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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.

Jaci

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I like a handle on my roast lamb, so I french the bone. Roast Lamb is one of the easiest family meals to make using four simple ingredients.

Ingredients

Leg of lamb – french (you can ask your butcher to do that for you)

Fresh Rosemary

Garlic – peeled and sliced

1 cup Olive oil

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Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 190C

  2. Wipe the leg of lamb dry with a piece of paper towel. Place your leg of lamb on a clean chopping board.

  3. Using a small pointed knife make random small slits in the skin about 2 cms deep. You will need to make about 15 cuts – depending on the size of your leg of lamb

  4. Place a 2 cm sprig of rosemary and a slice of garlic in each cut  Roast lamb 004

  5. Place a piece of aluminum foil over the french end of the lamb, to stop it burning.

  6. Place the leg of lamb in a large roasting pan. Pour over olive oil, massaging it in with your hands. Roast lamb 003

  7. Place leg of lamb in the hot oven. The rule of thumb is to roast for 1 hour per kg of lamb. 

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I have served my roast lamb with homegrown mini pumpkins and Braised Kale.

Jaci

Note: Photo's in this recipe were taken by Marc Morel

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All of us are a little time poor, so cooking a piece of silverside in the slow cooker is an ideal time-saving meal. Silverside is a relatively cheaper cut of beef, that requires a long slow cook in moist heat. I use the slow cooker for this, which allows me to do other things while the meat simmers away. The vinegar is added to the cooking water helps to tenderize and flavor the meat. This lovely piece of silverside came from Wattlebank Park farm, near Wonthaggi in Gippsland.

 

Ingredients

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1 piece of silverside – about 1.5 kg

2 dried bay leaves

2 Allspice (pimenta)

50 grams pickled lemon

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

2 stick cinnamon

2 shallots

½ cup white vinegar

 

Method

  1. Place the herbs, spices, shallots, and silverside in the slow cooker. Pour over the vinegar. Cover the meat with cold water.   Sliverside 014 Sliverside 029 Sliverside 008 Sliverside 028 Sliverside 007

  2. Cook according to the instructions on your slow cooker. I place mine on low and leave for about 6 hours.

The beauty of cooking the silverside this way is once you think you have cooked the meat through, you can leave the meat in the cooking liquid to stay moist until need.

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I have served the silverside on top of fluffy mashed spuds and squash dried broad beans. Beetroot relish makes the perfect quick accompaniment.

Jaci

PS. The lovely photo's in this recipe and blog were taken by Marc Morel

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I remember cooking my first roast pork at the age of 9, while Mum was away having my little brother. I took it upon myself to cook a pork shoulder with roast spuds and pumpkin. I guess I was trying to show how grown up I was.

I now braise my pork at a very low temperature for a long time, until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 55C. There is always a meat thermometer hanging out the side of the oven, where I can read the internal temperature of the meat. This can take upwards of 20 hours depending on the size of the cut and whether it has been boned or not. To serve and form the crackling, the pork is then blasted at 250C to serve. This lovely piece of pork has come from Amber Creek Farm, Fish Creek.

 

Ingredients

1.2 kg shoulder of pork

500 ml pork stock (you can use chicken stock if you can't get pork stock)

250 ml white wine

1 carrot – peeled and finely diced

2 stick of celery – peeled and finely diced

large sprig of thyme

1 star anise

1 strip of orange rind

4 peppercorns

 

Method

  1. Turn your oven on low – very low. I use the 70C warning setting on mine.

  2. Place the finely diced carrot and celery in a roasting tray that allows you to cover the pork with the thyme, star anise, orange rind and peppercorns.

  3. Stick a kitchen probe thermometer into the middle of the pork from either end of the piece of meat. 

  4. Place the pork on top of your vegetables and cover with stock and white wine.

  5. Place a piece baking paper, followed by aluminum foil on top of the pork to seal in the roasting pan.

  6. Place in the warmed oven until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 55C. This will take at least 8 hours at 70C

  7. Once the internal temperature of the pork has reached 55C, remove from the oven. Remove the pork from the braising liquid. roast pork 031

  8. Strain the braising liquid to remove the vegetables and seasonings. Place the braising liquid in a saucepan and reduce over medium heat until you have a serving jus.

  9. To serve, turn the temperature of the oven up to 250C. Place the pork in a clean roasting dish and place in the very hot oven for 45 minutes to heat through and form crackle on the top.

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I served on a bed of sauerkraut mixed with shredded purple cabbage and date stuffed apples.

 Jaci

Two-thirds of the photo's on this recipe blog post have been taken by Marc Morel.

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Roast Chicken has always been a family favorite. I learned to cook a chook very early on, I was maybe 10 years old and have always made it with bread stuffing. For this recipe I have used a loaf of soda bread I baked myself, but you could use anything from fluffy white bread to sourdough. For this recipe, I have used a very large No27 pastured raised chicken from Korumburra Pastured Poultry. The chicken number refers to the size, in this case, No27 means 2.7 kg.

I used a seasoning in the stuffing from a Gippsland Bush Foods producer – Jindi Farm flavored with Lemon Myrtle and Mountain Pepper.

 

Ingredients

No 27 pastured raised chicken

250-gram loaf of soda bread (or bread of your choice)

2 tablespoons Jindi farm's Lawson Falls Seasoning

2 eggs

1 cup of cream

50 grams Pickled Lemon

150 grams unsalted butter

Salt & pepper.

 

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 C.

  2. Cut your bread into 2cm cubes. Finely mince the pickled lemon. Roast Chicken 023 Roast Chicken 020

  3. Combine the bread cubes, seasoning, eggs, cream and pickled lemon in a large bowl. Mix together to combine well. Roast Chicken 024 Roast Chicken 019 Roast Chicken 017 Roast Chicken 014 Roast Chicken 016 Roast Chicken 013  

  4. Wipe out the internal cavity of your chicken with a piece of paper towel. Season the inside of your chicken with the salt and pepper. Roast Chicken 009 Roast Chicken 008

  5. Stuff your stuffing into the internal cavity of the chicken. Lift the skin of the chicken away from the breast meat and place the butter between the skin and the breast meat. Be careful not to break the skin.  Roast Chicken 010  Roast Chicken 007

  6. Place your chicken on a roasting tray and roast until the juices run clear from the leg bones. The rule of thumb is 70 minute per kg of raw chicken. As this chicken weighted 2.7 kg it would have taken just over three hours Roast Chicken 004 Roast Chicken 003 

I served my chicken alongside roasted potatoes and purple garden beans.

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Happy roasting!

Jaci

Photo's in this recipe blog have been taken by the lovely Marc Morel.

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