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Spice Up Your Life

Posted on 14 June 2018

With cooling temperatures in Winter, it's time to whip out those delicious hearty recipes that will warm your belly.

 

One of our favourite things to add to recipes is a dash of one of Church Farm's scrumptious sauces. Not only are their sauces & curry pastes full of hearty flavour, but they're packed to the brim with ethical cred.

 

 

 

Why they're Planet Loving
Each jar is packed full of chemical-free, organically grown ingredients ... & the best part is that all of these components are grown right in Andrew's backyard. And if he's run out of a certain produce, he'll just pop over to the neighbour's garden to ensure that all ingredients are chemical free ... meaning a small carbon footprint on the planet.

 

Why they're People Loving
Church Farm has committed to "always fair trade". Great for you & great for all those involved in the creation process.

 

Why it's Handcrafted
A keen cook & gardener, Andrew takes much joy in lovingly creating each small batch of sauces & curry pastes.

 

Why it's The Good Life
All ingredients are organic & fresh ... which is the perfect combination to fuel your body.

 

 

 

If the above isn't enough to convince you that these sauces & curry pastes deserve a spot in your pantry, then we hope one of these recipes will tempt you ...
 
 
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Green Mojo Guacamole

 

 

While you may not agree with me (& if you don't, then you're wrong!), guacamole is possibly the best food there is (winter or not). You can eat it on it's lonesome, with tortillas, nachos, burritos ... the list goes on & on. With the inclusion of Green Mojo Sauce this special recipe will have a little extra something to it that's sure to impress anyone you choose to share your 'guac' with.

 

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice

1/4C minced red onion

1/2 ripe tomato (seeds & pulp removed)

Dash of pepper

... & the super special ingredient ...

Green Mojo Sauce to taste!

 

Method:

Scoop avocado flesh into bowl & mash.

Add salt, lime (or lemon) juice.

Add everything else.

Serve with tortilla chips & share (or not ... your choice)!

 

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Hearty Winter Stew

  

 

 

There's nothing better than coming in from the cold & sitting down with a cosy blanket, some freshly buttered toast, & a bowl of steaming stew to warm your tummy. With this recipe you may even go back for seconds ... & thirds!

 

Ingredients*:

2tbsp olive oil

4 - 6 small shallots (peeled & halved)

4 carrots (peeled & diced)

3 potatoes (peeled & diced)

1 capsicum (de-seeded & diced)

2 cloves garlic (crushed)

1.5C vegetable stock

1tbsp Brown Sauce

1.5tsp dried thyme, sage or oregano (or a mix of all three)

*use seasonal vegetables to mix it up

 

Method:

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.

Add all remaining ingredients.

Reduce to low heat.

Cover pot & stir occasionally until all vegetables are tender.

Serve with a sprinkling of grated parmesan & a side of toast. 

 

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Red Thai Curry 

 

 

One of my favourite dishes to whip up is a good curry. Perfect for flexible palettes, you can make it as spicy or mild as you wish & throw in more vegetables if the season calls for it.

 

Ingredients:

1.25C long-grain brown rice

1tbsp coconut oil

1 small white onion (diced)

1tbsp finely grated fresh ginger

2 cloves minced garlic

1 red capsicum (sliced into thin strips)

1 yellow or orange capsicum (sliced into thin strips)

3 carrots (peeled & sliced)

2tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste

1 can coconut milk

1tbsp Brown Sauce

2tsp fresh lime juice

Fresh basil to garnish

 

Method:

Rice

Bring a large pot of water to boil, add rice & continue boiling for 30 minutes (reducing heat as necessary to prevent overflow).

Curry

Warm large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add coconut oil.

Add onion with a sprinkle of salt & cook until onion soft & translucent.

Add ginger & garlic - cook until fragrant. Then add capsicums & carrots.

Add curry paste & cook, stirring, for approximately 2 minutes.

Add the coconut milk & stir to combine. Reduce heat as necessary to to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until capsicums & carrots have softened to your liking.

Remove from the heat & add Brown Sauce & fresh lime juice. Add extra & salt to taste.

Divide rice & curry into bowls & garnish to serve.

 

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Bloody Mary With a Twist

 

 

When it comes to savoury cocktails The Bloody Mary is king of the arena.; & if you're not exhaling a hearty "Phwoar" after your first sip then it simply ain't hot enough. Adding a dash of our Smoked Hot Sauce to your favourite Bloody Mary recipe ensures a whole new level of drinking pleasure. Our friends at The Dispense Station have a pro tip for you: 

Always add your spices, citrus & tomato juice first, give it a taste, adjust if necessary, then add Vodka .... happy days! 

 

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If none of these recipes can convince you to try one of our sauces ... then perhaps only a jolt of lightening will do the trick.

Shop our Church Farm Flavours here.

We'd love to hear from you as to how you used your Church Farm sauces & pastes in a recipe.

  

 

By R'chelle Louwen

 

Images from: Common Ground & The Well Nest & Sam Charlton Photography & The Small Folk

Recipes inspired by:

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/

https://www.vegetariantimes.com/

https://cookieandkate.com/

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