March 2009

Those Victorian bushfires have played havoc with fruit and veg supplies with many normally cheap staples rocketing in price. And it’s not just the south of the country that’s suffering: floods in northern NSW and north Queensland have trashed many crops and farmers are struggling to reach boggy orchards.

The good news is figs are plentiful and cheap. Café Mint in Surry Hills is grilling them and serving them with chicken livers, which have been sauteed with pomegranate molasses and topped with basturma, a type of cured beef. And come dessert at Da Gianni Trattoria, they’re braised and served with olive oil and rosemary cake. This little Annandale local also gives them the classic antipasto treatment with prosciutto and shaved reggiano parmesan. Another Italian treatment is at Leichhardt’s Osvaldo Polletti, where they serve them fresh with veal involtini and vin cotto.

Bananas are also showing up around town and at Sugaroom you’ll find them roasted and served with peanut butter parfait, Frangelico and maple syrup. Keeping up your fruit intake has never been so easy

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