Autumn 2012 Farm Update

Autumn 2012 Farm Update

The Wulura Gossip

Hello and welcome to a long awaited Newsletter.  Promised for ages and finally here…

It has been an extremely busy year here on the farm, hence no gossip column, but we are endeavouring for this to be the first of many more to come.

On the Farm

We have completed our grape harvest in April with a huge amount of success and without any injuries! A big thankyou to all who visited the farm and understood the lack of sleep!! As all our harvests this year were night harvests and some of them were back to back.  It was a bumper vintage this season and now all the grapes have gone onwards and hopefully to become award winning wine.

Our olive harvest has also been completed successfully and we have over 30,000 litres of extra virgin olive oil in our tanks.  So lots of good oil for everyone this year. Click here to order now.

The cows have been calving, with the help of Brad, and we now have 170 new calves to date.  That is worth celebrating…

The Farm Shop

The farm shop has had an extremely busy year and been very successful with the thanks to you all and for your kind referrals.  As it has been so successful we are currently in the process of planning a new Farm Shop. Not only will this give Jenny and Brad their house and life back but will also be able to enjoy Jenny’s olive oil cakes with a cuppa and pick up your oil and wine. We will keep you up to date on this new exciting venture.

Well winter has really set in down here and especially today so it is time for some Apple and Date Cake with a coffee.  Many people have said they lost so here is the recipe for you to enjoy also.

Apple & Date Spice Cake

Ingredients:

2 Apples

1 Cup of chopped pitted dates

½ tspn bi-carbonate of soda

1 cup boiling water

140ml Wulura Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup castor sugar

1 egg

2 cups plain flour

1 tspn mixed spice or cinnamon

Method:

  • Grease & flour a 23cm square cake tin or round cake tin.  In a bowl combine chopped apple, dates, bi-carbonate of soda and hot water, cover and allow to cool.  In a mixing bowl beat egg, sugar and Olive Oil.  Slowly stir in the flour and spices alternating with the apple mix.  When the mix is combined and looks smooth pour into the prepared tin.  Bake in a moderate oven (160º Celsius) for about 1 hour.  The cake is ready when pricked with a skewer and it comes out clean.  Allow to stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

    Apple and Date Spice Cake

  • Serve warm with a dusting of icing sugar and a dollop of double cream.

Other News

Last Year Brad, myself and a few friends went to a Wood fired pizza cooking class and Brad who was not a cook by any means (he cooked the odd barbeque but that didn’t include the salad, you know how it goes!!). Anyway he was picked out to do the dough for the pizza and thoroughly enjoyed it and got inspired. So here is the pizza dough recipe. You don’t have to have a pizza oven to cook just a good hot oven approximately 180-200 degrees c.

Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons Dry Yeast

¾ cup warm water

1 teaspoon sugar

2 cups Plain Flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg beaten

3 tablespoons Wulura Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

  • Combine the yeast warm water and sugar in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until it bubbles on the surface.
  • Sift the plain flour and salt into a large bowl, make a well in the middle, pour in the yeast mixture the beaten egg and the olive oil. Stir the mix until the dough comes together. Once it looks like it has all mixed in nicely turn onto a floured board and knead for approximately 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Once you think the dough is ready then grease a large mixing bowl and place the dough in. Cover the bowl in plastic and sit it in a warm place to rise. It needs to be about double its original size.
  • When it has doubled in size then knead it again for about 3 minutes then roll out on a floured board to the required size.
  • Place your choice of toppings on and bake. We were told the best pizzas are simple with not too much on to complicate the taste buds.
  • When I am cooking the pizza, I always part bake the crust for about 10 minutes before I put the topping on. My favourite topping is a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (Corregiola), smoked salmon, feta cheese (I usually use marinated feta), rosemary, cracked salt and a little crushed garlic or garlic flakes. All this goes into the oven and cooked.
  • While the pizza is cooking I get some mayonnaise about 2-3 tablespoons and mix with 1 teaspoon of   Honey Dijon Mustard but you can adjust this to taste.  When the pizza is ready I then drizzle small amounts of the sauce mixture over the pizza, add some capers and sprinkle rocket over. Then it is Bon Appetit!! This is best done on a thinner style pizza base. This one is a great pizza for the boys to impress their lovely ladies. This is great with a Sem Sauv Blanc

The other topping I love is roasted pumpkin, Persian Feta or Marinated Feta, Toasted pine nuts, caramelized onions, roasted red capsicum, Rosemary and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (no prizes for guessing which one!!) Just the kind of food for a cold wet Friday or Saturday night.

Pizza and a Taste plate with a good red wine and a block of some dark chocolate is my idea of a good night in.

We hope you are enjoying your olive oil and have enjoyed the recipes that we have shared with you. Keep warm and hope to see you at the farm soon.

Remember, if you are running low on Olive Oil, or you have guests coming and need to top up your wine cellar, just complete our easy to use orderform. Click here to download now. Just fill in the blanks and fax back to us or send via email or post.

 

The Wulura Team

Comments

  1. Patricia Woods says:

    Will be seeing you in September for more of you lovely oil and wine will try the Apple & Date Cake thanks Pat

    • Thanks Pat and let us know how you go with the Apple and Date cake, sure you will love it. We look forward to seeing you in September at Wulura, you might also see our new Farm Shop plans… More on that when we see you if not before here on our blog.

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