Alice, Tom and I covered lots of ground this week. We drove to Mudgee via Sofala and then headed west to Dunedoo for a One Farm Day interview and home via Wellington. I'd love to say that we ate healthy salad sandwiches at every stop but of course ice cream was involved, plus a big jar of peanut and white chocolate biscuits (recipe below) that were intended as a gift to our hosts on Wednesday night but somehow became tools of bribery as things started to go pear-shaped in the last 50kms or so. Sorry Holly - I'll bring some next time, I promise.
Sofala, one of Australia's oldest gold mining towns is well worth a visit if ever you are in the area (it's about 40 minutes from Bathurst towards Hill End). A wide and clear river runs through the centre of town, it's perfect for paddling (or gold-panning) and the historic main street is beautifully kept.
We are heading to Sydney this morning for Pyrmont market tomorrow, so if in Sydney please come down, say hello and stock up on our beautiful venison!
The Friday List
- Turntable Kitchen is about as cool as any food blog could ever get, particularly this post on making the perfect breakfast with mix tape to match.
- I can't ever go past a good granola; this peanut butter and pumpkin one looks great, as does Good Things Grow's pear and spice recipe.
- Some really delicious gluten-free breakfast recipes here, all by Cannelle et Vanille's Aran Goyoaga.
- Kinfolk's fifth issue is now out and this preview looks beautiful.
- Tokyo's Kitchen Town would be my idea of shopping heaven, via Famille Summerbelle's lovely blog.
- Another beautiful post by Manger, this one an ode to the perfect French baguette.
- The What Katie Ate book is now on sale and Katie celebrates with this post full of stunning images.
- One of my favourite bloggers’ Dutch home over here on Lotte Loves
- Roasted spring garlic via La Tartine Gourmand
- Citrus and Candy have just posted this recipe for flourless chocolate and peanut brownies with caramel sauce. Wowsers.
- We are a couple of weeks away from the first peaches hitting our markets and I'm hanging on to make this with our first batch.
- There are so many great events coming up in our region this month; Bathurst's Bread Week kicks off on monday, Orange Wine Week starts on October 20 (check out our events in the program here), Canowindra's Moorbel Hall markets are on this Sunday and the Australian National Field Days are beginning on October 16. Please let me know if I've missed anything!
Peanut and white chocolate biscuitsThe salty peanut butter and smooth white chocolate are a great mix in these short little biscuits, swap for dark chocolate if that's your thing.
125g butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter (preferably good stuff from the health food shop)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with paper. Cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until well combined. Fold through the flour and chocolate chips. Roll mixture into small balls (about a teaspoon-full each) and place about 3cm apart on the baking tray, flatten gently with the back of a fork. Cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack before storing in a jar or airtight container.
This recipe was inspired by one given on page 777 of a favourite book, Kitchen by Allan Campion and Michelle Curtis.