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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2009 - 10
fresh ingredients including local goat's cheese to make a stunning filling for pasties. Information will be provided on other edible 'weeds' by guest presenter and permaculturalist, Susan Girard. Once the pasties are cooked, we'll sit on the verandah with escarpment views and sample the pasties with fresh salad. Cost: $45 per person. Bookings: 4782 7376 or firstname.lastname@example.org How To Make The Perfect Omelette With A French Influence Thu 25 Feb (11-1.30am); venue: Katoomba St Caf , Katoomba. Chef and former TAFE teacher of Commercial Cookery Daniel Eggins will demonstrate the tricks to making the perfect omelette using eggs from his free-range Leghorn Chickens on his 82 acre Gringkin property. The omelette will be served with oil infused with local truffles, roasted tomatoes and house baked bread. Cost $35 per person. Bookings: 4782 7466. Mystery Summer Dessert Sat 27 Feb (1.00 -- 3.00 pm); venue: Josophan's, Blackheath. In another hands-on session, participants will learn how to create a beautifully balanced plated dessert to end a meal in spectacular fashion! Participants will also learn how to incorporate locally grown produce, as the dessert will be created around the freshest, local produce available on the day. Take home recipe instructions and a new set of dessert making skills! Cost: $40 per person. Bookings: 4787 6333. Old Fashioned Tartlets With A Modern Twist Tue 16 Feb (duration 2hrs); venue: Bundeera Blue Bed and Breakfast, Wentworth Falls. Host Sue Christmas will take participants through making pastry for tartlets and following through with creative filings, some showcasing local ingredients and products. Afternoon tea will follow and a chance to taste the finished product. Cost: $35 per head. Bookings and further information: email@example.com or 4757 3461 Please note: All information contained here is correct at time of going to print. For further information, please email bluemountains.nsw @slowfoodaustralia.com.au Slow Food is an international not-for- profit organisation founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions, people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. We have 100,000 members in 150 countries. Become a financial member of Slow Food Blue Mountains at www.slowfoodaustralia.com.au or become a Supporter/Friend (no fee) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out about our local events and list of local produce and products at www.cittaslow.org.au. Cittaslow (Italian for Slow City) is derived from the Italian Slow Food Movement, whose principles are based on using local seasonal produce, supporting small producers and restoring time-honoured methods of production. There are currently around 100 Cittaslow towns in the world, mainly in Europe. Goolwa (South Australia) and Katoomba are the first in the Southern Hemisphere. Find out more about Cittaslow at www.cittaslow.org.au. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was quoted in the news recently as opposing a trade union push to give preference to Australian manufacturers. He said it would lead to the kind of protectionism that led to the last Great Depression. I think he's got it wrong -- and obviously I'm not alone. At least 50 per cent of the men and women who visit Ravir in Blackheath express the yearning for Australian made clothing. As part of our vision for Ravir -- which primarily stocks clothing made of natural fabrics -- we seek out the small Australian manufacturers. They might be few and far between, but my sense is that their numbers are growing. Some examples... Australian made clothing - has the PM got it wrong? www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au summer 2009-10 30 by Raelene Allen Woolerina, a range of fine merino clothing for men and women, is designed and made in Australia. It was the brainchild of sheep farmer Warwick Rolfe, who lives near Forbes in NSW. He sources the wool locally and has it processed in NSW and Victoria. The product is high quality and will only get better. Vigorella is another Australian brand. We introduced it late this winter, and it was an instant hit with our female customers. It's made in Victoria and the range is dynamic, with styles that suit the Australian lifestyle -- casual, funky, and comfortable. The summer range is about to arrive and I'm predicting it too will do very well, with vibrant colours and a range of styles to suit different body shapes. There are other Australian labels that we carry -- WA sock manufacturers Stockpile and Reno and Deep Blue women's fashion both made in Victoria. And you can bet your (Australian-made) boots there'll be more. Ravir is open seven days and is located in the old post office in Govetts Leap Road.