Fowlers Vacola

14 Jun 19
Nettles and Decaf

Just before Mother’s Day there was a wonderful outpouring of appreciation for mothers after some comments from Bill Shorten about his mother. I cried when I read Richard Glover’s collation of tweets, posts and calls as many, many people remembered “their hero”. On Friday my mother died in Bathurst and we will miss her. Mum […]

09 Jun 19

Yesterday was the designated day for the annual juicing and cider making. Thanks so much to friends and family who came along to help. It was no mean feat chopping and pressing all those apples in the chill of the open shed door. Lucky me got to stay in the kitchen to prepare food to […]

21 May 19

It may not be pretty, but hopefully tasty. Time to clean out the freezer of last summer’s berries, currants, jostaberries and cherries. This is a combined fruit concentrate, which will be used later to make a larger batch of cordial syrup, and also as a concentrate for Robert’s fruit beers. Tomorrow this syrup (much lower […]

06 May 19

This is a sort of accounting for some produce usage for 2017. By the end of 2017, I had decided to be more thorough with my record keeping. Here is a mostly insubstantial reckoning of what had been an otherwise productive year. What gets detailed here really does not capture the physical work that went […]

11 Mar 19

More bottling . The peaches and zucchinis all did their thing so well we had to spend some time preserving so we have some for later. Made Zucchini bread and butter pickles and more bottled peaches. Now we have a well stocked pantry. Very satisfying to know I can make my own and reduce my […]

02 Oct 18
Port Fairy Journals & Food

  Boofy, George Young & Monty “Dad, next time you go to George Young’s place, can I come with you?” Dad looked at me with that look that said, what’s he on about now… but in the end, he was used to me and my crazy requests, Dad had heard so many over the years […]

09 Jun 18

Autumn and the arrival of the first bowl of risotto di funghi.

15 May 18

Update on the cider making – after the proceedings were interrupted by power failure on Friday, an extra day was needed to finish the juicing. With the flood damage minimal to the cooking school this time round, we were able to go ahead on Saturday morning. Friends and family arrived early and by day’s end […]

26 Apr 18
Wide Open Mind, Road & Throttle

Inspired by my Fat Pig Farm visit and having been given a bagful of apples from a friend, I was keen to try out the cinnamon apple recipe I learnt in the cooking class a couple of weeks back. It’s a very simple recipe and didn’t take very long at all, besides all the peeling of […]

18 Apr 18
Wide Open Mind, Road & Throttle

After many months of waiting, having purchased a ticket back in January, the day to visit Fat Pig Farm had finally arrived. On Saturday I drove an hour South of Hobart to Glaziers Bay to undertake a cooking class and boy was I excited! Upon arrival at the farm, I was greeted by Sadie and […]

12 Apr 18
R L Smith

Preserved quince recipe