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What's Fresh this week 09/05/16-15/05/16 09-May-2016

We’ve been blessed with a pretty warm Autumn so far, but cooler days are on their way. If you haven’t already, make sure you pick up your quinces to make you annual quince paste, pickle some quinces, enjoy some quince, hazelnut and oat crumble, or enjoy some honey roasted quinces.

For dessert yesterday, we enjoyed a beautiful fruit platter with some gold kiwi fruit, papaya and figs and they were all a big hit but the stand out was probably the custard apples. Ripe custard apples have pale green skin and yield to gentle pressure. Ripen darker green fruit at room temperature. Once ripe, store in the fridge and eat within two days.

We also enjoyed some apple and rhubarb crumble, courtesy of our Nan. When purchasing rhubarb, look for glossy, crisp, bright red stiff stalks. Store them uncut in a plastic bag in the fridge. When you prepare them, remove all the leaves, the woody base and Nan’s tip, peel all the ‘strings’ off them, and your rhubarb recipe will turn out tops.

Right now, our Australian Citrus growers are having a tough time. They have produced some outstanding Imperial Mandarins, but not enough people are purchasing them. Currently, they’re at their best, so now really is the time to fill up your fruit bowl with these yummy delights. They’re priced to clear so please, add them to your shopping list to help our farmers. You’ll be helping to ensure the sustainability of our farming industry while enjoying a healthy, tasty treat. That’s what I call win/win.

What's Fresh this week 26/04/16-01/05/16 26-Apr-2016

Beetroot is a highly underrated vegetable, in my opinion. I love it! In salads, made into beetroot relish, on my burgers, added to a nice slaw with carrot and fennel. If you like your beetroot a little on the sweeter side, buy some baby beets. Beetroot is high in fibre and folate, and the bright purple colour is from antioxidants called betacyanins that may help prevent high blood pressure and protect blood vessels, so it’s useful and tasty. Next time you walk past it in the aisle, pop some in your basket, you’ll be rewarded with a sensational product and your taste buds will thank you.

Onions are another vegetable that are underrated. Often used, but not highly regarded. I must admit, I often opt for leeks or spring onions over the standard brown variety, but that doesn't mean they don’t deserve some attention of their own. They are beautiful when cooked in balsamic vinegar with capsicum - add this mix to your sausage sandwich with a little dijonaise and some melted cheese for a classy upgrade to a standard, simple meal. A simple way to caramelise onions involves peeling and slicing up onions to half fill a slow cooker, add a little salt and melted butter or olive oil, toss to coat and then cook on low for 10 hours. Add it to your burgers, use it as a relish, place it on your steak, and enjoy the versatility of caramelised onions, knowing how simple and easy they were to prepare.

As far as fruit is concerned, you can have your pick! New season apples, pears, mandarins. Grapes, rockmelons, pomegranates and persimmons. Banana’s, passionfruit and blueberries. They’re all in good supply and reasonably priced. Take your pick and enjoy how easy it is to get your 2&5 each day.

What's Fresh this week 18/04/16-24/04/16 18-Apr-2016

Welcome to week two of school holidays. The traffic is light and the kids are loud! School holidays present a great opportunity to get the kids in the kitchen, make a mess and cook some scrumptious food. Click here for a selection of easy, kid friendly recipes using eggs.

Persimmons are available at the moment. They’re delicious wrapped in prosciutto, added to a cheese platter or fruit salad, or added to your breakfast. Don’t be put off by any surface blemishes on a persimmon. They don’t affect the flavour or eating quality. When you get home, keep persimmons in the fridge for up to five days and eat fresh.

Imperial Mandarins are in full swing now! If you want to cook with them, they pair well with fish and chicken, otherwise, they’re the perfect, portable snack. They’re easy to peel, they have few seeds and best of all, they taste delicious!

In the last few years, pomegranates have become the poster food for healthy eating. They certainly are full of vitamins, as well as being beautiful and delicious. Look for fruit with bright and shiny, smooth skin, that are heavy for their size and free of blemishes. Unopened, they’ll last for up to two months, if stored in the fridge.

Trim's Fresh Shellharbour OPENS 14-Apr-2016

A new Trim's Fresh has opened!


Trim's Fresh has opened at Stocklands Shellharbour.

Ground Level,
211 Lake Entrance Road
Shellharbour, NSW

02 4295 6169