And the Living is Easy

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And the Living is Easy

9th January 2020

Hi there

I believe summer is going to make an appearance  this weekend, not before time, and we will all bask in the warmth of the sun and remember why we love living here!!

It was so cool to cruise down to the beautiful Catlins a while back and visit with Debs and Toby, vendors of Catlins Kitchen and True Brew. Debs cooked us a delicious lunch (she is the most amazing cook!) and we got to wonder around their piece of paradise.

Debs and Toby live in a remote part of the beautiful Catlins. They bring the flavour of the Catlins to the market with everything they produce.

The Catlins Kitchen is Deb’s baby. She makes everything from scratch using produce from her garden, foraged treats from the natural larder surrounding her and other Otago produce from the farmers market where possible.

Debs uses traditional techniques to create delicious, healthy, natural flavours in her modern take on chips and dips. Her ethos is about the sharing of food with family and friends on the deck, at the crib, at the market as customers walk around or even in front of the telly enjoying relaxing.

These guys want to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. That means they use no chemical sprays or treatments in the garden. Water comes from the sky and local sheep poo, sea weed tea and homemade rhubarb leaf pest repellent are all that they use to feed and maintain health in the garden.

Debs also extends this ethos to include the most sustainable, bio-degradable packaging that she can find. She is also super happy for people to bring their own clean vessels to fill.

Every week Debs makes, totally from scratch, all the delicious array of chips and dips you see. She makes a wide range of root vegetable chips and a selection of amazing dips, ranging from a pate that is to die for, to salsa in season and a taramasalata that makes the taste buds trill. She also does a very moreish range of crackers and pastry straws.

Catlins True Brew is Toby’s domain. This is the first true eco brewery in the country. It is completely sustainable and environmentally friendly. All Toby’s brews celebrate Mother Nature using the traditional brewing cycle with absolutely no commercial shortcuts or artificial additives. Filtered rainwater, recycled bread from local bakers, hops from Nelson and fruit from the garden or foraged in season are all that goes into this beer.

Toby has vast experience brewing and selling beer, both in the Coromandel and Oamaru but also from his home land in the UK.

His beers are all vegan as he doesn’t use finings made from fish bones or gelatine to clear the beer which is often standard practise to speed up the brewing process. He lets the beer do its thing adding a small amount of seaweed to the boil.

The beers are all unfiltered, unpasteurised and naturally conditioned and carbonated with no added artificial CO2 ensuring that the natural flavours shine through. Toby has reduced the amount of water needed to brew by about half using innovative and traditional methods.

He is very keen on installing solar technology so his eco beer can be made completely off the grid. Their flip-top bottles can be returned and refunded meaning they can recycle and reuse them.

Debs and Toby are living the dream in their idyllic Catlins, country cottage. They have an eco-retreat, available to rent, fashioned from a container secluded and separate, amongst the veggie gardens for those who would like to get away from it all. Guests can get a true taste of the Catlins, as they do two course dinners, using goodies from the garden and the finest local produce. Brewery tours are also available.

They both adore the market and the vibrant Dunedin scene. They are a one stop shop at the market for dips and chips and beer. Happy hour sorted!

See you Saturday Peeps!

Best

Kate

General Manager

 

 

This Week in the kitchen

The market kitchen is back in business with Jamalia making the most of the gorgeous seasonal produce to whip up some preserves, always handy to add sparkle to platters and sandwiches alike, and other delectable goodies!

Nectarine Raspberry Crumble

Produce from Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard

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Cherry Chutney

Produce from Earnscleugh Orchard Wairuna Organics

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Bread and Butter Cucumbers

Produce from Wairuna Organics

View Recipe
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Garlic Roasted Pumpkin with Basil Pesto and Cashews

Produce from Te Mahanga Orchard Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics Wairuna Organics

View Recipe
 

Ettrick Gardens

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FRESH IN SEASON NOW!!!!

 

RASPBERRIES, BOYSENBERRIES & BLUEBERRIES

 

NEW POTATOES, BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER

BROAD BEANS, LARGE LETTUCE, RADISH,

SPRING CARROTS, COURGETTES

SPRING CABBAGE & KALE 

Crunchy Royal Gala, Granny Smith &  Pink Lady Apples

Ettrick Gardens

on your right at the main gate, or

Rapid 5104,  

State Highway 8, Ettrick.

Central Otago.  03 446 6863

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Maries

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Special this week :

Fermented Vegetables (sampling available)

*Raw Sauerkraut

*Kimchi (mild and medium)

*Asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, broccoflower, pumpkin, radish, dill & ginger

* Daikon radish, cabbage, beetroot, capsicum & coriander

*Cabbage, jerusaleum artichoke, turmeric & curry spices (mild)

 Organic Chick pea & black sesame TEMPEH

This product is traditional from Indonesia and is originally made of fermented soy beans.

Mine will be made with all sorts of beans, grains and seed,

 Low sugar jam (more fruit and less sugar, sweet enough but not too sweet; These jam are so yummy!)

Cherry, Rhubarb & Nectarine, Peach, Plum

 Find me on the platform, you are welcome to have some sampling.

All my product are packed with recycling jars, please bring it back, THANK YOU.

 

 

La Crepe

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JAM OF THE DAY: NECTARINE AND RASPBERRY $6

THE CREATION: LEMON CURD OR PASSION FRUIT WITH LOW SUGAR HAZELNUT MERINGUE AND WHIPPED CREAM $8

 STRAWBERRY DREAM:

Strawberry jam
Fresh market strawberries

with Homemade custard $11
Or with whipped cream $10.50

 SAVOURY CREPE$10.50

With Cheese or Hummus

And with Salad & Dressing OR Egg 

ROASTED YAM AND MUSHROOM IN FRESH TOMATO SAUCE CHILLI OPTION (VEGAN)

OR

BRAISED LAMB, BLACK EYE BEANS, VEGIES AND HERBS

 

Dunford Grove

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An olive tree is a wonder of nature, it turns sunshine into oil.  We flowered in late December, check out the little baby olives, now we just need the sun.  So, here's hoping summer decides to stop hiding!

 Did you know?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the safest, most stable oil to cook with.

Tests reveal, that after heating, EVOO contained only trace levels of trans fats, retained a high level of antioxidants and had a better fatty acid profile compared with all other cooking oils tested!

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