Raymond from Freemans Reach, north of Sydney, will have Tuscan Kale, great in a creamy Carbonara sauce over pasta.
This is the first supply in large numbers he’s been able to bring to the market, with most of his crop of silverbeet, beetroot, broccoli and cauliflower having slowed down to a crawl thanks to the prolonged cold snap.
His income over the past month is down a massive 70% on the same time last year, and we know of several local growers who are doing it tough right now. So we support them where we can.
Carbonara Sauce without cream
Recipe Type: Sauce
Author: Harvest Hub
This is great to serve with Tuscan Kale which is softer and can be steamed or stirfried.
3 eggs, lightly beaten
50gm parmesan, finely grated
1 tsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
150gms pancetta or bacon, chopped
Herbs of choice: parsley, chives, oregano take handful, chop finely
In a bowl combine the eggs and parmesan cheese seasoning with salt and pepper. In a fry pan add the olive oil adding the meat then when crisp add the garlic. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly then stir in the egg mixture. Add the herbs and serve with stir-fried or steamed sliced Tuscan Kale
Our Peats Ridge strawberry growers, John and Marika Vella, have lost nearly their whole wintercrop to frost. (Some of you will have seen some berries with black spots on them). Actually, it was the combination of frost and wet from which they didn’t recover. The loss represents some 6 weeks of picking and was a big blow to the family who have 4 young kids.
When we found out about it, we were determined to help them out. And we soon hit upon the idea of turning the strawberries into jam – inspired by the many varieties of jam cooked up by the Armenian residents of the Ivanhoe public housing estate who receive most of our donated fresh produce. Jam Maker-in-Chief Araxi sees it as an opportunity to give something back and has volunteered her services over the coming month.
Access to the commercial kitchens of Macquarie Uni, some student volunteers, discounted jam jars from Plasdene and donated sugar by Harkola means that we keep the cost to a minimum – and so close to 100% of the sales is going back to John and Marika.
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