A Simple Must-do Spring Recipe


Spring is here! The days are longer, warmer, and the dizzying scent of brand new blossoms and blooms around Berry, and in our gardens and orchards, fills the air. There’s an exuberance about spring that seems to flick a switch in most of us, recharging and revitalising us in readiness to soak in all that these delightful, sunny months deliver.

At this time of year, there are things on our calendar that are staples – the obligatory spring clean, planning a break away and booking in long, lazy lunches and chilled dinner parties with family and friends. Well the first two are in hand, and to be honest, we love to share good food and wine with our besties (and lots of them are our family) all year round, and there’s something extra special about the laid back fare of the warmer months. We particularly enjoy the new season’s fruit, berries and citrus and love that, when we’re at Linnaeus Farm, we’ve got an orchard and edible garden for us to pick the freshest of produce from. We just take a little at a time of course so we leave lots for all of our guests to enjoy during their stay.

We’ve got lots of favourite recipes to check out too. Some are passed down through the generations in our families, with our roots going back to Greece, Malaysia and Italy. (You can check out some of the traditional foods that appear on our Christmas table every year here if you’d like. Let’s face it. Blink and we’ll be putting the Christmas tree up!).

Other inspiration comes from creative chefs and cooks such as Therese Lum. She’s a Masterchef contestant, and a ‘self-confessed sugar fairy, intent on bringing some sweetness to your life’. I think we all know that a good dessert is the most wonderful full stop to a great meal, and with a new baby joining our family very recently, we’re particularly inspired by anything that’s quick and simple to make! We think you’ll be pretty excited too about Therese’s Lemon Possets Brulee which she describes as a lemony, creamy dream made with just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes prep time. Yes please.

We’re going to serve ours in these elegant Timeless Champagne Saucers from Few and Far, one of our favourite homewares boutiques in Berry. You’ll find everything you want there from a hand-thrown coffee mug to an elaborate hand-carved, one-off sideboard and everything in between. We’ll set our glasses beside a beautiful coral-coloured platter from Haven and Space, another fabulous Berry treasure house filled with unique dining and upholstered furniture, lamps, cushions, floor rugs, wall art, cookware and decorating accessories at a fraction of city prices.

A great dessert needs a great wine of course, and when in Berry, Justin Lil Wines & The Berry Bottle Shop, a sensational boutique wine and beer specialist in the main street, is the place to go. Justin suggests Main and Cherry’s Adelaide Hills Grillo as the perfect pairing for this fresh, tangy, creamy dessert. It’s a Sicilian variety exhibiting cut grass, herbaceous characters, spice, fine acidity and a hint of saline with fantastic depth of flavour.

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