A very Loch Lomond Easter Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 16:40:03
After a year off for renovations, our family is looking forward to enjoying Easter again at Loch Lomond. It is such a fun time of year in Mudgee and one of my favourites, when the town swells with both locals and visitors to the region across the four day weekend.
Lomondo wins Silver at Perth Royal Olive Awards 2017 Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ 13:21:00
Lomondo has enjoyed continued success at the Perth Royal Olive Awards.
We were the only NSW grove to be awarded a silver medal for our 2017 harvest.
Inside Natalie Barr's kitchen Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 07:30:00
She's presented news on the country's top-rating breakfast television show, Sunrise, for 13 years but has also worked in print and radio here and in the US. A keen baker who objects to packet cake mix, she prefers traditional rather than experimental recipes. That said, she likes a challenge, has worked her way through the Australian Women's Weekly birthday party cookbook and reckons she can make the train cake in her sleep. A native of Bunbury, Western Australia, she now lives in Sydney with her husband, Drew, and their sons Hunter and Lachlan, 10 and 14.
My pantry: I use Cobram Estate light flavour olive oil because it's Australian and a good all-rounder, and for everything fancy I use Lomondo from near Mudgee. I eat Carman's no-fruit muesli all the time, even for lunch sometimes; I avoid fruit because I try to eat a low-sugar diet. The Jamie Oliver tomato and chilli pasta sauce is rich and has a bit of a kick – it's great in bolognese meatballs. I'm a bit of a 50-ways-with-mince person. I put Worcestershire sauce in everything to give it a richer taste – in brits, bolognese, anything mince-y.
Mudgee Stars at the Pymont Wine, Food and Art Festival Wednesday, June 11, 2014 @ 22:57:09
Mudgee starred at the Pyrmont Wine, Food and Art Festival last month. Was a fun festival to be part of. See Taste Do and KPMG Director, Jenny Wong, tweeted a few of her favourite items including the Lomondo aged caramelised balsamic vinegar, a 2009 de Beaurepaire Shiraz Viognier and lavender popping candy macaroons paired with honeycomb ice cream...... thanks Jenny!
Look who wouldn't be without Lomondo in the pantry Tuesday, October 1, 2013 @ 16:56:54
Although Charlotte Wood is best known as a novelist, her love of food and cooking led her away from fiction last year with the publication of Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the gift of food.
Part memoir, part cookbook, it's also a compilation of essays about what she describes as "the emotional and symbolic meaning of cooking for people you love". The Sydneysider also writes about food at her popular blog howtoshuckanoyster.com.
Otto stovetop espresso maker. Full Circle Suds Up Dish Brush with biodegradable, replaceable parts. I couldn't live without my Magimix or Green Pan Rotterdam saute pan. It's non-stick, but doesn't give off dangerous fumes. Salt pots I bought in the insect market in Shanghai.
Most unforgettable wine
2012 SC Pannell Bianco from McLaren Vale.
I need at least three strong coffees in the morning before I am fully functional. I've started buying ''bar 6'' coffee from Caffe Bianchi (available online). I just drink ordinary black tea occasionally, but probably drink more peppermint. Wine? Kalleske Clarry's GSM (grenache shiraz mourvedre blend). I also love a Ulithorne white, Corsus Vermentinu 2010, made by McLaren Vale winemaker Rose Kentish at her winery in Corsica.
Saturday night tipple
An Americano cocktail (Campari, sweet vermouth and soda with a slice of orange).
I love Maggie Beer, Nigel Slater, Karen Martini, Jamie Oliver and Matthew Evans, because all of them have a similar earthy approach to cooking. It's simple with lots of good vegetables, nothing tricky and the ethos of just put it all out on a communal plate and let everyone dig in.
Most memorable meal
It was in a village in Spain on the road between Valladolid and Ciudad Real. It was a boiling hot day and we pulled off the road to a small bar in a dusty town. The bar was dark and cool, a few men were sitting around watching futbol on the telly. The bar had a small refrigerated glass cabinet with a few tapas in it - extremely simple. The one I remember most was half a hard-boiled egg topped with a prawn, maybe some kind of mayo on it somewhere. We had a Spanish beer and the waiter pulled the glasses out of the freezer. It was perfect food for the weather. The place was so invitingly cool, with nothing pretentious or fancy about it at all. One of the best food experiences ever, because it was as much about the country, the weather and the people as what we put in our mouths.
Lindt chilli chocolate.
My pantry Currants because I put them in everything: salads, tagines, casseroles. Murray River salt. Cobram Estate olive oil because it's local, as well as Lomondo olive oil from Mudgee for dressings and drizzling. Giuseppe Giusti balsamic vinegar because it is delicious and not too acidic. Patrice Newell's purple garlic and a giant jar of Dijon mustard.
My fridge The only cheese I always have is parmesan. Pepe Saya butter. Burrawong Gaian pasture-raised chooks, skirt steak and beef brisket on the bone, pasture-raised pork cutlets, all meat from Feather and Bone. Pistachios, pine nuts, almonds for snacking, salads and crumbles.
A chopping board made for me by my brother-in-law, Simon. I use it about five times a day.
Pomegranate honey, which I use in dressings. It's great on yoghurt and in almost any recipe requiring honey. Just putting pomegranate seeds into honey turns it a lovely deep pink and thins it a bit. I got the recipe from the Nourish Me blog.
Last dinner at home Skirt steak I'd had sitting in olive oil and rosemary for about five hours before grilling it. I served it with roast pumpkin and a very yummy Maggie Beer recipe for green beans with red onion and preserved lemons.
Gold medal win for Lomondo in Perth Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 12:39:08
Lomondo’s place as one of Australia’s leading extra virgin olive oils has been confirmed with a GOLD MEDAL at the Royal Perth Show.
Of 155 entries only eight received a gold medal, Lomondo upstaging some of the biggest players in the Australian Olive Oil Industry.
The judges praising Lomondo and describing it in glowing terms.
“Fresh green tomato leaf and herbal aroma and flavours. Good balance of bitterness and pungency.
Interesting complex oil with long finish.”
The gold medal continues Lomondo’s outstanding success since launching four years ago.
Lomondo has now won more than 30 medals at shows around Australia and is in line for further success at the National Awards in Hobart in two weeks time.
Frank Gregg of Lomondo Olive Oil accepting the Gold medal in Perth.
Lomondo will be at Willoughby Public Schools 150th Birthday Fair this weekend Tuesday, September 3, 2013 @ 23:04:52
Lomondo will have a stall at the Willoughby Public School Vintage Family Fair (Celebrating 150 years) next Sunday 8 September from 9am - 3pm. For more information visit their website.
Lomondo at the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival Balmoral Beach Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 18:32:00
The Winemakers and Food producers of the Mudgee Region again brought their fabulous award-winning produce to Sydney today at the famous Balmoral Mudgee Wine & Food Fair. It was their 23rd Anniversary year!
Regional produce was abundant again this year with award-winning olive oils, pickles, cheese, wine jellies and honey being exhibited. A selection of International cuisine was on offer for everyone to enjoy with their wine.
Some great live music at the rotunda was provided by Matt Boylan-Smith. On show again was their crowd-pleasing Animal Farm. The kids were able to feed and get to know some cuddly farm animals including goats, sheep, lambs, chicks, ducklings and rabbits.
Thank you to all of you that visited us today. With the launch of the new website you can now re-order here. Hope to see you again at the next festival. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be updated on our next event.
Lomondo wins Silver Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 11:30:00
The 2013 extra virgin olive oil shows are underway and Lomondo was again successful last weekend. Lomondo was delighted to be awarded a silver medal at the first show of the season - the Northern NSW Awards in Tamworth.
Recognised for its intense, fruity start and strong finish Lomondo has now won more than 20 medals in the last three years.
2013 Harvest Diary – Day 2 Monday, May 27, 2013 @ 00:00:00
Day two of harvest and Madeleine is already celebrating lots of lovely fruit.
Gumboots off please!
Our first truck load for the season heading off for processing. Turn around time just a few hours from when the Olive leaves the tree. Extraction rate from the fruit was definitely up this year, from 14 to 20 per-cent. The dry conditions we had in the lead up to harvest certainly helped, as it lessened the moisture content in the olives.