Image: taken from Fat Freddy’s Facebook page
Lismore can rejoice in the news that a new fish and chippery has opened in the Rous Road Shopping Centre at Goonellabah. Fat Freddy’s offers Australian and NZ fish cooked to order, filleted in store and dipped in the most delightful batter I have had in a long time. The chips were cooked to perfection with a crispy skin breaking open to reveal a fluffy potato centre. Perfect. But aside from the delicious serve of a double fillet of John Dory fish for just under $10, the stand out for me was the sensible serve of chips in the cardboard box. Someone is thinking in the kitchen and they know that serving a massive mound of chips generally ends in a majority being thrown out. And food wastage is a bad thing. For a single serve Fat Freddy’s gives you more than a large handful to satisfy your chip craving (and let’s face it, are we really in it for the fish or the salty chips?!) and leave you wanting more. Next time I might try the Whiting Taco Dinner – 3 crisp local Whiting tacos with a roast corn salsa, lettuce and dressing for $12 or the housemade Thai Fish Cakes with sweet chilli (3 for $7.30), sold out the night I visited. Then there’s always the Fish Burger or a quick snack of deep fried king prawns, “at 70’s prices”, 3 large fleshy prawns for $5.50. Eat in on rustic industrial design stools and tables and enjoy great music overhead, or takeaway and make a night of it at home.
Fat Freddy’s – Rous Road Shops, 29 Rous Rd Goonellabah – Thurs to Sunday nights, 4pm-8pm.
17 Jan 2015
Rooster and Beef Curries: Sam Hall Images 2015
Sunday afternoon is perfect for people, food and a beautiful farm. Greg and Alison Cromwell opened their farm gate in early January and invited friends to a glass of their ‘Top Shed’ label home brew beers followed with a lunch prepared by Graeme and Jen Stockdale (Stockpot Catering). I first met Graeme when he was the Head Chef at Lilianas, Possum Creek – a hidden hinterland gem now sadly closed. Jen has joined him in the catering, bringing her talented Pastry Chef (and all things baking) skills to the party. Guests shared in rooster and Dexter farm Beef curries, alongside Stockdale’s pickled cucumbers and shredded carrot and coconut sides and then Jen produced her legendary Coconut Panacotta with mango, lychee and shredded mint leaves. It rained. A lot. But it didn’t matter we stood, we got wet, we sat under the marquee, we explored the farm and visited the 2 day old litter of baby Berkshire piggies. Sign up at Cromwell Farms for 2015 Food Events.
Waiting: Sam Hall Images 2015
Cromwells Farm Lunch: Sam Hall Image 2015
Talk about a taste sensation. Get to Lismore Carboot Market next time and hunt out Lotsanuts Natural Liquorice. Handmade by a local chef, and using natual real proper liquorice root, aniseed myrtle, molasses, and the quirky addition of macadamia and pistachio nuts (other buts available too), then rolled in cinnamon and, wait for it, then coffee. Whoa! loving that. You don’t chew on it, you suck on it…then you chew up the nuts, then you suck on it again, then all the flavours work some kinda magic in your mouth and you reach for another piece and then you dance and want to tell all your friends about it. Basic packaging but heck, it’s a mere wrapper of joy.
Grazza, be nice and I will share some with you.
Image taken from Little Delhi Facebook Page
Put it on the list to visit Little Delhi downtown for a great curry experience. OK, so I have only tried it once so far but it was so good I am back for more soon! All the low risk trad curries (think Butter Chicken, Masala Lamb, Dhal), plus Potato and Chickpea, Creamy Spinach and a celebration chicken dish served with tomato chutney available only on select days. Indian sweets are a delight, having lived in Newtown, Sydney with its own indian sweet shop I am glad to see these little $2 bites available here. Add a chai tea for $5. Lunchtime Thali also available. 32 Carrington St, Lismore (next to The Audio Room, cnr Magellan St). Facebook
The lovely Jas from the Mumtaj Indian Restaurant family is juggling between his new venture, Keen On Green, in the day while working at Mumtaj at night and still manages to smile and be ever so friendly whenever I drop in. We like that. And Lismore seems to be liking his cafe and food as well. All local produce, mostly organic and buy direct from producers. No microwave, all cooked fresh. Generous pie slices, curries, lentil and tempeh burgers and wraps, yummy desserts, smoothies and juices. Footpath tables in the sun.
I would like to let you know that tickets are now selling for the Stone & Wood Seafood Lunch, as part of this years 2013 Sample Food Festival at Bangalow Showground. No, it’s not in Lismore but I am involved as are a few of our restaurants, so I figure its ok to mention it. Two of our region’s finest chefs, Steven Snow (Fins) and John Susman, will be preparing a seafood feast for you on Friday 6th September from midday, under a big marquee while you enjoy a cold Stone & Wood ale or two, seated on hay bales with handmade cushions for your comfort, and reclaimed timber furniture from locals, ‘Dirty Old Town’. $65pp, includes beer. To reserve your tickets send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 15/8/13 – SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT! next year…
They visit three halls so there is no excuse to not try Il Carretto Woodfired Pizza. There is the option of Federal Hall on Thursdays, Bexhill Hall on Fridays and Wyrallah Hall on Saturdays. Wyrallah offers the best scenic drive and the best sunset, plus a fab in house retro amplifier attached to Andrea’s ipod, which would work equally as well, if not better, hooked up to a turntable for some vinyl. Must put this to him! and create a little party night. You can BYO. It’s all very “country hall” and we are lucky to have this on offer so give it a try. sweet pizza with cherries and choc – yum! It followed an obligatory ham and pineapple (i had the kid with me) but it was more than good….