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Tassie Salmon

There’s nothing better than fresh fish and salmon is one of my favourites.
I was hoping for a gourmet pie, but no they were cold. Take home only.
Then there was the bbq, nope, didn’t fancy a normal snag in bread, even with local celebrity serving.
Oh look, what’s that?
The Huon Salmon stall. Bbq fillet or burger.
I took the burger and grabbed a coffee from inside.
A good thing the burger was nice, cause the coffee was very average, even with two shots.

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Enjoy. I did.
Jen

Alfresco Sunday – post market

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Sometime around 6pm
A strong coffee,
The salad I didn’t eat for lunch,
And thinking about the day that was.
Windy, busy and long.

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Food Friday – Pier One

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Food Friday of our lunch dates. Then again, it’s been a while since we’ve done it. Today was a lovely treat. And definitely one I would like to repeat, with more time allowed.

We took the short drive to the Casino, Wrest Point in Sandy Bay, thinking we’d take on one of the many cafes they have. Pulling up at the sign that said ‘Parking for Pier One guests only’, we took the plunge and wandered around the front of the building to the doors.
Brilliant. Aside from the wind it was a beautiful day, and we sat in the windows with the sun coming in – by the time we finished we were suitably baked by the sun.
This was one of the nicer restaurants and well worth its reputation.
after being presented with the main menu and ordering drinks, we opted for the lunch specials. Set price bread and main, or main and dessert. We took one of each choice.
Our waiter was gregarious and the service was both attentive and private.
Hot rolls were brought out with oil and vinegar for dipping – oh my. They were so fresh, like they were baking as we walked in the door.
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Soft and warm, and perfect.
The flat bread chosen was the garlic and butter – it arrived like a pizza, dripping in butter. I could see the kilos piling on just looking at it. The flavour was just perfect. Subtle but tasty. So much for restricting my carbs.
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Our mains were Atlantic Salmon with potatoes and a citrus salad,
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and Porterhouse steak (med-rare of course) with potato gallette, cherry tomatoes and green beans with the most heavenly jus.  It looked heavy, but the flavour was light and almost sweet. The perfect accompianment.
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Dessert was the apple and cinnamon cheesecake with a caramel like sauce and either double or King Island cream.
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I am usually wary of cinnamon as it can be overpowering. This was sweet and delicate, with a crumble on the top.  Hubby even said it was the best one he’d tasted. Or something like that. It was light and fluffy, and just amazing.

We ran out of time so I could not try their coffee, but I wouldn’t hesitate to return simply for coffee and dessert.
Suffice to say I have had very little for dinner.
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Have a great weekend 🙂
Jen

Jam & Bread – review

At approx 25 mins north of me and 20 mins south of Hobart lies the township of Margate and it is here I find myself today at a new tea house and gift shop. They opened their doors on Wednesday and so today I come and check out what the menu and gift range. I know oneof the owners from a market we’ve done, and visited the house before they had started the renovations so I was very interested in seeing how their vision was realised.
Behind this door if a 1920’s cottage is the sweetest, vintage styled tea house…
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The decor is understated but classy and with a simple scheme of dark green, and brown. Polished floor boards and wonderfully comfortable chairs finish it off.
There are two rooms and small seating capacity of around 6 tables. (Oops, the picture is a little dark)
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All the food is made on the premises using food from their own garden or sourced from local suppliers.
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One of their specialities is the High Tea. A selection of sweet and savoury + your choice of beverage for the easy price of $25 per person.

Included the menu are a selection of pies and tarts, soup of the day (served with a savoury scone) and sweet delights.
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One item on the menu caught my eye, Sliders. A neat replacement to the usual burger. With 3 per serve, you get their homemade Brioche topped with pulled pork, confit duck and slow cooked chilli beef with condiments. Yum!!

The choice was hard but I chose the Moroccan lamb pie. A single serve pie filled with shredded meat and chick peas with a gentle flavour and spicyness was perfectly complimented by the coleslaw, beetroot and carrot salads, with a little dish of homemade tomato sauce.
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I finished my meal with a cappuccino. Served in a delicate tea cup with a ‘collectible’ spoon it was strong enough to guarantee I was bouncing off the walls later in the day – but the flavour was rich and certainly not bitter.
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Tim, chef and owner, also made most of the glassware, sugar bowls and light fittings by recycling old glass bottles with his brother Simon and their business ‘drystore’.
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Peisha, co-owner and hostess, also has her range of lotions and soaps ‘Lotus Child’ for sale (see her etsy store for more)
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Some of the beautiful and quirky items in use at Jam & Bread
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Many small eateries like this can be overpriced but for no more than I could buy a sushi/coffee or bakery pie/coffee combo I had a delicious homemade pie with salad, great coffee in a beautiful setting. The service quick and friendly, which is no surprise at all.
Tim started work at Meadowbank just north of Hobart before moving to Sydney where he and Peisha had several cafes under their belt. They’ve been back in Tassie for a couple for years and this is the first venture they’ve taken on from scratch. And what a job they’ve done already!
Perfect for a light lunch, weekend brunch or getting the girls together for high tea Jam & Bread should be on the list of places to stop at on the trip south of Hobart.

Check them out on Facebook and if you’re in the area please call in and say hi 🙂
Jennifer

It’s soup time!

Much to my boys disgust there will be an influx of pumpkin this winter in our house. Mum and dad have lots of them and I’ve been instructed to use as many as i like while they are away on holiday. The only thing now, how many ways can I cook a pumpkin when no one but me likes them. Hubby loves his soup and the kids complain the whole time they are eating (the meagre amount they get), while my favourite is by far a nice slab that has been roasted/baked, bringing out the sweetness, then soup and of course scones. I tried pumpkin pie for the first time last year (see post here) so I may give that a go. Pumpkin dip is pretty morish, but I’m not a fan of it on pizza or in salad. Maybe I haven’t tried the right one just yet?
As I go looking for more recipes to test out I’ll leave you with my soup that is cooking away as I type.

Vegetable roasted and ready for the pot. They were so nice I ate some straight from here.IMG_7647

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Veges added with the rest of the water.
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Roasted Pumpkin & root veg soup.

1 whole pumkpin, deseeded, chopped and peeled.
2 or 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 sm-med sweet potato/kumara, peeled and chopped
1 onion chopped,
italian parsley, garlic, chicken stock powder
7-8 cups water,

1. While chopping vegetable, pre heat oven to 300F
2. place veges in roasting pan, and drizzle wiht some oil and sprinkle dried herbs over.
3. bake for at least an hour, turning oven down to 250 after half an hour. I did mine for 90mins to allow for a good flavour to develop, then left it in the oven while I went out.
4. brown onion and add 1/2 cup water, garlic, stock powder and parsley.
5. add vegetables and the rest of the water. stir to mix and mush them around a bit.
6. simmer for 15 mins or so to allow the veges to infuse the stock. Taste and adjust as required.
7. turn off, cool and then blend.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and parsley if you like. And always with thick slabs of bread.

enjoy 🙂
Jen