To start us off, Derek the winemaker at Upper Reach, has been having great fun making his own sourdough starter that he can re-use over & over again by feeding it. It is absolutely delicious and perfect for pizza dough as well.
(being a winemaker, he's into yeast...yeast to start a wine ferment, yeast for bread....its all about fermentation)
Step 1. Mix 3 ½ tbs. whole wheat flour with ¼ cup unsweetened pineapple juice.
Cover and set aside for 48 hours at room temperature. Stir vigorously 2-3 times a day. (“Unsweetened” in this case simply means no extra sugar added).
Step 2. Add to the above 2 tbs. whole wheat flour and 2 tbs. pineapple juice.
Cover and set aside for a day or two. Stir vigorously 2-3 times a day. You should see some fermentation activity within 48 hours. If you don’t, you may want to toss this and start over (or go buy bread?)
Step 3. Add to the above 5 ¼ tbs. whole wheat flour and 3 tbs. purified water. Cover and set aside for 24 hours.
Step 4. Add ½ cup whole wheat flour and 1/4 to 1/3 cup purified water.
You should now have a very healthy sourdough starter.
We have been hearing great recipes from our wonderful Cellar Club Members.
One of which came from Jeremy & Tilly for Slow Roasted Duck.
This had us salivating as soon as we strated reading the email.. Thank you so much guys!
Step 1. Defrost the ducks and cut them in half. Trim off neck,spine, parsons nose etc. & Pre-heat oven to 140°C.
Step 2. Sprinkle the skin side generously with Chinese 5 Spice.
Step 3. Foil a large oven tray, place ducks on tray & pop in the oven for 4.5 Hours.
Step 4. Let's make the sauce! Combine & reduce the following in a large saucepan until thickened: 1 Jar of Hoisin, 1/2 Bottle of Upper Reach Gig Grenache, 1/2 bottle sweet soy sauce, 2 Star anise, Large table spoon marmalade, Juice of one orange and shave a little rind, Large table spoon of butter.
Step 5. Serve with rice and Bok Choy plus the rest of the Gig Grenache (assuming you didn’t drink it already). You’ll probably need another couple of bottles though ;-)
Absolutely delicious guys
This recipe is one of Laura's FAVOURITES when we head into Autumn.
Lemon & Thyme Pork Belly
(Image Credit kitchen.nine.com.au)
Step 1. Place salt, fennel and garlic in a mortar and pulverise with the pestle until garlic has broken up.
Step 2. Add lemon zest and juice, and thyme leaves and lightly pulverise. Stir in oil. Rub marinade all over both sides of pork and set aside to marinate for at least 1hr, preferably overnight.
Step 3. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan).
Step 4. Rub pork skin with paper towels until dry. Place pork in a shallow roasting tray, skin-side up, and cook for 1½ hrs.
Step 5. Increase temperature to 200°C (180°C fan) and cook a further 30mins or until skin is crisp. If crackling is not crisp enough, place pork under a grill until crackling is done to your liking (watch very closely).
Step 6. Place pork on a board, tent loosely with foil and stand 15mins. Cut into bite-size pieces and serve.
Super yummy! Plus, that Crackling is to die for :)
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