The Food Coach

Market Fresh Report 13th - 18th June 2017

Information courtesy of Sue Dodd, Sydney Markets

Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts are top of the class for all round nutrition, supplying dietary fibre, potassium and a range of vitamins (A, C, E and four of the B complex vitamins) so at $2-$3 a kilo they are good value.
Fennel
Fennel is top value this week. Try pan-frying slices of fennel in oil and garlic until tender, cooking fennel makes it sweet eating
Cauliflower
Cauliflowers flourish in the cool weather. Steam, stir-fry, or roast, until just tender for the best flavour.
Celeriac
When purchasing celeriac choose, firm, small to medium size roots that weigh heavy for their size.
Asian Greens
Heat up your wok and toss together a healthy stir-fry rich in Asian leafy green vegetables. They are inexpensive, packed with vitamins and quick to cook
Leeks
Loved for their soft, oniony flavour and lovely aroma, leeks are used as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions. Leeks are perfect for featuring in a vegetable pie or team with potato, pumpkin, carrot or celeriac to make a creamy soup.
Avocado
Smooth and creamy Hass avocados are the perfect accompaniment to chilli con carne.
Pears
Naturally scrumptious pears are a choice buy. You can enjoy Josephine, Packham and Beurre Bosc pears
Bananas
Creamy energy giving bananas make an ideal quick and easy snack. Use extra ripe bananas in curries
Rhubarb
At $3-$4 per bunch rhubarb is simply perfect for making hot fruit desserts. The ruby red stem when cooked turns a shade of pink. Because rhubarb is so tart, it is almost always eaten cooked and sweetened.
Lemons
Make the most of the quality lemons that are available mid-winter by making jars of preserved lemons to serve with spicy Moroccan style dishes.
Brussels sprouts
Fennel
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Asian Greens
Leeks
Avocado
Pears
Bananas
Rhubarb
Lemons


Seasonal Recipes - Winter


Zatar chicken with roasted vegetables and olives
Zaatar is a middle eastern spice mix made from thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and salt. It's pretty easy to source these days and is available from most good delis and greengrocers. Liguria Olives are petite olives which traditionally came from Liguria in Italy (near the French border.) They are allowed to ripen on the tree until they are brown, purplish or black.

Cauliflower Soup
This recipe is from the winter section of The Greengrocerís Diet (Pan MacMillan RRP ($39.99) It's super simple to make and tastes delicious served with rye bread, tahini and chopped tomato.

Raw Rios
This recipe from the book Hippie Lane by Taline Gabrielian (Murdoch Books $39.99) looks delicious and reminds me of these biscuits Wagon Wheels - but healthier of course

Asian chicken, noodle and sprout salad
This salad with its combination of textures and flavours is a substantial meal for both lunch and dinner. If you don't have Thai basil you can use coriander instead.

Roasted beetroot soup with soured macadamia cream
Itís sour cream, but not as you know it! This amazing macadamia rendition is definitely worth trying. Recipe Courtesy of Australian Macadamias

Slow roasted chicken and fennel
This is one of the most popular recipes in the winter section of The Greengrocerís Diet, and a wonderful introduction to fennel if you've never tried it before. n