Each month visitors to our Farmers Market are lucky to catch our resident cooking demonstrations.

The cooking program has been developed to meet the training needs of the hospitality industry. The program runs in close partnership with the Market, supported by the Rotary Club of Hall.

It gives apprentice chefs the opportunity to draw on the fabulous seasonal raw ingredients we have available from the Market and transform them into incredibly delicious dishes.

You can download your favourite recipes below.

Truffled Pork Pies

500 gm pork sausages, skins removed

10 gmfresh black truffle, finely chopped

1 tsp thyme leaves, finely chopped

1egg, lightly beaten with ½ cup milk

Jellied truffle aspic

375 ml chicken stock

125 ml dry sherry

8 leavesgelatine (gold strength), softened in cold water

10 gmfresh black truffle, finely chopped


60 ml (¼ cup)milk

125 gmlard, coarsely chopped

450 gm plain flour, sifted


  1. For pastry, combine milk, lard and 150ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Place flour and 2 tsp sea salt in a food processor and with motor running, slowly add hot milk mixture, in a thin stream, and process until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Cool dough for 2-3 minutes, then place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover and stand in a cool place for 20 minutes. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly for 5 minutes.
  3. Halve dough and roll out one half to 5mm thick. Using a 10cm-diameter round pastry cutter, cut out 4 rounds, reserving scraps. Repeat with remaining pastry, so you have 8 rounds altogether. Press pastry rounds into 8 lightly greased holes of a 12-hole, ½-cup capacity muffin pan.
  4. Preheat oven to 200C.
  5. Combine sausage meat, truffle and thyme in a bowl and season to taste, then divide sausage mixture among the pastry-lined holes.
  6. Roll out reserved scraps to 5mm thick and, using an 8cm-diameter round cutter, cut out 8 rounds, then, using a 2cm-diameter round cutter, cut out a hole in the centre of each round. Place rounds over the pies, pressing edges with fingers to seal, and trim excess pastry.
  7. Brush tops of pies with eggwash and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 180C and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden. Remove from oven, allow to cool a little, then pour jellied truffle aspic into the holes of pies. Cool completely, then chill in refrigerator. Pies will keep refrigerated, in an airtight container, for up to a week.
  8. For jellied truffle aspic, heat chicken stock and dry sherry in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed, then transfer to a bowl. Squeeze excess water from gelatine and add to stock, whisking to dissolve gelatine. Add truffle, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground white pepper. Transfer to a jug and cool.


Truffle Fondue

500g Fontina cheese, diced

Some milk

5 egg yolks

50 gr butter

Fresh truffles, shaved

  1. Place the diced Fontina cheese in a large bowl and cover with milk. Let rest in the fridge for several hours.
  2. place the butter, egg yolks and cheese and milk in a bowl and palace over a bain.
  3. mix energetically until the cheese begins to melt.
  4. When you have a fondue with a dense, creamy consistency, remove from the bain marie. Keep the fondue warm and serve with the truffle grated on top. Enjoy with plenty of grilled bread.

Risotto Milanaise

800ml chicken stock
0.5g saffron
75g unsalted butter
1tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
200g arborio
75ml dry white wine
50g parmesan cheese, finely grated, plus extra to garnish


  1. For the risotto, place into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, add saffron and cover with a lid to infuse for five minutes.
  2.  Place a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Add one tablespoon of the unsalted butter and olive oil. Add onion and garlic and cook, without browning, until soft.
  3. Add the rice and stir until all grains are coated with oil and have slightly warmed.
  4. Deglaze the saucepan with white wine then stir continuously until all liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Add in half of the stock to the rice saucepan and stir continuously to prevent rice sticking to the base of the pan. When the liquid has reduced, add another quarter of the stock.  When all liquid has been absorbed add remaining stock. Cook for a further five minutes or until rice is cooked and a creamy texture is achieved, adding small amounts of water if necessary.

Osso Bucco with Milaniase risotto & truffle gremolata

2 tbsp olive oil

25g flour, to dust

4 pieces of veal shin, about 4cm thick

50g butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 carrot, finely chopped

1 celery stick, finely chopped

1 head of garlic, cut horizontally

2 strips of lemon zest

4 sage leaves

200ml white wine

200ml good chicken stock

For the gremolata

1 lemon, zest finely grated

1 garlic clove, very finely chopped

3 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Pinch of sea salt


  1. Set a casserole dish wide enough to hold the meat in one layer over a high heat, and add the oil. Put the flour on to a small plate and season generously, then use to coat the meat. When the oil is hot, add the meat to the pan and brown well on both sides until golden and crusted. Set aside on a plate.
  2. Turn the heat down and add three quarters of the butter to the pan. When melted, add the onion, carrot and celery, plus a sprinkle of salt, and cook until soft. Add the garlic halves, lemon zest and sage to the pan and cook for a few minutes more.
  3. Turn up the heat then add the wine to the pan. Return the meat, standing it on top of the vegetables, and bubble until the wine has reduced by half. Pour in the stock and bring to a simmer.
  4. Turn the heat right down, cover and simmer for one and a half to two hours, carefully turning the meat over every 30 minutes, until it is tender enough to cut with a spoon. Meanwhile, mix together the gremolata ingredients.
  5. Dot with the remaining butter and allow to melt into the sauce, then serve with the gremolata and risotto alla milanese or wet polenta.

Another delicious recipe idea: Beetroot gnocchi

Gnocchi is a lovely meal to have when the weather is cold, and this month we feature a recipe from our popular pasta maker, Sue from Dish it Up.

2 bunches beetroot
2 kg plain flour
3 free-range eggs
Bunch of fresh mint
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Peel and cut beets into chunks, trying to keep size uniform. Place beets into baking dish, drizzle on olive oil and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Salt and bake until soft for around 40–50 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Wash and finely chop mint to yield 1⁄3 cup.
  5. Mash beets in a large bowl until lump-free then add eggs, mint, salt and pepper. Work together until well combined.
  6. Add flour gradually until dough is no longer sticky but still soft. You may not need to use all of the flour.
  7. Place a large pot of water on to boil.
  8. On a lightly floured surface cut a piece of dough about the size of an orange and roll into a sausage. Using a large knife, cut into desired size. Spread out on lightly floured tray. Repeat with remaining dough. At this stage the gnocchi is suitable to freeze.
  9. To freeze, spread out on tray so none are touching. When frozen, pack into container. Do not thaw when cooking from frozen.
  10. Place gnocchi in boiling salted water, return to the boil and cook for 2–3 minutes.
  11. Drain and serve.

Baked Beans with Bacon Crumbs

Baked Beans with Bacon crumbs:

350 gm dried borlotti beans, soaked overnight in cold water, drained

500 ml chicken or beef stock

1 fresh bay leaf

1½ tbspolive oil

1Spanish onion, finely diced

1garlic clove, finely chopped

250 gm rindless smoky-bacon rashers, cut into strips

1 tsp each smoked paprika and hot paprika

400 gm canned tomatoes

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbspDijon mustard

80 ml apple cider vinegar

Bacon crumbs:

100 gm rindless smoky-bacon rashers, diced

70 ml olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

180 gm coarse sourdough breadcrumbs

1½ tbsp each finely chopped sage and thyme

  • Combine beans, stock, bay leaf and 750ml cold water in a saucepan, bring to the simmer over medium-high heat and cook for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid (discard bay leaf).
  • preheat oven to 140C.
  • Heat oil in a large casserole over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic, and sauté until tender (4-5 minutes).
  • Add bacon, sauté until fat begins to render (2-3 minutes) then add paprikas, stir until fragrant (1 minute)
  •  add tomatoes, maple syrup, sugar and mustard. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper, then add beans and enough reserved cooking liquid to just cover
  • Cover with a tight-fitting lid and bake, stirring occasionally, until beans are just tender 1-1¼ hours

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or




Pilou Rice

Pilou Rice:

• 5 tbsp vegetable oil
• 650g white onions, thinly sliced
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 8 black peppercorn
• 5 cloves
• 2.5cm cinnamon
• 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
• 3.5cm ginger, roughly chopped
• 2 green chillies
• 3 tbsp softened butter
• 1 tbsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
• ¼ tsp mild chilli powder
• 1 tsp turmeric powder
• 1 tsp garam masala powder
• 350g potatoes, cut into quarters
• 3 tbsp Greek yogurt or thick natural yogurt, whisked
• 600ml water or vegetable stock
• 350g cauliflower, cut to florets
• 250g basmati rice
• Salt to taste
• Fresh coriander for garnish
Heat the vegetable oil on a medium heat and add 400g of the onions. Fry for 25-30 minutes stirring every few minutes. As they begin to turn golden brown drain the fried onions on kitchen paper and set aside.
Coarsely crush the whole spices in a pestle and mortar and set aside.
Blend garlic, ginger and chilli to a fine smooth paste with a splash of water.
Heat butter in a large heavy bottom sauce pan on medium heat until it foams.
Add the crushed coarse spices and fry for 20 seconds. Add the remaining onions and stir well frying for 12-14 minutes. Now add the garlic, ginger and chilli paste and fry for a minute. Add the coarse crushed coriander seeds, mild chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala. Add a splash of water, scrape the bottom of the pan stir well and fry for 20 seconds.
Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
Taking the pan off the heat add the yogurt stir well and put it back on a low heat. Add half the amount of water or stock and simmer with the lid on for 4 minutes. Stir well, season to taste and add the cauliflower florets. Continue simmering with the lid on for 5 minutes.
Now add the rice, a handful of fried onions and the remaining water. Put the heat up to medium and cook for 8 minutes without the lid. Turn the heat back to a low setting and continuing cooking with the lid on for 14-15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the pilaf rest.
Leave the pilaf to cool slightly for 20 minutes before you open the lid.
Serve with the fried onions for garnish and some fresh coriander.

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or

Baked Vanilla & Pea Doughnuts

Baked Vanilla & Pea Doughnuts:

300g plain flour
1 tbsp Baking powder
140 g green peas, blanched
125ml milk
100g butter melted
100g puree apple
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp glucose
1 tbsp slivered pistachios
1 avocado
1 tbsp coconut powder
1 tsp fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 160C
Stir sifted flour & baking powder together. Make a well & remaining ingredients. Mix until well combined. Pipe into moulds and bake 12-15min until well risen and skewer comes out clean
For icing, mash avocado until smooth, add coconut powder and lime and mix well.
Spread icing on donuts and sprinkle with pistachios.

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or

Apple Tarts

Apple Tarts:
1 sheet butter puff pastry, cut into 4 squares
4 firm apples – peeled, cored, and thin slices
1 lemon, freshly squeezed juice
100gm brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg, well beaten

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
2. Lay puff pastry onto a baking sheet.
3. Mix apples and lemon juice together in a bowl until evenly coated; add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Toss to evenly coat apples.
4. Lay apple slices down the center of the puff pastry and fold edges of pastry toward the center.
5. Brush the folded pastry edges with about 1/2 the egg.
6. Refrigerate Tarts for 10 minutes.
7. Brush pastry with remaining 1/2 egg.
8. Place sheet on the top rack of preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
9. Reduce heat to 175 degrees C.
10. Continue baking until pastry is lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
11. Cool slightly before serving.

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or

Poached Pear

Poached pear:
Pear x 1
Cinnamon quill x 2
Cardamom pods x 6
Stock sugar syrup x 800 mls
Vanilla bean x 1

Heat together sugar syrup and flavourings.
Simmer 10 minutes to infuse flavours.
Add fruit, ensure fruit is totally covered.
Cover with a cartouche and poach fruit until just done.
Cool fruit in liquid.

Egg yolks x 2
Sugar x 30gm
Marsala wine x 60 mls

Whisk together sugar, egg yolks and Marsala until pale and creamy.
Place over a double boiler and continue to whisk until thick and foamy, and doubled
in volume.
Make sure water does not touch the bottom of the bowl, and heat is
low to medium so eggs do not get past 70C and scramble.

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or

Corn Pikelets from Cauliflower sauce

Corn Pikelets from Cauliflower Sauce

• 1 cup plain flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 3 to 4 ears corn
• 3/4 cup Cauliflower cream sauce
• 2 large eggs
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 100 gm unsalted butter, melted and cooled

(Make Cauliflower sauce first- see below))
1. Mix together flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
2. Cut enough kernels from cobs to measure 2 cups.
3. Whisk eggs and oil together and stir through cool Cauliflower sauce.
4. Add to flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
5. Add Corn to mixture and rest for 10 minutes
6. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, spray lightly with oil. And add small knob of butter. As butter begins to foam spoon mixture into pan to form pikelets.
7. Cook until both sides are golden-brown, Flipping after about 2 mins.
8. Lightly oil pan between batches if necessary.

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or

Another delicious recipe idea: Tagliatelle Bolognese

It really is time for some hearty Autumn fare, so this month’s recipe for Tagliatelle Bolognese comes from the team at Wallaroo Wines.

Serves 6


2 celery sticks trimmed and diced
1 medium Spanish onion peeled and diced
1 medium carrot peeled and diced
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoon olive oil
25 g butter
500 g minced beef
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons tomato purée
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce(optional)
150 ml beef stock
150 ml Wallaroo red wine
400g diced tomatoes
6 pinches of nutmeg
Salt and pepper
500 g tagliatelle pasta
Fresh grated Parmesan
Chopped fresh basil

Pairs beautifully with Wallaroo Wines Shiraz 2013.


Pour oil into a large deep saucepan, add butter and melt on a medium heat. Once butter is melted lower heat and add celery, onion, carrot and garlic to the saucepan and stir in pan constantly for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened but not brown.
Add in the mince, breaking it up in the saucepan using a wooden spoon or spatula. Return heat to medium and cook until mince is no longer red but evenly light brown.

Sprinkle in flour and stir in well. Mix in tomato purée, beef stock, red wine, barbecue sauce, dark brown sugar and tomatoes, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Bring the Bolognese to the boil (high heat setting) stirring constantly. Once boiled for two minutes, reduce the heat to low so that mixture is just simmering and partially cover with a lid.

Continue to cook Bolognese for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. When ready, the Bolognese will be thick and glossy.

Cook pasta until al dente.

Mix in pasta and serve in a bowl with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped basil on top

Potato & Cauliflower Curry

Potato and Cauliflower Curry:


2 Large Potatoes diced
½ Head of Cauliflower
1 Carrot diced
1 Cup of frozen peas
1 large onion diced
2 Cloves of Garlic grated
1 medium piece of ginger grated
Oil or Ghee
½ Bunch of coriander
2 Green Chillies Deseeded
2 Tomatoes diced

For the whole spice mix:

3 Cloves
3 Green Cardamoms
1 Black Cardamom
1 cinnamon Quill
2 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp. Coriander Seeds
1 Bay Leaf
1 Small piece of Mace (optional)

For the ground spice Mix:

1 Tsp. Cumin Powder
1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
1 Tsp. Chilli Powder
2 Tsp. Garam Masala
½ Tsp. Black Pepper
1 Tsp. Amchur Powder (Dry Mango Powder)
1 Tsp. Turmeric
1 Tsp. Dry Fenugreek Leaves
1 Tsp. Sugar
Salt to taste

For the Chapati Bread:

500 Grams Self Raising Flour
Water to Mix

Method for the Chapati:

Start by mixing your flour with the water until you get a even dough that is slightly sticky to the touch knead, cover and leave for two hours. After dough has risen take roll into individual dough balls, cover and wait another half hour for it to rise again. Flour your bench and flatten the dough balls with the palm of your hand. With a rolling pin roll into a circle shape, pick up and pass from palm to palm to get off excess flour and to stretch thin at the same time. Preheat oven to as high as it will go preferably 300 degrees and place on a flat baking tray and put it in the oven closest to the heating element. It should puff and cook in about 20-30 seconds.

Method for the Vegetable Curry:

Heat up ghee or oil in a heavy pot on medium heat and place onion, fresh chilli, garlic, ginger and whole spice mix and cook until onions are translucent then add potatoes and continue to fry until potatoes are golden add tomatoes and powdered spices and carrots and turn down the heat. Continue to periodically stir until the tomatoes have made a sauce. Keep topping up with water until potatoes are cooked through then add cauliflower and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the peas coriander and season, adjust if necessary. Serve hot with your Chapati.

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad:
2 cups walnuts
1 egg whites
1 tbsp spice mixture- paprika, cayenne pepper, fennel seed, ground coriander
1 cup sugar
Coat the walnuts in the egg white, and then add the sugar & spices.
Spread the walnuts out on a tray with baking paper and roast.
125ml yogurt
125 ml crème fraiche
3 tsp lemon juice
60ml walnut oil

Mix yogurt & crème fraiche together, season with white pepper, add lemon juice. Whisk in walnut oil
4 apples with skin on cut into julienne
1 dozen grapes cut in half length ways for garnish
½ cup celery cut into julienne
Micro herbs or flat parsley for garnish
Mix apples celery together & add just enough dressing to coat. Present on plate and garish with grapes, walnuts & micro herbs

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or

Fig & Walnut Salad

Fig & Walnut Salad:
* 100 g mixed baby salad leaves
* 100 g witlof leaves (2 witlof)
* 1 cup (230 g) fresh dates, halved, pitted
* 2 green apples, cored, thinly sliced
* 4 fresh figs, quartered
* ½ cup(55 g) chopped walnuts
* 200 gsoft goat’s cheese
* ground rock sal
* 1 tbsp raisins
* ¼ cup(90 g) honey
* ¼ cup(60 ml) apple cider
* 1 striplemon rind
* 1 tbsplemon juice
* ¼ cup(60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
* Mix the baby salad leaves, witlof, dates and apple slices together and place in a large shallow bowl.
* Arrange the fig pieces on top and sprinkle the walnuts on top of the salad. Roughly crumble the goat’s cheese over.
* For the dressing, place all the ingredients, except the lemon juice and oil, in a food processor or blender. While blending, pour in the lemon   juice and olive oil very slowly, until smooth and combined.
* Drizzle the dressing over the salad, and season to taste

Prepared by:
Ivonne Nathan
Culinary Skills Teacher
Trade Skills and Vocational Learning
Canberra Institute of Technology

For further information on courses in culinary
visit phone (02) 6207 3188 or