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In my South Australian Flavoured Kitchen… June 2017

Bam! That month just flew by. I’m back blogging but haven’t returned to my regular routine yet. Still, IMK keeps me honest. Last month I shared some of the things I bought in the US and Mexico. Upon our return, we went for our regular holiday to the Barossa Vintage Festival and followed it up with a few days in McLaren Vale. The focus of the holiday may have been wine (ask Mr Tiffin how many cases he bought) but the focus of my visit was firmly on food.

In my South Australian kitchen…

three bottles of olive oil

…is olive oil. Lots of olive oil. Oliver’s Taranga is a favourite vineyard in McLaren Vale and we made our first visit to Primo Estate. Our favourite oil from other trips has been from winemaker Steve Hoff at Heritage Wines in the Barossa. He hadn’t bottled his latest harvest, intending to do so at the end of vintage but was happy to fill a flagon on the spot, for mates rates. I know oil and water don’t mix but apparently oil producing and wine making do.


In my kitchen…

two bottles of vincotto

…are bottles of delicious, tangy vincotto. Vincotto or vinocotto means cooked (cotto) wine (vin) and is made from excess grape juice as part of the wine making process. It’s utterly delicious in sweet and savoury dishes. A favourite is Vincotto Roasted Fennel.

Thinly sliced fennel bulb scattered with currants & pine nuts and drizzled with vinvotto

I always buy a bottle from Domain Day at the Barossa Farmers Market and guard it jealously between visits. This year Oliver’s Taranga also came to the party with a new range of vincottos flavoured with coffee, fig or lemon. I’m not complaining.


In my kitchen…

bags of mixed dried fruit

…is dried fruit from possibly the last South Australian dried fruit producer, Gully Gardens. My absolute favourite are their currants, but they are all good. The broad beans are long gone. A small family run business, they are now doing a good trade. Much of the fruit is grown in the orchard or comes from elsewhere in South Australia. Sweets such as apricot bites are also made by hand, on site. Australian stalwart Angas Park fell into foreign hands a few years ago but was still selling locally in Angaston which meant jobs for locals. This visit, the shop was vacant. I’m glad that Gully Gardens, who are also in Angaston, are doing well and hope they continue to thrive.


In my kitchen…

two jars of barossa sauces

…are purple sauces. It’s hard to resist a jar of Zimmy’s. I love their horseradish but you can get it locally at the IGA these days. The beetroot relish remains elusive so It’s another ‘must buy’ from any of the local markets of the Foodstore at Tanunda. Maggie Beer needs no introduction. We visit the Pheasant Farm Shop & Cafe at least twice when we stay in the Barossa. The morning teas and lunches are fantastic as is the tasting area, which always showcases a few ‘farm only’ goodies.


In my kitchen…

a large bag of lentils

…are hurricane lentils. Wine making is a family business. If you’re not selling your brother’s olive oil or your mother’s vincotto, you’re pushing your father’s lentils. These lentils are from young gun winemakers Yelland & Papps in Nuriootpa, who sell the lentils grown in Cunliffe, SA by Sarah’s dad. As you can see, there are quite a lot of lentils but I’ve already started putting them to good use in vegetarian lasagne and

in Richly Braised Lentils.


In my kitchen…

a bone saw

…is this practical but mean looking bone saw. It has never been used and cost me the princely sum of $1 at a market day in Tanunda. The maker’s mark is ‘Nutbrown’ and a little research has revealed that Nutbrown are a 1930’s kitchenware producer who are still going strong.

nutbrown maker's mark on a bone saw

Their retro and vintage styles are now the height of fashion and are quite collectible in there original and reproduction formats. The saw is an original but there doesn’t see to be much call for them, as I can’t find it on the website. Mr Tiffin is grateful that his hacksaw can now be returned to its rightful home in the garage.

In My Kitchen is hosted by Sherry from Sherry’s Pickings. Make sure you visit my fellow Brisbane foodie’s blog to see her own kitchen.

10 comments… add one
  • Jan Rhoades June 1, 2017, 9:23 am

    A nice eclectic mix there Ms Tiffin. I like the saw. If you run out of anything South Australian/Barossa Valley – have a look in Crisp on Creek. Maggie features very strongly as do several other South Australian growers of all good things tasty and useful.
    I always remember when we visited Maggie’s farm, the two Indonesian men on our coach who though we were going to a brewery for beer tasting. They were very sadly disappointed

  • Sherry from sherryspickings June 1, 2017, 9:58 pm

    Hi Fiona
    Lots of lovely SA goodies in your kitchen. We have been to Maggie beer’s a couple of times. Must get there again. So much great new olive oil around this time of year. I end up with heaps and have to give it away:). Thanks for joining in this month. Phew the linky seems to be working.

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 2, 2017, 3:12 pm

    That bone saw looks like it could be part of an old medical kit! Love your collection of Aussie products 🙂

  • Amanda June 3, 2017, 8:53 am

    I’m glad you’re so pleased with your SA food haul. We’re pretty proud of the quality range of foods we produce here.
    There are still plenty of dried fruit producers in the state, too – check out some of the Riverland guys. Singing Magpie have stunning dried figs – the range that are enrobed in chocolate are to die for.

  • Moya June 4, 2017, 4:41 pm

    What wonderful products you have in your kitchen… have not seen beetroot spread before. That bone saw looks amazing. I have have a few utensils from the Nut Brown range that I picked up at a market on my travels… I do love the retro look 🙂

  • Kirsty June 4, 2017, 6:59 pm

    Delicious SA haul from your holiday Kitchen there Fiona. I wonder why they are called ‘hurricane’ lentils?

  • Francesca June 5, 2017, 7:51 am

    Love that little hack saw Fiona- what a marvelous find. And the Vincotto and all the other goodies from the south Australian markets. Must take a trip up that way.

  • Liz (Good Things) June 6, 2017, 4:19 pm

    Where did that month go, indeed. Always plenty of goodies at your place, Fiona, especially from your travels. A bone saw, wow!

  • shaheen June 8, 2017, 9:29 pm

    The beetroot spread has me intrigued. Glad your showcasing goodies in your kitchen, I do love having a good nosy.

  • johanna @ green gourmet giraffe June 8, 2017, 11:02 pm

    that bone saw looks nasty but I think I could have found use for it cutting up some cardboard tubes a week or so ago for a silly craft project. And your swag of lentils makes me think of a moment this week when I told my husband to buy lentils and told him you can never have too many lentils! Those braised lentils look so good. All your SA purchases look wonderful and it is lovely how you know and love the producers who make such quality products to keep a little of your annual holiday in the pantry.

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