated by the Rotary Club of Hall, and celebrated 10 years of operation this year. The very first Market was held in March 2004 and was established without any financial support or grants from governments or other sources, and had just 18 stalls and around 1,000 customers. Today the Market turns EPIC into a blaze of colour and a hive of activity with almost 200 registered stallholders hosting around 100 stalls, and welcomes over 5000 customers each week.

The freshest of fresh at the Market - photo courtesy threesides.com.au

The freshest of fresh at the Market – photo courtesy threesides.com.au

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