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Cherry and pistachio stuffed turkey with cherry relish

by December 2, 2020

My favourite Christmas recipe has got to be this one!

A crispy rolled turkey breast stuffed full of organic goodness with fresh cherries, pistachio’s and thyme plucked fresh from my garden; my mouth waters just thinking about it.

I rave about this dish and have been asked so many times to share my recipe, so here it is.

Make sure you have on hand:

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • ¼ cup of pipped and chopped cherries – you can use dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/3 cups (135g) of breadcrumbs – we use gluten free crumbs
  • 20g salted organic butter (or ghee)
  • Salt & pepper to season
  • 1.5kg turkey breast fillet (increase stuffing quantities if yours is bigger)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180OC. Grease a wire rack and place in a large roasting pan. Pour in enough hot water to cover the bottom of the pan.
  2. Mix the pistachios, cherries, thyme, breadcrumbs, butter, salt & pepper in a bowl mixing until the mixture crumbles.
  3. Fill the Turkey cavity with the stuffing mix, roll and truss.  You’ll need some kitchen string for this and some basic sewing skills, so it looks nice when done.
  4. Once trussed, place the turkey on the greased wire rack and place in oven.
  5. Roast for 45 minutes, or longer if your turkey breast was larger. Remove the turkey and cover with foil. Return to the oven and cook for another 45 minutes or until cooked through and juices run clear when pierced. Remove from oven and let stand before slicing.

Cherry Relish

Top off your stuffed turkey with some beautiful cherry relish. 

To make the cherry relish, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 eschalots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of port
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine
  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Black pepper
  • 350g fresh cherries, pitted

Method

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Cook eschalots, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until tender. Add port, red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Cook stirring for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add cherries and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer stirring occasionally for 20 – 25 minutes until cherries have softened and mixtures thickens. Transfer to a bowl.

Makes approximately 1 cup of relish. Serve warm or cold. Store covered  in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Hope you love it as much as we do! 

An eco-friendly waste-free Christmas

by November 30, 2020

wrapped gifts in eco-friendly wraps

Did you know that Christmas is one of the biggest waste events on our calendar?

Think about how much excess stuff is created for a single day in your home, then times that for a few hundred thousand other homes. Got it?  If the planet is important to you, we need to have sensible conversations about the waste we create at Christmas and change our behaviour.  The environmental impact of Christmas is not sustainable.

According to Australian Ethical, rubbish volumes rise by around 30% at Christmas. Most of the waste is made up of the packaging material used in gift giving – the wrapping paper, plastic and inner and outer and packaging that go with many gifts. Not to mention the Christmas decorations, the glitter that never breaks down and the copious amounts of tinsel that is really only sparkly plastic!

Even worse is the amount of Christmas food waste. I know that we all like to guzzle our way through our favourite drinks and eat our own weight in mince pies, turkey, prawns and all the other special Christmas trimmings, but we really need to think about this.  OzHarvest estimate Australia’s annual food waste bill is around $20 billion per year; that is 7.3 million tonnes or 298kg food per person. One third of this waste occurs in our own homes.

Go green with your decorating

  • Make a tree from sisal rope and sticks, driftwood or old collectables – it took about 20 minutes to make our instore trees
  • Make decorations the old-fashioned way – popcorn on a string, gingerbread men, salt dough stars, twig stars and dried fruit, herb and spice garlands – check out ours instore!
  • Use tea towels, fabric, or brown paper wrapping and reuse and recycle it
  • Tie gifts together with string or fabric or use a complementary container, no wrapping required


dried fruit garland

Conscious gift-giving

  • Send e-cards or emails instead of paper cards; if you need to send a paper card make it recyclable and include some seeds for planting
  • Gift experiences instead of  things
  • Minimise gift giving – we have a rule for all gifting occasions – you get something you want, something you need, something to share and something to read – simple!
  • Make personalised gingerbread and decorate with the name of the recipients 


Minimise food waste

  • Avoid individually wrapped Christmas food items – candy canes, chocolates etc and disposable food serving products
  • Free up some space in your freezer for post Christmas leftovers
  • Meal plan your Christmas lunch and be mindful of portion sizing – 200g of protein per person is a great measure, but it should be less if your lunch is served with other goodies
  • Let your guests serve themselves, buffet style so they can go back for seconds
  • Collect some post-Christmas leftover recipes and be ready to put them to use

Most of all, you’ll enjoy not having to stuff your rubbish bins, carry out copious bags of waste, or visit the tip after your Christmas celebrations. There is no ‘away’; all waste must go somewhere.

When you need to pack up, the amount of things that go into your compost or your ‘save for next year’ box will help you understand how well you did to be more waste free this Christmas.

Happy waste-free Christmas!

Roman Honey Cake

by July 26, 2020

Honey, that sweet golden nectar made by honeybees. Honey has been used by humans for thousands of years. Ancient Romans thought it was a magical substance and used it to treat wounds, to make wine and to eat. Back then the Romans knew to use raw unprocessed honey as this is where the medicinal benefits of honey shine through.

We have access to a local beekeeper who provides us with beautiful raw honey from bees who are local to our district. Its certified organic and raw and only filtered to remove any impurities.

Our favourite thing to do with honey is make Roman Honey Cake. Our recipe comes from the Sacred Cookbook published by The Sacred Science  group via their Facebook page.  We love to add sliced seasonal produce to the top of ours to tart it up a bit!

The Recipe

To make Roman Honey Cake you’ll need: 

1 1/2 cups organic Spelt flour

1/2 cup organic Olive Oil

3/4 cup raw organic Honey

1 tsp fresh Lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt 

3/4 cup plant based milk

1 egg

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C. Beat all liquid ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix dry ingredients separately in a medium mixing bowl. Add the liquid ingredients gradually to the dry ingredients and beat well. If you plan to top with some fruit, add them in thin slices to the top. Place into greased baking tin. Bake for 34 – 40 minutes.  

Serve with a drizzle of honey, a dollop of whipped cream or yoghurt. 

Enjoy!

Support your immune health this winter

by June 15, 2020

Great herbs for immune support include Astralalus, Siberian Ginseng, Reishi Mushroom and Codonopsis. Each herb works to support healthy immune responses and address lowered resistance to minor infections. 

Each of these herbs are included in the FUSION, Astra 8 product available in both tablet and liquid form. You can also pick up a specially formulated Astra 8 for kids. 

Alternatively, you might like to delve into the world of herbal tea. For centuries people have been drinking tea, not only for its taste but because herbal teas provide all kinds of health benefits. 

Switching to an immune boosting brew during the winter months can really help to support your immune system. With a strong immune system your chances of getting sick or becoming ill are less. 

There are a few individual herbs that are well known to help promote a stronger immune system. When they are blended into a tea you get the best of the medicinal properties, plus a great tasting pick me up whenever you need it. 

You might like to try our special blend of immune support tea made with Peppermint, Echinacea, Ginger, Siberian Ginseng, Astragalus and Lemongrass. 

Or come and try out some of our range of 500 medicinal herbs and spices each with different medicinal and health benefits. You’re bound to find one to suit your individual health needs. 

About organic certification

by May 26, 2020

Wherever possible we buy only certified organic produce from farmers and producers who are certified by an independent certifying body. Certifying bodies ensure that claims made about the way a product is raised, grown, or harvested are true and can be validated.

Although we don’t buy any imported fresh produce, we do buy some organic items that are imported. When we do we search for only certified organic products validated by the certifying organic organisation in the country of origin. This ensures that claims about the organic product are valid.

Certification of organic produce in Australia

There is no legal requirement for certification of organic products sold in Australia, so anyone can claim to produce an organic product. However, many organic producers, farmers and businesses voluntarily choose to be certified by a certification body to promote consumer confidence in their product.

Organic standards used in Australia are managed by private organisations. Buying a ‘certified organic’ product in Australian means that the product has been scrutinised by a certifying body.

There are a handful of certifying bodies in Australia, who base their certification on the Australian Standard for Organic and biodynamic products, AS 6000-2009 (Australian Standard).

Each of these certifying bodies has a unique label and generally a certification number which is provided to operators; each number is unique. 

If you want to check a products certified organic status, you can search for organic operators and their products on the certification bodies website.

Trusted labels

To be sure you are buying a certified product, look for labels that include the certifying body logo and the product’s certification number.  The certifying bodies are listed here: 

 

The Australian Certified Organic Standard is one of the most respected and rigorous standards in the world for organic production. It is published by organic industry not-for-profit representative group, Australian Organic. 

NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) is owned by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), and provides certification services to the organic industry, both  in Australia and internationally.

AusMeat and AusQual are Australia and New Zealand’s leading providers of agribusiness auditing, certification and training services. They provide quality assurance certification programs for horticulture, poultry & eggs, food safety, organics, animal welfare and social and ethical compliance. 

Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (Demeter) provide both organic and biodynamic certification for operators who satisfy the requirements of the Standards. Under this scheme operators must show that soil structure development and farm management meets the Australian Demeter bio-dynamic Standard. 

The Organic Food Chain Pty Ltd (OFC) is a certifying organisation committed to the national Standard and other international organic certification standards through regular inspections and sampling.

When you buy certified organic products look for one of these labels so you can be sure that they are produced in line with organic standards. That way you are assured of ethical and sustainable production.  

It’s time for Autumn planting

by March 10, 2020

Thinking about what to plant in your garden this Autumn?  Since Autumn is one of the most productive gardening times, we’ve restocked our Eden Seeds Select Organic range. Now we’re brimming with in season organic seeds for your garden. 

It seems that many people are new to growing their own food. If that is you, welcome to the world of self-sustainability. There are some great online resources to guide your Autumn planting, weeding and gardening tasks.

We use the Eden Seeds planting guide to remind us about what we need to grow and in which season we need to plant it. 

If you’re new to veggie gardening, use a lunar planting calendar to help you pick the best time for popular gardening tasks. It will guide you on the best time to start seeds and which days to plant them out. Lunar calendars also guide you on the best days in the month to prune, harvest, weed and compost. Lunar planting guides use formulas that rely on the phases of the moon. We find the Rhythm of Nature Lunar Calendar a great resource to help guide our gardening tasks. 

Planting and gardening by the moon provides amazing  benefits and will result in a productive and healthy veggie patch. Using the lunar calendar, we can see that there are some fertile planting days coming up. Make sure you get your seeds in time to harness the magic of the moon. 

What to plant now 

Here’s a list of what you might consider planting in your garden now:

  • Quick maturing brassicas – pak choy, rocket, kale, cabbage, broccoli, mizuna and mustard
  • Root veggies – beetroot, turnips, radish, carrot, parsnip
  • Greens – lettuce, shallots, endive, silverbeet
  • Don’t forget all the winter comforts too – spring onions, onions, leeks and chives and loads of garlic (we’ll all be needing that).

We’ve even thrown the sprouting organic Dutch cream potatoes in too!

If you want to have a nice and full winter veggie patch and loads of veggies for amazing healing and immune boosting winter soups, you need to get planting.  

Send us the snaps of your winter garden. 

Happy Planting! 

 

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