Our caravan is filled with the perfume of ripe plums and peaches – divine! And the fridge smells like well aged cheese 🙂 We have had a couple of lovely days exploring some of the food trails in this rich and diverse region – the farm gate produce is magnificent. Thanks Danielle at Beyond the Farm Gate for some suggestion of places to visit.
We loved all the cheeses we sampled at the Cambray Cheese Farm – the only difficulty was choosing which to take back with us – I picked a soft ewes milk Friesette and husband a hard cheese – St Johns Brook (Manchego style). We may have to go back for more before we leave this area.
Yesterday we went to the famous Manjimup Farmers Markets – we bought potatoes freshly picked/dug from the paddock the night before, fresh garlic, stone fruit, sour dough bread, strawberries and my favourite raw organic chocolate.
Beyond The Farm Gate
Margaret River Press
Preparation Time – 10 mins
300 g fresh or frozen rustleberries
1 litre of vanilla ice cream
200 ml rustleberry sauce
100 g white chocolate shavings
mint leaves to garnish
Place a layer of fresh or defrosted rustleberries in the bottom of each glass or serving dish. Allow vanilla ice cream to soften slightly and gently swirl through half of the rustleberry sauce. Place a few scoops of this rustleberry ice cream in each dish and then top with remaining berries.
Drizzle remaining sauce over the top and complete with shavings of white chocolate and a few mint leaves.
*Rustleberries – a cross between an old English Raspberry and a Blackberry. Rustleberries thrive in the Southern Forests region – West Manjimup to be precise. The season runs from December to March.
Image courtesy Chris Gurney