Mr P. and I have been to Tasmania this month, so I have a few goodies to show you. Tasmania has such pristine waters, and is unspoiled for much of it. The produce is great, as are the baked goods and other delicious things to eat. They also have a few breweries and distilleries, so you can indulge in wonderful, local brews when there. Our friends who were in Tassie at the same time, came home with a suitcase rolling with several bottles of local gin and whiskey:=)
Here in my kitchen:
|Lindt cocoa powder and hazelnut paste
We went out to the airport last month, dropping off a niece, so I thought I'd duck into the DFO to grab these. Delicious and nutty hazelnut paste with way more nuts than the usual brand. It actually is quite different, and takes a bit of getting used to; not so sweet, and not so moreish, but healthier perhaps?
Not everyone likes their lollies tasting like Granny's drawers (get it? get it?), but I really love these. We visited the lavender farm at Bridestowe in northern Tasmania. While the flowers were not blooming, and it rained gently, we still enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate overlooking the blooms to come.
These are prize-winning, lightly salted Tassie nuts. Sooo fresh and light and nothing like the ancient stuff you buy in the shops.
These were ... interesting. I wouldn't choose them again, but they were okay. The cashews were soft in texture, so with the soft chocolate coating, they became an exercise in sucking rather than chewing. Perhaps a toffee or brittle coating would be better?
|housemade onion jam
One of our fave cafés in Hobart is Jackman & McRoss, where the bread and pastries are fabulous. Cold climates always have better baked goods, don't you find? This is their house-made onion jam, great on all sorts of dishes.
|Tassie sea salts
I have a big collection of salts of varying flavours, so I couldn't resist adding these to it. Can't wait to try the beetroot and radish one!
|Tassie olive oil
I bought this at the Launceston Farmers' Market, which was a really fab market. They had a lot of different produce to the kinds we get up here in Brisbane. Well, not surprising as we are in a sub-tropical climate, whilst they are in a temperate one.
|yep, it's a gravy boat
Our friends The Barrel-Makers (not their real name or occupation) decided it would be fun to buy me this at the Salamanca Market in Hobart. Yep I think you're right; this has to be the weirdest, most crazy thing you've ever seen. Those are seagulls believe it or not. And yes it really is that wonky in shape. But thanks Miss M; it's great!
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