It is August in Tasmania, which often means chilly and wet weather and not a lot of fresh fruit around. The feijoas and passionfruits are finished and I tend to be getting a bit bored of apples and pears (I know I should be appreciative and will try to cultivate this more). Even the reserves of frozen berries are getting low, so it was pretty amazing to hop on a plane and get off a few hours later in Tropical North Queensland!
At the very first meeting that we started talking about what has become the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge, someone asked about what they should do if they go on holiday somewhere. We decided that in this case you should eat local to wherever you are. Quite a fun prospect in August in Far North Queensland!
There are little road side fruit and veg stalls a plenty and I made a point of visiting many of them. One of the highlights of my trip (after the morning walks along beautiful beaches on Cape Tribulation) was the abundance of delicious winter fruits! Most of my breakfasts consisted of a combination of the following: pawpaw, banana (monkey, sugar, ladyfinger and cavendish varieties), passionfruit, pineapple and fresh coconut with yogurt. Yummm! I also discovered a fruit I had never heard of before…the Black Sapote (aka Black Pudding Fruit).
It’s pretty amazing. You let it go really mushy and then peel back the green skin and spoon out the flesh, which looks just like chocolate pudding! It is less sweet than actual chocolate pudding, but quite fun to eat.
My favorite camping dinners consisted of local greens, garlic, onion and sweet potato sauteed in coconut milk with fresh lime juiced squeezed on top and served on rice.
Which brings me to dessert…
While driving through the Atherton Tablelands, I passed Mungalli Creek Bio-dynamic Dairy. This was obviously somewhere I had to stop! I went in and found a glorious array of yogurts, cheeses, baked goods and other local treats. I settled on a slice of Sicilian Cheesecake.
I don’t know if it was made using 100% local ingredients (I didn’t get a chance to ask because I got there at closing time and they were in a rush to shut up shop), but it easily could have been…that’s exciting!! Definately the dairy and eggs were from the farm property. I saw an orange tree on the way in, so that could well have been from the property too. The chocolate and sugar were hopefully local and the flour….not sure actually…does wheat grown in the tropics? Hmmm, are there any other ingredients in cheesecake? Anyway, it was delicious and quite a Tassievore treat!