March 25, 2014

If you haven’t tasted some of Julie’s cooking from Julie’s Kitchen – Made With Love then do your tastebuds a favour and drop in and pick something up the next Sunday you’re at the Windsor Markets. We caught up with our resident gourmet guru Julie for her top foodie tips for autumn.

1. Get zesty in Autumn

Autumn is a great time for citrus – think lemon butter, lime marmalade and mandarin jam. I usually pick the most amazing limes from my friend’s property in Maraylya, and if he sells I’ll have to strike a trade agreement with the new owners. My own garden provides an abundance of oranges and lemons, as well as organic herbs, chillies and pumpkins.

2. Beetroot is back from the brink

I’m chasing the last of the beetroot right now – it tastes great and is so good for you, and my    Beetroot Relish is a top seller at the markets with good reason. Luckily, we have a great growing climate here in the Hawkesbury, so summer plants have a long season.

3. Go local for farm-gate freshness

For curly kale, eggplants and capsicums, I’ve been popping around the corner to a local grower with a self-serve stall on the corner of Saunders Rd and Old Pitt Town Rd. I’ve also bought beautiful organic produce from Nashdale Fruit Company – they sell direct to the public from the Sunday  markets at Windsor Mall.

4. Freshly caught fish for Easter feasts

We can always rely on my husband, Brian, to catch our Easter Sunday lunch in the Hawkesbury River. He has been Pitt Town Fishing Club Champion many times and Jew Fish Mornay is a family favourite.

5. Healthy tips with curly kale

This great superfood is not just for green smoothies – you can turn it into chips! Just tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces, spread on a tray lined with baking paper, spray with oil, and sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 120°C or until crispy.

Like always, Julie is full of foodie wisdom. You’ll find Julie at the Windsor Mall Market on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of each month. Look out for her popular Indian Lime Chutney, and her new Ploughman’s Pickle and Lemon and Parsley sauce.

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