Without a doubt one my favourite ways to travel is to hunt and gather. To sample the local produce, gather ingredients and create new and favourite dishes, a must. To be able to self-cater. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love to dine out and sample other restaurants, but as a chef, to go to a farmer’s market, not accumulate culinary goodies and then have a chance to play, is like a punishment. One I don’t wish to endure.
We are so lucky across the globe to have so many passionate farmers and producers. They are not only there to make a living, but to go the extra mile and do it with love and passion. The key ingredient to most things in life and when applied, the outcome, it shines.
I recently had the pleasure of a family visit to Melbourne, my home city. During my stay, my partner and I hired a car and headed into the countryside of stunning Victoria. With so many amazing directions to head, the decision was hard. Eventually the Yarra Valley and on to the foothills of the Victorian alps was decided. Self-catering accommodation booked, check. Car big enough for luggage and gatherings, check. Off we set. Once one opens their eyes, to the availability of what’s on offer, the options, are truly endless. Fresh fruit and vegetables and then the flair of the artisanal producer’s creations are on your doorstep. . Yes, the restaurants do offer all this. But to dabble, create your own, it’s my true pleasure. Let’s make it yours. The farmers market is a sure go to. Along with the butchers, local shops and well, it’s all just so darn amazing as to what’s on offer. I mean HELLO.
So next time traveling around the globe. Think about the small cost of a cooker, small bottle of oil, maybe some salt and pepper and let your own culinary flair take place.
To have the opportunity to experience what’s on offer and then not too, is just WRONG…trust me
So off traveling the foodie world, you go