I was so looking forward to visiting Evandale Farmer’s Market last Sunday, but the inclement weather meant all the stall holders had packed up and were heading home by the time we arrived at 9am. I’d planned on buying loads of fresh produce and spending the afternoon creating culinary delights for the week ahead.
So, on to the next best option – coffee at Ut Si Cafe in Perth. Only a short drive from Evandale, Ut Si is a tiny cafe in a converted church whose owner Colette Barnes champions local producers. Inside was warm and cosy and we ordered coffee, scones with fresh cream and quince and rapsberry jam and gingerbread men for the boys (Noah ended up with the cream pot and Ethan the jam so we were all happy). Harvey and I had a great chat with Colette about our farm dreams, converting old buildings and blogging before setting off to amuse ourselves at home for the afternoon.
After looking at what was available in our fridge and pantry, I found some tired rhubarb and two pears that needed attention immediately so I created an autumn crumble for a wintry day. While the sweet crumbles baked I made some shortbread, cut into the shape of Tasmania because the kids love the island’s outline. It was a day of culinary creation and family after all.