Sunday, 25 September 2011

Road Trip, Field Day & why we do what we do!

(A bit of our set up from the regular markets!)

Early this morning we started on the road to  Paskeville Field Day, Yorke Peninsula, Monday 26th. We are lucky enough to be sharing a marquee with the Eyre Peninsula Farmer & Fisherman's Market.  Road trips are a great way to sort out your thoughts and after being asked a fair few questions about this business and the products we create.....this is what I came up with.....

What makes Spice Girlz products so different to many of the other condiment style products out there?
Well, they have serious flavours you can taste and their uses are only limited by your imagination.

So many times I have bought a product somewhere that sounded delicious and was beautiful looking but left me bitterly disappointed, not onlybecause of the lack of flavour but when you have paid out $15 for a lime pickle you expect to be able to taste the lime! In this day and age there is nothing worse than feeling like you may have wasted time and money on a product.

Having had this experience, and not wanting to put anyone else through it, I am therefore very confident (and proud) that our range won't have consumers feeling that way-we wouldn't be marketing it if that was the case.

I am certainly no 'pushy salesman' as far as the products go & don't need to be. At the Farmers Markets the range are all out for tastings so people can decide for themselves if they like them or not.  Once they have tasted it, and like it, we do our best to offer as much advice as possible on how to use the product, which in the end is pretty much the only encouragement needed to buy it.

The uses for the range are becoming endless. Besides the delicious serving suggestions and recipes on the website, and now this blog,  we are constantly getting new ideas from Farmers Market customers with many making a 'bee line' to us to let us know of an amazing dinner they have made during the week with the Moroccan Jam etc. I must say there has been the odd one that I have cringed at, like Cor Blimey or Moroccan Jam on toast (which my pregnant cousin loves!)for breaky-each to their own I guess!

There are many customer serving suggestions that we haven't had a chance to try ourselves (some I can't imagine working) like Jamato (a sweet tomato & ginger relish) with pasta but when you get three or four people saying 'the Jamato makes a delicious pasta sauce with extra tomato added, even my fussy kids
love it' you can't help but think that it must be OK. 

People often ask why we are still at the Farmers Markets every weekend when the range is now readily available in so many of the Foodland and gourmet food shops throughout SA. Apart from  being where Spice Girlz began, and the wonderful eclectic atmosphere and 'genuine foodie' morals, it is the perfect
opportunity to educate people on the products and to receive direct customerfeedback AND WE LOVE IT!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Fabulous Takeaway

Don't feel like cooking Saturday night? Don't feel like stodgy dodgy takeaway? Well come down to Willunga Market and see us.  We have some fabulous, if I do say so myself, takeaway available.  A different kind of takeaway that you can eat that day or freeze for that one night you just can not be bothered cooking.

Morrocan Chicken with preserved lemon
Zulu-Lu Chicken Laksa
Hakuna Matata Red Lentil and Pumpkin Curry
Roast Pumpkin and Almond Dip with Hakuna Matata

The Roast Pumpkin and Almond dip with Hakuna Matata is just a bit brilliant on a platter with a few wines too!

See you there!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Want to do something...check out our events!

We are always cooking, creating and heading off to different events - everything from the local farmers market to rural field days.  Here is a list of our up and coming events.....

- Spice Girlz back at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market
  September 25th
  Great market, great produce, great people - come and say hello!

- Yorke Peninsula Field Day
   27th to 29th September at Paskerville.
   Site 519 Bute Road

   We will not just be selling our own range but also the Thistle Be Good Dukkah range as well
   as Talinga Groves award winning infused garlic, lemon, lime and chilli olive oils along with
   their fabulous body products!

- Fleurieu Food Perfect
  Perfect Peninsula Picnic Day
  (Part of the 'Goolwa Alive' festivities)
   2nd October

- Meadows Country Fair
  16th October
  Everything from an udder tug to regional wine & produce!

There is so much more to come ! As always we will be at the Willunga Farmer's market every Saturday....don't forget to check our facebook page (link on the right of this page) to see what takeaways will be available there too!

Friday, 16 September 2011

I don't feel like cooking...pass the wine please!

Friday is cooking day for the Spice Girlz.  We are all mums of kids that range in age from little to big and we have all felt the dread when asked the question 'What's for tea?' and it's even worse if the kids are out and it's the resident husband asking! Some nights you just can't do it and some times those unexpected visitors turn up and one wine leads to a fair few more and it's just rather hard to concoct a gourmet dinner after a few too many chardonnays!

That is how Spice Girlz takeaway was born.....

Only at the Willunga Farmers Market we sell takeaway meals on a Saturday morning.

This week we will have;

Moroccan Chicken with preserved lemon.
Zulu - lu poached chicken laksa
Hakuna Matata pumpkin and Red Lentil Curry

Great for meals that will be eaten that day - or to freeze for an unexpected wine night!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Zulu - lu curry in a hurry

You will need: Spice Girlz Zulu-Lu 1 400ml coconut milk
2 chicken breast fillets or 1kg prawns or 800g white fish fillets 2 handfuls of fresh bean sprouts
1 large bunch of bok choy 1 bunch fresh coriander
Basmati rice or hokkein noodles (I used rice)

In a medium sized saucepan, combine Spice Girlz Zulu-Lu and coconut milk. Simmer gently until
almost boiling.
Add your choice of chicken, prawns or fish fillets and simmer gently for 5 minutes, or until the meat is almost cooked.
Add the fresh bean spouts, bok choy, sliced or torn into pieces and half the chopped coriander. Stir and briefly heat through.
Spoon over cooked basmati rice or warm hokkein noodles. Garnish generously with remaining coriander.
You can add  thinly sliced red capsicum for colour.

There was more than enough for the three of us and a couple of meals to freeze for those nights when I just can't be shagged cooking!

I actually had it as as  a laksa- style soup instead of serving with rice but the
Mr had it with rice

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Farmers market ....sixties style!

Check this out (I tried to embed it and couldn't!) but it shows a farmers market in the sixties.

A farmers market in the sixties.....not actually that much different....oh maybe the prices!

Shows that shopping for local, healthy produce has been around for a while!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Welcome to the Spice Girlz Food Blog

Welcome to the Spice Girlz Food Blog

This blog, like everything is a work in progress , is a way of us sharing ideas, recipes, specials
 and , as always, finding out if any of you have any ideas for us!