The Garden Shed and Pantry Newsletter, July 2013

 Next Cygnet Market,
this Sunday, April 16th 
Yes, Easter Sunday

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Steve Solomon Book
Steve has written a book for people new to growing food and / or new to Tasmania. It is called "Tasmanian Food Gardening: for beginners and new arrivals" Check it out at The Garden Shed and Pantry. $22

Rolled oats.... and more
Did you know you can have rolled anything? Four Leaf roll rye grains, spelt grains, rice grains and barley grains as well as oat grains. I sell them all. I especially like to soak a mixture of them overnight then cook in the morning. You really can't beat whole, rolled grains (soaked and then cooked) for nutrition and taste. It is way better than always having oats!

May Sourdough Workshop 
It only takes a moment to sign up for my May sourdough workshop and you will never regret it! I don't go in for fussing about with food but everything I eat has to be fabulously delicious, the very best quality and the most healthy. Can you say that about the bread you eat? If not, then come to my workshop and learn to make easy, foolproof, nutritious, delicious sourdough and cultured butter with me, in my kitchen. Read about my sourdough workshops here.

Dates and bookings here.

Gumboot Gardeners and Our Inaugural Pumpkin Festival
Thanks to all those who came out in the drizzle last Sunday and visited our Pumpkin Festival Stall, where we had pumpkin soup and pumpkin scones for $2 each, raising money to help send a young man in Kenya to The International Permaculture Convergence in India later this year. We raised $300 and it has been donated to Yongo. He asked me to tell you how much it means to him to have people on the other side of the world trying to help him. If you can donate a little more to help him reach his $3000, then please do so by following this link and reading his story.

Hugh's Last Market :-( 
Hugh is now part of Room for a Pony, in Elizabeth Street, Hobart, where he is bringing to Hobart many of the goodies you have come to love from him in Cygnet! His time at the Cygnet Market will soon end so come along and indulge at this Cygnet Market where he will have his fantastic breads, cakes and pastries  FOR THE LAST TIME!!!!

Gotta love that boy of mine who is the hardest and most efficient worker I have ever known!

Popping Corn, Lentils, Peas and more!
You will love my expanding range of AUSTRALIAN PULSES etc. I now have black beluga beans and white pearl peas, as well as red and green (Puy style) lentils. As well as Four Leaf regular, organic, Australian mung beans I also have some seconds of their split mung; seconds because some of them did not split properly as they are just trialling the process. I have Four Leaf split yellow peas, for a hearty soup. I also have fava, borlotti and azuki beans. See below for recipes and ideas.

Four Leaf, organic, Australian popping corn is now back in stock.

All these are so cheap and so good for you!

Square eftpos
The Garden Shed and Pantry now has credit card, debit card, chip and contactless payment facilities! Square is a simple and cheap system suited to every form of transaction. It may be cheap but it is not free, so I would still prefer cash but no longer will there be any inconvenience if you do not have enough cash with you! 

Home shop open times are on the photo at the top of the newsletter.
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Gumboot Gardeners and our Inaugural
Pumpkin Festival
Here we are, the 6 Gumboot Gardeners
We want to share the joys and benefits of forming a group of 6 gardeners who work once a week in each other's gardens. Not only are hard or tedious jobs done with fun, laughter and chatter but bonds are formed and friendships made. Our group consists of some experienced gardeners and some totally new to it, which we have found is an excellent equation for success. Both of the new gardeners have, at various times, called their experiences life-changing.

By starting up a pumpkin festival to celebrate the abundance found in back yards and in our area, schools, families and pumpkin growing aficionados will sow many pumpkin seeds later in the year and that at next year's pumpkin festival we can have competitions for beauty, size and creativity.... and maybe there will be more gardening groups such as ours, to share the fun!
Australian lentils, peas and beans.
GF and cheap!
Bean and mushroom patties
Many Australians have not got into lentils, peas and beans but I am not sure why as they are cheap, easy, filling, incredibly nutritious and versatile. I think they are fabulous sprouted too and you will find my $5 bags of them at the market, for you to sprout in one of my sprouters. Once sprouted, they are a powerhouse of enzymes and nutrients, which is what happens when something goes from dormant to bursting into life. Of course you can grow your own, like these fresh borlotti beans in my garden!

I keep banging on about beans and peas etc and slowly people are buying more and more. Australia grows a huge variety, most of which are exported. Did you know we even export chickpeas to the Middle East, where they come from! What is the world coming to?

I recently made this recipe using black beluga beans and it was fabulous. Mind you, I did alter it to use seasonal vegetables and my home made stock. Then there is one of my favourites, azuki bean and mushroom patties. For simplicity and sheer magic, you cannot beat my mung bean patties. In fact, you might as well go and look at the  recipe blog I made for myself and some of my gardening friends in Adelaide, which some of us are adding to now too..... Gardeners Gastronomy.... and this page which has heaps more, great bean recipes. Use different beans to the one in the recipe if you like. 

You will find all of them in my home shop and at the Cygnet market.
Golden Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil is easily added to your diet because it is absolutely delicious! I use it on my salads and also on sauerkraut or even pasta. It is not hard to use and is very convenient. It must be kept in the fridge.

If, like me, you are not happy with fish oil, for any of the reasons described below, then Tasmanian grown flaxseed oil is the answer for Omega-3's and other benefits. Flaxseeds is another name for linseeds. If you suffer with digestive disorders, flaxseed oil is wonderful as it calms inflamed intestines. There are many other claims about its health properties which you can explore.
  • Have you ever thought about where fish oil comes from? It is processed from large, fatty fish, high up in the food chain, which also means they are high in accumulated toxins, such as pollutants, mercury and other chemicals! 
  • If you think about the plight of fish in the oceans today, you would not be taking fish or krill oil, for the sake of our oceans and ecosystems. It is a truly shocking thing to do.
  • Maybe you are vegetarian and looking for an alternative.
  • Gram for gram fish has at most 1g of fish oil / 85g fish. There are many better ways to get omega-3's, the best of which is flax seeds, grown here in Tasmania.
Grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 3oz (85g) serving of common non-fish foods.[23]
Name grams
flaxseeds 19.55
chia seeds 14.8
hemp seeds 7.4
walnut 1.7
Soybean 1.1
butter 0.27
Eggs, large regular 0.109[25]
Lean red meat 0.031
Turkey 0.030
Cereals, rice, pasta, etc. 0.00
Fruit 0.00
Milk regular 0.00
Regular bread 0.00
Vegetables 0.00

Some people (like me) incorporate flax seeds into their diet, by soaking them with their bircher muesli, adding them to cakes and breads or grinding them fresh and sprinkling on ..... almost anything. They need to be either ground or soaked for our bodies to make use of them. Otherwise they just go straight through and you absorb none of the goodness at all. You should NEVER buy LSA (linseed, sunflower. almond meal) off the shelf because, once ground, linseeds (flaxseeds) must be kept in the fridge or they go rancid within a few days. Always grind your own in a coffee or spice grinder.

I sell both the oil and the whole seeds. Do ask for the oil, as I store it in the fridge or in my esky at the market.
Sourdough Gift Kit

$65 including postage

Every week I have orders from all over Australia for my sourdough kits.

If you need to send someone a present, do consider having me send them a kit. You can add your own card and I will make sure the kit arrives on time (Australia Post offer overnight delivery to most places in Australia, even from Cygnet!)

The recipient can contact me any time with questions as I like to make sure everyone succeeds.

Ordering is by email and payment is by bank transfer.
Very popular Easy Sprouters. $20
Seeds to sprout $5
Seeds I love to sprout:

red lentils
green lentils
pearl peas
mung beans

Imported seeds will not sprout as they have been irradiated and are dead. I sell only Australian seeds, mostly organic and I guarantee they will sprout.
My philosophy

I aim to provide you with organic, Australian wholefoods and ingredients for your health and the health of our country. 

As far as grains are concerned, I stock only organic, Australian-grown, Australian-milled grains of the highest quality. I deal direct with the farmers and millers, not a distributor. This is why I can get grains milled to order. When they are freshly milled, they are at their peak, nutritionally. I know of no other shop or person who can say this about their products, anywhere in Tasmania!

Many people ask me about Laucke and Kialla. Yes they are Australian companies but their grains come from all over the world. To me, this is not good enough; I am Australian and I want to buy from Australian farmers and millers. Think of all the food miles, lost revenue for our farmers and our country and the lack of accountability when it comes to food safety.

Everything that comes into Australia is heavily sprayed to stop insects and diseases entering Australia. Buy Australian grown and know what you are eating!
Weck Fermenting Jars
Made in Germany.... I know that means a much bigger footprint than I would like to make but I cannot find anything as good made in Australia, except of course the beautiful crocks made in Glen Huon by Zsolt at Studio Zona (please contact them direct for queries).

I am stocking the Weck 1.5 litre and 2.5 litre fermenting jars as I prefer to make smaller batches, more often, rather than one big batch. That way I can pick and process any vegetables I have, direct from my garden, straight away. This means I have a seasonal "story" happening all year round.

The 1.5 litre is $35, the 2.5 litre is $40, including the airlock. Weights are $3 each.
Tassie T and my visit to
Aliens Rivulet.
I love the sign for Allens Rivulet where someone has carefully rubbed out a bit of the second "l" so it reads Aliens Rivulet :-)

This is the home of Australia's southern most tea plantation, developed by Gordon and Jane Brown.

Gordon has spent a lifetime working on research into crop harvests, including the viability of growing tea in Tasmania. He and Jane seem to have quite a passion for tea growing areas of Japan.

Gordon has invented ways of processing the leaves using everyday equipment and his passion for re-making tools and creating new machinery oozes from his pores!

Almost every watt of power is created at the farm, with solar panels and wind devices used to pump water for irrigation and run the driers. They have a dam and springs which supply all the water too. This must be the most energy efficient tea plantation on earth!

Moreover, no chemicals are used for pests, diseases etc as they wait for predatory insects such as ladybirds to take control of aphids etc. They do use an agricultural fertiliser in small quantities.

However, because the soil is perfect for tea, no pH adjustment is required, unlike with many other tea growing areas. (This was the first question my mother asked as she has read about the residues of allum which end up in the tea leaves and hence as aluminium in our bodies. I never cease to be amazed by my 94 year old mother's research!!)
Mini Ho Mi
The Korean ho mi that I sell is so popular I have decided to also stock its little sister. a very useful tool for tight places as well as being useful for smaller hands.

I also keep the Australian mid-sized ho mi and the English left-handed razor hoe. Oh my goodness, you will never need to shop elsewhere for garden hand tools again!

All are between $25 and $29.
Cardamon & Sea Salt Ganache Tart, GF and vegan
What a poncy name but a truly, deeply satisfying, incredibly delicious and yet remarkably simple tart. Thanks to Sally Port for making for our Gumboot Gardening last week. Sally found the recipe here and I have used their photo too.
** refers to ingredients available at The Garden Shed and Pantry
  • 270 ml coconut cream.
  • **2 tablespoons cardamom pods, lightly crushed with a flat blade until the outer husks crack.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • 100 g (85-90% cocoa) chocolate, chopped.
  • **pinch of sea salt, plus coarse sea salt, to garnish.
  • berries, edible petals, activated buckwheat, to garnish.
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil.
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup.
  • 2 cups shredded coconut.
  • **1 tablespoon raw cacao powder.
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC

2. To make the crust, melt the coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the shredded coconut and cacao powder and mix well. Press the mixture into the base and up the side of a tart tin - no need to grease it - so that the mixture is approximately 5 mm thick all over. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool and firm up. 

3. Meanwhile, heat the coconut cream, cardamom pods and vanilla in a saucepan to a simmer, then turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Allow to steep for at least 10 minutes. 

4. Strain the coconut cream mixture into a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup in the pan for emergency use later, if needed. Discard the cardamom pods (or save to spice up chai tea). Add the chocolate and salt to the bowl, whisking it through until silky and melted. If the fats separate and your ganache develops a chocolatey cottage-cheese appearance, just add the reserved coconut cream, whisking swiftly to bring it all back together. 

5. Once silky, pour into the tart shell and refrigerate until the ganache sets (at least 2 hours). Garnish with a pinch of coarse sea salt and berries, petals and activated buckwheat, if desired.
Seasons and Climate Chaos in a Wholefoods Shop?
Everyone knows that tomatoes are a summer thing and cauliflower is a winter thing but most people are not familiar with the seasons for wheat or almonds or lentils or dried apricots. You may drive through the countryside in winter and see beautiful green paddocks then you may drive the same roads in early summer and see the harvesters working in paddocks of crisp brown and still not put two and two together to understand what this means for your pantry. 

Most of the products in my little shop are produced by plants that grow on organic Australian farms. They all have seasons and, since I will only stock fresh ingredients I thought it a good idea to introduce you, my customers, to the seasons I try to manage, the farmers I buy from and some of the multitude of problems they faced in 2016, during a year of very chaotic weather. Climate change is relevant to us all.

You can read the whole article here, on my Garden Shed and Pantry website.

Most devastating to all of us was probably the incredible weather that hit Richard and the whole Willunga almond growing area south of Adelaide, wiping out every almond crop. Then there was a crazy November hailstorm at the farm of the dried apricot grower, which has never happened before, damaging 90% of her apricots. Pat and Lina had a bad year for olives and I am now out of their precious olive oil for a couple of months but luckily the floods that came close to decimating their land stopped within centimetres of the top of the levvy.

For a variety of reasons, from bushfires, droughts, floods, hail and ferocious, unseasonal wind Four Leaf products dropped like flies from their list. I did my best to manage but I know I let down some of you.

I have written about it all, season by season, on my website and I truly hope some of you will read it. AND that when you see products on the supermarket shelves, you will know that they are not fresh, not Australian nor what I call organic and you will understand a little of the seasons of wholefoods and the problems climate change is causing us all, more and more often.

The best yoghurt culture you can buy!

The Simple, Natural, Healthy Yoghurt Story

I sell the simplest of all probiotic yoghurt cultures, with no additives. It is foolproof and the cost of turning 1 litre of milk into yoghurt is 15c. Compare that to any commercial yoghurt!

$15.  Use within 1 year. 
Makes 100 litres.
Milk kefir grains also available $5

As with most things that go into your body it is best to choose the most natural available

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