Hey there March! So far you’ve been pretty awesome, even though you are the start of Autumn! I’ve been working way more than usual at my ‘part time’ job these past few weeks, so these last few days of weekend have been fantastic. So far I’ve wrapped gifts, made vegan chocolate chip cookies and visited new babies. I’ve been to the farmers’ market, bought all kinds of amazing locally grown things, and remembered to use my reusable coffee cup. And of course I’ve made all kinds of yummy foods.
I love farmers’ markets as they’re a great opportunity to purchase from and support independent and small produce growers and artisan food companies. It’s so nice to give my money directly to the people that grow my food, rather than buying through a big supermarket! Amazing. Plus you can ask all sorts of questions about the food you buy, get recipe ideas, eat samples, and go shopping in an amazing atmosphere. The best.
St Kilda Farmers’ Market has a chai tent – they make delicious soy chai and sell lots of raw food sweets too. There’s also a coffee stall if you prefer! Lots of food stalls too, my favourite thing is gozleme, a type of Turkish flat bread stuffed with spinach and feta. Yum.
One of my must-buys at the market is Primasoy tempeh. You might’ve seen tempeh around, usually it’s a pretty unappetising grey colour and doesn’t taste so nice. Primasoy is a tiny little family run company making tempeh in the traditional Indonesian style. Basically tempeh is a fermented soybean product. It’s covered in the same white mycelium (or white mould) as soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert are covered in. In my opinion the easiest way to ease yourself into tempeh is to fry it and then to coat it in a sweetened soy sauce (kecap manis is ideal!)
Read more about tempeh here, and check out a delicious recipe here.
I fried my tempeh in a non-stick pan and then chucked in some garlic, chilli and kecap manis.
Separately I sauteed some onion, baby corn, zucchini and snow peas with some soy sauce and lemon juice. Delicious!
Usually I go to the market with my mama who loves farmers markets too, and she always buys me flowers there. And today nectarines. Thanks Mum!