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Thursday, 26 May 2011
Kinglake Farmers Market and Aus 57 Pizza and Pasta Bar
Black Saturday bushfires. Even two years later, its impact on the trees was still clear to see with many of them sporting blackened trunks and a peach fuzz of new growth.
Vic Market standard) and had lots of delicious tarts and cakes. I also noticed a stall doing gluhwein which was tempting, given the cold wet weather that sent rain trickling down between the covers.
It was John and Carol Walker's fudge that was one of my favourites. Sylvia and I tasted it while waiting for E to take bags back to the car. I was immediately smitten and asked what was in it. As I suspected it had condensed milk. I had a lovely chat to them about how good it was without the grittiness that sugar usually leave in fudge.
I swithered over a vegetarian lasagna but ordered margherita pizza with sides of chips and vegetables. Simple food that I hoped Sylvia might share with me. E had an egg and bacon sandwich with an English Breakfast tea. We were delighted with the food. The pizza was made with fresh tomato, onion ring and whole basil leaves. A bit too chunky for Sylvia but I loved it. The base could have been a little crispier but the toppings were so good that it didn't matter.
The chips were lovely but the vegetable side dish was stunning (see top photo). Potatoes in a mustard sauce, zucchini, capsicum and tomato cooked almost as a ratatouille, green beans cooked perfectly and corn on the cob. What proved how good the vegies were, was that E preferred them over the chips. Sylvia turned up her nose and concentrated on the chips.
We really enjoyed our visit to Kinglake, though I was disappointed on the way out to see we missed the House of Bottles which has a tearoom. Next time that will be added to the itinerary. Meanwhile, all Sylvia needed were a few puddles. She had on her ladybird gumboots and was hard to get into the car once she discovered how much fun she could have stomping in all the puddles. I, on the other hand, have a fridge full of vegetables so expect to see a few appear on the blog soon.
Kinglake Farmers Market
District Services Centre, Main Rd, Kinglake.
4th Sunday of the Month
Open 9am - 2pm
Aus 57 Pizza and Pasta Bar
57 Kinglake-Glenburn Rd
Kinglake Central VIC 3757
Tel: 03 5786 1957