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ANDE'S RECIPE: HOME MADE GOATS MILK YOGURT

Recently diagnosed as lactose intolerant to cows milk; Ande Orbach decided to make her own natural organic yogurt free of any chemicals or additives. A visit to a goat’s milk dairy on the Mornington Peninsular www.mainridgedairy.com.au resulted in eating some fantastic artisan cheeses (see images) and returning home with 2 liters of fresh goats milk. INGREDIENTS: 900 ml fresh goats milk 100 ml of store bought plain yogurt (This acts as the starter agent) YOU WILL NEED: A food thermometer An “Easiyo thermos” and insert baffle plus container. www.easiyo.com Or a 100ml screw top jar and a container in which it can be immersed .   METHOD : Using a heavy based saucepan bring the milk to a temperature of...

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ANDE'S RECIPE: Cara Cara Orange Marmalade

On a recent trip to Griffith NSW, our winemaker Josef Orbach had the pleasure of visiting the Gold Bridge orange orchard. Gold Bridge is the largest producer of the rare 'Cara Cara' variety, a hybrid between a "Valencia" and the striking "Blood Orange".Owner Adrian Bianchini conducted a guided tour of the packing shed and hi-tech sorting system. French designed software is used to image process each orange.In a split second each orange is checked for colour, scars and weight. The oranges then travel along a conveyor and tipped into the a bin best suited to the computer match. First grade and so on. Once packed into 20Kg cartons, the oranges are loaded into a refrigerated 40 foot shipping container destined for the...

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Winter Truffle Hunting is Back

Its the time of year again where Ande and Josef head off looking for their winter treasure, the truffle!   Look out for the forthcoming truffle event in Collingwood that will excite your taste pallet with booth wine and truffles for the tasting! Oak Hill Truffle Hunting  Nestled in the historic goldfield town of Gordon just 1 hour out of Melbourne CBD, lies “Oak Hill Truffles”.  We got a chance to visit a beautiful patch of farm land and home of Truffle farm owners Merylee and Ian. The central highlands region are ideally suited for the production of winter truffles from mid-June to the end of August with warm summers, cold winters and plenty of frosts! We were welcomed into...

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Ande Orbach: A creative spirit and asset to Side Gate

 Ande is the SA connection to Side Gate. Proudly a new Australian stemming from Austria, she grew up in wonderful Adelaide.  After a number of careers including teaching Primary School, being a Flight Attendant and experiencing  a world full of travel and life experiences she connected with Josef and his 3 beautiful daughters in Melbourne. Some years later with the addition of two new Orbach girls the family moved to Clare SA for a country escape. Ande started a weekly street Market 'Andy's Market', was LOTE German teacher at St Joseph's School and  later became the Restauranter at Clarevale. Some 4 years on the move back to Victoria was a initiated by Josef's desire to launch his first wine label...

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JOSEF'S RECIPE: Gluten-free Gnocchi with Pine mushrooms

Enjoy a heart warming dinner from scratch with your family and friends  – If you love mushrooms and Italian dinning try Josef's home-made recipe, bring the house together with this delicious meal!   INGREDIENTS 4 (750g) desiree potatoes, unpeeled1 1/3 cups (200g) Gluten free plain flour, plus a little extra1 ¼ pound of Pine mushrooms2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons unsalted butter4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper¼ cup white wine   Grated Parmesan for and chive garnish for serving METHOD 1.First, Place potatoes in a saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil over high heat. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until just tender when tested with a skewer. Drain well. Set aside until just cool enough to handle. While...

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