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Friday, April 26, 2013

This week-ends markets in Victoria - 2013-04-27 and 2013-04-28

Fourth Saturday-Sunday Markets

4th Saturday
Ballarat LakesideWindmill Drive, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat9am-1pmfree2nd and 4th Saturdays, except December - 2nd Saturday only
BentleighEast Bentleigh Primary School, 90 Bignell Road, East Bentleigh8am-12.30pm$2 entry4th saturday excl. January; 
Casey-BerwickThe Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick8am-12.30pm
Dec 20th from 4pm to 8pm
Churchill IslandChurchill Island, Phillip Island8am-1pm
Every Saturday during January - 8th, 15, 22, 29
Hume MurrayGateway Village, Lincoln Clauseway, Wodonga8am-12pm
Every 2nd Saturday from Jan 8th
Keilor EastCentreway Park, Wyong Street8am-1pm
Starts: November 24th
LancefieldCentre Plantation, High Street, Lancefield9am-1pm
3rd Saturday in December
MansfieldMansfield Primary School, Bottom Terrace. Entrance off Highette Street, Mansfield8.30am-1pm
No Market in January
MontyMontmorency Primary School 60A Rattray Road, Montmorency9am-1pmgold coinentry proceeds go to Primary School
MyrtlefordSt Paul's Anglican Church, Clyde Street, Myrtleford8am-12pm
Each Saturday - January to May; 1st/3rd Saturday - June to December
NewtownCnr Shannon Avenue and West Fyans Street Newtown Geelong8am-1pm

PrestonBell Primary School
Corner Scotia St and Oakover Rd, Preston

children free
Slow FoodAbbotsford Convent, St Heliers Road, Abbotsford8am-1pm$2Parking:$2
Taste of Gold - MonashMonash University Clayton Campus Car Park8.30am-1pm
moved from Holmesglen TAFE; no market January
TraralgonKay Street Gardens, Kay Street, Traralgon8am-1pm

TorquayTorquay Central, Bristol Road, Tourquay8.30am-1pm
every saturday
YarravilleYarraville Gardens, Cnr Hyde and Sommerville Roads, Yarraville8am-12pm

4th Sunday
Fitzroy-St KildaCorner Fitzroy St & Lakeside Drive8am-1pm

Flemington (ex Melb Showgrounds)Debney Park Secondary College,
169 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington
Every Sunday; restarts 9th January 2011; Parking $3
KinglakeIn the Shed, cnr Heidelberg/Kinglake Road and Healesvill/Kinglake Road9am-2pm
Ex Yarra Glen Railway Market
ManninghamThe Manningham Club
1 Thompsons Rd, Bulleen
gold coin donation
Mt. ElizaCnr Mt Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road, Mount Eliza9am-1pm
No market in December
MulgraveGrounds of the Body Shop, Cnr Jacksons & Wellington Rds Mulgrave8am-1pm
Every Sunday;
YarrawongaPiper Street, Yarrawonga8.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lemon Tea Cake - this + a pot of fair trade coffee @ home make for a marvellous informal coffee shop experience.

Are you like me and have quite a few orphans lurking in your recipe books? 
A recent comb through my personal collection of hand written recipes found an A4 sheet of paper with this recipe on it. Heaven knows where I got it from. Nothing to indicate where, when, or whom. However, it sounded pretty much OK to me and I made it up. 

Wonderful! Delicious! 
If you are thinking of opening a coffee shop, this is a must for the menu.
A warning: It can be more-ish!


1 cup SR Flour
1/2 cup caster sugar (I love that raw caster sugar)
60 gr butter
1 egg

Combine flour and sugar and rub in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add egg and mix well.

Press 2/3 of mixture in base of 20cm springform tin or flan dish.  (Mine was 26cm) Reserve 1/3 for topping.

1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice (adding a bit of grated rind turned out to be nice)
60gr butter
1 egg

Place sugar, lemon juice and butter in saucepan and heat until butter in saucepan is melted and sugar dissolved.  Lightly beat egg.  Add lemon mixture to egg and mix well and return to stove to thicken.  Cool slightly before pouring over pastry and sprinkle remaining base mix on top.  (I would advise making sure you crumble the base mix that remains into small clumps with your fingers.)

Bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.
Serve hot or cold. (Cold next day turned out to be even better).  Really yummy!

Alla Wolf Tasker convinces me about the sort of food obsession we really need

Am listening to/watching this:
IQ2 Debate: 

 This is a must and thoughtful watch.
I particularly enjoyed the contribution of Alla Wolf Tasker
who runs The Lake House down the road at Daylesford
I try to be an ethical consumer - have done for more than forty years.
I try to support local producers and processors and jobs.
I try to support the smaller business rather than corporatisation.
After listening to Alla, I am going to become even more quality conscious.
I am prepared to spend a little more of my limited income on quality and local.
While I am not an admirer of all things French,
I do admire the relationship there between consumer and producer.
If only Australia would.
I am including below a paper which is not connected to the above
but may be of interest to Tucker Lovers:


Monday, April 08, 2013

Buttery Butter Biscuits are easy-peasy

This morning, I was up at 6am to make some biscuits.  Now I haven't made biscuits since I can't remember when so I wanted something that was great but no fuss.  I also didn't want a cream butter and sugar type biscuit because, at that hour, I didn't want to use a noisy mixer.  I thought 'melted butter' but I don't have a recipe - at least I think I don't - for biscuits that are made with melted butter. So to the 'net and Google and up came this.


  • 125 g butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut (I didn't have any and substituted McKenzie's moist coconut flakes which worked well).
  • 1 1/2 cups of self raising flour (I use plain flour to which I add Baking Powder in the ratio of 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder to 1 cup of plain flour)
  1. Melt butter in saucepan, bring to the boil, then remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Transfer butter to a large bowl, stir in sugar, then add egg, coconut and flour and mix until ingredients are combined.
  3. Roll heaped teaspoons of mixture into balls, place onto greased oven trays, and press lightly with a fork.
  4. Bake at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes or until golden.
  5. Allow biscuits to cool on trays for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Biscuits will keep for several days in an airtight container.
These biscuits are delicious.  I plan to try out a few variations. My thoughts are:
  • Add ginger
  • Turn into Jam Drops
  • Try adding sultanas or currants or other appropriate fruit.
  • In short, I think these ingredients and method provide a quick and easy biscuit base.