OK so that’s obviously not the real name of this cake, but a post by David Lebovitz happened to arrive in my Inbox the same week as the first June Bellingen Growers Market, and seeing as it’s apple season, it all seemed a bit serendipitous.
The Bellingen Growers Market is held at the showgrounds on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, and it’s a small, eclectic mix of bric-a-brac, plants, books, second-hand clothes and of course most importantly home-made, home-grown and mostly organic or spray-free seasonal food. The fruit and veggies are not the perfect, polished specimens you find at the big supermarkets (you know, the kind that have been in storage for months – maybe even since last season!) They are more often than not, distinctly ugly …
Of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, so I picked four knobbly, pock-marked red varieties, one of which was so crisp and tasty that didn’t even make it into the cake. Luckily I bought extra, but I need to go back to the next market as I don’t remember which variety it was. Anyway the recipe is straightforward so just follow the link …
The only change I made to the recipe was to substitute Frangelico for the dark rum (to save buying yet another bottle of alcohol) and to drizzle some lemon icing over the top (because I just happened to have half a lemon to use up).
The result was unanimously declared to be delicious… eat fresh, eat local and eat ugly fruit!
Hiding in a historic and quirky building in the main street of Bellingen is this treasure. Our very own gelato shop ..
Recently “our” gelato makers scooped the pool at the Sydney Royal Agricultural Show, winning over twenty medals. Their Chocolate Jaffa (orange) won Champion Gelato, and Stewed Plum with Cinnamon & Clove won Champion Sorbet. The winning flavours were entered by their only other outlet, located in the Sydney suburb of Rozelle.
Pina Colada, Watermelon & Mint, Pistacchio & Rose, Roast Macadamia & Honey and Thai Coconut with Pandan & Palm Sugar are some of the more exotic winning entries.
Stewed Plum with Cinnamon & Clove
Award winning gelato & sorbet
The home of Bellingen Gelato
It’s a sign …
Bellingen Gelato recycles, composts and uses plant based containers. So in the spirit of loyalty, and on account of the hot weather, I feel obliged to work my way through the freezer display.
Thankfully, the shop is in total lockdown at night !!
The local rubbish tip is not the place you would normally expect to go bird spotting. And of course, we don’t call them rubbish tips any more, they are “Waste Management Centres”. Many have re-cycle or re-use shops attached. Ours used to be called The Eco House but it has been re-named in honour of the fabulous sculpture now standing at the entrance.
The sculpture which stands several metres high was created by local “found” artist Nick Warfield over three months, and is surrounded by blue objects, like a giant bower bird “nest”. Nest being the wrong word, because it’s really just a place for the male Satin Bower Bird to show off and to hopefully impress a female. These are the same birds that featured in my Mango War posting.
The bower bird was commissioned by the local council to celebrate the re-opening of the shop after some months of mysterious closure. (There are rumours of rubbish corruption!) So our re-use shop is now called The Bower House.
Unfortunately, it still contains mostly junk, but if you scrounge around the occasional treasure can sometimes be found.