Local cuisine can be found at many farm gates, markets, cellar doors or the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre.
Why not take a few local goodies home and be creative in your kitchen?
Here are a few recipes, sourced from our local producers, to help get you started....
For Creamy sauce
Cook the Pangkarra pasta according to the packet directions until al dente. Heat the butter in a large frying pan or wok; add the garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add olive oil and then the chopped mushrooms and cook over medium heat until mushrooms have softened and golden.
Add more butter and/or olive oil if mushrooms look dry.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and truffle salt (optional). Add parsley.
Drain the pasta, add to the mushrooms and toss.
For a rich creamer dish, finish cooking the mushrooms with white wine and cream and toss through the pasta.
Please note: as an optional extra, the addition of some exotic mushrooms will create interest and exotic flavours.
Heat the oil in a stock pot over medium heat.
Add bacon, carrot, celery, onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft.
Stir in the beef, tomato, wine, bay leaves and rosemary.
Season according to taste.
Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally for 2 hours or until the beef is tender.
Cook pasta according to packet directions, drain well.
Combine the ragout with pasta.
Serve with shredded parmesan.
Capers, 1 ounce
Cold butter, 1 ounce
Double cream, 300 ml
Dry white wine, 300 ml
Chopped onion, 1
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pour white wine into a saucepan with onion and bring it to boil. Simmer until reduced by half. Add cream, seasoning and simmer again, until reduced by half. Pass through a fine sieve and add capers to the sauce. Simmer again for 5 minutes and add cold butter to it. Serve hot with your choice of meat.
Caper, 1 tbsp
Butter, 4 tbsp
Lemon juice, 1½ tsp
Chopped parsley, 1 tsp
Pepper to taste
Melt butter in a pan and add capers, lemon juice, parsley and pepper. Heat until sizzling hot and pour over steamed or baked fish.
*25g dried Porcini Mushrooms soaked in warm water, 125g button mushrooms
* 2Tbs Olive Oil, 3Tbs unsalted butter
*1 large shallot, thinly sliced, 1 clove garlic crushed,1-1/2tsp fresh rosemary
*3 or 4 chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
*salt and pepper to taste
*1/2cup dry white wine, splash of sherry vinegar
*2Tbs Nelshaby Capers
*250g Pasta shells
*Any grated cheese that you like (Try Romano)
Strain Porcini, dry and chop finely, reserve liquid. Strain liquid through coffee filter paper. In a large skillet heat Olive oil and 2 Tbs butter, and add fresh mushrooms and cook until lightly browned, add shallot, garlic, rosemary and Porcini. Cook until shallots are soft, add chicken and salt and pepper to tase, and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add white wine, and reserved liquid and bring to a boil, simmer until chicken is cooked. When Chicken is cooked, drain Pasta and add to skillet, add vinegar and Capers, allow Pasta to soak up juices.
Stir in remaining butter and seaon to taste, add cheese as you prefer.
1x 375g Pangkarra Wholegrain Lasagne
500g eggplant, cut sideways into 5mm-slices
olive oil spray
300g cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 garlic glove
100g baby spinach leaves
125g light sour cream
1x 700g tomato paste
250g chargrilled capsicum
500g low-fat ricotta, crumbled
½ cup chopped fresh basil
80g (1/3 cup) sun-dried tomato pesto
100g (1 cup) of coarsely grated light mozzarella
Heat the oven to 165 degrees. Spray the eggplant with oil. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook one-third of the eggplant for 1-2 minutes each side or until tender and golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with remaining eggplant.
Spray the pan with oil. Cook the mushroom and garlic over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until soft. Add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes or until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream. Season with salt and pepper.
Spray a 3L (12-cup) capacity baking dish with oil. Spread 125ml (1/2 cup) of the tomato paste over the base. Top with lasagne sheets, overlapping slightly. Top with half the mushroom mixture, half the eggplant, half the capsicum, half the ricotta and half the basil. Top with more lasagne sheets and 160ml (2/3 cup) of the remaining tomato sauce. Continue layering with the remaining eggplant, capsicum, ricotta, basil and lasagne sheets.
Spread pesto over the top and pour over the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
8 x Rohde's Free Range Eggs, hard boiled, shelled and set aside
2 tbsp canola
1onion peeled and diced
4 tbsp Indian butter chicken or korma curry paste
4 tbsp tomato paste
4 tbsp light coconut cream
1 can chickpeas, drained and washed
150g baby spinach, washed and well drained
4 tbsp natural yoghurt
1/2 bunch chopped coriander
Place a saucepan over medium heat and add oil and onion. Fry gently without colour.
Add curry and tomato pastes, fry gently for a minute then add water and coconut. Bring to a simmer.
Add chickpeas and spinach.
When spinach is wilted, add eggs
Serve in a bowl and top with yoghurt and coriander.
Indian Naan bread and steamed rice are great as a side dish
8 Rohde's Free Range Eggs
1 small red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped
6 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of peanut oil
100g button mushrooms, sliced
80g snow pea sprouts, trimmed
1 tablespoon soy sauce
11/3 cups steamed jasmine rice to serve.
1. Break 4 eggs into a bowl. Add half the chilli and half the spring onions. Whisk with a fork.
2. Heat a wok over medium heat. Add half the oil. Swirl to coat. Pour in the egg mixture. Swirl to cover base and run 1cm up the
side. Sprinkle half the mushrooms over egg mixture. Cook for 30 seconds or until base is set. Fold omelette in half. Tilt wok
to allow any uncooked egg to run to edge. Cook for 30 seconds. Turn omelette over and cook for 30 seconds or until golden
(omelette should still be moist inside). Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining eggs, chilli, spring
onions, oil and mushrooms.
3. Cut omelettes in half and place on plates. Top with snow pea sprouts. Drizzle with soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with rice.
6 x Rohde's free-range eggs
70 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, halved, thinly sliced
2 lemons, juiced
150g butter chopped
350g (1¼ cups) Greek-Style yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
½ bunch mint, leaves picked, small leaves reserved, large leaves roughly chopped
1. Preheat oven to 200º C. Place bread halves, cut-side up, on an oven tray. Drizzle with 2 tbs oil and season with salt and
Pepper. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden and toasted.
2. Meanwhile, heat remainig 1½ tbs oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over low-medium heat. Add onion and ½ tsp salt and cook,
stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until soft. Add 2 tsp lemon juice, stir to combine, then transfer to a bowl. Wipe clean and
3. Line a large tray or work surface with a sheet of baking paper. Heat 15g butter in reserved pan over low-medium heat. Crack in
eggs and fry for 2 minutes or until whites are set but yolks are still runny. Using a spatula, carefully transfer eggs to prepared tray.
Repeat twice more with butter and remaining eggs.
4. Place toasted bread halves on a large platter or chopping board, spoon 3 mounds of yoghurt at intervals along each piece, then
divide onions among mounds. Place eggs near each mound.
5. Return frying pan to medium heat. Add remainig 105g butter, garlic and cumin and cook, stirring for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add remaining lemon juice, season with salt, then cook for 1 minute or until sizzling.
6. Drizzle butter mixture over eggs, then scatter with chilli flakes and mint. Cut each bread half into thirds and serve immediately.
1 shoulder of lamb, square cut with the bone in
1 whole garlic bulb – cut in half to expose the cloves half on each side
A large bunch of fresh rosemary
Murray River salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
Evilo Estate Clare Valley Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 200oC+
Choose a high sided roasting dish or one with a lid, and lay lamb into it fat side up, and slash the fat side of the shoulder all over. Rub all over in oil, salt and pepper. Put part of the rosemary and garlic underneath, and the rest on top. Cover the roasting dish with tin foil or lid and put in to the oven, immediately turning the temp down to approx 170o C.
Cook the lamb for 4 hours. You can tell its done by putting a butter knife in gently and you can pull the meat apart easily. If its stringy or not falling apart, put it back in the oven with the lid/cover on for another 15 mins and check and do so until it falls apart.
When cooked, take the lamb shoulder out of the dish, and put on a resting board and cover with tin foil. Try not to have any cool air blowing on it – window open, fan, air con. You want to keep it warm. You can do this by putting a folded up old towel or tea towel over the top. Resting this type of meat should take at least 10 -20 minutes.
THE QUINTESSENTIAL PAN JUICES
500 ml Home made chicken stock (if you can’t be bothered making it, the Campbells isn’t too bad – but better when you make your own. Freeze the water left over next time you do a poached or boiled chicken)
1tbsp Plain Flour or corn flour mixed in a little water
2tbsp Capers – chopped (I love caperberries too but if they’re salted capers, you must rinse them first)
1 bunch Fresh Mint leaves (you can also add a little sage and parsley here too)
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (you can also use raspberry vinegar but use a bit less)
Chop your herbs finely and put to one side. Pour most (not all!!) of the fat away from the pan juices in the roasting tray. Make sure there’s no chunks of garlic or rosemary stalks etc in there. Put the tray on the stove, on high, and add the flour sprinkling it as best you can finely all over the dish into the juices and make a paste (i use a spatula or egg flip for this) once you’ve made a paste, and the pan is starting to get hot, gradually add the stock, half cup at a time stirring each time you add more until its well combined and has the same consistency over the whole pan. Use the spatula/egg flip to scrape the good bits off the bottom too – this is where the flavour comes from! Once you’ve put all the stock in, add the capers and turn down to cook the flour. Best to get it bubbling and work quickly by shaking and stirring the pan on the stove. We use an egg flip for this. Finely chop the mint and add it to the pan juices, also add your vinegar at this time, but only 1tbsp first, then taste it just in case it doesn’t need another tbsp. Immediately pour into a jug to serve and keep warm.
Serve with delicious steamed new potatoes tossed in parsley and butter (capers are good too) and a delicious array of summer salads – and don’t forget some crusty bread to mop up the juices!
Beware the webber – if you’re not used to slow cooking using a webber, don’t use it the first time with your shoulder as I’ve found that it can taste like heat beads or the wood you are using. Get the nack with something like a pork roast that can afford to be a little more well done than most meats. I find it easier just to use the oven and be in complete control!!
1/4 Cup of Roasted Carob Powder
2/3 Cup of Caster Sugar
4 Eggs (Free Range Eggs)
3/4 Cup of Cornflour
1 Teaspoon of Cream Tartar
1 Teaspoon of (heaped) Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon of Bi-carb
Icing sugar for dusting top
1 ½ Cup Whipped Cream
Strawberry Jam or any Jam of your preference
Place 3/4 cup of caster sugar and 4 eggs in a mixing bowl and beat well for 5-10 minutes.
In a separate bowl, sift all other ingredients 2-3 times then fold in gently with a spoon.
Place into a 20cm cake tin.
Cook in a preheated fan-forced oven (180 C/350 F) for 30-35 minutes.
Cut cake in half and spread jam and whipped cream in centre. Dust top with icing sugar.
Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Serves: 4-6 people
1/3 Black Sesame Seeds (lightly roasted)
2 ¼ Cups Rice Bubbles
1 Cup Cornflakes
1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut (lightly roasted)
2/3 Cup Cranberry
2/3 Cup Pepitas
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
½ Cup Almonds roughly chopped
½ Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Carob Syrup
1. Line a 30 x 20cm tin with baking paper.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium heatproof bowl.
3. Combine carob syrup and honey in a medium saucepan over moderately low heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally until syrup becomes thick. Add to rice puff mixture. Stir until well combined.
4. Spread mixture into prepared tin. Using the back of a large metal spoon, press down firmly and level top. Bake 160*C for 10 minutes. Leave in tin to cool, cut into bars.
2 Cup Self Raising Flour
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Coconut Shredded
1 Cup frozen Blueberries
1 Egg lightly beaten (Free Range Egg)
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 Cup Raw Carob Powder
2 Tablespoon Extra Coconut Shredded
Grease a 6 hole muffin pan. Sift flour into a bowl, stir in the brown sugar, blueberries, coconut, egg, buttermilk and oil. Stir quickly with a large metal spoon until just combined. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake in moderately hot oven about 25 minutes. Sprinkle extra coconut on top after cooking.
2/3 cup hulled millet
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup apple juice
7 medium apples; grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon arrowroot
¼ cup cranberries; halved
Preheat oven to 195°C.
Place pumpkin seeds in a single layer in a 23cm pie plate and bake until popped, about 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Coarsely grind the seeds.
Combine pumpkin seeds and millet in a clean bowl. Bring apple juice to the boil. Remove from heat and pour over millet mixture. Stir well to mix, pour into pie plate, pushing mixture up the sides of the plate.
In another bowl, combine apples, salt, cinnamon and arrowroot. Mix well and spoon this mixture over the millet crust, smooth with back of spoon. Top with cranberries, cover with foil and bake 45-60 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.
1 cup pearl barley
3 cups water
1¼ teaspoond salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup onion; finely chopped
¼ cup parsley; finely chopped
2 tomatoes; diced
1 small green or red capsicum; diced
½ cup feta cheese; crumbled
Place barley, water and 1 teaspoon of the salt in saucepan. Bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook 45 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.
Combine oil, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano and remaining salt and pour over hot cooked barley. Cool to room temperature.
Gently stir in onions, parsley, tomatoes, capsicum and cheese. Serve salad chilled or at room temperature on lettuce-lined plates. Garnish each serving with tomato wedges or a lemon slice.
This Greek inspired salad is filled with lively Mediterranean flavours and colours. Serve as a side dish for supper or as a light luncheon.
This is a simple rendition of what reminds me of my time in the US, when Pinwheels were introduced to me during apre ski time at “The Lionshead Bar” in Vail CO. I never could understand what meat cut they were until I cooked this for the first time, and realised that while I was still earning my poor humble snowboard instructor wage, this was the only lamb cut I could afford to eat in the glitz and glam of the Champagne Powder Mountain.
Serves 4-6 as large Entree or 4 as a Main
Preheat over to 165C.
Season the trimmed lamb belly with salt & pepper and your choice of herbs (I like rosemary & thyme and a little garlic/lemon rubbed on the meat too) If you want to be adventurous, you can add dried prunes, poached quinces or quince paste.
Tightly roll the belly and tie with string.
Place in a roasting tray, with no oil. It will baste itself! Slow cook for 1.5 hours.
While in the oven make the Red Wine Jus. Reduce to a third, half a bottle of red wine and the peeled and chopped shallots. Add 850ml of chicken or beef stock (not out of a packet, as it will make the jus taste purely evil – unless its really good quality Saskia Beer etc) and boil twice.
Prepare the potatoes and roast on high once the belly has been removed from the oven.
Once cooking has completed, cool the belly, and cut into medallions approximately 2.5cm thick.
Steam the green sugar snaps ready for serving.
Braise the medallions in the red wine jus in a different oven dish for 10 mins before serving.
Serve on warm plates
This recipe is from Garagistes in Hobart but a great way to use Lamb Ribs in the lead up to winter.
Serves 6 – 8 as a starter Cooking Time 3hrs 15 mins
Steam Lamb Ribs in batches in a large steamer over a saucepan of simmering water until tender (1.5hours) Cool, then refrigerate overnight. Cut ribs into portions & refrigerate until required.
Dry Roast Coriander Seeds in a frying pan (30sec) Transfer to a mortar and pestle with peppercorns and finely crush. Combine with the remaining ingredients, season to taste & set aside.
Heat a large char-grill pan over medium high heat. Char-grill Ribs in batches, turning occasionally, until browned and warmed through (5-6 mins)
Transfer to a large bowl, drizzle two thirds of the dressing over and toss to combine. Serve Lamb hot, drizzled with remaining dressing.
Over Christmas, we always find that there’s a half a jar of Cranberry Sauce left over that ends up being thrown out in about July because we eat so little turkey outside of Christmas day! Not to mention our fridge has a whole shelf dedicated to condiments! So we enjoy a rack of lamb with the cranberry left overs throughout the new year period to use it up and get rid of a jar!
Preheat oven to 220oC
Ensure the meat is room temperature when it goes into the oven (get out of the fridge about an hour before cooking)
Wrap the bones in foil to protect them from burning.
Using a big chef’s knife (or a mortar and pestle), crush the garlic with some salt flakes to make a paste and put it in a larger bowl. Add the cranberry sauce, chopped rosemary leaves and a dash of Verjuice and Olive oil to combine.
Using your hands, massage the paste over the lamb.
Place the racks in the roasting pan with the meaty area on top. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes. This should be enough time for the basting to have caramelised all over the lamb. You can test using a skewer and the thumb test. If the skewer is warm when it comes out, the lamb is cooked. The juices should be pink, not red.
Rest lamb in a warm place for approx 5 minutes while deglazing pan with some extra verjuice and olive oil.
Serve with roast Jap Pumpkin cut in sectors with the skin on and a delicious rocket salad.
Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut. Melt butter and syrup. Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter and syrup. Add to dry ingredients.
Place teaspoonsful onto greased tray. Cook in slow oven for 30 minutes
Saute onions, potatoes, celery, turnip, carrot and sweet potato until they begin to sweat. Add stock, bay leaf, garlic, ginger, soup mix and chilli. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Add bok choy and cumin, simmer for a further 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf and season with pepper and salt, if desired.
Chicken stock may be used instead of vegetable stock.