The Sydney Markets in the western suburb of Flemington is the fresh produce hub of Sydney. Growers and sellers assemble from all over Sydney and its greater regions every week with their seasonal produce.

Multicultural Auburn is a food enthusiast’s dreamland! The eclectic array of cuisines and speciality stores that Auburn has on offer is unlike anywhere else. I visit Auburn very frequently and these are some the gems of Auburn I’ve come across:

 

Valencia oranges   “The Summer Orange” are identifiable by a distinct green tinge to their skin. I often feel they are also the unwanted orange as unlike the more popular navals, they are not as easy to peel and segment into portions. For that reason I feel most fruit shoppers walk past them and wait for winter Navels. Valencia oranges are in fact quite special, and I would like to tell you why!

 

I was given a Mad Millie Cheesemaker kit for my birthday last year which I finally got around to opening on the Australia Day long weekend. I’ve never made cheese before so thought I’d start with something simple – ricotta. Although you don’t need an incubator to make ricotta, the Mad Millie kit comes with the ricotta basket, cheesecloth and of course the recipe which is handy. 

 

A few nights ago I fed the family a roast dinner with a difference. I’ve never cooked with pork neck before but found a great Asian inspired Donna Hay recipe for the infrequently used cut. At $24 from my local butcher the two kilo pork neck was big enough for 7-8 portions; however in my household of big eaters it stretched to about five.