Julia’s Pantry at Kenmore

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Uncategorized | Date: March 17, 2014

Julia’s Pantry Located at: Shop 4, 2051 Moggill Rd, Kenmore (on the roundabout, opposite Kenmore State School) Call: 0409 992 704 Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 7.30am – 5.00pm; Sat 7.30am – 2.00pm; closed Sunday/Monday

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Visit Julia’s Pantry at Kenmore

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: December 15, 2013

My poor blog has been sadly neglected lately. Lots of things to share but just no time to do it. Julia’s Pantry at the Kenmore roundabout has been going wonderfully well since we opened three weeks ago. Lots of familiar faces from the markets have dropped in to say hello and lots of new customers [...]

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Welcome Showers at Moggill Markets (16/11/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: November 12, 2013

According to the weather forecast Saturday is supposed to bring rain showers continuing on from the those we are supposed to have in the later part of the week. While I would prefer a dry market, we are so desperate for rain I would be more than happy for it to pour the entire market. [...]

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Countdown to Christmas – Moggill Markets 02/11/2013

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: October 29, 2013

I few weeks ago I was involved in a photo shoot for a magazine. There we were surrounded by Christmas decorations, food for entertaining and Christmas cakes. At the time Christmas seemed ages away but here we are about to hit November and it really is time to start thinking about Christmas. I’m not a [...]

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Broad Bean Hummus

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Vegetables | Date: October 21, 2013

You start off with what you think is a not insignificant amount of broad bean pods. And then you remove the beans from their very cushioned pods and you realise that you really don’t have that many beans. And then you blanch them and remove the tough outer skin to be left with a heaped [...]

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Favourites at the Moggill Markets 19/10/2013

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: October 15, 2013

I may have mentioned to a few of you that I am opening a shop. This is what happens when the children leave home, your husband is at work all day and you need something to do with your life. Occasionally at 4am the whole idea is a bit daunting and I start to think [...]

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Mulberries are Here – Moggill Markets 05/10/2013

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: October 1, 2013

Mulberry season has crept up on me this year, or perhaps the warm weather has meant that it is a little early. However I am now sporting dark purple stained fingers after my mulberry picking stint. My parent’s mulberry tree is huge and prolific and my freezer is now full of carefully destemmed mulberries. So [...]

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Fresh Spring Fare at the Moggill Markets (21/09/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: September 17, 2013

The storm last night bought some very welcome rain. Almost instantly everything is greener, the veggies appear to have grown over night and things are decidedly fresher. The channel bill cuckoos made their annual appearance a few days ago with their very distinctive call sounding as they fly over head. And it’s been warm. Our [...]

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Walnut Sandies

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: September 15, 2013

When I was a university student, many moons ago, I lived in at college. The food, like much institutional food was pretty awful. The vegetarians amongst us I think were mostly better off. The quantity of food they were making was less and seemed to result, for the most part in marginally better quality. But [...]

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Welcome to Spring at the Moggill Markets (07/09/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: September 3, 2013

Between our trees and my parent’s trees I have an awful lot of grapefruit and lemons to get through. I have been madly making marmalade but even that doesn’t seem to have made much of a dent in our supplies (and there is now an awful lot of marmalade to eat). So you will all [...]

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Barossa Inspired Freekeh Salad

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Savoury meals | Date: August 27, 2013

We have just arrived back after four days in the Barossa Valley. We have been to Adelaide before and the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula but for some reason we have never made it to the Barossa Valley and now I have many years of missed visits to make up for. The whole area [...]

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The End of Winter Market 17/08/3013

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: August 13, 2013

With the weather being as warm as it has been the past few days you could be forgiven for thinking that winter is already well and truly behind us. We were in Stanthorpe over the weekend, anticipating cooler weather but instead we had fresh nights and mornings and warm, clear days. The walking in Girraween [...]

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Preserve Judging

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: August 6, 2013

I few years ago you could be forgiven for thinking that preserves were on the way out. No one seemed to be making jams and chutneys anymore let alone bottling their own fruits and vegetables. But like a lot of these traditional skills preserve making seems to be enjoying a resurgence in interest. The number [...]

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Missing from the Markets plus Buckwheat and Herb Scones

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Quick Breads and Loaves | Date: July 30, 2013

The Ekka is just around the corner and this Saturday I am helping to judge the preserves which have been entered into this year’s show. With a large number of categories and all manner of jams, jellies, butters, relishes and pickles there is little doubt that I will have well and truly had my sugar [...]

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Sutton’s Family Farm

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: July 23, 2013

Malcolm and Sue Sutton have been regulars at the Moggill Markets since the markets began. Their tables are piled high with home grown vegetables that come from their property at Thornton in the Lockyer Valley. Recently a small group of us visited the Sutton’s on their farm, enjoying their hospitality and wandering around the farm. [...]

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Mid Winter Eating at the Moggill Markets 20/07/2013

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: July 16, 2013

I’m not very fond of winter. I much prefer the hot weather and at this time of year I contemplate what it would be like to live in the tropics so that I could enjoy year round warmth. Surprisingly given my preference for the heat I have long thought that I’d like to live in [...]

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Grapefruit and Ginger Curd

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Jam | Date: July 8, 2013

Our citrus trees are particularly prolific this year – all except the lime tree which has yielded only a handful of fruit. The trees have been in the ground for some years now but it took a while for them to get going. The soil where they are planted was initially shaley. Planting them was [...]

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Apples, figs and whisky – Moggill Markets 06/07/2013

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: July 3, 2013

Walking the dogs this morning I realised that Tuesday had passed and I hadn’t let you know what I was preparing for the markets this coming Saturday – I’m sorry for the delay. The past few days have been a bit fraught and my mind hasn’t really been in the kitchen. But things are back [...]

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Mulled Wine Biscuits

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: June 25, 2013

Almost five years ago we spent a white Christmas in Europe. In the lead up to Christmas Day we were in Vienna making the most of the wonderful Christmassy atmosphere that you really only get with cold and snow and centuries of tradition. One of the lovely things we enjoyed was visiting the various Christmas [...]

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Malvern Pudding

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: June 17, 2013

If you are a regular reader you would know of my fondness for sweet things – dessert in particular. There aren’t too many days that go by without dessert being served in our house. Although dessert seems to have a bad reputation as being a calorie laden, sugar and fat heavy concoction, it doesn’t need [...]

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Cool Weather Treats at the Moggill Markets (15/06/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: June 11, 2013

The winter skies in Brisbane are usually clear and blue but this unseasonal wet weather has meant that although it isn’t particularly cold (just yet) there is a very wintery feel around. It’s a good excuse, if you ever need one to get into the kitchen and cook. I’ve been doing a bit of bread [...]

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In My Pantry

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: June 7, 2013

It seems a little remiss to have a blog and a market stall called Julia’s Pantry and to have not shared my pantry with you. My mother has quite a fascination for other people’s pantries. She makes herself at home looking to see what food treasures friends and relatives keep on their pantry shelves. While [...]

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Kumquat and Pecan Biscuits

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: June 3, 2013

Biscuits I think fall into two categories. There are those that are iced or sandwiched together and are generally pretty, crisp, sweet confections that are good for afternoon tea or for a treat. And then there are those that are more rustic, a little gnarled and chunky with texture and substance and more suitable as [...]

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First Day of Winter at the Moggill Markets (01/06/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: May 28, 2013

It seems like an awfully long time since the last market. I know my cupboards are very bare and what is left of the fresh produce from a month ago is suitable only for soup. It always surprises me how long a lot of the fresh produce from the markets lasts and it is a [...]

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Eccles Cakes

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: May 23, 2013

My grandmother on my father’s side was not a particularly good cook. She was very much a meat and three veg cook. Garlic was considered a foreign food and never entered the kitchen and she was from the era where cooking vegetables until they no longer resembled their original form was standard practise. Rather than [...]

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Prize Winning Cakes

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: May 19, 2013

On the third weekend in May the Moggill Markets grounds are taken over by dodgem cars, laughing clowns and other far wilder rides. It becomes side show alley at the Brookfield Show. A long running event, the Brookfield Show draws not only the locals but those from further afield. From early Friday morning the road [...]

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Pan Cooked Autumn Vegetables

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Vegetables | Date: May 16, 2013

Kohlrabi is a vegetable from my childhood. I don’t really recall how we ate it but I remember how it looked in its raw state – turnip like with the leaves growing from the round swollen stem and it being a light green colour with purple highlights (it looks like a tuber but it doesn’t [...]

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Kumquat and Passionfruit Marmalade

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Featured Recipe Jam | Date: May 13, 2013

Diana Henry’s book Salt Sugar Smoke has been one of my best recipe book purchases of recent times. Not only does the book look fabulous with eye catching photography but the recipes are inspiring. This isn’t because they are complicated and full of different techniques pushing you to achieve greater culinary milestones, rather the recipes [...]

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Chocolate Spice Madeleines

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: May 9, 2013

Sometimes you want your sweet treat to be simple and uncomplicated. Lovely texture, good flavours and that’s it. No fancy additions, cream or icing toppings, fruit, sauces or drizzles. Madeleines fit the bill perfectly. These distinctive shell shaped cakes don’t require a slice to be cut or a fork to eat. Their size is ideal for [...]

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Stewed Green Beans

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Vegetables | Date: May 5, 2013

We have had our veggie garden for a few years now. It’s size is limited somewhat by the extend of the sun in our garden. Much of it is fairly heavily treed – natural bushland that is home to an array of animal and bird life. Non the less we have managed to find a [...]

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Autumn Fare at the Markets (04/05/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: May 1, 2013

I have been in Hobart unexpectedly for the last few days keeping house while Daughter No. 1 recovered from tonsillitis in hospital. Hobart is looking lovely at the moment with the trees full of Autumn colours, although the Salamanca Markets were cancelled for the first time on Saturday due to the high winds (it didn’t [...]

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Food Tour of Inala

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: April 25, 2013

When I’m on holiday I like to take food tours. Walking around a neighbourhood experiencing its culinary history, its food specialties and talking to its food identities gives you a real insight into a location. You meet new people, taste some interesting things and learn something that’s not usually in the guide books, not just [...]

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Potato Chips with Truffle Salt

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Snacks | Date: April 21, 2013

Potato chips are not something that I generally crave. Put a bowl in front of me and I might eat a couple but that’s about it. I was reading somewhere recently about the research that goes into making such things so that they become addictive to the consumer. The crunch factor, the salt and the [...]

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Traditional Fare at this Week’s Market (20/04/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: April 16, 2013

This Saturday of course the Anzac Biscuit competition is being held at the Moggill Markets. Sent to soldiers during World War I because of their excellent keeping properties, the Anzac biscuit has become a firm favourite in Australian households. So this weekend pull out your favourite Anzac biscuit recipe and bake a batch of biscuits, bring [...]

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Homemade Ricotta

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: April 14, 2013

The first time I made ricotta was some years ago. A friend and I were attending a three day cheese making workshop. After the three days we came home armed with a range of cheeses at various stages of maturation. Some of the fresh cheese could be consumed immediately, others needed to be put away [...]

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Apple Cream Cheese Slice

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: April 11, 2013

It would be a rare day when I don’t eat a piece of cake or slice or biscuits and there is usually dessert on top of that. I know this flies in the face of all current recommendations regarding eating certain foods and that these sweet indulgences fall into the official ‘occasional treats’ category. My [...]

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Why I Shop at the Markets

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: April 7, 2013

At 4am it was raining and I thought we were in for yet another wet market. The weather hasn’t been kind to the markets this year, with rain being the norm. And it keeps all but the most dedicated customers away. Queenslanders don’t seem to function well in the rain – they tend to stay [...]

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Spicy Haloumi Pasta

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Savoury meals | Date: April 4, 2013

Everyone needs a couple of  ’go to’ dinners in their repertoire. Those dinners where you can’t think of what else to cook, time is short, you’re tired or there isn’t much in the house. The thing is that these standbys still need to taste good, have some nutritional value and fill you up. I have [...]

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Eat Well at the Moggill Markets (06/04/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: April 2, 2013

After being away over the Easter break it’s good to come home and eat some vegetables! Not that we ate badly or really over indulged in chocolate but I always find that eating every meal out means that you eat no where near enough vegetables. They are there on the plate and they are invariably [...]

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Pashka

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: March 27, 2013

I remember eating pashka once at a cafe. I have memories of it being a popular cafe ‘cake’ and I’m sure it was a mass produced version that was featured in many a cafe cake window. It was served in a huge slab as you would a piece of cake and I recall that it [...]

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Stout and Raisin Easter Buns

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Quick Breads and Loaves | Date: March 24, 2013

When I was younger hot cross buns were something that you ate at Easter. This might sound obvious but now they seem to appear in the shops on Boxing Day, so by the time Easter comes around everyone is a bit tired of hot cross buns and they are no longer special. It’s not like [...]

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Easter Biscuits

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: March 21, 2013

My patience for making sweets and chocolates is almost non existent. All that brushing the pan sides down to stop the sugar crystallising, exact temperatures, not to mention the weather – too hot and it all melts, too wet and it all goes sticky. I’m just too much of a throw a few ingredients in, [...]

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Chargrilled Salsa

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: March 18, 2013

Friday nights at our place invariably used to mean some sort of Mexican food. Not real Mexican brimming with fresh flavours and interesting textures, but the very Tex Mex variety found in handy meal packs in the supermarket. A packet of seasoning, a jar of salsa, a bit of mince and voila! dinner was on [...]

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The Bacon Experiment

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: March 12, 2013

I have long held a desire to make my own small goods. I have visions of a room laden with hanging salami and legs of pork curing. But I’m not sure that without a temperature controlled room, the humid, sub-tropical temperatures of Brisbane would be all that kind to hanging meat. Rather than carefully drying, [...]

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Perhaps it won’t rain – Moggill Markets this Saturday (16.03.2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date:

The last markets were what you could call a little wet, perhaps one of the wettest in a long time. And while I wouldn’t like it to be that way every market there is a certain appeal in a very wet market. The kids love the mud (much to the horror of parents when it [...]

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Rye and Oat Soda Bread

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Quick Breads and Loaves | Date: March 10, 2013

A little while ago I was talking to one of the older ladies who had been a member of the Queensland Country Women’s Association for eons. She had lived on the land her entire life and was adept at making do and improvising. I think we must have been talking about scones (not surprising for [...]

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Cultured Butter

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: March 7, 2013

Butter, I believe is one of the greatest culinary delights. You will never ever see margarine or any other butter substitute spread in our house. Probably discovered in the early days of dairying, butter is important across the world in a number of different cultures from Scandinavia to India. In Europe it didn’t become popular [...]

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Quinoa Apple Cake

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: March 3, 2013

The United Nations decided that 2013 was to be the International Year of Quinoa. For many of us quinoa has been a recent addition to our diets but for many South Americans it has been a staple for centuries. The recent popularity of quinoa in the western diet has created somewhat of an ethical dilemma [...]

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A Likely to be Wet Moggill Markets (02/03/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: February 26, 2013

It’s raining again and while everywhere is damp and the mould seems to be growing on everything, it is enticing kitchen and cooking weather. I’ve been trying to do my bit to help farmers, many of whom are having a difficult time as a result of the very wet summer. I’ve bottled, roasted and stewed [...]

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Fig Jam and Raisin Loaf

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: February 24, 2013

To say there is an abundance of jam in our house at the moment would be an under exaggeration of the truth. There is jam of all varieties and combinations lurking on every spare bit of shelf space. If you limited your jam use to toast the sight of these jars could be a bit [...]

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Slow Roasted Figs

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: February 21, 2013

One of the joys of late summer is the abundance of fresh figs. Until only a couple of years ago it seems that figs weren’t that easy to buy. You rarely saw them in the shops and only those people who knew someone who grew them were able to enjoy fresh figs. Then they started [...]

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Herb Wholegrain Mustard

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: February 17, 2013

Mustard is one of those pantry items that you take for granted. Not much thought is given to how it’s made or even to perhaps making your own. The thing is that it really isn’t difficult and it requires next to no ingredients, but like all homemade things it just takes a little longer than [...]

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Moggill Markets this Saturday (16/02/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: February 12, 2013

I’m slowly working my way through about 10 kilograms of limes that I picked up for a very reasonable price last weekend. Some of them have been made into lime curd and others into lime and rum marmalade while still others are sitting in a large jar in the sun with salt and spices. In [...]

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Oatmeal Biscuits

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: February 10, 2013

Having a container of homemade biscuits in the house is almost a necessity. A cup of tea is always enhanced by the addition of a biscuit, a couple added to the lunchbox provides a sweet treat, there is always something to offer if people drop by and the evening munchies can be offset by a [...]

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Spiced Apple Sprinkle

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: February 7, 2013

The thing that I love about this very simple recipe is not just that it tastes great or is really versatile, but that it is so thrifty. It uses discarded apple peels, the part of the apple that is mostly thrown away if you are making apple pie or crumble. If you have chickens or [...]

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Pineapple and Mint Jam

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Jam | Date: February 4, 2013

My family arrived in Brisbane from England late in 1974. It was hot and humid, the timber houses appeared very strange coming from a place where brick and stone dominated and the remnants of the floods earlier in the year were a reminder that the weather in this part of the world was very different. [...]

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Back to School at the Moggill Markets (02/02/2013)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: January 29, 2013

Now that school and work are back along comes the challenge of providing an interesting lunch on a daily basis. Work lunches aren’t quite so difficult as many places have a microwave, so leftovers are a really good option. School lunches are not so easy and it doesn’t take long before all of those prepackaged [...]

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My Top 10 Cookery Books 2012

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: January 27, 2013

I recently added a few more books to my Eat Your Books list. Apparently I now have 171 cookery books which contain a total of 9,750 recipes. It might sound like a lot but some people have 1000s of cookbooks which makes my list look positively short and obviously I need to work on getting [...]

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Lamington Roll

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: January 24, 2013

It seems somewhat cliched to be making anything to do with lamingtons for Australia Day. But really in a land without a recognised national dish, lamingtons come as close as anything else. Food scholar, Barbara Santich in an essay titled Scones, Sponges, Anzacs and Lamingtons* said that: …scones and sponges, anzacs and lamingtons are as much part [...]

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Asian Spiced Pears

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: January 22, 2013

I got a bit carried away at the markets on Saturday. All that produce and so many possibilities. Among other things, I arrived home with 5 kilograms of tomatoes (admittedly that’s not too many), a tray of figs, about a kilo of raspberries, 14 limes, five pineapples and a tub of paradise pears. These tiny [...]

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Summer Flavour at the Moggill Markets (19/01/13)

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: January 15, 2013

Summer is alway’s an exciting time of year for fresh produce, in particular all of the fabulous fruit that abounds. While it is great to eat as is, there is so much that can be done with stone fruit and tropical fruit. In the few days that I have been home I’ve been making jam [...]

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Apricot Slice

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: January 13, 2013

  One of the first things I notice when I get home after being away for a little while is the noise. Not the noise of a city – cars, sirens and people but the insects and the birds. At this time of year in particular, the cicadas and the crickets are constant. Their shrill [...]

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Boston

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Travel | Date: January 7, 2013

We have visited our fourth city on our US trip and I’m beginning to wonder if there are any Australians left in Australia. The lifts in our New York apartment are full of them. One slightly disgruntled local said after hearing us speak, “Are you Australian as well, everyone is Australian.” On the subway you [...]

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New York – Part 2

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Travel | Date: January 1, 2013

There has been plenty written about taking your time to savour food, to eat more slowly and to allow your stomach to realise that you might have eaten enough. It has even been suggested that this philosophy might assist in beating the ‘obesity epidemic’. Generally Europeans are acknowledged as eating this way, where meals are [...]

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New York – Food Tours

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Travel | Date: December 26, 2012

In New York you can take a tour for just about everything – photography, films, history, and of course food. These small group tours are a great way to see the city and to acquire a bit more background information about New York. Surprisingly as well as being patronised by visitors, plenty of locals also [...]

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New York – Part 1

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Travel | Date: December 22, 2012

If I lived in New York my clothes would have to last a long time, so infrequent would my forays into the shops be. There is a reason I avoid the shops at sale time at home but in New York that seems to be the usual way of things. Shopping isn’t one of my [...]

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Washington

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Travel | Date: December 19, 2012

The contrast between Washington and LA is fairly stark. From the sprawling city of celebrity obsession to one of presidential cavalcades and blacked out security cars, sweeping avenues and monuments galore, and while it is a grand city it is still very approachable. If you’re only in a location for a short time it does [...]

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Los Angeles

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Travel | Date: December 13, 2012

LA was the first stop on our American trip. Big and brash, and as everyone says sprawling and dominated by cars. Smoggy and at this time of year foggy as well, the sun sometimes didn’t break through the clouds until after midday. Star obsessed it seems that every location or building is identified by what [...]

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Mock Fish and Other Such Things

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: December 9, 2012

I find the thought of mock foods quite fascinating. Take for example this recipe for mock fish which requires a large potato to be grated, mixed with salt, pepper, an egg and a bit of flour. Dessertspoonsful are then fried and served with grilled tomatoes or perhaps bacon. In my book these sound very much [...]

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Poached Cherries

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: December 6, 2012

I had grand plans for my box of cherries.* I thought I would eat a few, bottle a few, perhaps make a bit of jam or pickle some. Pickled cherries might sound a bit odd but they are seriously good. Sally Wise has a magnificent recipe for Spiced Cherries and they are incredibly versatile – good [...]

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Apricot Clafouti

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: December 2, 2012

Fresh apricots I think are generally a disappointing fruit. Their looks are deceptive with that gorgeous apricot colour and that pink blush, but even freshly picked and buying them from the from the markets a day later, they tend to be floury and tasteless. It is, I think one of the few fruits that are [...]

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Christmas Goodies at this Week’s Market

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Uncategorized | Date: November 28, 2012

Come the 1st of December and you can really no longer pretend that Christmas is still ages away. The Christmas decorations have been in the shops for months, the pannetone and mince pies have been gracing the aisles of the supermarket since probably Father’s Day but there does become a point when you can no [...]

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Mango Curd

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Jam | Date: November 25, 2012

  Fruit butters or curds are really versatile. As well as spreading them liberally on toast for breakfast they are also very useful as tart fillings, toppings for pavlovas or meringues, swirled through ice cream or for sandwiching cakes together. Most of us are familiar with citrus curds – lemon or lime and passionfruit curd [...]

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Ginger Spice Gem Scones

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Quick Breads and Loaves | Date: November 23, 2012

Until I made gem scones the other day I had never seen one, baked one or eaten one. When I was involved earlier in the year in rewriting the QCWA Cookery Book I was fascinated by the recipes for gem scones. Gem scones require a gem iron – a heavy pan of interconnected semi circles [...]

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Mango and Ginger Jam

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Featured Recipe Jam | Date: November 18, 2012

  Mangos really are synonymous with summer. Once those first mangoes hit the shops you know that summer is on it’s way, even if they have come from the Northern Territory and it’s not quite warm enough yet in Southern Queensland. Mangoes to me always seem quite exotic even though they are very everyday and [...]

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A History of Food in 100 Recipes

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: November 15, 2012

I have spent several hours cutting and pasting, not the computer version but the scissors and glue version. It’s amazing how quickly the torn out bits of newspaper, the scribbled down lists of ingredients and the magazine pages accumulate. Faced with trying to organise these recipe cuttings and musings into a useable form seems at [...]

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Moggill Markets this Saturday

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: November 13, 2012

It seems as though the weeks heading towards Christmas are passing at a galloping pace. Here we are almost at the third Saturday in November, with December looming large. This market it will be your last opportunity to order Christmas cakes, mince pies and panforte for delivery at the market on 1 December. I know [...]

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Bagels

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: November 11, 2012

I know I’m busy when I don’t have time to make bread. Not bread where you throw the ingredients in the bread maker and flick the switch, but bread where you knead and then wait until it rises and then knead again and wait some more. It requires some planning and a certain amount of [...]

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Harvest Sauce

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: November 4, 2012

  It always amazes me how many tins of tomatoes we use over a year (apparently each Australian eats 25kg of processed tomatoes per year). They are of course the perfect ‘go to food’ providing the base for all manner of dishes. If there is nothing in the pantry but tinned tomatoes you can make [...]

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Lots to Choose from this Weekend

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: October 31, 2012

The kitchen is currently dotted with containers of all shapes and sizes filled with various combinations of dried fruit and alcohol. It is of course Christmas cake time and the oven is on almost constantly. In amongst all of the Christmas baking I think that perhaps I’m being a little ambitious in my list of [...]

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Sunflower Seed Butter

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: October 25, 2012

Sometimes searching the internet can be an exercise in tedium and dead ends. Occasionally though it becomes a journey through connected links that lead you to a destination you have never considered (or in fact even knew existed) and yields some surprising and edifying results. It was through one of these seemingly directionless rambles that [...]

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Lemon and Rosemary Biscuits

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: October 21, 2012

It rained last weekend. This in itself is not necessarily an extraordinary thing but as we haven’t had rain for two and a half months (I don’t think we can count the 2mm that we had a few weeks ago) it is very welcome. The ground was looking very parched and the rainwater tanks were [...]

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Moggill Markets this Saturday

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: October 16, 2012

It’s a bit of a hectic week this week (actually there aren’t too many at the moment that are any different). Aside from cooking I’m also preparing for the QCWA Annual Conference which is on next week in Toowoomba. The finals of the State Cookery Competition will be held so we are expecting entries from [...]

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A Library of Recipes

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: October 7, 2012

Taking up space on my kitchen bench top is a growing pile of books, bits of paper and magazines. This is my ‘working pile’ – a list of things to make for the markets coming up, recently cut out recipes and food articles sourced from newspapers and magazines and the latest edition of food magazines [...]

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Everything Mulberry at this Week’s Market

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: October 3, 2012

The short mulberry season is upon us and I have been busy picking mulberries this week (with very stained hands and nails to prove it). The tree is absolutely laden so there is plenty to share with the birds and the possums. This week you will be able to choose from some delicious mulberry cakes [...]

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Strawberry Jam with Asian Herbs

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Jam | Date: September 30, 2012

There is a glut of strawberries at the moment. Some farmers are choosing not to pick as the return just doesn’t over the cost of getting the fruit to market. As a result strawberries have been very plentiful and cheap in the shops with prices as low as 99 cents a punnet. However, if you [...]

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Kedgeree

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Savoury meals | Date: September 24, 2012

According to Albert Jack, author of the very interesting book What Caesar Did for my Salad, Kedgeree is a traditional dish of rice and lentils or rice and beans that can be traced back to the fourteenth century. Kitachari was a staple of the Indian diet and was brought back to England by returning British [...]

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Oat and Seed Cripsbreads

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: September 18, 2012

I try to buy as little preprepared food as possible. Some years ago when we were both working long hours and the girls were younger we used to eat quite differently. With school lunches it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying the little prepacked snacks and then to sit down to a frozen [...]

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Tasty Treats at the Moggill Markets this Saturday

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: September 11, 2012

This week is another busy one including a flying visit to Monto to run a cookery judges course for the QCWA. There are very few younger people getting involved in  judging cakes and preserves and it is increasingly more difficult for local shows  to find judges, which is a shame as the popularity of cooking [...]

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Fruit Mince

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: September 6, 2012

September is a good time to be making fruit mince. Not only will you feel really good because you have started planning for Christmas (!) but you will be rewarded with a much better product when you come to use it in a few months time. Growing up we always called fruit mince mincemeat, but [...]

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Lemon Ricotta Cake

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: September 3, 2012

This time last year Michael and I were in Italy. We landed in Milan and spent the next ten days meandering our way to Orvietto in Umbria via Bolongna and Siena. It was from Orvietto that we were starting our 12 day walk to the coast and the island of Giglio. The weather was warm [...]

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Spring at the Moggill Markets

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: August 28, 2012

The calendar hasn’t even flipped over to September yet, but already you can feel the warmth in the air. I’m certainly not complaining – I’m more than ready for a bit of hot weather. As well as purchasing some of the usual fare this Saturday, it is also the perfect opportunity to get something special [...]

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Lemon Barley Cordial

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: August 25, 2012

Apparently the Greeks were to first to think of boiling grain in water and drinking it. But really it was the British who bought barley water to the world. Robinsons Barley Water is perhaps the best known brand, possibly as it has had a long association with Wimbeldon. Barley water was also thought to be [...]

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Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower and more.

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Vegetables | Date: August 20, 2012

You know that spring is knocking on the door when the new season asparagus hits the markets. All through winter you see asparagus on the supermarket and green grocers shelves from Peru and the Philippines, but despite the fact that I love asparagus I refuse to be tempted. One of the joys of eating locally [...]

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Tasty Delights for this Week’s Moggill Markets

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: August 15, 2012

This is the last winter market for the year – it won’t be long before we’re not complaining about the cold weather when we’re setting up but rather looking for inventive ways to keep the sun off the produce. Already it’s lighter earlier and the first wave of shoppers are hitting the markets well and [...]

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Apple & Strawberry Crumble

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: August 13, 2012

I really like dessert. I’m one of those people who always looks at the dessert menu first before deciding what to order. At home we have abandoned modern dietary thinking that dessert should be a sometimes treat and more often than not we eat dessert. And I’m not talking about a bowl of ice cream [...]

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QCWA at the Ekka

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: August 9, 2012

Many people are surprised when I tell them that I belong to the Queensland Country Women’s Association. There are lots of perceptions about the QCWA that don’t always match the reality. Most people you speak with think that the association is for old ladies, who live in the country and cook and knit. There are [...]

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What’s Cooking at the Moggill Markets on Saturday?

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: August 1, 2012

      The time between markets seems to go very quickly – one market has barely finished and planning for the next one is well underway. The days have been beautiful in the last week – cold mornings to start with (not all that pleasant for the early morning market starts) but have then [...]

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Kale Crisps

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Snacks | Date: July 26, 2012

  Something that has appeared at the markets during Winter over the past couple of years is Kale. I make the most of it while it is around and this year and it has become one of my new favourite winter vegetables. I have even had some success in growing the Tuscan Kale. At the [...]

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A Market Bounty

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: July 23, 2012

 The pantry had been a little bare of late so it was great to get to the markets on Saturday and stock up. It was a glorious day. After the recent rain it was nice to see some sun and the crowds were certainly out enjoying it. So what did I buy?

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At the markets this weekend

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Moggill Markets @Brookfield | Date: July 18, 2012

Although I have only missed one market it seems like an age since I have been at the Moggill Markets. I have been making good use of the short break and my stall has had a bit of a mini makeover. Not only that but it will be looking slightly Christmassy this market as of [...]

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Mocha Eclairs

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Sweet treats | Date: July 14, 2012

It is of course Bastille Day and what better way to celebrate than devouring a batch of eclairs. I need to confess straight up that choux pastry isn’t one of my regular things and the first pancake like batch was enjoyed by the chickens. The second batch however was a vast improvement and while my [...]

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The Girls…

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Bits & Pieces that Don't Fit Anywhere Else | Date: July 9, 2012

When we first moved to our current residence almost seven years ago, one of the first things that we did was to get some chickens. We started with a fairly modest arrangement – 4 chickens in a metal semi-circular cage that could be wheeled around the yard to find a fresh spot for them. It [...]

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Rhubarb Muffins

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Quick Breads and Loaves | Date: July 3, 2012

We’re off to Hobart in a couple of days time and there are a few bits and pieces in the fridge that need using up before we leave. The veggies can all go into a soup and there are a few sticks of rhubarb that are looking a little worse for wear. There’s not really [...]

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Toasted Muesli

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Pantry Staples | Date: July 1, 2012

Around 1991 I bought a book called ‘Foodcraft – gift food for gourmets’ by Nerys Purchon. It’s the type of book that probably wouldn’t sell very well today. It’s not written by anyone famous, it’s got very few pictures and even fewer coloured ones and it is seriously dated. I’m fairly sure that it is [...]

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Avocado Loaf

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Quick Breads and Loaves | Date: June 24, 2012

Avocados also came home in the crate from the markets. They were slightly battered and bruised and very ripe. Avocados aren’t very popular in our household. They are just tolerated as guacamole, but in salads they are pushed to the sides of the plate and no one would dream of having avocado on toast. The [...]

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Green Tomato Chutney

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Published by: juliaspantry | Categories: Chutneys | Date: June 18, 2012

I arrived home from the markets on Saturday with a crate of less than perfect fruit and vegetables. It is one of the things that I love about the markets – the producers and farmers hate waste and so even the unsaleable items find a home. Greg grows mostly bananas on his farm at Kyogle, [...]

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