The Food Coach

Market Fresh Report Week Ending 16th December

Information courtesy of Sue Dodd, Sydney Markets

Berries
December is a great time for berries particular strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, loganberries, blackberries, and red currants
Limes
Put some zing in your day with Aussie grown limes, supplies have increased and prices have eased. Pop a kilo in the basket this week to use in cocktails, marinades, salad dressings and to enjoy with seafood.
Watermelon
Watermelon is picked ripe and ready to eat.
Mangoes
Sweet and juicy mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your summer table. Choose firm mangoes with a fresh sweet tropical fragrance. Ripen mangoes at room temperature until the fruit yields to gentle pressure around the stem.
Cherries
Glossy and plump cherries are a quintessential Australian summer fruit. With so many different varieties coming from a wide area the includes Young, Orange, South Australia and Victoria there is sure to be a quality, size and price range to suit everyone
Grapes
New season grapes are firm and bursting with flavour. Grab a bunch of Flame or Menindee seedless
Lychees
New season lychees are deliciously sweet and so juicy
Peaches
Your local greengrocer has the most highly fragrant and tasty peaches and nectarines. This fruit will delight your senses and your budget.
Figs
New season figs have started, plump and flavourful figs are delicious added to salads
Kumera
Versatile kumara is perfect roasted, boiled for a potato salad or served as a mash.
Tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes are packed with flavour. They vary in size, colour and texture but are bursting with taste
Sweetcorn
Sweetcorn is a family favourite that is fast to cook.
Broccolini
Broccolini is a top buy. Fast and easy to cook, serve broccolini warm with a dressing or toss cold through a salad.
Asparagus
Asparagus is still great value. Add to fresh and light salads, serve with poached eggs, or toss in a hot wok and stir-fry
Cucumber
Refreshing and super crunchy Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy
Radish
Summer radishes add a pleasant peppery flavour to salads and crudités. Newer varieties of radish include the water melon radish, French radish and the multi coloured mixed bunches. Fabulous for making salads colourful and interesting
Fresh Herbs
Take your cooking to a fresher and tasty level by using herbs. Herbs add flavour to festive cooking. Sprinkle fresh thyme sprigs across roasted vegetables, add sage and parsley to your meat stuffing’s. Team lots of basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, sliced heirloom tomatoes and black olives to serve as a side dish
Berries
Limes
Watermelon
Mangoes
Cherries
Grapes
Lychees
Peaches
Figs
Kumera
Tomatoes
Sweetcorn
Broccolini
Asparagus
Cucumber
Radish
Fresh Herbs


Seasonal Recipes - Summer


Christmas Mince Pies
Traditional fruit mince pies made with suet and sugar and eaten each day in the lead up to Christmas are guaranteed to pack on the kilos. Here we use dried fruit, peel with a delicious flax seed pastry for a fresh tasting, lighter pie that still feels like Christmas.

Christmas Cake
It’s been a challenge of mine to come up with a healthier Christmas cake. No Christmas is complete without one. Here we maintain the traditional brandy but substitute sugar for apple concentrate, butter for a small amount of oil, and use spelt flour for its reduced gluten content.

Christmas Pears
There are a few steps to this little festive dish but it's worth the effort to have all the different textures and tastes. I rarely cook with alcohol and when I do I prefer wine to brandy. The result is lighter tasting and fresher for our climate. This is my take on a traditional Christmas pudding with flour and brandy.

Italian Summer Pudding
This fresh tasting and beautiful summer pudding is delicious and relatively guilt free provided you don’t eat too much of it! Outside of Christmas you can use brioche. Make this pudding in a large glass bowl, individual glass bowls, or for an impressive voila, on individual serving plates, set inside metal rings that are removed just before serving.

Vegetarian gado gado
This recipe from the summer section of theGreengrocersdiet is a quick, easy and delicious meal to serve for lunch and dinner.

Cacao, walnut and apricot bliss balls
These are so easy and quick to make and, provided there are no nut allergies in the house, a simple healthier treat to give the kids when they get home from school.