Monday, September 10, 2012


This week's podcast is now available - and don't forget that there will be a bonus podcast available in a day or two capturing all the fun of last week's Toast Urunga.

As for today, there are olives and then there are olives and then there are Gwydir Grove olives - join Margi Kirkby as she lets us know what to look for in the perfect olive as well as the perfect olive oil. The Organic Empire is the latest member of the Regional Providores series - more than food boxes, more that a cooking school, more than a retail store, Organic Empire has ideas aplenty.

Download the episode here or subscribe through iTunes.

Organic Empire

A Regional Providore to inspire us all. Whether you are interested in supporting your local farmers, ordering a foodbox, learning how to cook, eating organically or looking for an alternative to the big supermarkets Organic Empire has it all.

And if you want some re-use, recycling inspiration then look no further.

If your community is looking to set up local food projects this is a great place to start for ideas. And if you live in the neighborhood, drop in and say hello.

Listen to the conversation with Angela for yourself.


There are olives and then there are olives and then there is Gwydir Grove.

Started in 1996, Gwydir Grove is one of Australia's leading producers of premium olive oil. Available at a range of outlets, farmers markets and online discover the joys of real olive oil.

Famous for its fruit, its oils and other produce, join Margi Kirky as she tells us about what to look for when we are buying olive products.

Download the program and listen yourself.

Lentil Burgers

1 cup organic mashed potato, cooled
1 can organic brown lentils, rinsed
4 organic spring onions thinly sliced
Handful of chopped organic parsley
1 organic free range egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs of choice.

* Can add 1 tbs curry paste or 2 tbs satay sauce

Place all ingredients in a bowl and combine.  Divide mixture into four patties.  Heat some olive oil or coconut oil in a pan.  Cook patties for 2-3 minutes or until golden and warmed through.
Alternatively place in oven and bake for 20 mins.

Serve with salad and or a bun/pitta bread
Optional extras
slice of cheese
organic relish
organic baby lettuce
organic avocado
organic alfalfa
organic tomato
organic cucumber
organic carrot

For more organic recipes check out the Organic Empire website.

Image accompanies the recipe on the Organic Empire website.

Olive Pasta Frittata

250g spaghetti
2 tablespoons Gwydir Grove Extra Virgin
Olive Oil
1 red onion halved and sliced
1 clove of garlic crushed
3/4 cup semi-dried tomatoes chopped roughly
3/4 cup Gwydir Grove Manzanillo or Kalmata
Olives pitted and quartered lengthways
100 g of fetta crumbled
1/4 basil shredded
1 cup finely grated parmesan
8 eggs

Cook the spagetti according to the instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.In an oven proof frying pan, heat the oil and add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion softens.

In a bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Add to the onions and garlic and arrange the ingredients evenly in the pan. Whisk the eggs and pour evenly over the pasta mixture.Cook until the eggs set, then place the pan under a preheated grill and cook until golden.

Serve wedges of the frittata with a green salad dressed with Gwydir Grove Extra Virgin Olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

For more olive recipes check out those on the Gwydir Grove website

Image: "olives" by SchlonitMessica

Monday, August 20, 2012


Today's show is just so good you will want to keep a copy so you can listen to it again and again. You can download your copy, or whip over to iTunes where you can subscribe and never miss a show!

This week Passionfruiit and Chilli joins local baker Dave as he talks about making organic bread, revisit Mayfield Farm and Pete Bufo shares a recipe for garlic fried wontons as well as a bonus recipe for nettle beer.

Mayfield Farm

For the first time ever we are repeating a chat but the trip to the Open Day at Mayfield Farm was well worth a second visit. If you would like to visit Mayfield Farm for yourself, the Spring Open day is scheduled for Saturday 13 October 2012. You can email Ian and Sandra for more information.

The can download a copy of the program here.

Woodfire Bread

Tucked into the laneway next to the Federal Hotel is one of Bellingen's real treats - Woodfire Bread. Made organically using traditional methods the bread from here is a real joy - and the way bread should be. It is a bonus that Woodfire Bread preference local food when sourcing ingredients.

You can also stop in at the cafe for a coffee, a snack or light meal or grab one of the delicious chef-baked pies as a takeaway.

Stay tuned as their website is being launched at the end of the month. Drop in to the bakery if you are in town or catch them at Toast Urunga on Sunday 2 September 2012.

You can also catch what will hopefully be the first chat of many with owner and baker Dave through the download.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Passionfruit Podcast

Passionfruit and Chilli dishes up some real treats today with a taste of Toast Urunga, a drop of Bago Vineyards and Pete Bufo continues his world tour of food with a visit to Greece.

You can download the show here or head over to iTunes, subscribe and never miss an episode!

Transition Bellingen

Transition Bellingen is hosting a number of food related workshops in the coming weeks - check out the website for details on beekeeping, wild fermentation, jams and preserves, identifying and using edible plants and weeds and cheese making.

Bookmark the page, or subscribe to their weekly newsletter to be kept up to date with all the the interesting Transition Bellingen projects, as well as those of other like-minded community groups.