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View of the pepper tree

Early Autumn is the best time of the year in South Australia. Sunny days in the mid to high 20’s, clear sky’s and gentle breezes day after day  – so perfect it feels like there’s no weather at all. And what better way to enjoy it than to lunch outside under the shade of a pepper tree with valley views.

Pindarie is a new find for us. A cellar door set in farmland in the Barossa with a ‘sustainable mix of sheep, cropping and vines’. The cellar door is in a restored grain room next to original stables. The photos on their website do justice to the views.

Verandah at Pindarie

Pindarie Cellar door tasting room

Shelf of Pindarie wines

Fireplace at Pindarie

The day was gorgeous and the company lovely (Mum and Dad, my partner and daughter). The Graziers Platter we shared was outstanding made up with very local produce including a Grana Padano and a washed rind cheese (Barossa Valley Cheese Company) which were a great combination. The prosciutto was fresh and soft and tasty (my Mum’s favourite) while I particularly enjoyed the sopressa. The platter was served with warm, freshly baked crusty bread (Apex Bakery), olive oil (from 100 year old wild trees on the property) and dukkah (Kurianda). A couple of glasses of the wine we tasted before lunch and we were set for several hours.

Graziers PlatterApex bread, Pindarie olive oil and Kurianda dukkah

close up of platter

close-up of cheeses on platter

Lola found some good company and some haystacks to play on too.

Lola playing on haystack

one of the views at Pindarie

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About a six weeks ago (when Summer was still here) a bunch of my friends and I joined upwards of 2000 other people on the beach for a feeding of the masses. On an incredibly gorgeous late summers evening on the picturesque beach ringed by golden red cliffs that is Port Willunga we were greeted by a long line of old-fashioned striped canvas beach shelters. Each was serving up a different take on seafood stew or soup from an amazing array of chefs. The food was served to each person in their own handmade ceramic bowl designed by Prue Venables (Artistic Director of the Jam Factory) and made by local artists. (more…)

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Pretty revolting weather was forecast in Adelaide for NYE but we decided to press ahead with our planned outdoor soiree regardless, fingers crossed that once the sun dropped so would the wind. However, as luck would have it a cool change kicked in way earlier than expected and we ended up with a perfect balmy evening.
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It has taken us a couple of years to get to this celebration. I have the great fortune to work in a field that matters to me with a colleague (Sally) who is one of the most intelligent, tenacious, and visionary women I’ve ever met and, not incidentally, we have a great boss. I also work 3 days a week so I can spend the other days with my 3-year-old daughter. Sounds like work nirvana to get all of those elements at once right? Well it is and I know it’s rare so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
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I’m so lucky! Can you believe that in the same weekend that we were treated with so many delectable goodies at Lucy’s I was also spoiled rotten by another fabulous friend? Middle Eastern cooking is obviously the cuisine of the moment as we all seem to be so taken with cooking, eating and reading about it!
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This is a brief post in response to the requests for the gorgeous duck recipe by my friend Lucy from our lovely lunch at her place last weekend. Lucy has generously shared the recipe. I know what I’ll be doing with duck the next time I cook it…
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Last Sunday we wended our way down to Willunga on the south coast for an afternoon spent with great friends, eating sensational food made by our resident duck expert and foodie friend extraordinaire, Lucy.
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