Today I spent the cool early hours of the day cooking up apricot jam. Yesterday I visited Golden Meadows Orchards just outside of Adelong to buy some locally grown fruit. Their sign declaring Figs and Apricots was too tempting and I decided to turn off the Snowy Mountains Hwy up their broad and well made dirt road to purchase. I came home with half a tray of fat black figs,
and just over two kilos of apricots. Here they are with stones removed ready to be made into jam.
All this local goodness got me thinking about the other local produce I have discovered and am really enjoying.
I am positively addicted to eating the local smoked trout. Just with a bit of brown bread and a squeeze of lemon, with udon noodles, a few finely sliced veg and a spicy black bean and chilli sauce, or in a potato-type salad with poached eggs and chives it's all delicious and much cheaper here than in Sydney where I never bought it.
I have no real expertise in food and alcohol combos other than knowing what I like, but to me smoked trout goes pretty well with another local product - cider. (I may of course have a very weird palate!)
This is my favourite of The Apple Thief ciders, they have a Granny Smith and a Williams Pear one as well. It goes down a little too easily and is a delicious crisp drink for a hot afternoon (which we have had way too many of recently). It's from pretty Batlow - not too far from here and one of Australia's apple growing hubs
I am really enjoying exploring a new part of the country, it's food and people. I think I might share a post occasionally of the things I find locally that I love.
Anyone got a favourite way of eating smoked trout? What do you think cider goes with food-wise?
(Just a note to readers - I have not been paid to profile these products. I just think they are delicious and thought you might find them so too.)