After living in the Dandenong Ranges for close to 20 years, I feel I can almost call myself a "local"! My late husband and I were part of the Yarra Ranges Regional Food Group and spent many Sundays at Yering Station Farmers' Market, where we sold a range of my pickles, chutneys, jams, jellies, vinegars - and became friends with our regulars.
After about 25 years as a food writer, stylist and consultant my involvement in studio work was replaced by becoming a visiting lecturer in Food & Living Skills, working with VCAL students at Morrison House,Mt Evelyn, which I loved. Now, in a move away from food, I have produced and presented a weekly program on radio 3MDR (97.1 FM, streaming on www.3mdr.com) for about 8 years. The Good Life goes live to air every Monday between 3.00 - 5.00 P.M.
Because we are so fortunate with our range of regional foods and also because of the accessibility of so many farmers' markets, I will offer, whenever possible, recipes including local seasonal ingredients.
Based on a friend's delight - and bewilderment! - at her harvest of 22 pumpkins (with more ripening!) I thought we might start with a recipe I picked up years ago from a leading Melbourne chef. Of course we are also able to find locally grown walnuts at some farmers' markets.
The Good Life on 3MDR 97.1 FM
Live to air every Monday 3.00-5.00 PM
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