The Pleasure of Unexpected Discoveries!

 Whenever I speak to anyone about undertaking this challenge, most people’s first reaction is to say but that means no sugar, no rice, no bananas, no ……

 I like to take a different (glass is half full) perspective.  I am so excited about the range of incredible food that we DO have in Tasmania. Berries and cherries to be reckoned with, countless varieties of potatoes, an enormous variety of other fruit and veg, locally grown wheat (made into flour using a windmill- how’s that for a bonus!), organic oats, linseeds and quinoa, Olives and oil, every type of honey you could ever want; beautiful free range, organic happy meat of all types and don’t get me started on the choice we have when it comes to the dairy group…! And the wine… oh the wine!!!

 In fact (with a few exceptions) most of what we can’t access in this resourceful little state is processed, packaged less healthy food.  Halleluiah to that I say!

 My favorite new hobby (obsession) is to find new goodies that I can add to the ‘can have’ list.  And each little unexpected find is just so exciting!!!

 Some of my favorite discoveries so far include:

  • Taking my Grandma (visiting from Victoria) for a leisurely Sunday drive down the channel, through Kettering and finding this AMAZING chocolate shop called ‘The Nutpatch’ (not expecting to find much Tasmanian produce- just delicious locally made chocolates!) and happening upon a supply of Tasmanian Hazelnuts to get me through the challenge! 
  • Wandering Salamanca Market and discovering a source of Tasmanian dried blueberries
  • My friend informing me that you can get Tasmanian Apple Juice Concentrate from Live Life in South Hobart- great in ice cream!
  • Stumbling across Tasmanian grown green tea
  • hearing that you can now access Tassie Wakame

I’m busily putting together a list of what foods are commonly available in Tasmania at the moment, I will add it to the site soon! in the meantime, feel free to comment and let me know about your favourite Tassie products- I can make sure they are on my list!