Marketfresh Report Week Ending 3rd December

Information Courtesy of Sue Dodd, Sydney Markets

With their juicy, luscious flesh and fragrant aroma, white and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines are abundant and of outstanding quality.
Menindee seedless grapes and the pink-skinned Flame Seedless variety from Emerald, Queensland, offer a sweet and crunchy treat. Store these delightful grapes in the fridge and wash them just before serving to maintain their crisp and firm eating quality
For ardent mango lovers, your local greengrocer will have premium-quality Queensland mangoes. Choose from a variety of options, including Kensington Pride, Calypso, R2E2, and Honeygold.
Lebanese cucumber
Experience Lebanese cucumbers' tenderness, juiciness and flavoursome qualities, priced at a steal
Elevate your salads and dip platters with the pleasing peppery flavour of summer radishes, including newer varieties like the watermelon radish, French radish and multi-coloured mixed bunches.
Enjoy the tender texture and subtle flavour of versatile eggplants, whether sauteed, baked, grilled, or barbecued. Currently supplied from Bundaberg, South Australia, and the Sydney basin
Embrace the arrival of new season cherries, each variety with its own unique combination of flavour, colour, and flesh firmness. The market offers a wide range of quality cherries
As lemon prices experience an increase, it's the perfect time to switch to ultra-juicy limes. Whether drizzled over spicy noodles or fresh seafood or crafted into a tangy lime curd for a festive season pavlova topping,
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The season for rockmelons is here and they make a delicious addition to a fresh fruit salad.
Iceberg lettuce
Treasured for its crunchy layers, keeping qualities and versatility, the Aussie favourite, Iceberg lettuce, can be enjoyed in various forms—filling lettuce cups, shredding leaves, cutting into chunky wedges, or tearing leaves for a fresh and easy salad.
Sweet potato
Queensland is Australia's most prominent grower of orange-fleshed sweet potato, with over 90 percent of the harvest grown around Bundaberg. With its attractive orange flesh and rich, creamy texture, kumara can be roasted, boiled, microwaved, or steamed.
Take advantaged of apricots while they are in season. Enjoy sweet, juicy apricots poached, stewed, or barbecued.
Indulge in naturally sweet and irresistible Victorian strawberries
Lychees are a sweet summer sensation. Store these luscious fruits unpeeled in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge to preserve their exquisite taste
Potato salads hold a special place as a beloved seasonal favourite. The choice of potatoes plays a crucial role in achieving the desired texture for this classic dish. My preference leans towards using starchy (floury) and all-rounder potatoes, like a Sebago (large brushed).
Asian greens
Discover the joys of Asian leafy greens—fast to cook, nutritious, and versatile; they are a busy cook’s best friend. Slice and add to stir-fries and noodle dishes or steam and serve as a side dish topped with fresh ginger and soy sauce,

Seasonal Recipes - Summer

Crispy Skin Salmon Fillets with Bean Mash and Mango Salsa
When you use fresh herbs and seasonal produce there’s no need to bombard a dish with fat and salt for flavour. Unless of course it’s good fat. This is a recipe that is packed full of flavour and contains essential Omega 3 fats. It’s a beautiful dish to look at, it tastes delicious and it’s very easy to make.

Japanese miso and tofu soup
This is one of my favourite soups to make. It's super-easy and you just feel like it's doing you good with each spoonful. To maintain the probiotic properties of the miso, bring it to a boil slowly and turn the heat off within 2 minutes of boiling

Gluten Free Orange and Almond Cake
I found this recipe on SBS food and immediately made it a bit healthier by cutting down on the amount of sugar it contains. It's super-moist and rich so you don't need a big piece to feel satisfied.

Szechuan and turmeric kimchi
This is a recipe I created after repeatedly spending over 10 dollars for a small jar of a delicious commercial brand. It costs the same t0 make almost almost five times the amount and the process is ridiculously easy. The longer you leave it the nicer it gets.

Mackerel and Broad Bean salad with Rocket dressing
Hooray, it’s broad bean season again. Seize the moment. Here’s the perfect lunch to serve on a warm spring day. Accompanied with a small basket of warmed sourdough wholegrain rolls, your guests will leave satisfied and sated for the remainder of the day.

Pineapple Frangipanni Cake
This dessert does take time to prepare but it’s delicious, not too sweet and there’s nothing like it available commercially. You may have to serve it with ice cream (but find a good one) for the diehards who have a sweet tooth, but personally I like it with a sheep’s yoghurt and sliced fresh pineapple.

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