ARTISANS OF THE FARM BOX FAMILY

THE CAROB KITCHEN - ARTISAN CAROB BAR MAKERS

By Ramya Sundrapandi

THE CAROB KITCHEN - ARTISAN CAROB BAR MAKERS

17 years ago, Ma and Pa Carob (David and Carol Solomon) decided to do something regarded completely random in Australia. Inspired by another family member, they decided to plant carob trees. They had to wait 10 years before anything happened.

Enter Sophie Richards, aka Baby carob who decided to put Port Elliot, South Australia on the map by turning the amazing tasting carob powder into a sugar-free alternative to chocolate. And thus The Carob Kitchen was born.

What is carob you ask? Its an organic crop which tastes much like chocolate but is much better for you. Carob contains essential nutrients like vitamins A, B2, B3, B6 and D. It is an excellent source of dietary fibre and contains a wealth of minerals, especially rich in calcium and iron. Carob is 100% Natural, preservative free, with no added colours, no added flavours, no added sugars, 99% fat free, and is cholesterol, caffeine and theobromine free!!!!

It is natural sweetener, which has had a bad rap in the past due to its bitterness. This is what is so amazing about what the Carob Kitchen are doing. Their carob bars are incredible tasting. They contain no gluten, sugar or artificial flavours and hold their own against any top quality chocolate out there. As a result, The Carob Kitchen is changing the perception of carob internationally and has become the humble carob's number one advocate. 

Go Aussie, go carob, go sugar free goodness!

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ZEST BYRON BAY - Kerala Blend

By Ramya Sundrapandi

ZEST BYRON BAY - Kerala Blend

The Zest Byron Bay story starts about 11 years ago when Bay Seafood, Byron Bay’s local fish store, wanted to expand its retail options for their regular customers and Satise a dedicated staff member introduced the flavours of his heritage Nepal to the Bay Seafood shelves. 

When friends introduced the flavours to Pob and Shelly five years ago, they couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a family business that utalised Pob's background as a Chef and a conjurer of flavours. And just like that, Zest Byron Bay was born.

Starting with the Zest Byron Bay Spice Pastes, Pob slowly developed the Curry Blends whilst testing the flavours amongst friends, local retailers and markets until they were ready to dedicate their time to expanding and sharing their gluten free flavours across Australia.

Bayside Farm Box customers had the pleasure of receiving the Kerala blend in early February this year. This beautiful, deep yellow curry blend is  inspired by the stunning state of Kerala in South India, famous for its 'Backwaters'. It is mazing as a marinade (especially prawns) or as a curry base. 

This Aussie artisan legend from Byron Bay deserves our love and support for continually pumping out quality gluten-free goodness?? Order now from our Pantry as an add on to your next Farm Box. 

More information about can be found at www.zestbyronbay.com.au

 

SUGGESTED RECIPE – serves 4-6:

  • Marinade 1kg chicken or seafood with the Kerala blend for an hour/ before you head out to work in the morning.
  • Fry an onion until soft and add the marinated meat/seafood to the soft onions and stir for a bit.
  • Add a 200ml tin of coconut cream and a couple of hand full of spinach leaves and simmer until chicken/seafood is cooked.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.
  • Serve with rice and/or roti.

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